Usefulness of Microsoft tool questioned


Usefulness of Microsoft tool questioned

Antony Savvas

A new tool from Microsoft for its enterprise resource planning software product Axapta may not deliver the promised benefits.

The Microsoft tool, called ERP Complete, is designed to achieve a 25% reduction in implementation costs of the Axapta ERP product, thereby reducing overall total cost of ownership, said AMR.

But according to AMR although the tool may be attractive to new and existing Microsoft Axapta partners, there's no guarantee that any financial benefit will be passed onto customers yet.

AMR said, "Right now, Microsoft is not enforcing its use by partners. Without enforcement, the tool could be a hollow announcement for many new Axapta customers and of little use to existing customers, except as a possible training aid."

There is also no guarantee that when the system is implemented in one site, there will be any consistency when implemented at another site, said AMR. ERP Complete has also not been tested by Microsoft in Europe yet.

The tool was acquired by Microsoft from US company en'tegrate, which helps install Axapta software.

Microsoft had planned to release the beta version of Axapta 4.0 during the second quarter of this year, but it has now put back its initial release to October 2005, with "general availability anticipated during the first half of 2006", said Microsoft.

Microsoft said of the delay, "While the delay may present partners and customers with some challenges, this extra time will help ensure the best possible functionality."

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