Team Pacejet spent some time in Phoenix last week as a sponsor of the Microsoft Dynamics User Group Summit; we came away impressed. It's no secret that Office 365 cloud has been growing fast, Azure has rocketed into second place behind AWS, and Microsoft recently announced 19% year over year revenue growth (Microsoft rises on earnings beat). And with 50% more users attending Summit this year, it looks like Microsoft has found their cloud software mojo.
Because Summit is a Dynamics ERP users event with a complex business community running AX, NAV, and GP versions, it was not surprising to see competing priorities across platforms and concerns about moving from on-premise to cloud. But this year's unified 365 branding, growing maturity of the Dynamics Business Central cloud platform, and clear path from on-premise to cloud technology created evident enthusiasm in the user community. While it might seem counter-intuitive, Microsoft's experience in maturing their own cloud-based ERP is driving them to offer expanded enterprise solutions that can benefit users running any ERP.