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Microsoft Dynamics AX: The Chosen One Among Microsoft Dynamics ERP Equals? - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series positioned all four Microsoft Dynamics enterprise resource planning (ERP) product lines and concluded that Microsoft Dynamics AX

axapta blog  series . The former Axapta Report Generator has meanwhile been replaced by Microsoft  SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) , while former portal solutions have given way to Microsoft SharePoint . The Commerce Gateway integration technology was replaced by the abovementioned AIF, which was introduced in Dynamics AX 4.0. Microsoft Dynamics AX’ target market are the nimble upper mid-market companies with distinct business processes and a strong need for a flexible, vertically focused solution. These Read More...
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Microsoft Dynamics AX: The Chosen One Among Microsoft Dynamics ERP Equals? - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series positioned all four Microsoft Dynamics enterprise resource planning (ERP) product lines and concluded that Microsoft Dynamics AX

axapta blog  Microsoft Dynamics AX (formerly Axapta )  product including the current Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 release. The final part of this blog series will peek into the product’s near future and analyze its traditional strengths and still outstanding weaknesses. What’s in Store for Microsoft Dynamics AX? The official name of the next Microsoft Dynamics AX version has not been announced yet. In any case, the next product release will reportedly include additional simplicity improvements to the  user Read More...
Microsoft’s Underlying Platform Parts for Enterprise Applications: Somewhat Explained - Part 1
I can partly understand analysts’ temptation to beat up on Microsoft’s forays into the enterprise applications space. To be fair,

axapta blog  Microsoft Dynamics AX (formerly Axapta ) [ evaluate this product ] . Additionally, in the early 2000s, Microsoft developed its own customer relationship management (CRM)   product, today called Microsoft Dynamics CRM [ evaluate this product ]. Last but not least, the Dynamics product family includes two retail management applications, which are a combination of an acquisition and in-house development. These are: Microsoft Dynamics RMS ( Retail Management System ) (formerly QuickSell ); and Microsoft Read More...
Microsoft Dynamics CRM: Much More Than Meets the Eye - Part 1
While Microsoft Corporation has not usually been that forthcoming about breaking down its revenues per individual product lines, during one earnings

axapta blog  Microsoft Dynamics AX (formerly Axapta ) already have built-in  unified communications (UC)  traits and collaborative SharePoint portal capabilities. Microsoft claims that its so-called “CRM+” combination (i.e., Dynamics CRM and SharePoint) has become a compelling customer  value proposition . The  entire Microsoft Dynamics portfolio  is now an over US$1 billion business with more than 300,000 worldwide customers and 10,000+ business partners. Still, the entire Dynamics line of business had a Read More...
Microsoft Dynamics AX: The Chosen One Among Microsoft Dynamics ERP Equals? - Part 1
I have no reason to doubt Kirill Tatarinov, thus far the longest-standing corporate VP of Microsoft Business Solutions, when he keeps reassuring the market

axapta blog  included former Damgaard ’s Axapta product, the predecessor of Microsoft Dynamics AX ) and the  late-2000 acquisition of Great Plains (which also included Solomon , Microsoft Dynamics SL ’s predecessor ) there were some obvious demarcation lines between the four ERP products.  Namely, Microsoft Dynamics GP (formerly Great Plains) is a broad-based and compact ERP system. The product features deep out-of-the-box financial/accounting, e-commerce, and light manufacturing functionality for a relatively Read More...
Can Software Help Employees Enjoy their Workdays (more)? - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series described the genesis and current state of affairs of Workday – a novel company that was founded in March 2005 and launched in

axapta blog  Software Help Employees Enjoy their Workdays (more)? - Part 3 Part 1 of this blog series described the genesis and current state of affairs of Workday – a novel company that was founded in March 2005 and launched in November 2006 by two great IT minds and PeopleSoft alumni: Dave Duffield and Aneel Bhusri . Part 2 of this series then got under the hood and analyzed Workday’s secret sauce : its object-oriented and  in-memory database (IMDB)  and definitional services approach, which involves no Read More...
Are PLM and Global Sourcing Related? Duh, And How! (Part I)
A number of TEC blog posts have discussed benefits but also the inevitable caveats of white papers (including all too common vendors' self-serving marketing

axapta blog  PLM and Global Sourcing Related? Duh, And How! (Part I) A number of TEC blog posts have discussed benefits but also the inevitable caveats of white papers (including all too common vendors' self-serving marketing fluff and buzzword verbiage ), and about their (un)intended audiences . These posts have even caused some heated debates with other blogging sites and experts on white papers , and I am going to stay away from all that here. My intention here is rather to acknowledge that, as part of my daily Read More...
The Power of Knowledge -- Knowledge is Power (Part 1)
The title of this blog post might sound like a no-brainer: as clear and indisputable as the “motherhood and apple pie” adage. Yet how many times have you dealt

axapta blog  Power of Knowledge -- Knowledge is Power (Part 1) The title of this blog post might sound like a no-brainer: as clear and indisputable as the “motherhood and apple pie” adage. Yet how many times have you dealt with a seemingly not-really-knowledgeable call center person over the phone or a clueless technician that showed up at your door? To be fair, maybe those folks were knowledgeable in principle, but were still ill-informed about your particular problem, previously explained at a great length Read More...
CRM for Manufacturing vs. Regular CRM
A couple of weeks ago, I published a blog post called Customer Relationship Manufacturing. In this blog post, I described the symbiosis between the sales and

axapta blog  for Manufacturing vs. Regular CRM A couple of weeks ago, I published a blog post called Customer Relationship Manufacturing. In this blog post, I described the symbiosis between the sales and production departments within a manufacturing company, mentioned some customer relationship management (CRM) vendors that seem to have adapted their products for the manufacturing industry, and I also promised I would get back to you with more information on these products. Why do Manufacturing Companies Need a Read More...
Some Belated Insights from, well, Deltek Insight 2010 - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series started with me lamenting my inability to attend the Deltek Insight 2010 conference. However, I recently had an in-depth post-event

axapta blog  Belated Insights from, well, Deltek Insight 2010 - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series  started with me lamenting my inability to attend the Deltek Insight 2010 conference. However, I recently had an in-depth post-event recap instead with Deltek’s in-the-know staff members. What then followed in Part 1 were descriptions of the major developments that transpired at Deltek Insight 2010 in terms of already released products and those that were only sneak previewed (but will be released down the track ). Read More...
The (NA)Vision of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series went through the first three generations of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV product, which at the time was called Navision and was owned

axapta blog  (NA)Vision of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series went through the first three generations of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV product, which at the time was called Navision and was owned by the formerly independent namesake company. How has new parent  Microsoft treated the product since acquiring it in 2002 ? Well, ongoing feedback from customers, partners, and market observers shows that Microsoft Dynamics NAV [ evaluate this product ] has maintained Navision’s original Read More...
Hi from Kurt: TEC's New PLM Analyst
Hi, my name is Kurt, and I am a new member of the Research Analyst Group at TEC. Before contributing anything else to this blog site, I’d like to briefly

axapta blog  Hi from Kurt: TEC's New PLM Analyst Hi, my name is Kurt, and I am a new member of the Research Analyst Group at TEC . Before contributing anything else to this blog site, I’d like to briefly introduce myself. I’m from China, where I earned my degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked for 10 years mainly helping manufacturers plan and implement information systems. During the last 5 years in China, I invested all my energy into building up a product lifecycle management (PLM) developer. This Read More...
Vendors Jostle and Profess Economic Stimulus Readiness - Part II
Part I of this blog series tried to analyze not only the opportunity but also the many related strings attached stemming from the American Recovery and

axapta blog  Jostle and Profess Economic Stimulus Readiness - Part II Part I of this blog series  tried to analyze not only the opportunity but also the many related strings attached stemming from  the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) , a.k.a. the Economic Stimulus Plan. The inspiration came from my attendance of  the Deltek Insight 2009 user conference last May , where Deltek decided to fill a market need by convening a  separate “track” that was entitled “Stimulus & Beyond Read More...
Curbing MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part II
Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant (

axapta blog  MESsy Shop Floor State of Affairs - Part II Part I of this blog series expanded on some of TEC 's earlier articles about companies' need for better links between the plant ( blue collar trenches ) and the enterprise ( white collar ivory tower ). It also pointed out the difficulties in achieving this idea. An obvious solution would be a tightly integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution system (MES) package that would help manufacturers close the gap between the shop Read More...
Workforce Analytics - A Blend of Business Intelligence and Human Resources
In a previous blog post, I described how artificial intelligence (AI) can help human resources (HR) in the recruiting process. It is interesting to note that

axapta blog  Analytics - A Blend of Business Intelligence and Human Resources In a previous blog post , I described how artificial intelligence (AI) can help human resources (HR) in the recruiting process. It is interesting to note that almost half of the people who took our poll would use AI—but not extensively. Besides being used for recruiting purposes, AI is used more and more in workforce management. By combining business intelligence (BI) with HR processes, business performance management (BPM) for HR Read More...

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