Spoiled for choice 

You already have an ERP or CRM system or are about to set one up, but you are not quite sure whether you should go modern and decide for the cloud or rather go with the well-known On-Premise-solution?  

At this point we would like to present two or three options that Microsoft offers you:  

Online or would you prefer offline? 

On the one hand, there is the commonly known possibility of integrating your ERP / CRM system into your company as a local solution – as a one-off purchase or at a monthly rental price, and on the other hand, Microsoft opens the door to the digital world for you and offers a cloud-based ERP system for a rental fee. 

  1. Local solution (working in your own company) 
    – for sale
    – to rent 
  2. Virtual solution (working on the Microsoft cloud; for rent) 

What are the respective advantages and disadvantages? Where will my data be stored if I should decide to work in the cloud? 

Lots and lots of questions  and we have the answers. 


Since October 2018, Microsoft has been offering its users the opportunity to join the digitalization and, for a monthly fee, to use storage space in Microsoft’s own data centers. You can access all your data flexibly and mobile from anywhere. You are free to choose the storage location of your choice: globally, within the EU or preferably directly in Germany. 

Microsoft always guarantees transparency when it comes to your data!  


With the local solution, you either pay a one-off purchase price or pay a monthly fee and host the ERP system in your own company or data center. 

But is there a functional difference besides the local level? 

No! The range of functions is the same both On-Premise and in the cloud. Licensing is also done in the same way, because both variants are used via the named user: each user has an own access to the system. 

Direct comparison 

To give an initial thought, however, you can ask yourself the following: Do you want to be prepared for all kind of scenarios? Then use cloud-based solutions that enable virtual access from anywhere: at home, in the office, on the go or while traveling – you stay mobile and flexible. 

In the following, you can weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of the versions yourself. 

CloudOn Premise
EnvironmentNo additional hardware or software  
hosted in the Microsoft cloud 
managed and controlled by Microsoft 
creating independent backups at a selected location  
system control by local administrators 
Size and structure online in the Microsoft Cloud 
structure depends on events and acquired apps 
Database can have several clients 
Local server and resources 
structure depends on events and acquired apps 
Database can lead to several clients 
Updatesautomatic updates without restrictions through individual extensions 
always up to date without additional effort 
manual updates taking into account individual adjustments and modules 
Connection / internet Internet-dependent 
bandwidth minimum required 
fast system thanks to local network connection 
not internet dependent  
Installation unnecessary classic installation media (via download or from the supporting partner) 
access Web client
Universal App
Outlook client
Web client
Universal App
Outlook client
costs monthly fee per user one-time purchase price of the license 
annual enhancement fee of 16% of the license list price. 
May contain further [hidden] costs: 
– operating system 
– database software 
– anti-virus program 
– backups 
– hardware costs 
– electricity costs 
– system engineer 
SQL server no license required Use of separate SQL standard or volume licenses 

Still not sure? 

We help you with the selection of the software, present you with tailor-made individualizations for your company and take over the implementation of the perfect ERP system for you. Of course, we are always available for questions of any kind. You can also benefit from our experience in the field of artificial intelligence. 

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