Microsoft launches new sales productivity solution

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 08 October 2014
Microsoft launches new sales productivity solution

Microsoft will offer a new sales productivity solution that combines Dynamics CRM Online Professional with Office 365 and Power BI.

The new offering will provide sales professionals with leading productivity tools that work seamlessly with business applications.

The combination of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online and Office 365 will enable staff to work across the entire enterprise, and more directly with partners and customers. Also, by bringing Outlook, Lync, Skype and Yammer for social collaboration into the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online experience, customers will benefit from the possibilities of enhanced sales productivity.

“The importance of combining powerful productivity tools with business applications is something that Microsoft Dynamics has recognised all along — indeed it is core to our strategy,” said Bob Stutz, corporate vice president, Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

“We have been building our products to work seamlessly together from day one, and this new offering makes it even easier for our customers to benefit from this combination of solutions today: Microsoft Dynamics CRM plus Office 365 plus Power BI is a winning bet.” One company already benefiting from the power of the combination is Grant Thornton, a leading independent audit, tax and advisory firm in the US.

The company selected Microsoft’s sales productivity solution to deliver personalised service and closer relationships to customers. Grant Thornton has seen a 700% increase in the number of contacts in its system over the legacy solution and a 450% increase in the number of opportunities, which translates to five-and-a-half times more deals managed in the firm’s system.

The new solution will be offered to customers at a promotional price of US$65 per user, per month. Existing users of Office 365 can upgrade to the Sales Productivity solution for US$45 per user, per month. This offer is available in all markets worldwide where Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, Office 365 and Power BI are available.

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