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Title: Microsoft and ERP: Plans and Acquisitions

Microsoft and ERPPlans and Acquisitions
  • Jason Gandy
  • Jeremy Turner
  • Justin Isasi
  • November 20, 2008

Microsoft Acquisitions
  • (and their strengths)

Microsoft's acquisitions Introduction
  • Microsoft has aquired an average of six companies
    per year since its first acquisition in 1987.
  • Microsoft purchased 18 companies in 2006 alone.
  • Visio, Navision, aQuantive, and Fast Search
    Transfer Corporation.

Microsoft and Visio
  • Microsoft completed the acquisition Visio Corp.
    on January 7, 2000 for 1.5 billion in stock.
  • Jeremy Jaech, president and CEO of Visio Corp.,
    stated We look forward to being a part of
    Microsoft and to many opportunities and
    challenges as we focus on increasing and
    expanding the value that diagramming software can
    add to knowledge workers around the world."
  • Visio Corp. was a leading supplier of technical
    drawing and diagramming software before the
  • Visio 2000
  • Visio 2007 features Data Link and Data Graphics
    functionality, a PivotDiagram template, Value
    Stream Map template, ITIL template, Network
    diagram templates, Web development templates,
    Software development templates, architectural
    plans, engineering schematics, facilities
    management, and database modeling.
  • Future ribbon user interface

Microsoft and Navision
  • Micosoft Corp. completed the acquisition of
    e-business developer Navision in July 2007 buy
    purchasing about 1.4 billion of Navision's
  • Microsoft Business Solutions
  • Competing with SAP AG an Oracle Corp.
  • Expanding market share in Europe.
  • Navision has gone through several name changes
  • -Navision Financials, Navision Attain, Microsoft
    Business Solutions Navision Edition, and the
    current version of the software Microsoft
    Dynamics NAV

Microsoft and aQuantive
  • In May 2007, Microsoft announced that it would
    purchase aQuantive for 6 billion
  • aQuantive is the parent company of digital
    marketing service and technology companies,
    including Atlas, DRIVEpm, and Avenue A/Razorfish.
  • Brian McAndrews, CEO of aQuantive, stated
    aQuantives mission has been to leverage the
    power of digital marketing services and
    technologies to drive measurable results for our
    clients. We look forward to combining forces with
    Microsoft and bringing the value of our combined
    assets to bear for the benefit of advertisers, ad
    agencies and publishers.
  • Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, stated that The
    advertising industry is evolving and growing at
    an incredible pace, moving increasingly toward
    online and IP-served platforms, which
    dramatically increases the importance of software
    for this industry.
  • With aQuantive, Microsoft is able to have better
    relationships with advertisers, agencies and
    publishers enhancing their current advertising
    platforms and services.

Microsoft and Fast Search Transfer
  • On January 8, 2008, Microsoft announced it will
    offer to purchase Fast Search Transfer for 1.2
  • Fast Search Transfer - leading provider of
    enterprise search solutions. Enterprise search
    helps businesses find, use and share information
  • Enhancing enterprise searching.
  • Jeff Raikes, president of the Microsoft Business
    Division, stated The combination of Microsoft
    and FAST gives customers a new choice a single
    vendor with solutions that span the full range of
    customer needs.
  • The acquisition of FAST by Microsoft gives them a
    more broad and enhanced way to get there search
    technologies to more businesses globally.

Microsoft Future Acquisitions
  • Microsoft will continue to expand
  • Possible future Microsoft acquisitions
  • Microsoft has recent expressed interest in
    purchasing Yahoo Corp.

Microsoft and Yahoo
  • Microsoft has been recently expressing interest
    in purchasing Yahoo, the well known Internet
  • Microsoft bid 33 per share for the purchase of
    Yahoo, but withdrew the offer after Yahoo CEO
    demanded 37.
  • Steve Ballmer of Microsoft said that he simply
    moved on after Yahoo rejected his bid.
  • Balmer stated I'm sure there are still some
    opportunities for some kind of partnership around
    search, but I think an acquisition is a thing of
    the past.
  • Yahoo would have provided strength to Microsoft's
    Internet advertising market. Yahoo is second only
    to Google in the search engine market.

Microsofts Entrance into ERP
  • Microsoft began by acquiring companies that
    showed success in their respective areas of the
    ERP market
  • Project Green
  • Began in 2003 and attempted to take their 4 newly
    acquired companies (Great Plains, Navision,
    Axapta, and Solomon)and integrate them into a
    single code base.

Problems with Project Green
  • Extremely large undertaking, not only
    financially, but technically also.
  • By 2004, the amount of developers was cut from
    200 to 70.
  • In 2005, Microsoft considered selling off its ERP
    products due to lack of progress and an inability
    to meet deadlines and requirements

SAP Acquisitionfact or fiction?
  • Talks between Microsoft and SAP denied by some
  • Extreme amount of money involved in such a deal.
  • Complications in the integration of the two
    companies also prove to be a major road block for
    the dealif it exists.

Solutions to Microsofts ERP Problems
  • Microsoft decided to break up their integration
    of all of their ERP products.
  • Integration and development is set to occur in
    scheduled waves.

Waves - Defined
  • 1st Wave(began late 2005 to late 2007)
  • This included incorporating its ERP products with
    common Microsoft technologies and programs.
  • These technologies included SQL server Business
    Intelligence capabilities and Sharepoint.

Wave Defined (contd)
  • Wave 2 and 3 are still yet to come.
  • Wave 2 will focus on allowing the ERP products to
    take advantage of features within Longhorn
  • Wave 3 will deal with integrating all of the
    products into a single code basewhich was the
    original focus of Project Green.

Microsoft Dynamics
  • Dynamics is a line of integrated, adaptable
    business management solutions that are mostly
    based off of the products acquired by Microsoft
    when they began their ERP run.

Dynamics Available Products
  • Dynamics AX
  • Dynamics CRM
  • Dynamics GP
  • Dynamics NAV
  • Dynamics Point of Sale
  • Dynamics RMS
  • Dynamics SL
  • Dynamics Snap

Comparisons with SAP
  • Depending on the source, Microsoft scores higher
    than SAP in many areas of concern for customers.
  • A cost comparison would be impossible for the
    most part due to the fact that cost would be
    based on the wants and requirements of the
    purchasing company.
  • Microsoft claims to have to most cost effective
    solution when it comes to ownership, but SAP
    makes a similar claim.

Who uses MS Dynamics?
  • Suns Legacy Partners
  • Phoenix Suns
  • Phoenix Mercury(W.N.B.A)
  • Phoenix Roadrunners(E.C.H.L.)
  • Phoenix Rattlers(A.F.L.)
  • Integration between franchises.

Electronics Sales
  • Nikon
  • An industry leader in camera sales
  • Integrates Dynamics with SAPs R/3
  • Functionality of SAP
  • Attractive GUI of Dynamics

  • Replaced Seibel system with in-house Dynamics
  • Roll-out completed in July 2008
  • Utilizing SQL Server 2008

Benefits of Dynamics
  • We were able to eliminate 40 hours a week out of
    our billing scenario and capture an additional 1
    percent of our implementation revenue
    eliminating a significant amount of back-end time
    trying to decipher the invoices against their
  • -Anonymous Member of Case Study

Return on Investment
  • 21 Month Time-Table
  • 87 Already Realized Positive ROI

Productivity and Budgeting
  • 87 of Companies increased in productivity
  • 73 of Projects Completed at or Under Original
  • Increased project accountability for Customer

IT Reduction
  • Combination of Disparate Systems
  • 53 IT Savings
  • IT service ratings also increased by around 50

Cost of 3 Yr. Implementation
  • Licensing 200,000
  • Hardware 41,000
  • FTE (7.5 Months) 250,000
  • Add maintenance and training
  • Total Cost Est. 1.3 Million