Dynamics 365 Enterprise ERP go-lives on Azure are accelerating, says Microsoft

The pace at which customers of Microsoft's enterprise cloud ERP offering, Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Enterprise edition (D365FOE) go live has accelerated in recent months from five or fewer customers per week up to approximately twelve per week, officials reported this week at Inspire 2017.

Dynamics 365 Enterprise ERP, formerly known as Dynamics AX, must be sold and delivered in a way that is responsive to market demand for shorter, faster implementations, Microsoft has advised partners. And the company believes that it can work with partners to continue to change minds on the value of Azure-based deployments, even as Microsoft prepares to launch the new Local Business Data (on-premise) deployment model and continues preparing their "cloud plus edge" hybrid options for the product.


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Does Microsoft know customers read this stuff too?

"Our [modelling] shows that cloud doesn't have to be more expensive"

That is some pretty strong persuasive language when the goal is to get decision makers (mostly accountant types) to abandon their very expensive purchased licence system and start paying thousands of dollars per month toward Microsoft's rental (more aggressive revenue stream).

Jeff Frye

Taking a long view - D365FOE ownership

This was specific to Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations Enteprise. TCO analysis they offered appeared to make the cloud case best when a long view was taken, like 5 or more years at least. And as the use of D365 team member seats rises, they indicated that the modeling tilts further in the favor of cloud.