Microsoft Business Solutions: an expert view

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Microsoft Business Solutions: an expert view

Microsoft Business Solutions

Microsoft is well known for products like Windows and Microsoft Office, but for organisations looking for Microsoft business solutions, Microsoft has developed a single product line called Microsoft Dynamics, which replaces the former Microsoft Business Solutions line.

The Microsoft Dynamics family includes applications that cover financial management, supply chain, customer relationship management and enterprise resource planning.

The Microsoft Dynamics family includes Microsoft Dynamics AX (formerly Axapta); Microsoft Dynamics GP (formerly Great Plains); Microsoft Dynamics NAV (formerly Navision); Microsoft Dynamics SL (formerly Solomon); and Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

Microsoft’s business applications compete with the likes of Oracle and SAP, but tend to appeal to small and medium-sized businesses.

To extend their functionality, Microsoft business solutions such as Microsoft Dynamics AX or Microsoft Dynamics GP can be used with third party or other Microsoft business solutions such as Windows Server 2003, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2003.

Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 is part of the Microsoft Server System line of server products, which also includes Microsoft SQL Server, BizTalk Server, and Windows Storage Server.

So, for example, it is possible to expand the functions of Microsoft Dynamics GP, which helps with managing and integrating finances, and carrying out e-commerce, supply chain, customer relationships, and human resources functions. By using Microsoft Dynamics GP with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, it is possible to add improved workflows, search, and business intelligence.

Microsoft encourages users to consider a combination of its Microsoft Dynamics applications and Microsoft’s relational database Microsoft SQL Server 2005, and Microsoft has developed links between the products to facilitate this.


Microsoft Business Solutions news stories/features

July 2007: EMC and Oracle expand collaboration plans >>

June 2007: SAP launches application for mobile data >>

June 2007: Microsoft outlines Windows server virtualisation costs >>

May 2007: Exchange Server 2007 performance characteristics using NetApp iSCS storage >>

May 2007: Alien RFID built on Microsoft’s BizTalk server platform >>

May 2007: Fabric Warehouse retailer selects EDI >>

April 2007: Construction firm hopes to crush competition with CRM >>

March 2007: Busy bees buzzes off to Microsoft for £1m IT deal >>

February 2007: Microsoft releases SQL Server 2005 SP2 >>

February 2007: CRM helps EIC increase contract wins >>

October 2006: EMC and Microsoft cosy up >>

October 2006: Carpetright boosts data storage with ECM >>

September 2006: Forefront beta secures SharePoint collaboration >>

September 2006: Allied Carpets targets growth with centralised IT and CRM >>

September 2006: Microsoft appoints new business solutions head >>

August 2006: JJ’s ERP roll-out delivers >>

July 2006: Microsoft’s metrics means business >>

July 2006: Microsoft details on-demand CRM suite >>

July 2006: Sales and operating profit jump at Microsoft >>

July 2006: Microsoft offers per user pricing on ERP >>

June 2006: Possible new Microsoft Office security flaw >>

May 2006: Cisco and Microsoft take CRM to SMBs >>

April 2006: Microsoft gives enterprise apps the Windows feel >>

April 2006: Microsoft and Alcatel target midsize CRM market >>

March 2006: Microsoft unveils dynamic business processes slack >>

March 2006: Microsoft improves analytics for SMEs >>

February 2006: Buying ERP tools to fit the smaller business >>

November 2005: Dynamics mobile sales system adds weight to Microsoft’s push to be viable ERP >>

September 2005: Integration central to Microsoft ERP ambitions >>

September 2005: Microsoft prepares new wave of SME business apps >>


Other Microsoft special reports

Company focus: Microsoft >>

Microsoft: after Bill Gates >>

Microsoft IT training: an expert view >>

Microsoft Windows: an expert view >>

Microsoft Windows Vista: an expert view >>


Microsoft Business Solutions on the rest of web

Microsoft Dynamics >>

Microsoft home >>

Microsoft Technet: Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 >>

Microsoft: Microsoft SQl Server >>

Wikidepia: Microsoft Dynamics >>

Microsoft Dynamics: Total Solution Financing from Microsoft Financing

Microsoft Developer Network >>

Microsoft Developer Network: MicrosoftDynamics Developer Centre >>


Microsoft Business Solutions blogs

The eOne Dynamics GP Blog >>

Microsoft: Microsoft Dynamics GP community >>

Dynamics Accounting >>

Microsoft Dynamics GP UK Blog >>

Microsoft Dynamics User Group >>

Microsoft Dynamics Network blogs >>

Microsoft: Windows Vista blogs >>

Microsoft Community blogs >>

Mini-Microsoft >>

The unofficial Microsoft web log >>

Scobleizer: John Scoble’s blog >>

Inside Microsoft >>


Microsoft Business Solutions images 

Microsoft Live Services >>

VisualStudio.net >>


Microsoft Business Solutions videos

Introducing Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0 >>

Microsoft Dynamics GP –case study 1 >>

Microsoft Dynamics GP –case study 2 >>

Dave Chalk on Microsoft Dynamics CRM software >>

Microsoft InfoPath 2003 demonstration >>

Dynamics GP - Macros >>

ERP Client: Microsoft Dynamics AX 4 >>

Dynamics GP - ODBC Connection >>

Microsoft Dynamics SL - case study 1 >>

Microsoft Dynamics SL - case study 2 >>

TabaxLite & Microsoft Dynamics Ax >>

Microsoft Dynamics podcasting >>


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This was first published in July 2007

 

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