Microsoft has long been viewed as the grandfather of IT innovation. There is great nostalgia to be found in the chime sounds accompanied with the Windows 95 start-up music, later modernised to a space odyssey reminiscent riff in '98.
Microsoft’s cloud strategy is paying big dividends, which is great news for both Microsoft’s customers and partners like SAGlobal. In Microsoft’s recent earnings release, the company revealed that they generated over $100B in annual revenue for the first time. This was largely fueled by strong growth in the company’s cloud services, including Azure, Dynamics 365, and Office 365.
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.