It has been no secret that Microsoft is invested in the Cloud. They see it as the most efficient way for organizations to utilize business systems, and they have literally put billions of dollars into the development of their Azure Cloud Platform. Microsoft’s Azure Cloud is built for high-security, high-performance, and high-reliability. The technology has become so good, that if you are still hosting your business systems on-premises (i.e. ERP, CRM, Office), then your company could be at a greater risk of loss due to any type of business disruption such as natural disasters, ransomware, phishing, hacking, and even corporate espionage.
Fortunately, Microsoft has a plan to move you to the cloud, and if you are a Dynamics GP, Dynamics NAV, or Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premises customer, then you can take advantage of a licensing promotion designed to make it even easier called the Bridge to the Cloud.
What is the Bridge to the Cloud promotion?
The Bridge to the Cloud program is a four-year path to transition you from your on-premises deployment of Dynamics 365 Business Central, Dynamics GP, or Dynamics NAV, to Dynamics 365 Business Central online. A benefit of signing up for this promotion is that Microsoft will provide you with dual-use rights to Business Central online and your current on-premises licenses for up to four years. This allows you to continue using your current system (GP, NAV, or D365 Business Central on-premises) in the immediate future, while planning your transition to Business Central online within the four-year timeframe. Customers who enroll in the Bridge to the Cloud are committed to transition to the cloud at some point in the four-year promotion term. The added incentive when you sign up for the promotion is that Microsoft will discount the Business Central licenses to you by 60% off the list price for up to four years.
Who is eligible for the promotion?
Existing Dynamics GP, Dynamics NAV, and Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premises customers are eligible for this promotion. Customers need to be active on their Enhancement Plan or have lapsed less than 30 days prior to enrollment. Microsoft has structured it so that you can only take advantage of it on your annual maintenance renewal date.
How long is the promotion available?
This promotion is available from September 1, 2021, until June 30, 2022.
Customers who sign-up for the promotion by June 30, 2022, commit to a one-year subscription with three optional renewals afterward, making this offer a maximum of four years total.
How much does it cost?
The cost is equal to the customers already established Enhancement Plan renewal amount. This promotion allows an option for the Enhancement Plan renewal amount to be spread out through monthly payments.
How do you sign-up for this promotion?
Contact your Encore Account Manager to determine if this promotion is a good fit for you.
Is this promotion the same as the CSP-EP offer?
No, the promotion is not the same. It is very similar to the CSP-EP offer, however there are two main differences. The Bridge to the Cloud promotion has a maximum of four years, whereas the CSP-EP is three years. The second difference with the Bridge to the Cloud offer is that it’s a one-way transition to the cloud and customers will fully migrate to Business Central online.
Can you transfer from CSP-EP to Bridge to the Cloud?
Yes, customers currently enrolled in the CSP-EP offer can transfer to the Bridge to the Cloud promotion if they’d like. Customers would benefit from a longer-term length of four years, compared to three years with CSP-EP. Customers do not need to wait until their Enhancement Plan renewal anniversary to do this transfer.
If you have any questions about the Bridge to the Cloud offer, please contact us.
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