Tip of the Week #126 – MSDynamicsWorld News Update

Tip of the Week #126 – Microsoft Dynamics News Update

Marketing Manager Michael Bradley shares a useful weekly resource in this week’s tip.

Well here we stand on the edge of November 2017, which means that, barring any scary surprises from Microsoft (Happy Halloween, btw) – we are exactly one month away from the announced release of NAV 2018 on December 1st.

If you’ve been paying attention at all to their product rollout strategy, you’ll know that Microsoft has left its Partner community in a somewhat frustrated, head-scratching situation on more than one occasion over the past year.

Back in September, after Directions North America, Dynamics Marketing Chief Alysa Taylor posted on her blog about a number of significant decisions which had resulted from vociferous Partner feedback at the event. They included the following, succinctly summarized in MSDynamicsWorld editor Jason Gumpert’s blog:

  • Microsoft will drop the Business and Enterprise editions and instead will offer a single collection of Dynamics 365 applications for customers of all sizes and levels of complexity. These apps appear to remain consistent with existing released and planned offerings: Marketing, Sales, Service, Finance, Operations, and Talent.
  • There will be two tiers of Sales app. The lower tier, which is due in spring 2018, will have a smaller set of capabilities and a lower price point.
  • Dynamics 365 “Tenerife” will live on as “an expansion of Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations Business Edition adding the full capabilities of Dynamics NAV,” according to Taylor
  • Tenerife (Taylor did not indicate whether that codename still holds) will be presented in two distinct offerings: as a “Dynamics 365 cloud application” sold via the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program, and as a business application platform for ISVs. According to Taylor, this app platform approach, “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.”

And what about on-prem customers? Taylor states, “For small businesses who prefer to install their business management solution on-premises, we will continue to offer Dynamics NAV, Dynamics GP, and Dynamics SL.  Dynamics NAV 2018 and Dynamics GP 2018 will become generally available later this calendar year.”

I wanted to reshare these news items as we approach the release of NAV 2018 and Dynamics 365 later in the Spring. As PrintVis always coordinates our annual release with that of NAV, this also means you can expect PrintVis 2018 to fall between Microsoft’s 2 releases. So that’s exciting news – but what’s the tip of the week?

My tip is to encourage all of you who are invested in the Microsoft Dynamics world to go now and sign up for a free membership at MSDynamicsWorld. Two days ago they relaunched their Dynamics News Update Podcast, which further expounds on the product roadmap above, and lends valuable insider insight on a generous range of Dynamics-related topics, in a conversational tone. Put it on while you’re making your breakfast! It’s also a good resource for Live Events, Case Studies, reader comments and more, including an ISV Directory.

Microsoft is huge; The Microsoft Partner Community is huge – and I would assert that paying regular visits to MSDynamicsWorld.com is a great way to stay afloat and keep abreast of all the changes coming down the pike.

Thank you Michael!