Azure: Is your Enterprise Output Management Cloud ready?

18 October 2016

Cloud Adoption

Cloud adoption is continuing to gather pace, as more and more businesses move applications out of their data centres in a bid to cut the cost and space of in house servers, and also to enable scalability. This has led to a booming Infrastructure As A Service (Iaas) market worth a total of $16.5 billion in 2015, according to Gartner stats. Hosting all of your preferred software and applications in one accessible place coupled with integrated tools, pre-built templates and managed services makes it easier to build and manage enterprise, mobile, web and IoT apps faster.

Microsoft Azure & Dynamics 365

Microsoft Azure is leading the way in developing one of the most advanced cloud platforms for today’s business users, and as it’s a Microsoft supported cloud environment it seamlessly integrates with the Microsoft Office software we use day to day, as well as all popular applications including Windows, Linux, Google services, Salesforce and Dropbox. Microsoft Azure has continued to gain ground, building a huge global cloud network, with Adobe Creative Cloud and Egnyte being the latest industry giants to come on board.

With Dynamics 365 now being built for the cloud we all look to our current systems to see if they can still deliver as we migrate from on premise to the cloud. Moving current CRM applications, POS and warehouse solutions to the new architecture all have their challenges. Many of these come with the inherent problem that there are still areas that need addressing in our offices, warehouses and shops with local solutions as other technology catches up. So with Microsoft Azure’s bold new developments transforming how we use the cloud, we ask the question, is your Enterprise Output Management (EOM) Cloud ready?

Printing & Storing from Dyanmics 365 & Cloud servers

Now that Dynamics 365 is based in the cloud and with years of experience in the Output Management market we turned our attention to how we can solve the problem of driving printers locally on customers networks globally. Trying to drive thermal label printers, control bins and functions in printers, generate barcodes, keeping the images in print streams small in file size but still crisp, has for many years caused problems even for on premise solutions.

A new age of output efficiency

We have solved all these obstacles by with the Dynamics 365 Lasernet connector, coupled with our Lasernet Cloud Print Connector that runs locally servicing printers across your global network. Driving files between our 2 services and using years of experience in this field has enabled developments such as the ability to generate Barcoded documents and labels using our standard drag and drop facilities on Azure hosted environments whilst still transforming this from the cloud to local printers. This leads to zero loss in functionality when using Lasernet on premise or in the cloud.

In fact in the cloud we can start to use many of the other extremely useful features that we are all now starting to become accustomed to. Ensuring failover and uptime are key to the latest release of Lasernet and our Connector for Dynamics 365, coupled with the ability to use blob storage as a standard for documents and images. Within Dynamics 365 users are able to generate documents, and the architecture of Lasernet’s services will ensure that no data or documents are lost, even when transferring locally to printers. Once the customer documents have been generated the “archive copy” is then sent back to Dynamics 365 and stored in the standard blob storage ensuring complete consistency with Azure technology.

Simply put:

  • Lasernet for Dynamics 365 generates its own standard XML file with all required information like fields, reference/link to pictures and attachments in the Cloud and sends this to the Lasernet service
  • Lasernet reads the XML file and uses the links to decode the picture and attachments
  • References in the XML drive Lasernet to ensure correct delivery to customers and clients in the format they require
  • Once generated Lasernet saves the file, for example a PDF, into Dynamics 365 (Azure blob storage)
  • Lasernet for Dynamcis 365 can now preview and resend this PDF file directly from Dynamics 365

Want to know more about our Lasernet’s  Dynamics365 connector? Contact us for more info.