Microsoft Dynamics 365 Blog

How to build a modern field service organization 

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Field service organizations have traditionally operated under the break-fix model—that is, responding to a device failure after the customer reports an issue. This operating model has grown antiquated due to rising costs and inefficiencies in labor and operations. It is also proving less than effective in satisfying the customer’s growing expectations. The field service industry Read more

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Customers share their stories on migrating to Dynamics 365 

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At some point, we’ve all experienced regret over not doing something. Opportunity passes us due to our over analysis, indecision, and uncertainty. Even though we’ve all done this, we rarely seek the advice of others, thinking our situation is somehow unique or different. This rationale is common among the on-premises organizations we speak to. They Read more

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Delivering a seamless commerce experience: Unlocking omnichannel retailing with intelligent order management 

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The momentum of e-commerce continues. In fact, McKinsey & Company has stated that e-commerce shopping has 30 percent higher penetration than pre-COVID-19 pandemic, and that this pandemic has also accelerated e-commerce growth by five years.1 The COVID-19 pandemic certainly explains part of the growth in the demand, but it is not the whole story. Other Read more

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3 reasons to not delay your migration to Dynamics 365 in the cloud 

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The “changing technology landscape” has become a common trope when discussing the cloud. I understand why—it helps contextualize the disruption and advancement we’re experiencing. But you know as well as I do, this “change” has happened. The on-premises solutions and infrastructure you built your business on, though once state-of-the-art, are now less adaptable, less useful, Read more

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3 advantages of composable applications to empower supply chain network innovations 

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Manufacturing supply chains are experiencing a post-pandemic paradigm shift. As business models evolve to solve market disruptions, such as changing or adding direct-to-consumer (D2C) to a business-to-business (B2B) model, supply chains require agility and innovation to build resiliency and stay ahead of trends. United States D2C e-commerce sales have more than tripled in the past Read more

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3 ways to turn your field service operation into a revenue-generating machine 

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For decades, companies have relied on skilled technicians to repair equipment and engage with customers in the field. While these technicians were often the only representation that the customer would see, their skills, processes, and systems were seldom seen as critical aspects of the company’s revenue cycle. Until recently, many field technicians or field service Read more

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How to foster customer loyalty through personalized experiences 

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These days, customer experience is everything. Happy customers are loyal customers, but, as a group, they can be an elusive audience. Three quarters of consumers have tried new shopping behaviors since the pandemic started and 73 percent expect to continue to incorporate different brands they’ve tried into their routines.1 As we see a slow, but continued Read more

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3 ways Dynamics 365 powers adaptability for chief financial officers 

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The role of the chief financial officer (CFO) has been evolving for some time, from hindsight report generation to forward-looking advisor, business innovator, and change agent. During the pandemic, many finance leaders took ownership of large-scale digital transformation efforts––a trend that is only accelerating. Indeed, a central lesson learned through the challenges of the past Read more

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Dynamics 365 Finance helps chief financial officers tackle the subscription economy 

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For over a decade, revenue recognition has remained one of the most complex areas that finance leaders must navigate and manage. At the same time, more and more businesses are introducing subscription-based offerings in an effort to meet evolving consumer needs for innovative and convenient products and services while also creating new and predictable revenue Read more

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Microsoft AI-assisted bracket exceeds 99.9997% of others in basketball tournament 

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Every year, millions of basketball fans fill out brackets for the Division I Men’s College Basketball Tournament hoping to predict the team that will win it all. The Microsoft Business Applications Applied AI group has joined in on the fun, leveraging AI to help guide our bracket picks. So far, we’ve had a pretty good Read more

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Watch how to improve on-the-job guidance with mixed reality 

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Traditional guidance or upskilling usually requires a trained trainer, a trainee, some mix of resources like work instructions, parts manuals, or checklists, and a real-world or simulated task to perform. In this scenario, a skilled worker (the trained trainer) guides the trainee through the job until they have mastered the process and can work alone. Read more

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3 key considerations when choosing an order management system 

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The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed “order management” from the backend of logistics operations to the spotlight of supply chain and commerce strategies. Retailers, consumer package goods (CPG) companies, and distributors rushed to adapt their business models to fulfill the explosive growth of online orders through different digital channels. End-customers and organizations buy through various channels Read more

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