Overview of Dynamics 365 Human Resources 2021 release wave 1


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Dynamics 365 Human Resources helps businesses empower and engage their workforce, provide modern benefits packages, and stay compliant. It allows HR professionals to be more strategic, providing the workforce insights they need to build better organization structures, compensation, benefits, leave and absence, compliance, employee and manager self-service, and performance management programs. Human Resources also centralizes people data to build an HR ecosystem, using the Microsoft Power Platform to tailor workflows, improve business intelligence, and connect with third-party best-of-breed HR solutions. Human Resources connects people and operations data to help you optimize workforce costs and take better care of employees.

For the 2021 release wave 1, we will focus on three key areas:

  • Broaden the human capital management (HCM) ecosystem: Continue broadening our HCM ecosystem through integration APIs and strategic partnerships.
  • Reimagine the employee experience: Expand our investments in the employee experience and bringing those experiences into the flow of work.
  • App unification: Deliver app unification through a simplified platform with better application lifecycle management tooling and extensibility.

The next sections provide details about the specific features we're releasing across these areas.

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