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Some significant news out today from the ERP team regarding our momentum around on-demand an hosted ERP, along with the announcement of new online services that help supplement our on-premise or on-demand ERP offerings.  You can find the press release here for your viewing pleasure, but let me provide some context to what the Dynamics ERP team is up to here.


First on the momentum part of the release.  As many of our partners know, being able to provide ERP on-line to the end customer—either through your own data center, or through someone else’s, is increasingly becoming an option that customers are demanding to have.  And even if the customer wants to have most of their functions running “on-premise,” there may be some functions, like, say, expense report processing, that they want to run through the cloud—what we call a hybrid model.  The great news for our customers is that we’ve seen a huge increase in this part of our business model, as over 150 partners now offer this option for our customers in geographies around the world.


As you may have seen through the PDC presentations this week, we here at Microsoft are pretty focused on the issue of “the power of choice.”  Ultimately we believe that we serve our customers best by offering a flexible deployment model that allows customers to implement their ERP system in the best environment for them.  That’s different than some other vendors, and it’s and option that’s working well for us right now.

 The second part of the release is the announcement of the “suite” of online services that we’re going to be offering as part of our ERP portfolio.  We’ve talked in the past about the Connect service, which provides best practices, training, and updates tailored to the customer-specific role directly into the Microsoft Dynamics ERP application.  This announcement also provide context around our Payment Services capabilities and the service providers we’re working with to provide this capability, Commerce Services, which extends multi-channel commerce scenarios like e-commerce, marketplaces, and shopping carts to the ERP system, and a new Azure-based service called Sites, which allows the end users to seamlessly create and manage websites within the ERP applications.  This last service is going to be pretty cool.  For example, using Sites an end-user can easily create landing pages for marketing campaigns, create dedicated RFQ sites to get quotes from business partners, product registration and customer feedback from customers, HR for Job recruiting, and anything that the end users would want to reach out to their community on, again all from within the ERP application. And these four cloud-based capabilities are only the start.  If you’ve been following Microsoft closely over the last year, you know that the investments the company is making into the cloud extends throughout the entire product portfolio—from consumer sites like Bing and x-box live, to business applications like Office and CRM, and now to our ERP portfolio.   To say we’re excited about diving into this opportunity with our customers is an understatement, and today’s announcement, coupled with an entire new “site,” no pun intended, on our ERP website, should help folks just getting up to speed on S+S with a lot of information to learn more and see how you can take advantage of these capabilities for your Microsoft Dynamics ERP implementation as well.


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