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3 Key Cloud Computing Features of Microsoft Dynamics AX

Posted by Indusa Admin on October 28, 2015 4:34 am

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Microsoft’s mantra is to do great things and their newest ERP release is making a significant shift from past versions in order to accomplish this. The newest Microsoft Dynamics release (previously referred to as Microsoft Dynamics AX 7) leverages several key cloud computing features in order to position itself as a powerful and versatile ERP system.

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These features include: leveraging an HTML5 interface, running on Microsoft Azure, continuing lifecycle services functions and more.

As businesses seek more options beyond on-premises for cost and speed advantages, Microsoft Dynamics AX is poising itself to take up the mantle with its new cloud deployment. While hybrid and on-premises deployments will still be available with Dynamics AX, the software was upgraded with the cloud in mind. Future versions will almost certainly continue this trend, with the eventuality being that cloud computing will become – and remain – a core aspect of technology.

Let’s dive into three essential cloud computing features incorporated in Microsoft Dynamics AX that’ll be sure to leave you feeling like you’re on cloud nine.

1. Leveraging an HTML5 Interface

By creating its interface with HTML5, Microsoft has given Dynamics AX a sleek look and feel without sacrificing the advanced functionalities users have come to rely on in AX 2012 R3. This interface augments its cloud capabilities, as Dynamics AX will be able to run on virtually any device. This is good news for businesses looking to deploy Dynamics AX, as it will enhance collaboration between employees by enabling them to work from anywhere, using any device.

2. Running on Microsoft Azure

This system leverages Azure to manage the entire implementation of Dynamics AX, from its beginning, to go-live, and to post-implementation support. While this feature is run through Azure, it will also be available for hybrid and on-premises deployments of Microsoft Dynamics AX. This will ensure that IT resources are being allocated properly and ultimately reduce strain on organizations. This symbiotic relationship between Dynamics AX, Azure, and LCS will streamline the implementation process – which has often been one of the most difficult aspects of deploying enterprise software.

3. Continuing Lifecycle Services Functions

This intuitive browser is one of many features that is complemented by the cloud, with the next being Lifecycle Services (LCS).

“Lifecycle Services will provide AX 7 users with increased transparency during the implementation process,” said Manoj Nair, senior project manager, Indusa. “A hosted solution provides client users with seamless upgrades and reduces their dependency on internal IT resources, as well as increasing the return on investment and reducing the total cost of ownership. This feature is therefore extremely beneficial to end users.”

Final Thoughts

Microsoft Dynamics AX represents a powerful change for Microsoft Dynamics and ERP systems in general. The shift towards cloud computing represents the evolution of ERP, moving from the archaic systems of the past towards a more efficient and modern approach to software.By leveraging these key cloud computing features, Microsoft has ensured that their newest release in the Dynamics AX family will become an innovative contender in the ERP software landscape.

Cloud computing is just a taste of some of the amazing features Dynamics AX can offer. Discover how Indusa’s implementation services can benefit your business.

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*Since the release of this blog post, MS has decided to no longer refer to it as AX7 but rather AX to reflect their decision to have simplified branding to reflect that this is a cloud-based service that will be regularly updated.


Sarah Van Wambeke
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Sarah is an avid writer and digital media enthusiast. Here at Indusa, she primarily focuses on content creation and social media management.

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