Via Mary Jo Foley and her Microsoft Watch site, Microsoft Business Solutions is scuttling their separate business framework designed to lay over the .Net framework.
In my mind, this is probably a good thing. We haven’t seen great success when the MBS folks stray too far from the mothership. If you remember Business Portal 1.0 before they moved to a Sharepoint framework, it was pretty bad. Yeah, it was a 1.0 product but it was also a technology silo.
Great Plains’ strength in particular is built around developers. 3rd party add ons are available for just about everything. It’s weakness is the underlying Dexterity chasis. Specialized developers can build great apps but the learning curve limits the raw number of developers willing to jump in. Also, you have to maintain and grow the language as well as the app.
From the story, most of the pieces will end up in other MS apps, the new workflow engine, LINQ, etc. The only sad part is the time and energy spent here that could have been used elsewhere, but hey, that’s business.
In case you missed the link up above, the full story is also here – http://www.microsoft-watch.com/article2/0,1995,1875024,00.asp?kc=MWRSS02129TX1K0000535.