Kinect, Business Presentations, and Microsoft Dynamics GP for your Not-for-Profit

One of the more eye-opening demos at Convergence 2012 in Houston a few months back was the use of Microsoft Kinect with Dynamics GP. While Kinect is more associated with consumer electronics, Microsoft has been signaling that this sophisticated gesture-reading hardware and software has serious business applications.

In case you’ve been completely focused on business technology, Kinect is a peripheral for Microsoft Xbox gaming that bathes a room in infra-red beams and reads the reflections–ask your kids to see the applications. In recent years, developers have been tweaking the Kinect APIs so that it can detect gesturing for presentations. In other words, raising or lowering your hand triggers a scrolling action, and a wave causes the screen to pan in or out.

The response to this Dynamics-Kinect app at Convergence was so strong that afterwards Microsoft released a YouTube video showing a prototype based around Business Analyzer.

No one is suggesting there’ll be Kinects on everyone’s desk in your nonprofits Accounting or Finance department – though the cost is under $200 – it’s clear that Microsoft sees an opportunity for its disruptive gesturing and speech recognition technology in boardrooms or for executive level presentations.

Business Analyzer is well suited for non-technical executives since no knowledge of SQL is required to set up the reports. The Microsoft demo video gives a flavor of this completely intuitive approach to conducting presentations. You see how easy it is to walk a group through a series of Business Analyzer bar charts, graphs, and reports without awkward trips back to a laptop or grappling with the remote for the projector,  making your nonprofit employees lives a lot simpler.

And there’s more.  As we’ve talked about before, Business Analyzer hooks up with Microsoft Lync, the real-time collaboration tool for both IM and voice connections.

In the Microsoft prototype app, Lync, Dynamics GP Business Analyzer, and Kinect are all coupled together. It gives a strong indication of how Microsoft views business meetings being conducted in the near future.

Impressive stuff.

MIG provides powerful solutions that allow NFPs to automate processes while tracking donations and reducing costs. Contact us to find out how our technology can help your business grow and improve in this challenging economic environment.

MIG & Co. – A New York City based Microsoft Dynamics Gold Partner, serving New York with vast nonprofit/ not-for-profit experience.

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