Project Madeira – Business solution reinvented

Project Madeira – Business solution reinvented

On Tuesday 12 April 2016, Microsoft launched Project Madeira, a business productivity solution for SMBs (businesses with employee counts of between 10 to 99) to help them grow, help them manage finances and to help streamline productivity. Using the productivity tools in Office 365 Project “Madeira” connects business processes.

For Dynamics Partners and customers, it’s important to understand that this is not a new release of Microsoft Dynamics NAV. It’s a new SaaS solution from Microsoft and the normal release cycle of Dynamics NAV will not be influenced by the introduction of Project Madeira.

In his blog, General Manager for Dynamics SMB Marko Perisic describe the benefits of Madeira as follows:

  • A new level of productivity – Project “Madeira” reduces time wasted switching back and forth between business applications and email. It automatically identifies business context such as invoices and quote requests within Outlook, and presents the user with the tools and data needed to take immediate action – all without leaving Outlook. If you know how to use Office, then you know how to use Project “Madeira.”
  • Cloud first – Project “Madeira” is designed from the ground up as a true multi-tenant public cloud service on Microsoft Azure, meaning SMBs can get up and running quickly, manage costs and rest assured knowing their data is more protected in hyper-scale, enterprise-class datacenters.
  • Mobile first – Project “Madeira” is built for a mobile workforce, with a consistently great user experience across almost any device or form factor. Customers can access the service through a Web browser, or using apps for Windows, iOS or Android devices.
  • Built for growth – Project “Madeira” is a comprehensive business management solution for growing companies with roughly 10 to 100 employees. These are companies that need more than the simple financial and accounting tools they started with, but aren’t yet ready to make a big investment in a customized enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Without sacrificing ease of use or speed of setup, Project “Madeira” offers a fully powered business management solution in the cloud, with capabilities spanning financials, dimensions, sales and purchase management, inventory, CRM (opportunity management), multi-currency, and business insight. In addition, Microsoft’s ecosystem of independent software vendors are building rich extensions for Project “Madeira.” These extensions cover horizontal add-on functionality as well as full industry-specific vertical solutions. They will be available in a marketplace soon.

Madeira for customers and partners in Africa?

Unfortunately Project Madeira is not yet available for partners and customers outside of the US. Please email madeira@dynamicsafrica.biz should you wish to be notified once the service is launched in our region.

Nick is the Managing Director of Dynamics Africa, an ISV Partner focusing on Microsoft Dynamics NAV and GP Enterprise solutions. Through a channel of highly skilled business partners Dynamics Africa focusses on the expansion of the Microsoft Dynamics brand in Africa through the delivery of localised ISV offerings.

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