Data Migration Expert Tips, BC/NAV, and Azure Integration

In episode 17 of “Inside Dynamics Communities,” John Siefert, CEO, Dynamics Communities and Summit NA, Ryan Gonzales, Senior Sales Director, Dynamics Communities and Summit NA, and Pam Misialek, Community Director, Dynamics Communities and Summit NA, break down the latest stories happening inside the Dynamics community. 

In today’s episode, the hosts explore customer success stories from Emma and VNB Consulting, in addition to data and cloud migration.


00:55 — John kicks off the conversation by referencing a recent piece from UG Expert Crystal Ahrens, who discussed the top five practices for a data migration strategy in Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations. He quickly recaps the top 5 practices, which are:

  1. Conduct a data assessment
  2. Develop a detailed, comprehensive plan
  3. Use a data migration tool
  4. Test your strategy
  5. Apply data governance

John notes how this piece was a powerful example of what Dynamics Communities and Community Summit NA are all about: decentralizing intelligence to help users get access to information that can help them apply these concepts to their business in a more simple, effective way.

04:43 — Emma, a retail/consumer goods company that specializes in sleep products, recently implemented FloQast’s Dynamics 365 Business Central integration to enable greater, company-wide collaboration, streamline audits, organize supporting documents, and more. Not only was FloQast able to implement its solution, but did so in a timeframe that was much quicker than Emma anticipated, explains Ryan.

John emphasizes the importance of timeliness, which yields a greater return on time investments.

07:11 — Pam notes how VNB Consulting recently moved one of its customers in the linen business to the Azure Cloud, after the customer realized its need to “pivot the business.” The company, which initially was renting linens and uniforms, is pivoting into direct sales. After moving to the Azure Cloud, the company now utilizes Azure Log Analytics, Azure Integration Account, and Power BI.

John suggests how this example continues to put context around tool sets that are being utilized within a cloud-based environment, before adding that users “now have the ability to access the data that sits within those systems in a significantly more streamlined way.”

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