Microsoft Launches Dynamics AX 2012, Yet Another Cloud Step
Microsoft has offered up its Dynamics AX 2012 to business customers. The ERP application integrates cloud features, part of the company's "all in" cloud strategy.Microsoft made Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, its enterprise resource planning application, available Sept. 8 to business customers in 25 countries. The software is yet another litmus test for Microsoft's "all in" cloud strategy, which involves leveraging its formidable position in traditional, desktop-bound software to convince users to sign up for subscription online services. In a speech broadcast online, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer described the new offering as "powerfully simple," a buzz term repeated by other Microsoft executives during the launch. Certainly the company wants potential customers to perceive the solution as a flexible one, with the ability to provide a broad array of business intelligence for decision-making. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 has been designed to play well with other Microsoft products, including Office and SharePoint.
For most companies, though, the more interesting aspect of Dynamics AX 2012 might be its integrated cloud offerings, notably the Rapid Start, Payment and Commerce services available via Windows Azure. In theory, that draws public cloud services into a private cloud or on-premises deployment. That hybridization could add an extra element of flexibility to an ERP deployment.