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Microsoft Corporation has announced the acquisition of four industry solutions that will extend the core capabilities of Microsoft Dynamics AX.

According to the company, this builds on the Microsoft Dynamics enterprise resource planning (ERP) strategy to drive industry-specific innovation for customers and to enable partners to deliver repeatable, vertical solutions.

This move is intended to support Microsoft’s aim to enable the Dynamic Business, which includes offering flexible business applications that remain relevant as business needs evolve.

The following acquired technology will be offered as part of Microsoft Dynamics AX, which will give partners the opportunity to drive deeper vertical solutions for customers in manufacturing, professional services and retail: a process manufacturing solution acquired from Fullscope, which provides the tight integration of business processes across discrete manufacturing and process manufacturing; a professional service solution acquired from Computer Generated Solutions, which delivers a single system to manage projects and resources, execute financial transactions and customer billing and match resources with client assignments; and retail solutions from LS Retail EHF and To-Increase Denmark, a wholly owned subsidiary of Columbus IT Partner, enabling Microsoft to provide an end-to-end retail solution including store management with point-of-sale, merchandising and ERP capabilities.

With these technology acquisitions, Microsoft is providing core industry functionality embedded into Microsoft Dynamics ERP applications.

Mark Holt, director of information technology of Cayman Chemical Company, said: ‘We chose Microsoft Dynamics AX with the process manufacturing solution from Fullscope over Oracle and SAP because Microsoft’s industry solution enabled a better fit with our business processes instead of dictating a set of fixed industry best practices.

‘Microsoft’s move to add industry solutions directly into Microsoft Dynamics AX provides a predictable industry roadmap, allowing partners to focus on the vertical solutions that can keep pace with the rate of innovation,’ he added.

A vibrant ecosystem of independent software vendor partners delivers vertical solutions for multiple industries across Microsoft Dynamics ERP, which also includes Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics GP and Microsoft Dynamics SL.

Process manufacturing and professional services solutions for Microsoft Dynamics AX are available immediately on the Microsoft Dynamics price list and the retail solution will be available at a later date.

Microsoft will provide updates to customers and partners as the availability date approaches.

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