Top takeaways from April ’19 release notes for Dynamics 365 for sales and customer service

On Jan 21st, 2019, Microsoft published a detailed documented release on Dynamics 365 with updates and new features that you can expect starting this April. In this article, we have highlighted the key features that will be useful for partners and customers.

Overview of Dynamics 365 for sales

In the new release, Dynamics 365 for sales is the recipient of a lot of new features to help salespeople be more informed and more efficient. The successful partnership between Microsoft and LinkedIn has enabled sales reps to build deeper customer connections at greater scale.

Teams collaboration and sales forecasting are other features introduced in this release to improve seller productivity. Also, sales professionals now receive recommended content in addition to activities and notes through the sales playbook when working on an opportunity, helping to ensure they are using the right content for the right context.

Here are the details of the new features added in detail:

  1. Microsoft Relationship Sales brings together capabilities from Dynamics 365 for Sales and LinkedIn Sales Navigator. It gives sales reps easy access to up-to-date customer insights from LinkedIn.

Following are the new features incorporated in the release:

  • View LinkedIn profiles from Dynamics 365 without any configuration or additional subscription.
  • Get real-time alerts when a prospect/contacts in the pipeline change their job
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View of a customer profile from LinkedIn. Source: Microsoft

            

  1. Enrich your customer data using multiple third-party data-providers – Sales organizations can now select multiple third-party data providers in addition to InsideView and Versium to augment customer data.
  1. Enable effective collaboration with the integration of Microsoft Teams with Dynamics 365 – As per an article by Mckinsey – For a sales rep to close a deal, he needs to collaborate with 16 colleagues on an average. The D365 apps for Microsoft Teams enable sales rep to collaborate more effectively. The features below can help the sales team to be more productive and get the deal done more effectively.
  • Seamless document collaboration between Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Teams.
  • Access Dynamics 365 records on the go with Dynamics 365 bot for Microsoft Teams mobile app.
  • Add Dynamics 365 tab into teams channel to access all the Dynamics records
  1. Enable content recommendations via playbook – With April ‘19 release, sales professionals will be able to receive content recommendation via playbook, giving the seller additional details on what content to refer to while working on any activity.
  1. Seamless configure-price-quote integrated experience – Enable faster turn-around time to consistently and accurately configure price and quote by leveraging Dynamics 365 for Sales integration with partner configure-price-quote (CPQ) solutions.
  1. Sales forecasting for effective sales management – With the amount of data around customers and prospects on Microsoft Dynamics 365, sales forecasting can help the sales team in categorizing each opportunity and further leverage the information to create or update forecasts manually within the application. They will be able to view, adjust, and submit rollup forecasting values for individuals and their teams.
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View of sales forecasting for effective sales performance management (Source: Microsoft)

P.S: These notes have not been released yet, it will be available from April 2019.

 

Overview of Dynamics 365 for customer service

Dynamics 365 for customer service continues to surprise by providing exceptional customer service tools for business to differentiate themselves from the competition. Customers today are particular about ease and speed of doing business with you and they want it over the channel of engagement they prefer, at any time and on any device. To make this possible an intelligent omnichannel customer experience, and empowered agent experience is introduced in the April ‘19 release.

  1. Extending Omnichannel experience  Dynamics 365 for customer service will now provide a true omnichannel experience, which will preserve context and provide a continuous experience as customers seamlessly switch across self-service, peer-to-peer service, and assisted-service channels.

Some of the newly added features to support channel flexibility to the customers are:

  • Live chat for customers to seek real-time support.
    • Chat experience has emerged as one of the primary channels for customers to interact with support agents because of the simplicity and ease of use.
    • Customers can connect via the live chat channel because it allows service agents to be more productive by simultaneously engaging with multiple customers.
  • SMS support for customers to receive automatic notifications and engage with support agents at their own pace. A two-way conversational messaging using Telesign will help organizations increase their customer satisfaction, improve agent productivity and reduce support cost.
    • A seamless setup experience inside the application which allows interaction between customers and agents.
  1. Agent Experience  Dynamics 365 for customer service will now provide an agent experience which can resolve issues faster with the productivity tools. The new empowered agent can provide an application experience that is contextual to the engagement and unified across channels and LOB applications.

In the October ‘18 release, the omnichannel engagement hub was available in preview,  a customizable, high-productivity app built on Unified Service Desk (USD) for agents working on multiple channels. In this release, the feature will be generally available. Also, there is a browser-based multi-session, multi-app agent experience built on a unified interface.

  1. Knowledge Management – Key enhancements have been made to the knowledge base authoring and analytics experience.
  • KB templates can now be created for common scenarios such as FAQs, how-to articles and so on. Also, KB authors can quickly create standardized knowledge articles by using these templates.
  • Knowledge management (KM) analytics can identify usage and respond to gaps in the knowledge base.

P.S: These notes have not been released yet, the updates will be available in the coming months. For more details on the release date, check this link

Let Sysfore be your guide

It is an exciting time to use the new and improved Dynamics 365, We, Sysfore, know that business is first and foremost about meeting their customer’s needs. Today’s digital tsunami of automated marketing, spam, telemarketers, and poorly targeted advertising has left customers disinterested and confused. In order to really engage with your customers, authenticity is key.

To attract customers into the buyer’s journey, you must create a customer-focused culture and service-oriented sales process. That’s where products like Microsoft Dynamics 365 is revolutionizing the customer engagement and business processes experience.

 

We have served clients across various industries and we have in-built add-ons to bring value to your teams. Whether your organization is ready to get started with Dynamics 365 or have questions on where to start, Sysfore is here to support you.

Know More about:

Dynamics 365 for Sales

Brisc 365 – The winning combination of D365 for sales and LinkedIn Sales Navigator

Dynamics 365 for Customer service

Contact one of our experts today and to learn how you can implement Dynamics 365 in your organization and find the perfect solution for your business. Write to us at info@sysfore.com or give us a call at +91 (80) 4110 5555 for a free consultation.

 

Achieve 17X return on your investments with Dynamics 365


Nucleus has published a new research report on the ROI from Dynamics 365 deployments, and the findings are groundbreaking. Nucleus found that for every dollar spent, companies realized an average of $16.97 in returns. According to the report summary, “this is significantly higher than the average for both enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM), which deliver, on average, $7.23 and $8.71 respectively”. Nucleus found that companies taking advantage of Microsoft’s investments in cloud and usability, as well as integration and analytics, were able to achieve significant returns by increasing productivity and revenues and reducing costs.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 delivers $16.97 for every dollar spent

The report also dives into the value drivers for the cases which resulted in the impressive returns, finding that common elements to the financial success of deployments include:

  • Integration of Microsoft solutions with existing or new data sources and applications which has led to finishing the projects on-time and under-budget.
  • Real-time data and embedded analytics functionality which has maximized the value of the company with data-driven decision making.
  • Familiarity of the user interfaces across products which have helped customers to speed up onboarding and user adoption process.
  • The focus on improving user productivity by automating or standardizing repeatable manual processes
  • Innovations from cloud technology which has reduced the initial hardware and ongoing information technology (IT) support spend.

The integration of business capabilities such as ERP and CRM with Office 365, Power BI, PowerApps, and Azure offer even greater value than the industry averages for CRM and ERP. As Microsoft makes further investments in integration and innovation, customers will benefit from the additional value provided by the Dynamics 365 portfolio.

 

Let Sysfore be your Guide

Whether your organization is ready to get started with Dynamics 365 or have questions on where to start, Sysfore is here to support you.

Know More about:

Dynamics 365 for Sales

Brisc 365 – The winning combination of D365 for sales and LinkedIn Sales Navigator

Dynamics 365 for Customer service

We, Sysfore Technologies are building Dynamics 365 to meet you where you are, at every step of your journey. Contact one of our experts today and to learn how you can implement Dynamics 365 in your organization and find the perfect solution for your business. Write to us at info@sysfore.com or give us a call at +91 (80) 4110 5555 for a free consultation.

Introduction to Dockers & Containers

It has become ineluctable to move your applications from virtual machines to something more faster and modern with the widening gap between business and IT needs.

The idea of containerization is not new, it has been around since the early days of Unix. Containerization is a way of software development in which an application and its dependencies and configuration are bundled up together as a container image. The containerized application can be tested as a unit in any operating system or any platform.

A containerized software enables developers to deploy them across any environment with little or no modification. The Docker Container model imitates the shipping model, like how shipping containers allow goods to be transported irrespective of the cargo inside.

 

dockers and containers

A container is a standard unit of software that packages up the code and all its dependencies so the application runs quickly and reliably from one computing environment to another.

The Old Way to deploy applications was to install the applications on a host using the operating-system package manager. Entangling the applications’ executables, configuration, libraries, and lifecycles with each other and with the host OS. One could build immutable virtual-machine images in order to achieve predictable rollouts and rollbacks, but VMs are heavyweight and non-portable.

The New Way is to deploy containers based on operating-system-level virtualization rather than hardware virtualization. These containers are isolated from each other and from the host: they have their own filesystems, they can’t see each others’ processes, and their computational resource usage can be bounded. They are easier to build than VMs, and because they are decoupled from the underlying infrastructure and from the host filesystem, they are portable across clouds and OS distributions.

 

Reasons to modernize your IT infrastructure

  • Aging infrastructure
    • Low efficiency and reliability.
    • High operational costs and capital expenditure.
    • Growing security, audit, and compliance requirements.
    • Inflexible and unable to keep up with business growth.
  • Stagnant architecture
    • Legacy stack and code.
    • Long deployment times and release cycles.
    • Incompatibilities with modern software systems.
    • It’s hard or impossible to add new functionality.
    • Innovation is happening outside IT, unmanaged.

Benefits of modernizing

  • Turn CapEx into OpEx.
  • Increased operational efficiency.
    • Get out of the data center business.
    • Meet security and compliance requirements.
    • Reduce time and budget spent on infrastructure management.
  • Rapid innovation
    • Ship new capabilities faster.
    • Achieve scalability with confidence.
    • Better collaboration across business, Ops, IT and dev teams.
  • Use any OS, App, language and use it anywhere(On-premise, cloud….)

dockers and containers

“The application container market will explode over the next five years. Annual revenue is expected to increase by 4x, growing from $749 million in 2016 to more than $3.4 billion by 2021, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 35 percent.”

-451 Research

 

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