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Microsoft Dynamics ERP SPLA customers punished by lack of Office license mobility, hosting partners say

Published on 30 October in Next Ventures

Microsoft's Services Provider Licensing Agreement (SPLA) gives Dynamics ERP customers with hosted solutions the option to pay for their Microsoft licenses on a monthly basis, adding flexibility and saving them money up front over purchasing perpetual licenses.

But for all the benefits of the SPLA option, some Dynamics partners and customers are frustrated with problems in Microsoft's licensing scheme. Customers can face unexpected additional licensing costs for Microsoft Office as part of their Dynamics ERP SPLA deals, partners say -  costs that can reach into the tens of thousands of dollars per year. Many customers do not understand that they may be buying duplicate Office licenses, and partners say they s...

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