Microsoft Dynamics Project, also known as Project Green is a great platform to unify and modulate all the Microsoft Business Solutions ERP Applications. There are a number of components in this platform or project, namely, Microsoft Great Plains/Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Navision (formerly Attain), Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft (Navision) Axapta/Microsoft Dynamics AX. Due to the unification of all these components/platforms into one singular unified interface, there will be a positive change in quality of the products offered. In addition, the development platform for Microsoft Dynamics products is most likely to shift from proprietary tools such as Microsoft Dexterity to C# and VB.Net with Visual Studio. This write up is about how the IT managers can orient their product selections for international and regional markets. The competition to these products is coming chiefly from Oracle Fusion project and SAP.
Microsoft Dynamics GP – The regional markets for Great Plains 9.0 and the latest version Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 version will shrink to US, UK and Canada (both English and French speaking Parts), Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, English speaking countries in Asia, Africa and all over the world. In addition, Spanish speaking Latin America will also be included in the market for the latest version. However, Microsoft Dynamics GP 10 will not be available for Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Poland. These countries will have to be contended with the version 9.0-June 2006.
Microsoft Dynamics NAV – In the present times, Navision has a solid presence in European countries, especially Eastern European countries like Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic and Slovakia. NAV is also doing well in new markets like Brazil where it first probed Solomon, the Microsoft GP 7.5 and in 2004 replaced it with NAV.
Microsoft Dynamics AX – Microsoft Axapta is totally based on renovation and product improvements rather than on gaining or dividing markets as is applicable to Navision or GP. Axapta has a great potential yet to be realized, considering its cutting edge and futuristic system design and architecture. Axapta is being targeted towards upper mid-market and corporate clients and is showing great progress in emerging markets like Russia, where the installations of Axapta are comparable with those of NAV. In addition, a number of entities who are Microsoft Business Solution gold certified partners rushed into Axapta consulting area, a trend largely seen in USA, UK, Australia and continental Europe.
Microsoft Dynamics CRM – This is planned as front CRM solution for the majority of Microsoft Dynamics ERP system. Integration with Microsoft Dynamics GP is available for GP 7.5, 8.0, 9.0, for CRM 1.2 and 3.0 and Microsoft NAV integration is achieved through third party integrations. However, integration with Axapta is still in the planning stage.