For months we’ve been sharing details about the upcoming release of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, the newest version of our ERP solution for global organizations that is “Powerfully Simple.” Earlier this year at Convergence 2011, we revealed the final release of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 was expected to be generally available in August 2011. Today, August 1, we are pleased to announce the wait is officially over: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 is now generally available in 25 countries and 23 languages, with more country roll-outs planned in the coming months. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 is “Powerfully Simple” because it has been designed to empower people to anticipate and embrace change, enabling businesses of all sizes to thrive and grow. Through our early adoption programs we already have evidence from customers and partners on the incredible value they are realizing from this latest version. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 delivers: · A powerful foundation of prebuilt industry capabilities and comprehensive, core ERP functionality for financial, human resources and operations management. It supports more than 40 roles within an organization from the shop floor to the top floor in both commercial businesses and public sector organizations. One of our Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 customers, Hydra-Power Systems, is primarily a national distributor of hydraulic and pneumatic systems, but the company also manufactures custom hydraulic manifolds and power units and offers installation and training services. “Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 provides us with so many new capabilities that are critical for Hydra-Power, so we customize less and remain much closer to the solution’s standard functionality,” explains Bob Jablonski, operations manager at Hydra-Power Systems. · A new level of agility through a set of tools like our Unified Natural Models, which serve as a library of business processes that reflect real-world situations. The Royal Canadian Mint looked at other leading ERP solutions but wanted something that could deliver the maximum value to them, the shortest implementation time, the best TCO while letting them manage their infrastructure without “an army of consultants.” As CIO Greg Smith put it, “For us, it’s all about agility – if we can’t deliver in weeks, what used to take months, we’re holding back the business.” · Simplicity across the board, allowing amazing flexibility in configuration and customization while lowering total cost of ownership to our customers. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 is focused on making every process for both IT administrators and end users simpler, easier and more intuitive. One example of the simplicity of the product in action is at Ferranti Computer Systems, a Microsoft Dynamics AX ISV: Local partners who implement Ferranti’s MECOMS business application for utilities companies will improve time to value by up to 30 percent and be able to spend less time on deployments, allowing them to focus more on unique customer requirements. Earlier this month at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, we took simplicity a HUGE step further and announced Microsoft Dynamics ERP RapidStart Services. RapidStart Services, build on the Windows Azure platform, is designed to decrease the time-to-value of ERP deployments by simplifying the configuration of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 to meet customer requirements through a simple questionnaire based approach to guiding system setup. With Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, deploying, configuring and managing a mission critical business application in your organization has never been easier. To learn more about this powerfully simple ERP solution that is a game-changer, check out our Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 launch website, or contact your local partner representative to find a launch event near you. Looking for a partner? There are hundreds of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 certified partners ready to help—get in touch with one by visiting the Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace. To help celebrate this great new product and learn more about how Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 can help your organization, we invite you to register now to join Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, and Kirill Tatarinov, President of Microsoft Business Solutions at the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Virtual Launch Event on September 8, 2011. In addition to Steve and Kirill, you’ll hear directly from Microsoft executives, customers and Gartner ERP analyst Nigel Montgomery about how the innovations in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 can immediately benefit your organization. Following the webcast, 35+ on-demand sessions will take you inside the product and focus on our key industries, integration, technical architecture, and business ROI.