Microsoft offers per-user pricing on ERP

Microsoft has announced a new pricing structure for its four Dynamics enterprise resource planning applications, based on user numbers rather than modules.

Microsoft has announced a new pricing structure for its four Dynamics enterprise resource planning applications, based on user numbers rather than modules.

The new Business Ready Licensing model will bring the pricing system for Microsoft Dynamics more closely into line with those of its enterprise software rivals, Oracle and SAP. But Business Ready Licensing is based on the number of people using the software concurrently within a business, rather than on specific named users.

Under the new model, the four Dynamics applications will each be offered in three packages aimed at businesses of different sizes and levels of complexity.

Microsoft Dynamics Business Essentials is the entry level package, while the Advanced Management package is aimed at mid-range users. The Advanced Management Enterprise option is aimed at large, complex businesses.

Microsoft said the new pricing structure would simplify licensing and offer a price reduction for a typical entry-level configuration. Existing Dynamics users will be able to choose whether to retain their current arrangements or move to Business Ready Licensing.

The software giant has also announced a new Enhancement Plan for Dynamics users, offering transition investment credits towards upgrades, online training and other resources.

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