Does “The Cloud” Have You Questioning Your Tech Footprint?

Telltale Signs You’ve Outgrown QuickBooks: Cloud Computing Has You Questioning Your Technology Footprint

Technology has, obviously, changed our world and continues to make a profound impact on how we do business every day. For example, what once held small businesses back has been made possible with software and services now available through cloud computing. Although QuickBooks is available online, there are a number of other affordable deployment options now available bringing down the cost of a much more comprehensive business management solution like PrintVis with Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

Growing Pain #7:  Not Enough Flexible Deployment Choices

The number one reason organizations move to the cloud is so they can experiment more easily at a lower cost (Harvard Business Review Report: How the Cloud Looks from the Top: Achieving Competitive Advantage in the Age of Cloud Computing), but security is typically a top concern for organizations. Naturally, the system that runs your print business needs to be accessible anytime, from anywhere to allow for flexibility, but only to those granted access to that information. Some organizations ease this concern by taking a hybrid approach to cloud computing, putting some of their data in the cloud while other data remains on-premises. But not many business solutions offer this type of flexibility. You know you’ve outgrown QuickBooks if you’re feeling limited by their deployment options.

The PrintVis solution for the graphics industry with Microsoft Dynamics NAV offers choices – whether cloud, on-premises, or a combination of both is the best approach for your business.  We can deliver on your terms, making sure you have a solution that fits your needs. Here are just a few of the choices with PrintVis:

PrintVis can run your entire business in the cloud.
  • On-Premises: Our software is installed and run on your dedicated servers in-house. Under this “perpetual” model, you own and service the hardware infrastructure and the installed software licenses.
  • Public Cloud: PrintVis takes a web-hosting model in which the data and application resides in a secure remote server such as Microsoft Azure and can be accessed via an Internet browser or non-browser applications for your mobile or tablet devices. From here you still have the option to purchase your licenses outright or “rent” on a monthly basis (“subscription model”). Don’t let the word “Public” scare you – your data is entirely secure and private.
  • Private Cloud: adopts the virtualized, self-service model of the public cloud; however, it typically does so within your company’s firewall and is located at your company or vendor-hosted datacenter. Your can still either own or PrintVis or lease it as a service. An important distinction from the public cloud model is that the service is provisioned exclusively for your organization (i.e., single tenancy) without any sharing of infrastructure among multiple customers.
On Prem - In the Cloud - the Choice is Yours!

Microsoft has invested millions of dollars to cloud computing resources over the past few years to ensure their cloud options are what our customers need. With our ongoing commitment to technology advancement, you can be sure your investment is backed by a strong roadmap of future innovation.

Connie Silverman, Controller at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts says, “By using cloud-based Microsoft technologies, including Microsoft Dynamics, we generate substantial savings and efficiencies; practice transparent, sound financial management; and bring outstanding performing-arts events to a growing numbers of patrons.”

Browse some Microsoft case studies to see how a cloud deployment has delivered significant benefits to a huge variety of businesses, large and small, around the world.

Take the next steps to see the product in action, learn more about PrintVis’ in-the-cloud or on-premises solutions for small and mid-sized print businesses or find a reselling partner near you. Join us next week when we explore the next growing pain: System limits not keeping up with business opportunities.

This blog series addresses some of the common signs businesses like yours are outgrowing QuickBooks and how a business solution from PrintVis with Microsoft Dynamics NAV helps provide both stability and growth. If you missed the previous postings, you can view them here:

Growing Pain #1: Telltale Signs You’ve Outgrown QuickBooks

Growing Pain #2: Managing the Books and Cash Flow Isn’t As Easy As It Used to Be

Growing Pain #3: Is Your Bookkeeping Putting Your Print Business At Risk?

Growing Pain #4: You Can’t Move Forward When You Keep Looking Back

Growing Pain #5: You’re Putting Off New Business Opportunities

Growing Pain #6: You Are Becoming a a Jack-of-All-Trades, Master of None