Pender's Blog

Blog archive

Convergence: 'We Have Concluded Project Green'

Remember Microsoft's plan to converge its four ERP suites into one mega-product? It was still causing confusion at last year's Convergence.

Not anymore. Or not really, anyway. Why? "We concluded Project Green," said Mogens Elsberg, general manager of Microsoft Dynamics ERP, not leaving a lot of room for ambiguity.

And there's not much ambiguity anymore about how Dynamics works. Steve Ballmer mentioned it again this week: The four-suite strategy is alive and well on the ERP side and will continue to be. (Oh, sure the suites all have pretty much the same interfaces now, and, as far as we know, they're still on the way to having the same code base, but the mega-suite idea, at least as a branding and marketing concept, is dead.)

ePartners President Michael McCarthy said that partners, not Microsoft, were responsible for a lot of confusion to begin with: "You've got to do your homework before you go into an account. You're not pushing GP in a global manufacturer; that's just stupid. The sophistication of the VAR and the understanding of the applications in the market are absolutely critical."

However, Michael Merfeld, customer director, Microsoft Dynamics, for Avanade, has a simpler take on why the Project Green kafuffle is no longer a sales barrier for partners. Nothing has changed, he said, except Microsoft's attitude. "There's no new message. [Microsoft] just stopped talking about it. They shut up. That's all they needed to do," Merfeld said.

And with Microsoft's big mouth shut, at least on this issue, partners are finding Dynamics easier to sell, which is a good thing. Sometimes, silence is golden -- or, in this case, green.

Posted by Lee Pender on 03/13/2008 at 1:21 PM


Featured

  • Vendors Issue Patches for Linux Container Runtime Flaw Enabling Host Attacks

    This week, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) described a high-risk security vulnerability (CVE-2019-5736) for organizations using containers that could lead to compromised host systems.

  • Windows 10 Version 1809 Users May Get Visual Studio Crashes

    Microsoft on Friday issued an advisory for Windows 10 version 1809 users about possible Visual Studio crashes.

  • Standardizing the Look of Outlook's Outbound Messages

    Microsoft typically gives users a blank canvas to compose new e-mails in Outlook. In some corporate environments, however, a blank canvas isn't a good thing.

  • Windows 10 'Semiannual Channel Targeted' Goes Away This Spring

    Microsoft plans to slightly alter its Windows servicing lingo and management behavior with its next Windows 10 operating system feature update release, coming this spring.

comments powered by Disqus

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.