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Dynamics 365: 2 major updates per year

Microsoft recently announced a change in their service update process for Dynamics 365 (online). As from now, there will be two major releases per year, foreseen in April and October. Doing so Microsoft wants to lower upgrade costs, offer the latest capabilities and functionalities to all users and provide a better support experience.

Release notes of these predictable updates will be published months prior to each major update to be prepared for the new features and improvements. Next to early visibility of the upcoming changes, both partners as customers will be able to test the latest capabilities early in the update cycle. The Dynamics 365 updates will be made available in a sandbox environment well in advance of its release.

Besides these 2 major updates, Microsoft will deploy performance and reliability improvement updates throughout the year.

Microsoft’s extended announcement is available on their blog.

Get in touch if you would like to know more about this announcement or any other Dynamics 365 related question. Stay tuned for more Dynamics 365 news!

 

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Summit EMEA Dublin 2018

Day 3 @ Summit EMEA Dublin 2018

As you could already read on our blog, our colleague Laurent Van Aert was at the Summit EMEA in Dublin the past 3 days. Laurent’s diary of the first two days are available on this blog: read his experiences of day 1 and day 2.

Curious how his 3rd day at the Summit EMEA Dublin 2018 looked like? Laurent explains it here:

“Really enjoying the final day at the Summit EMEA in Dublin. We started off with getting some profound insights in how LinkedIn can be deeply integrated into Dynamics 365, showing the immense advantages enforcing both sales as HR performances.

This session was followed with a demo on how powerful PowerApps can be to deliver a specific application for the branches of Metro Bank enabling employees to provide a great customer experience. Of course implementing new systems, apps, procedures and other within an organisation aren’t possible without taking care of the aspect of change management. Very useful insights about this matter were provided in a dedicated session concerning internal (digital) transformation.

Last but not least the Summit ended with a comprehensive and accurate representation of the developments of email integration within Dynamics 365, including the latest alteration of keeping the Outlook client and the enhancements of the fully integrated email function within the new Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Marketing module.

It has been some exciting days and the future is looking bright for sure!”

Would you like to know more about the Summit EMEA Dublin 2018? Get in touch, we’ll tell you all about it!

Summit EMEA Dublin 2018

Day 2 @ Summit EMEA Dublin 2018

As you could already read on our blog, our colleague Laurent Van Aert is currently attending the Summit EMEA in Dublin. You can read Laurent’s first day report here.

Curious how day 2 at the Summit EMEA Dublin 2018 went? Then you should read further:

“It has again been a packed day full of sessions! In the morning an elaborative session around 360° Customer Service Engagement provided us with a broad scope of possibilities for delivering a professional approach towards customers using PowerApps, Unified Service Desk solutions and more tools depending on the various ways of interaction with customers throughout the entire servicing journey.

As the deadline for being GDPR compliant is approaching rapidly, Microsoft demonstrated not only how they ensure being compliant as a data controller, but also how the Microsoft solution delivers the necessary tools and functionalities for any organisation or company in order to respond to the different challenges concerning the privacy regulation.

In the afternoon, a session on full Office 365 integration using SharePoint, OneDrive and OneNote provided quite some insights in how this can be set up efficiently and how to assure an effective empowerment of employees surfing on the wave of digital transformation. Furthermore we also had the opportunity to get deeper insights in how to guarantee an efficient implementation of Portals, including Microsoft’s new v8 multiple out-of-the-box solutions.

A final highlight of the day definitely was the Vodafone Iceland case about a effective customer engagement project using Dynamics 365/CRM showing that any digital transformation program needs to be driven by and carried throughout the entire organisation to ensure being successful. It was again a very enriching day! Tomorrow it’s already the last one but my expectations are (still) high!”

Check out this blog post for an update on day 3 of the Summit EMEA Dublin 2018.

Summit EMEA Dublin 2018

Day 1 @ Summit EMEA Dublin 2018

Our colleague Laurent Van Aert is attending the Summit EMEA in Dublin. Summit EMEA is the User Group conference that brings Microsoft Dynamics 365, AX and CRM users, industry experts and software development vendors together to discuss important issues, to learn about product updates and to find genuine solutions that suit your business needs.

You can read Laurent’s impressions of day 1:

“It has been an exciting & interesting first day at the Summit EMEA Dublin 2018! We kicked off with a promising opening presentation demonstrating how Microsoft’s Business Applications can tremendously accelerate Digital Transformation. Followed by a live demo of Customer Engagement leveraging the capabilities of Microsoft Social Engagement, Customer Engagement, Portal Technology and more tools all combined to engage with your customer making sure expectations set by the brand’s strategy and related commitments are more than met.

At the same pace more valuable insights were gained during the afternoon sessions focusing firstly on Resco’s brand new Inspections module. And last but not least, we were introduced to Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Marketing which will become the enabler for truly monitoring and steering the customer journey. I’m already looking forward to attend tomorrow’s sessions!”

Check out these blog items for more Dublin news: day 2 and day 3.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

April 2: Dynamics NAV in Dynamics 365 cloud

The Dynamics 365 Cloud Platform is evolving at light speed! As of April 2, full ERP capabilities of Dynamics NAV will be offered in the cloud.

Being introduced as Dynamics 365 Business Central, it will bring the full power of Dynamics NAV to the cloud. As such, Business Central has at its foundation a set of trusted, proven technologies that have served 160,000 customers and millions of users worldwide.

As a single, end-to-end application, Business Central offers (quoting Microsoft’s announcement):

  • Business without silos
    Unify your business and boost efficiency with automated tasks and workflows, all integrated within familiar Office tools like Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  • Actionable insights
    Achieve greater outcomes and gain a complete view of your business with connected data, business analytics and guidance delivered by Microsoft’s leading intelligent technologies.
  • Solutions built to evolve
    Start quickly, grow at your own pace and adapt in real time with a flexible platform that makes it easy to extend Business Central based on your changing business needs.

Dynamics 365 Business Central will be generally available on April 2 in 14 countries, including Belgium, and will be sold only through Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) partners like we are. You can read the extended Microsoft announcement on their blog.

Get in touch if you would like to know more about this release or any other Dynamics 365 related question.

 

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Drive Customer Experience

“What’s new in Dynamics 365?” breakfast seminar

On Wednesday November 8 we organised a breakfast seminar about the newest features in Dynamics 365 (version 9.0). Place to be was Mediahuis in Antwerp, where also the offices of Admiral Dynamics are located. A dozen of participants were present at our morning session. We kicked off the day with a delicious breakfast and a cup of coffee.

Then, Marga Van Laere, CEO of Admiral Dynamics started her speech with a short summary on the basics of Microsoft Dynamics 365. After this introduction she informed our audience about the coolest features, since the latest upgrade of Dynamics 365 beginning of October:

  • Unified interface across apps
  • View hierarchy for products, accounts and users
  • Pin your favourite records and views
  • Editable grid features
  • Quick vs. advanced find
  • Dashboards & charts
  • Marketing automation with ClickDimensions
  • Social selling and LinkedIn Sales Navigator
  • And much more…

Are you interested in automating your sales, marketing and/or service processes? Would you like to introduce CRM in your company but you don’t know where to start? Give us a shout! We are happy to help you out. Also, if you would like to join one of our upcoming breakfast seminars, have a look at our events page.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 partnership renewal

For the 8th time in a row Admiral Dynamics has renewed her strategic partnership with Microsoft. We are proud to be called an official partner for Dynamics 365 Cloud Customer Relationship Management.

Of course, this is something we could only attain with the help of and together with our loyal clients and dedicated team. THANK YOU!

Trends Top and Dynamics 365, a perfect combination

TTrends Top integration with Dynamics 365hanks to the integration with Trends Top, you can easily import actual company data within your Microsoft Dynamics 365 environment. Working with the Trends Top database provides you the most recent known company details like financial data, contacts, segmentation, etc. of more than 1.3 million active organisations.

With only a few clicks, your CRM will be updated and readily accessible to anyone within your organisation.

Would you like to find out more about the Trends Top integration with Dynamics 365? Contact us for a Trends Top demo and we’ll be pleased to show you how it exactly works!

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