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  • Blog Post: Considering SAP? Make sure you come to Convergence!

    If you’re struggling to position your organization to compete and grow, coping with the challenges of connecting employees, partners, suppliers, and customers in ways that allow you to be proactive and agile in the face of shifting market and consumer demand, you’re not alone. Companies everywhere...
  • Blog Post: Mimicking - an SAP Best Practice?

    After years of decline, the global economy is starting to show more positive signs, yet no growth will come on its own. Companies looking to position themselves for growth will face continued challenges: increased competition, continually changing markets, pressure to go global, and the need to control...
  • Blog Post: What’s Wrong with Complexity?

    We talked about SAP’s tendency to make things overly complicated , which SAP Chairman Hasso Plattner attributes to their focus on the largest enterprise customers. He says: “Having large companies as customers for developing software doesn't lead to the simplest approach. Large companies...
  • Blog Post: Forget the carrot and the stick. People just want to get things done!

    A recent study, published in the Harvard Business Review , identified progress as the primary determinant of employee motivation and performance. Not recognition or incentives. Not the threat of punitive action. Progress. When your employees are able to complete their tasks, they feel better about themselves...
  • Blog Post: Don’t get SAPped—and other advice for today’s Dynamic Business

    The Dynamic Business is driven by a vision of unity: connecting employees, partners, suppliers, and customers in ways that allow you to be proactive, agile, and forward looking. A Dynamic Business brings people together across geographies and cubicles, across roles, and teams. To become a Dynamic Business—positioning...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 Coming December 1st

    Today at our Microsoft Dynamics AX Tech Conference we announced general availability of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 to be December 1, 2012. I’m excited to share this milestone and the significant innovation we will deliver in December. Customers in 36 countries around the world will find powerful...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Customers can Benefit from Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Capabilities at General Availability of SQL Server 2012

    Our colleagues over in the SQL Server world are having a bit of a get together today...or a virtual launch event as some of us marketers call it. You can find out more on the SQL blog here but I thought it might be useful to take a few moments to look at how Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: ERP on Your Terms: Turn your business vision into reality with a solution that works the way you do.

    Thinking about upgrading your business systems? If so, you're probably looking at today's enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions, and you've uncovered several factors to weigh before choosing what's right for your business. For starters, you'll want a solution that delivers...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012: Agile ERP comes to the UK Public Sector

    In a recent post next-generation ERP: the right mix , I featured an article from PRIME magazine that looked at how Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 was primed and ready to address the needs of chemical manufacturing organizations. Time to switch industries this week and turn our attention to the Public Sector...
  • Blog Post: Press Release: Team Lotus in the driver’s seat thanks to Microsoft Dynamics AX

    Team Lotus, the Formula One team that brought the much-loved Lotus name back into Grand Prix racing last year, has announced that their implementation of Microsoft Dynamics AX , Microsoft's enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, has enabled them to achieve full control and visibility of purchasing...
  • Blog Post: Optimising Retail Ops in North America

    As a follow-up to India: an emerging economy perspective and Winning in Retail - BRIC by Bric , Will Roche, Microsoft Dynamics retail industry director for NOAM, brings together some of his key partners in the region to explain why Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail is gaining traction across the country...
  • Blog Post: Can you feel it...can you feel it...can you feel it...

    Ok for those of you expecting me to post a video of the senior leadership team doing karaoke to the Jackson Five I am sorry to disappoint you but do you feel it? In January this year we highlighted some of the exciting new capabilities coming in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, including its unique model...
  • Blog Post: Can you also smell what's cooking?

    As strange as the title of this post might sound (yes it is also a cunning search-engine optimized ploy to drive more than the usual 1000 people to read this post during the first 24 hours) there is an element of truth to it. I mean I work for Microsoft and have done so for close to six years now so...
  • Blog Post: Online Dynamics AX 2012 Virtual Launch Event (and it is free people!!)

    A number of us have blogged about it. Whether it was the series of post from Ross Thorpe ( Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 - Powerfully Simple , Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 – The Power of Simplicity ) or other posts about first adopter customers ( Industrial Equipment Company Hydra-Power Systems Advances...
  • Blog Post: The ERP revolution: ERP for Everyone

    The Summer 2011 issue of Touch , Microsoft's quarterly enterprise customer magazine for the EMEA public sector, is out now! Building on the success of the launch edition last quarter, this issue is packed to the rafters with information about the latest and greatest technology developments being...
  • Blog Post: One Size Does Not Fit All – Making the Case for Two-Tier ERP

    In my 15+ years in the ERP business, the one question CIO's of enterprise companies keep asking me is "Do you have one solution that will fit all the varied requirements of my organization that can be deployed centrally in a single instance???" I understand that behind this question are...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 – The Power of Simplicity

    In my last Edge blog "Powerfully Simple" I took a closer look at the real product benefits and capabilities that lie behind the "Powerful" half of the "Powerfully Simple" headline that you will see used in many of our communications associated with Microsoft Dynamics AX...
  • Blog Post: Top 5 Tips to Derive Competitive Advantages in Manufacturing Industry with Customer Relationship Management

    It has been a little while since I last had the chance to write here on The Edge but here are some thoughts that I recently shared in an article published by Automation Magazine - I hope you enjoy!! Companies in different industries perceive CRM in a variety of different ways. The consumer banking...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 at Leading Manufacturing Event

    Well I hope that you enjoyed the Convergence coverage from our team last week - certainly a lot going on in particular around Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. For those of us with a mnaufacturing focus however, the fun and games started a week before Convergence in Atlanta at the Hannover Messe where we previewed...
  • Blog Post: What Can ERP do for the Supply Chain?

    Our manufacturing and retail industry teams have been busy of late speaking to press and analysts about what they see as some of the key trends dirivng change in their industries, how IT will play an increasing role moving forward and the Microsoft position of Microsoft and our solutions in helping retailers...
  • Blog Post: Tweet Tweet Twitter and Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

    I think Ross hit the nail on the head in his popular blog post Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 - ushering in a new era... when he said "in the wake of the early disclosures around the coming Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 release at the Microsoft Dynamics AX Technical Conference 2011 last month, ripples...
  • Blog Post: Inside Microsoft Dynamics AX.....Engineering/Architecture Edition

    Since Luke has deferred blogging about all the "really important issues" to Guy, Gerice (me) and Ross , I thought I better come up with a really important topic for my next blog posting. Today, I found the perfect topic....engineering for the future with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Last...
  • Blog Post: Previewing NRF 2011 w/ Microsoft Dynamics

    It is that time of year again where the creme de la creme of the retail world (and half of Microsoft) descends on New York for the National Retail Federation's annual BIG Show event . As with previous year's Microsoft is at the show with a major presence that includes a fantastic looking booth...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Dynamics AX Positioned as a Leader in Magic Quadrant for ERP for Product-Centric Midmarket Companies

    Today we announced that Microsoft Dynamics AX was positioned as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for ERP for Product-Centric Midmarket Companies* 2010 , a research report published by Gartner Inc. In the same report, which this year evaluated global enterprise resource planning (ERP) products specifically...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Dynamics Still Hot 'n' Spicy in Indian Retail Sector

    Around a month ago I shared a post entitled " Our Very Own Mr. Spicy Takes Microsoft Dynamics to the Indian Retail Market" highlighting an article from the Indian press that featured our Global Industry Director for Retail, Dilip Popat. Following the GA of Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail we...