CRN Exclusive: Offers Its Collage For Dynamics 365 For The Channel

Printer-friendly version Email this CRN article, a developer of collaboration software that simplifies the use of Microsoft cloud applications, is making its recently launched Collage for Dynamics 365 software available to the channel.

The move creates opportunities for's VAR and reseller partners to provide their customers with integrated Microsoft application solutions that improve productivity and overcome information overload, executives said.

"Partners can offer a single, coherent solution instead of a massive integration project," said David Lavenda, a co-founder and vice president of marketing and product strategy at the Boston-based company. "This is a unique opportunity for channel partners."

[Related: Microsoft Exec On New Offerings For ISVs, The Growth Of Dynamics 365 And 'Doubling Down' On The Cloud Solution Provider Model] develops software that provides a consistent user experience across Microsoft applications, including SharePoint, Office 365 and other cloud applications, and helps eliminate the problem of data silos across those applications.

The company's Collage technology, for example, allows users to find, view, manage and share documents in SharePoint and Office 365 directly in Outlook without having to first search for and download them. Collage uses machine learning and natural language processing to group information across multiple applications by topics.

"That's where comes in to tie all the pieces together," Lavenda said. was a finalist for Microsoft's Partner of the Year Awards earlier this year, specifically in the category of collaboration and content solutions and services. Mobile was a CRN Enterprise App Award winner for enterprise collaboration in 2014.

In August launched Collage for Dynamics 365: Dynamics 365 is Microsoft's cloud-based ERP and CRM application suite. Collage for Dynamics 365 provides a way to link those applications with Microsoft Office 365, SharePoint and other Microsoft cloud applications, as well as other cloud applications like Zendesk.

As an example of how Collage for Dynamics 365 would work, Lavenda says a law firm that stores legal documents in SharePoint can use the software to connect SharePoint to the CRM application in Dynamics 365 the firm uses to manage client accounts.

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