If you attended Microsoft’s WPC 2015 last week, you may have noticed it was a different kind of WPC experience, due mostly in part to the focus given to Microsoft Dynamics. It was evident as soon as I started to ride down the convention center escalator that WPC 2015 was all about Dynamics, much more so than it has been in previous years.
From the event branding to the event content, Microsoft Dynamics CRM & ERP were heavily present. Both were mentioned numerous times during the keynotes and in talking with my Microsoft Dynamics channel contacts, I could tell that they were energized about the recent changes and forward planning.
Having Microsoft Dynamics join center stage is both exciting and reassuring to the community, especially as the momentum builds around the upcoming fall Dynamics-focused events. Moving ahead, you can count on more to come. Here are just a few of the Dynamics announcements:
- Say goodbye to the sails in the Microsoft Dynamics logo: Microsoft announced the re-branding of the Microsoft Dynamics logo that we know today – the one with the identifiable three sails graphic. By removing the sails from the logo, Microsoft Dynamics will adopt the same naming convention used for other Microsoft products.
- Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 is official:
As the community anticipated, Microsoft Dynamics NAV “Corfu” has been officially named Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016. According to the slide below shared with WPC attendees, NAV 2016 will include the ability to work natively with Power BI, Azure SQL and Dynamics CRM Online; improvements to useability; electronic invoicing; workflow and functionality improvements; and a test automation suite for partners. Following this announcement, we can look forward to in-depth educational sessions focused around the product changes and enhancements at Directions 2015 and NAVUG Summit 2015. The beta program for NAV 2016 is now open and ends on September 1, but we will need to stay tuned for an official release date of the product.
- Here comes Microsoft Dynamics "AX 7"
Microsoft announced that the next release of Dynamics AX, code-named Dynamics "AX 7," will be included in its Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program. The CSP is designed to give partners greater control over the selling, provisioning and customer billing of Microsoft's cloud services. Check out Neil Holloway’s blog post for more information on how partners are poised to take advantage of the Dynamics Cloud opportunity. We can anticipate a preview of “AX 7” later this quarter.
Also playing a bigger role this year at WPC was the IAMCP (International Association of Microsoft Community Partners). It seemed that with every corner I turned that there was another Dynamics Partner or ISV involved in the organization. I encourage everyone to find a local chapter to join and take advantage of the number of doors it can open and connections it can build for you and your organization. It was great seeing so many of you at WPC and I look forward to hearing from you if you and your customers have any EDI and Dynamics ERP requirements.