Microsoft is to release the latest version of its flagship enterprise resource planning solution, Microsoft Dynamics AX, to the general public in the first quarter of 2016.
Unlike the previous versions of Dynamics AX, this new release does not include the year or industry-specific sector as part of its name, and has been built as a cloud-first solution on Microsoft Azure. This will enable Microsoft to provide ongoing service and management updates. The company will also implement a new subscription pricing model to make it easier for organisations to purchase the solution.
“Our ambition to build the intelligent cloud comes to life with apps optimised for modern business, like Dynamics AX,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise. “When you combine the hyperscale, enterprise-grade and hybrid-cloud capabilities of Microsoft Azure with the real-time insights and intuitive user experience of Dynamics AX, organisations and individuals are empowered to transform their business operations.”
Featuring a new touch-enabled user interface that looks, and works, like Microsoft Office, Dynamics AX integrates with Dynamics CRM, Skype, Office 365, Azure Machine Learning and Power BI. This will provide users with near-real-time analytics and the ability to visualise data from within the Dynamics AX application.
The new release also introduces continuous management services that enable the software to quickly adapt to an organisation’s business needs, as well as a browser-based HTML5 client. This allows users to access Dynamics AX via various devices and easily build or extend business-specific mobile applications.
In addition, the new release introduces enhancements to Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services, an Azure-based service that allows for turnkey deployment with pre-built, industry-specific solutions available in the Azure Marketplace. The platform delivers a more flexible solution architecture that enables incremental implementations, changes and updates, which will increase business agility.
The Azure-hosted version of Dynamics AX will be available as a public preview for customers and partners in early December 2015, prior to its general release in early 2016. The on-premises version will be available later in 2016 and will make use of new capabilities in Windows Server 2016 and SQL Server 2016.