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Upgrading D2012 R3 to Dynamics for Operations (Azure On-Prem)

  • 1.  Upgrading D2012 R3 to Dynamics for Operations (Azure On-Prem)

    Posted Sep 08, 2021 03:50 AM
    Hi all

    Is there anyone that has implemented the on-prem version of D365 (Operations) that I would be able to speak to about the missing functionality and potential pit falls vs the on-cloud implementation.

    We are really struggling with the Business Case to move to the cloud but the on-prem version, on paper, makes a lot more sense.

    I am looking to understand if the on-prem version is workable and the complications we may see with ISVs, no Power BI dashboards etc.

    It would be really helpful to speak to someone who has gone down the on-prem route.

    many thanks


    Tony Bowyer
    Saputo Dairy UK

  • 2.  RE: Upgrading D2012 R3 to Dynamics for Operations (Azure On-Prem)

    Posted Sep 09, 2021 03:22 AM
    Tony, I don't have experience with on-prem as we have been in the cloud for nearly two years. However, one area I would advise you look at carefully is that MSFT is moving deeper and deeper into SOA & microservice architecture. For starters, you need to evaluate if Power Platform is going to be a key part of your solution but the replacement of the conventional planning engine with "Planning Optimisation" service is going to be a game changer for those running master planning and I'm not sure if MSFT are considering on-prem users in their roadmap for such key developments.

    Another area that I perceive could get awkward on-prem is incorporating ISV solutions. Quite a few ISV solutions rely on other cloud based components which are probably not compatible with on-prem.

    Jonathan Howe
    Head of IT
    Cross Manufacturing
    Bath, UK

  • 3.  RE: Upgrading D2012 R3 to Dynamics for Operations (Azure On-Prem)

    Posted Sep 09, 2021 03:39 AM

    Hi Jonathan


    Many thanks for the reply and what you say makes perfect sense.


    The area I am endeavouring to find out more is where we install in Azure but maintain ourselves.


    I believe this is called a Hybrid model.


    In theory the web services should still work but I am not sure if that is the case. Microsoft do not want to answer this question as obviously trying to promote the managed service.


    For me it is the justification of the Business Case as the Business wants a lot of detail to ensure there is an ROI and with the increase in license costs, even with a lot of bargaining with Microsoft the case just does not add up.


    Whereas using D365 for Operations, it does. Power Bi is not essential here as in general the business is not ready for it.


    Appreciate your feedback.



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