How does Microsoft Dynamics 365 work?
Microsoft Dynamics 365 as mentioned previously works through a vast list of interconnected applications. The various categories that their applications fall under include being used for your Customer Data Platform, Sales, Service, Marketing, Commerce, Supply Chain, HR, Finance, Project Management, and even applications that work for small and medium businesses specifically. We’ll go over the central applications and some of their main functionalities to help you understand how your company can use Dynamics 365.
- Bring together customer data to give deep insights that you can use and enrich customer profiles with audience intelligence, customer surveys, and sentiments
- Use AI models and recommendations to predict customer lifetime values and churn, identify selling opportunities and define customer segments
- Track customer experiences with detailed surveys that can be automated to gather multichannel feedback
- Get insights from user data and create and track satisfaction metrics to help decision-making
- Use AI to speed up sales cycles with the next best actions or to track risky deals while receiving recommendations to improve at-risk accounts
- Track your pipeline with forecasting, revenue fluctuations, and reporting
- Onboard new sellers with feedback and real-time insights about the market
- Make use of self-service options with ai-powered virtual agents, direct access for customers to the correct content, and community portals
- View customer profiles and interaction history with omnichannel support, automatic AI-assigned agents, and AI suggestions to quickly and effectively respond to customer needs
- Use the Internet of Things to identify and monitor device issues and remotely fix them
- Use AI recommendations to interact with customers, setting triggers along the way to follow the customer journey through its different touchpoints
- Target your contacts and leads with a segment builder and nurture those leads and accounts by setting up newsletters, emails, notifications, and events to improve engagement and loyalty
- Create email content with AI recommendations and A/B tests to find the content that works for your customers
- Connect multiple channels on a centralized platform where you can manage promotions, make use of connected ordering and fulfillment tools, and more
- Create a better customer experience by offering access to product catalogs and tailored product selections
- Make and launch websites with easy page builders that can respond to B2C or even B2B e-commerce through partner-specific catalogs and custom pricing
- Use AI recommendations to help customers find products, increase selling opportunities, and improve conversion rates
Supply Chain Management:
- Manage and centralize your product information and product revisions
- Follow resource planning with datasheets and use AI predictions to forecast supply levels
- Use a central location to collaborate and streamline vendor processes with workflows, automatic supply redundancy options, and vendor data (performance, lead times, etc.)
- Centralize warehouse data and management and provide accurate inventory information for workers and customers
- Create detailed employee profiles and use self-service tools to give access to training, performance tracking, and time-off requests
- Give training and track certifications for employees while tracking team performance and feedback
- Integrate various tools such as payroll, talent management, recruiting, and more
- Create and manage tasks with automated workflows
- Manage and develop compensation plans and benefits packages with self-service, automation, and more
- Improve decision-making by monitoring cash flows, trends, customer payments, and more with support for various legal entities and currencies
- Create intelligent budget proposals with historical data
- Monitor complex billing with different billing types and automate reporting for recurring revenue streams
- Improve project management with dashboards, task management, scheduling, Gantt charts, and work breakdown structures
- Manage and track project expenses, materials, and labor with tools to distribute workloads to employees with the necessary skills
- Use business intelligence to easily share project data with your team and track various KPIs to help make project decisions
This list isn’t completely exhaustive, we have gone over some of the useful functions among the vast array of features that these applications provide. Other useful Dynamics 365 applications that Microsoft offers include Field Service for improved customer experience, Remote Assist to assist first-line workers, Fraud Protection using AI technology, Guides to assist employees, Intelligent Order Management to manage the order lifecycle, and Business Central to help various aspects of running a small to medium-sized business.
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Pricing Model
The Microsoft Dynamics 365 pricing model depends on each independent application. You may equally find applications that offer add-ons or extras to respond to growing business needs in a specific application.
The majority of the pricing is paid on a per user per month basis although some of the applications (Marketing, Customer Insights, and Customer Voice) are per tenant per month instead.
To give a small idea of the pricing we’ll go over the first-time costs for the applications mentioned above. The prices for a majority of the applications are reduced if they qualify as being a “subsequent Dynamic 365 app”. Full pricing may also be found on the Microsoft Dynamics 365 website.
- Customer Insights ($1,500 per tenant/month)
- Customer Voice (From $200: 2,000 survey responses per tenant/month)
- Sales Professional ($65 per user/month)
- Sales Enterprise ($95 per user/month)
- Sales Premium ($135 per user/month)
- Customer Service Professional ($50 per user/month)
- Customer Service Enterprise ($95 per user/month)
- Marketing (From $1,500 per tenant/month)
- Commerce ($180 per user/month)
- Supply Chain Management ($180 per user/month)
- Finance ($180 per user/month)
- Project Operations ($120 per user/month)
The Microsoft Dynamics 365 software has an average rating of 4.2/5 on major testing platforms. Users, in particular, enjoy the vast amount of features and functionalities at their fingertips. Despite this, some users also complain about some performance and support issues.