This is part 2 of the Microsoft Dynamics AX Statement of Direction highlights blog series. Click here to go to part one.
Modern user experience
The custom user roles in Dynamics AX introduce a groundbreaking way of user interaction, aiming for the user to function better and to make well-informed decisions. Microsoft takes into account a new generation of users, each with their unique function, way of working and working environment. Take for example the truck driver who delivers orders, but also the sales representative that is expected to know all about the customer as soon as he or she walks into the store. Microsoft introduces a new (HTML5-based) experience, optimised for different devices, ways of interaction (touch vs. keyboard) and browsers. This allows your organisation to obtain innovative insights and scenarios for operational efficiency and new ways of customer service and interaction. By combining these insights with structured data, and by making this data easily accessible through a modern user experience, your productivity will increase significantly.
Microsoft offers customers the ability to focus on several high-end productivity scenarios combined with more experienced scenarios and tasks that can continuously be optimised and perfected. These rich, pre-built industry-specific processes are designed to include warehousing, transportation, human resources and finance and are unified in a data model, fully integrated but also separately deployable. Microsoft will continue to build on new opportunities that are relevant to these industries.
There are many organisations that can benefit from the latest business applications in Dynamics AX, without having to immediately deploy the full set. Whereas companies in the past have had to choose between overwhelming best-of-breed solutions and application suites, Microsoft helps organisations to deploy only what really matters to them, when and where they really need it. The flexibility, integration possibilities and licensing of Microsoft Dynamics AX makes it possible for companies to carry out a phased deployment and replace legacy systems one by one. Future releases will therefore contain all capabilities within a single package: fully integrated yet separately deployable.
Service adoption and Lifecycle Management
Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services helps to steer repeatable and high quality implementations. When the relevant templates are selected, users are accompanied through an introduction and working method in which Microsoft proactively supports the users when they are in need of assistance or tips. Microsoft expects that users will use the power of the collaborative application Lifecycle Management for designing, documenting, deploying and managing the opportunities that foresee their company of diversity and innovation.
Roadmap 2014 to 2016
Roadmap 2014 to 2016, for both the in-market product – Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 – and the next release.
- Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 CU8
This cumulative update, which was released in November 2014, will continue to build on investments in retail and supply chain to help individuals within organisations better connect with customers via web, social, mobile and/or in-store experiences, and help execute dynamic business operations that can deliver promises made to customers. For more information about CU8, please contact us.
- Microsoft Dynamics “AX7”
Advancements in business logic, cloud and modern applications and device scenarios are the foundation for the next Microsoft Dynamics AX release, which has the code name “AX 7″. For more information about “AX 7″, please contact us.
- Beyond Microsoft Dynamics’ AX 7 “
On top of the full suite, Microsoft will be releasing composable business applications for specific industries and processes. These are individual services which are designed as a whole, but can be deployed separately. This offers customers a choice in how they want to consume the solution – as an integrated suite within the company, or according to “what is needed, when it’s needed, where it’s needed.”
This concludes oursummary of the Microsoft Dynamics AX Statement of Direction. Would you like to know more? Contact us.