Microsoft Dynamics CRM alternatives

Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Microsoft Dynamics CRM is a multi-lingual Customer Relationship Management software package developed by Microsoft. Out of the box, the product focuses mainly on Sales, Marketing, and Service (help desk) sectors, but Microsoft has been marketing Dynamics CRM as an XRM platform and has been encouraging partners to use its proprietary (.NET based) framework to customize it to meet many different demands.
Here are the latest news about Microsoft Dynamics CRM:

07.07.16 Microsoft to merge CRM and ERP into integrated cloud platform Dynamics 365



Microsoft announced its intention to combine the Dynamics CRM and ERP products into an integrated platform Dynamics 365 on top of which it is hoping third parties will build applications. It will also have deep connections with the cloud office suite, as well as to Cortana voice intelligence and PowerBI data visualization. In order to break down this rather elaborate system into more manageable chunks, the company is offering discrete applications on top of the platform including specific apps for finance, field service, sales, operations, marketing, project service automation and customer service. In addition, the company announced it’s launching the obligatory app store it’s calling Microsoft AppSource where developers can build and distribute their own apps, giving them a complete solution. The store will open with over 200 apps developed by early adopters.



2016 MS Dynamics CRM update targets IoT


Microsoft released the Spring 2016 Wave update of its Dynamics CRM. This new edition of Dynamics CRM is a core element of Microsoft's digital transformation strategy. With it the company is enabling new personalized, proactive and predictive customer experiences. The update comes with a nod to the Internet of Things (IoT) with the unveiling of Connected Field Service, a preview offering that provides out-of-the-box IoT to field service capabilities. It offers enterprises the ability to monitor any IoT-connected device, pin-down anomalies and generate alerts that trigger automated responses to the perceived problem, or threat. Availability and proximity of service technicians with the right skills and tools are then matched against the service requirement and routed to customer locations to take preventive action.



2015 Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 - the most comprehensive upgrade ever


Microsoft is billing the next release of its Dynamics CRM 2016 (coming in Q4) as the most comprehensive upgrade ever. The product has been completely redesigned, with the on-prem and cloud versions receiving major upgrades. The latest version involves four main areas that Microsoft wants to emphasize in this release including productivity, mobility, intelligence and customer service. Today’s announcement also included CRM for Outlook, which provides direct integration with the Microsoft email platform, where many sales people tend to live during the day. It’s worth noting that while this is a major release announcement, the company has been making ongoing updates to the cloud version of the product. This announcement is simply the culmination of that work, while the on-prem users will be seeing these updates for the first time.



2014 Microsoft Dynamics CRM adds social media marketing features


Microsoft announced new capabilities in marketing, customer care and social listening for Dynamics CRM. This new releases are integrated with Microsoft Office 365, Yammer, Lync, Skype, SharePoint and Power BI for Office 365.  Microsoft Social Listening includes the ability to tap into social conversations to get real-time feedback on brand, products, competitors, campaigns and issues that might be relevant to business. How does Microsoft's play into marketing compare with some other big fish? To position itself, Microsoft acquired MarketingPilot in October 2012. Last year, Oracle bought Responsys, Salesforce acquired ExactTarget and Adobe's big get was Neolane.



2013 Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online adds iPad, Yammer support


Recently Terrasoft released mobile (iOS and Android) apps for its BPMonline CRM, and may be it remembered to Microsoft that the users of its CRM system also want to have a normal mobile access to customer data. Microsoft promised to release the mobile client for Microsoft Dynamics CRM back in May 2012, then at the end of the last year, then by February 2013. It's now March and Microsoft has really launched something. But it's not a full-fledged mobile app, but just a web interface for the iPad browser, which of course, can't work offline and has many limitations. When the normal mobile CRM app will appear? Microsoft promises "in the first half of this year."


But Microsoft has a Yammer - the social intranet, that Terrasoft doesn't provide. And Microsoft has integrated this Yammer with Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, to make the system more collaborative. However, Microsoft Dynamics CRM already had the similar module - Activity Feeds, that provides almost the same functionality. So this news - is intended only to attract Yammer users to Microsoft's CRM (actually, this was the main reason why Microsoft acquired Yammer).