Dynamics 365 First Look

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It’s hard to believe, but Summit is only a few short days away! While Summit has always been a key event for anyone involved in the Dynamics community, this year is sure to stand out. Instead of a more traditional opening keynote this time around, Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of the Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Group, will be hosting the first live look at Dynamics 365. This global unveiling will be live streamed October 11th beginning at 2:30 PM Eastern/11:30 AM Pacific. Don’t forget to save the date now.

This will be the first chance to see Microsoft’s dream of the Intelligent Cloud in action and specifically explore how Dynamics 365 unifies CRM and ERP capabilities, turning them into purpose-built applications that work together seamlessly. These applications (Operations, Financials, Sales, Customer Service, Field Service, and more) in turn enable greater productivity, deliver deeper insights, and more easily transform to meet changing business needs.

Based on previously released information, we anticipate that on the 11th Scott will be showing elements of both the Enterprise and Business editions of Dynamics 365.

As a refresher, Dynamics 365 Enterprise Edition is designed for businesses with 250+ seats and combines the functionality of Dynamics AX and Dynamics CRM Online. The Business edition on the other hand is an SMB solution which caps at 300 seats and has financials based on Project Madeira with lite CRM functionality. Additionally, while both versions will be formally launched during the keynote, that lite CRM functionality will not ship with Dynamics 365 Business Edition. Instead, it is scheduled to be released during an update in Spring 2017. (For a more detailed breakdown, check out our recent post “Dynamics 365 Demystified” or our Dynamics 365 FAQ.)

We also anticipate seeing elements of Microsoft’s larger vision of the “Intelligent Cloud”. It’s no secret that this interconnected, time-saving network has been the goal all along and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hinted at this functionality during his keynote address at this year’s Microsoft Ignite, discussing the integration of neural networks, contextually aware learning tools, and fast, scalable cloud infrastructure across all of Microsoft’s offerings.

While past Summit keynotes have been exciting and inspiring, they have never presented the next generation of business software. This is definitely something you won’t want to miss.

by Sunrise Technologies

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