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March 27, 2006

Some actual Dynamics product news from the Convergence conference

Posted by David Hunter at 2:31 PM ET.

It’s nice to see that, besides the “people-ready” marketing, there’s some actual product news at Microsoft’s Convergence 2006 this week:

Microsoft Previews Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0 at Convergence 2006:

Today at Convergence 2006, the Microsoft Business Solutions Group’s annual customer conference, Microsoft Corp. previewed Microsoft Dynamics™ AX 4.0, an adaptable, global business management solution.

Microsoft Dynamics AX (formerly Microsoft Business Solutions–Axapta®) is a multilanguage, multicurrency enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that addresses intricate business scenarios involving complex collaboration within and across companies. Its core strengths in the manufacturing, supply chain management, wholesale and distribution, retail, government, and services industries are extended with Web services integration and portal technology to enable an end-to-end view of a customer’s business.

It will be available later this year.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0 Expands Customer Choice With New Hosting and Connector Initiatives:

At Convergence 2006, the Microsoft Business Solutions Group’s customer conference, Microsoft Corp. today announced that Microsoft Dynamics™ CRM is introducing new programs for hosted CRM and real-time integration. These programs include a new Microsoft Dynamics CRM Professional Edition for Service Providers as well as prepackaged connectors designed to give customers more choice and flexibility in the deployment of CRM technology across their businesses. These are being delivered through the Microsoft® global network of hosting and solution delivery partners:

• The Microsoft CRM team is delivering a new version of its full-suite Professional Edition that is enhanced for deployment in hosted environments. The new product will be deployed by hosting partners around the world; these partners will deliver hosted Microsoft CRM directly to end customers or through ISVs, VARs and other partners. This supports Microsoft’s goal of enabling hundreds of regional and vertical on-demand CRM businesses to develop rapidly around the world.

• The Microsoft CRM team is introducing a range of prepackaged connectors and templates for delivering real-time connections with Microsoft Dynamics ERP products as well as third-party CRM and ERP applications such as those from Siebel Systems Inc., SAP AG and Oracle Corp. These connectors will be delivered over the next 12 months, starting immediately with an updated connector to Microsoft Dynamics GP.

These programs are being delivered through Microsoft global network of hosting and solution delivery partners.

Microsoft Releases Microsoft Dynamics GP Extensions:

Today at Convergence 2006, the Microsoft Business Solutions Group’s customer conference, Microsoft Corp. announced the availability of Microsoft Dynamics™ GP 9.0 Extensions, a wide range of enhancements to the Microsoft Dynamics GP enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that empower a user’s mobility, strengthen compliance tracking and reporting capabilities, increase business process functionality, and extend the standards-based tools available for developers. This broad set of offerings provides powerful tools for customers and partners and further supports Microsoft’s vision of delivering solutions that are familiar to users, fit with existing systems, fuel business productivity and enable confident decision-making.

Microsoft Dynamics GP now provides more mobility options so users can access information relevant to their role when they need it. Among these new features is the Field Service Anywhere solution for service technicians, which can be deployed via handheld devices and synchronized with Service Call Management. Based on Microsoft® Windows Mobile®, SQL Server™ Mobile and the .NET Compact Framework, Field Service Anywhere will be deployable as a Windows Mobile version for Pocket PCs with and without phone capabilities.

Two new pieces of functionality — audit trails and electronic signatures — when used together help ease compliance with FDA 21 CFR Part 11 and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Audit trails allow users to easily track, trace and report on changes made to data within the Microsoft Dynamics GP solution, including changes made to data within third-party software that resides in Microsoft Dynamics GP.

More details by following the link.

Finally, although it isn’t really product news, Microsoft is sponsoring a community web site for Dynamics users with “enhanced community infrastructure enabling RSS feeds, blogging, video blogging, “mash-ups,” collaborative participation in shared source development projects, and enhanced online discussions.” Fair warning: the marketing speak is fairly dense on this one.

Filed under Axapta, CRM, Dynamics, Great Plains, MBS, Microsoft

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5 Responses to “Some actual Dynamics product news from the Convergence conference”

  1. Microsoft to offer Live Dynamics CRM service -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] There’s lots of interesting grist for the mill there, but it’s still unclear if this is really a new “Live” category or just a one-off. Also, back in March Microsoft announced a hosted version of Dynamics CRM 3.0 to be “deployed by hosting partners around the world”. Now any hosting partners who took them up on it are in competition with this new offering. Filed under Coopetition, Servers, BizTalk, MBS, Oracle, General Business, Dynamics, CRM,, Online Services, SAP, Siebel, Microsoft   [Permalink] [...]

  2. Microsoft Dynamics CRM Live blowback -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] When Microsoft announced its self-hosted version of Dynamics CRM earlier this week, I wondered if some of the hosting partners they had enticed with the general availability of a hosted version in March might feel a little grumpy. That seems to be the case, but the problem is larger than just stubbed toes as Phil Wainewright blogs at ZDNet in Microsoft CRM Live is a dud: One of Microsoft’s hosting partners just blew a fuse on hearing Microsoft pre-announce its CRM Live service, if a lengthy and impassioned comment on the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Team Blog is to be believed. [...]

  3. Microsoft Business Solutions goes online -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Microsoft ran into a conflict with partners already offering hosted Dynamics CRM in July when they rolled out their own offering and it looks like they have consciously avoided that this time around by leaving it solely to the partners. Of course, that’s what the partners thought back in March when hosted CRM was first announced. Filed under Executives, Bill Gates, MBS, General Business, Dynamics, Great Plains, CRM, Axapta, Navision, Solomon, Online Services, Microsoft, Live Dynamics CRM [...]

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    [...] Catching up on an item from last week – Microsoft Debuts Multitenant CRM Offering to Partner Community: Jan. 10, 2007 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that it is previewing the next major release of Microsoft Dynamics™ CRM — code-named “Titan” — with a broad range of partners through the company’s Technology Adoption Program (TAP). The new version introduces an advanced multitenant architecture, and uses a single code base to support on-premise deployments as well as software-as-a-service (SaaS) deployments through hosting partners and through the upcoming Microsoft Dynamics Live CRM service. … The “Titan” TAP program includes approximately 300 partners in the first quarter of 2007, and will include over 1,000 partners in the second quarter of the year. Partners in the “Titan” TAP program are building vertical applications, SaaS mash-ups, integration connectors and other solution extensions, as well as providing valuable feedback to Microsoft as part of the program. … The “Titan” release of Microsoft CRM and the new Microsoft Dynamics Live CRM service are targeted for mid-2007. The Microsoft Dynamics Live CRM service will initially be available in North America; plans for international expansion of the service will be announced at a later time. You may recall that Microsoft announced the hosted version of CRM last March for service provider partner use and then in July went into competition with them with its own Dynamics Live CRM hosting service. Not unexpectedly, the partners were cranky about that and also the early code quality. Filed under Beta and CTP, MBS, Dynamics, CRM, Microsoft, Live Dynamics CRM [...]

  5. Microsoft releases Dynamics CRM and CRM Live | Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Despite the RTM, the hosted CRM Live offering seems to be in the same twilight state it was in July, but that will be cold comfort for the Microsoft partners who bought into hosting Dynamics CRM 3.0 for customers, only to have Microsoft blow them out of the water with their own hosting service.   Filed under MBS, Dynamics, CRM, Microsoft, Dynamics Live   [Permalink] [TrackBack] [...]

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