MBNBy Baselinemag | Posted 2002-05-09 Print
Online exclusive from Microsoft Watch: The Redmond giant is taking aim at a widening swathe of corporate software, ranging from supply-chain management to manuf: Supply Chain Software As a Service">
MBN: Supply Chain Software As a Service
The .Net Business Framework isn't the only new technology the Business Solutions division has up its sleeve.
The unit also is developing the Microsoft Business Network (MBN), a set of online subscription-based services that will deliver SCM and ERP functionality beyond what is part of the Great Plains packages Microsoft currently offers.
Microsoft quietly unveiled its vision for MBN at Convergence, the Great Plains user conference held earlier this year. MBN is slated to go beta this summer, with Version 1.0 of the MBN subscription service hitting the general-availability stage before the end of 2002.
Marcus Schmidt, lead product manager with Business Solutions, describes Microsoft Business Network as "a set of online business services designed to help connect small- and mid-size businesses to their trading partners." The services will be extensions of Great Plains' existing supply-chain applications, he says, built on top of the Microsoft .Net Framework and .Net Business Framework.
While Microsoft has yet to decide on packaging, it is designing MBN services in three areas:
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