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Microsoft's cloud ERP plans get mixed reactions

Chris Kanaracus, IDG News Services | April 12, 2011
Microsoft's announcement this week that it would begin offering its Dynamics ERP (enterprise resource planning) software via the Azure cloud platform drew significant interest from attendees of the Convergence conference in Atlanta, but some users and partners have questions Microsoft has yet to answer about its plans.

Despite that timeline, Microsoft does not consider itself late to the cloud ERP game compared to competitors like NetSuite or SAP, and its approach is deliberately designed to ensure customer success, Tatarinov said.

"Nobody's doing it in the cloud at scale today. Everyone who's doing it today has massive issues. They're largely figuring it out," he said. Those challenges include privacy, partner models and ISV ecosystems, according to Tatarinov.

"We don't want customers to figure it out, we want to figure it out and bring it to our customers," he said.


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