Recent developments surrounding Microsoft Dynamics Azure are dramatic and reflect the current major evolutionary developments of similar technologies elsewhere. But there is one factor that could very well set Microsoft Dynamics implementation (and other Microsoft initiatives) apart from the rest: Microsoft Azure. From news.microsoft.com dated March 2016: “Microsoft is the only cloud vendor that supports the diverse needs of every organization and developer — from core infrastructure services to platform services and tools to software-as-a-service — for any language, across any platform,” Guthrie said. “With 30 regions worldwide — more than every major cloud provider combined — Azure’s massive scale means developers and businesses alike can focus on creating the next generation of amazing applications, not their underlying cloud infrastructure. This makes our cloud the de facto choice for enterprises of today and tomorrow — and today, more than 85 percent of the Fortune 500 agree.”
What this means for Microsoft Dynamics Azure is that "instead of thinking about Dynamics as a standard ERP or CRM system that you install or run in the cloud, it could become much more of a service that you use to build custom business systems that give your company new ways of working," according to Mary Branscombe writing in the June 2015 issue of cio.com. Of course, as Branscombe notes in the same article, there are numerous great new Microsoft Dynamics features already built on Azure services, but companies are building their own apps to go hand in hand with the Microsoft Dynamics implementation on Azure "...to deliver CRM and ERP inside the business, which might also build on Azure Machine Learning," Branscombe notes. She cites as an example: "Dynamics customer JJ Food Service, for example, built a predictive shopping cart that suggests what you’re most likely to want to include in your order (That's kind of like strewing popcorn-scented vapors into the air conditioning system at a movie theater. Clever!).
So the long and short of it is that Microsoft Dynamics ERP software plus all of the services and features of Microsoft Azure, like cloud-based database and server services, analytics engines, virtualization, IoT applications, enterprize application development tools, converged systems, etc., combine. This will only improve in the foreseeable future as more and more of the Microsoft Dynamics product suite is made ready for the Microsoft Azure cloud. Opposite from being a moribund technology, Microsoft Dynamics is now enjoying new life by (in a sense) being taken up into a cloud. The cloud happens to be the Microsoft Azure cloud, which is a vast powerhouse of evolving technology.
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