“Why do you keep writing such negative things about MBS and Doug Burgum?” a correspondent wrote recently.

It’s hard to write positively about losing millions of dollars. As much I admire Burgum, Microsoft Business Solutions needs work to establish an identity and a bottom line. Therein lies the problem. It is still an organization absorbing acquired companies and establishing an identity. Microsoft runs MBS as a combination of Great Plains and Microsoft. But either MBS is going to be autonomous, or Microsoft will put its own stamp on the unit. Pick one.

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