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Norsync platform enables offline data sync for mobile Microsoft Dynamics CRM

by Dann Anthony Maurno
Assistant Editor, MSDW

Likely, you have not heard of Norsync. The 10-year-old Norwegian company promises app developers a way to synchronize corporate data sources across all devices. The company announced earlier this month - when it was finally permitted to do so by Microsoft - that Dynamics CRM (now Dynamics 365) is leveraging its data synchronization platform to provide offline, mobile access to data.

With Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online 2016 Update 1, mobile offline synchronization, powered by Norsync technology, is generally available to Dynamics CRM Online customers.

"The new mobile offline capabilities provide a richer offline experience for end users, allowing them to be productive, even when they are on the go," said Param Kahlon, GM of product management for Microsoft Dynamics CRM, in a statement. "Norsync's technology helped us to rapidly develop and deploy a scalable offline solution that meets enterprise needs."

So Norsync is already at work in Dynamics CRM Online; who is Norsync, and what does it offer?

Norsync is a 10-year-old Norwegian company, based in Oslo with a US office in San Francisco. As they describe themselves:

Our patented technology handles the partnership between each client device database and a central database (on-premise or in the cloud). Data can be changed on any or all devices. Only changes are transferred, both ways, and clients sync in random order and point in time.

The platform is an OS-independent platform for the client app; so, developers can run the same code (e.g., HTML5, Java Script, PhoneGap) on iOS, Android, and Windows. The company claims a typical reduction in development and maintenance costs of 70 percent. 

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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).