MSFT Dynamics AX 2012 Manufacturing Preview

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                                                                                    April 4, 2011

      Microsoft Previews Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 for Manufacturing
 Companies benefit from enhanced agility and visibility across manufacturing processes from a
                                       single solution.

       HANNOVER, Germany — April 4, 2011 — At Hannover Messe, the leading

international showplace for industrial technologies, materials and product ideas, Microsoft Corp.

(Nasdaq “MSFT”) today previewed the manufacturing foundation in Microsoft Dynamics AX

2012, Microsoft’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution for global organizations, expected

to be generally available in the third quarter of 2011.

       “Manufacturers are challenged with addressing economic pressures, globalization,

environmental regulations and requirements and preparing for an increasingly diverse workforce

with varying technology expectations,” said Rakesh Kumar, global industry product director,

manufacturing, Microsoft Dynamics. “Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 will provide the

capabilities global manufacturers need to thrive.”

       Contrary to real-world requirements, many ERP applications force discrete, lean and

process manufacturing to be managed in separate systems. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

removes these limitations by supporting the ability to run all three processes in a single solution,

simplifying operations, and increasing flexibility in production planning and execution. Going a

step further, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 provides visibility across a unified resource pool,

helping to optimize resource utilization and increase responsiveness to customers’ needs.
       “The ability to view and apply various manufacturing processes through a single ERP

solution is revolutionary to our business,” said Hubert Meisterjahn, chief information officer,

Dornbracht, a globally active manufacturer of high-quality fittings and accessories for bathrooms

and kitchens. “We are confident Microsoft will help us remain on the cutting edge of


       To provide visibility into the environmental impact of a manufacturer, Microsoft

Dynamics AX 2012 includes an update to the Environmental Sustainability Dashboard for

Microsoft Dynamics AX. The dashboard is designed to track a company’s energy consumption,

carbon footprint and related costs, and it supports a manufacturer’s ability to address increasing

supply-chain requirements and government regulations. New dashboard features include

additional key performance indicators for waste and water usage, a graphical interface for ease of

setup and management, and a what-if analysis feature to help assess the impact of proposed


        Helping to increase user adoption across an organization, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

takes advantage of Microsoft technology investments in user experiences. Shop floor machine

operators without convenient keyboard access or experience using on-the-job business

application technology will benefit from new interactive touch-based capabilities. Microsoft

Dynamics AX 2012 delivers Kanban visualizations for lean manufacturing, automating a

typically manual replenishment process, which saves people time. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

also delivers a familiar Microsoft Office interface and interoperability with the latest Microsoft

Office 2010 applications, such as Microsoft Word 2010 and Microsoft Excel 2010.

       Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 provides partners with a manufacturing foundation that

can be easily customized and extended for multiple vertical industries, such as industrial
equipment, food and chemical manufacturing. This foundation gives them the opportunity to

deliver further value to and broaden their customer base.

       More information about Microsoft Dynamics solutions for the manufacturing industry is

available at

About Microsoft Dynamics

       Microsoft Dynamics CRM and ERP solutions empower your people to be more

productive and your systems to last longer and scale as your business grows, while enabling you

to derive the insights necessary to respond quickly in an ever-changing world of business.

About Microsoft

       Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software,

services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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