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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,

l part 13  the SQL Server performance lab. Part 2 of this blog series will continue to analyze what other Microsoft platform parts are slated for shared use within Dynamics products. Your views, comments, and opinions about and/or experiences with any above-mentioned solution are welcome in the meantime.

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