If you’ve been working with information technology for some time, you know some tasks are inherently more challenging than others, no matter how much you plan ahead. Integrating different systems is one of them. Every project with system’s integration is at least a bit more complex and time-consuming. But Microsoft has a new take on business and productivity platforms that will change this landscape forever – for those that use Microsoft solutions.
Integrating systems can be hard. Coordinating deadlines and communication between multiple teams and companies can easily lead to planning issues. Different programming languages and platforms often don’t have connectors, that cost money and time to develop. But that’s not all. Integrated databases often mean redundant, duplicated data across applications, and that’s not good for automation, analytics or reporting.
But Microsoft is willing to change this landscape. The company is strongly moving towards a unified solution, bringing its best offers inside a few connected umbrellas that will decrease the need for systems’ integration – if you still need it at all. Microsoft’s unique position both as a consumer and a business software leader is what makes it possible. And with Dynamics 365 and Office 365 combined, the world has its first end-to-end business productivity solution with bleeding-edge technology.
Office 365 is the leading, unchallenged productivity suite with Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. That’s a solution that runs everywhere, cloud, desktop, web, and mobile. In it, you also get a complete corporate e-mail offer. And now that Skype and LinkedIn joined the stack, it’s hard to ask for more productivity software in the same solution. It’s all Microsoft.
Dynamics 365 united Microsoft’s CRM and ERP solutions in one pack, while adding to it a rapid app development framework (PowerApps), a customer field service product (Field Services) and a complete project management solution that has Microsoft Project as a central ingredient (Project Services). On top of that, you also have access to PowerBI, Azure, and Cortana with its Artificial Intelligence capabilities.
If a company plans to use the entire Microsoft stack, there won’t be many opportunities to integrate it with other products. There’s not much left to integrate with when you have that many products developed in the same technology, hosted by the same platform, and envisioned by the same company and market strategy. Some could call that a tendency, with other vendors amplifying their solutions and extracting frameworks from it, but not many of them have strong software in so many areas to be up to the challenge.