Navigating Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Licensing: What Does it Mean for the Customer?

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[Editor's note: details on the Starter and Extended Packs have been updated for accuracy]

If you have been trying to keep up with all the licensing hoopla surrounding Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and are still confused about how it all is going to work, you are probably not alone. Just about every day it seems, something new is added to the way pricing is going to work.

The first pricing announcement was presented to partners on July 7, 2012 with the introduction of the new Perpetual Licensing model, covering Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013.

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About Mariano Gomez

Mariano Gomez is a Microsoft MVP, PMP and EVP for Midmarket Solutions at Intelligent Partnerships, LLC. He is the original developer of the Microsoft Dynamics GP Spanish release for Latin America and has been consulting and implementing technology solutions for organizations across the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America for the last 20 years. Mariano holds an MIS degree from the University of Phoenix.

About Intelligent Partnerships, LLC

With over 150 years of combined management and technology consulting experience, Intelligent Partnerships skillfully partners with organizations to solve complex problems, boost operating performance and maximize value for stakeholders. 

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Pricing Clarification

Mariano did a good job of representing the new pricing model. I would like to make one clarification.
The Starter Pack includes 3 users and then you add users from there. The Extended Pack is an add on to the Starter Pack and carries no additional users.(ie. The Starter Pack is a required purchase and a pre-req for purchasing the Extended Pack)

Pricing clarification

Errol,

I appreciate the clarification. Certainly goes to show that I am still learning it all :-)

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP

Clarification added

We've updated those details in the piece for accuracy.

Moving fgrom Module based licensing

Good, clear explanation.

Is there a route to move to Perpetual Licensing from Module based licensing?

Module to Perpetual

I would like to know if there will be a cost to move from MBL to perpetual licensing. All I can find is it says there is no cost to go from BRL to perpetual but nothing about moving from MBL.

Module Base Licensing to Perpetual Licensing

@DEvans & @JenniferW:

Technically speaking, you should have transitioned your MBL to BRL under GP2010 and GP2010R2, however MS has not really set out to enforce this, though in all fairness, many customers could not understand and/or partners did not explain the benefits of doing this. After all, for many customers it would have involved an increment in their annual maintenance plan.

However, I am not currently aware of any MS plans addressing the move from MBL to Perpetual, though I suspect to see something coming out of Fargo fairly soon. If logic prevails, the plan should be similar to what was offered to move to BRL.

The big question remains however: is moving to Perpetual Licensing - from MLB, that is; BRL is a MUST - going to be enforced by MS and/or will customers take up on the offer even if it means an increase to their annual maintenance, but under the understanding that they may now be able to leverage additional modules that under MBL would have otherwise cost them a lot more.

It's left to be seen...

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
IntellPartners, LLC.

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