Nucleus Research ERP Technology Value Matrix

The ERP Value Matrix reflects the shift to the cloud, with mobile capabilities and embedded analytics. Microsoft continues in its Leader position with Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations. Considering Microsoft’s current trajectory, focusing on productivity, the interoperability of its software, extending the lifecycle of its products with Lifecycle Services using the power of the Azure platform, and helping the business user become an application developer, Nucleus predicts that Microsoft will continue to strengthen its Value Matrix position.

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The Forrester Wave™: Sales Force Automation

Microsoft leads the pack when it comes to empowering modern sellers to deliver high-quality, high-touch customer experiences. The solution can enable process efficiencies and provide intelligent recommendations to sellers that will win the hearts and wallets of modern buyers. Microsoft delivers on intelligent seller productivity, with deep integrations into Office 365 and Outlook. For companies looking to capitalize on the productivity gains of their other Microsoft investments, and looking to disrupt their peers with AI and machine learning, Microsoft is a great choice.

Gartner Magic Quadrant: Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms

For the tenth consecutive year, Microsoft is positioned in the Leaders quadrant. By 2020, 50% of analytic queries will be generated using search, natural-language processing or voice, or will be autogenerated. Microsoft successfully executed on its "five by five" strategy — five seconds to sign up and five minutes to "wow". Plus, it links insights to actions with integrations into Microsoft Flow and Microsoft Dynamics 365.

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Gartner Magic Quadrant: Cloud Infrastructure as a Service

Microsoft is frequently chosen as a strategic cloud provider by customers that are committed to Microsoft technologies or that like Microsoft's overall cloud strategy. Microsoft Azure is second in market share and Gartner estimates its end-of-2016 revenue run rate at approximately $3 billion. Azure is already a very capable and broad platform, and Microsoft continues to accelerate its new-feature velocity. There are multiple Azure regions in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Germany, Australia, India, Japan and Korea, as well as regions in Ireland, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Singapore and Brazil. There are also six regions for the U.S. federal government and two Azure China regions.

The Total Economic Impact™ Of Microsoft Azure IaaS

Microsoft commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a study to examine the potential return on investment (ROI) enterprises may realize by shifting some or all their management and operations from on-premises, hosted, and outsourced implementations to Azure’s infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offering. Benefits included:

  • Improved production efficiency
  • Reduced datacenter, IT resource, and outsourcing costs
  • Easier and faster software and hardware management (such as patching and support)
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Gartner Magic Quadrant: Sales Force Automation

Microsoft is in the Leaders quadrant again this year with Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales. Microsoft's strength lies in its ability to create custom processes and integrations into Microsoft Exchange, Office 365 and SharePoint, as well as Power BI and Azure Machine Learning. Gartner clients have reported positively on this integrated product offering.

A Platform for Today, Tomorrow, and Decades from Now

Microsoft offers a complete platform at a tremendous value. Considering the billions of dollars invested in research and development, cloud growth, and long term viability, an investment in Microsoft makes long term sense. 

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