Berlin/Redmond, 2015-11-27. The new version of Microsoft Dynamics AX (formerly Axapta), Microsoft’s business solution for larger and internationally operating businesses, is on its way. The official release has been announced for the first quarter of 2016, while a preview of the new solution will be available to customers and partners like COSMO CONSULT in December. By not adding a version number or year, Microsoft already underlines one of the key features of upcoming Dynamics AX: As of now the system will be provided with continuous updates and functional extensions, thus always running the most recent technologies.
Supporting all relevant processes of personnel administration, purchasing and sales, warehouse to finance and accounting, Microsoft Dynamics AX already delivers industry related features for retail, manufacturing and services as well as for public administration organizations. The new version is technologically based on Microsoft Azure to benefit from the advantages of cloud computing like ongoing updates, high availability and emergency recovery, dynamic adaptation to actual requirements and, not least, the flexible licensing model. On top of that, cloud functions enable the so-called “Dynamics AX Lifecycle Services” which provide additional services and business processes according to the current industry specific demands.
Microsoft has put a lot of effort to improving the utilization: The new Dynamics AX provides a browser based HTML5 user interface which offers a consistent working experience – whether at the office or away on business, by PC, tablet or smartphone. The design is aligned to the familiar Microsoft Office product line to facilitate an easy adaption. Furthermore, the conjunction with Office 365 features a simple and smooth data exchange between the ERP system and all Office and CRM components together with Microsoft Power BI, which provides clear business analytics directly out of the running application.
“This is a significant release because we believe it is going to transform the way people and businesses interact with and what they expect from their business solutions,” states Christian Pedersen, General Manager Microsoft Dynamics AX. “We have been previewing the new Dynamics AX with hundreds of partners and customers and overwhelmingly the feedback has been that this is the most significant release in the history of Dynamics AX and people can’t wait to get this into production within their companies.”
The public preview of Dynamics AX will be available at the beginning of December. Together with this Microsoft is going to announce more details about the new subscription model which is considered to simplify the transition to Dynamics AX. The official release of the cloud-based version has been confirmed for the first quarter of 2016.