At Microsoft Convergence 2012 held in Houston, Kirill Tatarinov, president of Microsoft Business Solutions Division, sketched out more details of the cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) plans for its Dynamics software. In the works for almost a year, the cloud initiative for Dynamics GP (formerly Great Plains) and NAV will be similar to what has been done with Microsoft CRM.
In other words, it will be a Microsoft-hosted ERP cloud-based application living in their Azure platform. Tatarinov announced that Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and NAV 2013 will be available later this year, giving customers the choice of a cloud solution with Azure or continuing with an on-premise solution.
Obviously this is good news for Microsoft’s large corporate users, but there’s more! Tatarinov said the next major release of AX will also support an Azure option!
In the short term and on a non-cloud note, Tatarinov also announced another release of Dynamics AX. Scheduled for later this year, R2 will support new capabilities for human capital management, payroll management, and business intelligence. There will also be a focus on a few verticals, including service-oriented industries, retail, and manufacturing.