Why Microsoft bought Great Plains Software
Microsoft’s acquisition of Great Plains has ramifications for accounting software companies, value-added resellers, and other businesses that deal with them #151;in other words, almost everyone. Tim Landgrave discusses the long-term effects.
By e Advantage | January 11, 2001, 12:00 AM PST
When Microsoft announced its acquisition of Great Plains Software at the end of 2000, many people began wondering: What does this mean for the future of Great Plains, other mid-market accounting software companies, and other accounting companies in general—and for the value-added reseller (VAR) channels that Microsoft and Great Plains have spent several years and millions of dollars to develop?
Microsoft needs to have an answer for customers who are seriously considering the Oracle database and financial products from the big five on the UNIX platform. This acquisition gives Microsoft the ability to give their medium to large enterprise customers “one-stop shopping” under the Microsoft brand, with the combination of Windows 2000, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, and now Great Plains.
If you’re a mid-market accounting software company on a Microsoft platform or a company that relies on one, then you should seriously consider your strategy. During the past year, Great Plains gobbled up Solomon Software and RealWorld. Companies like Sage and Hyperion have to be looking over their shoulders.
The acquisition is also great news for Microsoft’s .NET initiative. Great Plains had already announced a 24-month time frame to rewrite the entire Great Plains product line using .NET technology. This includes tight integration with all .NET Server products (specifically SQL Server 2000, BizTalk Server 2000, and Commerce Server 2000) and the replacement of Dexterity with C# as the core language.
Do you agree with Tim Landgrave’s assessment? Are you using Great Plains right now? How will the acquisition affect your organization? Send us an e-mail or start a discussion.