Dynamics 365 Strategies for Success

The need for businesses to innovate in order to more efficiently manage opportunities and interact with customers, employees,and other stakeholders has never been greater. Moving operations and services to the cloud is clearly the path forward. Many companies, however,struggle with how to effectively shift their businesses to the cloud, and behind that struggle is the challenge of acquiringnext generation functionality that moves themforwardin light of their historically siloed business operations.

It’s important to recognize that transforming a business can’t happen without moving forward across the entire company, not just individual domains like ERPandCRM. The focus needs to be on the interplay between business processes, software,and the cloud. Understanding which vendor can best put these three elements to work,moving a company forward to meet its specific requirements,is the only way to overcome misgivings about how, when, and whyimplementing in the cloud, whether as an upgrade or via a net-new, greenfield implementation, is the best way forward.Ideally, the vendor chosen to fulfill this role needs to be able to support an integrated set of applications and processes that deliverthe right functionality on an innovative cloud platform that itself is continually evolving to meet new customer requirements.

Enterprise Applications Consulting believes that Microsoft is a leader in meeting these complex needs.In particular,itsDynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, running on the Azure cloud, is ideally suited to support the transformative needs of the modern enterprise. The ability of Dynamics 365 to offer an integrated set of core enterprise functionswhile drawing on an active partner network to deliver last-mile, industry capabilities sets it apart from its competitors. The continuous improvement inherent in the Azure cloud is enhanced by its underlying services, and the innovations that Microsoft develops for its vast customer base can add highly valuable new capabilities for the Finance and Operations customer. The ability of Finance and Operations to support new business opportunities based on new levels of connectivity and collaboration across an increasing number of stakeholders is supported by the success of a growing customer base across a wide range of industries and geographies.

When the rest of the Microsoft stack is brought into play –Azure, Office 365, the Power Platform, and new innovations like HoloLens–the result presents a unique opportunity for companies to successfully plan and execute a vision of business transformation that is uniquely their own,while leveraging the best practices and standardization inherent in the cloud. This report is intended toshowcase how the mix of applications and cloud-based services that is unique to Dynamics Finance and Operations positions Dynamics in the context of the larger enterprise software market,andalso servesthe specific needs of individual companies. For companies looking for the greatest possiblesynergy between application, technology, and the cloud, the Dynamics 365 family, and Finance and Operations in particular, should definitely be on the short list. Regardless of when it makes sense to pull the trigger and move to the cloud, the time to plan is now.

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