Published on the 21/07/2014 | Written by Clare Coulson
At Microsoft’s Partner Awards held earlier this year the company confirmed that it sees Dynamics as a core growth pillar for the New Zealand business over the next three years. Clare Coulson caught up with Microsoft New Zealand managing director Paul Muckleston and his new Dynamics lead Keir Garrett to find out more…[View as PDF]
There has been quite a lot of change at Microsoft over last 18 months Muckleston told iStart. “One of the things that has been revalidated as a really important part of the business for us is Dynamics, both in terms of CRM and what we’d traditionally call the ERP space,” he said. Indeed, Microsoft NZ is adding a couple of new sales and pre-sales roles to its Dynamics team and Muckleston plans to continue the business unit’s double-digit growth of the past five years.
For Garrett, still new to the Microsoft fold, Microsoft is applying its innovation to its business solutions, with the result being Microsoft Dynamics AX and CRM which are “industry-aligned and enterprise-ready”. It has also broadened the capabilities of its Dynamics CRM, particularly in the social media space.
Where once Microsoft’s business solutions were aimed squarely at the mid-market, Muckleston and Garrett say they are now suitable for small business right up to the enterprise. This scalability means they are now making the shortlist of some big RFPs and winning. “I think that’s a good indicator in terms of where forward business is going to. We are still winning in that mid-business space, but increasingly we are seeing our partners start to win larger customers,” said Muckleston.
Garrett added: “We are being more bullish and more confident about bidding on the RFPs given the build-out of the Microsoft solution set. Now we do have full end-to-end ERP solutions, coupled with the CRM. We also have industry-aligned capabilities within that and it’s not a modular solution, this is what you buy when you buy Microsoft Dynamics.”
|Microsoft Dynamics CRM roadmap
The executive vice president of Microsoft Business Solutions, Kirill Tatarinov, is calling on businesses to adopt a person-to-person engagement approach, a customer-centric view of business that enables people to deliver meaningful and satisfying personal interactions for both customers and employees.The new version of Dynamics CRM is very different from the traditional customer database paradigm we are accustomed to. Dynamics CRM in the new era is a tool that reaches out to end customers and brings back significantly more information about individuals, using an array of methods including social interactions and customer self-service. Information that previously took companies days and months to capture is now available at the touch of a button.Dynamics CRM is seeing some stunning growth: it has achieved 38 straight quarters of double-digit growth, and has seen 80 percent growth in Dynamics CRM Online, Microsoft’s cloud CRM offering.In 2013 there were three major product acquisitions, and three major releases of Dynamics CRM. In 2014 things are ramping up even further with eight product releases, and a lot of exciting new innovations planned.
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