The award for best repeated use of the word eviscerate goes
The portfolio of software assets that Microsoft acquired and
into Microsoft Business Solutions (including Axapta, FRx, Great
CRM, Navision, and Solomon) are experiencing a slow evisceration.
kind of process that only Microsoft, with its deep cash reserves and
game' approach to the market, could stomach. In order to understand
Microsoft would disembowel these assets, it helps to understand the
of today's ERP market.
(damn creepy writing, man.)
The main point I take out of this article is that Microsoft's business
solutions (curious acquisitions that haven't paid off except for buying a
customer base) are going to be slowly eviscerated (and served with
beans and a nice Chianti, I guess) in favor of moving all of those
over to an Office System platform.
Making Office a platform is a done deal and seems to be the chosen
evolutionary path of the group, end-user features be damned. I hope there's
level of platform indirection here because otherwise customers and partners
going to find themselves so incredibly tightly coupled with a particular
of Office System (along with its quirks and bugs) that there is
absolutely positively no way they'll ever upgrade either the Office or the