MSDW Podcast: Measuring Microsoft’s biz apps market progress, from ERP to the citizen developer

August 22 2018

On this episode we talk with Josh Greenbaum (@josheac) of Enterprise Application Consulting. Josh has covered Microsoft and the rest of the enterprise business solutions market for many years and was on-hand at Microsoft's recent Business Application Summit as part of an analyst briefing that coincided with the event.

Josh chats with us about the state of Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations in the context of its competitors, and he shares his latest perspective on where some of the technology cycles and trends are at more broadly in areas including the role of citizen developers, cloud integration, and intelligent automation.

Show notes:

  • 1:40 - Impressions on the revealed data about the Dynamics 365 user adds and implementation times
  • 10:00 - An inflection point in the market, and how D365FO faces the competition and nails their validity in the market.
  • 12:00 - Pressure to deliver cloud projects quickly and successfully
  • 14:00 - Faith in the extensibility drive?
  • 22:00 - Buyer advice - where the big problems and opportunities exist today (and how LCS fits in)
  • 25:30 - Why Microsoft has an opportunity to differentiate from Google and Amazon on cloud solution management
  • 29:30 - AI and process automation - where is that segment of the market today?

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Prior to co-founding, Jason was a Principal Software Consultant at Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC), where he implemented solutions, trained customers, managed software development, and spent some time in the pre-sales engineering organization. He has also held consulting positions at CSC Consulting and Monitor Group.

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