Microsoft is prepping Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011, its latest ERP solution for SMBs, for release in next year's second quarter.
Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011, the company's ERP solution for small and midsize
businesses will be available in the United
States and other territories in the second
quarter of 2011. Microsoft is also planning a Spanish version to be released at
an undisclosed later date.
Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011's dashboards and tools provide insight into
projects, inventory, and supply-chain management across the depth and breadth
of a particular company. New features include the ability to Quick Send
documents and root through databases via Quick Query's 50 pre-designed search options.
The platform supports integration with Microsoft Project Server 2010,
SharePoint 2010, Office 2010, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, and Microsoft
Dynamics CRM through Web Services.
"Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 will drive significant value for midsize,
project-driven businesses with its ease of use and ability to extend
connections across the entire business ecosystem," Crispin Read, general
manager of Microsoft Dynamics ERP Product Management Group, said in an Oct. 5
statement. Microsoft is marketing the platform toward government, construction,
professional services and industries centered on distribution.
Microsoft Dynamics' ERP and CRM products
have rolled out in a handful of new versions throughout 2010. In April,
Microsoft unveiled Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010, an ERP platform that includes
business intelligence tools, functionality for streamlining approval scenarios
for daily workflow, and interoperability with Microsoft Office Unified
Communications and other software.
Microsoft has also been building out its end-to-end platforms for business
processes, likely in response to similar product releases from Oracle and other
rivals. Also in April, Microsoft released a version of Microsoft Dynamics CRM
customized for nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations, with tools such as
donation and pledge management, basic membership management, basic volunteer
tracking, support for online payment solutions and campaign management.
The company has also taken pains to position the online version of its CRM
as an alternative to cloud-based offerings from the likes of Salesforce.com. In
a reflection of its need to appeal to cash-strapped businesses, Microsoft has
been offering add-ons and services to its online CRM
at no additional cost, as well as a variety of CRM
Accelerators designed to help businesses pull information from social networks
and Web interaction channels.
has engaged in a rapid cycle of releases and add-ons throughout 2010,
hinting at a strategic desire to expand its middleware stack.
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.