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Release of wave 2 for Dynamics 365 is here

The release of wave 2 for Microsoft Dynamics 365 is here. In other words, there is much for you to unpack!

With over a hundred new updates, it can indeed be challenging to figure out what is coming up. Here is what you can expect from the second release of all-new features planned to roll-out from October 2020 through March 2021. Continue reading.

What can you expect from the Release of wave 2 for Dynamics 365?

At this instant, you can expect hundreds of new features including:

  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Customer Service
  • Field Service
  • Finance and Operations
  • Human Resources
  • Commerce
  • Fraud Protection
  • Business Central
  • Customer Data platform
  • Customer Voice

Marketing

Dynamics 365 Marketing:

Nowadays, nurturing your relationships with customers is important. Additionally, more companies use digital tools to win customer loyalty.

As a response to the growing demand for digital channels and also digital tools, Microsoft invests in:

  • Host webinars as well as meetings with Microsoft Teams.
  • Check you results easily.
  • Experience customer journeys thanks to a designer with a better User Interface (UI).
  • Additionally, the ability to use natural language sentences to create targeted segments.

Sales

Dynamics 365 Sales:

Sales is not only about selling anymore. Connecting with clients and building relationships is for the most part vital. That is why these new features centre on selling smarter:

  • Sales Mobile experience makes CRM simple and get sellers to start selling smarter on-the-go.
  • Forecasting and gamification to create and manage sales forecasts as accurate as possible.
  • Enhance usability within the application.

Dynamics 365 Sales Insights:

How do you adapt to these changes that are happening right now in the world? These new features help your business adapt through sales insights:

  • Help sellers to boost their performance and workday with sales accelerator. 
  • Conversation Intelligence empowers sellers to gain great insights. Sellers close deals faster and identify new opportunities when transcribing calls and analysing content.
  • Predictive lead scoring helps uncover hidden gems.

Dynamics 365 Product Visualize:

Not everyone has a lively imagination to visualise your products in their environment. Have customers explore your product as if it’s physically there. Showcase and also customise the products to match with what your customers prefer.


Customer Service

Customer service needs to change because the customer has been impacted by the pandemic

Dynamics 365 Customer Service:

Did you know that your customers expect high-quality service on all communication channels (omnichannel)? With these improvements, your service will surely exceed expectations:

  • Hand your agents the right tools to handle multiple sessions at the same time. 
  • Enhance the omnichannel experience with mobile apps, Microsoft bot framework as well as outbound messaging.
  • Gain great insights and help agents take the best actions through AI-driven adive. 

Dynamics 365 Customer Service Insights:

Have you seen artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and business intelligence (BI) in action? With these new abilities, you can support your team to solve issues faster:

  • Embed analytics for customer service agents.
  • Track what agents are mostly looking for in your knowledge base. 
  • Suggest agents for similar cases.
  • Translate messages in real-time. 

Field Service

Dynamics 365 Field Service:

Time to take matters into your own hands and deliver proactive or predictive field service. This is how Microsoft empowers you to do that:

  • Keep track of KPI’s with new intelligence as well as a new dashboard. 
  • Send out surveys instantly through Customer Voice when a service is completed.
  • Deliver proactive service: This is where Microsoft focuses on improving user experiences with Field Service forms, and more.
  • Schedule your agents more efficiently without delay. 
  • More improvements to Field Service Inspections, Technician locator coupled with Power Apps Mobile enhancements.

Dynamics 365 Remote Assist:

What happens when you add mixed-reality to the equation when technicians need to solve problems? Here is what Microsoft has in store for you:

  • Collaborate remotely and find the right fix to perform further analysis.
  • Capture asset information with Augmented Reality during project reviews, quality assurance, inspections, etc. 
  • Have your technicians capture the right information. Which you can use to improve and also boost your business.

Finance and Operations

Dynamics 365 Finance:

With the release of wave 2 for Dynamics 365, Microsoft plans on completing core functional capabilities:

  • Automating common tasks so that you can save time. 
  • Support for five countries or regions such as Bahrain, Hong Kong SAR, Kuwait, Oman, and also Qatar.

Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management:

Companies need to be flexible and adjust to the new reality. As a matter of fact, one of the biggest impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic is the disruption in supply chains. Microsoft wants to enhance these features to support you through these times:

  • Better supply chain visibility.
  • Maximized asset uptime to assure business continuity.

Dynamics 365 Project Operations:

Everything you need to smoothly run your business, from sales to financials. This is what you need to know about the impact of the release:

  • View grant information on the Project invoice.
  • Get a summary of your invoice through Project invoice proposals and list pages.

Dynamics 365 Guides:

In this second release, Microsoft empowers you with data and AI in order to create smart workflows. Now, you can use time-tracking data and connect that data to your business.


Human Resources 

Dynamics 365 Human Resources:

Wave 2 centres on these areas to help you engage and sharpen your workforce:

  • Transform your employee’s experience by managing leave and absence directly from Microsoft Teams. 
  • Unlock your HR data through building a custom or existing report. 

Commerce 

Dynamics 365 Commerce:

As mentioned before, delivering a wide omnichannel solution is vital. Here is how to perfect your shopping journey for customers across all touchpoints:

  • New abilities to fuel your E-commerce.
  • Improve product discovery online on all your channels.
  • Support customers to do more with third-party services, connectors and themes. 

Dynamics 365 Connected Store:

Connected Store gathers signals while analysing them to get insights. In this release, you can bridge the physical and digital divide:

  • Intelligent edge: Turns your in-store camera and Internet of Things (IoT) signals into data which is sent to the cloud. Gain new store analytics such as empty shelves and distance between customers in the store.
  • Intelligent cloud: Through Intelligent edge, this SaaS solution gives insights as well as recommended actions for the retailer.

Fraud Protection 

Dynamics 365 Fraud Protection:

With the rise of online purchasing and also payments, you need to be careful. Fraud protection defends from purchase and payment fraud, account as well as shrinkage fraud. These features are planned in order to make the experience safe:

  • Review transactions manually.
  • Extend and add fraud signals into your workflows. 
  • Improve and also make the experience for Fraud Protection simple.

Business Central

Dynamics 365 Business Central:

Here is a quick overview of what you can expect:

  • Greater productivity and also more requested features.
  • Integration with Microsoft Power Platform as well as Microsoft Teams to boost collabs and decisions.

Customer Data Platform

Dynamics 365 Customer Insights:

Enrich your customer profiles with powerful insights and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Here is how you can easily personalise customer experiences with this release:

  • Unify all of your customer data.
  • Build rich customer profiles with audience intelligence.
  • Use powerful AI and Insights. 

Dynamics 365 Product Insights:

The looking glass you need to zoom in. Understand your customer’s journey better including their experience on every channels. More details to follow!


Customer Voice

Dynamics 365 Customer Voice:

How do your customers feel about your service? Collecting feedback from your customers is a must. Moreover, you can learn more about their experience. You can expect these features soon:

  • Send out surveys across communication channels.
  • Explore new insights plus follow-up on your customers.
  • Create personalised surveys with your customer data.

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You can always get in touch for more detailed information about this topic. Don’t hesitate to contact us.

Admiral Dynamics @ Digital First 2019

Digital First: Admiral Dynamics takes over

On 16 and 17 October Admiral Dynamics will participate in Belgium’s leading digital event, Digital First.

DIGITAL FIRST

Digital First is where you want to be to discover the digital world at its peak connect with top brands, agencies, experts, leaders and innovators of the digital revolution. During this 2-day event, over 150 conferences will be held and over 100 exhibitors will be attending. Including team Admiral!

Beyond doubt an outstanding opportunity to get on top of the revolution through discovering trends and exploring future opportunities for your business. That’s exactly what we – at Admiral Dynamics in synergy with Innito – want to achieve.

Our driving force is to help empower our clients through the creation of real customer value for their business by leveraging the digital transformation.

GET INSPIRED

Representing Admiral Dynamics, our speaker Laurent Van Aert will be holding a powerful keynote on Wednesday 16 October. During our session, you will discover everything about the used strategy, the impact and positive results of the Campaign to Lead Process at our customer Derbigum.

Empower yourself.
Listen to Laurent’s inspiring keynote at the Digital Transformation room on 16 October starting at 2.10 PM.

MEET US AT THE NETWORK DRINK

Digital First is such a great event with a large number of participants. It’s only a matter of taking the opportunity to explore. Admiral Dynamics will be hosting the Network Drink, granting everyone the chance to connect while enjoying a drink. The ideal occasion for an informal chat and also to get to know each other!

We believe that through networking you can accomplish a lot more than you would think. Opening up your future business to new potentials for instance.

We hope to meet you at the Networking Zone on Wednesday 16 October as from 4.30 PM.

LIVE DEMOS AT OUR BOOTH

Yesterday was the past, today is the future. Revolutionise the way you do things today to drive your business to its fullest capacity. Experience live demos at booth 8Q and discover new exciting ways to achieve your own digital transformation!

Don’t miss out: meet us to make this revolution yours.

Whitepaper | Derbigum: Digital Transformation lifts sales exponentially

This story starts in 2016. Derbigum was already using Dynamics CRM when they felt the urge to develop a better relationship with their prospects and customers. Looking into the problem, they came into contact with one of our Admirals. After sharing our views and maturity model, it was clear that we would be their ideal guide. Together we agreed that Admiral Dynamics would assist them in their mission to help them develop better relationships. Download your whitepaper for free, to find out about all the details!

The challenges of CRM 

When we became Derbigum’s adviser in their Digital Transformation, our first assignment was to analyse their level of digitalisation. Among other things, we learned that they utilised CRM for a variety of purposes. However, it wasn’t used to its full potential. Our Admiral was a bit shocked but understood the situation and handled that surprise as a professional. To be honest, they would probably have the same reaction when they saw our roof. 😉  

In order to have a complete overview of their needs, our Admirals did a complete assessment of the key process elements (like f.e. Relations Experience, Intelligence, Leverage). We also listened to Derbigum’s specific needs. This put us in the position to pinpoint the most important issues and offer practical solutions.   

Eventually the requirements of Derbigum became very clear and our project went into the next stage. The sales reps needed a tool with the following specifics: 

  • Mobile 
  • Easy and fast to use 
  • Access to necessary applications for sales 
  • Access to up-to-date information on demand 

Resco and CRM 

Since Derbigum was already using Microsoft Dynamics, we suggested Resco Mobile CRM. This was the most suitable mobile solution for their particular problem. It would tick off all the boxes and even more. You’re probably wondering if our solution did the trick?  

It didn’t last long before Derbigum deployed Resco Mobile CRM to all its European branches. Now Derbigum’s sales team has extra time to drink a cup of coffee. ☕ 

“Our sales team is constantly on the road and they need a powerful CRM Tool for their day-to-day prospection operations. The mobile app using RESCO technology clearly delivered a user-friendly sales supporting solution!“

Victor Marbach – Digital Journey Manager

Explaining how the Resco app exactly works, would take us too long, but you can read it in detail in our whitepaper.

Curious to find out? Download your copy! 

The influence of our CRM solution on Derbigum 

Derbigum hired us to lead them through the Digital Transformation process. This graph will show the steps we took to solve Derbigum’s problems.  

The steps that describe how we improved Derbigum's sales. Our first step is to analyse the level of digitalisation, after that we identify the needs. When we have a complete view of the situation we propose solutions and implement those solutions.

The only thing that rest us now are the results. Did we influence Derbigum’s sales activities?

Yes, we definitely did! Not only did we answer 6 direct needs of their sales department. We also improved their sales visits by 20% and their number of accounts by 15%. Speaking of effective consulting!

The results of our consultancy assignment visually represented. 20% higher sales visits and 15% more accounts.

Tend to your CRM needs 

This post summarizes how we tackled the needs of Derbigum. Every situation will be different because we keep the vision, mission and needs of each of our clients in our minds when working out a solution. We invite you to read the complete whitepaper to find out about all the interesting details.

Download it here.

About Admiral Dynamics 🚀

We help our customers to achieve their digital transformation.

We – at Admiral Dynamics – have a long standing history in marketing, sales & service automation processes.

We truly understand that insight in customer experience, use of intelligence and leveraging the appropriate operational tools that ‘do’ what they need to ‘do’ will help drive the long-term sustainable goals of an organisation. The systems we provide are on a single integrated platform with only one technology backbone provider: Microsoft Dynamics 365 (CRM). Find out more about Admiral Dynamics on our website!

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 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.

ClickDimensions will be GDPR compliant by the May 25 deadline

ClickDimensions will be GDPR compliant by the May 25 deadline

ClickDimensions will be GDPR compliant as the deadline of the General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR is coming closer. We are happy to read that our partner ClickDimensions is also taking the necessary steps to ensure compliance with the GDPR. ClickDimensions is the marketing automation solution for Microsoft Dynamics 365, which lots of our clients and ourselves are already using for all their email marketing and marketing automation practices.

GDPR and ClickDimensions

The European Union imposes a new regulation known as; The General Data Protection Regulation (in short: GDPR). Its goal is to ensure data protection as well as privacy of EU residents. Any organisation collecting or processing personal data of EU citizens have to be compliant with the GDPR. ClickDimensions being a data processor will meet all requirements imposed on data processors. Companies are considered data collectors when they work with ClickDimensions software. These companies are therefore accountable for their compliance.

Luckily, ClickDimensions will work on features within their tool to make it easier for clients (like ourselves) to manage GDPR-compliance. More concrete details about these changes will become clear in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned on this blog for more related info!

About ClickDimensions

For the ones who are not that familiar with ClickDimensions yet, it’s an easy-to-use marketing solution fully embedded in Dynamics 365. This means that you can access its features through the Dynamics interface, while your data is stored within your CRM database (and not in a separate marketing tool). As we are working with ClickDimensions for our own marketing activities, we can assure you that it’s very straight-forward and intuitive to use.

You can read more about ClickDimensions and their readiness plans for being GDPR compliant by May 25 on their blog.

If you still have a question about ClickDimensions, GDPR or marketing automation software, contact us through our contact form.

Image source: ClickDimensions

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.

Present at the ClickDimensions Advanced Training

On Wednesday October 25 Laurent Van Aert attended the ClickDimensions Advanced Training hosted at the Microsoft Headquarters in Amsterdam. Presenter of the day was Matt Witteman, Director of Technical Solutions at ClickDimensions. After a short introduction he provided the attendees a bunch of interesting insights throughout the day:

  • How to pimp your emails with Freemarker markup code
  • How to create appealing email templates
  • How to prepopulate forms from emails
  • How to automate bulk emails
  • How to measure email engagement
  • How to manage social posts and measure social engagement
  • And many more…

Are you interested in one of these topics? Would you like to improve your ClickDimensions knowledge? Give us a shout! We are happy to help you around by demonstrating the power and possibilities of the ClickDimensions tooling to support your marketing efforts.