Connectors for Power Automate

Microsoft Power Automate, formerly known as Microsoft Flow, has continued to make strides in its pursuit of enabling greater productivity through automation of “repetitive, time-consuming tasks”. With the addition of 18 new connectors in the past 2 months, the product now boasts over 300 connectors in total. What does that mean? Well, the sky is…

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We’ve had some pretty cool stuff going on as a company this month. On top of participating in a Habitat for Humanity build and User Group Summit, we held our own annual 2-day conference all about the cutting edge of Dynamics 365 and related technologies. The Architect Innovation Meet, or AIM, is Ellipse Solutions’ own…

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The last time Microsoft wasn’t a leader in Analytics and Business Intelligence on Gartner’s Magic Quadrant, the Cleveland Browns had their most recent winning record. All the way back in 2007. While the Browns show serious promise next year (full disclosure: this writer is a Believeland fan) and many think they might even make the…

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Dynamics 365 for Manufacturing

Large manufacturers are always looking for ways to grow their organization, increase productivity, and increase their bottom lines. To some, that may mean purchasing new machines, hiring more workers, or maybe even acquiring similar businesses. However, with the advances in new technology, many manufacturers are turning to ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software to gain a…

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Microsoft Power BI Leader 2018 Analytics BI platforms Magic Quadrant

If you’re looking for evidence of Microsoft’s commitment to excellence, Analytics and BI are a shining example. For the 11th consecutive year, they have been named a leader in the space by Gartner. Further, it is the third consecutive year they have been rated with the most complete vision on the Magic Quadrant. Continuous improvement…

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CFO Overview Workspace Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations

The future of financial reporting in Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations might be officially moving past Management Reporter, at least in the long-term vision. In a session at the Dynamics 365 User Group Summit in Nashville, Muhammad Alam (General Manager of D365 for Finance and Operations) mentioned that it is not a question of…

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Analytical Workspaces and Power BI in Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations

  The continued push for better business intelligence and analytical tools certainly has Microsoft’s attention. Earlier this year, Gartner’s Business Intelligence and Analytics Magic Quadrant named Microsoft a “Leader” in this field (for the 10th consecutive year, I might add). But, perhaps more importantly, the Magic Quadrant also reflected a gigantic leap ahead of the…

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Power BI Premium Edition

Last week, Microsoft announced a big change for the business intelligence community. Particularly for the over 200,000 organizations currently using and those considering using Power BI, there is much to be excited about. Who Needs What When The introduction of Power BI Premium promises greater flexibility in terms of licensing, scaling and ease of deployment.…

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Microsoft Business Intelligence Magic Quadrant

While Dynamics 365 has dominated discussion in the past few months, the latest Gartner report for BI and analytics is a great reminder that the shiny new cloud-based ERP/CRM powerhouse has a serious supporting cast that is very capable of standing alone. Leaders Lead In their new business intelligence and analytics report for February 2017, Gartner has once…

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powerBI driving time to value dynamics 365 for operations

I was very excited when I wrote three blogs on PowerBI about six months ago. There was/is much to be excited about including: Ability to drive insight to end users Pre-built content using Role Centers, Analysis Cubes and KPIs Integration with Machine Learning and Advanced Analytics services in Azure Continuing more and better AX integration…

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