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Microsoft Dynamics AX What´s New

With Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP software becomes more cutting-edge and intuitive than ever before: The solution is taking full advantage of the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, is running on any device, and is offering extended enhanced LifeCycle Services.

Microsoft Dynamics AX What´s new
“Microsoft’s mantra is to do great things and their newest ERP release is making a significant shift from past versions in order to accomplish this. The newest Microsoft Dynamics release […] will be taking full advantage of cloud computing in order to position itself as a powerful and versatile ERP system by running on Microsoft Azure, leveraging an HTML5 interface, and continuing its current Lifecycle Services functions. These three features will pave the path for ERP software to become more innovate and intuitive than ever before […]”
Joshua Greenbaum, Principal, Enterprise Applications Consulting

Key features and benefits of the new release of Microsoft Dynamics AX:

1) Cloud first – Microsoft Dynamics AX runs on Microsoft Azure

The new Microsoft Dynamics AX is a cloud-first application, taking full advantage of the Microsoft Azure cloud platform and thus offering a broad range of benefits. It gives businesses the flexibility to grow at their pace, allowing them to scale their operations globally to meet their business needs. Azure, as a fully functional cloud platform, also adds important security, redundancy, and failover capabilities to Dynamics AX. Deploying Dynamics AX on Azure makes it easier for customers to access and use it across multiple devices without an extensive IT infrastructure. Using Azure as the cloud platform for Microsoft Dynamics AX unlocks significant potential value for a Dynamics AX implementation, because of the integration with the other Microsoft Cloud services, including Office 365 and Dynamics CRM, SharePoint as well as Power BI, Microsoft’s analytics toolset. Basing the new Dynamics AX functionality on Azure also sets up Dynamics customers for the deployment of innovative technologies, such as machine learning and internet of things (IoT) capabilities. The new Microsoft Dynamics AX is initially launched on Azure only, but will support hybrid deployment scenarios (on-premise and cloud), and on-premise.

2) Lifecycle Services (LCS) – unique Application Lifecycle Management

Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services (LCS) helps organizations improve the predictability and quality of their Microsoft Dynamics AX implementations by simplifying and standardizing the implementation process to realize business value faster.
LCS is a Microsoft Azure-based collaboration portal that takes Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) to a completely new level. LCS provides a collaborative environment along with a set of regularly updated services that help you manage the entire lifecycle of a Microsoft Dynamics AX  (or Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012) implementation, from conference room pilot, through go-live, and on to post-implementation support. LCS provides a collaborative workspace to both customers and partners, which they can use separately and together. By providing the right information, at the right time, to the right people, LCS ensure repeatable, predictable success with each roll out of an implementation, update or upgrade. LifeCycle Services will be offered regardless of deployment choice from on premise, hybrid to full cloud.  

“(..) the combination of Dynamics AX, LCS, and Azure will be able to immediately deliver noticeable value to Microsoft’s customers and significant competitive differentiation for Microsoft and its partners.”
Joshua Greenbaum, Principal, Enterprise Applications Consulting

3) Mobile first – real-time access on nearly any device

The new Microsoft Dynamics AX follows the idea of a mobile-first ERP solution, enabling people to make smarter decisions with real-time access to business insights and intelligence on nearly any device, including smartphones and tablets. In a fast developing business environment it is crucial to success to have all operations and business data available at any time and from any location. Microsoft Dynamics AX, as a mobile-first solution, makes it easier to make informed decisions on the go with the preferred device of the users.
Backed by both the cloud capabilities and the new web-based client instead of a Windows desktop client, Microsoft Dynamics AX comes with unparalleled accessibility. The web-based client allows anyone, at any location, at any time to use Dynamics AX. Regardless of the device platform, the application experience remains the same.
In addition to that, Microsoft Dynamics AX comes with a role-based, HTML5-based user interface. The HTML5 user interface is context sensitive and adjusts to the device used to access Dynamics AX, to the mode of interaction (touch and keyboard), and to the browser. The new environment brings Microsoft Dynamics AX in line with many other current Microsoft products.

Microsoft Dynamics AX offers your staff

  • tools to make smart decisions quickly and to be more productive
  • a new user experience that looks and works like Microsoft Office
  • deep integration that seamlessly shares information between Dynamics AX, Dynamics CRM and Office 365
  • near-real-time analytics powered by Azure Machine Learning
  • the ability to visualize data through Power BI embedded right within the application
  • predictive capabilities built right in the application
  • access to Dynamics AX across platforms and devices
  • a new touch-enabled, modern user interface

With Microsoft Dynamics AX you can

  • leverage the power and flexibility of the Microsoft cloud to scale your operations globally
  • grow at your pace
  • increase the speed of doing business
  • drive business performance
  • monitor the pulse of your business with business insights and intelligence
  • gain increased visibility to organizational risks with a single view into your business
  • transform business faster
  • work smarter with connected operations
  • accelerate product introductions
  • deliver amazing customer experiences
  • deliver seamless commerce and omni-channel excellence

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