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As Alysa outlines in her blog post, the release of the July update marks the availability of several new applications as well as important updates to many of our existing Dynamics 365 Cloud Services.
Before we talk about the new Applications and capabilities, I want to start by talking about the new deployment options for Finance & Operations. It was just a few months ago in my last blog post that I shared our plans to create two additional deployment options for Dynamics 365 for Operations, Microsoft’s cloud ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) service. Today I am pleased to announce that the local business data deployment option for on-premises deployments became generally available on June 28, 2017.
As Alysa mentions in her blog post, in addition to the option to deploy Finance and Operations as a Microsoft managed service running in Microsoft Azure, customers now can deploy it in their own data center to help meet the needs of their business.
The on-premises deployment option (also referred to as local business data) provides a unique differentiator to enterprise customers versus other ERP products by providing a choice as customers can start on-premises and have the option to easily move their solution to the cloud, when they are ready, to take advantage of cloud scale and the rich analytic experiences it delivers. The on-premises solution is based on a modern architecture that focuses on leveraging Windows Server 2016 and SQL Server 2016 to bring forward a deployment running in a customer’s data center.
While we believe in our Cloud Service as the best deployment option, we do understand customers may need to support business process execution in their data centers in certain cases. With on-premises deployments customers can address these core business requirements:
On-premises deployments is the next step in our journey to support the deployment options that our customers have asked for to meet their business needs. Finance and Operations is unique in our ability to allow customers to deploy where ever and how ever they want, and with the introduction later this year of the cloud + edge deployment option, we will deliver the best of on-premises and cloud deployments in one option to help support our customers worldwide.
We have a rich set of resources you can find here that can help you learn about, and prepare for, on-premises deployments including the system requirements as well as what you need to do to download and provision the software.
Now, onto new application features and updates to existing Cloud Services….
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations is now Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance & Operations, Enterprise edition. Our offering is comprehensive and covers the gamut of both Operations and Finance and shows that we are continuing to deliver the global features and functionality that our customers want and need not just across the application, but helping our partners to deliver feature-rich industry experiences as well.
In addition to the updates to Finance and Operations, I am excited by the release of two new modern, purpose built applications: Dynamics 365 for Retail which is designed to provide retailers with an integrated end-to-end view of their operations with centralized management and clear visibility across stores, employees, customers, inventory, and financials and is generally available. And Dynamics 365 for Talent which provides a 360-degree view of your workforce from sourcing and recruiting, to onboarding and retention and is available in Preview for customers and partners participating through the Dynamics 365 Insider Program and will be generally available later this month.
I wanted to highlight some of the major investment areas for this update which include embedded analytics, an improved mobile experience, increased speed and predictability of implementations, and the new upgrade experience from Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Let’s take a look:
Analytics – embedded analytics integrated directly into the form and workspace; with drill down capabilities into transactions; 15 rich dashboards across the functional spectrum will be immensely useful for end users in their daily functions to help them make better, faster decisions to achieve optimal outcomes.
Modern Mobile experiences for the warehouse worker, expense management, and time keeping, as well as a unified approvals mobile app that marks the start of a new journey with our customers.
Faster and more predictable implementations – A number of capabilities to speed and improve the implementation process are in the new update, including the ability to create company configurations that can be copied to create new ones based on existing companies. Cost Accounting has been modernized with a great Getting Started guide and a simplified experience with a new background validator that helps to keep the system of record continually viable. The Fall Release 2017 will see us apply these learnings across all our modules with new Getting Started and validation wizards.
Upgrade from Dynamics 2012 is now in Preview – We have re-imagined the upgrade experience from Dynamics AX 2012 releases to Finance & Operations and are happy to share it with our customers and partners. The changes are focused on simplifying the migration while keeping the abstractions and the use consistent. The new features contribute to simplified change management and improved support for the data governance needs of your organization.
We continue to update and expand Finance and Operations as well as our new, purpose-built applications. For the latest view on the full spectrum of our work, make sure to review our roadmap site and check back often to see the ongoing updates that are available.
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