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7 Emerging Finance Trends

Technology was identified by business executives as the most important external force shaping businesses, according to a recent whitepaper published by Microsoft. Seventy-five percent of CFOs reported spending 50% or more of their time on strategic aspects of their business according to the whitepaper.

Get more great stats like this when you download the whitepaper on 7 Emerging  Finance Trends…

As we see the technology space change extremely rapidly, we also see dramatic change in the role of corporate financial leaders, many of whom are Dynamics end users.

“The responsibilities of finance leaders have evolved to encompass everything from business strategy to operations to IT risk management. The role of finance now permeates all areas of business as its influence continues to grow,” said Microsoft in the paper.

In the paper you will be able to explore seven emerging trends in finance that will help empower finance professionals to drive performance, better assess and manage risk, and drive corporate strategy and growth for their business. There are a lot of great stats in this whitepaper for general industry knowledge and it will help you conceptualize how Dynamics helps financial pros solve problems and meet new and emerging challenges head on.

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Resource 365: What to Know About Resource 365

resource 365 tiltWith Microsoft’s Indirect Cloud Service Provider program, getting started with Dynamics 365 is easier than ever for Partners and enables traditional ERP resellers to easily generate recurring revenue in the cloud with almost no upfront investment. However, one thing you will need to invest is a bit of time. We have released Resource 365 to help you minimize your time investment for kick starting your D365 practice.
Check out Resource 365 »

Resource 365 is a concise library of resources and instructions to help partners quickly consume the necessary knowledge and take the proper steps to start generating new revenue in the cloud with D365 and Office 365.

Becoming a Microsoft Cloud Service provider through the Indirect CSP program means all the heavy lifting is done for you by Indirect CSPs like Stratos Cloud Alliance.

As a CSP with Stratos Cloud Alliance you will also be able to sell a suite of other apps and products, including Azure with a cloud marketplace customized for your website.

Enrolling as a CSP is FREE. To learn more about enrolling as a CSP see the first steps at Resource 365.

The SCA Onboarding process brings multiple moving parts together in a systematic experience to help partners quickly launch a Microsoft Cloud Solution Marketplace.  As a strategic go-to-market partner, SCA helps partners launch a D365 practice within 30 Days.

Come back soon as we will be posting updates about the content found at Resource 365.

2018 Channel Predictions – Dynamics DX

We previously reported that Microsoft predicts there will be $72 billion in opportunity for Dynamics partners as Digital Transformation (DX) of the Dynamics channel accelerates. According to Nucleus, ERP vendors will push industry specific IP in order to differentiate themselves  as part of their DX strategy.

“As ERP vendors continue their push to the cloud, delivering more tailored industry-specific capabilities has been the drive for many of the R&D dollars spent,” said Seth Lippincott, senior analyst at Nucleus Research in a recent announcement. “They’re focused on delivering functional depth for cloud-based offerings, of which customers are more accustomed to seeing within on-premise environments.”

 

The Microsoft CSP program is designed to help Dynamics Partners, ISVs and MSPs start offering Dynamics 365 in 30 days with almost no upfront investment. Learn more about Dynamics 365 partner tiers.

As we approach the end of the year and Dynamics DX continues to accelerate, we thought it would be good to share some cloud and DX predictions from a few independent research firms. If you have any predictions of your own for 2018 Dynamics or cloud leave us a comment:

DX Predictions From Around the Web

By the End of 2019, DX spending will reach $1.7 trillion worldwide, a 42% Increase from 2017–IDC

Worldwide IT spending is projected to total $3.7 trillion in 2018, an increase of 4.3 percent from 2017 estimated spending of $3.5 trillion, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc.

Digital disruptors are emerging in all industries, and the need for CIOs to embrace digital transformation is urgent, according to Gartner, Inc. In fact, once digital revenue for a sector hits 20 percent of total revenue, digital transformation can’t be stopped–Gartner

The ability to use AI to enhance decision making, reinvent business models and ecosystems, and remake the customer experience will drive the payoff for digital initiatives through 2025—Gartner

By 2020, robots will engage in work that drives customer outcomes. They’ll reshape customer experience by predicting customer needs, providing customer service, empowering online self-provisioning, allowing in-person self-service, and ceding full responsibility to self-service–Forrester

By 2019, 60% of CIOs will complete infrastructure and application re-platforming using cloud, mobile, and DevOps, clearing the deck for accelerated enterprise digital transformation–IDC

Takeaways

The opportunity for Dynamics partners is growing and the time to seize it is now. As Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 CSP, SCA partners will have access to sell SCAs exclusive intelligent apps, cloud infrastructure and sales enablement tools to quickly launch their Dynamics 365 practice. Partners who are able to differentiate their offerings through industry-specific IP and functional expertise will be highly successful in leveraging the SCA Microsoft Dynamics Partner program.

$72 Billion in Opportunity – eXtreme365 Con

Dynamics 365 and its complimentary apps represent a $72 billion opportunity, according to Microsoft. The eXtreme365 Conference is wrapping up in Long Beach, Calif., where Microsoft has shed a lot of insight into the future of Dynamics 365, particularly for Dynamics Partners. Jeffrey DeMaria from the SCA team snapped a photo of this slide which brakes down the Dynamics 365 opportunity by user role…

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$72 Billion Dollars in Opportunity for Dynamics Partners broken down by user role, according to Microsoft. Learn more about partner tiers for starting a D365 practice…

In one session, Microsoft  Dynamics 365 CTO Mike Ehrenberg urged partners to start positioning their practices to offer a full suite of applications and not just Dynamics ERP or CRM. “We want [business solutions] to work together, but we want to make it easy to buy and implement just what you want and bring a [solution together] that aligns with the business areas,” he was reported saying by MSDynamicsWorld.

Of course many Dynamics CRM and ERP resellers remain reluctant to invest any resources or time into a D365 practice.

To dramatically reduce risk and eliminate costs for VARs, Microsoft has partnered with the Stratos Cloud Alliance to enable partners to get started selling D365 and add-on apps. With zero upfront membership costs, sales enablement, eLearning resources and a customizable cloud app marketplace, SCA offers turnkey solutions for starting a Dynamics 365 practice. Here is a picture of me presenting the why, what and how of the D365 Cloud Service Provider program for partners. You can access a similar presentation I did with MSDW, See D365 Partner WebCast »

extreme 365

In addition to great learning experiences at eXtreme365, it was great to be in sunny Southern California just before the holidays. Once again, Stratos Cloud Alliance was joined by a “Princess Leia” impersonator and a programmable R2D2 replica. The conversation around Dynamics365 is getting more exciting with each event we go to. We spoke to many partners and customers who are curious and eager about the opportunity. If you missed it, here’s a video recording of Joe Corigliano and Ron Huddleston Keynotes from eXtreme365…

The digital transformation of the Dynamics Channel is in full swing and change is creating a lot of excitement. At SCA, we’re looking forward upcoming events in the Dynamics channel as change seems to come at a faster pace every day.

Here are some more pics from eXtreme365 2017 in LBC.

D365 Apps – Intelligent business applications

You can generate new revenue streams with D365 Apps when you start selling Dynamics 365. Did you know you can easily implement a Microsft Dynamics 365 marketplace on your website when you partner with SCA, Microsft’s only indirect cloud service provider working exclusively with Dynamics 365? Learn more about the SCA Partner Marketplace for D365 apps »

This video shows how D365 Apps bring CRM and ERP capabilities into intelligent applications that work seamlessly together across marketing, sales, operations, customer service and field service. Learn about integration of Office 365, as well business applications for HoloLens and IoT devices with Dynamics 365.

 

Kick start your Dynamics 365 Practice today »

Dynamics Learning Portal for Dynamics 365

dynamics learning portalDo your people know the ins-and-outs of Dynamics 365? Well regardless of your knowledge level, you and your team can bone up on D365 really easily with the great resources Microsoft offers through the Dynamics Learning Portal.

With the Dynamics Learning Portal you can build your own learning plan for a step-by-step experience with video tutorials, click-throughs and more. Learn the product at your own pace and start selling Dynamics 365 with expertise.

Log in to the portal with your Microsoft ID at the following URL… https://mbspartner.microsoft.com/

While you’re learning the product, you can start selling Dynamics 365 through Microsoft’s Indirect Cloud Service Provider program. As Microsoft’s exclusive D365 Cloud Service Provider, Stratos Cloud Alliance enables Dynamics Partners to kick start their D365 practices with cloud infrastructure, marketing and sales enablement tools including a D365 eCommerce Marketplace customized to your website.

What’s in the Dynamics Learning Portal?

The Dynamics Learning Portal is full of great Partner training resources for D365 and more:

  • Custom Learning Plans – Build plans based on role and capabiltiy
  • Exam Preparation – access multiple courses and instructor-led training to help you pass certification exams.
  • Collaborate – Connect through online workshops and learning events near you
  • Lab Environment Access – Learn through hands-on labs
  • Course Transcripts – keep a record of your education with printable transcripts of your coursework

UG Summit and Role Based Intelligence

Digital transformation of the business technology channel is accelerating and financial leaders and operations officers are asking for more business intelligence features in their enterprise resource planning solutions than ever. A session at UG Summit Conference in Nashville offered a presentation slide that does a good job of illustrating what this change looks like from the perspective of financial and operations leadership roles. Stratos Cloud Alliance’s Jeffrey DeMaria was there to snap the photo below. You can see some of the upcoming 2018 A.I. features for Dynamics 365 in this Dynamics 365 A.I. blog post »

In essence the digital transformation enables proactive applications to help officers and managers do their jobs better. For example: In addition to traditional financial management through budgeting and spending constraints, intelligent financial systems forecast revenue and allocate resources for growth. Where apps were only expected to report on profit and performance, they are now expected to drive shareholder value through growth and cash flow.

Here is a breakdown of the above slide and key considerations by role for financials and operations apps:

CFO

  • Close my books faster
  • Optimize my assets and create new revenue
  • Maximize our compliance growth and profitability

COO/VP Mfg

  • Deliver ontime, in full and on target
  • Optimizize supply chain
  • Anticipate and avoid maintenance related disruption

VP Retail

  • Create personalized shopping experiences
  • Engage customers seamlessly across every channel
  • Have the right merchandise at the right place and the right time

Chief People Office

  • Find and attract top talent
  • Engage people and teams to deliver best results
  • Develop effective leadership succession

Learn about how to Move to Modern and kick start your Dynamics 365 practice in 30 days or less »

 

See more slides from UG Summit

Dynamics 365 2018 Repackage – Simplified Purchasing Experience

Dynamics 365 will be re-positioned Spring 2018 to help both SMB customers and Enterprise customers with simplified processes for procuring and launching Dynamics 365, according to Microsoft.

In order to simplify the Dynamics 365 offering and improve ease of selection, Microsoft will offer D365 as a single collection of applications, including marketing, sales, service, finance, operations, and talent .

“Instead of offering separate editions (e.g. ‘Business edition’ and ‘Enterprise edition’), we will focus on enabling any organization to choose from different price points for each line of business application, based on the level of capabilities and capacity they need to meet their specific needs,” said Alysa Taylor, General Manager, Business Apps & Strategy for Microsoft in a recent blog post. “For example, in Spring 2018, Dynamics 365 for Sales will offer additional price point(s) with different level(s) of functionality.”

Learn more about options for selling Dynamics 365 »

For the SMB space, Microsoft will deliver a single end-to-end Dynamics 365 solution that combines Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations Business Editions with the full capabilities of Dynamics NAV.

As the Dynamics 365 offering matures, opportunity is knocking louder for Dynamics VARs to start capitalizing on D365. The Microsoft Cloud Service Provider (CSP) program has been launched in order to help Microsoft VARs deliver D365 to customers. Stratos Cloud Alliance is Microsoft’s only CSP specializing in Dynamics 365, enabling Dynamics VARs, consultants and MSPs to start selling Dynamics 365 in 30 days or less.

Check out these five steps to selling Dynamics 365 with your CSP:

1. Meet your dedicated account manager

SCA is the only Microsoft Cloud Distributor specializing in Dynamics 365 and our dedicated account managers are focused on cloud business solutions.

2. Establish your marketplace

Your partnership includes a best in class ecommerce marketplace for Dynamics 365, custom branded for your company.

3. Get to know the Stratos success knowledge base

The Stratos Success Knowledge base allows partners and their employees to quickly and effectively sell Dynamics 365.

4. Get into the Partner Portal

Every resource you need to sell D365 is in the SCA Partner Portal.

5. Start Selling Dynamics 365

SCA provides turnkey sales and marketing enablement resources that your salespeople can leverage and close deals.

Learn more about Stratos Cloud Alliance Parnter »