Subscription Licensing

A business can be ready for an ERP solution, but sometimes the wallet isn’t. Today, we are going to break down the difference between Perpetual and Subscription Licensing. Learn how you can decrease the cost while still having Microsoft Dynamics NAV today.

Perpetual Licensing

You are licensing the software with permanent usage rights. This means you can use the software for as long as you would like. Perpetual Licensing is ideal if you prefer an upfront investment for your business. If will run the software on your premises and manage the solution in-house – this is also the route to go.

Subscription Licensing

You license non-perpetual rights. You can use the software only during the term of the agreement secured by periodic payments. To put it another way, this is like renting month-to-month or a pay-as-you-go service.

Is Subscription Licensing a good fit for my business?

If you are wary of an ERP solution due to the price tag that comes with it, then it definitely could be. It might be particularly beneficial for businesses that have variable staff or start-ups. After all, spending thousands on a hardware solution can be a huge commitment. Particularly if you aren’t sure where you want to take your business yet, or who will be clocking in next week.

With Subscription licensing, you can buy the exact number of licenses you need month-to-month. NAV has never been more more accessible to SMB’s that want an economical option than it is today. You can have an ERP without breaking the budget.

IfIf you would like to find out what a monthly subscription cost would be for your business, contact us.

For more information on a Cloud-Based solution – 5 Perks of a Cloud-Based Solution

Introducing Office 365 Connectors

Last November, we announced the limited preview of Office 365 Connectors, a brand new experience that delivers relevant interactive content and updates from popular apps and services to Office 365 Groups. We are now bringing this experience to you, our Office 365 customers.

Whether you are tracking a Twitter feed, managing a project with Trello or watching the latest news headlines with Bing—Office 365 Connectors surfaces all the information you care about in the Office 365 Groups shared inbox, so you can easily collaborate with others and interact with the updates as they happen.

Office 365 Groups is a service that enables teams to come together and get work done by establishing a single team identity and a single set of permissions across Office 365 apps. Setting up an Office 365 Group automatically creates a shared inbox, calendar, notebook and files. Now, any Groups member can add Office 365 Connectors for their group’s use, in seconds, to bring filtered information in the shared inbox that is relevant and contextual to the team’s needs and interests. For example, a product lead using the UserVoice connector can help her entire team track the latest feedback on a new product launched in market.

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Each time a key activity takes place in the service you’re tracking—for example, when a new task is added to a Salesforce opportunity, an update is made to a Trello board or an incident is triggered in PagerDuty—a message is sent to the Groups shared inbox. You can then choose to share and discuss on the message with your team or take action with a few simple clicks.

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Over 50 Office 365 Connectors are available today, spanning popular applications across productivity, news sources, HR systems, sales, project management, marketing automation, entertainment, eLearning, developer tools and many more. Some examples include MailChimp, Asana, GitHub, Stack Overflow, Aha, Zendesk, Salesforce, Twitter and UserVoice. We are also working with many other partners to enable additional connectors that will be made available soon.

In addition to the current Groups inbox integration, we plan to bring Office 365 Connectors to the Outlook inbox for individual users to leverage and over time to other experiences across Office 365.

 

If your organization already has Office 365, you can use Outlook, Outlook on the web or the Outlook Groups mobile app to start using Office 365 Connectors.

—Sonal Pardeshi, senior product marketing manager for the Office 365 team

Frequently asked questions

  1. When will Office 365 Connectors be generally available?
  2. Office 365 Connectors are currently available for First Release customers and in the process of being rolled out for generally availability shortly.
  3. How do I add a connector for my Group?
  4. Office 365 Connectors can be added and configured from Outlook on the web by navigating to your Group and clicking Connectors on the navigation bar. Find the connector you like, click Add and follow the instructions to set up the connector.
  5. What is the minimum requirement for using Office 365 Connectors?
  6. Office 365 Connectors work with the Office 365 Groups shared inbox, which requires an Office 365 work or school account. The experience is available on Outlook 2016 and Outlook Web App, and support is coming soon to the Groups mobile app for iOS and Android. We’ve listed the minimum requirements here, as well as the mobile app frequently asked questions.
  7. Where can I go to learn more about the Office 365 Connectors?
  8. Learn more about Office 365 Connectors here.

Source: https://blogs.office.com/2016/03/25/introducing-office-365-connectors/

5 Perks of a Cloud-Based Solution

A question we get asked often is whether or not a cloud-based solution is right for a customers business. The pro’s and con’s are easy enough to think on without a fancy degree in computer technology. Let’s take a look at the key reasons we think you should consider the cloud:

Up and running in no time with money to save

If your company is looking to switch to an ERP, but are deterred by the cost – saving time on hardware installation can be the deal-breaker. Deploying a new solution on-premise can take a while because of procuring and installing the IT infrastructure. Implementing a cloud ERP can easily cut your deployment time in half.

 “We already have hardware though!”

That’s okay. If your company has an ERP solution, but outdated hardware – again, this might be the deal-breaker. We won’t lie, a hardware refresh can be expensive. A transition to the cloud could cut your cost exponentially by placing the hardware ownership on your cloud-based provider’s shoulders instead of on yours.

Hardware, installation, and maintenance costs going to your cloud-based provider frees up your finances for taking your business to new heights.

Pay As You Go

Some companies are just starting up and some have variable staff based on the jobs and projects lined up at the time. Spending thousands on a hardware solution is a huge commitment if you aren’t sure where you want to take your business yet or who’s clocking in next week. A cloud-based solution allows you to purchase the exact number of licenses you need each month on a month-to-month basis. No muss, no fuss!

Accessible From Everywhere

A huge perk of a cloud-based solution is having the ability to access your data everywhere. Working from home, the office, or even on the road – just got easier.

Better security

Cloud-based providers are often held to a higher standard by many organizations. This pressure means your cloud-based provider will ensure their systems have industry-standard data security certifications, disaster recovery, and back up procedures in place.

Find out more about implementing NAV in the cloud! Contact us today.