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With updated Dynamics 365 "Tenerife" release plan, Microsoft aims to unify NAV, cloud SMB ERP

by Jason Gumpert

Directions North America

Microsoft will advance Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations Business (D365FOB) edition as a single solution, which is being prepared under the codename Dynamics 365 "Tenerife". Tenerife will result in both a new cloud release and a new on-premises release.

"Tenerife is the single product moving forward in the cloud and on-premises," Microsoft general manager Marko Perisic told Dynamics partners today at Directions North America 2017. "We'll do everything we can to make cloud the more attractive and more profitable option for you but we give you the on-premises option for those who can't go to the cloud." Perisic and others from Dynamics 365 R&D revealed to partners some of the new plans in areas including user interface, Office 365 integration, Azure-based service consumption, AppSource, and accountant experiences.

Microsoft did not yet provide a timeline for the Tenerife release or reveal what its official naming will be. But the decision is intended to confirm that NAV customers have a path forward, either in the cloud or on-premises with an ERP product that use a single codebase and maintains all NAV capabilities.

Tenerife will offer "full NAV functionality" in Dynamics 365 and is expected to offer a broader range of customization and add-on options than previously expected. For example, Microsoft appears to be loosening its earlier guidance that all add-ons adopt the Extensions framework. The company is now making room for established add-on solutions built for previous releases of NAV using other approaches.

"Dynamics 365 Tenerife customizations are labeled and you will be able to take your customized assets to [it]," said ...

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Prior to co-founding, Jason was a Principal Software Consultant at Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC), where he implemented solutions, trained customers, managed software development, and spent some time in the pre-sales engineering organization. He has also held consulting positions at CSC Consulting and Monitor Group.

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