Microsoft Business Solutions struggles to explain the difference between its Axapta, Great Plains, Navision and Solomon brands, all of which provide financial software and related applications for the SME market. Analysts and software competitors often ask when MBS is going to cull the herd and reduce the offerings to just one or two.
But our interviews with MBS executives and channel partners have convinced us that none of the products should be discontinued. Instead, we believe Microsoft will position MBS as the primary brand and bring all four application suites under that umbrella.
This was first published in January 2005