Monday, March 19, 2012

Quick Summary: Microsoft Convergence 2012, Day 2

Although I am not at the scene, I can smell all the heats, passions at Microsoft Convergence 2012 in Houston, Texas.

In case, you are in the same situation as me that you weren't able to make to the event, here's some fresh juice for you to taste what the event looks like on its second day, which I think is the actual beginning of the show.
  1. Microsoft Dynamics CRM has been mentioned more times than any other Dynamics products in the key note delivered by Kirill Tatarinov (President, Microsoft Business Solutions Division) and Kevin Turner (Chief Operating Officer, Microsoft). 
  2. A lot of details of the upcoming Dynamics CRM R8 release have been revealed in the Microsoft Dynamics CRM key note session delivered by Dennis Michalis (General Manager, Microsoft Dynamics CRM), Craig Dewar (Director - Product Management, Microsoft Dynamics CRM), including cross-browser support, mobile client, social enhancements, SQL Server 2012 support, snapshot of data, Office 365 integration, etc.
  3. There was a demo of upcoming Dynamics CRM metro-style interface, it is very impressive. I suspect that this is not coming with R8, it is most likely something for R9, which is scheduled for the second half of this year (Novemberish). 
  4. A LinkedIn connector/solution for Microsoft Dynamics CRM was announced today, and is coming next week
  5. Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and Office 365 provides better value together by offering streamlined business process, and integrated user experience, etc.
  6. Snapshot of data could be something very beneficial to CRM online customer. 
  7. There were two analytics sessions for Microsoft Dynamics CRM today which demonstrated some advanced scenarios of business intelligence development for Microsoft Dynamics CRM. 
The list is based on the twits that I read from twitter, which was composed based on my interpretation and speculation, I make no warranties of any kind for the accuracies of the information. Also it is very possible that I could have missed something important in the list, please do let me know if so.

Tomorrow, there are some great sessions coming, including a few sessions that focus on integration, which you shouldn't miss if you are a technical person. If you are more business-focused, you will find a lot of sessions that specifically talk about how you leverage Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform to realize your business values through sales, marketing and service automation.

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