Microsoft Dynamics AX on Azure now is called Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations
AX functionality is an integral part of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Enterprise Edition, designed for companies with more than 250 users. In contrast, the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Edition (for companies with less than 250 users) and Dynamics 365 for Financials feature NAV functionality. Microsoft is using the Dynamics 365 brand to bring together CRM and ERP functionality - in combination with Office 365, Power BI and other products - to provide a unified experience across business processes.
Dynamics 365 licensing will also be based on the functions/modules users work with, and simpler, subscription based licensing models.
Dynamics 365 for Operations (previously AX7) is already available on Azure, and will also be available soon with new hybrid deployment plans that will not require Azure Stack. There will be no dedicated on-premise version of Dynamics 365 for Operations, any deployments will always feature hybrid capability involving Azure.
Dynamics 365 Enterprise Edition Licensing - minimum user requirements and more:
Dynamics 365 for Operations originally had a minimum 50 Enterprise User license requirement; this requirement has lowered to a minimum of 20 Enterprise User licensed users. Every internal user who directly or indirectly accesses the AX service must purchase an AX User Subscription License (SL). The minimum requirement can be comprised of 20 Enterprise User SLs and/or the equivalent Device SLs. It takes 2.5 Device SLs to equal 1 Enterprise User SL. For example, a customer could meet the minimum requirement with 10 Enterprise User SLs and 25 Device SLs. User SLs are assigned to named users so they cannot be shared - but an individual with a User SL may access the service through multiple devices. Device SLs are assigned to individual devices. Under this SL any number of users can use the licensed device without the need for a separate User SL. The User and Device SL grants users non-perpetual rights (with no buy-out rights) to the use of the Dynamics 365 service. User SL types are: Self Serve User, Task User and Enterprise User.
New Subscription License types
With the new Dynamics 365 Enterprise and Business Editions suites being released, new User SLs are introduced as well. The previous AX2012 CALs (Client Access Licenses) were Enterprise, Functional, Task and Self Serve. But with Dynamics 365 it’s either the full Dynamics 365 for Operations (Enterprise and Functional) or light Dynamics 365 Team Member (Task and Self Serve) User SL. This is to simplify the licensing models, so no more hassle with figuring out which CAL is needed.
Internal and External Dynamics 365 users
Every internal user who will use Dynamics 365 service must be licensed. Use by external (third party) users is included with the subscription and does not require a SL, unless these users are accessing the Dynamics 365 client applications and graphical user interface (GUI). For example, external users can be end-customers of the Dynamics 365 customer who use Dynamics 365 to manage their accounts and orders. External users are not employees, onsite contractors, agents or vendors of the customer or it’s affiliates.
Multiplexing is possible with Dynamics 365 and might reduce the number of devices or users that directly access or use the Dynamics 365 applications. Multiplexing does not reduce the number of User SLs required to access the Dynamics 365 service. Any user or device that accesses the Dynamics 365 service must be properly licensed.
Dynamics 365 or AX2012?
Purchasing User SLs for Dynamics 365 provides Dual Use Rights access to AX 2012 R3 Licensing CALs (Client Access Licenses).
Dynamics 365 Pricing
Providing accurate costs for AX can be a complex calculation, depending on your requirements. To provide accurate information, so you can understand and compare the costs of set up, deployment, recurring per-user-per-month charges and any additional extended monthly support plans for Dynamics 365 or AX2012 demo, sandbox, development, test, user acceptance and production environments please use our Get a Quote form for AX.
Dynamics 365 product versions
Microsoft previously announced that a Private Cloud version of Dynamics 365 would be released; this position has changed. As of today, Dynamics 365 will only be available on Microsoft Azure infrastructure. The AX7 Hybrid Cloud version managed with Microsoft AzureStack is also delayed. This version is expected sometime during 2017/2018 but any details are "TBC" by Microsoft.
AX 2012 R3 Support Extended
Microsoft has recently acknowledged the feedback from the market and their partner channel, by extending the mainstream support date of AX 2012 R3 to October 2021, with the extended support end date set to 2023. For companies who have recently launched AX 2012 R3, or for those that require a longer time frame before moving to Dynamics 365 for Operations and Microsoft Azure, this is a welcome announcement.
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