“The new November version of Dynamics Operations On-Prem was a big improvement. While I still don’t consider it production ready, I believe that we are getting very close. The purpose of this article is to provide an objective rating comparison, so as to help people make an informed decision. Please note that these are my opinions only.” — Current as of November 2017
Dynamics 365 For Operations vs OnPremise November 2017 Rating
D365 For OnPrem Vs Cloud Comparison November 2017
The harshest opinions of all are from the people who work on the systems. But I wanted to give everyone an independent, non-sales fluff review from someone who’s livelihood actually depends on this stuff successfully working.
Dynamics 365 Operations OnPremises Overview
Dynamics 365 for Operations On-Premise is a newcomer in the market, which was launched after a near customer revolt at Microsoft. It allows for implementations to have more control over their day to day operations and Dynamics 365 for Operations Key Benefits
- As of November 2017, it has almost caught up with the cloud version in features
- Far more control over Real-Time Production Level Stability
- More Options for external Software and ISV’s
- Far more control over special security requirements
- It is cheaper than the cloud version (though still a price hike from AX 2012)
- Hidden Premier Support Agreement not there
Dynamics 365 for Operations On Premise Reservations
- Lack of Microsoft Buy In. Run into a serious issue and watch Microsoft put Used Car Salesmen to shame with high pressure sales techniques encouraging you that the ultimate fix is to go cloud.
- It isn’t ready for Go-Live yet. Big improvements were made in the November release, but I feel like we need a little more before being production ready.
- With the benefits of customization, there are also the disadvantages. Your hardware should at least perform as well as Azure before you implement this.
- Longer Setup times for an initial implementation. For example, an update broke the last version of the install and it took 3 months to fix.
- To get an onpremise development scenario to fully work, you have to do bunches of workarounds that Microsoft is completely unaware of. I spent over 100 hours getting through bunches of workarounds so that I could get a team to develop and fully move code in the On-Premise situation with integrations.
Some Helpful Links for Dynamics 365 On-Premise
- My latest Tutorial for the On Premise Install but more are coming
Dynamics Operations OnPremise Opinion
Having personally spent a lot of time working with Dynamics Operations On-Premise, I would not deploy it’s current version to production, but I can see the “light at the end of the tunnel.” Microsoft made major progress between the July and November release.
For those implementations who have invested a lot of money in staff, hardware, and infrastructure, this is a very welcomed addition.
Many customers have valid reasons for being onpremise, but lack of support for a product that they purchased, shouldn’t even be an issue. However, sadly, right now, it’s a big issue for Dynamics Operations On Premise Customers.
It’s a good product, but my biggest worry is about Microsoft’s overall commitment to supporting it. Time will prove this out Dynamics 365 Operations Cloud Overview Dynamics 365 for Operations cloud has been around for nearly 2 years. After initial poor sales, it has really gained momentum during the last few months.It removes many of the hassles with having to maintain infrastructure and offers a low cost of entry with standing up an implementation.
Dynamics 365 for Operations Cloud Key Benefits
- As of November 2017, it has more features than the On Premise Version
- Small and Financials Only Implementations love it
- Strong Commitment and buy in by Microsoft
- Quicker to scale than Dynamics Operations On-Premise Version
- Far less workaround than the Dynamics Operations On-Premise version
Dynamics 365 for Operations Cloud Reservations
- No Independent Cloud Methodology Readiness Assessment before switching. It’s so bad to skip these. It’s like gambling the success of a million dollar system to save a few thousand dollars.
- Hardware Costs do not equivocate. Many implementations make the mistake of comparing the two infrastructures like for like. Many times the features in the cloud don’t compare to the existing setups. If you have to keep your existing infrastructure, than the cloud won’t save money. It will add a lot of spending.
- With the benefits of standardization, there are also disadvantages. Standardizing means that you will have many incompatibilities with various applications running. Sometimes, these are mission critical applications that aren’t easily replaced. This is a common reason for implementation costs spiraling.
- Uptime with plants in slow internet connectivity areas. This is a tough one.
Some Helpful Links for Dynamics 365 Cloud
Dynamics Operations Cloud Opinion
Having personally spent a lot of time also working with Dynamics Operations Cloud, I would proceed to go live with the current version. However, I have a strong caveat. Any organization switching to the cloud needs to not listen to sales people and instead follow cloud best practice methodology.
Every failure implementation that I’ve heard of for D365 cloud did not do an initial best practice assessment for cloud readiness before implementing.
Plenty of good organizations offer these. I’d highly suggest retaining an independent one.
It’s a good product, but my biggest fear is that the sales process has masked some of the realities that are needed to prepare for a successful Dynamics 365 for Operations Cloud deployment. If certain conditions are not met beforehand, an ERP implementation won’t be successful no matter who is working on it.