MBS announcements cement push into mid-range apps market


As part of its continued push in the applications market, Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) has announced the general availability of Microsoft Business Network, the upcoming delivery of two demand planning modules and a strategic extension of its relationship with Autodesk.

"Microsoft Business Solutions is making significant investments in our current ERP solutions, which are critical to the ongoing success of our customers and business partners in general and manufacturing industries specifically," said Mike Frichol, general manager of manufacturing industry solutions with Microsoft Business Solutions.

Microsoft Business Network is a combination of on-premise software integrated with Microsoft Office, MBS applications or Microsoft BizTalk Server, and hosted Web services. MBS says it is intended to help businesses more easily and effectively work with their trading partners. The Network enables businesses to connect their entire network of suppliers and customers through a fully automated Microsoft .NET-connected solution.

The company also announced demand planning modules to enhance its Axapta, Great Plains and Navision products. "These new modules will help our ERP customers strategically plan for future demands and adjust their daily operations accordingly," said Jan Sillemann, group manager of midmarket segment solutions with Microsoft Business Solutions.

The Demand Planner solution consists of two modules: DP Power User and DP Collaborative. General availability for the Axapta and Navision solutions is expected in November 2003; Microsoft Business Solutions plans to announce general availability of the Great Plains module in early 2004.

Finally MBS has extended its relationship with design software firm Autodesk to build a product life cycle management (PLM) solution for customers in the mainstream small and midmarket segment manufacturing industry.

MBS and Autodesk's Manufacturing Solutions Division will
collaborate to deliver a solution that lets customers integrate Autodesk's pervasive design data with Microsoft's ERP solutions.


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