Dynamics AX 2012 Overview

It's quite some time that we have Dynamics AX 2012 into the market and it is no surprise that it's creating history with respect to wide market adaptability and acceptance of the fact that it is truly a global solution. In this piece of article  I present a bird's eye view of Dynamics AX 2012.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012: Overview

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 is a complete ERP solution that offers comprehensive and core ERP functionality for financial, human resources and operations management. It's truly a global solution that is scalable and agile. The solution is made industry focused by embedding core functionality for manufacturing (process, discrete and lean), distribution, public sector, retail and service industries. 

 Dynamics AX 2012 Functionality

In a nutshell, Dynamics AX 2012 focuses on the following functionality
  • Financial Management & Compliance
  • Business Intelligence & Reporting
  • Collaboration
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Production
  • Human Resources Management

Dynamics AX 2012 Modules

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 consists of the following core modules
        • General Ledger
        • Accounts Payable
        • Accounts Receivable
        • Budgeting
        • Cost Accounting
        • Fixed Assets
        • Cash and Bank management
        • Travel and Expense
        • Compliance and Internal control
        • Human Resources
        • Procurement and Sourcing
        • Product Information management
        • Master Planning
        • Project management and accounting
        • Inventory and WH Management
        • Sales and Marketing
        • Production control
        • Service Management
For a detailed description of each of the modules, Click here.


What's New in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 is bundled with plenty of revolutionary enhancements to it's prior version Dynamics AX 2009. Some of the new features what you could get out of this product in brief.
  • Role Centers
  • Role based security
  • Localization support (36 countries)
  • Interoperability with MS Office
  • Enhanced Collaboration
  • Unlimited Financial Dimensions
  • Organization Modeling
  • Graphical Workflow Editor
  • Industry specific out of the box functionality
  • Model-Driven layered Architecture
  • Role based UI – FastTabs and FactBoxes
  • Commerce services Integration
  • Site services that enable users to connect AX to cloud services
  • Payment services out of the box
  • Help server
  • Microsoft Search (MOSS)
  • Upgrade Advisor and Framework
  • Post upgrade Data validation
  • Improved AIF
  • Process Manufacturing – Part of AX 2012 Core functionality
  • Enterprise Portal – Foundation improvements, Treasurer Role center, Enterprise search, UI changes
  • Out of the Box SSRS Reports
  • Budget Register Entries
  • Multiple Time zones
  • Global Address Book (No more hassle to create virtual companies)
  • Product definition
  • Policy framework
  • Inter company Timesheet entry in projects
  • Retail Module

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Licensing

One of the major changes to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 licensing is the shift away from concurrent user licensing to CAL licensing model. Role centers play a major role in licensing such that each User CAL must be linked to a Role.
1. Server License (AOS License)
2. Client Access License (CAL)
- User CAL
- Enterprise user
- Functional user
- Task user
- Self service user
Device CAL
- Device CAL
- Limited Device CAL
3. Licenses for related software not included (SQL Server, MOSS so on)

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Navigation

Navigation in AX 2012 is as simple as navigating through Microsoft Office Outlook 2010. The introduction of Fast Tabs and Fact Boxes make it more user friendly navigating system. Some screenshots that speak about navigation, look and feel of the UI are given here.




Dynamics AX 2012 Technology

Robust changes to performance of the product have been incorporated in this new edition in terms of architecture to optimize the user experience and ensuring smooth upgrades of the product that only can result in lower ownership costs (TCO) to the companies.
3-Tier Architecture
Extended Architecture

Technology Layers

For detailed information, Go through the Dynamics AX White papers section here.