At the Convergence 2011 event in Atlanta, Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled to its Dynamics customers a number of significant enhancements and new functionality to the Microsoft Dynamics suite of products, including:
 
The introduction of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012
• Offers an innovative new ERP solution that empowers people to anticipate and embrace change, with agility made possible by a unified business process repository, model-driven architecture, and simplicity that comes from a familiar user experience and built-in collaboration tools.
 
• One of the most anticipated new components is that it contains pre-built capabilities for five industries:  manufacturing, distribution, public sector, professional services (our emphasis) and retail.
 
• The beta of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 will be released in April 2011. The final release is expected to be generally available in August 2011. (Comment: this is the product that its also underpinning the new LexisNexis ERP / PMS solution – anyone interested in finding out more or to register for the LexisNexis Microsoft Dynamics Registered Interest Group please email laura.whitehead@lexisnexis.co.uk)
 

 
Microsoft’s Vision for Cloud ERP
• Building on the success of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, the company revealed a path for its ERP customers to move to the cloud with the next major releases of Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions, which will run on the Windows Azure platform. Customers will be able to move to the cloud on their own terms. The Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions will bring the same benefits in the cloud as they do on-premises.
 
Microsoft Dynamics Product Momentum
In keeping with the level of commitment to innovation across the entire Microsoft Dynamics portfolio of ERP and CRM solutions, Microsoft also announced the following:

• Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011, which gives businesses a faster time to value through integration with Microsoft Project 2010, is now generally available.

• The on-premises version of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011, which delivers familiar, intelligent and connected experiences to users across an organization, is now generally available. More than 27,000 customers and 1.7 million users are benefiting from Microsoft Dynamics CRM worldwide, including companies such as American National Standards Institute, Hard Rock International and Sandri Companies.

• Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 R2, which offers customers built-in integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM and enhanced data visualizations capabilities, was delivered ahead of schedule in December 2010.

• Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 R2, which increases customer agility through significant business intelligence capability enhancements, will be generally available May 1, 2011.