Microsoft to end plan-based licensing of Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement

Microsoft will end the use of licensing by "plans" in Dynamics 365, the company revealed at its the Inspire 2019 partner conference this week.

The new approach goes into effect on October 1, 2019, as the above slide and tweet by Dynamics 365 CE professional Tommi Oksanen shows. Existing customers will see the new pricing model starting with renewals in Microsoft's fiscal 2020 at "the best renewal price" with additional incentives for CSPs selling over 100 seats.

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360-degree Image Viewer in SharePoint and OneDrive

The 360-degree Image Viewer is a new Office 365 feature. With this feature in place, customers will be able to view 360-degree photos in an interactive, panoramic manner, directly within Sharepoint and OneDrive for Business, when the photo is clicked on for detailed viewing.

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Microsoft 365 is helping First Midwest Bank navigate through their digital transformation journey

First Midwest Bank is a “bank with momentum.” When I joined First Midwest, I walked into an incredible opportunity to help the bank create a modern, collaborative workplace for our colleagues. Our new headquarters near Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport—with open spaces, cafés, and informal meeting areas—facilitates flexible work styles and sets the tone for a new work environment at First Midwest Bank. We selected Microsoft 365 productivity tools to complement this modern environment, and the tools play a key role in making our vision for a highly secure and better-connected organization a reality.

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Wondering which SharePoint deployment option is best?

If you are trying to decide which deployment option is best for your organization, SharePoint on-premises or SharePoint Online as part of Office 365, Aria Consulting presents this informational resource to help your team make the best determination based upon 6 common requirements categories.

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SharePoint Look Book!

Get inspired.

Discover the modern experiences you can build with SharePoint in Office 365.

Intranet homepage

Your intranet homepage is the place where people in your organization can get informed, get inspired, and discover news and resources.

Hub sites

Organize your intranet with hub sites. Connect related sites to roll up content and activity, and to drive consistent branding and navigation. And because you can re-associate sites, your intranet can respond and adapt to changes in your organization.

Communication sites

Inform and engage people across your organization. Create visually stunning and natively-mobile pages to share vision, news, information and resources.

Team sites

A team site is designed for collaboration. Work together with any group–inside or outside your organization. Share files, news and data. Customize your site with apps that power teamwork.

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Microsoft Dynamics for Field Service Overview

Ensure standardization of process to resolve onsite issues. Accurately predict arrival time of field technician and time to complete.

Improve resource productivity by providing technicians with 360-degree customer view, real-time guidance, and cross-team collaboration from the mobile app.

Proactively detect, troubleshoot, and resolve issues remotely so a technician is dispatched only when necessary.

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How to use Microsoft Teams, a demo tutorial (2019)

Learn everything you need to know about using Microsoft Teams in 15 minutes. Aya Tange from Microsoft Teams walks through the end-to-end user experiences with a full demo tutorial: from chat and collaboration to online meetings and calling capabilities. If you're in IT, we also cover the core set of admin controls for managing Microsoft Teams.

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Planning your Microsoft Dynamics ERP (AX 2012) upgrade?

Are you planning your Microsoft Dynamics ERP (AX 2012/ AKA AXAPTA) platform upgrade? Like most organizations you likely want to leverage the new Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations (F&O) feature sets available; as well as plan for the impending end of mainstream support for your existing on-premise AX platform.

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Content analytics using tagging for metrics and meaning

Web publishers and site owners seeking to deliver effective digital experiences that get visitors to go beyond the their homepages. There's more to web content analytics and marketing than just counting page hits and total page views. How do you look at your site, decide what metrics might be important and determine when you are successfully engaging your audience?

Can analytics improve content management?

Content management isn't easy. That’s the bad news. Dealing with a wide range and high volume of content, especially in this age of increasing demands on organizations to be able to provide anytime, anywhere access to the right information on demand, can be daunting. But analytics can provide insights that improve content management. That’s obviously the good news!

SharePoint Search Out of the Box is NOT Enough

With SharePoint 2013/16, Microsoft offers a significant increase over previous versions in Search functionality that might suggest that it is the ultimate Enterprise Search solution. Many organizations like to think about SharePoint 2013 Search as a “working out-of-the-box” solution, rather than a platform.

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Content Management Tips for SharePoint Online

For many organizations, there is a push to begin utilizing SharePoint Online as a content management system (CMS). If you’ve already invested in Office 365, SharePoint is a no-brainer for low-cost storage and easy remote access.

However, there’s much more to migrating to SharePoint Online than a point and click migration. Time and time again users get frustrated as they try to navigate deep folder structures in SharePoint. Then they ask, “Why did we move to SharePoint? How is this helping me?”