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Microsoft rebrands Dynamics 365 Talent to Dynamics 365 Human Resources

14 January 2020
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Post-Christmas and the New Year is a time when many people take stock of their lives and look enthusiastically to the year ahead. They are often keen to start a new chapter in their working lives, are bored in their current roles, or have itchy feet and need a new challenge.

It is also a time when organisations look to take on new employees and seek to improve their HR strategies.

For companies that are keen on delivering solutions to create better workplaces in which both employees and businesses can succeed, Microsoft’s rebranded Dynamics 365 solution will be of great interest. Its Dynamics 365 Talent is being rebranded as Dynamics 365 Human Resources with the launch date set for February 2020.  

If, as a Dynamics professional, you are looking to work on Dynamics 365 Human Resources projects this year, you will need to be aware of the changes to the product...

The new product, which integrates with Microsoft Finance, has been designed to re-focus on employees, towards HR, to engage employees and ‘proactively enrich their careers’. The HR application also lends itself well to workforce planning using Power BI dashboards, so if you can interpret data and understand Power BI, then a project with the HR app might be the perfect solution.

The General Manager for Dynamics 365, Laurel Reitman had this to say about the new name: "The new name reflects our commitment to helping HR professionals create data-driven programs that improve the employee experience." 

The new product will focus on areas such as:

  • Performance feedback
  • Training and certification
  • Benefits
  • Leave and absence
  • Compliance
  • Payroll integration
  • Compensation
  • Self-service programmes

The Attract and Onboard services, the modular apps that are separate from the core HR capabilities of the platform, will carry on until February 1st 2022, at which point they will be discontinued. Microsoft will work with existing customers that are already using these apps to help them transition to other solutions such as LinkedIn’s Recruiter System Connect and LinkedIn’s Talent Hub.

To help with this transition, Microsoft has published a Q&A page, read more here.

The following are the key focus areas of the new Dynamics 365 Human Resources, as outlined by Reitman:

  • To transform the experience of employees by providing them with self-service, modern, fluid experiences that will help them to access information, that will guide their learning, and that will help them to execute tasks etc. without intervention from HR
  • To optimise HR programs by improving operations – including optimised benefits, compensation, leave and absence, certifications and training, compliance, and payroll programs
  • To improve organisational agility by helping employees to thrive as the organisation changes and grows – offering scalable, secure and HR solutions that are easy to connect to current systems already in place
  • To enable workforce insights by centralising HR data to obtain insightful analytics and guidance – all delivered by Microsoft’s leading business intelligence and AI technology

As you are aware, Microsoft is always launching new capabilities, and if you take time to understand the features of this new product – as well as future products – and have the expertise to implement and manage the new features, your services will continue to be in demand to help organisations to improve their business performance.

You can also get an overview of HR Management for Dynamics 365 in this video walkthrough

If you would like to have a chat to a member of our team about how we can help with your job search in 2020; please call us today on +44 (0)1483 233 000, 646 202 1761 or email

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