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Podcast Review: Measuring Microsoft's biz apps market progress, from ERP to the citizen developer

by Eamon McCarthy Earls
Assistant Editor,
August 30 2018

Josh Greenbaum (@josheac) of Enterprise Application Consulting, joined the MSDW podcast to talk about Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations and its place in today's enterprise software market. Josh has covered Microsoft and the rest of the enterprise business solutions market for many years and was on-hand at Microsoft's recent Business Applications Summit as part of an analyst briefing that coincided with the event.

The state of Microsoft Dynamics

Recent figures about Dynamics 365 implementation growth suggest to Greenbaum that Finance and Operations projects tend toward complex implementations rather than the smaller and simpler upgrades from systems:

I think the backdrop is that [Microsoft's] been rather parsimonious about handing out any real numbers. Frankly, I've been pleasantly surprised. Finance and Operations seems to have really solid momentum. The number of live customers and the number of people in production is impressive given it's only been in the market a couple of years, with 600 across multiple geographies. Some people look at a 12 to 18 month implementation timeline as a bad thing —thinking of the mythical six week implementation.

Greenbaum suggested that many of the go-lives now in-process are more complex than the first ones undertaken when D365FO was released.

By the very nature of it, we may see a slight lowering of the curve ...

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About Eamon McCarthy Earls

As the assistant editor at and, Eamon helps to oversee editorial content on the site and supports site management and strategy. He can be reached at

Before joining, Eamon was editor for at TechTarget, where he covered networking technology, IoT, and cybersecurity. He is also the author of multiple books and previously contributed to publications such as the Boston Globe, Milford Daily News, and DefenceWeb.