The new Dynamics AX is here—why you should take notice
- Posted on February 15, 2016
The following blog post was written by Avanade alum Chris Moffett.
Every now and then in the rapidly moving world of information technology, something monumental occurs; megatrends collide into something extraordinary. Now without sounding too dramatic, I am very excited about the new Microsoft Dynamics AX (previously code named AX’7’). In the world of enterprise resource planning (ERP) at least this is a monumental release! It is a realization of a strong vision that Microsoft has always had for Dynamics AX since it initially acquired the product (formerly known as Axapta) in 2002. It was a vision, which was architected by a number of talented thought leaders at Microsoft including the current CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella.
The New Dynamics AX is juxtaposed at the cross roads of such megatrends such as Cloud, Big Data, and the Internet of Things (IoT.) According to the AX Team’s General Manager, Christian Pederson, the new Dynamics AX is the first ERP solution that has been “built from the ground up” for the Cloud. The new Dynamics AX is designed to run on Microsoft’s Azure Cloud platform. Some of the exciting features of this Cloud-enabled ERP solution will have deep impact on organizations who adopt it. This is because the Azure platform can scale up or down to meet the performance requirements for an enterprise that could vary during different times of the year. For example, a global retailer will have certain times of the year where sales volumes are predictably higher such as during the busy winter holiday season.
With Azure the company’s IT department can pay for what they use and ‘dial-up’ computing capacity to handle peak loads for that time of year. Then when the busy season is over, they can bring the computing capacity back to normal levels. That same retailer is collecting vast amounts of information about its customers’ buying patterns from various touchpoints such as e-commerce transactions, social media and in-store. This ‘Big Data’ can be leveraged with Dynamics AX by transforming this data into meaningful information as it leverages Microsoft’s new Power BI platform.
Another exciting feature of the New Dynamic AX is it new web-friendly user interface (UI), which is based on HTML5. This new UI is device and browser independent and can be accessed from virtually any device: mobile phones, tablets and PC’s. This has profound impact on productivity and will have certain appeal to Millennials as they enter the workforce. This will no doubt have big bottom line impacts to companies using the new Dynamics AX as they can expect lower than average training costs, higher than usual user productivity and increased speed of business decision-making. No longer will ERP be an uncomfortable place or a terminal to login to but the place where business users will spend their day. Finally, the new Dynamics AX integrates to O365 and includes activity based workspaces that allow project teams to collaborate by sharing information more easily. This team-based productivity booster creates more value than ever before.
So with the new Dynamics AX, the possibilities are endless. By all means, take notice!