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Why now is the time to adopt Power Bi – ask Synergy Software Systems, Dubai

August 19th, 2022

Power BI innovation never stops. For several years in a row now, it is positioned as a leader in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Analytics and Business Intelligence Platforms, furthest to the right for completeness of vision and furthest up in the ability to execute within the Leaders’ quadrant.

The gaps are widening with interactive reports, paginated reports, datasets, dataflows, deployment pipelines, scorecards, dashboards, metrics, data alerts, and much more, and recently announced in public preview, self-service datamarts. No wonder, customers are adopting Power BI at an accelerated pace. Boost Office 365 productivity with Power BI integrated into PowerPoint and Microsoft Teams, connect to data anywhere with hundreds of built-in connectors, leverage industry-leading AI, go quickly from insight to action with the Microsoft Power Platform, and provide best-in-class mobile experiences with Power BI Mobile.

Reports can be mobile friendly, they can be paginated, and you can link into Azure Analysis Services.

Power Apps Wave 2 2022 enhancements

July 13th, 2022
  • Power BI continues to invest in empowering every individual, team, and organization to drive a data culture. Creation experience is improved by aligning our experiences with Office and enabling datasets authoring on the web.
  • By bringing power query diagram view into Power BI Desktop, creators can use a no code experience to perform extract transform load (ETL) on their data.
  • For teams, there are enhancements to metrics focused on enterprise needs and integration with Microsoft Viva Goals.
  • The big data experience is increased through:
    • automatic aggregations,
    • query scale out,
    • data protection capabilities via data loss prevention (DLP),
    • improved visibility into activity to admins. 
  • Power Apps will expand governance capabilities to allow organizations to enable, manage, and support citizen development across the entire organization. 
  • Makers and developers of all skill levels will be more productive over Dataverse in a unified studio, with modern experiences to build and manage data and logic.
  • Infused intelligence will: support development, enrich data, and optimize end-user experiences.
  • In addition to ensuring trust and the ability to leverage rich data experiences, both makers and end-users will benefit from out-of-the-box collaboration capabilities to enable users to be more productive when working together.
  • Power Pages  brings more out-of-the-box capabilities to support both low-code/no-code development as well professional developers.
  • In this release makers have additional capabilities to work with forms and lists and to use the design studio to get started quickly with additional solution templates.
  • There are enhancements for professional developers to do more with the sites and to use both the Microsoft Power Platform command line interface (CLI) tool and visual studio (VS) Code
  • Administrators can also use those tools to better administer and govern their Power Pages sites. 
  • Power Automate is more accessible with new experiences to help users of every skill level to build out their cloud and desktop flows.
  • Organizations can automate their deployments of Power Automate, with additional enhancements for application lifecycle management (ALM).
  • For increased usage of robotic process automation (RPA), new features will make it easier to manage machines in Azure and the credentials of your users and accounts.
  • Power Virtual Agents bring improvements in:
    • the authoring experience with commenting,
    • Power Pages integration, data loss prevention options, proactive bot update messaging in Teams, and more. 
  • Creating a bot is typically a complex and time-intensive process, requiring long content update cycles and a team of experts.
  • Power Virtual Agents gives anyone in your organization the ability to create powerful custom bots using an easy, code-free graphical interface, without the need for AI experts, data scientists, or teams of developers.
  • A bot can interact with users, ask for clarifying information, and ultimately answer a user’s questions. 
  • AI Builder continues to enable citizen developers to use and customize AI capabilities to build more intelligent apps and workflows. Lifecycle and governance of AI Builder models will be improved with enhanced versioning, deployment, and monitoring capabilities.
  • Makers will also benefit from new features for intelligent document and text processing like the ability to manage human in-the-loop validation, easier integration of large data sets for automated e-mail processing, and the ability to process contracts and multi-page tables in documents.

Dynamics 365 – Wave 2 highlights for 2022

July 13th, 2022
  • Dynamics 365 Marketing brings real-time customer journey orchestration to enable business-to-business (B2B) brands to hyper-personalize experiences across the entire buying journey.
  • Confidently grow your marketing and customer experience programs to target up to 100 million customers with up to 300 million messages and interactions per month.
  • Intuitive lead capture forms, leads nurturing hands-off automation, and a new analytics dashboard enable alignment between sales and marketing teams like never before.
  • Organizations can reach new levels of marketing maturity with AI-powered next best content selection and increased support for business units.  
  • Dynamics 365 Sales continues to optimize the seller experience using data and AI .
  • Help sellers to prioritize their work, blending business with productivity tools to meet sellers where they are.
  • Drive in-the-moment, collaboration experiences, so that every seller can engage with their colleagues and customers efficiently, reclaiming their time and being more productive.  
  • Dynamics 365 Customer Service is focused on delivering the capabilities that help run contact centers optimally.
  • Enhancements in unified routing with features such as percentage-based routing, preferred agent routing, and longest idle routing are new features
  • Customer support swarming in Microsoft Teams will help agents resolve complex cases through collaboration.
  • Organizations can empower their customers with options to leave voicemail, callback, and dial agents directly in the voice channel.
  • The agent experience is modernized with an enhanced conversation timeline, horizontal multisession navigation, and AI-powered conversation summary.
  • Supervisors can view Microsoft Power Virtual Agents analytics within their omnichannel analytics dashboards.
  • Dynamics 365 Field Service brings new capabilities that enable organizations to better orchestrate service operations for workers. Organizations can now:
    • build and maintain location and assets for large facilities,
    • keep their cost at bay by configuring “not to exceed” limits,
    • and group similar incident types under “trade” for ease of management.
  • Optimization improvements include booking lock constraints and i myriad of user experience improvements to the mobile app to further empower frontline workers.  
  • Dynamics 365 Finance launches the general availability of vendor invoice optical character recognition (OCR) which automates the reading and recognition of vendor invoices.
  • There are additional capabilities for subscription billing use cases.
  • The Tax calculation service will be integrated with Dynamics 365 Project Operations (preview)
  • The electronic invoicing service will be extended to support new and upcoming e-invoice legislations for: France, Poland, and Saudi Arabia. 
  • Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management continues to invest in capabilities that drive agility and resilience across the supply chain.
  • New analytics and support for multiple vendors in planning optimization help organizations optimize their sourcing strategies.’
  • Inventory visibility lets organizations track real-time consumption within allocated quantities in support of promotions, special events, and new product introductions.
  • Guided warehouse implementation and configuration experiences enable rapid reconfiguration of supply chains .
  • Manufacturers in the process industry can use Planning Optimization to shorten their planning cycles. 
  • Dynamics 365 Intelligent Order Management expands its ecosystem of providers and builds on the continued success of FedEx. There are now 14 providers that span the supply chain lifecycle from order ingestion to last-mile delivery.
  • In the upcoming release, there is support for various order types—back orders, subscription orders, manual orders, and purchase orders.
  • You can also simulate fulfillment to model and understand the impact of choosing various fulfillment strategies.
  • Contextual collaboration features allow an order to be shared with multiple stakeholders using embedded Microsoft Teams. 
  • Dynamics 365 Project Operations Empower project managers and project teams in this release wave with project budgeting and time-phased forecasting, baselines and snapshots,
  • The application experiences on the web and mobile form factors is modernised.
  • For both project accountants and back-office personas, w advanced subcontracting and subscription billing capabilities are added.
  • Across-the-board investments will ease the complexity of interaction patterns.
  • Modern and fluent controls are also targeted for this release wave.
  • Dynamics 365 Guides Improve collaboration experiences for authors and operators on Microsoft HoloLens 2.
  • The application will also be updated to provide more advanced content authoring workflows versioning and publishing of guides in the coming wave. 
  • Dynamics 365 Human Resources We can now to tailor experiences and automatically complete processes where manual decisions and tasks are needed today.
  • Improved efficiency is available to managers and employees by providing notifications outside of the application for benefits processes and tasks.
  • Integrating employee skill and compensation, and leaving information to resource managers in Dynamics 365 Project Operations will also improve collaboration and efficiency.  
  • Dynamics 365 Commerce New and updated B2B experiences, include sales agreements across channels and customer-specific catalogs.
  • Omnichannel media management features streamline workflows.
  • Key point of sale investments includes a Store Commerce app availability for iOS and Android devices.
  • Apple Pay and Google Pay digital wallet integration,
  • New customer support options through virtual agent and live agent integration will be available for e-commerce.
  • Dynamics 365 Fraud Protection will offer a new transaction acceptance booster (TAB) offering that allows merchants to increase their bank approval rates without having to rip and replace their incumbent fraud provider solution.
  • To replace a merchant’s incumbent fraud solution is costly and timely, and this enables the merchant to benefit from Dynamics 365 Fraud Protection TAB capabilities with minimal disruption to their business.
  • Dynamics 365 Business Central continues to improve the reporting capabilities for customers, including new report datasets for Excel and improvements to the Microsoft Power BI reports which now will support dimensions.
  • The Microsoft Power Apps and Microsoft Power Automate integration offer new capabilities for low-code development.
  • The application will get several improvements like: helping users do reverse entries in the payment reconciliation journal and several improvements to the supply chain functionality.
  • There are steps to scale productivity via more efficient and performant tooling for development and administration.
  • Dynamics 365 Customer Insights continues to invest in accelerating customer understanding by enhancing time to value with quicker out-of-the-box insights, predictions, segments, and measures with limitless extensibility across technology ecosystems.
  • New features will power personalized experiences with real-time insights, analytics, and activations to deliver industry-leading personalization and moments-based marketing.
  • New features also enable ubiquitous insights for an integrated data flow across Microsoft Dataverse, Dynamics 365, and Microsoft Power Platform for seamless workflows.
  • Dynamics 365 Connected Spaces now supports alerts and notifications via Teams or Outlook when business AI-skills detect actionable patterns within a physical space.
  • Customers can now use Dynamics 365 Connected Spaces in Germany (besides US and UK) and connect up to 10 cameras for each Azure Stack Edge device maximizing their existing investments in expanding Dynamics 365 Connected Spaces across their physical footprint.
  • Customers can also leverage the Azure Stack Edge Pro 2 device for configuring Dynamics 365 Connected Spaces at the edge in addition to the existing Pro 1 devices.