Cloud Migration: Are You Cloud Ready?

A cloud adoption assessment will help your enterprise determine whether the organization is ready for cloud, type of cloud, cost estimate and the areas that need the most attention to successfully adopt cloud.

The result of the assessment will provide your organization with pros and cons to support a business case – cloud migration.

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Cultural readiness

An important measure while considering a migration to the cloud is the acceptance of cloud among your organization’s staff. Due to the proliferation of cloud use in our everyday lives, personally and in business, acceptance generally has increased.

‘Cloud’ and ‘digital’ have become widely used words, but mean different things to different people. Do your stakeholder priorities align with the benefits your project should bring?
 

Needs assessment

Mapping the needs and wants of directors, heads of service and other stakeholders into an assessment (in relation to cloud) enables you to plan exemplars and use cases that are the best fit for cloud. Showing value early is a great way for organizations to buy into the benefits and so identifying services which are ‘quick wins’ will certainly help your cause.

This process also identifies the areas of the organization that don’t see the relevance of cloud.

Disseminate the digital vision clearly to heads of service and other stakeholders. In parallel, seek to understand their goals and priorities and relate those to characteristics of cloud
 

Technical readiness

A detailed assessment of the business’ ICT landscape should be carried out because your ICT landscape would be a mix of applications, operating systems and hardware versions. A methodical approach and a mix of the right tools and expertise is required to assess the ICT estate

The assessment should look into the networks, servers and applications against a range of cloud options to identify incompatibilities and other gaps which will need to be remedied if the systems are migration candidates

Before thinking about adopting cloud, legacy systems should also be checked to ensure they will work effectively with your chosen cloud provider. If it is discovered too late that they are not compatible, the implications on cost and time could be dramatic.
 

Budgetary readiness

Cloud is a rental model. This could be a change in the way your organization funds projects, these rental commitments must be understood by finance directors. For cloud adoption to succeed long term, it must be able to demonstrate an improvement in cost control and financial forecasting.

A comparison of the enterprise’s current ICT spending alongside the projected cloud deployment and service expense can give the business insights on the most cost-beneficial plan.

Transformational projects are investments, there must be acceptance of the necessity for investing to save and investing to focus on the organizational mission.
 

Resource readiness

Can you realistically achieve your goals on time, using your existing resources?

Understanding your current commitments is key to knowing if you can also balance the demands of cloud migration project. If there is a time pressure it is unlikely that internal teams will succeed in balancing business-as-usual commitments against the burden of cloud-related training, planning and execution.  

Choosing a credible and reliable service provider can help you in this situation and add value to the organization.

The cloud readiness assessment is as much about philosophical readiness as much as system readiness. Open minds to cloud technology, and you open up possibilities.

Sysfore, a Microsoft Gold partner, uses leading network, technology, and service expertise to deliver our service anytime, virtually anywhere, quickly and efficiently. Contact one of our experts today and we will help you find the perfect solution for your business. Write to us at info@sysfore.com or give us a call at +91 (80) 4110 5555.

What is CDS V2.0? How can Dynamics 365 users Benefit from CDS V2.0?

With the Microsoft Business Applications, spring 2018 release. Microsoft is unleashing a wave of innovation across the entire product line with numerous new features in three core areas: new business applications; new intelligent capabilities infused throughout; and transformational new application platform competence

 

As part of the innovations and improvements rolled out across the company’s business applications division, users of platforms such as Dynamics 365, Office 365, and Power BI can soon witness changes that will make it easier to share information between apps, collect useful insights from their data, and build custom apps to support their business processes.

 

In this article, we will take a closer look at what is CDS V2.0 and how Dynamics users can benefit from it

 

What is Common Data Service V2.0?

“The Common Data Service is the Microsoft Azure-based business application platform that enables you to easily build and extend applications with their business data. The Common Data Service does the heavy lifting of bringing together your data from across the Dynamics 365 family of services so you can focus on building and delivering the apps, insights and process automation that matter to you and your customers with PowerApps, Power BI, and Microsoft Flow.”

 

Early 2018, Microsoft rebranded its Common data service as the Common data service for apps. It allows the users to quickly integrate programs, build new custom applications and create automated workflows. With the easy access of data by apps across a company’s digital stable, Microsoft couldn’t have positioned Dynamics 365 as an intelligent, cloud-first platform

 

By bringing together data from Dynamics 365 apps, Office 365 and other third-party sources, enterprises are able to make sense of data generated by disparate programs,  giving them a more complete picture of their business.

 

The Common Data Model allows apps to integrate and share data with each other without the need for extensive, custom integration by providing a centralized point where systems can come together and connect, and bridging the gap between repositories of information once divided by a digital language barrier.

 

The CDM not only allows Microsoft business applications to communicate with each other but also with third-party apps and services.
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Benefits For Dynamics 365 Users

Future growth across all industries, and the organization and business models of entire industries themselves will be driven in large part by applying digital technologies to more intelligently engage customers, reimagine products and services, transform operations and empower employees.

 

On combining information from the full suite of Dynamics 365 apps, and authorizing data to be shared with other platforms, the CDS v2.0 equip Dynamics 365 users with numerous advantages:

Centralization of data

The new Common data service provides users with a stable platform in which they can store their collective Dynamics 365 data so that their apps can communicate with, and even learn from, each other. Earlier when companies were using both ERP and CRM apps from Dynamics family, the data from each platform was isolated.

“CDS helps to facilitate the movement and synchronization of data between complementary applications, for example transferring customers and contacts from Dynamics 365 Sales to Finance and Operations,” explains Ham.

“Now that Microsoft Dynamics 365 suite of specialized products are connected by the Common Data Service, it ensures each individual application is connected to the same source of data.”

Addition of new applications to Dynamics 365 is made easier to cater for requirements as your company grows. This enables the seamless and secure transfer of data between applications for a much simpler and more reliable user experience  

Build Apps and Workflows without coding

CDS v2.0 is built on Common Data Model, which provides the data-based infrastructure on which PowerApps and Flows can be built.

It’s an easy drag and drop based platform which help users without any coding experience to get the most out of their business. Thus leaving room for development and automation.

Integration with 3rd party services

CDS V2.0 allows connecting 3rd party apps like Salesforce, Buffer, MailChimp, Facebook, Google Drive, Trello, and Zendesk with Microsoft flow. This enables Dynamics 365 users to create workflows across all of their cloud service.

Deeper Analytics

The CDS for Analytics provides users with a data lake which is directly integrated into Power BI, making it easier for users to get a complete overview of their business using data pulled from a variety of sources.

Data stored in the Common Data Service for Apps integrates easily and automatically with the Common Data Service for Analytics for customers who use both services. You can start from enterprise and transactional data you already own (such as leads, campaign information, and previous customer purchases) and combine it with data from other sources (such as weblogs or product telemetry) to get a unified picture.

Learn more about how your organization can implement service innovation from cutting-edge AI solutions designed for the most complex enterprise scenarios to modular apps that let you tackle discrete business transformation processes one at a time with Dynamics 365. Contact one of our experts today to get a free consultation on how you can implement Dynamics 365 in your organization and find the perfect solution for your business. Write to us at info@sysfore.com or give us a call at +91 (80) 4110 5555

Azure stack & Use Cases: Infographic

 

What is Azure Stack?

Azure stack is an integrated platform of software and hardware that lets you use Azure public cloud services in a local data center allowing the organization to construct hybrid cloud. Both Infrastructure as a service and Platform as a service is available on Azure stack for companies that develop web apps.

 

Azure Stack shares its code, APIs and management portal with Microsoft Azure for a common platform to address hybrid cloud issues, such as inconsistency between cloud and on-premises environments.

 

Benefits of Azure Stack

  • Increased productivity by enabling developers to develop and run applications in the same way, irrespective of whether apps are run in Azure or Azure stack
  • Azure Stack uses the same application model, self-service portal, and APIs that were activated via Azure Resource Manager.
  • Shared DevOps tools mean that you benefit from continuous deployment and continuous integration using Jenkins and Visual Studio Team Services, as well as automation features offered with the Chef and Azure PowerShell DSC add-ons.
  • Open source: A wide range of open source technologies such as Java, Python, Node.js, PHP, Docker-integrated containers, Mesosphere DC/OS, and Cloud Foundry can all be used.

 

For companies that develop web-apps, Azure stack offers both Infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service. The code, APIs and management portals are shared with Azure for a collective platform to address hybrid cloud issues, such as inconsistency between cloud and on-premise environments.

 

The infographic below illustrates some of the prevalent challenges and the solutions to overcome these hurdles.

 

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Microsoft has decided to make Azure stack available through approved vendors and implementation partners because of the following reasons:

  • Azure Innovation

Customers are ready to compromise at the infra layer to gain faster time to value and need to stay updated with the latest innovations in Azure

  • Quality and system reliability

A recent customer survey clearly changed Microsoft’s belief in quality and reliability. Customers are looking for an end-to-end solution that works just fine, not only in terms of deployment time but also for adaptability when new updates are introduced.

Azure stack can accelerate your data center with power and versatility, helping enterprises to modernize on-premise assets, develop cloud skills, and simplify infrastructure.

Get a technical consultation with an Azure stack expert from Sysfore now and get:

  • Azure stack architecture solution review
  • Assistance in planning the architecture of your solution
  • Assistance in price and guidance
  • Use these materials as rudimentary deployment plan

 

Sysfore, a Microsoft Gold partner, uses leading network, technology, and service expertise to deliver our service anytime, virtually anywhere, quickly and efficiently. Contact one of our experts today and we will help you find the perfect solution for your business. Write to us at info@sysfore.com or give us a call at +91 (80) 4110 5555.