Microsoft today announced the acquisition of Adallom as well as the availability of the 2016 edition of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM, slated within the next three months.
The software giant bought Adallom, a Palo Alto, CA-based cloud and SaaS security provider with offices also in Tel Aviv, Israel, reportedly for $250 million.
According to Microsoft, Adallom expands its “identity assets, and delivers a cloud access security broker, to give customers visibility and control over application access as well as their critical company data stored across cloud services.”
Adallom’s solution works with cloud applications including Salesforce, Box, Dropbox, ServiceNow, Ariba, and Office 365. Microsoft also said that it would complement its Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS), including Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics.
Microsoft’s Dynamics CRM 2016 will be available before the new year.
Among new capabilities, the Redmond, Washington-based company touted a seamless experience across applications including email, Excel, and OneDrive for Business for easier task management, a better mobile experience, and data and analytics.
“Through an enhanced Excel experience within Dynamics CRM, complete with new Excel templates for various tasks, functions and scenarios, users can now efficiently toggle between functions as opposed to time-consuming and complex exporting, enabling them to augment their customer processes with simple, familiar analysis within their CRM experience,” Microsoft said in a statement.
Other functionality including OneDrive document management and Delve from Office Graph, data management and advanced analytics capabilities powered by Cortana Analytics Suite, Azure Machine Learning, full offline capabilities for sales and service professionals on phones and tablets and across all major mobile platforms (Android, iOS and Windows).
There is even the ability to create task-centered mobile apps to complete sales-related activities on the go.