Microsoft Dynamics Expands Enterprise Resource Planning LineApr 12th, 2011 | By Eli Johnson | Category: Technology and Science
Microsoft unveiled its latest Microsoft Dynamics enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) releases at the Convergence 2011 conference in Atlanta Monday. The presentation outlined Microsoft’s vision for moving Microsoft Dynamics ERP business network solutions from on-site to cloud format, introduced the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, and showcased other recent releases designed to improve business productivity.
Microsoft is moving into enterprise applications software, which automates accounting, human resources, sales, supply chains, and other operations. The company aims to compete with industry leaders SAP AG and Oracle, and to remain ahead of newcomers like Salesforce.com.
Microsoft presenters laid out a vision for leveraging the success of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. The company’s next step will be to provide Microsoft Dynamics ERP customers with solutions that will run on a Windows Azure platform and provide the same benefits in cloud format that customers currently receive on site.
To facilitate this, Microsoft has released a Microsoft Dynamics Cloud Partner Profitability Guide. The guide identifies key success factors and lays out an execution plan to help partners streamline their business operations and open new opportunities.
“We see the cloud as a turning point in the market that provides the opportunity to create a new business model geared toward increasing the profitability and agility of our company,” said eSavvy Pty Ltd. managing director David Goad, managing director, eSavvy Pty Ltd. “The Microsoft Dynamics Cloud Partner Profitability Guide really helped us to solidify that opinion. It offers clear guidance on how to benefit from this shift and serves as a great starting point for all partners looking to build a strong, cloud-based business.”
Convergence 2011 also offered the first glimpse at Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, Microsoft’s new ERP solution. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 helps customers simplify decision-making by providing an integrated ERP platform for financial, human resources, and operations management. The platform lends itself to customized applications through features such as a library of business process models and context-sensitive business intelligence.
“Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 frees customers from the electronic concrete that has plagued the ERP industry for so long,” said Microsoft Business Solutions corporate vice president Kirill Tatarinov. “Customers want flexible yet cost-effective business applications that work the way they do instead of being forced to adapt to the software.”
The beta version of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 is being released in April 2011. The final release is estimated for August 2011.
In addition to these developments, the presentation also spotlighted:
- Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011, integrated with Microsoft Project 2010 for fast application, already generally available
- The on-premises version of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011, already generally available and used by more than 27,000 customers and 1.7 million users worldwide, including American National Standards Institute, Hard Rock International, and Sandri Companies
- Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 R2, offering built-in integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM and enhanced data visualization capability, launched ahead of schedule in December 2010
- Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 R2, offering business intelligence capability enhancements, to become available May 1, 2011
For more news from Convergence 2011, see http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/dynamics.
To view the Microsoft Dynamics Cloud Partner Profitability Guide, visit https://partner.microsoft.com/global/productssolutions/dynamics/40162698.