2011 to be a big year for Microsoft in ERP

2011 to be a big year for Microsoft in ERP

Summary: Microsoft officials said on January 10 to expect a new version of its Dynamics AX ERP product (codenamed AX 6) to ship in the third calendar quarter of 2011. This means if Microsoft holds to its current plans, the company could end up releasing new versions of all four of its ERP products this year.

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Microsoft officials said on January 10 to expect a new version of its Dynamics AX ERP product (codenamed AX 6) to ship in the third calendar quarter of 2011.

This means if Microsoft holds to its current plans, the company could end up releasing new versions of all four of its ERP products this year.

Microsoft is expected to roll out the next version of its Dynamics GP offering -- known officially as Dynamics GP 2010 R2 -- in the first half of 2011. It is readying a new version of the Dynamics SL product -- expected to be named Dynamics SL 2011 when it ships -- for a second quarter 2011 delivery. Dynamics NAV 7, which was originally due in the 2010/2011 timeframe, may end up slipping into 2012, but there's still a chance it could hit this year.

Microsoft isn't sharing many details so far about specific features planned for its four ERP offerings. At the National Retail Federation (NRF) conference in New York City today, company officials said Microsoft is planning to deliver a Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build of Dynamics AX 6 in February of this year. More than 100 independent software vendors (ISVs) already have been working with early builds of Dynamics AX 6 via early adopter programs over the past six months, company execs said.

Update: Next week, there's a technical conference in Redmond about Dynamics AX, where the new version is sure to be on the agenda.

Officials said at NRF that Dynamics AX 6 will be based on a "unique model-driven, layered architecture," requiring less coding and easier maintenance and upgradability. The product will be compatible with SQL Server 2008R2, Visual Studio 2010, SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 from the get-go.

Last year, Microsoft execs told me to expect the next releases of the Dynamics ERP products to incorporate the same underlying payments and commerce infrastructure as BPOS/Office 365. These payment and commerce components will be built on top of Windows Azure and Azure’s service bus (the AppFabric).

Topics: Enterprise Software, Microsoft, Software

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • RE: 2011 to be a big year for Microsoft in ERP

    Whatever happened to consolidating these messes into one? Why the heck are they still bothering with new versions of SL? Where are the web versions of these?
    Stephen.Smith@...
    • Project Green

      Hi -- Consolidating the four into one ERP platform (Project Green) is dead. Been dead for a while. Instead, MS is making the products look more alike and use some of the same underlying components. The four ERP products are targeted at different market segments... MJ
      Mary Jo Foley
  • RE: 2011 to be a big year for Microsoft in ERP

    At least we're hearing something from MS that doesn't involve playing video games.
    Socratesfoot
  • RE: 2011 to be a big year for Microsoft in ERP

    ERP will soon be R.I.P.
    james347
    • what do you mean RIP

      @james347
      amasys
  • what do you mean RIP

    @amasys
    1st hit in google(don't ask which page in bing):
    Rest In Pease.
    ERP can't keep up with fast changing information technology world.
    florisz