Dynamics 365 Business Edition Canceled Before it Ever Saw the Light of Day

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If you are waiting for the Business Edition of Dynamics 365... On Monday at the Directions Conference in Orlando, Marko Perisic gave a keynote that set Microsoft partners on their heels. He announced that the product formerly known as Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Dynamics 365 for Financials and Operations Business Edition, formerly known as Dynamics 365 Financials, formerly known as Project Madeira, formerly known as Navision (NAV) is now to be known as "Tenerife".

"Business Edition is no more". Tenerife which is commonly known as the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, off West Africa is now the code name for the new partner platform for vertical solutions. Tenerife that would be available exclusively from Partners, and that all deployments would be white-labeled.

Also gone is segmentation by customer size (SMB, Enterprise, Etc.) The new model in Tenerife will be feature based, buy the features you need. A 1000 user customer can license this app and pay the same as a 15 user company. Apparently there was growing concern at Microsoft about enterprise accounts trying to leverage the now canned Business Edition. To combat this Microsoft placed limitations on the Business Edition (number of custom entities, workflows, etc.) With Tenerife when a customer needs more features they will simply pay for what they need. Many think this is what the Dynamics 365 model should have been from the get-go, we could have avoided all the confusion in the market about Enterprise vs. Business Edition.

The forthcoming marketing app. will follow this same path.

Tenerife will be the platform for app development for Navision (NAV). All existing ISV solutions for NAV will need to be ported over to this new platform. NAV will also be discontinued in favor of Tenerife and will be white labeled by partners.

The Common Data Service will be backbone that ties all apps together. Think SalesForce.com's Force.com but with in-built ERP functionality.

For now the good news is the SMB Promo pricing for Sales and Sales/Service will remain, at least until Spring 2018 so if you are interested in getting the full Dynamics 365 solution at a great price contact us. More information visit our website www.stravatechgroup.com

More information is expected today and we will post a follow up blog. In the meantime think about an island in Spain off West Africa called Tenerife.

About the Author: David Buggy is a veteran of the CRM industry with 18 years of experience helping businesses transform by leveraging Customer Relationship Management technology. He has over 14 years experience with Microsoft CRM and has helped hundreds of businesses plan, implement and support CRM initiatives. David spent 20 years as VP/Partner for a leading Microsoft CRM partner where he founded the Microsoft CRM practice. In 2017 he founded Strava Technology Group, a firm that is focused on helping businesses achieve success with Microsoft CRM and Dynamics 365.

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