Today, at Microsoft WinDays11 conference, Stratus, the web client for Microsoft Dynamics NAV that I announced here nearly a month ago, has received the ISV Award from Microsoft, being ranked #1 as the solution with highest value for small businesses. Thanks to everyone who participated in the selection process, you made a smart decision, and you know it
As much as it was difficult for me to keep this award stuff secret over the past week that I’ve been officially notified by Microsoft as having been selected as the winner, it is equally difficult for me to announce two other big news, which I’ll just have to keep secret until Wednesday.
A lot of you have asked me about Stratus over the past month, and I know that I missed the deadline I announced for opening Stratus for general public testing on March 31, but I’ll offer a plausible excuse: the things developed much quicker than expected and my company has started negotiations with some true hot-shot companies about marketing and deploying this solution. Unfortunately, due to this, we had to postpone the plans, and push the release date a bit forward, but I’m sure this won’t be much. A couple of weeks, at most.
If you here, in Rovinj, don’t miss my presentation on Wednesday at 10:10AM, it’ll be around cloud opportunities with NAV and Stratus will be a part of the talk. But I won’t just talk the talk, I’ll also walk the walk, so you’ll be able to see Stratus in action, deployed in the Cloud. I’m looking forward to delivering it and seeing you there!
When the story you are supposed to tell reaches you from the other end, the rumor has obviously had it long enough.
So let me announce it publicly: “Stratus”, the Web-based client for Microsoft Dynamics NAV I’ve been working on for well over a year is nearly finished. As a matter of fact, it is entering the pilot phase.
Without much fanfare, I’m turning this post into a sort of FAQ which should give you enough understanding of the product, its purpose and its roadmap.
The Software Advice blog has started a series of short five minute interviews with Microsoft executives in charge of Dynamics technologies, and today’s one has caught my attention: it’s entitled Can Microsoft Dynamics ERP move to the cloud, and the interview was with Guy Weismantel, director of ERP Marketing at Microsoft.
Cloud computing is something that has been tickling my imagination ever since I first heard the term, and I’ve spent past couple of years not only thinking how to do something with the cloud, but actually doing it (stay tuned!), so it was interesting to see what’s Microsoft’s unofficial official position on ERP in cloud perspective, can it be done, should it be done, where is it all going, etc.
“Are we all in” – asks Hunter Richards on The Software Advice blog in his Monday post, giving a view of Microsoft’s Cloud strategy in perspective of Microsoft Dynamics. He argues that while Microsoft is indeed betting heavily on the Cloud, its Dynamics line of products is not nearly ready for the Cloud.
In his argumentation, Hunter gives four challenges that Microsoft is facing, and that are main obstacles in Microsoft’s way to Cloud Dynamics ERP: architecture, multiple products, partner channel and market readiness.
I believe in the Cloud. And I believe in Microsoft Dynamics ERP in the Cloud. So I do not agree with Hunter’s views on this, and here I’m offering a counter view. Okay, I must say that my views are limited exclusively to NAV, so whatever I say applies to NAV, and may not apply to AX, SL or GP.