With the growing importance of the internet and internet commerce, the increasing focus on customers and customer interaction, and the new mobile and touch-enabled technologies that have come to the fore in the last dozen years, enormous gaps have been highlighted in the client/server-based, transaction-processing-centric business technology paradigms of the past.
The new Microsoft Dynamics AX, released this week by Microsoft, is here to fill these gaps. Here is what is new.
New user experience & accelerated decision-making
The Microsoft Dynamics AX 2016 version offers a redesigned, touch-enabled user experience that looks and works like Microsoft Office, delivering deep integration that seamlessly shares information between Dynamics AX, Dynamics CRM and Office 365. Real-time analytics powered by Azure Machine Learning Services offer the ability to visualize Power BI data directly from AX. Based on extensive usability analysis, the redesigned Dynamics AX is highly visual and more in line with what users expect from consumer applications.
Quicker implementation and easier management
ERP systems have traditionally been known for their rigidity, complexity, and slow deployments and implementations, but the days of big budget and high stress implementations are over, even for massive enterprise products like Microsoft Dynamics AX. The new release introduces enhancements to Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services, an Azure-based service that enables turnkey implementation and allows performing user acceptance testing at much earlier stages in the implementation process.
Because of the improved portability of the system and improved cloud functionalities and architecture, Dynamics AX7, or Microsoft Dynamics AX, will be designed for a simple upgrade process that runs as seamlessly as possible.
Microsoft is making Dynamics AX more intelligent with intuitive workspaces that allow previously unseen visibility across an organization while performing tasks such as billing or AP processing. Other metrics will be readily available in a sidebar for quick reference while performing critical tasks.
In addition to better integration with Power BI, the new Dynamics AX release will seamlessly integrate with CRM 2016 and Office365. It will also draw insights from social and other data sources using the power of Azure Machine Learning services and Cortana. Cortana integration helps users gain quick access to actionable human insights from big data generated by Microsoft Dynamics AX and other LOB apps.
Anytime Anywhere Enterprise
The new HTML5-based browser interface is so flexible you will be able to access AX from virtually any device, including a Xbox if you wanted to.
“The browser based user-interface… being able to use that on any device, you’re not limited to a Windows PC sitting in your office,” Kevin Casselman, Software development manager with SK Global Software, said before the recent name change. “You can be at home and get data out when you need it. AX7 in one word is empowering.”
Other architectural enhancements that began in AX 2012 R3 will continue after the new Dynamics AX release date to help developers, VARs and ISVs customize AX or extend its industry functionality in the cloud.
Dynamics AX 7 provides the functional core of the overall strategy, offering both the business processes that enable greater productivity, as well as the native cloud capabilities.
Dynamics AX7 fulfills this role in three fundamental ways: it runs natively in Azure, it can support hybrid on-premise/cloud deployment models, and its user experience can be deployed on nearly any device that runs a modern browser, making it accessible to a wide range of Microsoft and non-Microsoft mobile and desktop devices.
If you are thinking about updating to the new Dynamics AX, please contact us and we will be happy to help!