Roughly two years after its initial launch as a native cloud service, Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 ERP software suite seems to be finding its stride. At the company’s annual Inspire conference, Microsoft reported that there are now roughly 100,000 monthly active users on the Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (D365FO) cloud ERP suite. Microsoft also reported that they, with the assistance of their partner channel, have grown the customer base to over 2,100 customers after year two, with over 600 of these clients using the system in production.
In continuation to my previous blog on the updates to Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations Spring release, where I had discussed more about extensions, in this article I would be taking about the reduction in version lifecycle and some of the impacts of more frequent updates from Microsoft.
In early July, Microsoft announced that they are officially moving toward a semi-annual update cadence with their Dynamics 365 ERP and CRM solutions. This new cadence was designed to optimize how Microsoft delivers Dynamics 365 updates, while also lowering upgrade costs, providing access to the latest capabilities, and offering a better support experience. This also means that Microsoft is moving toward more of a continuous update model where all clients are on the same (most recent) version of the service.
This article will give a brief understanding of What’s new or Changed in Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations 8.0, April release. Some of the key areas that we would be discussing in this blog are extensions, updates to the platform, what’s changed with the CDS, some of the global features that’s been added, minor change in Finance, couple of mobile experiences around project management and some key areas around trade and logistics.
Back in the day of System 34, 36 and 38, a user would readily have a hardcopy manual that would offer explanations of the product along with detailed steps on how to perform a function or process. Pages would include handwritten notes or scribbled thoughts filling up the columns. Every once in a while, the manual with coffee stains and faded yellow highlighted words would resurface from the cubicle drawer for a forgotten step. Gone are those days of keeping a hard copy manual!