For the past six days, we’ve been in Atlanta for the annual Microsoft Convergence conference. We started the week by participating in a community service project for Habitat for Humanity and Project with a Purpose. Our team joined forces with Capgemini, a member of the Dun & Bradstreet Global AllianceNetwork, to build tables and compost bins for an urban community garden.
Sneak Peeks from Microsoft
Convergence has evolved into Microsoft’s primary business conference. In addition to Microsoft Dynamics CRM and ERP solutions, we got first looks at Office 365 2016 and Windows 10. Lots of incredible innovation. My personal favorite is that OneNote is now integrated into Dynamics CRM.
Trends for 2015
This is my third year at Convergence, and here are the trends I see emerging:
- Solutions are now able to deliver great customer experiences through a comprehensive platform (Microsoft) that includes great content (Dun & Bradstreet data) streamed directly into day-to-day activities.
- Innovation continues to grow exponentially.
- Great mobile access is no longer a nice to have…it is expected.
Showing the New Brand
Convergence was the first time people saw our new brand. I wish I had a nickel for everyone who said, “Your new brand is awesome. I love it!” We had tons of great conversations with both customers and prospective buyers. Many people had not seen D&B360 before and were blown away by it. We also had some great meetings with many of our Global AllianceNetwork partners.
A Growing AllianceNetwork
Last, interest in joining the D&B Global AllianceNetwork was strong. Of course, it wasn’t all work. Last night our team had a blast at the celebration concert featuring One Republic.
We’ll be wrapping things up in Atlanta later today, but our work is just beginning.