Dynamics 365 – Industry Focus is not BS

I first heard Microsoft floating the “Industry Focus” concept to partners shortly after Office 365 launched. It seemed pretty clear that this cloud shift was going to eliminate a lot of existing revenue for partners. I felt back then, that the “Industry Focus” concept was something that Microsoft cooked up …

Dynamics 365 – Bending it to Your Will

In Microsoft’s continuing quest to make Business Solutions easier, “Configuration over Code” is where they are making the most investment. “Coding” requires skills that most customers, and frankly most partners, do not have, which leads to additional costs for the customer. How is Microsoft doing on lowering this barrier?

Dynamics 365 – SMB Apps Myth-Busting

My flight home to Tampa from Seattle, following the Worldwide Dynamics Partner Advisory Council meeting, is a relatively short hop compared to that of many of the other partners in the group, but nevertheless, it feels long to me. But it is a perfect time to write up what little …

Dynamics 365 – The Enemy has a Name: Data

The most read post of mine was, and still is, this one that I wrote in 2013. It has been viewed more than 100,000 times even though it is so far out-of-date, it is probably completely wrong information today. While I understand that “technical” articles will always draw more views …

Dynamics 365 – Refactoring RapidStart and Sellers Sell

This is a continuation of my post “Dynamics 365 – A Partner’s Journey from Salesforce“, if you did not like that one, then you probably won’t like this one either. When we last left off, Microsoft had requested that we consider turning ourselves inside-out

Dynamics 365 – No Bench Warmers in SMB

Most of the Microsoft Partners that focus on SMBs, are themselves SMBs. No SMB, whether Customer or Partner, can afford to pay for skilled people who mostly sit on the bench. The new, nimble SMB partner is more like a football coach, calling in Special Teams, or free agents as …

Dynamics 365 – A Partner’s Journey from Salesforce

So it’s Christmas morning, gifts have been opened, and family won’t be arriving for several hours yet, so I go to write. As I think about the great year wrapping up for us, and look forward to the even more promising year to come, I find myself reflecting on our …

Dynamics 365 – The SMB Hero Offer… for now

Microsoft likes to use the term “Hero Offer” for a particular subscription. It’s like the Sears Good, Better, Best approach. Usually the “Hero” offer, means that you are a hero to Microsoft if you sell it, not that is is the best solution for every customer. So, what is the …

Dynamics 365 – Needs More Cowbell!

Hey, what do you think about that cool new Insights feature in Dynamics 365? Which one? Yes, it seems that the Microsoft cloud team has a new favorite word. On its own, or in conjunction with another word, “Insights” is all the rage, and well on its way to being …

Dynamics 365 – When will it finally be Finished?

I am returning from a small Dynamics partner conference in Newport Beach. One of the recurring themes at this conference, particularly when a Microsoft representative stood before us, was pelting them with questions similar to: “When will Dynamics 365 be finished?”. I was not one of those asking that question, …

Dynamics 365 – A new lane on the Cloud Highway

As a traditional Microsoft partner, you can probably remember the good ol’ days. Steady, predictable, the kinds of things you could build a nice business on, in your own time. For customers, you were more like the utility company. Necessary, but unseen. But then the cloud crashed into everything.

Dynamics 365 – Chaos gives way to Curiosity

I am writing this seven days out from the launch of Dynamics 365, and the end of Dynamics CRM Online. We have an ISV solution called RapidStart CRM that is was designed for Dynamics CRM Online. How will it work with Dynamics 365 on November 1st? This is a question …

Dynamics 365 – A Path through Shiny Objects

The UG Summit in Tampa last week has seemed like it had been a very long conference. Granted, Microsoft bolted their Dynamics 365 Public Launch onto the front of it… but still. Scott Guthrie took the first shot on Tuesday, and Jujhar Singh followed up with the Wednesday Keynote, and …

Dynamics 365 – Getting into the Flow of things

One of the new products that will be available in Dynamics 365 is Flow. Think of Flow as a personal mini-workflow engine. The use cases are endless, but there are some caveats that you should know about. I will dive into both sides and tell you what I know, sprinkled …

Dynamics 365 – Adding CRM to your ERP Practice

I was wandering around the ***Summit today at the Tampa Convention Center and noticed a lot more non-red badges than red ones. The red badges are CRM Partners, the others are either GP, NAV or AX. Knowing what is about to be presented here shortly for Dynamics 365, I tried …

Dynamics 365 – Acquisitions that Made the Cut, or Didn’t

Let’s be real, Microsoft has a spotty track record with their Dynamics related acquisitions. Many seemed like a good idea at the time, and just did not work out for some reason. Others had us all scratching our heads wondering what they were thinking. But there have been some winners …