Enterprise resource planning professionals were treated to a live preview of Microsoft Dynamics AX 7 at the 2015 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. The enterprise giant did not disappoint with their newest incarnation of the Dynamics suite, and people have been licking their lips for more news. It is envisaged that the release date will be late 2015.
So, what will Dynamics AX 7 offer?
1. delivery through the cloud
Microsoft has moved largely into a cloud-based delivery system in recent months. Some of its biggest applications have been delivered via the cloud first, and Dynamics AX 7 is no different. Taking advantage of the Azure Cloud, and the Cloud OS, the application will be deployed via the cloud first.
Those willing to utilize the cloud for delivery will also take advantage of a plethora of different features. Cloud-based delivery will make it easier to integrate Dynamics with Office 365, which is also cloud-based. It also will ensure you can access Dynamics from several different devices. Overall, cloud-based delivery will make Dynamics a more robust and versatile application.
2. mobile access
Along with cloud-based delivery, Microsoft has taken a very serious interest in mobile access. Understanding its client base, the company has reached deep to develop apps that allow access via phones and tablets. Dynamics AX 7 will offer a robust user experience even on mobile devices, including accessing real-time data. The ability to utilize data on a mobile phone or tablet will ensure all businesses can reach and access their information as they move around in the business world. No more tethering employees to a desk to get work done. Through this mobile initiative Microsoft has embraced the concept of a mobile workstation.
3. lifecycle services
Dynamics AX 7 is shaping up to be a, well, dynamic application. Microsoft has put a great deal of thought into their lifecycle services and maintenance and Dynamic AX 7 will benefit from them. The cloud-based nature of this application will make it easier to create and integrate custom features. The Lifecycle Services management will also make it easier for the company to improve upon the reliability of the application once it is released. Expect regular updates and quality assurance as this application launches.
4. a web-based client
For those working on the go, a web-based client is a must, and Dynamics AX 7 will include such a feature. Instead of utilising the actual application, you’ll be able to access and change your data directly from the web. This will be exceptionally helpful to those who are on the go and looking to change things up quickly without launching a hefty application. The web-based client also makes it exponentially easier to give all employees access to data without having to install the larger application on a myriad of different machines. A web-based client completely changes the way users will interact with the application for the better.
5. HTML5 experience
Microsoft has focused on lightening up Dynamics and making it a more immersive experience at the same time. Building off the principles of Windows 8 and Windows 10, users can expect a more detailed, yet zippier working experience. Users can expect more pizzazz to the application. HTML5 is used extensively in Dynamics AX 7 to create a fun and intuitive user experience.
6. incremental updates
Version releases are a thing of the past. Microsoft knows this. Users can expect regular updates and patches for Dynamics AX 7. Versioned-updates are heavy, clunky and difficult to navigate for most users. They also tend to take far too long to address existing problems. With incremental updates users can expect a more comprehensive experience from start to finish.
7. licensing and subscriptions
Microsoft has embraced subscription models in recent years and Dynamics AX 7 will also see a subscription-based licensing program. Dynamics AX 7 will be released first exclusively on the Microsoft Azure platform. . With subscription-based licensing you can pay as you need the application. If you are on the cutting-edge of technology, there is no better option on the market than subscription-based licensing. At the time of writing this blog, no information has been released by Microsoft regarding the upgrade from earlier versions of Dynamics AX to Dynamics AX 7, and how the transition to a subscription model will be applied. For the immediate short term, Dynamics AX 7 will not be available for an on-premise deployment.
Microsoft isn’t done releasing information just yet, and we expect to hear more about Dynamics AX 7 before its release date. Everything that has been leaked up to this point hints at a truly innovative product.
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