Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Microsoft CRM and BI a perfect combination

Recently Gartner published his annual "Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms, 2008" report where software vendors are placed in one of four quadrants within a square : niche players, visionaries, challengers, and leaders..

This year Microsoft is placed among the leaders. Furthermore Gartner placed Microsoft above the other two leaders, its ability to execute, including the competitiveness and success of its BI goods and services, its viability and investment in BI, and the execution of its sales and pricing.

In its report, written by James Richardson and three other Gartner analysts, the firm cites the attractiveness of Microsoft's integrated Office suite, its PerformancePoint Server released last year, and SQL Server to businesses standardized on Microsoft platforms. "The bundling and pricing of its BI products makes [Microsoft] an economically attractive offering that will be considered by many organizations," the analysts wrote, adding that Microsoft's large development community will further the platform.

You can read the complete article here.

A sharp reader recognises that most of these components are available within a Microsoft CRM 4.0 implementation. Therefore it is save to say that the BI capacabilities of Microsoft will push Microsoft CRM to even greater heights..

Friday, February 15, 2008

Microsoft Dynamics 4.0 first impressions....

It's been a while since my last post, a little voice told me to update my blog and start posting again, thanks for that!

Since CRM 4.0 has been officialy released a lot of partners have begone to implement/upgrade their customers to this new version.

The first impressions of our customers is in one word 'excellent'!

The new capabilities such as Internet Faced Deployment will make a lot of people smile again...

Everyone is excited and a lot of new business opportunities for international projects are out there!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

A new Job.....

Since November 1th I have switched jobs. I now work for Noblis Salesconnections bv, a Microsoft Gold Partner, specilist in the Micrsoft Dynamics CRM application.

My role within the company is that of Operational Manager. With the main responsibilities for the projects and consultancy activities. Besides this I will also be active as a senior Business Consultant, helping our customers to improve their business processes and map this to Microsoft CRM.

I'm very excited about this career move; it will be giving me the opportunity to grow in the area where there will be a lot of opportunities in the near future.

Monday, March 12, 2007

First day at the Convergence 20007


During my first day at the Convergence I was able to discuss with the Microsoft Development Team for CRM 4.0, codename Titan.

During this discussion they gave a preview of the (new) functionality within CRM. One of those things is personalized workflow. This means that for any user a workflow can be set up, which adds a lot of flexibility to the application. Another new feature is "checking for double records" this functionality is basically where everyone has been asking for.

As you can understand I see a lot of new possibilities for the new version and can't what to start working within.