If Microsoft has been pumping up the Azure offering by slashing prices, it has also been adding to its appeal by adding new products. This week it has announced the addition of two of its ERP solutions to the cloud, including Dynamics GP 2013 and Nav 2013.
Dynamics ERP, Azure
With the addition of these two products, users have the choice of two other enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications along with services provided by the likes of SAP with its Business ByDesign offerings and NetSuite.
According to a statement from Microsoft, it has already been testing the products with a number of “go-live” customers to develop tools and guidance for this version of Nave and GP, and the inevitable future additions.
Response to the products has been positive so far -- if it wasn’t would Microsoft admit it? -- but the real test will be over the coming weeks when it starts to be used in real, enterprise situations.
Dynamics ERP Offerings
Ultimately, what users are being offered is these two ERP products on a secure private cloud and on a secure Azure Virtual Machine.
The security element is going to be a priority here given the kinds of personal information that often ends up in ERP applications so it is no surprise that Microsoft has underlined this in the publicity around the release.
A superior customer experience is also offered providing access to the solutions through the Web, or using a desktop client, as well as through a mobile device.
Keep in mind, though, that there is no change in the way Dynamics GP and NAV are to be sold. They will only be available through Microsoft partners, and not Microsoft itself. This is in keeping with its policy with Dynamics applications that have been sold through partners who can customize the solutions according to customer needs.
Pricing as yet is unclear, but it seems that it will depend on the deployment and whatever deal an enterprise strikes with whatever partner they are buying from.
Microsoft also has two other Dynamics products -- SL and AX. AX is expected to go the same way with the next major release with “go-live” testing expected next year.
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