Bye Bye Dynamics 365 Business Edition!

In case you missed it, the Business Edition of Dynamics 365 has been cancelled. Instead, Microsoft will offer different price points for each line of business application. This is an attempt to simplify the Dynamics 365 offers.

Following excerpt comes from the blogpost of  (General Manager, Business Apps & Strategy):

Microsoft will offer a single collection of Dynamics 365 applications for customers of all sizes and complexity to digitally transform their organizations across all lines of business – Marketing, Sales, Service, Finance, Operations, and Talent – at their own pace. Instead of offering separate editions (e.g. “Business edition” and “Enterprise edition”), we will focus on enabling any organization to choose from different price points for each line of business application, based on the level of capabilities and capacity they need to meet their specific needs.  For example, in Spring 2018, Dynamics 365 for Sales will offer additional price point(s) with different level(s) of functionality.

Although we think the strategy mentioned above is well-suited for organizations of all sizes and complexity, we also realize that smaller businesses sometimes prefer an end-to-end business management solution, instead of an application for each individual line of business within their organization. To meet this need, Microsoft will offer a new end-to-end business management cloud solution – an expansion of Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations Business Edition adding the full capabilities of Dynamics NAV. It will be delivered as two distinct offerings, which customers can buy through our partner channel:

  1. A Microsoft Dynamics 365 cloud application, which enables partners participating in the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Program to deliver a single business management cloud solution to their customers – across key business process areas such as sales, financial management, project management, and operations.
  2. A business application platform for ISVs, which enables partners who qualify for the Microsoft ISV Cloud Embed program to build and offer vertical cloud solutions directly to customers to meet their unique needs.

Full post at: Simplifying Dynamics 365 offerings

2 Comments

  1. Looking at the business edition , I just did not like “the typical “Low Ceiling” features that were originally put into it.

    Those of us who have been in the Microsoft Dynamics world for a while remember encountering Dynamics Great Plains and Dynamics CRM on Small Business Server at startups and when the time came for growth it was painful. We did get some wiggle room from MSFT later regarding the SQL backend, but it still was a tight situation. I was sent to a clients office where they had a five seat deployment of GP on a little Compaq server in the carpet in a closet. Three years later they were becoming an international biotec. The transition was somewhat painful but we got them to where they needed to be. So it goes with limitation on business solutions. Growth happens. So I like the new model to get SMEs where they don’t have to think about how high their ceiling is when they plan to do something.

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