Microsoft Acquisition Targets Process Manufacturing

The software giant purchases manufacturing-specific technology from a reseller partner and plans to make the functionality available to the broader Dynamics AX reseller community.

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Posted on Sep 22, 2009

In a bid to stimulate the creation of more vertical industry extensions to its Dynamics AX enterprise application platform, including process manufacturing extensions, Microsoft today said it has acquired software and intellectual property from four of its reseller partners.

Microsoft said it bought a process manufacturing application from Fullscope Inc., a 10-year-old reseller of the Dynamics AX ERP package. Microsoft will incorporate Fullscope’s Process Industries for Microsoft Dynamics AX functionality into the Microsoft Dynamics core application, where it can be used by other Microsoft AX reseller partners to create industry-specific process extensions, said Crispin Read, Microsoft’s general manager of Dynamics ERP in an interview with Managing Automation.

“This helps partners to be more efficient in bringing compelling vertical solutions [to] these industries,” Read said.

Microsoft said it also acquired vertical-focused intellectual property from three additional reseller partners. The company bought rights to a Dynamics AX extension for professional services providers from Computer Generated Solutions Inc., and AX extensions for retailers from LS Retail EHF and To-Increase Denmark A/S.

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