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The old relationship between internal line of business applications and business productivity software such as Microsoft Office might once have been described as “second cousins once removed.” The two software applications often sat side by side on the same PC, but they seldom spoke to one another and didn’t have much in common.
In 2003, the relationship improved to first cousins with the release of Microsoft Office 2003 and a young version of SharePoint, which made it easier to get information in and out of Microsoft Office products.
In 2007 the family connection was further upgraded with the release of Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. With a new document format adopted by the most popular Microsoft Office products such as Word and Excel, communication with ERP (enterprise resource planning) and CRM (customer relationship management) applications became much easier. SharePoint had put on a growth spurt and soon became inseparable from ERP and CRM in the minds of many companies who were running them both side by side. It was at this point that Microsoft Dynamics, the business group within Microsoft responsible for ERP and CRM solutions, cemented the relationship with SharePoint by adopting it as the standard portal technology across all of its product lines.
Today the family resemblance is stronger than ever. Here are just a few of the ways that Microsoft Dynamics CRM and ERP, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft SharePoint Server have become inseparable:
To learn more about the ways in which Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM solutions work with other Microsoft products and technologies, including the business productivity software that people use every day, visit www.microsoft.com/dynamics/office2010launch.