Your Ultimate Resource Guide for Upgrading from Dynamics AX to D365 Finance and Supply Chain

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If you're using Microsoft Dynamics AX, an upgrade to Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain is likely in your future. With the added features of Dynamics 365, all businesses can now easily take advantage of insights and technologies to become more efficient and reduce manual processes. Not only can you leverage all the robust features coming out in the latest releases, and modern cloud security, but Microsoft support for Dynamics AX is ending soon which could factor into your timeline of when to make the move. To learn more, check out these Dynamics AX upgrade resources we've curated:

Breaking Down the Cost of Dynamics AX Compared to Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain:

There are different advantages in the total cost of ownership between on-premise software versus cloud-hosted. While some may say that the cloud is less expensive, what we’ve seen is actually a shift in costs and where money is allocated for your ERP system. In this article, we’ll look at the different places where financial shifts are occurring for those moving from Dynamics AX on-premise to Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management. To learn more about breaking down the cost of Dynamics AX compared to Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain, click here.

The 10 Most Impactful Advances in Microsoft Business Technology 2020:

The COVID-19 global pandemic reshaped the way people and businesses function and interact. Technology was at the forefront of many changes and innovations that empowered businesses to stay up and running even as employees moved to remote work and physical office locations shut down. In this article, we highlight the top 10 most impactful advances made in 2020 related to Microsoft Business Technology. To learn more about the 10 most impactful advances in Microsoft Business Technology 2020, click here.

Preview of Features in the Wave 1 2021 Release of Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management:

The Wave 1 2021 Release of Dynamics 365 Finance & Supply Chain is full of new features and functionality that bring in intelligence and automation for users across the entire platform. This blog outlines some of the more exciting additions that are being added to the solution and provides some insights into how they will impact your organization. Click here to learn more.

Planning for Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Mainstream Support End of Life – Licensing Considerations:

You’ve spent a significant amount of money, time, and resources on Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3. It’s vitally important to protect your investment in this business-critical ERP system. With mainstream support ending for AX 2012 R3 this October 2021, most of these benefits will expire, leading many customers to consider the future of their ERP. Click here to learn more about planning for Dynamics AX 2012 R3 mainstream support.

Why You Should Consider Upgrading from Dynamics AX to Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management:

There are several things to consider when thinking about upgrading from Dynamics AX to Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management. Initially, you may wonder why you need to upgrade at all. In order to answer that question, it’s important to recognize the key differences between solutions like Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management compared to Dynamics AX. Click here to learn more about why you should consider upgrading from Dynamics AX to Dynamics 265 Finance and Supply Chain Management.

When to Upgrade from AX 2012 to Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management:

There are some important factors for determining the right timing for your Dynamics AX 2012 to Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management upgrade. Ensuring you have the appropriate resources in place for the project is key to a successful upgrade.  Our experienced resources can support your current system, as well as help you prepare for the next level, whenever it’s the right time for you. Click here to learn more about when to upgrade from AX 2012 to Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management.

The Four Steps to Upgrade from Dynamics AX to Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management:

Upgrading from Dynamics AX to Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management is a looming (and exciting) reality for all businesses utilizing AX today. Mainstream support for even the most recent version of AX (2012 R3) is ending in 2021. Upgrading isn’t a simple process, but it will be well worth it, in the end, thanks to our four steps: the new features and functionality, modern user experience, integrated business operations, and enhanced business intelligence. Click here to learn the four steps to upgrade from Dynamics AX to Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management.

Preparing Your Team for an Upgrade from Dynamics AX to Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management:

The process of getting up to speed with D365 is going to vary based on your team and which version of Dynamics AX you were previously on. In this article, we’ll take a look at each role within your organization and best practices for getting that team ready for an upgrade to Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management. Read more about how to prepare your team for an upgrade. Click here to learn more about how to prepare your team for an upgrade from Dynamics AX to Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management.

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Dynamics 365:

With Dynamics 365, all businesses can now easily take advantage of the benefits of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence and use those insights and technologies to change the business landscape, become more efficient, and reduce manual processes. Machine Learning utilizes past data to accurately predict the future. This ability can benefit every department in your organization. Imagine what Machine Learning could do for you. Click here to learn more about machine learning and artificial intelligence in Dynamics 365.

All Mainstream Support for Dynamics AX Ending 2021:

Mainstream support for Dynamics AX is nearly its final end date and current AX users should start planning their transition from AX to Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations. Each version of Dynamics AX is supported by Microsoft for five years in “mainstream support” and then an additional five in “extended support”. During the mainstream time frame, the support team at Microsoft releases updates and added features to the product. Once a product enters extended support, no further developments or improvements are made outside of security-related updates. Click here to learn more about mainstream support for Dynamics AX ending 2021.

How 'One Version" Affects Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management Users:

In the past, a typical Dynamics AX upgrade from one version to the next could take months or years to deploy at a high cost – both financially and in labor hours. In 2018, Microsoft announced an “evergreen” ERP solution – Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management. This robust ERP business solution eases the burden and eliminates the financial stressors of an upgrade as all users are consistently on One Version. Click here to learn more about how "One Version" affects Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management users.

If you found these blogs to be helpful resources, check out this video :

Comparing the Cost of Ownership - Dynamics AX vs. Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management

There are different advantages in the total cost of ownership between on-premise software versus cloud-hosted. During this webinar, we’ll highlight how the cloud software pricing structure differs from traditional ERP software costs and where you can expect to save and spend money.

 

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