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Business Central hits the road in New Zealand

Intergen recently completed its New Zealand roadshow, demonstrating the benefits of the recently-released Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central solution.

Business Central hits the road in New Zealand

Covering Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, and Dunedin, the roadshow attracted nearly 100 attendees. The attendees saw Business Central demonstrations as well as presentations from Microsoft representatives. In Christchurch, Microsoft corporate vice president, Business Applications, James Phillips gave attendees some context into the evolution of Business Central.

James leads the Microsoft business applications group, which has more than 7,000 team members around the world. These teams build and operate business applications and services, collectively powering the digital transformation initiatives of some of the world’s largest organisations.

James talked about how industries of all kinds are in transition. Evolving business models and capabilities means many traditional industries need to pivot to a new way of thinking. Product manufacturers may become service providers and an industry structure that used to revolve around supply chain excellence and manufacturing prowess, for example, could soon come to depend on the ability to deliver timely services. Even smaller businesses are facing new opportunities and challenges as a result of global reach made possible through modern logistics and e-commerce.

James said, “For businesses to successfully navigate this transition, Microsoft created a collection of products and services that form a product set that can power any business from end to end. This includes Office 365, Dynamics 365, and Microsoft’s planet-scale cloud infrastructure, Azure. This ecosystem of products and services is well-integrated and unified, letting businesses bring their entire operations onto one platform and one set of data, without having to implement one piece of infrastructure.”

Intergen customer ChristchurchNZ also joined the team on the roadshow to talk about its experiences with Business Central.

A huge leap forward

Business Central is an evolution of Microsoft Dynamics NAV. However, it is probably more correct to call it a revolution, because it represents a huge leap forward from traditional SMB enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions.

Business Central provides a modern, unified, intelligent, and adaptable system to help businesses work more efficiently and effectively.

Previously, all Microsoft solutions aimed at small and medium businesses (SMBs) were on-premise. This marks the first time full cloud solution (SaaS) aimed specifically at SMBs has been available. Many businesses are looking to leverage the cloud for their ERP deployments; now they can.

The result is that SMBs will be able to improve their end-to-end business processes and enhance their mobility strategies with closer links to social networks and a more modular approach.

This modular approach proved popular with roadshow attendees. It lets businesses add industry-specific apps to their Business Central core system without requiring burdensome customisations. This means businesses can get functionality that suits their operations, rather than having to adjust their operations to suit the functionality available in the software.

A unified approach

Microsoft’s strategy with Business Central is to integrate it tightly into not just the Dynamics 365 family but also with Office 365 and the Power platform, which includes Power BI, Power Apps, and Flow. It’s also deeply integrated with intelligence suites including Azure AI and Cortana.

By bringing it all together into one packaged system, Microsoft has made it easier for SMBs to access the kind of functionality that was previously only possible with an enterprise-level investment.

The power of the Power platform

The Microsoft Power platform, including Power BI, Power Apps, and Flow, is now embedded in Business Central. At the roadshow, attendees saw just how simple it could be to pull out advanced business reports using Power BI out of the box.

Integration with the Power Apps tool makes it easier for SMBs to conduct processes and tasks on mobile devices without needing expertise in app development. In the past, this level of mobile connectivity was difficult and often painful to achieve. Now, it can happen virtually out of the box, getting people up and running with mobility faster.

The new developments will help SMBs drive their businesses to get started quickly, growing and adapting in real time with a flexible platform that makes it easy to extend beyond Business Central based on evolving business needs.

To find out more about how Business Central could help your business, contact Intergen today.

Posted by: John Meaker, Solution Specialist | 29 November 2018

Tags: ERP, Microsoft Dynamics, Business Central, Dynamics 365 Business Central, Enteprise Resource Planning

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