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Microsoft Dynamics AX Team Mounting New SAP Attack

by Linda Rosencrance
Contributing Writer, MSDW

Microsoft may not be in a position to displace SAP from businesses using it for core financials, but the Dynamics AX team is gearing up for a new campaign to sell SAP customers on the value of bringing AX into their ERP mix, especially across multiple geographies and business units.

"Companies today aspire to a strong connection - with employees, partners, and suppliers and -most importantly, with customers," said Christian Pedersen, Microsoft's GM, Dynamics Enterprise Applications & Services, in a recent blog post. "They choose business solutions to bring people and processes together across geographies and cubicles, across roles, and teams."

Why might SAP Business Suite not meet enterprise needs? Well, Pedersen claims a range of negative consequences to choosing SAP, including the product's lack of flexibility, a "monolithic" architecture, a slower deployment, an inferior user experience, higher cost, and other drawbacks.

But there is a solution, of course. Microsoft is promoting the idea of deploying Dynamics AX alongside SAP vision of a unified enterprise while leveraging their existing investments in both SAP & Microsoft solutions like Windows, Office, SQL, SharePoint, etc. that many companies already own. And Pedersen and team intend to release a series of new customer stories promoting the value of a two-tier architecture that incorporates AX alongside SAP. He writes:

"Over the next few months, we'll show you how some companies are making it work. We'll showcase SAP customers that are committed to using the right tools for the right task, ...

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About Linda Rosencrance

Linda Rosencrance is a freelance writer/editor in the Boston area. Rosencrance has over 25 years experience as an reporter/investigative reporter, writing for many newspapers in the metropolitan Boston area. Rosencrance has been writing about information technology for the past 16 years.

She has covered a variety of IT subjects, including Microsoft Dynamics, mobile security issues such as data loss prevention, network management, secure mobile app development, privacy, cloud computing, BI, big data, analytics, HR, CRM, ERP, and enterprise IT.

Rosencrance is the author of six true crime books for Kensington Publishing Corp.