Risks of moving ERP to the cloud, advantages of standardization

Like I shared in my former post ( https://daxvisionerp.com/mba-accomplished/ ), I passed my state exam on MBA last week. I am still an IT engineer too and will not stop blogging about technical stuff. I would like to share my thesis with you.

What is it about?

I gave an overview of the ERP systems and Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (SCM now). I introduced JJ Food Service Limited, a market-leading food distribution company in the UK, who achieved its leading position by the support of innovative IT solutions. We are upgrading from Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 to Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (SCM). I gave an overview of the upgrade process we will go through with high-level phases:

High-level phases of an upgrade project

Moving ERP to the cloud

I introduced cloud computing, the advantages and the risks of moving ERP to the cloud in general. Based on my experience, the literature review that I made and the discussions with the management and the technical specialists, I gave a risk assessment specific to JJ Food Service Limited. I described how to tackle the ones that we consider the most dangerous ones based on the assessment.

Risk assessment
Likelihood-impact risk matrix


I described what is standardization, why we are doing it as part of the upgrade. I went through the new features of Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations. After discussions with the management and technical team, we highlighted three functional and two technical functionalities that can be standardized in this round.

Standardization candidates

Future improvements and link to the document

There are future improvement possibilities. Due to the lack of time, and the urgency to go live, we cannot take all new modules on board as a standardized version in one go. We are going to do phase-two and -three of the project and that’s where the further improvement possibilities should be included. We know there are so many other things. Eventually, we should move to the retail module and the transport and logistics module.

It is available on the website of University of Miskolc here: http://midra.uni-miskolc.hu/document/33389/29556.pdf

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