For both Dynamics users and Microsoft Partners, the Microsoft Ignite Conference is a key date in the calendar and this year’s event, held in Orlando, Florida, certainly did not disappoint. Attendees were provided with the opportunity to discuss their experiences with Microsoft solutions, and to hear about the exciting new product and update announcements in person.
For those Dynamics users who have not been able to attend this year, here are the top three takeaways City Dynamics have gathered from yesterday’s announcements in Florida and how they could enhance your business.
Microsoft teams up with SAP and Adobe to work on their Open Data Initiative (ODI)
A key focus for Microsoft recently has been on creating a true Internet of Things (IoT). The company has already taken huge leaps towards creating a Common Data Service (CDS) by connecting all of their on-premise and cloud-based solutions, such as Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Business Central, to the Intelligent Edge.
The next step, it seems, is a partnership with both Adobe and SAP in creating an ODI across entire businesses. The advantages of an ODI for a modern business are limitless, from the seamless transfer of data between solutions to huge increases in the potential for new intelligent automation and workflows created through powerful user-led app stores such as Microsoft PowerApps.
Unified Search across the entire Microsoft 365 suite
As any business grows, data can become harder to sort and manage, running the risk of impacting business report accuracy and efficiency. Microsoft has recognised this need and, during Ignite 2018, announced full unified search functionality across the entire Microsoft 365 suite, including the likes of Office 365, Dynamics 365 and Power BI.
For users, this means that as their organisation and solution grow alongside its data volumes, navigating and drilling into important data will become easier. Moreover, they will be able to utilise the unified search function within one Microsoft 365 solution, such as Dynamics 365 and not only search the data associated with Dynamics 365, but also any other Microsoft 365 solution that the company may use.
Considering the increasing amount of time employees spend working remotely, Microsoft has been keen to make app-based experiences faster, more efficient and more secure. To champion this, the company are opting to reduce and eventually remove the need for passwords to access their solutions, whilst increasing the use of two-factor authentication.
In a modern world where data security breaches are widely reported in the news, companies, both large and small, must take every step they can to ensure they remain secure. By reducing the need for the multiple passwords that Dynamics 365 end-users need to access data remotely, Microsoft aims to promote the use of more secure systems such as a PIN, facial and finger recognition.
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