Confused about Microsoft Dynamics AX?

It is totally normal. The business solution as been presented with many names these past years, such as:

  • Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance & Operation, Enterprise Edition (July 2017)
  • Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operation (October 2016)
  • The new Dynamics AX (February 2016)
  • AX7
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, R2, R3
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX v2.5, v3, v4 et V5
  • Axapta

Microsoft Dynamics AX nowadays:

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance & Operation, Enterprise Edition is a ERP system (Enterprise resource planning). That product is link with the group of product Microsoft Dynamics 365.

The solution contains more than 26 different modules allowing you to manage your entire business. Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance & Operation, Enterprise Edition supports 32 languages including French, English, Spanish, Japanese and many more. Also, it works with multi-currency, multi-company mode and multi warehouses according to your needs. From General Ledger to Production Tracking, the solution gives you the opportunity to manage procurement, sales and marketing, retail, planning (MRP) etc.

From your General Ledger accounts, you can drill down to the details of the inventory, production or sale transaction.

The solution grows according to your needs. You can use only part of the system, one module or group of modules. One thing is certain, any good manager knows that if you start from the General Ledger and that your system allows you to go to the detail of the transaction without making 3 phone calls to have the right information, it is much more productive.

A bit of history:

Every name change represents additional features and better integrations.

  • Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance & Operation, Enterprise Edition: The solution lets you run either in Cloud mode or On-Premise (run on your own owned servers instead of those of Microsoft).
  • Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operation: The solution was only working in Cloud mode on Microsoft servers. It is a part of the Microsoft Dynamics 365 product group. This solution contains 26 ERP modules that allows you to manage your entire business.
  • The new Dynamics AX: Microsoft has transferred the SQL Server functionality to SQL Azure. The client functionality has moved to WEB mode. Integration with Excel has increased even more dramatically, as much as the integration with Outlook, Word, Power BI. The name used before the launch of The new Dynamics AX version was more of a product code name that people used to find each other. The initial documentation of Cloud functions was found under this name.
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3: This version is in client-server mode using SQL as database. The solution contains more than 26 modules, in addition to modules that can use mobile devices for warehouse management.
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2: This version is in client-server mode. It contains more than 20 modules.
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012: Changing the client mode to add features related to Excel and Word has increase the ease of integration and increase the productivity of users already familiar with Excel. The licensing payment method has been changed from this version. All modules were available but the business was able to open the one they need and open module when they were ready.
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009: This version is in client-server mode. It contains more than 20 modules. The company can decide which modules to install.
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX V5: This is the Dynamics AX 2009 version.
  • AX v4: Many additions and improvements of existing modules.
  • AX v3: Many improvements of existing modules.
  • AX v2.5: Many improvements of existing modules.
  • Axapta: Name from the first version.

What is important to remember is that Microsoft Dynamics AX has always continue innovating. Here are some modules that are part of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 and also found in Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance & Operation, Enterprise Edition:

  • General ledger
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accounts payable
  • Budgeting
  • Fixed assets
  • Human resources
  • Procurement and sourcing
  • Sales and marketing
  • Product information management
  • Inventory management (without mobile device)
  • Warehouse management (with mobile devices such as scanner)
  • Transportation management
  • Retail, Call center
  • Master planning (MRP)
  • Production control
  • Service management
  • Project management and accounting
  • Organization administration
  • System administration

Many modules have workflow features that integrates with the functions of the users of the company.

Dynamics AX

 

Hoping to have clarify some points.

For more information contact us at 1 514-871-0470 and request a Microsoft Dynamics 365 representative for Finance & Operation, Enterprise Edition.

5 reasons to adopt the new Microsoft Dynamics AX

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.

More Intelligence

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.

Intelligent 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!