Microsoft Convergence 2015

Well, it?s over; another successful Microsoft Convergence event has wrapped. This year Microsoft Convergence 2015 was held March 15-19 at the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta.

Satya Nadella kicked off the opening keynote on Monday morning to a packed house at Philips Arena. In a surprise visit, Russell Wilson, the quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks made an appearance on the stage and discussed how he uses technology for his work and personal life.

Convergence 2015 - Satya

Kirill Tataroniv took the stage after Satya and discussed the new age of the customer we are living in and how ?the customer is the most important business process?. The Age of the Customer has created a shift in how customers interact with and buy from companies. It?s the Age of the Customer?the rules have changed. And if your business is not changing with it, there could be trouble ahead.

This is the first year Infinity Info Systems had a booth presence and we did it in pretty grand style, as one of the Gold Sponsors for the event.

It was an awesome even for our team and we had a near constant stream of visitors throughout the week. It was great to catch up with our customers, partners and potential customers. In addition to the great meetings and conversations a few product highlights include:

CRM Online Spring ?15

Codename ?Carina?, the next CRM release scheduled for this spring was officially revealed at Convergence 2015.

One of the best new productivity improvements is the new Navigation Bar. Finally we get a single screen view of all entities?no more scrolling right and left to get to an entity.

Dynamics CRM 2015 Navigation

A few other areas of interest are:

  • Business Process Flows ? you can now go backward when using other entities for stages of your sales process.
  • OneNote integration ? Super cool! Finally can easily link your notes from OneNote to CRM and vice-versa.
  • Excel Improvements ? Faster and easier imports and exports. Drag and drop a file to attach it to a record?woohoo!
  • Exchange folder integration ? drag and drop contacts and emails to an Outlook/Exchange folder to have it sync CRM. Works great for mobile devices!

A whole lot more info will be coming soon as Microsoft starts communicating those details. Stay tuned!

A closing note, Microsoft Convergence 2016 will be held April 4-7, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. A great location and a great time of year to visit NOLA. I can tell you from our experience that Microsoft has been firing on all cylinders. We are seeing some exciting things coming and a lot more on the roadmap.

If you would like to learn more about what was announced at Convergence give us a call.

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