Microsoft takes ERP on the road

Microsoft takes ERP on the road

Microsoft has launched a national roadshow with the aim of boosting opportunities for its local mid-market ISVs.

The series of events is being used as a vehicle to sponsor its mid- market ERP offering, Axapta, while also showcasing homegrown developments.

The roadshow, which focuses on generic supply chain development, will be conducted through a series of breakfast briefings.

It began on November 9 in Melbourne, and will move to other state capitals, finishing in Perth on November 25.

The series will be followed by a more general roadshow with Axapta VARs in February next year.

"We will go out with our partners and showcase their add-on modules," Microsoft product marketing manager, Yolanda Delport, said.

Microsoft acquired Axapta as part of its Navision deal back in 2002. The software giant estimates it now has about 130 installations of the product locally.

To further expand its ISV community, a global add-on catalogue is being produced to help local developers who don't want to invest in R&D, Delport said.

"We see a flourishing partner community able to add their industry expertise," Microsoft Axapta product marketing manager, Rolf Carlsen, said.

A new version, Axapta v4.0, is due to ship next year.

Carlsen said the Denmark- based development team was still finalising content including RFID functionality that was currently being tested with retailer, Marks & Spencer.

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