You only get to know about a solution when you have somebody (especially an expert in that solution) show you a full demo. Unless and until you see the whole show for yourself, you will never have that kind of satisfaction to go ahead and have the solution implemented.
Microsoft Dynamics 365 comes very close to this thought. A suite that has almost 12 applications serving different business functions, you want to see a fully-fledged demo of the application that concerns your business most before you get an implementation done.
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Commerce is one of these 12 applications that concerns a lot of businesses, especially in the electronic commerce and retail segments. The application helps organizations create seamless and personalized shopping experiences and delivers to them best-in-class strategies for taking data-driven decisions. To understand the benefits of Dynamics 365 for Commerce, you must first have a Dynamics 365 Demo for Commerce scheduled and only then will you get to know what other benefits you stand to gain.
Given below are some more benefits you will be introduced to after scheduling a Dynamics 365 Demo for Commerce:
To begin with, a demo will help you understand the overall architectural overview of Dynamics 365 for Commerce.
- End users will be introduced to the reuse-based approach to define, implement and compose loosely coupled independent components.
- They will get to know more about the application’s extensibility design that avoids dependency between the platform and the application by running it as a microservice built on Node.js and which uses React as an underlying UX framework.
- They get to know more about request flows, how a platform gets request, does authentication, routing, locale detection, generates a hydrated page object containing page configuration data etc.
- They get to learn more about how data actions allow for batching, aggregation, chaining of multiple service calls and how the platform provides a set o core data actions that provide connections to Dynamics 365 Commerce services.
- They get to know about the React application, how the platform calls it once the hydrated page object is generated and the application begins to run on a node express server.
- They find out how the React application parses the view model, runs the React views on the server side and generates HTML.
- The get introduced to the various core SDK modules, module library modules and custom modules that the React application comprises of, and how the React script initializes the components and takes over client-side execution on the browser and renders the modules.
So much for the technical side of Dynamics 365 for Commerce. Now if one were to explore the modules in it, here is what a Dynamics 365 Demo for Commerce will help know about:
- Interested users will learn more about the modules, and how they represent the ore building blocks that make up an online page. They will get introduced to feature modules featured on a page and showing a product image and description.
- They will get introduced to the hero module, that highlights a campaign or provides marketing information.
- They will get introduced to the header module, comprising smaller module components such as a search module, a sign-in module and a navigation module.
Apart from modules, they will get to know more about other things such as core data actions, custom data actions, themes, script injectors etc.
- They will know what core data actions are, and how they help get product data from the database in addition to getting ratings, reviewing product information and how they are unmodifiable.
- They will learn how to create custom data actions, and how they can globally be scoped so that they can be used across multiple modules and in a single module as well. They will know how these call D365 Commerce proxy application programming interfaces or any other service provider to get data.
- They get to know what themes are in the Commerce application, and how they contain SCSS style definitions and let end users add custom, module specific SCSS style definitions. They learn how these allow end users to set site themes in the authoring tools and how all the pages then begin to use that theme by default.
- They get to know what script injectors are, and how these are available in a separate module to make it easy to inject scripts into the head, bodybegin from the admin tool, so that it becomes easy to add scripts such as third party analytics.
This information shared here is just a small part of the whole story that awaits you during that Microsoft Dynamics 365 Demo for Commerce. Schedule it fast and know the whole story.
Summary: Only after scheduling a Dynamics 365 Demo will you understand all of this and much more that has not been mentioned here. This should help you understand the importance of a demo.