* MICROSOFT LAUNCHES DYNAMICS AX 4.0: Microsoft Corp. has unveiled its North American launch of Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0, an automated and streamlined business management tool. Unveiled at the recent TechEd 2006 conference in Boston, Dynamics AX 4.0 contains a number of upgrades and enhancements, such as RFID, Web Services and a role-based user experience, designed for increased flexibility and visibility for businesses. A new service-management function automates manufacturing service processes, enabling efficient scheduling of servicing of complex machines and equipment on a periodic or call-initiated basis.Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's chief technical officer, said that Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0 is a composite application, using Web Services to span the boundaries between structured and unstructured data from different sources, and tying together formal processes with ad hoc workflows. Ozzie said that that capability enables Microsoft Dynamics AX to work across multiple systems to show a complete view of a customer's business processes.

* VK DIVESTS RESELLING UNIT: Midwestern super-regional CPA and business advisory firm Virchow Krause, which has been on a merger and acquisition tear over the past several months, particularly in the Chicago and Detroit markets, has sold its Virchow Krause Technology Solutions arm to that unit's management team, led by president Steve Krueger and vice president Joe Huettner.

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