Getting Under the Dynamics 365 Umbrella


Microsoft Office is the name of the suite of common business productivity applications that includes Word for word processing, Excel for spreadsheets, Outlook for email and scheduling, PowerPoint for presentations, and SharePoint for document management, among other applications. This suite of applications has become a common standard: Most people in the business world now use at least some part of Microsoft Office — especially Outlook — every day, 365 days a year. Microsoft has migrated Office to the cloud, as a subscription-based online Software as a Service suite of applications, and has branded it Office 365. 


This move of Microsoft Office from on premise to in the cloud has proven to be extremely popular, as many organizations have now already transitioned their users from the desktop version of Office to Office 365. The computer network managers at most organizations prefer the online version because it’s much easier to manage a link to a website than to install and troubleshoot applications on the individual desktop PCs and laptops of users. 


As a follow-up to Office 365, Microsoft came out with a cloud version of its ERP (again, enterprise resource management), which is financial, accounting, and operational software, and combined it with its CRM (again, customer relationship management), which is sales, marketing, and customer service software. It has branded this combination of ERP and CRM in the cloud as Dynamics 365.


The 365 in Dynamics 365 emphasizes that the software plays nicely with Office 365, and it sure does — it’s highly compatible and integrated with Excel, Outlook, and SharePoint, especially. Of course, 365 is the number of days in a typical year, so the name also imparts the constant availability of the software, every single day (even on the 366th day of a leap year).
Introduction to Dynamics 365 is detailed here.