What’s new for Dynamics 365?
From 1 October 2019 there will be changes to Unified Operations with the Finance and Operations module which is being split into two separate modules: Finance and Supply Chain Management. In addition, the Unified Operations Plan, Customer Engagement Plan, and Dynamics 365 Plan are all being retired. They will be replaced with a more tailored licensing model offering a base license and mix of attach licenses. This will allow you to purchase only the apps you need.
The diagram below is the new Dynamics 365 licensing structure. It shows the split of finance and operations and the removal of the plan suites and the subsequent addition of the new base and attach licenses for both the Customer Engagement and Unified Operations elements of this product.
You will be able to choose a base license (minimum purchase of 20) which must always be maintained for each user and build up a user profile as needed by purchasing the appropriate attach licenses.
Step by step Dynamics 365 licenses
Step 1: choose your Base License as App1:
Step 2: Then build up the profile by adding additional applications from the attach licenses.
Step 3: Adds any additional users or team member licenses to their mix.
It is important to note that the additional user licensing is remaining the same and will continue to be available alongside the Team Members, Activity and Operations Device SKUs. With parity for the Customer Engagement Team Members and Device SKUs.
Existing Dynamics 365 licenses
If you have an Enterprise Agreement you will be able to continue to mix and match SKUs to satisfy minimum purchase requirements.
However, in CSP, because of system limitations, you won’t be able to mix and match SKUs to satisfy minimum purchase requirements and will need to license the minimum quantity of any given SKU to purchase the application as a base application. Any eligible attach SKU can be added to that base application.
Current agreements and subscriptions are unaffected by this license change until they expire. Once that occurs then you will need to purchase the new model, you’ll need plans in place to be able to move and to this new license model for any renewal.
This change is designed to make Dynamics 365 licensing a little more straight forward and allow you to utilise the applications you need and not purchase a plan which only a portion of the functionality will be utilised. However, if you have experience of the licensing of Dynamics 365 you will understand that the license models can be complex and intricate depending on the individual requirements and as such not all scenarios or license positions have been covered in this blog.
Further details will be released between now and the new license model launch in October, we will keep our customers updated on, but in the meantime, Microsoft have produced this FAQs document and more information on Dynamics 365 product updates can be found here.
More information and guidance on how this change might impact you and your organisation’s specific requirements, please discuss with your Trustmarque Account Manager, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your enquiry and we’ll be in touch.
By Rob Kershaw – Trustmarque Licensing Sales Specialist