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Microsoft aims to reduce pricing uncertainty for Dynamics GP on Azure

by Linda Rosencrance
Contributing Writer, MSDW
May 19 2014

When it comes to deploying Microsoft Dynamics GP on the Azure cloud, one of the first questions Microsoft's John Dooley gets is: "What are the expected monthly costs?"

To help with the answer, Dooley offers the Azure Calculator for Microsoft Dynamics GP, a simple Excel-based toolset that enables partners to model common Dynamics GP deployments to help customers and prospects consider different options.

"You only need to provide the number of Dynamics GP Desktop, Web/Limited user clients," he writes. "Select a few license options, add in some of your own options/services and the modeler does all the heavy lifting for you. And of course, it also allows you to adjust for your own experience and recommendations."

Of course, there's some fine print: The spreadsheet contains Azure pricing as of May 1. Although Microsoft plans to update the tool as Azure prices change, Dooley said it's good idea to check that the tool reflects the current pricing, too.

You can check out the tool and see a screen shot on Dooley's blog.

But is an Excel-based spreadsheet enough to clear up the confusion that seems to exist around the pricing for deploying Dynamics GP on Azure? In a word (or two): Probably not. Dynamics GP partners we spoke with identified some of the remaining challenges for themselves and their clients.

Challenge: Pricing concepts

"To understand Azure pricing [of Dynamics GP] you have to understand the Azure pricing model," said Mariano Gomez, Microsoft MVP, PMP and EVP for Middlemarket Solutions ...

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About Linda Rosencrance

Linda Rosencrance is a freelance writer/editor in the Boston area. Rosencrance has over 25 years experience as an reporter/investigative reporter, writing for many newspapers in the metropolitan Boston area. Rosencrance has been writing about information technology for the past 16 years.

She has covered a variety of IT subjects, including Microsoft Dynamics, mobile security issues such as data loss prevention, network management, secure mobile app development, privacy, cloud computing, BI, big data, analytics, HR, CRM, ERP, and enterprise IT.

Rosencrance is the author of six true crime books for Kensington Publishing Corp.