When we see people bundle up, we can safely assume that fall is near. Microsoft bundled up their CRM and ERP offerings a bit early this year, to be ready for the release of Dynamics 365 this fall. But what is Dynamics 365? And what choices are available? Let’s answer those questions in the blog below. Bundled up? Let’s go!
Dynamics 365 is Microsoft’s latest offering to deliver end to end business applications (apps) in the cloud. In essence it combines Microsoft’s current CRM and ERP cloud options into a new integrated solution with purpose built apps that manage and support business functions and processes like finance, sales, project services and operations.
This means that customers can now make a selection on what apps support their business needs the best, instead of buying a complete system and not using all the functionality available. Mix and match, anyone? Via AppSource (the new Microsoft store for apps) customers can find apps, extensions and content packs that are unique to their business or industry from trusted Microsoft partners.
Dynamics 365 embraces the total Microsoft stack, including Office 365, Power BI and Cortana using a common data model (CDM). As Microsoft puts it themselves this CDM will ensure the connection between ‘structured workflow’ of business apps with the ‘unstructured workflow’ of collaboration and productivity.
Two options will be available this fall. The first is the Business Edition aimed at the SMB market and will consist of Dynamics Financials (based on Project Madeira, the current Dynamics NAV cloud version), PowerApps and Flow. PowerApps allows you to create custom, mobile and web apps that can be shared within your organization, Flow lets you create custom workflows between your apps and services. Sales and Marketing are on the roadmap for a future release. This edition is cloud-only, no on-premises options are currently available.
The second option is the Enterprise Edition and will consist of two plans (a plan is grouping of apps which allows licensed users to access all apps in that group). Plan 1 consists of PowerApps, Flow and 5 more Dynamics CRM related apps. Plan 2 will include Operations which is the ‘new’ name for Dynamics AX and offers the full range of Dynamics CRM and AX functionality. The Enterprise edition allows for dual use, which means it can be used in the cloud as well as on-premises.
Besides the plan license option, there is the option to purchase a license per app and a team member license. The team member license can be seen as a ‘light’ user with read access only.
With Dynamics 365, Microsoft has created an option that ties a lot of their business tools together in one cloud based platform. The scalability ensures that Dynamics 365 will support your future growth.
Ready to get your mittens and scarf and bundle up? These are exiting times for both customers and partners. Even though there is a cloud involved, it seems that sunnier times are ahead. Get in touch and lets discuss how we can show you the clouds, and the sun!