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Microsoft Dynamics Snap Brings AX Data to the Extended Enterprise

by Jeff Onesto
Director of Business Development, ASi Inc.,

According to a recent report released by AMR Research entitled, "The Enterprise Resource Planning", as many as 85% of an organization's users do not have access to the corporate ERP system.   Microsoft's Office Business Applications (OBAs) is working hard to change this paradigm.  The Microsoft Line-Of-Business-Interoperability (LOBi) strategy positions Microsoft Office as the front-end for accessing back-end ERP functionality.

For those not aware, Microsoft has already begun delivering some very interesting solutions around the Microsoft Dynamics AX solution via an OBA offering called Microsoft Dynamics Snap.  These new snap-in programs are packaged as part of the Microsoft Dynamics Client for Office.  Microsoft Dynamics Client for Office is available in either standard version using Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) or the premium version using Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS).   The premium version adds a license of Office SharePoint Server 2007, which provides an integrated suite of server capabilities with comprehensive content management, search, business process management and information sharing.

The Microsoft Dynamics Client for Office allows AX data to be viewed by the extended enterprise (non AX users) via rich client Office Business Applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Excel and Word.  Theses snap-in programs are distributed on the Codeplex website under the Microsoft Public License Agreement.  This license agreement is the least restrictive Microsoft source code license that allows partners and/or customers to view, modify and redistribute source code for either commercial or non-commercial purposes.  The following AX snap-in programs are currently available for download:  

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About Jeff Onesto
Jeff Onesto is the Director of Business Development at Advanced Systems Integration. He is responsible for software sales and the development and management of strategic alliances. Jeff brings over 15 years of enterprise software sales and delivery experience with companies such as Price Waterhouse, Oracle and JD Edwards. Jeff holds a B.S. Business Administration- Accountancy from California State University, Northridge.

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