Microsoft and Great Plains Software Inc. announced plans to join forces in an acquisition designed to provide small and medium companies with the technology necessary to thrive in an increasingly interconnected economy. The acquisition, according to Microsoft, represents a major step in the company's entry into the small and medium business applications market.
"Drawing on Microsoft's global scale and .NET platform technology and Great Plains' expertise in business apps for small and medium companies, both corporations say they view this as an opportunity to help smbs be more efficient and agile by automating interconnected business processes, bridging the gap between on-premise software and next generation connected software and services. This's also an important part of Microsoft's strategy to deliver the power of the .NET platform to small and medium companies. At the same time, Microsoft and Great Plains will create new opportunities for partners to grow their businesses by delivering and integrating next generation solutions that take advantage of the powerful .NET foundation for small and medium business applications that Microsoft and Great Plains will provide," stated Microsoft.