The Dynamic Community User Groups officially kicked off the annual Summit16 convention in Tampa today with nearly 7,000 participants in attendance. The CEO of Dynamics Communities, Andy Hafer, opened up the keynote by bringing the leaders of each user group to the stage to talk about their significant growth over recent years. As growth continues, goals for each user group were to enhance Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and increased engagement within the local chapters. In addition, a new user group was announced today, the Power BI User Group (PBIUG). Before the vision keynote, the crowd got the opportunity learn more about the Portico Chorus. The Portico Chorus is a not for profit organization that helps adults with special needs in the Tampa community. This impressive singing performance created an emotional moment for many in Amalie Arena. Executive Vice President from Microsoft, Scott Guthrie, took the stage for the vision keynote to officially show Dynamics 365 to the community for the first time. Scott talked about four key pillars to Dynamics 365; purpose built, productive, intelligent, and adaptable. The key to understanding Dynamics 365 is around a common goal to breakdown the silos that exist today between CRM and ERP and bring that data together in a more usable way. Dynamics 365 also offers a host of additional applications found on Microsoft AppSource which allows customers to turn on and pay for only the additional functionality that they need. The mobile app also looked impressive and also comes with an offline mode. PowerBI will also be embedded within the platform. It was announced that Dynamics 365 will officially be available on November 1. Current CRM Online customers will transition to this new platform in the near future. Existing GP customers can take a look at the offering as there will be an eventual migration path to this new cloud based solution, but it was also made abundantly clear that Dynamics 365 is not being viewed as a replacement to GP. Dynamics 365 is another offering and the GP product will continue to be developed and GP customers should only move to Dynamics 365 if they believe that this new CRM/ERP cloud offering is a better fit for what they are doing today. There was a lot of good information in this 2 ½ hour keynote session and a great way to kick off the UG Summit. If you are using CRM or GP today and have additional questions, please let us know as we will also be keeping up on new developments and how these changes may benefit your organization.
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