5 distinctive features of Dynamics 365
Last fall, when Microsoft launched Dynamics 365, it shattered paradigms with its new approach to meeting the needs of businesses of all sizes. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has positioned the Redmond company’s services as vectors of digital transformation; Dynamics 365 follows this trend.
Microsoft holds up Dynamics 365 as a new generation of smart business solutions on the Cloud. But how is Microsoft different from the competition?
Dynamics 365’s modular architecture provides optimum flexibility. Companies just choose the cluster of components they need, activate the modules, and voilà! Business problems solved.
The Cloud model has many advantages: companies shrug off the hassle of maintaining an IT structure by going instead for the subscription model; users can access the features and data they need when and where they want, from the device of their choice.
Microsoft provides a flexible Cloud offering, allowing companies to build their own package based on current needs while adding on modules, features and users as and when needed.
The D365 subscription model offers an attractive pricing structure enabling economies of scale: the various licencing propositions are flexible and adapted to companies’ business reality. The various subscription types allow users to access applications as and when needed, while companies only pay for what they actually use. Dynamics 365 comes in two flavours, “Business” for SMEs and “Enterprise” for larger corporations and companies with specific or complex needs.
Microsoft gives companies subscription options. A quick needs analysis can generate substantial savings without sacrificing platform robustness or functional depth.
Dynamics 365 breaks down the traditional silos of CRM and ERP-type business solutions by combining all the functions required to support all business processes.
With Dynamics 365, all of the applications supporting business processes are integrated. Master data on prospects, clients, opportunities, orders, inventory, service, billing, accounts payable and receivable, and general ledger are consolidated, accessible, usable and measurable.
Data easily flows between business sectors; business processes can be triggered, automated and optimized in a logical sequence; users enjoy a complete, familiar and scalable set of features.
Microsoft provides a complete business application: a single solution, a single subscription, a single Cloud to meet all needs, from prospecting to accounting.
The Microsoft Family
The Microsoft family productivity tools are closely linked to the Dynamics 365 suite, making one big happy family! Obviously, Outlook, Excel, and Word are integrated and accessible in Dynamics 365, but so are OneNote, PowerPoint, OneDrive, SharePoint, Skype, etc., meaning that all of Office 365 interacts with Dynamics 365.
Microsoft provides a simple, intuitive user experience. Knowing that user adoption is key to the success of any business solution implementation, Dynamics 365 offers a familiar environment that reduces users’ learning curve while taking advantage of the proven strengths of the Microsoft Office suite of productivity tools.
Integrated Business Intelligence
You can only enhance what you can measure. That is why Dynamics 365 offers various options in terms of reporting, performance indicators and business intelligence. For years now, Microsoft has invested massively in the field of artificial intelligence and analytics; Dynamics 365 reaps the fruits of this investment with powerful, effective and easy-to-use tools.
Power BI and Cortana intelligence offer descriptive and predictive analysis capabilities, from dashboards that provide an at-a-glance summary of the health of your company, to more complex calculations to suggest new initiatives and activities, so that you can undertake and launch new processes and workflows should a trend emerge or an alarm be set off.
Microsoft doesn’t just integrate business intelligence in its Dynamics 365 suite: it takes a leading role in business intelligence. Microsoft’s recent investments in artificial intelligence and “deep learning” in the greater Montreal region are evidence of this.
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