Wheel_Red I use other cloud providers why do I need On-Demand Environments?

Other cloud providers don’t address the SDLC constraints of complex applications.  They simply move existing serial development constraints to the cloud (e.g. inconsistent environments, rework, defects escaping into production).  Also, they offer no collaboration , self-service, or control features. On-Demand Environments allows you to re-create your actual physical network for testing. Not just the pieces of your system that live in the cloud. This is incredibly complex but easy to do in On-Demand Environments powered by Skytap and allows you to create a test environment that mirrors real life.

 

Wheel_Red I use Lifecycle Services for Microsoft Dynamics. Why do I need On-Demand Environments?

Lifecycle Services is specific to AX so NAV, GP, SOL and CRM users need not apply. Lifecycle Services for AX allow you to create new AX environments and copy existing AX environments. It does not replicate your on premise physical environment. On-Demand Environments allows you to re-create your actual physical network for testing. Not just the pieces of your system that live in the cloud. This is incredibly complex but easy to do in On-Demand Environments and allows you to create a test environment that mirrors real life. Replicate Reality with On-Demand Environments.

 

Wheel_Red I am new to this technology, what are the best use cases for it?

 

Customer – Use Cases

The ability to create and manage environments with On-Demand Environments saves time, money and prevents system downtime from the day you purchase a Microsoft Dynamics solution and lasts throughout the products lifetime.

In addition to its ease of use and productivity impact it is a comprehensive insurance policy against system downtime:

Wheel_blueInitial Software Go-Live – create development, user acceptance and training environments that match your real network and how your new ERP or CRM application is going to work in that environment at go-live.

 

Wheel_blueClassic Software Development and Deployment – the entire DevOps industry has sprung up around speeding up and making this process more efficient. On-Demand Environments is the perfect tool for making that happen by creating new development and testing environments quickly and efficiently.

 

Wheel_blueVersion Upgrades – test the effects of a Dynamics version upgrade in a copy of your real environment without the typical delays associated with provisioning new hardware and creating in-house test environments that in the end are not a copy of your network.

 

Wheel_blueAdding ISV Solutions – test the true effects of a potentially intrusive Dynamics ISV solution in a copy of your real environment without the typical delays associated with provisioning new hardware and creating in-house test environments that are not a copy of your network.

 

Partners – Use Cases

Partner service are often looked upon as commodities by prospects with software and service offerings that look very similar in the solution shopping or RFP process.

 

On-Demand Environments can impact partners significantly:

 

Wheel_blueService Differentiator – being able to deliver development, training and implementation services on a sophisticated but easy to use and manage cloud based infrastructure that requires no additional hardware or IT staffing at the client site is a major service differentiator when selecting a partner.

 

Wheel_blueAdd-On Service to Existing Customer base – the existing Dynamics client base can most easily appreciate the power of On-Demand Environments if they have previously gone through an upgrade, added an ISV solution or modifications to their software. The capabilities of On-Demand Environments are a great reason to add value to that existing client base.

 

Wheel_blueFlexible Demo Lab – On-Demand Environments allows you to create and manage a large portfolio of demo scenarios. Spinning up new, fresh demonstrations is a click away.

 

Wheel_blueAdditional Revenue Source – clients that see the power of On-Demand Environments firsthand may wish to purchase their own license.

 

ISV’s – Use Cases

Typically customers are evaluating multiple ISV solutions that deliver similar functionality and service offerings.

On-Demand Environments can impact ISV offering significantly:

Wheel_blueProduct delivery/implementation differentiator – being able to deliver a sophisticated ISV solution on a replica of the client’s network is the ultimate insurance policy that your solution works. Being able to do so in a sophisticated but easy to use and manage cloud based infrastructure that requires no additional hardware or IT staffing at the client site is a major service differentiator when selecting among ISV providers.

 

Wheel_blueAdd-On Service to Existing Customer base – the existing Dynamics client base can most easily appreciate the power of On-Demand Environments if they have previously gone through an upgrade of both the core Dynamics and ISV solutions. The capabilities of On-Demand Environments are a great reason to add value to that existing client base.

 

Wheel_blueFlexible Demo Lab – On-Demand Environments allows you to create and manage a large portfolio of demo scenarios. Spinning up new, fresh demonstrations is a click away.

 

Wheel_blueAdditional Revenue Source – clients that see the power of On-Demand Environments firsthand may wish to purchase their own license.

 

Independent Consultants

 

Wheel_blueService differentiator – Adding value to a client with the introduction of great productivity tools is always appreciated. Being able to do so in a sophisticated but easy to use and manage cloud based infrastructure that requires no additional hardware or IT staffing at the client site is a major service differentiator when selecting consulting resources.

 

Wheel_blueAdd-On Service to Existing Customer base – the existing Dynamics client base can most easily appreciate the power of On-Demand Environments if they have previously gone through an upgrade, added an ISV solution or modifications to their software. The capabilities of On-Demand Environments are a great reason to add value to that existing client base.

 

Wheel_blueAdditional Revenue Source – clients that see the power of On-Demand Environments firsthand may wish to purchase their own license.