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All Microsoft products have a lifecycle, typically 10 years, that starts when the product is released and ends when support ends. Come April 2018, mainstream support for Dynamics AX 2009 and AX 2012 will end.

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What Does The End of Dynamics AX 2009 & 2012 Support Change?

  • Post 2018, there will be no way to upgrade your current AX 2009 or AX 2012 environment to Microsoft Dynamics 365 and move the data you have created over the last decade or so.
  • Microsoft will only offer security updates free of cost; any hotfixes, upgrades, or service packs will be charged.
  • If you face any product or security issue, you may not easily find partners or resources to support your old ERP.
  • Since your current version will no longer be supported, new business initiatives will be even more difficult to push through.
  • You will miss out on a lot of new and improved features that newer versions are bringing out.

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What are Your Options for Preparing for the End of Dynamics AX 2009 & 2012?

As Dynamics AX 2009 and AX 2012 reach their end, now is the time to plan your upgrade path. Do you want to take all the transactional data with you? Is it feasible to load all the data in a data warehouse and access it for reporting?  The decision you make now could have major implications to your technical and business environments. So, you have a few options at hand:

  1. You can either purchase an extended support agreement, and get security update support, non-security hotfix support, and self-service support
  2. Or pay for a custom support contract where product or security updates outside of the terms defined within paid custom support contracts are not feasible
  3. Or migrate to Dynamics AX 2012 R3 and get full support until October 2021
  4. Or better still, upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics 365 and transform your business using cloud

Upgrading an ERP system has never been so easy. And even for companies that do, very few of them set out a plan to keep it updated with the latest features. Very often, they are just happy about a successful implementation and want to maintain the status quo as long as possible. However, maintaining status quo forever is not a recommended option – as new features get introduced, and updates get launched, it becomes more than necessary to embrace them in order to stay relevant, and to make the most of the massive ERP investment.

Your Best Bet: Moving to Microsoft Dynamics 365

While you have a bunch of options to choose from before support for AX 2009 and AX 2012 ends, choosing to upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics 365 is one of the best options. By moving to Dynamics 365, you can:

  • Reduce infrastructure costs and leverage all the benefits of the cloud
  • Minimize upfront investments by only paying monthly subscription fees
  • Get actionable insights and drive business results
  • Enjoy scalability and grow at your own pace
  • Be sure to constantly receive updated features and functionality
  • Enable greater productivity and build optimal outcomes
  • Get the stability and security of Azure, in addition to built-in intelligence, and advanced analytics
  • Enjoy industry and role specific extensions in AppSource
  • Leverage the capabilities of Power Apps and Flow and build custom business workflows

And if you’re not excited or ready for the cloud version of Microsoft Dynamics 365, there is an on-prem version which can act as a good start to the Microsoft Dynamics 365 cloud transition.

The Bottom Line

Upgrading to a newer ERP version can be a bit intimidating. Hesitation to upgrade if Dynamics AX 2009 or AX 2012 is working well is totally understandable. However, with Microsoft announcing end of mainstream support, it is imperative to consider the repercussions. Be sure to understand exactly what Microsoft will and won’t do once mainstream support ends and pay close attention to the several customizations you’ve made to keep up with customer, industry, and market demands. Speak to your partner and evaluate which option is best, and do not forget to assess the ROI associated with moving to Microsoft Dynamics 365.

Learn how an experienced technology partner can help your business transition through the end of Dynamics AX 2009 or 2012 support

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Manoj Nair
About the Author – Manoj Nair

Manoj Nair is a seasoned IT professional with over 12 years of experience in Software Consultancy, ERP Implementation, Testing, ISV Development & Client Management. He is a Senior Project Manager at Indusa and is responsible of managing various software programs through cross functional coordination.

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Contributing Author: Malavika Nityanandam