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Microsoft plans to release a new version of its Dynamics AX ERP software in the third quarter of this year. The vendor said today that "AX 6" - as it's been dubbed - would come loaded with a "unique model-driven, layered architecture" to speed up software development and cut back on coding. All of which is an effort to …


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  1. John Smith 19 Gold badge

    Bet your companies future on the company that bought you IE, Excel, SQL Server etc

    What could possibly go wrong with that strategy?

  2. John Smith 19 Gold badge

    Wot. 4 thumbs down.

    Fanbois out in force. Seems there have been a sense of humor bypasses.

    A little bit of background.

    "Dynamics" is the shotgun wedding of 2 *grossly* disparate products. 1 written in Fargo in the US, the other in Denmark. One effective but fairly closed, the other multilingual (when you're a small software house in a small country you had better make it *very* easy to change countries) and highly customizable.

    Both were bought *primarily * for their customer base (1 in the US, 1 in Europe), rather like MS's purchase of Foxpro (anyone tried getting hold of it lately)? The Danish company supplied 3 ERP type systems. The other 2 appeared to have been euthanised.

    AFAIK the main thing they had in common was their European HO's were both in Scandinavia. Those of you who've seen the movie Fargo might guess why.

    Full disclosure. I worked for both of the predecessor companies (but I never met anyone from Great Plains as they did it all by telecon from Norway) and later worked for a reseller who'd taken up the MS product. Potential customer reaction to the latter was *underwhelming*.

    Funny how MS does not do quite so well when customers have a choice.

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