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The MSDW Podcast, July 25, 2016: The Week that Was

by Dann Anthony Maurno
Assistant Editor, MSDW

An interesting week! Microsoft released pretty good earnings driven by Commercial Cloud, the new Common Data Model and Azure Security hitting general availability. Plus, some interesting vertical-specific cases in fintech, food & bev (and government), and in

Among other stories we'll discuss:

  • More WPC download
  • The Common Data Model
  • Microsoft's not-bad earnings Q4 2016 (this year's big hit: Windows 10 revenue deferrals)
  • Azure Security Center generally available, promises real-time threat response
  • CRM for banking and financial service
  • How Alfa People scored a 10-year deal with the New Hampshire Liquor Commission to run Dynamics AX 2013 R3 and POS
  • Retail Realm's and Retail Hero's alternative to the sunsetting Microsoft Dynamics RMS. It's not a Dynamics product, but it fills a void and was crafted by two long-time Microsoft partners.

Want to be heard on our podcast?

We are always interested in a good story, idea, or accomplishment.

A significant product release, partnership, or merger. Your take on a trend like the move to the cloud, or Dynamics CRM product direction. Your thoughts on Microsoft's partner programs - are they enough? Too little? Just right for your business?

If you've got an idea for a MSDW Podcast feature write to us directly. We are Jason Gumpert, editor, at, or, Dann Maurno, assistant editor, at

Until next time, thanks for listening! 

About Dann Anthony Maurno

Dann Anthony Maurno is a seasoned business journalist who began his career as International Marketing Manager with Lilly Software, then moved on as a freelancer to write for such prestigious clients as CFO Magazine; Compliance Week;Manufacturing Business Technology; Decision Resources, Inc.; The Economist Intelligence Unit; and corporate clients such as Iron Mountain, Microsoft and SAP. He is the co-author of Thin Air: How Wireless Technology Supports Lean Initiatives(CRC/Productivity Press, 2010).