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Convergence 2011: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and Vision for Cloud ERP Unveiled

At Convergence 2011, Microsoft demonstrated to more than 9,000 attendees how companies can use Microsoft Dynamics to maximize the value of their existing technology investments, remain agile as market conditions change and ultimately become dynamic businesses that can win in any environment.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 frees customers from the electronic concrete that has plagued the ERP industry for so long. Kirill Tatarinov said. “Customers want flexible yet cost- effective business apps that work the way they do instead of being forced to adapt to the software.”

Specifically, AX 2012 helps customers simplify decisions by delivering the following:

  • A powerful foundation through prebuilt industry capabilities and comprehensive, core ERP functionality for financial, human resources and operations management. Delivered in a single, global solution, it gives customers rapid time to value and enables partners to easily deliver packaged vertical offerings.
  • A new level of agility through a set of Unified Natural Models, which serves as a library of business processes that reflect real-world situations, and enables customers to easily modify their organizations and processes to meet their changing business needs.
  • Simplicity across the board, through the intuitive RoleTailored experience and access to context-sensitive business intelligence (BI) that’s relevant to the work at hand. The familiar Microsoft Office user interface drives adoption, and the enhanced BI capabilities help customers uncover fresh insights that can lead to faster and more informed decision-making.

The beta of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 will be released in April 2011. The final release is expected to be generally available in August 2011.

“Building on the success of CRM Online, the company revealed a path for its ERP customers to move to the cloud with the next major releases of Dynamics ERP solutions, which run on the Windows Azure platform. Customers will be able to move to the cloud on their own terms. Dynamics ERP solutions will bring the same benefits in the cloud as they do on-premises.

Understanding that to deliver the benefits of the cloud to customers requires more than just technology, the company reiterated its commitment to help partners benefit from Dynamics cloud offerings and released a Dynamics Cloud Partner Profitability Guide. This guide provides key success factors and an execution road map, to help partners optimize their business processes and identify new opportunities.”

In addition to resources such as the profitability guide, independent software vendors (ISVs) and partners will also be able to showcase Microsoft Dynamics cloud-enabled vertical solutions, add-ons and services on the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace.

Microsoft also announced the following:

  • Dynamics SL 2011, gives businesses a faster time to value through integration with Project 2010, is now generally available.
  • The on-premises version of Dynamics CRM 2011, which delivers familiar, intelligent and connected experiences to users across an organization, is now generally available. Over 27,000 customers and 1.7 million users are benefiting from Dynamics CRM worldwide.
  • Dynamics NAV 2009 R2, offers customers built-in integration with Dynamics CRM and enhanced data visualizations capabilities, was delivered ahead of schedule in December 2010.
  • Dynamics GP 2010 R2, increases customer agility through significant business intelligence capability enhancements, will be generally available May 1, 2011.

[Source: Microsoft Press]

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