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Dynamics 365 Go-Live: Walking the Walk

We like to walk the walk here at Seaton Partners so ever since Dynamics 365 was launched, we’ve been itching to adopt it internally.  A lot of hard work by the internal project team all paid off this week as we launched our own Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Enterprise Edition, in house.

We’ve been using Dynamics AX2012R3 for the past couple of years and whilst it has served us well, we never got around to implementing the expenses management functions. And if we needed any further incentive to upgrade – other than we just like to have all the new toys – the Dynamics 365 mobile platform sealed the deal.

So now, armed with shiny new Android phones, we can all take mobile photos of receipts and submit our expenses for approval via workflow. That will give us an immediate return on investment as hundreds of manual back office transactions are taken out of the loop. Plus of course we’ll be leveraging all the other familiar tools around finance and project costing to manage our core business.

When we get settled in, phase two will explore the more advanced resource scheduling and planning features within the project management module, and looking at how we can bring that together with our other core project delivery tools of LifeCycle Services, Visual Studio Team Services and Teams.  We will also be adding employee self-service and on-boarding processes through the great new Dynamics 365 for Talent app.

Functional wins aside, perhaps the biggest joy for me as a business owner is that those end-of-life servers buzzing away in the corner of the office will soon be turned off, now that we’ve got the last piece of our business systems transferred to the Microsoft Cloud.

Mariano puts the team through their paces during our internal Mobile Time & Expense management training