Microsoft Business Applications Summit 2019

The annual Microsoft Business Applications Summit is a prime opportunity for users and experts to connect, collaborate and learn new skills. Over the course of two days this June, thousands of people passed through the doors of the Georgia World Congress Centre to participate in workshops, watch demos and listen to talks, and this year Shaun and Jon took the transatlantic flight to represent the Seaton Partners team in Atlanta.  

Featured speakers included the co-founder of Reddit, Alexis Ohanian. Corporate vice president of the Microsoft Business Applications groupJames Philips, and Alysa Taylorcorporate vice president of Business Applications and Global Industry Marketing, Microsoft. 

Key announcements in the release wave 2 (from October 2019 through March 2020) for Dynamics 365, included: advances in functionality for sales, customer, market and customer service insightsnew fraud protection features and AI-powered bots that chat with customers.  

The ‘Fast data entry – get ahead of the server’ demo is one to watch with exciting developments on the horizon. The new credit management features, UI and usability tweaks, enhanced expense management experience and the major changes being introduced to the Projects module were all key discussion points for the team during the debrief in Derby. 

Feedback on the swag however was poor with only two beer openers and webcam privacy slides being collectedJon’s breakfast choices were also highlighted as substandard, and the venue was so big that new FitBit records were broken with 26,000 steps in one-dayWill 2020 see a new record set in Anaheim, CA?  

To find more information on the Microsoft Business Applications Summit 2019, please click here.  

Below you can find a roundup of the sessions we thought were the ones to watch:


Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance & Operations: Revenue Recognition

During this session, learn the ins and outs of setting up and getting the most out of the Revenue Recognition functionality being made available in Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations.

Microsoft’s acquirement of Armanino’s revenue recognition functionality has seen users being able to assign a schedule on the sales order line, to determine when the revenue should be recognised. The recognition schedule defaults from the Item and can be applied to the sales orders and project sales orders. For example: raise an invoice in month one, and then release the deferred revenue over three months.



Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance & Operations: User Experience and Roadmap

Find out how user feedback has been implemented into Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations to enhance the end users’ productivity and use of the solution.

This was a very good session, showing the UI improvements planned for the October release window and includes; saved views, group and total list pages, filtering improvements and the ‘Fast data entry: get ahead of the server’ demo:



Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance & Operations: Project resource management, expense, and mobile timesheet

Learn about the enhanced resource management, expense and timesheet mobility capabilities in Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations

This session talks about new functionality to support project sales order with multiple funding sources, the Xamarin mobile timesheet app, and the new enhanced expense management experience:



Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance & Operations: What’s new in Financial management

See how current and upcoming features in financial management will help you meet your business needs today and in the future. In this session you will (1) learn how financial management has reacted to your global needs, making periodic processes more streamlined, (2) see how usability features make entry, reconciliation, and common processes easier in finance, and (3) gain knowledge about where we are going in the future to help you plan for your organization.



Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance & Operations: Electronic reporting – configurable business documents

Join this fast-paced session to see how easy it is to configure business documents.

This new feature introduces a new document design workspace and 37 core business documents in Excel/Word – could this be the end of the modern design documents?



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