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Atlanta or HOT-lanta? Convergence 2011 keynote stage heats up with Microsoft announcements

Apart from AX 2012 and all the celebration around 10 years of Dynamics ERP growth, Monday’s keynote was slammed with other hot topics and announcements coming from Microsoft. The common thread pulling them all together according to Steve Ballmer - Microsoft comes to work to be focused and help you WIN!

Cloud
As expected, taking Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions to the cloud was a hot topic. Instead of reiterating all of the points discussed, both during the keynote and later among attendees, you can read Brandon George’s blog post on cloud computing for AX and the MSDynamicsworld.com post for a more comprehensive look at the technical challenges and partner considerations surrounding cloud-based ERP environments.

Microsoft Innovations
Steve delivered highlights from all of the Microsoft product lines: Devices / Entertainment / Search (Bing) / Business Applications / Cloud / Productivity

  • Kinect for the Xbox 360 is the fastest-selling consumer electronics device; sells quicker than the iPhone and iPad (8 Million devices in its first 60 days!)
  • Bing – The little engine that you should make as your default!
  • Office 365 – A little more/few links; Dynamics ERP Online solutions are expected to take advantage of advances in Office 365
  • BI – Ballmer: "Traditionally BI was just a bolt on for ERP systems whereas with Dynamics AX 2012, BI is integrated with the solution."

Other Announcements

  • Dynamics SL 2011, gives businesses a faster time to value through integration with Project 2010, is now generally available.
  • The on-premises version of Dynamics CRM 2011, which delivers familiar, intelligent and connected experiences to users across an organization, is now generally available. Over 27,000 customers and 1.7 million users are benefiting from Dynamics CRM worldwide. And 100 percent of Microsoft, this year runs on Microsoft Dynamics CRM.
  • Dynamics NAV 2009 R2, offers customers built-in integration with Dynamics CRM and enhanced data visualizations capabilities, was delivered ahead of schedule in December 2010.
  • Dynamics GP 2010 R2, increases customer agility through significant business intelligence capability enhancements, will be generally available May 1, 2011. (Dynamics GP is the largest install base for the Dynamics line of ERPs in use and it’s still growing. With Dynamics GP2010 R2, users can expect to see deeper business analytics being added.)

Related Blog Posts:

Ten Years and Going Strong: Convergence 2011 Keynote’s Focus Balances Microsoft’s Commitment to Dynamics with Customer Successes

The Word on AX 2012 Coming from Convergence 2011: It’s ERP for everyone

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