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March 18, 2007

Microsoft touts Dynamics at Convergence 2007

Posted by David Hunter at 9:51 PM ET.

Last week Microsoft held their Convergence 2007 soiree for their Microsoft Business Systems customers and announced a package linking Dynamics ERP to Office and the upcoming availability of Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0, Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.0 and Microsoft Dynamics SL 7.0.

They also trotted out CEO Steve Ballmer to demonstrate the upcoming Microsoft Dynamics Live CRM service targeted at Oracle, SAP, and Salesforce.com. You may recall that it has a rather checkered history involving Microsoft competing with partners for the hosting business.

I wish I could get more excited about the MBS family of products which were all solid if unexciting businesses until Microsoft took them over, at which point they settled into mostly profit-free lassitude despite promises of a grand convergence via Project Green. Now, we can’t even tell how they’re doing since they have been folded into the Windows Business Division (i.e. Office), but it is hard to believe that it is much better.

While Steve Ballmer may be excited about competing with long time partner SAP and the others (see also Barbara Darrow’s report), a relevant question is why they don’t just spin MBS off when it would likely be better for both parties.



Filed under Axapta, CRM, Coopetition, Dynamics, Dynamics Live, Executives, Great Plains, MBS, Microsoft, Navision, Oracle, SAP, Salesforce.com, Solomon, Steve Ballmer

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2 Responses to “Microsoft touts Dynamics at Convergence 2007”

  1. Microsoft and SAP still singing their Duet -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Duet still rates as one of the sparse crop of “corporate alliances” that actually produced substantial product, but there are some sour notes in the harmony since Microsoft persists in competing with SAP’s core business with their Dynamics line which has its own Office connector. For now at least, the companies are papering over the cracks: The Duet partnership had appeared somewhat strained last month when Microsoft unveiled plans to come out with Dynamics Client for Office and SharePoint, a new product to more tightly integrate its own rival Dynamics business applications with Office and its SharePoint Web portal. Microsoft, which has tended to focus more on small to midsize users, also promised to compete more aggressively in the enterprise applications space against both market leader SAP and number-two player Oracle Corp. [...]

  2. Microsoft ships Dynamics GP 10.0 and Dynamics SL 7.0 -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] As promised back in March, Microsoft today announced the release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 (formerly Great Plains) and Microsoft Dynamics SL 7.0 (formerly Solomon). GP is a full featured accounting package and SL is an enterprise resource planning software system and both are targeted at medium sized businesses as part of Microsoft’s historically sluggish Dynamics family. New features are “increased business intelligence functionality, a more intuitive user interface and the introduction of structured and unstructured search.” Filed under MBS, Dynamics, Great Plains, Solomon, Microsoft [...]

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