Microsoft updates its ERP strategy

Microsoft has revamped Project Green, its strategy to combine its Great Plains, Axapta and Navision enterprise resource planning...

Microsoft has revamped Project Green, its strategy to combine its Great Plains, Axapta and Navision enterprise resource planning products and link them to Windows Server and Office.

The move was unveiled by Bill Gates during the Convergence 2005 event in San Diego last week. "Windows and Office are a powerful foundation for productivity," the Microsoft chairman said.

In the first phase of Project Green, up to 2007, Microsoft plans to release a shared user interface based around 50 common, configurable staff roles within a business. These will be integrated with Microsoft Office.

Reporting will be through SQL Server Reporting Services and an intranet and extranet will be offered based on Microsoft Office Sharepoint Portal Server.

In the second phase, from 2008, Microsoft plans to offer technologies from Longhorn, the next full version of Windows, including WinFX, the Longhorn programming interface and Visual Studio .net development tools.

AMR Research said the strategy was good news for users. "They can begin to capitalise on the improvements without having to make any major migration efforts," said analyst Jim Shepherd.

Microsoft has committed to support existing enterprise software products at least until 2013 and plans to offer five years of mainstream support for each major release.

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