Microsoft is building up to the launch of Dynamics AX 7'. That includes tightening the rules for third-party developers. The program itself was described in a blog post by VP Wayne Morris as "an enterprise-class business application built for the cloud." Morris noted that there will be a public preview of the new version this quarter. At the Worldwide Partner Conference this week, the software vendor said the new rules for obtaining the Certified for Microsoft Dynamics label Morris said this involves validating the application and methods developers employ, and operate the software through Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services.
Adaptive Insights, which makes analytic and corporate performance management applications, recently closed a $75 million round of funding. JMI Equity joined a group of six investor groups that plunked down money for the cloud software company. Palo Alto, Calif.-based Adaptive listed accelerating "product road map innovation and global expansion" and the general use for the funds.
Blytheco has signed on to the Act-On Consulting Partner Program. The Laguna Hills, Calif.-based reseller said it will offer Act-On's marketing automation software to its CRM customers. Act-On's website shows it has connectors to the following CRM packages: Dynamics, Infor (I'm assuming the old SalesLogix), NetSuite, SalesForce and Sugar. Hmm, are there any notable vendor names missing here? Apryl Hanson, Blytheco's director of customer and partner strategy, explained the decision to take on the cloud-based software this way:
NetSuite has named Frank Iannotti as SVP of enterprise accounts. The announcement of this week was about two high-profile exec hirings. But Doug Kennedy, now VP of global systems integrators, scooped his new employer by posting the job change, which was published here earlier in the month. Iannotti was area VP for Salesforce.com from October 2011 through March. Before that, he was GM and national VP for SAP On-Demand from October 2003 through October 2011.
Microsoft has reached an agreement to buy FieldOne Systems, which markets field service management applications. Based in Mahwah, N.J., FieldOne had joined Microsoft's Strategic Global ISV Partner Program in March. The benefits are the same—FieldOne is built on Dynamics CRM and Microsoft was going to sell the acquired application anyway.