Microsoft Dynamics AX 7 – What to Expect?

Microsoft’s latest release of Microsoft Dynamics AX is scheduled to be released to the public at the end of 2015, and things are going to be changing…… Here are some of the most interesting additions and changes to the AX application in the upcoming release.

User Experience and Interface: “AX 7” will focus on simplifying the user interface, while making it much more intuitive and interactive for better decision making and ease of deployment and licensing.  You’ll see that AX 7 brings in some of the functionality you see in Office 365 today, including integrated Power BI for analytics and dashboards, and what they call efficient workspace that adjusts the interface depending on the role and responsibility of the user.  Also, Dynamics “AX 7” will include a full HTML 5 client experience which means it will be accessible from any device, on any browser, with an initial optimization for tablets.  Smartphone optimization will come in later stages.  For developers, there will be much more integration and usability for the Visual Studio tools.

Functionality: Dynamics AX 7 will include many more features and all the current features in AX 2012 R3 CU8.  Some of the existing features will be replicated, while others will be improved or handled in different ways.  More new and changed features can be found in the document link below.

Ease of Implementation: Microsoft Dynamics AX 7 will first be deployed in a Microsoft Azure environment utilizing Azure IaaS (Infrastructure as a service) and SQL Azure’s DaaS (database as a service), which will easily allow customers the ability to support scalability and disaster recovery requirements.  Microsoft is also betting heavy on Lifecycle Services (LCS) with tight integration into this implementation tool for AX 7.  LCS Azure-based collaboration tool that helps all parties during the implementation of Dynamics AX.  The goal of LCS is deliver the right information to the right people, at the right time to ensure an efficient and effective implementation.  You can find more about LCS at the following link: Microsoft Lifecycle Services (LCS).

Removal and Changes of Features in AX 7: Microsoft has removed some of the features that were previously available in AX 2012 including Business Analyzer, AIF and AxD Integrations, the Connector for Microsoft Dynamics, Enterprise Portal, Desktop Client and many other features (details can be found in the features list below).

Microsoft Dynamics AX 7 New, Changed and Deprecated Features

Sample of the Power BI Interface for Dynamics AX 7

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This article was written by Andy Collins, Partner at Tridea Partners, a Gold Certified Microsoft Dynamics Partner.