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MSDW Podcast: Today's data management landscape for Dynamics customers, with Michael Simms

by MSDW Reporter
Editorial Team,

This episode is sponsored by Columbus.

The data and reporting needs of Dynamics ERP customers have changed over the years, but the skills and tools have not always kept up. Preparing for the next phase of operational and financial management is largely about gaining control of business data as strategies and processes change, workers face new  demands on their time, and executives envision a landscape driven by cloud technology.

On this episode we are talking about the evolving challenges of data management and analysis with Michael Simms VP of digital advisory and data & analytics at Columbus. Simms is a veteran of the Dynamics AX and F&SCM space and has been on the front lines with customers for many years, working to help organizations get control of their business data with reporting and analysis.

Show Notes:

  • 2:30 - The state of traditional data warehouses
  • 4:00 - The importance of curated data sets in today's data management landscape
  • 5:15 - Modernizing data skills for today's demands
  • 9:00 - The emergence of data lakes and how it relates to Dynamics ERPs
  • 10:15 - What to do with legacy data warehouses when planning for future cloud investments
  • 14:30 - The strengths of Azure Synapse and Mike's recent experiences helping clients
  • 17:45 - The importance of creating authoritative data sets and the governance challenges
  • 21:00 - Looking ahead to new reporting suites for business apps
  • 22:00 - Advice on developing expertise as a Microsoft customer

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