Microsoft readies brand name and packaging update for Dynamics 365 "Tenerife"

March 12 2018

Microsoft has started revealing to its Dynamics NAV partner channel that the details of its next generation SMB solution for finance and operations are now ready.

The product, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, will be the official product name of what has been codenamed "Tenerife" for over a year. It will feature two primary user levels, Essential and Premium, a lower "Team Member" leve, and new branding.

The update has already showed up in a range of places including in slide decks, in the Dynamics Learning Portal, and on the April 2018 CSP preview price list, where it reportedly replaces older Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations, Business edition SKUs.

Microsoft has not yet revealed the new product details officially but is expected to do so in the next few days.

Pricing slides shared with partners show that Dynamics 365 Business Central licenses will start at a higher price than the Finance and Operations Business Edition. The Essential license will include all modules except for service management and manufacturing, which are reserved for the higher tier Premium license, according to Microsoft's guidance.

Essential modules cover many of the typical NAV functional areas around financial management, simple and advanced inventory, distribution, workflow, contact management, and more.

A Team Member license will also be available for a much lower price and will cover read access, approvals, reports, and employee self-service.

Dynamics 365 Business Central will also introduce a new "graphic identity" that will be used instead of the existing Dynamics 365 identity.

Microsoft is expected to reveal more details on the product and its availability at upcoming conferences and online events. The company has been working with resellers and ISVs for over a year to prepare them for this launch, with plans to make it the natural successor to Dynamics NAV over the long term.

Debates on Tenerife and the future of NAV have captivated the channel over the last year, with some businesses ready to embrace Tenerife/Business Central and others urging caution based on a range of factors, from the software itself to Microsoft's go-to-market and support plans.

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