Setting up a Trial Instance for Talent Management in Dynamics 365

Earlier this year, Microsoft released a standalone cloud based Human Capital Management (HCM) solution. Let’s look at this much spoken about Talent application.

If you start using this application right away, you can make the best of the 30-day free trial. The trial instance offers you a full featured application which enables you to get the touch and feel of the product. You can watch many videos and read about the application, but the best is to try it for yourself and have a hands-on experience.

You do not need a credit card to sign up for a trial, and you can convert the trial to a paid subscription anytime. You can cancel anytime. Be sure to read the Microsoft Agreement before purchasing, to see how cancellations work. Also, cancellation fees may apply on paid subscriptions.

Let’s go over the steps for signing up:

Visit https://trials.dynamics.com/ and click on Talent as shown below.

If you are using this service for development or trial, then click on Sign Up here. A dialogue box will pop-up. Choose this if you are a Microsoft Partner or an employee at Microsoft. If you are not, then click “No, continue signing up here”.

Key in your work email and phone number.

Hit get started.

Fill your information in below. Click create.


Now create your username and password.
Then click create my account. You can use this to log into the Office 365 Admin Centre and from there you can log into the Dynamics 365 Talent Application. An Office 365 Subscription is not required to access Dynamics 365.

Once you log in it might ask you to purchase the service, but you don’t have to purchase it yet, as you still have 30 days.

Talent Management Review:

  1. Talent is a SaaS application hosted on Azure and it can be integrated using Data Management, Power BI, PowerApps, Microsoft Flow, SharePoint and Excel.
  2. Talent needs Lifecycle Services (LCS).
  3. As of now it is hosted on CDS 1.0 and expected to move to CDS 2.0 by October 2018.
  4. Out of box integration is available with Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations. You can always custom build an integration if you are currently using GP or NAV or any other solution.
  5. Embedded Power BI reports are available in each work-space.

NOTE: Microsoft is heavily investing in Talent Management and there are updates each month. Please keep in mind that information in this blog may become outdated as Microsoft releases new updates with latest features to Talent application. For latest news on Talent Management please visit these sites below:

Latest Release Notes: https://dynamics.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications/release/#release-notes

Document Site: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/unified-operations/talent/

Talent Application Overview and Pricing: https://dynamics.microsoft.com/en-us/talent/overview/

Please feel free to connect with us if you have any questions about Dynamics 365 for Talent Management.

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