We’ve been looking forward to this announcement for a while. On May 10, 2016, Microsoft announced the launch of two Canadian cloud datacenters located in Toronto and Quebec City. This is big news for a couple reasons; one is that having the cloud datacenters in Canada provides local data residency to Canadian organizations who may have held back in adopting the cloud due to regulatory requirements in the United States. Another reason this is big news for Canada is that now Azure and Office 365 can be hosted locally, alleviating the concerns some might’ve had of security and privacy.
What does this mean for your ERP solution?
A recent survey from MSDynamicsWorld found that ERP customers are more comfortable than ever with moving their ERP solution to the cloud. In fact, 50% of respondents using Dynamics GP felt that their cloud investment will increase within the next year. As infrastructure ages out, more and more organizations are opting for lower cost solutions to take them into the future, and are taking steps to transition services into the cloud. Applications like email, calendar, and CRM that are considered less critical to organizations seem to be the first choices to transition.
The launch of these two new datacenters is an exciting step towards Canadians being able to build more innovation and cost-savings into their businesses. Before long September 2016 will be here and CRM Online will also become available in the Canadian-hosted cloud.
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