SBS Group and Redmond Channel Partner to Co-host Webcast: “Why the Channel Needs to Embrace Dynamics 365 to Stay Relevant”

Redmond Channel Partner Editor-in-chief Scott Bekker to moderate a presentation on why partners should add Microsoft Dynamics 365 to their solution portfolios.

SBS Group, a leading information technology services and consulting firm, has announced they will be presenting a webcast with Scott Bekker of Redmond Channel Partner to help Value Added Resellers (VARs) and Managed Service Providers (MSP’s) understand how changes in the business environment for Microsoft partners has made the addition of a Microsoft Dynamics 365 practice a crucial element for continued success. The webcast will take place Tuesday, August 15th at 12 p.m. ET.

Entitled “Why the Channel Needs to Embrace Dynamics 365 to Stay Relevant,” the webcast will also highlight SBS Group’s Stratos Cloud Alliance, a new program for partners looking to expand their breadth of solutions while minimizing investment. Attendees will be introduced to Stratos Cloud Alliance’s turnkey initiative, Stratos Dynamics Digital Transformation (S2DT), a program to help partners build a Microsoft Dynamics 365 practice in 30 days.

“Microsoft Dynamics 365, and Microsoft’s recent partner management changes, has shattered the historic divide between Dynamics partners and the rest of the channel. As cloud services continue to dominate the market, the need for channel partners to sell and deliver on business value versus technical expertise will accelerate,” says Bekker. “Microsoft is working with a new indirect provider, the Stratos Cloud Alliance, to assist partners interested in adding Dynamics 365 to differentiate, increase customer stickiness, and open new revenue streams.”

Bekker will be joined by SBS presenters Jim Bowman and Scott May. Bowman is the Chief Executive Officer at SBS Group and May is the Director of Channel Programs, Stratos Cloud Alliance at SBS Group.

Registration for the webcast is free. To register, visit https://rcpmag.com/webcasts/2017/07/sbs-group-aug15.aspx?partnerref=SBS

About SBS Group

SBS Group is a Microsoft Master VAR and Indirect Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) specializing in Microsoft Dynamics solutions and services for companies of all sizes. With more than 3,000 active customers served by over 300 employees across 40 locations in North America, SBS Group is a recognized leader in cloud ERP, CRM, productivity and business intelligence solutions. We simplify the cloud experience and help our customers realize business value faster with SBS Group AXIO solutions for Dynamics 365 and our streamlined RightPath approach. SBS Group is headquartered in Edison, NJ and has been a recognized leader in Microsoft business solutions for over 30 years. http://www.sbsgroupusa.com

To learn more about the Stratos Cloud Alliance, visit http://www.dynamics365partner.com.

About Redmond Channel Partner

Redmond Channel Partner (RCP) is an independent advocate for Microsoft partners, including solution providers, managed services providers (MSPs), hosters, cloud partners and independent software vendors (ISVs). https://rcpmag.com.


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[webcast] Five Reasons Project-Driven Firms Switch to Dynamics 365

I’ve been asked this question a hundred times in many different ways, but it all comes down to “Why should a project-driven company switch to Dynamics 365?”.  It sounds like a simple question, but the answer can be a little overwhelming.  Of course, that never stops me from venturing an answer.

How is it overwhelming? 

At the risk of sounding like a software sales guy (which I’m not), I’d have to say that the answer is dependent on who’s asking.  The overall value to a traditional professional services firm is different than other project-driven companies, like machinery manufacturers or specialty contractors.  Research companies, government contractors and communications providers all gain massive value in different ways, but all have one thing in common:  Their business success is directly tied to large projects.

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A picture is worth a thousand words.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a 45-minute webcast should be more than enough to get the point across.  Join me on August 25th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. EST and I’ll do my best to provide an answer to this question.  I’ll be….

  • Sharing the top five reasons we see project-driven companies switching to Dynamics 365.
  • Introducing you to the products our clients utilize to enhance Dynamics 365 for project-driven companies
  • Drilling into contracts management, project management, revenue recognition and other topics critical to project-driven companies.

Who should attend?

This webcast isn’t for everyone, but it will be of value to just about anyone interested in learning what modern business management systems look like for project-driven companies.   IT leadership, services directors, sales directors and certainly owners and executives will all benefit.

Does size matter?  Yes, but we will be outlining multiple options for large or global enterprise firms as well as SMB firms with less than 250 employees.  Although the implementations for each are distinctly different, the core value and challenges are quite similar.

If your company is planning to upgrade any of their core systems – like ERP, PSA, CRM or even office productivity, you may find that this event holds value.  If you want to know more about the value of “the cloud” or mobile access, then definitely join.

I hope to see you online.  Registration is easy, just click here to RSVP then login to join me on August 25th at 11:00 am Eastern.

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Best regards,

Robbie Morrison
Chief Solution Strategist, SBS Group

About Robbie
Robbie Morrison has spent nearly 20 years helping customers build and deploy elegant technology and business solutions.  From start-ups to enterprise-class organizations worldwide, his knowledge of the Microsoft Dynamics ecosystem and products helps SBS Group customers maximize ROI on technology investRobbie-2017ments.

Today, Robbie serves SBS Group customers in his role as Chief Solution Strategist where he provides thought leadership and manages the development of B2B solutions.  Robbie received his MBA from the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business.
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Microsoft Unveils the Next Chapter of Dynamics Cloud Business Apps, Dynamics 365

With the launch date now getting near (1st November 2016), Microsoft unveiled the First look and shared more information regarding Dynamics 365, the next generation intelligent business apps in the cloud. Right now, there are obviously a lot of excitement, questions, confusions, concerns among existing customer and user base of the legacy On-premise applications (GP, SL, NAV & AX) as well as prospective customers and the partner community. All of us probably are wondering how our investments in Microsoft Dynamics is going to shape up in the new Dynamics Cloud era.

In this post today, let us understand and decode some of the key facts about Dynamics 365, that were unveiled and discussed in Summit 2016 held in Tampa, FL.

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Microsoft unveiled the First Look of the next generation cloud business apps, all under one unified platform called Microsoft Dynamics 365. Below are some of the key take away from the first look.

  • Microsoft Dynamics 365 is the next generation of intelligent business applications that enable organizations to grow, evolve and transform. These applications unify CRM and ERP capabilities by delivering new purpose-built applications that work seamlessly together to help manage specific business functions across Sales, Customer Service, Operations, Financials, Field Service, Project Service Automation, Marketing, and Customer Insights.
  • This perfectly aligns the Dynamics business segment with the Cloud First, Mobile-first strategy of Microsoft and puts the Dynamics platform and business applications in the forefront of the Cloud and mobile innovation by Microsoft. This means customers will see faster and continuous innovations in the business applications and will get feature updates frequently, and get capabilities connected to the entire breadth of Microsoft Cloud apps such as Office 365, Azure, Cortana Intelligence Suite, Power BI, PowerApps, Flow, IoT, Machine Learning and more.

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  • Dynamics 365 integrates the Dynamics CRM and ERP products into one unified Cloud Service and delivers end to end business application functionality as a SaaS service in the Cloud. These apps can be consumed separately and together based on your needs. So you pay only for what you use.

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  • Let us now understand what each of these business apps really  is under Dynamics 365.

Dynamics 365 For Sales: It is the Sales component/module of Dynamics CRM Online.

Dynamics 365 For Customer Service: It is the Customer Service/module component of Dynamics CRM Online.

Dynamics 365 For Field Service : This is the Field Service component/Module of Dynamics CRM Online.

Dynamics 365 For Project Service Automation: This is the Project Service component/module of Dynamics CRM Online.

Dynamics 365 For Marketing: Microsoft recently announced that it fully will integrate Adobe Marketing cloud with Dynamics 365 and make it the preferable marketing app for Dynamics 365.

Dynamics 365 For Operations: This is the New Dynamics AX (AX 7) ERP that we all are familiar with. This is where most of the customers/prospects might get confused. The name “Dynamics 365 For Operations” misleads a little bit. This business app  is really  targeted for the enterprise customers and obviously includes full advanced Financials functionality as well of AX 7. With this app, customers do NOT need to buy other Financials apps such as “Dynamics 365 for Financials”. “Dynamics 365 for Operations has everything you need to manage your Operations, including Core Financials. Hopefully, Microsoft will rename this app to “Dynamics 365 For Operations & Financials” at some point🙂.

Dynamics 365 For Financials: This is the new Financials app of Dynamics 365(Earlier known as Project Madeira) and is primarily targeted for SMB customers in most cases. This does not include any of the advanced Operations functionality such as Manufacturing, E-commerce(Retail), advanced supply chain etc.   When we say, this is targeted more for the SMB customers, we might argue whether Microsoft thinks that SMBs do not have “Operations” ? Of course, some of them do and Microsoft is probably thinking those customers should choose Dynamics 365 For Operations app instead of the Financials app. We will have to wait and see how this shapes up.

  • Dynamics 365  provides a unified user experience across all different apps and seamless transition. So you don’t have to spend more time navigating between systems. These apps are also seamlessly integrated to exchange data and play nicely with each other. For example, when a Sales rep creates a Sales order from a confirmed sales quotation in the Dynamics 365 for Sales app, it will create the Sales Order automatically in the Dynamics 365 for Operations app. Very powerful. I am excited to test more scenarios and how the data flow looks between these apps!

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  • A brand new HOME page showing you a view of all apps you own under Dynamics 365 and a direct access to Microsoft Appsource. Appsource is where you can go explore more purpose-built industry solutions(Apps) built by various Microsoft partners. When you discover new business apps, you can also see partners that are capable of implementing those apps.

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And Probably a new LOGO for Dynamics ? The Dynamics platform is most certainly getting a new logo which may look something like below.

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  • Power BI is embedded throughout the Dynamics 365 experience. As a result, you will get business insights for each of your business areas at one central dashboard page, still powered by Power BI.

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  • Dynamics 365 is inherently MOBILE with full offline mode support! (For Windows, Android and iOS). This is probably one of the biggest feature updates of Dynamics platform. With Dynamics 365, Customers can have mobile apps (Several Out of the box) and can create apps literally for any area/App. You can check my earlier post HERE to learn more about the mobile apps framework of Dynamics  365 for Operations (Dynamics AX).

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  •  Integration of Dynamics 365 and Office 365 Better than ever before. Traditional On-premise business apps (NAV, AX, SL etc) always had integrations with Office 365 and could exchange data with Microsoft word, excel outlook. But the scenarios and capabilities were somewhat limited. With Dynamics 365, the integration goes to a whole new level and provides users a full-blown integration. For example, you can drill into the details of a customer record of Dynamics 365 from within your Outlook email and even see further details such as associated sales opportunities, and launch the Dynamics 365 for Sales app/Other apps from within the email. Sleek !! A lot to explore and learn.

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  • Artificial Intelligence in Dynamics 365. Microsoft and other big companies like Google, Amazon and more are betting their future on Artificial intelligence. With Artificial intelligence built-in in Dynamics 365, you can now get product recommendations, have your office 365 data(Such as email communications and more) automatically populated into Dynamics 365 Sales or even get proactive automated personal sales assistance with warnings and recommendations when needed . This certainly involves a good learning curve for me and understand what are various things we can do with it.

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  • New SaaS service called “Dynamics 365 for Customer Insights announced under Dynamics 365. This app/service is built on top of core Azure and Cortana Intelligent data services and it can connect to your Dynamics 365 data and literally any other data source, to help you build a 360 view of your customer and better understand and engage with your customers in real-time.

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Question: Do customers need to pay to use this Service ? I do not know and we will need to wait and watch.

  • What will happen to the existing customers using AX 2009 or AX 2012 On-premise versions: There is no immediate impact for these customers. Microsoft will continue to support AX 2009 until 2018 and AX 2012 for even longer time(2021, Find more info on my earlier post). There may also be feature updates released for AX 2012. However, Microsoft also revealed upgrade plans for existing customers. You can learn more in detail at the blog post by MSDynamicsWorld.com HERE.

Long story short, customers using AX 2009 can start evaluating their upgrade options with assisted upgrade tool for AX 2009. These tools are in preview now and when released, it will have the capabilities to do the heavy lifting for you for the upgrade. I assume, while the tool can help these customers to a great deal, there will still be a good amount of work that needs to be done to make these upgrades successful.

For Customers using AX 2012, the upgrade path will be comparatively easier given the fact that schema and underlying business logic of AX 2012 and AX 7 are pretty much same. The upgrade assisting tools for AX 2012 may be available around March of 2017. Need to wait and watch.

  • More news on Common Data Model and surrounding Apps: Many of us probably know what is the Common data model and the role it has to play in the new Dynamics era. CDM basically is intended to surface data that is stored within Dynamics 365 across all the different business apps (Sales, Marketing, Operations etc.) into a set of data entities that can model the data between these different apps. It can also connect to entities outside Dynamics 365 such as Office 365 and more. As Microsoft clarified further at the AXUG conference, think of CDM as a parallel data repository and will sync with Dynamics AX and other databases of different business apps of Dynamics 365.Then services like Microsoft PowerApps and Microsoft Flow can use this to create powerful events automation and business apps connecting multiple applications and services.

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  • What is coming in Dynamics 365 For Operations and it’s roadmap: There are a whole lot of new features and capabilities coming to the Dynamics 365 for Operations(Dynamics AX 7) app in the fall release (November 2016). Below are some of the key features that you will see in the fall release.

Courtesy : Dynamics 365 for Operations: Microsoft reveals AX 2009, 2012 upgrade tools, roadmap plans

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Hope this was a good summary of Dynamics 365 announcements at Summit this year. We all have  a long way to go and learn the cool new features and services and be ready to sail through the cloud era.

Best,

Sandeep

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Sandeep ChaudhurySandeep Chaudhury is a Dynamics AX enthusiast with over 10 years of experience in functional consulting, Solutions architecture and systems integration, with expertise in the areas of Professional services automation(Project Management and accounting), Financials Management, Services Management, Sales and Marketing, Human resource management, Travel and Expenses Management and Procurement & Sourcing modules of Microsoft dynamics AX ERP. He has experience working with the new Dynamics AX (AX 7), AX 2012 R3, AX 2012 R2 and more.

SBS Group to be Exhibitor at the Dynamics User Group Summit

The conference for Microsoft Dynamics AX, NAV, GP and CRM users will be held in Tampa, FL at the Tampa Convention Center.

SBS Group, a leading information technology services and consulting firm, has announced they will be attending the Dynamics User Group Summit. SBS Group will be an exhibitor at the conference held for Microsoft Dynamics AX, NAV, GP and CRM users.

summit-tampa-transThe Dynamics User Group Summit will be held at Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, FL on October 11 – 14, 2016. The four-day conference will feature training sessions and demonstrations with all topics focusing on Microsoft Dynamics solutions. Each Microsoft Dynamics solution has its own professional organization (User Group) for users interested in leveraging and optimizing their use of Microsoft Dynamics.

As an exhibitor, SBS Group will be present throughout the duration of the conference. SBS Group will have its own booth, Booth 1013, for users to visit and interact with Microsoft Dynamics experts. SBS Group has over 30 years of experience implementing and consulting on Microsoft Dynamics solutions for businesses nationwide.

Microsoft is expected to unveil their newest enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, Dynamics 365, at the Summit. Microsoft Dynamics 365 is a cloud-only ERP solution which unifies ERP and CRM into one cloud service with new purpose-built apps to manage core business functions. SBS Group is uniquely positioned to successfully respond to this announcement due to its extensive investments to become a 1-Tier Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider and build a revolutionary online cloud marketplace.

Learn more information about the Dynamics User Group Summit at https://www.dynamiccommunities.com/conferences.

About SBS Group
SBS Group is a national Microsoft master VAR (Value Added Reseller) with Gold level competency in enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM). Over the past 30 years, they have been recognized as Microsoft Partner of the Year, Inner Circle Member and Microsoft President’s Club member multiple times. The company is headquartered in Edison, New Jersey and operates offices across North America. For more information, please visit SBS Group’s website at http://www.sbsgroupusa.com. Follow us on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/sbs-group, on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/sbsgroup and find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SBSGroupUSA.


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SBS Group to Host Two Sessions at the Dynamics SL User Group Fall Conference 2016

SBS Group announced today it will be hosting two sessions at the Dynamics SL User Group Fall Conference 2016. SBS Group, a leading information technology firm, is a Gold Sponsor at the annual event. Representatives will be present throughout the duration of the conference at Booth #16.

dynamics sl user groupThe first session from SBS Group is entitled “The Future of Dynamics Field Service Management” and will be on September 28, 2016, from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. This session will touch on the evolution of field service management over the past decade through the advancements of various cloud technologies. Also, the impact of these advancements on the Dynamics SL community and the availability of field service management to Dynamics SL users will be discussed.

The second session being held is entitled “FieldOne – Field Service Management from Microsoft”. This session will be on September 29, 2016, from 2:45 – 3:15 p.m. Microsoft’s field service management solution will be the topic of this session including its capabilities and advantages for Dynamics SL users. Both sessions will be presented by James Bowman, President and CEO of SBS Group.

The Dynamics SL User Group Fall Conference 2016 will be held at Paradise Point Resort & Spa in San Diego, CA on September 28 – 30, 2016. The three-day event will feature training sessions, demonstrations and deep dive sessions with all topics focusing on Microsoft Dynamics SL. The Dynamics SL User Group is an association of professionals interested in the development and optimized use of Microsoft Dynamics SL. To learn more about the Fall Conference, visit http://www.msdslug.com/p/cm/ld/fid=94.

About SBS Group
SBS Group is a national Microsoft master VAR (Value Added Reseller) with Gold level competency in enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM). Over the past 30 years, they have been recognized as Microsoft Partner of the Year, Inner Circle Member and Microsoft President’s Club member multiple times. The company is headquartered in Edison, New Jersey and operates offices across North America. For more information, please visit SBS Group’s website at http://www.sbsgroupusa.com. Follow us on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/sbs-group, on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/sbsgroup and find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SBSGroupUSA.


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