Dynamics 365 Has a “Common Data Model”
Microsoft’s partners are enabled by the standardization and consistency of database schema. They can build innovative applications and customizations with confidence that their solutions can be deployed and used across Microsoft’s entire customer base. Customers will browse these applications in a new store – Microsoft AppSource – which is different from the Office Store and Azure Marketplace.
The common data model also allows for tighter integrations with other apps, such as Office 365 or any other business app with a standardized API. Microsoft Office 365, Power BI, the Internet of Things, and Cortana Intelligence are all central to Microsoft’s value proposition of the Microsoft Cloud and Dynamics 365.
Microsoft is using a common data model so that customizations built for one company can be used at another without complication. This increases repeatibility, lowers costs, and makes Microsoft an attractive option for those evaluating enterprise software.
Dynamics 365 is in the Cloud
The cloud allows Microsoft more control and standardization over the development of Dynamics 365, which is necessary given the common data model.
On-premises users can still go with Microsoft Dynamics GP or NAV; also, Dynamics 365, Enterprise Edition can be deployed on-premises if required.
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