Microsoft Dynamics 365 & Microsoft AppSource

Big day yesterdag – but also a confusing one.

A while ago, Microsoft announced Project “Madeira” as a “Public SaaS” offering from Microsoft, clearly based on our beloved NAV (but unspoken). There was a lot of fuss .. lots of people blogged about it (including me). But when you look at the name – Project “Madeira” – one could imaging this was not the final name .. right? If it is final, well .. then it would suck (only my opinion  ).

Microsoft announced yesterday “Microsoft Dynamics 365” and “Microsoft AppSource”. My first reaction was: ah, the final name of Project “Madeira”. But apparently, when reading into it, that only seems a wrong assumption..

Let me try to get you AS confused as I am at this moment :-)

And let’s start with the official Microsoft landing page for Microsoft Dynamics 365. There, you find the official blogpost that introduces this new product (?). It introduces Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Microsoft AppSource.

I guess, this says quite a lot:

Microsoft Dynamics 365 evolves our current CRM and ERP cloud solutions into one cloud service with new purpose-built apps to help manage specific business functions, including: Financials, Field Service, Sales, Operations, Marketing, Project Service Automation and Customer Service.

Without stating which actual product is behind the scenes – it mentions “current ERP cloud solutions and CRM” .. and the fact it’s going to be a cloud service. Well, not only that, even with apps (Extensions?) to help specific business.

Until now, it smells a lot like Project “Madeira”, but also may be some kind of AX version of it as well.. .

But then again, when you read further in the blog, things like “Cortana Intelligence” that will be natively embedded, or “Project Service Automation”, IoT, big data, … will be included .. does make me wonder if they are “only” talking about Madeira. I guess not. Then again – does it really matter?

My guess is that Project “Madeira” is just part of a much bigger picture, called “Dynamics 365” (the name makes a lot of sense, by the way), where there is a strong focus on making ERP available as a service in the cloud (just like Office has become a cloud service), and where customers can customize their cloud service with apps .. . Whether it is NAV or AX or CRM in the background, that doesn’t really matter – you want a solution and it’s going to be Dynamics 365 – depending on the solution you want, it will give you the product in the background (whatever it is) – making available the apps that is part of that particular service… . Something like that. The only thing I know for sure: time will tell :-).

I strongly recommend you reading the blog yourself to make up your own mind.

What is clear at this point

There is going to be a Microsoft ERP offering called Dynamics 365, and you will be able to easily choose, download and install apps from the AppSource.

What is this “Microsoft AppSource” all about?

Let’s start with the youtube video about it:

And then, just browse to the URL (https://appsource.microsoft.com/en-us/) and travel around in the AppSource. As such, you can even find apps (Extension) for NAV .. so I assume this is the “app store” we have been wanting for a while :-). It looks a lot like the Store: you are able to find apps (Extensions) for different products. I don’t see “Dynamics 365” as a separate product, but I assume it’s going to be either part of the products, or either a family name.. .

When is this available?

The blog mentions this fall – which happens to be the same time frame as Project “Madeira”.. .

Is that all? Because it is still foggy …

Yes, it’s quite foggy .. also for me. Probably I’m missing the big picture here .. sorry for that. But at least let me give you the resources I could find for now:

I look forward to the next couple of weeks, where all this probably will become very clear!
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