Dynamics SL has served your business well for years, but a dramatic shift in Microsoft’s focus over the last few years may have you wondering, "What's next for Dynamics SL". With its latest roadmap, Microsoft attempts to paint a picture of what the product will look like in the coming years. But the details it offers are vague, at best.
Does this leave you with an unsettled feeling in the pit of your stomach and searching for your next move? You’re not alone.
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Other troubling signs the future of Dynamics SL is in jeopardy
Microsoft leaves it out of its own marketing materials
Since its release in late 2016, Dynamics 365, a new cloud offering has been the golden child of Microsoft’s marketing department. All promotions around the older Dynamics products, including SL, have come to a screeching halt. Even finding information about SL on Microsoft’s own website is impossible without performing a search. And when you find it, they suggest you consider their new Dynamics 365 product.
Microsoft is depending on its partners to turn Dynamics SL into a cloud offering
These days, you can’t find any website selling software, particularly business software, that doesn’t mention the cloud. There’s no denying this is the way the industry is going. So, it’s no surprise Microsoft’s investing so much of its resources into marketing Dynamics 365. But, when it comes to moving their older, more well-known business management systems, like Dynamics SL the cloud, Microsoft left that legwork to their partners.
Even if you buy Dynamics SL in the “cloud” some legacy issues remain
The cloud is the cloud, right?… Not exactly. There are several clouds types, each of which come with their own benefits and drawbacks. When you buy Dynamics SL in the cloud from a partner, here’s what happens.
Essentially, they install your SL software on their own server and give you access to it via the web. This set up is known as a private cloud. Yes, you no longer must spend money maintaining and eventually upgrading your own hardware. But software updates, continual license costs, and security issues are all still a concern. The extent to which you must deal with these depends on which hosting provider you choose.
Add to this persistent rumors that Microsoft has sent much (if not all) of the development for Dynamics SL offshore – a move they would never make with their most important products – and you can’t help but wonder… What next for Dynamics SL? Where do we go from here?
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