I have been following some of the announcements from the Microsoft Convergence conference in San Diego and this has particularly caught my eye.
This product is a way for users to interact with the Dynamics products. It seems that this will allow users to interact with line of business applications like AX and CRM.
This is very welcome news and seems to be heading in the direction to overcome the mess of Dynamics licensing which has been one of my regular rants.
It seems that this will come in two SKUs, Basic data access and collaboration capabilities, is priced at $195 per user and one which includes an executive dashboard and enterprise search and role-based reporting capabilities, cost $395 per user.
The planned release date is May 2007 and it will be available for GP10, AX4 SL7. NAV will have it for 5.1
Mary Jo Foley has a bit more on this.
Microsoft’s Dynamics Client for Office includes 12 self-service applications, including Time and Attendance for Dynamics GP; Project Time and Expense for Dynamics SL and the like.
The bit I really like is this
Also included in this new (Dynamics Client for Office) offering are licensing rights for customers or industry partners to build their own Office Business Applications, a new category of programs where Microsoft Office becomes the ‘front end’ for accessing the ‘back end’ ERP functionality of Microsoft Dynamics.”
In other words, Dynamics Client for Office — in addition to functioning as a new user interface layer — also is a new Client Access License (CAL) for Dynamics ERP users
YES at last a way to open up the data and set it free at a price that is right. Now to wait for the samll print!