Assessing Impact of New Microsoft-Mandated Escrow Requirement for Partners, to Protect ISVs

October 21 2010

Effective November 1, Dynamics partners have to meet a new software escrow requirement to be part of Microsoft's "Certified for Microsoft Dynamics" (CfMD) program.

Business solutions that are CfMD are thoroughly tested and proven to meet Microsoft's standards for partner solutions to reassure customers that their licensed software will perform as promised.

According to Microsoft, the escrow process will protect the ISVs' intellectual property (IP) and give customers an added assurance about the long-term viability of the software they purchase.

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Aristides's picture

Because of the mission critical nature of our transportation management software, we have also offered "software escrowing" to our customers for several years on a "as requested" basis. Our approach is to roll it into our overall software assurance program. It is however, another cost as well as creating another layer of administration in making sure that the release that is escrowed is the release that the customer currently has in place. Overall, I think it's a good move for ISVs in general because it enhances our brand and our ability to market and sell our software to prospective customers. Aristides (Ari) P. Smith, President & CEO Next Generation Logistics, Inc. / Dynamics TMS 1611 Colonial Parkway, Inverness IL 60067 USA Email: Office: 847-963-0007 Ext. 117 Fax: 847-963-0079 Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:00AM – 5:00PM CST