Microsoft Dynamics 365: Understand the Transition to the Cloud

Make informed decisions when migrating your on-premises AX and CRM to the cloud.


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Not understanding Dynamics on-premises licenses and how to map them to the cloud can leave you:

  • Confused about the new cloud-user licensing model.
  • Unsure about what licenses you currently own.
  • Uncertain when you should move to the cloud license model.
  • Worried you don’t have the budget to transition.

Transitioning Dynamics CRM or AX to Dynamics 365 can bring many advantages and improved user experiences and can help you:

  • Get all your license agreements summarized.
  • Put together a full, effective license position of your Dynamics licenses.
  • Learn about Dynamics 365 User Apps and how to map to the new cloud model.
  • Understand the costs of cloud licensing and how to save money in the transition.

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Module 1: Understand What You Own and What You Can Transition to the Cloud

The Purpose

  • Understand what you own and what you can transition to the cloud.
  • Learn which new cloud user licenses to transition.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • All your licenses in one summary.
  • Eligible transition discounts.
  • Mapping of on-premises to cloud users.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Validate your discount availability.
1.2 Summarize agreements.
  • Current agreement summary
1.3 Itemize your current license ownership.
  • On-premises to cloud user mapping summary
1.4 Review your timing options.
1.5 Map your on-premises licenses to the cloud-based, user-based model.
  • Understanding of cloud app and plan features

Module 2: Transition License Cost Estimate and Additional Costs

The Purpose

  • Estimate cloud license costs and other associated expenses.
  • Summarize and decide on the best timing, users, and program.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Good cost estimate of equivalent cloud user-based licenses.
  • Understanding of when and how to move your on-premises licensing to the new Dynamics 365 cloud model.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Estimate cloud user license costs.
  • Cloud user licensing cost modeling
2.2 Calculate additional costs related to license transitions.
2.3 Review all activities.
  • Summary of total costs
  • Validation of costs and transition choices
2.4 Summarize and analyze your decision.
  • An informed decision on your Dyn365 timing, licensing, and costs
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