Microsoft Dynamics AX: What’s New and What’s Next

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At the Convergence conference in New Orleans this week, Microsoft had a lot to share about the Dynamics AX product.  They said that in order for a solution to be effective, it needs to be “all about you - your people, your processes, and your ecosystem.”  Microsoft has been keeping this truth in mind as they have been developing additions to the Microsoft Dynamics AX ( offering and they shared some of those developments that are available now and coming soon.

What’s New

In order to help make the entire process of implementing and using Microsoft Dynamics AX more focused on the needs of the user organization, Microsoft introduced Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services which helps IT professionals simplify the application lifecycle experience. Through visual process modeling, predictable roll-outs, and proactive monitoring these services help simplify and standardize implementation processes, manage the application more easily, and reduce downtime. Because Lifecycle Services is a cloud-based, online service, it helps minimize an organization’s IT burden.  Lifecycle Services is now available via a Community Technical Preview.

Additionally, the Business Analyzer application is now available for download in the Windows Marketplace.  This app allows users to access and analyze Microsoft Dynamics ERP data from their mobile devices.

What’s Next

To fulfill the imperative that ERP solutions must be all about “your people” and “your ecosystem,” Microsoft is developing new applications for phones and tablets that are designed to be personal, social and immersive.  These apps will be available with the next update to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, which is scheduled for the second half of 2013.  These apps include:

Expense Management to enable workers to both capture and reconcile expenses while traveling, thereby helping organizations implement seamless expense policies and helping employees get money back more quickly.

Time which captures project time “on the go,” simplifying this administrative burden and decreasing billing cycle times.

Approvals which enable managers to approve budget requests, time sheets, submitted expense reports and purchase requisitions from their mobile device to cut down on administrative tasks and time.

Learn more about these apps here

Microsoft also announced their intent to release updates to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 in the second half of 2013 including capabilities such as warehouse management and transportation management, giving customers a real-time global view of supply chain operations, demand planning functionality, and shared services accounting and budget planning.

The next major release of Microsoft Dynamics AX is scheduled for 2014 and will include a next-generation user experience, breakthrough lifecycle management, and be available on-premise, in private clouds, and in the public cloud on Windows-Azure.

To learn more about what a Microsoft Dynamics AX that is “all about you” looks like, contact us to request a demo today.

By Socius, a Microsoft Dynamics AX Partner in Ohio

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