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Microsoft Hosting and ERP Software Pricing

Cloud & Software as a Service (SaaS) Options

Microsoft has been aggressively building global data centers in order to host applications such as Office 365 and SharePoint. While Microsoft does host its Dynamics CRM online application it does not host any of its four (Dynamics NAV, AX, GP, SL) ERP systems. Various Microsoft business partners with (colo) data center hosting infrastructures offer Dynamics ERP hosting.

With Microsoft Azure or other cloud networks, there is the possibility for a hybrid approach whereby back office information can be stored and accessed on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, and interfaced with on site Dynamics NAV for data delivery or consumption. For example, this approach could be used for hosting website registration forms (leads going into a CRM system) or a customer/employee self service portal.

ERP buyers favoring Software as a Service or cloud delivery have limited options with Microsoft ERP systems. Neither Dynamics NAV or any other Microsoft ERP software solution was originally intended for cloud delivery, and therefore not developed with a multitenant architecture and lightweight, browser-based client. While Microsoft partners may offer NAV in the cloud, bandwidth and delivery aids (such as Terminal services or Citrix) may be required, and its important to recognize the performance is not going to compare favorably with native SaaS ERP systems.

For ERP buyers that consider partner hosting, key factors to consider include confidentiality measures (data privacy, access controls, etc.), information security and uninterrupted access (assured uptime delivery and proven business continuity). Our ERP reviews show that native SaaS ERP manufacturers normally deploy complete equipment redundancy within multiple, synchronized geographically distributed Tier IV data centers—which are independently certified with SAS 70, ISO 27001 and PCI audits and attestations. In fact, Microsoft data centers also maintain these certifications. While several Microsoft hosting partners leverage reputable Tier IV colo data centers, seldom do they offer a comparable level of redundancy, performance, disaster recovery, uptime assurance or independent certifications.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV Pricing

As with all the Dynamics ERP packages, NAV's pricing structure is broken up according to inclusion of the Business Essentials pack, Advanced Management, and à la carte options. The following prices were supplied by an MS Partner and were current at time of publishing. Prices may vary by region and reseller and are to be used as a guideline only.

  • 7 users for $6,150 (Business Essentials)
  • 10 users for $10,875 (Business Essentials)
  • 7 users for $8,572 (Advanced Management)
  • 10 users for $16,930 (Advanced Management)

The Microsoft Dynamics NAV Business Essentials edition makes available a lower cost option. NAV Business Essentials is subset of the functionality found in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Advanced Management edition and addresses core needs at a more competitive price. The lower cost ERP software includes financial management, cash management, sales, procurement, human resources, inventory management and reporting tools. It supports one to ten users, and offers an upgrade to the extended Microsoft NAV product, which can accommodate as many users as needed.

Several factors affect Microsoft ERP pricing, including periodic promotions, software price changes and pricing flexibility from any given ERP value added reseller (VAR). Microsoft Financing is also option to finance Microsoft software as well as related services and hardware.

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