Introducing Dynamics AX7, codename “Rainier”, a.k.a. Microsoft Dynamics AX

Last weekend, Microsoft made available the CTP 8 release for public preview and thanks to which, everyone with partner source or customer source can deploy Microsoft Dynamic AX on Azure.


ERP as a service

With the release of Microsoft Dynamics AX7, clients can now opt for ERP as a service. With Microsoft’s very scalable service model, clients will not have to invest into the hardware now and can drastically reduce their total costs of ownership and save in costs of replacement. ERP-as-a-service option provides clients to rent server machines on Azure and release them after the completion of implementation.

New web-based client:

The new HTML5 based client has enabled Dynamics AX to become accessible on any machine from anywhere and having to install client application on client computer has become a thing of past. The common web-based client enables different users operating from various locations to access various AX modules with similar look and feel. Its adaptive design allows it to run smoothly on Android, iOS, and Windows mobile platforms as well.

Mobile access:

New HTML5 based client is accessible on all mobile and smart phone devices and has become more mobile focused. In the later releases, Microsoft plans to offer out-of-the-box mobile application which will support all major mobile and smart phone clients such as iOS, Android, and Windows with look-and-feel similar to the web client. With business owners needing to make decisions on the go, the real-time access to data is becoming the next big thing. This functionality will enable owners and users of critical business data to be access from anywhere at any time, on any device.

New Dynamics AX7 web based interface is designed so beautifully for mobile and smart phone devices that users can access and perform day to day entries without having to depend upon mouse and keyboard.

Mobile first

Cloud Based or on-premise deployment:

Dynamics AX7 or Microsoft Dynamics AX is initially released for cloud only and the On-premise version will be available within 6 month of the initial release. On-premise version will run on Azure Pack, Window server technology, without any difference in terms of functionality when compared to the cloud based version. This On-premise deployment will allow an organization to run and use ERP on a private cloud. There will also be a hybrid model available where organization can use and run some modules on cloud while keeping the rest on private cloud.

Subscription-Based Licensing:

Microsoft now offers subscription-based licensing for Dynamics AX7. This licensing model will allow organizations to increase or decrease the number of their users, as per their need, and will not require them to purchase a preset number of licensing as part of the package, as we being done previously.

User Experience:

Instead of traditional windows based client, Dynamics AX7 offers state of the art contest based web interface. Titled picture based welcome page allows user to perform to perform general tasks, make quick decision if and when required, and perform actions based on these decisions.

AX 7

Fast backup and Installment on Azure:

Thanks for Azure’s robust functionality, a fully-functional production environment can be built less than 90 minutes. In addition, environment can be backed up more quickly as compared to the traditional on-premise deployment and hardware upgrade just a restart away – soon as you reconfigure your hardware requirements and hit restart, it is upgraded.

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Ali Raza Zaidi is based in New Jersey and is a regular contributor of the Visionet Systems Blog.