Microsoft to Certify Vertical Software Stacks
The Unix and Linux vendors have done it. Now Microsoft is giving certified software stacks a whirl, starting with its Axapta ERP product.SAN DIEGOMicrosoft Corp.s strategy for bringing more ISVs into the fold continued to evolve this week, as the Redmond, Wash., software vendor unveiled a new initiative called "Industry Builder." Although Microsoft isnt characterizing the program as a way to provide customers with integrated, certified and supported software stacks, that is, in effect, what the programannounced here at the companys annual Convergence conference for Microsoft Business Solutions customerswill yield.
As is the case with Hewlett-Packard Co., Sun Microsystems Inc., Red Hat Inc., and other Unix and Linux vendors, Microsoft will act as the integrator and certifier of the stacks. Microsoft will select a handful of vertical ISV applications, integrate them with its Axapta ERP (enterprise resource planning) software, and offer them as an integrated stack.