Microsoft today announced plans to offer ERP in the cloud, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced the company's plans in front of 9,000 attendees at Convergence 2011 in Atlanta. "We believe that ERP and CRM should be for everyone," Ballmer told conference attendees.
The company plans to build that same familiarity into its online ERP application as well. "It's ERP for everyone," Ballmer said. In that market, Microsoft will face off with rival NetSuite, which already sells its ERP software as an online service.
The next major releases of Dynamics AX, GP, NAV and SL will be developed to run on Windows Azure, Microsoft's cloud development platform that's been available for a year, Tatarinov said, beginning with the next version of Dynamics NAV that's due in 2012. The applications will support multi-tenancy, he said.
"Make no mistake, when it comes to the cloud, Microsoft's all in," said CEO Steve Ballmer, using his keynote to highlight the range of cloud computing products Microsoft now offers or is developing, including Windows Azure, Dynamics CRM Online and Office 365.