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Business data giant Dun & Bradstreet signs up with Microsoft for Azure, Dynamics 365

Microsoft teamed up with Dun & Bradstreet, the world’s leader in enterprise insights and data analysis, to offer Dynamics 365 and Azure for direct access to all of Microsoft’s cloud services. Together, Microsoft and Dun & Bradstreet made three major announcements:

  1. Dun & Bradstreet has selected Microsoft as a strategic cloud provider to accelerate the company’s digital transformation and deliver its customers more efficient and seamless access to its commercial data. Dun & Bradstreet will power core applications and build new services on Microsoft Azure, and plans to use Microsoft intelligent cloud services to modernize applications.
  2. Dun & Bradstreet data will be made available within Microsoft Dynamics 365. Leveraging Microsoft’s Common Data Service, the industry-standard D-U-N-S® Number and core business data will be integrated to help joint customers qualify sales leads and stay synchronized with Dun & Bradstreet’s global business database of over 265 million business records.
  3. Dun & Bradstreet will reach Microsoft’s commercial users and prospects through a joint, co-sell arrangement focused on Dynamics 365, Dun & Bradstreet’s core business data and D&B Hoovers.
    The first offerings are expected to be in market later this year.

At the helm of Dun & Bradstreet, Chairman and CEO Bob Carrigan has taken significant steps to diversify and modernize the 176-year-old company for its enterprise customers. Josh Peirez, president and chief operating officer of Dun & Bradstreet describes how Microsoft Azure and Dynamics 365 will help.

“We want our customers to have the most up-to-date data when they need it and where they want it. By partnering strategically with Microsoft, we can take advantage of the scale and speed of cloud-based technologies, accelerate our innovation, and power seamless access to our data and insights. By delivering our content through the cloud, our customers will better discover — and grow — their most valuable business relationships.”

Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 business applications will open the doors for Dun & Bradstreet to new users like never before. Judson Althoff, Microsoft executive vice president of Worldwide Commercial Business, notes on the effect that this partnership will provide: “The opportunity for mutual customers to thrive with rich data when you combine Dynamics 365 and Dun & Bradstreet is incredible.”

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Is Microsoft on the right track with Dynamics 365 based of its most recent partnership?