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Transitioning Microsoft Dynamics perpetual licences to Software as a Service

23 November, 2017
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Transitioning Microsoft Dynamics perpetual licences to Software as a Service

Bought a Microsoft Dynamics Licence and now want to move to the Cloud? In this post, we explore what you need to do.

Not so long ago we all bought software licences, it may be that when you invested in Microsoft Dynamics, it was the only way to buy or that other factors (such as connectivity etc) dictated. These are perpetual use licences that represented a one-off cap-ex investment with annual maintenance fees (software assurance). With the growth in “X as a Service” strategies, more companies are looking for an easy way to transition away from a cap-ex model towards op-ex. What to do with the legacy investment?

The new model

Microsoft recognises the investment made, the commitment to annual fees and customer loyalty. This is reflected in a range of offers and promotions to make moving to the cloud / Software as a Service (SaaS) model easy and cost effective. (And don’t forget that Microsoft Dynamics cloud licences are dual use so address needs for some processes to remain on premise.)

What you can do

For those people on Software Assurance consider that every 6-7 years you have re-bought the software. Moving to a discounted subscription licence provides a more flexible approach to licensing, includes Azure hosting and ensure your system is kept up to date.

End of life servers are a great motivational point to start considering a move from on premise, perpetual licensing to full hosted SaaS.

We’re a Cloud Solution Provider which means that Columbus can manage all your licensing needs and find the best offer for you.

Categories: cloud

How Columbus and Dynamics NAV meet top 3 SMB Drivers
05 October 2017

How Columbus and Dynamics NAV meet top 3 SMB Drivers

Today at Direction EMEA, Microsoft revealed the results of a recent customer survey. The research explored the drivers for changing ERP and business systems in general. The results highlighted the top 3 concerns of companies across all industries, throughout the world.

Categories: Manufacturing, cloud

Trending in the cloud: How to benefit from cloud technology trends
20 April 2017

Trending in the cloud: How to benefit from cloud technology trends

Cloud technologies are evolving quickly as further enterprises and companies transition at least some of their computing workloads into the cloud.

It is vital for the future success of your business that your cloud service provider is at the forefront of these developments and can help you

Categories: Cloud ERP, cloud

Ready, set, move: A controlled, predictable, and productive transition to the cloud
12 April 2017

Ready, set, move: A controlled, predictable, and productive transition to the cloud

So, you’ve decided the cloud is for you and we’re not surprised, there are many reasons to like the cloud… Virtually limitless computing resources are available, and they can scale to meet your needs with minimal notice. All you pay for is what you actually use, not what you might one day use.

Categories: cloud

An IT Directors guide to minimizing risk in the cloud
16 March 2017

An IT Directors guide to minimizing risk in the cloud

Given recent, widely published application and data breaches at well-known companies, worries about cloud and IT security are not likely to diminish anytime soon. As is the case in other areas, cloud security, too, is subject to misconceptions.

For example, surveys have noted that the