MICROSOFT SHIPS LATEST DYNAMICS AXMicrosoft has released Dynamics AX 2009, with upgraded features for compliance and multi-site organizations. The latest version of the enterprise resource planning software can run multiple legal entities from a central location and provide a single view of financial and supply chain information around the world.

A Compliance Center provides a central view of internal controls, key performance indicators and other compliance data. Embedded workflows automate business processes such as expense management and enforce standard operating procedures across a company. Country-specific functions help companies comply with local regulations in 36 countries and 40 languages. Meanwhile, a Role Center prioritizes tasks and information for particular business functions. Self-service business intelligence tools deliver pre-configured key performance indicators and reports for those roles.

The user interface has the look and feel of Microsoft Office. Dynamics AX 2009 also integrates with a number of other Microsoft products, including SQL Server 2008, Windows Essential Business Server 2008 and Office Project Server. Pricing varies according to partner, number of users and other factors.

For more information, visit www.microsoft.com/dynamics/ax.

NETSUITE TO BUY OPENAIR

NetSuite has agreed to pay $26 million in cash for OpenAir, a provider of on-demand professional services automation software, and establish an East Coast headquarters in OpenAir’s Boston offices.

All 56 OpenAir employees will join NetSuite. NetSuite also committed to investing in OpenAir’s current products for at least another decade. The company said that OpenAir’s technology will help NetSuite accelerate development of products specifically designed for services companies, such as accounting firms.

At press time, the deal was expected to close in June.

SAGE TARGETS PEACHTREE AT FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESSES

Sage Software has launched a program to put its Peachtree accounting program in more family-owned businesses by giving away free copies and support.

The company said that it would provide free copies of Peachtree by Sage Complete Accounting 2009 and six months of free customer support to up to 1,500 qualifying businesses to help them get through challenging economic times.

To qualify, the owner and one family member must be employed by the company. The business must be U.S.-based and must be using a manual system or Microsoft Excel to handle their accounting. Current and past Peachtree customers are not eligible for the offer.

The offer runs through Sept. 30, 2008. For more information, visit www.peachtreecares.com.

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