Some new details on the bundling of a number of business services under a new umbrella called Microsoft Dynamics 365 has been revealed today. The cloud bundle will combine the company’s current CRM and ERP cloud products into one product. It offers a variety of service and pricing options to companies, similar to Office 365.
According to a roadmap shown to Microsoft partners, the company will continue to produce versions of its Dynamics GP, NAV and SL products through 2016. Meanwhile, the new Dynamics 365 for business will launch in Q4 2016. Other packages, for sales and marketing, launch in 2017. With an unveil slated at an upcoming October event, that is likely when we’ll get an idea of exact rollout dates.
As for Dynamics AX, Microsoft announced earlier this month the current software would be supported until October 2021. The company says continued support will continue the investment made by users for “years to come.”
The goal of Dynamics 365 is to:
- Move organizations from traditional application suites to SaaS (Software as a Service) apps with built-in intelligence.
- Fully integrate those apps and services into Office 365
- Allow users to pick and choose services and programs, filtering out unnecessary purchases.
In a blog post earlier this month, CEO Satya Nadella spoke about this transition to a new platform.
“Digital transformation requires systems of intelligence that are tailored to each industry, each company, each micro-task performed by each person. Systems that can learn, expand and evolve with agility as the world and business changes.” Said Nadella.
Dynamics 365 is the latest effort by Microsoft to push more corporate customers into the cloud as well as inter-connect all of their services for a one stop shop.
Much like cross-platform, Office 365 and other recent transformations, Dynamics 365 represents the latest effort by Nadella to change the way Microsoft conducts business. Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all out of the box experiences. Microsoft’s CEO wants companies to have an easier time customizing their setup.
We’ll learn more about how Dynamics 365 will really look later this year. Microsoft plans to debut the service in action at Summit 2016 in Tampa, Florida the week of October 11th. To register for the event, click here.