How Are Microsoft’s ERP Systems Different?

Microsoft has developed a powerhouse system in the form of Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations. If you’d like to learn about the functionality from more of a top level view, take a look at our comparison guide here. In this section, we will take a deeper dive into D365 and take a look at why you should consider this platform over others when looking to implement an ERP system.

Automating Your Manufacturing Processes


As manufacturing automation becomes more and more prevalent in its respective industry, it is becoming increasingly important to have software solutions to match this automation. “Smart Factory” is not just a pie in the sky idea any longer. With the integration of IoT, Machine Learning, and more data than ever to consider, the proper system integration can give you enterprise wide visibility and can be the difference between success and failure. A company’s ability to develop and implement these new technologies will directly determine the potential these companies have for success down the road.

Tools like Power BI, and other data analytic software, allow unified information to be processed simultaneously. This creates easier collaboration between teams when issues arise. These data analyzers paired with cloud computing allow for information to be passed seamlessly across many locations. There is no need to update the server and pull down the latest data pack, it is all already there for users to access in an instant.


Microsoft’s systems integrate with all forms of data, allowing your solution to be far different from your neighbors. This data aggregation and visualization technology is much of the reason D365 continues to have a foothold in the ERP and CRM space. The Microsoft system is lean and easily configured as well. Should you expand in to a completely new area of business, your software can be quickly enabled for integration and automation for new business initiatives.

Microsoft has developed a targeted product line intended to function across the board quickly and efficiently. When you integrate Dynamics 365 you get deep integration with Office 365 (calendars, client requests), LinkedIn, and many other data sources. This allows you to have one single view of your processes, relationships, and data. Microsoft has the tools to pull together your factory and field service to ensure your processes are working as smoothly as possible.

Author: Doug Bulla, VP of Solution Development

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