Essential Business Server will enhance the running and management of your line of business applications. We designed it that way. Sounds good, but how can that be true of a suite of infrastructure products? Let’s dive in and I’ll explain.
A significant part of the purchase of a significant line of business (LOB) application (e.g. CRM, ERP, financial apps, …) for your company is preparing the environment. Most LOBs require certain things of the IT environment (pre-requisites) – such as Active Directory, a current copy of SQL, the ability to open a certain type of access through the edge of the network, etc. I was talking recently to some Microsoft Dynamics people who said this can be months of work as part of the purchase & install process. Essential Business Server solves most of this for most applications – all current core IT infrastructure, configured to best practices. With the uniformity to best practices, we’re even seeing other Microsoft products and 3rd parties provide a much reduced set of instructions of how to install on top of Essential Business Server. Add to that EBS’s price advantages and faster install, and it’s the easiest way for a midsized company to get a LOB into its network.
This week the Microsoft Dynamics line of products will show off their new products and updates at the Convergence event in Orlando. Essential Business Server, as mentioned in Steve Ballmer’s keynote, will be there in many sessions, demos, and interactive talks (stop by and say Hi if you’re at the show). Microsoft Dynamics and other software makers (see the logos), as well as hardware makers, have taken the next step to write their software to “add into” the EBS unified admin console so you can see everything in your environment in one place – from management to troubleshooting across workloads.
If you’re in Orlando come see the product running EBS and outside workloads in a single console. If you can’t make it to Orlando, stay tuned and in a future blog we’ll talk more about plugging into the EBS console.
– Eric Watson