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Confusion reigns over MS Business Solutions

Simon Edwards, the UK managing director of Microsoft Great Plains, has admitted there is industry 'confusion' over the future of Microsoft Business Solutions.

Link: Profile: Doug Burgum, president, MS Business Solutions

Speaking to Accountancy Age at the Softworld Accounting and Finance Show at Birmingham’s NEC last week, Simon Edwards said there was ‘industry confusion over the future of Navision and Great Plains software.’

He went on to say that the company ‘hadn’t talked to the market until recently’ because otherwise ‘we would have been speculating.’

He tried to reassure customers by saying that it was only a temporary period of instability and the company was looking forward to the future.

‘Confusion is absolutely the right word,’ said David Turner, international marketing manager at CODA Financial Intelligence. ‘You could see it last week at Softworld.’

He explained how the reseller community was also part of the problem, and that visitors to the show didn’t really know where they stood.

To add insult to injury the vendor community is also caught in the middle of Microsoft’s entry into the market. ‘Microsoft Business Solutions is pushing hard for us to develop software for the .Net platform,’ said Turner.

‘But on the other hand we are all competing with them. It makes everyone feel a bit uncomfortable.’

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