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Nurturing the Cloud Ecosystem at the Acumatica Partner Summit 2014—Part One
TEC's P.J. Jakovljevic recently attended the Acumatica Partner Summit 2014 in Denver, Colorado, where the cloud ERP vendor’s partner ecosystem gathered to

axapta logo  Solomon) and Navision (including Axapta ), and when, for whatever reason, it started relentlessly pushing Navision (now Microsoft Dynamics NAV ) at the expense of Solomon (now Microsoft Dynamics SL ). Not only did that move of volume-based selling of Navision (a la Microsoft Office or Microsoft Project ) cannibalize Solomon’s business in the region, but it also has reportedly negatively impacted all other enterprise resource planning (ERP) providers there, because of local users’ disillusionment with

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Microsoft Lays Enforced-Concrete Foundation For Its Business Solutions


While most of its applications co-opetitors have been licking their wounds and dreading another financial quarterly report, cash amassed Microsoft has recently shown a flair for aptly devising and executing a strategy for its Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) division portfolio, to its partners and customers delight and to dismay of its archrivals.

axapta logo  Great Plains. Solomon and Axapta will retain their brands under the MBS umbrella brand, while Navision XAL will be rolled into Small Business Manager. Dynamics and Solomon products running on Pervasive platform will from now on be called Great Plains Select and Solomon Select respectively. Furthermore, driven by its vision of achieving global leadership in business applications, a vision built on innovation, steadfast customer support and an extensive partner network, MBS announced bold new initiatives Read More

Navision Enhances Its e-Vision And Looks To Expand Vertically - Part 2: Market Impact


Navision has been expanding its coverage in terms of geography, vertical industries, and product functionality. Globally, it has become one of the largest independent small-to-mid-market enterprise system providers.

axapta logo  , to the Navision Axapta product line, giving Navision Axapta customers the opportunity to save time, lower costs and orchestrate business processes more effectively. With Commerce Gateway, Navision Axapta customers should supposedly be able to work more proactively with customers, partners and vendors. They join the Navision Attain and Navision Financials customers who were introduced to Commerce Gateway earlier this year. Recent Navision developments discussed in Part One of this note include: Navision Read More

Microsoft Lays Enforced-Concrete Foundation For Its Business Solutions Part 3: Challenges


MBS is both a threat and an opportunity for the most nimble vendors, and mid-market CRM vendors might have acquired another lease of life extension in the medium term to redefine their value proposition, especially given that some have recently secured new funds and/or found solace in a partnership with IBM.

axapta logo  or IBM. Also, as Axapta runs on UNIX and an Oracle database (in addition to Microsoft's platforms), it will be interesting to watch how Microsoft will handle the support for these adversarial technologies under its roof. In addition to the likes of SAP, Oracle, Siebel, and PeopleSoft, which are still above MBS' radar screen (Microsoft is not to be blamed for their lower-end of the market recent aspirations), endangered vendors exceptions though might be the vendors with established integration with Read More

Microsoft Lays Enforced-Concrete Foundation For Its Business Solutions Part 4: User Recommendations


Despite the plausible product roadmap, any organization evaluating MBS products should keep itself informed, and consider existing functionality only. MBS, at this stage, will likely not appeal to companies that need more complex CRM capabilities or must manage customer relationships through diverse lines of business (LOBs).

axapta logo  the other hand, MBS Axapta should be evaluated in less agile and changing medium and large enterprises (up to $250 million in revenues) where the traditional product feature-functions and scalability still play very important part of the selection. Although its MorphX Development Suite can be used to customize application components, such as tables, forms, reports, queries and menus, customers should ensure that the system modifications are preserved during the product upgrade. The product is best Read More

Lilly Software - Product Enhancements Remain Its Order 'Du Jour' Part Three: Competitive Analysis


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axapta logo  , Syspro , MBS Axapta and MBS Navision , which have also espoused a strong WMS product in addition to their traditional back-office product, could prevent Lilly from penetrating the ERP mid-market. In the pure-CRM mid-market, the archrivals would be the likes of Best 's SalesLogix , Salesforce.com and FrontRange , particularly when teaming up with some of Lilly's ERP nemeses. Not to mention that SAP , Oracle , PeopleSoft , Baan , Manugistics and J.D. Edward s will likely be faced in most if not all the Read More

Microsoft 'The Great' Poised To Conquer Mid-Market, Once and Again Part 2: Challenges and User Recommendations


Microsoft's reticence to comment on any timelines of product integration and operations mergers, to our belief, stems from their genuine inability to foresee it at this stage. Still, although the indications that the business will continue to be as usual are strong, Microsoft may eventually decide to streamline its diverse, likely redundant, product mix, staff, and channel. Once Microsoft figures it out and gets a much clearer picture, it should emerge as a mid-market leader making its competitors scramble to better its value proposition.

axapta logo  with IBM. Also, as Axapta runs on Unix and Oracle DB (in addition to Microsoft's platforms), it will be interesting to watch how Microsoft will handle the support for these adversarial technologies under its roof. Furthermore, contrary to Great Plains' acquisition, this one brings about many more ramifications and liabilities. One will likely be uncertain and confused while, e.g., watching Microsoft Business Solutions' commercial on CNN some time in the future, to discern which one amongst the handful Read More

The Changing Face of the Holiday Season


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SuperOffice CRM solutions cover enterprise needs within customer tracking and follow-up, document handling and archiving, daily task planning, sales force automation (SFA), marketing automation, and management reporting related to CRM. All systems are available as client/server solutions for Windows and as Web clients. SuperOffice CRM runs on Microsoft SQL Server, DB2, Oracle, and Sybase. SuperOffice mobile solutions are synchronized with portable PCs, Palm personal digital assistants (PDAs), and PDAs running Pocket PC. They are also integrated with Microsoft Office applications. SuperOffice modules can also integrate to Lotus Notes, with standard links to enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, including Attain, Axapta, Concorde, SAP R/3 and BUSINESS ONE, Visma Business, Scala, Agresso, Exact, AVISION, and others.  

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Managing Your Supply Chain Using Microsoft Axapta: A Book Excerpt Part Two: Understanding Planning Calculations


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