Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Enter the matrix of Spring Wave 14'

17:42 Posted by Benitez Here
There can only be one.

I've always wanted to say that. Alrighty then...

I have had a few customers that have been contacting me as they have had some difficulties in finding licensing information for the new services from the Spring Wave '14 release for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013. I have also had customers wanting a centralised list of the new enhancements as well that may or may not be included in either Online or On-Premise (through Service Pack 1).

So we decided to do something about this by doing the research and compiling the information into a useful output. My colleague Nicole had the first attempt in consolidating this list and I further expanded it by providing the licensing details in a matrix.

Enter the matrix and I hope you return to the real world from this experience to understand the new and cool stuff introduced in Spring Wave and Service Pack 1 (On-Premise).

Here are some definitions for those of you who are scratching their heads at some of the terms in the matrix:

Service Pack - in CRM context a Service Pack is a package that combines previously released udpates, fixes for previous issues and ehancements
On-Premise  - a hosted CRM environment within the client organisation (or open for intepretation - hosted by a service provider)
Stand Alone - does not require a CRM 2013 envrionment, the service can be used without the need of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013.

My sources for information used in the table are the following
Some of the information may not be 100% accurate but it's a starting point and my customers have been happy with this matrix - quick and easy for them to make decisions with management on how to proceed.

If you want to read other blog posts about Spring Wave '14 or Service Pack 1, check out Hosk’s Top CRM 2013 articles of the week 6th June 2014 for more references.

I have also recently come across this video after writing this blog post that was shared by Mark Smith on LinkedIn. It's a nice walk through by Microsoft of the licensing details.

Awesome sauce! Till next time, rock on.