Microsoft Dynamics suites are a leading enterprise resource planning solution. When paired with Microsoft Azure, a popular cloud computing service, businesses have the ability to enhance their competitive advantage.
Gordon Macdonald, global outbound SMB marketing head at Microsoft's Dynamics ERP division, wrote Dynamics GP 2015 offers significant enhancements to organizations. Firms can use GP to streamline operations including project expenses, payroll, sales, purchasing, and financial departments.
Sivakumar Venkataraman, a partner consultant on Microsoft's Dynamics GP Global Partner Services team, indicated SMBs can also take advantage of an affordable ERP offering that includes a robust feature set.
"As part of Dynamics GP 2015 release, Microsoft is introducing a lower-cost self-service user license type for users who need only very light functionality within Dynamics GP," said Venkataraman in a statement, according to eWEEK. "The self-service user CAL (client access license) is a named user that will be applied per individual."
Microsoft products finding home in cloud environments
In an interview with the news provider, Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise, said the Azure Active Directory includes access to 2,400 Software-as-a-Service applications, including apps from Box, Google and Salesforce.
An Evolve IP survey discovered cloud-based deployments of Exchange, Lync and Office increased roughly 22 percent, 53 percent and 63 percent, respectively, in 2013. The study also revealed Office and Exchange will remain among the top five cloud-based solutions through 2017.
Guy Fardone, general manager and chief operating officer at Evolve IP, said the latest study found similar trends as last year's analysis with some significant changes. "We continue to see across the board drops in barriers to moving to the cloud and more support from IT managers as they have become more aligned with business executives. Also, as we have seen in our business, companies looking to move to the cloud on their own are experiencing some hiccups along the way," Fardone added.
"Since so many organizations are likely first-time cloud adopters, it is not surprising some companies are looking for outside assistance to achieve successful implementations."
Since so many organizations are likely first-time cloud adopters, it is not surprising some companies are looking for outside assistance to achieve successful implementations. Fardone said nearly one-quarter of respondents plan to partner with third-party vendors for their next cloud application.
As it stands, survey participants use an average of 2.7 cloud services, while those classified as cloud "believers" have an average 3.3 applications in place. Perhaps most surprising is that 54 percent of respondents listed as "unconvinced" and "unbelievers" still anticipate implementing at least one cloud app in the next three years.
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