Organization Models – What’s New in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

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Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 makes the organizational structure easier to manage with new organizational modeling capabilities. The new model in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 supports more complex business hierarchies and greater customization of details to better reflect the business structure. Sharing data between organizations is also easier and more secure.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 offers new functionality where more detailed hierarchy models can be created to better reflect the business structure and processes. Users can also more easily share data between organizations, including reference information, master data and transactions. Older versions of Microsoft Dynamics AX did not share data between organizations and had limited capabilities for hierarchies and business modeling. The only exception was in some cross-company and virtual company scenarios.

The organization model has changed considerably since Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. The changes in hierarchy models involve several areas. Let us compare some of these new additions.

Organization Models

In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, each organization in the business was created as a “company” regardless of the type or hierarchy of the organization. The latest version supports the creation of legal entities and several types of operational organizations.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 helps in creating more accurate business organization models. Different types of organizations can now create more specific models.


Organization Hierarchies

In AX 2009, hierarchical relationships between companies could not be signified and resulted in inappropriate organizational models.

In AX 2012, the organization hierarchy designer can reflect the hierarchical nature of the business. This also helps to create more accurate business models.


Operating Unit Hierarchies

AX 2009 did not support creating multiple operating unit hierarchies.

In AX 2012, reporting can be more complex and accurate. Users can now build specialized hierarchies to report on various perspectives of the business.


Data Sharing Between Companies

In AX 2009, users were required to create virtual companies to share data.

AX 2012 offers ease of accessing and sharing data. Many tables are shared by all organizations, so users can access data in those tables, regardless of the company or organization context. The new organizational models still supports the data sharing that may have been previously implemented through the use of virtual companies. 


Improved Data Security Management

Improvements to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 offer added ease when setting up security roles and managing access.  Users can view or modify data in different organizational structures, depending on the business process they are working in, rather than the company they are logged on to.

 In AX 2009, tasks could be completed under the context of a company, and company information could only be accessed when users were logged on to that company.

 Overall, these features improve hierarchical accuracy in Dynamics AX 2012 because it reflects a business’ structure and processes better.

by Solugenix,  Microsoft Dynamics AX Partner

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