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Why are there so many challenged #Dynamics365 projects?

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The #Dynamics365 market is growing rapidly across the world at an annualised rate of 38%, however it is still more embryonic than the likes of SAP and Oracle which have had more time to develop robust project processes and methodologies. #D365 is growing at such a rate that project implementation lessons are currently being learnt at a cost to partners and end users however this will improve with knowledge and experience. Microsoft Dynamics has brought more Tier 1 Consultancies to the Microsoft space as they look to capitalise on an expanding market and this is bringing stronger project assurance, business process knowledge and methodology to the channel. In time this knowledge will disseminate through the channel to more projects and partners helping the channel mature.

Microsoft Gold Partners have never been more valuable in the channel and offer industry specific knowledge, experience and value at each stage of the project lifecycle and they also carry the responsibility to ensure that projects are successful. Projects often have better success rates by having a client side team of internal D365 experts to support and manage the partner and to act as a conduit between the them and the end user. Without an internal team, customers can lose control of #d365 implementations due to their own lack of product knowledge or previous ERP implementation experience.

Even though Covid-19 has affected the market, overall the high demand for Dynamics candidates can make it hard to build internal teams and the risk of not having one is rarely worth taking. End users often want the perfect Microsoft solution for their business however common advice is to keep it simple, and implement a robust system rather than strive for a Rolls Royce version of perfection. This is where an internal team adds value as they know the product, have seen why previous Dynamics 365 implementations went wrong and whilst they have the customers interest as their Number 1 focus, they are also there to temper any over-enthusiasm that can emerge in pursuit of a perfect system.

In the last 10 years many Dynamics projects have spiralled out of control and have become too complex by being over-customised beyond what was essential – this is something that customers need to control with future projects and realise that the partner is there to deliver what is essential rather than everything that is possible. In hindsight many failed projects are the result of over customisation beyond what was essential.

So to summarise, make sure you choose a partner that will educate you throughout the process and add value rather than just implement Dynamics 365, and build an internal team of #microsoftdynamics experts so that your best interests are the number 1 focus and finally, keep it simple!

So, how is your D365 project progressing and are you aware of all the challenges that lie ahead?

Jon Styles is the CEO of Northcote Group and has over 10 years of Microsoft recruitment experience under his belt. Need some help? Click an icon below.

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