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Microsoft Dynamics 365 Online or On Premise? Which is the most appropriate for you?

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Deciding whether to select Microsoft Dynamics 365 Online or On Premise is probably one of the most important technical decisions in your Microsoft Dynamics 365 project. And, it is not as simple as deciding how much involvement you want your IT team to have, or how much time your IT team have. And neither does because you need access from outside the office means you have to have Microsoft Dynamics 365 Online, nor does because your data must be kept secure mean that you have to have on Microsoft Dynamics 365 premise.

And Microsoft Dynamics 365 Online is NOT the only way to get a Cloud solution of Microsoft Dynamics 365.

Late last year Microsoft released Microsoft Dynamics 365.  Microsoft Dynamics 365 is a product line of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) applications.  This article applies to CRM functionality within Microsoft Dynamics 365 and also to older versions of Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

Read more: Online or On Premise?  Which is the most appropriate version of Microsoft Dynamics 365 for you?

What Dynamics 365 means to you – whether you are a CRM Online user, a CRM on-premise user or partner hosted CRM user

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CRM is dead – long live CRM

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On 1st November 2016, Microsoft will launch Dynamics 365 in the United States.  From an ERP and CRM software perspective, Dynamics 365 is mostly a change to branding and bundling.  So how will the focus change from CRM, and particularly CRM Online, to Dynamics 365 affect you?

Read more: What Dynamics 365 means to you

How an expert solution architect consultant will save you money – possibly lots of money

This week I have been working with an interesting client. This client creates orders in CRM and needs the information in Xero (their accounting package) for invoicing. There are many ways of solving this problem. Working with the client, we have reduced the time taken per order by about 30 minutes. At a nominal $50 per hour that is saving this client about $5,000 per month in time alone. Additionally we are saving paper (about a ream per month) and printing resources.

Their process at the moment is

1. Enter the order in CRM
2. Update the status to fulfilled
3. Run a (custom) report
4. Print the report
5. Scan and email the report to another user
6. Second user rekeys the data into Xero

This is the process that was recommended to them by a previous CRM contractor.

From next week their process will be:

Read more: How an expert solution architect consultant will save you money – possibly lots of money

End users - the forgotten foot soldiers of CRM success

End-Users - the forgotten foot-soldiers of CRM success

Too many CRM projects fail and in doing so, the business experiences an overload of wastage – mostly time and money.

Time spent fixing the problems could have been avoided very easily and the money that has walked out the door in lost sales…well…

This leaves the people, from the CEO to the end-user frustrated, confused and frustrated again.

The major reason for the failure particularly after the project goes live is because users do not use the solution.  Users do not use the solution because, to them, its better the devil we know; however, this doesn’t help your organisation move with the fast-paced market that you are in. And as a result your organisation will certainly not be getting the expected return from the business intelligence that the CRM solution is expected to deliver.

If this is you then it is time to ask again what your CRM Solution is meant to do.  What results do you want from it?

Read more: End-Users - the forgotten foot-soldiers of CRM success

Five ways that Microsoft CRM will help a sales manager excel

Five ways that Microsoft Dynamics CRM enables a Sales Manager to excel – (and not a spreadsheet in sight)

Five ways in which the Business Intelligence built into Microsoft CRM will help a Sales Manager to support the sales team.

Most sales managers know the basics about their sales team and the selling process used in their organisation. They know which salespeople are their top, mid and bottom range performers; they know how long a deal takes to come to fruition, the length of the sales cycle, the dollar value of the average deal, and so on.

However,successful sales leadership demands a deeper awareness of what is going on within the sales organisation. Microsoft Dynamics CRM has many ways of helping a Sales Manager get real time Business Intelligence about what is happening within the sales team. In this ebook, I look at five ways that Microsoft Dynamics CRM will help you measure the achievement of your sales team across parameters other than top line sales value. Once you can measure something you can manage it. Until you can measure something you can only make vague changes.

Read more: Five ways that Microsoft Dynamics CRM enables a Sales Manager to excel

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 training in Sydney

Opsis training materials are updated so you learn the new features - as well as the existing material.

Business Intelligence in Dynamics 365 - 4th December

Configuration of Dynamics 365 - 12th December

Sales and Marketing in Dynamics 365 - 7th February

Automation of Dynamics 365 - 16th February

Opsis Dynamics 365 Training schedule

Opsis also offer training on your site and other Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM training solutions.


Opsis is an expert Microsoft Dynamics 365 consulting company. Our focus is your Microsoft Dynamics 365 success - not licence sales or billable hours. As Principal Consultant, Gill oversees all business operations and strategic planning and execution, yet she still believes in offering personal attention to each and every client, so as to understand their needs and offer tailored solutions.  We are based in Sydney, with clients in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane and across Australia.  We offer Microsoft Dynamics 365 strategy, Microsoft Dynamics 365 scoping, Microsoft Dynamics 365 implementation, Microsoft Dynamics 365 technical support, Microsoft Dynamics 365 advice and guidance, Microsoft Dynamics 365 training and mentoring.