Posted by: Charles Maitland | Tuesday 13 March, 2007

Convergence News

I have been looking out for the news from Microsoft Convergence conference and these are some of the things that I have spotted.

Dynamics Industry Solutions

It seems that Microsoft are moving into vertical markets with plans to add vertical capabilities to its Dynamics product line. These will be targeting manufacturing, distribution, retail, services and the public sector verticals.

They are planning on achieving this with in house development and small scale acquisitions. They are also looking to a deepening of its Industry Builder partner incentive initiative.

I suspect this will be a combination of good and bad news for a number  of ISVs but interesting times ahead as the steamroller starts to rumble into the vertical market.


Dynamics CRM 4.0 Titan

 A preview of the new version of CRM was shown. It includes features such as personal workflow that can be set up by any user and de-duping records with a check for double record feature.

I wonder how the de-duping will compare to offerings from companies such as c360.


Product Roadmap’s

– Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.0 will be available on March 31 2007
– Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 will be available in June 2007
– Microsoft Dynamics SL 7 will be available in June 2007


Sure Step

This is an interesting announcement.

It seems that this is a combination of product and methodology that will make it easier to model a company and then implement a Dynamics solution.

I have not investigated this fully. The announcement is here.

I can see this having a big impact on Dynamics partners. It could mean that implementation is easier and quicker but that has strategic implications on business plans.



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