Microsoft readies barrage of ERP products

Microsoft Corp., looking to close its planned acquisition of Navision A/S in the third quarter, is slated to deliver a broad range of enterprise resource planning (ERP) products this year. Applications will include software in the categories of enterprise resource management, human resource planning, customer relationship management (CRM) and professional services automation.

The following is a timetable of selected Microsoft and Navision ERP and related .Net software, according to the companies' release agenda as of May; pricing is generally dependent on configuration and modules ordered:

  • Solomon IV 5.0: Just released; focuses on new capabilities in Distribution, Project Series and Payroll modules.
  • Project: June release date; enhanced integration with Office products; addition of Professional and Server modules allows managers to bring project and personnel data into a central repository and collaborate on allocating resources across diverse projects.
  • Small Business Manager upgrade: June release date; focuses on ease-of-use features.
  • Navision Attain 3.6: June release date; to feature Warehouse Management.
  • Release 7 of Great Plains Dynamics and eEnterprise: July release date; various new functions focusing on new distribution features, multinational functions and financial series upgrades.
  • Navision Axapta 3.0: September release date; to feature enterprise portal.
  • Microsoft CRM: Due in the third quarter in the U.S., the first half of 2003 in Europe; midmarket CRM application; full .Net application.

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