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Thursday, July 31, 2008


Mary Jo Foley, from the All About Microsoft Blog has posted something very interesting. It's about a whitepaper Microsoft will be releasing and talking about next month, for a new declarative scripting language that

"is optimized for storing and analyzing massive data sets (like search logs and click streams) that are key to cloud-scale service architectures."

SCOPE stands for: Structure Computations Optimized for Parallel Execution

Cool name huh? So what does this future DSL have to do with Dynamics AX or Dynamics in general?

This is for sure a future thing, but think large scale cloud instances of Dynamics functional area's, and offering that to any size company. And having the ability to truly scale over the virtual servers that make up a companies instance in the sky, and you can retrieve and get to their data quickly, and easily using a technology like SCOPE. This is theroy of course until it happens, but we in the Dynamics space should really be paying attention to the cloud computing that is going on. If we are to continue to be the experts, the VAR's and the ISV's of the future that is.

I would recommend checking out her post on this. "Microsoft’s road to the cloud is paved with parallelism"

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Enterprise Portal Development in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 - Courseware Released!

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Today I saw where Microsoft has released the Enterprise Portal Development in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Courseware. (Course Number 80015)

This is wonderful news, because now you can start to prep for the certification that goes along with this for Dynamics AX 2009!

Here are some of the highlights listed:

"At Training Material Completion
After reviewing this training material, individuals will be able to:

-Describe the usage and purpose of the major components that comprise Enterprise Portal.
-Describe the overall architecture of Enterprise Portal.
-Create a Web site, Web pages, and build a functional web application in Enterprise Portal.
-Set up users with an Enterprise Portal Web application.
-Develop new Enterprise Portal roles, and assign them the proper security access.
-Learn how to configure Security for your Portal site.
-Demonstrate how to place lookup forms on Web grids.
-Demonstrate how to filter Web published data depending on the user type.
-Secure Web forms and reports using Web content.
-Understand and install new Web parts."

I have downloaded it, and will be reviewing this shortly. I will make sure to keep everyone posted on this. What would go along nicely with this, would be a MCTS certification for MOSS.

Well check back soon!

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Eagle Industries Unlimited, Inc. will soar above the competition with Microsoft Dynamics AX

Well this is been one great year so far for Sunrise Technologies, Inc. I am pleased to present to you, yet another Sunrise win with the following PR:

Eagle Industries Unlimited, Inc. will soar above the competition with Microsoft Dynamics AX

Check this out:
"Located in Fenton, Missouri, Eagle Industries is a world leader in manufacturing tactical nylon products for the military and law enforcement community. Eagle’s dedication to delivering the highest quality product based on their customer’s needs has directly affected the tremendous growth they have experienced over the last 30 years.

Eagle Industries chose Sunrise Technologies for their expertise in apparel manufacturing and distribution with the Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP solution. Microsoft Dynamics AX will provide a platform for the future growth of the business and give Eagle the competitive advantage that they need in order to maintain excellent customer satisfaction.

“We were looking for an integrated solution that would improve our customer service and delivery,” states Scott Stratton, Vice President of Information Systems for Eagle Industries Unlimited. “With Microsoft Dynamics AX and the industry expertise of the Sunrise team, our new solution will offer us the enhanced capability to view our business end-to-end while reducing inventory costs and improving efficiency”, adds Scott Carver, Vice President of Operations for Eagle Industries Unlimited."

"“We are delighted to add Eagle Industries as a Sunrise customer,” states John Pence, President of Sunrise Technologies. “Microsoft Dynamics AX and Sunrise are the perfect fit for Eagle, and we are looking forward to helping Eagle achieve their business goals.”"

So again, this is wonderful news! Way to go fellow Sunrisers! Lets keep the good work going, and check back here soon!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Microsoft Dynamics AX Enterprise Portal - Team Blog

I wanted to take the time this week to put a spot light on a recently created blog. The Microsoft Dynamics AX Enterprise Portal Team Blog.

This blog already has a lot of great information on it, and it's total focus is Dynamics AX 2009. With that, here is a list of some great entries they have already:

  • Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 has been released and with it comes a new Enterprise Portal
    "Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 is now officially released to the public. The official press release is located here. It has taken two years and a lot of hard from work a very dedicated team of individuals across the world. It comes full of many new and exciting features that will hopefully make AX 2009 resonate through the market. But this blog is not about AX in its entirety. It is about the new Enterprise Portal framework in AX 2009, which we are super excited about."

  • The Basics
    Don't let the small title of this post fool you. This is a wonderful intro to working with the EP from a development perspective. I give this 5 Stars: *****

  • Writing UI logic and a lot more
    Again another stellar post, with wonderful information. A must read, 5 Stars: *****

As you can see this is a wonderful new blog. I just hope they continue to put out great information, and great examples. Keep it up EP Team, and check back soon!

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Friday, July 18, 2008

Wellborn Forest Products builds a bright future with Microsoft Dynamics™ AX and Sunrise Technologies

Another Sunrise win, and guess what in my home state of Alabama:

"Sunrise Technologies, Inc. announces that Wellborn Forest Products has chosen the Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP solution.
Located in Alexander City, Alabama, Wellborn Forest Products is a leading manufacturer of semi-custom kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Wellborn Forest chose Sunrise Technologies for their expertise with the Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP solution, which will improve management and control of their internal operations."


“As a leader in the industry, Microsoft Gold Certified partner, Sunrise Technologies, will be a tremendous benefit to Wellborn Forest manufacturing operations,” says Gary Taylor, COO of Wellborn Forest Products. “With the Microsoft’s Dynamics AX ERP application and the talented, professional consultants from Sunrise, we will harness our business information to enhance service, control costs, and make better decisions to grow our business,” says Gary Taylor.

“We are extremely excited to add Wellborn Forest Products to our rapidly growing customer base,” states John Pence, President of Sunrise Technologies. “We will be implementing an extremely innovative solution that integrates advanced cabinet design and estimating capability, with the Microsoft Dynamics AX business platform.”"

Way to go Sunrisers! I am sure Wellborn will be a very happy customer, they choose one of the best Microsoft Dynamics AX VAR's around! Check back soon!

Read the full PR, by clicking here!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

MSDW: Microsoft’s Push at WPC to Be “Tier 1” ERP

Over on MSDynamicsWorld.com, a nice new article has been posted. Check this out:

"Last week's Worldwide Partner Conference was targeted at all Microsoft partners and ISVs, but Dynamics received more attention than usual, report two partners.

By focusing heavily on Dynamics, Microsoft signaled its readiness to "nudge its way into the Tier 1 party" of ERP providers that has long been dominated by Oracle and SAP, predicts Chris Zimmerman, vice president of the partner program at Kineticsware Inc., a Microsoft Dynamics AX ISV

John Pence, president of Sunrise Technologies, a Microsoft Dynamics partner, got a similar sense, via Microsoft's push on both the server and business intelligence sides. "They're taking a very long-term approach, and bringing more focus to the Dynamics channel," he observes."

Check out the full article here: MSDW: Microsoft’s Push at WPC to Be “Tier 1” ERP Provider Bodes Well for Users, with Emphasis on BI, Servers, CRM, Sofware Plus Services

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Sunrise named to 2008 Microsoft Dynamics President's Club

Well the wonderful company that I am a part of, Sunrise Technologies, inc, was awarded for the second year in a row to the Microsoft Dynamics President's Club. This is a great honor, and shows off how hard working everyone is at Sunrise. Way to go fellow Sunrisers!

Check this out:
"“Microsoft is proud to congratulate Sunrise Technologies on being named to this year’s Microsoft Dynamics President’s Club,” said Doug Kennedy, vice president, Microsoft Dynamics Partners. “Sunrise not only has demonstrated a high level of product expertise, but also has provided a superior level of service and commitment to our Microsoft Dynamics customers, ultimately contributing to the overall success of Microsoft Dynamics and companies worldwide.”"

"“We are proud to be recognized once again for our accomplishments supporting the Microsoft Dynamics AX product line,” states John Pence, President of Sunrise Technologies. Pence adds, “This award is really a reflection of the success our customers are having using Microsoft Dynamics AX to streamline their business processes and lower their IT costs.”"

You can read the full and offical Press Release, by clicking here.

Again congrats to everyone! Check back soon!

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 - User Experience Guidelines

Recently I recieved an email from a Mara Trygstad, User Experience Designer - Dynamics User Experience Team - Microsoft. This email informed me that the Dynamics User Experience Team has now published the new Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 User Experience Guidelines

These new guidelines are better than we have ever had in Dynamics AX world, and I would really recommend you taking the time to download them, and look them over with your technical and design teams. (Though even Application Folks could benefit from reviewing them as well).

The point of these guidelines is to really give partners, ISV's, and customizing customers a base / reference in which one can review and lean on in order to get good guidelines for designing any user interface that might exist with the new Dynamics AX 2009 release.

Let take for example, Role Centers. These are new to Dynamics AX 2009, and therefore, require special attention by everyone when creating. Well right off these do get special attention, as they live in th 'Whats New' section of the guidelines. The Whats new section is recommended for reading first and then drives you through the rest of the guide.

In looking at Role Centers, we see information like the following:
"A Role Center should answer these questions for the user:

  • What is my workload?

  • What do I need to do next?

  • Are there any urgent actions I need to carry out?

  • What is the status of the things I should be most concerned about?

So as you can see these have great value, and I fully recommend taking the time to review them. Also, the UX team wants feedback. So if you come across something that you think could help make these better, they want to hear about.

Well check back soon!

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Dynamics AX 2009 - Demo Data Released

Recently, on July 7th, Microsoft released the Demo Data set for Dynamics AX 2009. This is a totally new dataset, much more complete and all spanning that the famous Global Trade and Manufacturing Company that everyone knows and loves. (well maybe just knows.)

Need PartnerSource Access to download
You can find the link here: Demo Data for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009

This is a true full blown demo data set, that covers more area's of Dynamics AX that ever before, and a lot of work and expert talent went into creating this new demo data set.

Here are some of the highlights from the download:
"The Demo Data set for Microsoft Dynamics® AX 2009 is no longer based on the Global Trade and Manufacturing Company. Based on market feedback we have created a new Contoso Entertainment systems group of companies. It comes with 2 fiscal years of transactional data that enable us to demo our stronger Business Intelligence story and Role Center pages, while allowing us to easily expand the demo data story in future releases as we expand Microsoft Dynamics® AX’s functionality footprint."

So this helps complete the launch of Dynamics AX 2009! I would recommend those needing this for helping in their demo's, testing, development, and sales cycles to download, and before familiar with it.

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Sunday, July 06, 2008

MSDW: Can Dynamics AX help with rising energy cost?

To find out what ICS thnks, read the following:

"The runup in energy and other commodity prices is increasing the size of the savings from seemingly small improvements in supply chain management"

And you can read the full article over at MSDynamicsWorld.com, By clicking here: 'How Supply Chain Automation Using Microsoft Dynamics AX Can Take Sting Out of Rising Energy, Commodity Costs'

It's interesting, this point of view. And what correct about this, is that energy cost will more and more be rolled into the ROI listed for doing things correct, right, streamlined, and smart. That means you need an updated Dynamics AX ERP platform in which to streamline your business on.

Check back soon, and thanks MSDynamicsWorld.com for that great article!

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Back and ready to go!

Well I am back from Vacation. Man it was nice... love the ocean. Something about it can really just recharge you.

I plan on starting off this week were we left off, with going more deeper into Dynamics AX 2009, including speaking on Part II of the BI post I started last week. Then also plan on covering a lot more, so check back soon!

I hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July!

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