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What’s in store for retail with the customer data platform 

According to industry analysts, 2020 will bring exciting innovations that promise to reshape the retail industry. Let’s take a look at the opportunities and explore the data challenges resulting from these trends. Augmented reality (AR) takes the stage Technology is catching up with expectations, with second generation augmented reality tools that make the technology more...Read more

Five ways nonprofits can benefit from marketing automation 

Nonprofits (or not-for-profits) exist in a highly competitive world. According to a report from Giving USA, the sector is large and with one crucial exception, growing: Donations. American organizations and individuals provided record-breaking levels of support in 2017. Strong support continued in 2018, with total giving from individuals, foundations, and corporations exceeding $427 billion. That’s...Read more

Nonprofits optimize donor engagement with Dynamics 365 Customer Insights 

Nonprofit organizations rely on donors and volunteers to sustain and expand their missions. But they must compete with other nonprofits for the contributions of these valuable supporters. To secure and retain necessary funds and resources, nonprofits must appeal to the interests of their supporters. Some are interested in improving children’s health, while others want to...Read more

4 essential capabilities to make the most of AI in the workplace 

To realize the benefits of AI, your business needs more than great technology and great data. That’s a given. You need tools and applications your employees will actually use that empower them to quickly develop solutions that drive efficiencies. Then, as they become more familiar with AI, that help them confidently reach for bigger outcomes....Read more

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Banking Accelerator adds BIAN API implementation 

Following the general availability release of the Microsoft Banking Accelerator in July, today we are releasing additional API sample implementations to provide interoperability with Banking Industry Architecture Network (BIAN) API service domains for consumer loans and collateral. BIAN is a not-for-profit association to establish and promote a common architectural framework to enable banking interoperability. Microsoft...Read more

3 common roadblocks to maximizing AI and how to bypass them 

If AI is so transformative, why haven’t more enterprises embraced it already? Perhaps we’ve been trying to force a square peg into a round hole by asking people to adapt to AI, instead of the other way around. At Microsoft, we’re striving to change that. We believe business users closest to specific problems have the...Read more

4 ways sales teams can close deals faster with AI-powered insights 

In this two-part series, we’ll explore how AI capabilities in Dynamics 365 Sales Insights helps sales teams sell proactively and managers lead proactively. If you’re attending the Gartner  CSO & Sales Leader Conference 2019, be sure to attend our session, How Microsoft Unlocks Success with Insight-Drive Selling this Wednesday, September 18th, from 3-3:45 PM. The...Read more

How leading companies use CRM to power personalization 

Organizations must tailor consumer experiences to the individual needs and desires of current and prospective customers. Personalizing the customer journey, however, can be time intensive and expensive. Fortunately, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) technology, such as Microsoft Dynamics 365 Sales, makes this process efficient and affordable. One organization dependent on personalized experiences is AAA Northeast. Their...Read more

Customer centricity: A key priority across lines of business 

In today’s content and product-saturated marketplace, personalization is the key to standing apart from the competition. According to a recent study by Frost & Sullivan, by 2020 customer experience is expected to overtake price and product as the key brand differentiator, and companies globally lose over $300 billion each year due to poor customer experience....Read more

How to attract and retain top talent in today’s healthcare market 

Failure to identify, attract, and retain great talent is a top concern among today’s healthcare providers for good reason. Recent changes in the healthcare landscape have made recruiting and hiring tougher than ever. Most significantly, the healthcare job market has exploded, and healthcare is fast becoming one of the largest sources of jobs in the...Read more

Building smart cities of the future with Microsoft 

The term smart city usually focuses on infrastructure and how big data and information technology can be used to better manage urban assets such as waterworks, roads, and public transit. Smart denotes physical assets connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) via sensor technology streaming data such as smart parking meters or smart streetlights. Smart...Read more

Why personalization is key to surviving today’s retail market 

The retail landscape has changed dramatically in recent years with the rise of internet consumerism providing customers with access to more content, buying channels, and brand options than ever before. Customers today are well-informed, highly selective, and expect intuitive, engaging, and personalized experiences when they shop – with consistency across every buying channel they use....Read more