Microsoft yesterday announced the general availability of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 with a large laundry list of enhancements.
Dynamics AX (formerly Axapta) is one of Microsoft’s poorly delineated family of mid-market enterprise resource planning products that were obtained by acquisition and then left to snooze profitlessly in Microsoft Business Solutions. Microsoft had high hopes for mashing together all the odds and ends in MBS under the Dynamics brand and sharing a combined underlying framework called "Project Green," but the bloom was soon off the latter rose and only the brand remains. Still, Dynamics AX might be viewed as a triumph of sorts:
AX 9000 also represents the start of Microsoft’s new strategy of CRM software "harmonization," adopted after the failure of Microsoft’s Project Green, an initiative to move components from its various CRM products to a single Web services-based environment.
Instead, Microsoft now plans to "harmonize" its CRM offerings through increased adoption of SQL Server and the .NET Framework across AX and its other CRM product line-ups: Dynamics GP, NAV, and SL.
So the developers continue to beaver on supporting their existing customers and perhaps bagging a new one here and there, but the financial results, if they are in fact positive, are buried by Office with which Dynamics shares the Microsoft’s Business Division.