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SDSW - San Diego Startup Week

San Diego Startup Week

San Diego Startup Week is officially underway. June 19th – 23rd, 2017

Startup Week brings together entrepreneurs  to share progress, exchange resources, and celebrate the thriving innovation community. We’re putting all our efforts into bringing together the community to showcase exciting local innovation, share resources and knowledge, and strengthen connections.

  • 5 days
  • 15 Tracks
  • 150 Events

We hope top see you there. Get your tickets here: San Diego Startup Week

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Hootsuite and Microsoft Dynamics CRM


It’s Going to Cost You.

HootSuite and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Integration

If you follow social media news or new about Microsoft, you probably read about Hootsuite and Microsoft announcing the integration of Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Hootsuite. What every article seems to have left out is that the Hootsuite PRO plan is excluded from the integration. Which means unless you want to upgrade to the Hootsuite Enterprise Plan (The basic plan is $3,500 a month for 5 users) this solution is not going to work for you.

At $3,500 a month you are better off using the Microsoft’s Social Engagement add on for Dynamics CRM. It provides Social listening, Social Analytics, Social Engagement, and the ability to add social data in Microsoft Dynamics CRM or Microsoft Dynamics Marketing—on dashboards or on any forms, like Accounts or Campaigns.

I am big fan of Hootsuite. It lets us manage all of our social media from one application, add team members, and give them access to our business social media accounts. While that is all good stuff, the exclusion of the PRO tier from Dynamics CRM integration seems like a serious misstep. Also Hootsuite will not discuss pricing of the Enterprise plan unless they schedule a call with you. As there CSR rep told me via chat. “There is no set price.”

This is an unfortunate move by both Microsoft and Hootsuite.

Microsoft Earnings Release FY15 Q3

Microsoft EPS Solidly Beat Analysts Expectations.

Microsoft reported:

  • Q3 EPS of $0.62 (analysts expected $0.51 earnings per share)
  • Q3 revenue of $21.73 billion (analysts expected $21.06 billion in revenue) according to Yahoo Finance.

Here are the highlights from the press release.

REDMOND, Wash. — April 23, 2015 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that revenues for the quarter ended March 31, 2015 grew to $21.7 billion.  Gross margin, operating income, and diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) for the quarter were $14.6 billion, $6.6 billion, and $0.61 per share, respectively.

Devices and Consumer revenue grew 8% (up 11% in constant currency) to $9.0 billion, with the following business highlights:

  • Office 365 Consumer subscribers increased to over 12.4 million, up 35% sequentially
  • Windows OEM Pro revenue declined 19%, as Pro mix returned to pre-Windows XP end-of-support levels and the business PC market declined
  • Windows OEM non-Pro revenue declined 26%, primarily due to channel inventory drawdown and ongoing mix shift to opening price point devices
  • Search advertising revenue grew 21% (up 24% in constant currency), with Bing U.S. market share at 20.1%, up 150 basis points over prior year
  • Xbox Live usage grew over 30%, driven by increased users and deeper user engagement
  • Surface revenue of $713 million, up 44% (up 53% in constant currency) driven by Surface Pro 3
  • Phone Hardware revenue of $1.4 billion, with 8.6 million Lumia units sold

Commercial revenue grew 5% (up 7% in constant currency) to $12.8 billion, with the following business highlights:

  • Commercial cloud revenue grew 106% (up 111% in constant currency) driven by Office 365, Azure and Dynamics CRM Online, and is now on an annualized revenue run rate of $6.3 billion
  • Server products and services revenue grew 12% (up 16% in constant currency), with premium versions of Windows Server, System Center Server and SQL Server together growing 25%
  • Office Commercial products and services revenue declined 2% (up 1% in constant currency); transactional revenue was impacted by the continued transition to Office 365 and declines in business PC sales following the XP refresh cycle
  • Windows volume licensing revenue declined 2% (up 1% in constant currency), with transactional revenue declining following the XP refresh cycle partially offset by annuity revenue growth

 

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