Today, Microsoft unveiled a major effort they’ve been working on, codenamed Project “Madeira”.
What is it? Simply put…..this is a preview of Microsoft’s offering of a fully cloud-based ERP system. Geared towards small and mid-sized companies, Project “Madeira” is a simple to sign-up, no footprint browser-based software package that provides all of the tools necessary to manage a business……and it’s available on your mobile device too.
Even simpler put……….it’s FREAKIN’ AWESOME!
Oh, and it is DEEPLY integrated into Office365 as well, so managing emails, or exporting data to Excel is a snap on any device!
If that’s not enough, it’s incredibly easy to connect Power BI to your Project “Madeira” system for incredible insights into your business data.
Currently, the preview is only available in the US, but I imagine it’s only a matter of time for that to change. If you just can’t wait, sign up for a free 1 month trial US O365 account to get access now.
A goal of Project “Madeira” is to make it easy for companies to move to this new platform, and this is evident in the sign up process. You can choose to create an empty company, and then simply upload your existing data into it. For those that are using QuickBooks, there is an extension that once enabled, lets you upload data directly from an Intuit Interchange Format (IFF) file. If that doesn’t float your boat, or if you need to ‘clean’ your data first, you can also use Excel files.
Extensions……what are those you ask? Think of these as pieces of functionality that you can turn on and off. This not only means that you can run your ERP in the cloud, but you can tailor your system with the functionality that you need!
Currently, there are 3 extensions available in the preview, but you can rest assured that many more are on the way:

Ok, enough reading about it, go try out the preview!!.