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In this week’s “In Case You Missed It,” we’re giving a recap of our Business Forward event, where we shared some ways that Microsoft Dynamics 365 continues to be the best tool businesses can use to manage operations on all sides. We’ll also highlight enhancements that streamline application development and the delivery of big data services, as well as some new tools for data analysis, database development, and other cloud-based optimization tasks.

Just last week, we also wrapped up our annual Microsoft Connect(); event, a three-day online conference in which developers learn about new tools and strategies for creating innovative apps. This year’s event focused on our commitment to the open-source community, as well as how developers can build for the intelligent edge and intelligent cloud as they harness the power of AI. Check out our full announcement to get all the information you need.

More intelligent and innovative business operations

Ideas for customer innovation and competitive edge in the marketplace were top-of-mind at Microsoft’s Business Forward event in Chicago. For instance, United Technologies Corp., a commercial aerospace company, is leveraging Dynamics 365 and Azure to gain a unified view of its customer and operations data to optimize sales, customer care, and field services. In addition, businesses now can use two new applications for Dynamics 365 for Talent—Attract and Onboard—to find new employees and optimize processes for hiring and training.

New Dynamics 365 and Adobe Experience Manager integrations, announced Nov. 3, give our customers visibility into both sales and marketing data, break down silos, and streamline website experiences to help turn shoppers into buyers. These improvements help companies evolve how they interact with their audiences and anticipate their intentions with better access to and organization of data.

Get all the details on how Dynamics 365 can elevate your business.

Exciting access and enterprise options for app developers

The ability to rapidly develop applications and scale them up or down according to different workloads is essential for modern businesses. Mesophere, a leading provider of open source software for data centers, has recently made this much easier by widening access to DC/OS and placing it on the Azure Marketplace. This is significant since Mesophere DC/OS helps developers build and run data-rich containerized applications and accelerate new cloud initiatives. Now that it is available on the Azure Marketplace, they can get even more access to enterprise capabilities, including an entire suite of big data services.

Mesosphere’s new options also include the ability to run both stateful and stateless services across datacenters, Azure, or hybrid designs. This means developers now have an ideal platform for advanced analytics deployments, such as real-time decision-making or machine learning, or for Internet of Things (IoT) use cases, such as connected cars. To learn more about Mesosphere DC/OS and how availability on the Azure Marketplace will help your business, read the full announcement.

Across the cloud, improved database analysis and management

Increased productivity relies on actively identifying obstacles: database bottlenecks, slowdowns due to concurrent usage, disparate data sources, and other barriers. Recent advances made to SQL Server 2017 and Azure data services help developers overcome these challenges, giving them an efficient, secure platform to store and analyze information. We recently shared the following updates:

  • Microsoft SQL Operations Studio: This free, lightweight tool for modern database development and operations works on Windows, Mac, and Linux machines. It can increase productivity by identifying bottlenecks in SQL databases and streamlining command line tools. It will be available in preview soon.
  • A new Power BI Report Server: The latest version lets users keep Power BI reports on-premises and connect to any data.
  • Azure Analysis Services Scale Out: This new feature for Azure Analysis Services allows customers to support large numbers of concurrent users without reducing performance speed.
  • Attunity Replicate: Developed for Microsoft Migrations, this program is designed to facilitate rapid database migrations to the Microsoft data platform.

To learn more about these improvements to the Microsoft data platform, read our post on the SQL Server 2017 and Azure data services updates.