Microsoft quietly announced general availability of the next version of its Dynamics SL ERP product on April 1.
The newest version, known as Dynamics SL 2011, is one of several new ERP releases expected from Microsoft in calendar 2011. Dynamics GP 2010 R2 is due in the first half of 2011. (I wouldn't be surprised to see an RTM announcement at Microsoft's Convergence conference in Atlanta next week.) Dynamics AX "6" is due to ship in the third calendar quarter of this year.
Dynamics SL 2011 adds a role-tailored user experience to the product. The new version also includes "Quick Query," which provides more than 50 predesigned search options; and the ability to "Quick Send" documents like invoices and purchase orders. The SL 2011 release also adds integration with Microsoft Project Server 2010, SharePoint 2010, Office 2010, SQL Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM through Web Services, according to the company.
Official launch events for Dynamics SL 2011 are scheduled around the U.S. between April 10 and June 30.
In other Dynamics-related news, it looks like Microsoft already is turning up the cross-selling volume between its ERP and Microsoft and third-party health-related products. Microsoft moved the Health Solutions Group -- the business unit that develops HealthVault, Amalga, Sentillion and other Microsoft health-specific software and services -- under the Microsoft Business Solutions group in early March.
On March 29, Microsoft Corp. and Uni/Care Systems announced plans to "pair" UniCare's Pro-Filer 2011 electronic health record (EHR) with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011. Microsoft also has a Health Plan Sales for Microsoft Dynamics CRM site and has forged a deal wtih Integris Health to integrate Dynamics CRM with that partner's physician-relationship-management product.