Good afternoon and welcome to the new month of Cloudtober.  October might just be the biggest month ever for Microsoft Cloud news with the first public reveal of Dynamics 365. We have an invitation for you to attend the sneak peek scheduled for October 11 below.

enCloud9 | Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM Consultants Daily Cloudtober News - Mon. Oct. 3, 2016 Daily Cloud News Roundup Microsoft Dynamics CRM   Gustaf Westerlund, MVP and CEO of CRM-konsulterna AB discusses his hopes for the Dynamics 365 Common Data Model. Integration of ERP and CRM is never as simple as you would think and hopefully the CDM will address those issues. Read the article at Gustaf’s blog.

As we promised above, Microsoft is getting ready for its first public preview of Dynamics 365. The first sneak peek will be held on Tuesday October 11 at 11:30 PT. You can join online by clicking on the “Save the Date” link at this page. We will be watching and ready to update you on the latest news as it is revealed.

enCloud9 | Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM Consultants Daily Cloudtober News - Mon. Oct. 3, 2016 Daily Cloud News Roundup Microsoft Dynamics CRM   Since its introduction of Office 365 in 2011, Microsoft’s office productivity suite continues in popularity and wide spread use. To learn more about this great product and how it continues to boost Microsoft, click here.

Despite the competition, Microsoft Office 365 continues to be the favored productivity application among businesses. According to Gartner research , 8.5% of public companies use Office 365 while 4.7% use Google’s cloud-based productivity offering.

Microsoft continues updating  its Office 365 application.  Last week, at Ignite, we saw lots great announcements, many of them dealing directly with Office 365.    In his article “Wrapping Up Ignite: More Office 365 Snippets”, Tony Redmond gives us some of the main highlights that deal with Office 365.

 
enCloud9 | Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM Consultants Daily Cloudtober News - Mon. Oct. 3, 2016 Daily Cloud News Roundup Microsoft Dynamics CRM

Digital transformation is changing the way we live and work today. In order to stay competitive in today’s business world, you have to have to stay 1 step ahead of the game at all times.  In this day and age of digitization, you must have a plan in place and an idea of where your company is headed in terms of digital transformation.   According to the Forrester report Digital Transformation in the Age of the Customer, only 5% of the organizations responding feel that they have mastered digital to a point of differentiation from their competitors.

To learn more on this interesting topic, read this article, in which @Triciamorris  gives us 21 Statistics Shaping Digital Transformation Fortunes.

enCloud9 | Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM Consultants Daily Cloudtober News - Mon. Oct. 3, 2016 Daily Cloud News Roundup Microsoft Dynamics CRM   Last week at Ignite, Microsoft and Adobe entered into a partnership.  This partnership will allow businesses to invigorate and strengthen their brands through using solutions such as Microsoft Azure, Adobe Marketing Cloud and Microsoft Dynamics.

Microsoft and Adobe will work together with businesses to help them see how implementing these solutions can benefit  them. The two companies have worked closely together many times in the past, so I think this pairing will be a successful one.

“Business leaders in every industry are focused on how to better engage their digital customers, wherever they are. Together, Adobe and Microsoft are bringing the most advanced marketing capabilities on the most powerful and intelligent cloud to help companies digitally transform and engage customers in new ways,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. Read more here.

This union could  redefine how businesses manage their marketing, sales, and services to better engage with customers. Learn more about how this agreement could transform marketing. 

In addition to the time and money savings, using cloud computing could essentially make your work a whole lot easier.  These two articles from the Cloud Expo discuss the benefits of using the cloud.   @Jeremygeelan gives us 6 benefits to cloud computing and @Pankaj Taneja gives us his many reasons on how moving to the cloud can be beneficial to your business.

And that raises another question…who to use for all of your cloud needs?  With their wide range of enterprise-proven solutions and industry-leading innovation, this article  from Microsoft tells why Microsoft is your wisest choice when it comes to the cloud.  Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella continues to make cloud- based services his focus. According to Nadella, cloud “is where the world is going”.  He has worked over the past couple of years towards his vision of making Microsoft into a “mobile-first, cloud-first” organization.  To learn more about his vision for Microsoft, read this 2014 article from TechCrunch.

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