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Microsoft Dynamics AX, discontinued

Microsoft Dynamics AX, discontinued
Formerly Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations

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What is Microsoft Dynamics AX, discontinued?

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (or Dynamics AX) was an ERP product in the Dynamics family. It has been split into separate Dynamics 365 products to provide more flexibility to customers, allowing users to pay only for the…

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  • Custom reports (14)
    9.0
    90%
  • Role-based user permissions (14)
    7.0
    70%
  • Standard reports (14)
    7.0
    70%
  • Accounts payable (15)
    7.0
    70%
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What is Microsoft Dynamics AX, discontinued?

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (or Dynamics AX) was an ERP product in the Dynamics family. It has been split into separate Dynamics 365 products to provide more flexibility to customers, allowing users to pay only for the functionality they need. Microsoft Dynamics AX will reach…

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Features

Payroll Management

Provides for pay calculation and benefit plan administration, in addition to managing direct deposit, salary revisions and payroll tracking.

8.8
Avg 7.2

Customization

This addresses a company’s ability to configure the software to fit its specific use case and workflow.

7
Avg 7.3

Security

This component helps a company minimize the security risks by controlling access to the software and its data, and encouraging best practices among users.

6
Avg 8.1

Reporting & Analytics

Users can report on and analyze usage, performance, ROI, and/or other metrics of success.

8.3
Avg 7.0

General Ledger and Configurable Accounting

Financial management solution, including capabilities for general ledger and configurable accounting

8.2
Avg 7.6

Inventory Management

The ability to track and manage the flow of goods or materials into and out of an inventory.

8.7
Avg 7.9

Order Management

The ability to process orders, and track them from quote to cash.

7.6
Avg 7.8

Subledger and Financial Process

Revenue management solution including capabilities for subledgers and financial processes

8.7
Avg 7.4

Project Financial Management

Project financial management solution including capabilities for project budgeting, cost control, billing and contract management.

8.9
Avg 7.6

Project Execution Management

Project execution management solution including capabilities for project scheduling, resource management, and team member task management.

8.8
Avg 6.8

Grants Management

Grants management solution for higher education, public sector, or non-profits with capabilities for managing financial awards for program and project funding

8.7
Avg 7.6

Procurement

Procurement management solution with capabilities for sourcing, contracting, procure-to-pay and supplier management

8.7
Avg 7.0

Risk Management

Risk management solution with capabilities for managing controls, assessing control effectiveness, certifying controls, and addressing deficiencies

8.8
Avg 6.5

Logistics

Logistics solution with capabilities for transportation planning, transportation execution, trade compliance, customs management, warehouse management and warehouse workforce management.

8.5
Avg 6.9

Manufacturing

Manufacturing solution for managing manufacturing processes and costs.

7.7
Avg 7.5

Supply Chain

Supply Chain Planning solution with capabilities for planning, performance monitoring, change responses and execution.

9.2
Avg 7.2

Product Lifecycle Management

Product Lifecycle Management solution with capabilities for innovation management, product development

9
Avg 7.3
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Product Details

What is Microsoft Dynamics AX, discontinued?

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (or Dynamics AX) was an ERP product in the Dynamics family. It has been split into separate Dynamics 365 products to provide more flexibility to customers, allowing users to pay only for the functionality they need. Microsoft Dynamics AX will reach end of support in 2021, and end of extended support in 2023.

Financial tracking and budgeting features are now found in the newly launched Dynamics 365 Finance product.

Supply chain management functionality is now supplied by the newly launched Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management product.

Microsoft Dynamics AX, discontinued Integrations

Microsoft Dynamics AX, discontinued Technical Details

Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo

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Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Microsoft Dynamics AX is being used as our ERP system by order entry, production, finance, procurement and other departments across the whole organization.
  • It is a stable software that generally performs well.
  • It is integrated well with Microsoft Excel with relative ease of downloading tables, reports, and queries into Excel.
  • Adaptable to meet business needs.
  • Item master is comprehensive.
  • Our current version (2009) has a complex security setup.
  • Our older version lacks some in innovation and features.
  • Our older version cannot share reports and queries across companies.
Microsoft Dynamics AX is well suited for a comprehensive ERP system for a small to mid-size organization. It is a solid, base core system with well-designed architecture. From the overview of the upgrade, it contains additional functionality and features. It may be less appropriate for very large, complex organizations. I would not recommend for use as a reporting and/or analysis software.
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting (7)
75.71428571428571%
7.6
Accounts payable
80%
8.0
Accounts receivable
80%
8.0
Global Financial Support
50%
5.0
Primary and Secondary Ledgers
70%
7.0
Journals and Reconciliations
80%
8.0
Configurable Accounting
80%
8.0
Standardized Processes
90%
9.0
Subledger and Financial Process (5)
58%
5.8
Billing Management
70%
7.0
Cash and Asset Management
70%
7.0
Travel & Expense Management
N/A
N/A
Budgetary Control & Encumbrance Accounting
70%
7.0
Period Close
80%
8.0
Inventory Management (3)
30%
3.0
Inventory tracking
90%
9.0
Automatic reordering
N/A
N/A
Location management
N/A
N/A
Order Management (5)
60%
6.0
Pricing
80%
8.0
Order entry
80%
8.0
Credit card processing
N/A
N/A
Cost of goods sold
70%
7.0
Order Orchestration
70%
7.0
Payroll Management (3)
N/A
N/A
Pay calculation
N/A
N/A
Benefit plan administration
N/A
N/A
Direct deposit files
N/A
N/A
Reporting & Analytics (3)
40%
4.0
Dashboards
N/A
N/A
Standard reports
60%
6.0
Custom reports
60%
6.0
Customization (2)
80%
8.0
API for custom integration
80%
8.0
Plug-ins
80%
8.0
Security (2)
60%
6.0
Role-based user permissions
40%
4.0
Single sign-on capability
80%
8.0
Grants Management (1)
N/A
N/A
Award Lifecycle Management
N/A
N/A
Project Financial Management (6)
N/A
N/A
Budgeting and Forecasting
N/A
N/A
Project Costing
N/A
N/A
Cost Capture
N/A
N/A
Capital Project Management
N/A
N/A
Customer Contract Compliance
N/A
N/A
Project Revenue Recognition
N/A
N/A
Project Execution Management (4)
N/A
N/A
Project Planning and Scheduling
N/A
N/A
Task Insight for Project Managers
N/A
N/A
Project Mobile Functionality
N/A
N/A
Definable Resource Pools
N/A
N/A
Procurement (5)
30%
3.0
Bids Analyzed and Compared
N/A
N/A
Contract Authoring
N/A
N/A
Contract Repository
N/A
N/A
Requisitions-to-Purchase Orders Integrated
80%
8.0
Supplier Management
70%
7.0
Risk Management (5)
N/A
N/A
Risk Repository
N/A
N/A
Control Management
N/A
N/A
Control Efficiency Assessments
N/A
N/A
Issue Detection
N/A
N/A
Remediation and Certification
N/A
N/A
Logistics (5)
N/A
N/A
Transportation Planning and Optimization
N/A
N/A
Transportation Execution Management
N/A
N/A
Trade and Customs Management
N/A
N/A
Fulfillment Management
N/A
N/A
Warehouse Workforce Management
N/A
N/A
Manufacturing (5)
14%
1.4
Production Process Design
N/A
N/A
Production Management
N/A
N/A
Configuration Management
N/A
N/A
Work Execution
N/A
N/A
Manufacturing Costs
70%
7.0
Supply Chain (3)
N/A
N/A
Forecasting
N/A
N/A
Inventory Planning
N/A
N/A
Performance Monitoring
N/A
N/A
Product Lifecycle Management (2)
N/A
N/A
Proposal Management
N/A
N/A
Product Master Data Management
N/A
N/A
  • Positive impact based on a consistent ERP system across our companies
  • Positive impact based on improved processes.
  • Positive impact based on a shared chart of accounts and other dimensions to assist in streamlining accounting and reporting.
250
Production, sales and finance.
4
Developer, solutions architect.
  • Procurement
  • Finance
  • Order Entry
  • Additional reporting capabilities.
  • Sharing reports and queries across companies.
Likely to renew use as we are in the process of upgrading.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
My company implements Microsoft Dynamics, and I have seen how this tools helps them to address different needs, from the product design, to procurement, planning, manufacturing execution, sales and shipping.
  • Managing Lean Manufacturing works well in DAX, because it can help to control a lean manufacturing process for several types of orders, runners, repeaters, and strangers. It can also work with mix models, discrete manufacturing with lean manufacturing.
  • Intercompany transactions is a very useful functionality that automates and simplifies transactions between companies of the same enterprise group.
  • User friendly and integration with Microsoft tools such as Excel, SSAS, SSRS
  • Easily integrates with other software
  • Quality Management there is a lot of functionality needed from quality reporting and control, action follow up and sampling.
  • Fixed Assed service management, there is much to develop for maintenance control.
  • Discrete manufacturing scheduling utilities, for example scheduling production orders by the sales order they are pegged.
  • Enterprise portal need a lot of improvement
  • Integration with Microsoft office has a lot of space for improvement.
  • Lean manufacturing has several opportunities to expand on scheduling and floor execution
  • Product life cycle management
  • Integration with Microsoft CRM
  • Integration with other ERP systems
Appropriate: For small and medium companies, for enterprises that are a cluster of small or medium companies, for companies that are using lean manufacturing. Less Appropriate: For big enterprises.
  • Positive: Faster implementation time
  • Positive: Easy to customize
  • Positive: Low cost of maintenance
  • Positive: Easy to integrate with other systems
  • Positive: There is a great base market of Independent software vendors with vertical solutions
  • Negative: Does not make the best use of the database engine
  • Negative: Lacks more functionality on Database sharing between instances.
Oracle business suite 11i. DAX is simpler and easier to install and customize.
Microsoft Dynamics continues to evolve by bringing more functionality to the customer. Also there are several independent software providers that offer a wide range of solutions for vertical markets.
July 28, 2014

AX at a glance.

Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
I am in the middle of a full implementation of most modules offered by Microsoft Dynamics AX. The system infrastructure of the system seems to be very robust in comparisons with earlier versions. Auto-posting of batch jobs run smoother over a larger number of legal entities where previous versions struggled. Many aspects of the previous versions have been simplified to provide a more logical and intuitive approach.
  • The CU7 release has some great additional functionality in Human resources allowing flexibility of transferring and terminating workers.
  • Previous dimension hierarchy setup has been replaced by accounting structures that are far more intuitive to use.
  • Workflow setup is still not an out-of-the-box function in HR. Approvals are a key part of the business process in HR and this is a large effort to modify.
  • Separation of line level costs and revenue are still problematic. Configured lines do not have distribution capabilities.
  • We still do not see a release with a place to house product warranty information. A real miss a one the customer asks for.
  • The email template tool is limited to applicants and really should be leveraged for use across the system.
It is probably less appropriate for service based companies that have real time resources in the field that update throughout the day. Intelligent scheduling pieces are often required to be added.
  • Customization capabilities are a bonus as AX is very moldable. Milestone billing leveraged to include fixed assets help the rental industry in particular.
  • Service based companies on the whole benefit hugely from the projects module and its ability to allocate resources that are wasted with less comprehensive systems.
Customization capabilities are far more beneficial than a rigid product like SAP.
N/A. I am exclusively on the implementation side.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Lean and job shop manufacturing for non-integrated facilities, with emphasis on domestic logistics.
  • Integrate facilities, export logistics, complex product configuration manufacturing management
  • Over $150M in direct benefits, including eliminating the hard and human resource costs of supporting multiple non-standardized processes and software platforms across the globe.
High deployment investment, Microsoft partnership, but some difficulties dealing with large enterprise complexity
Dynamics AX MES does not appear to be built for large enterprise needs, but more small and medium, possibly large single facility, manufacturing. The price and capabilities against large enterprise competitor products reflect the same. It is a good Lean Manufacturing product.
5000
Manufacturing, Logistics, Inventory
15
Development, Testing, Project Management Leads
  • Direct Manufacturing; Indirect inventory/supply hub, planning, transportation/logistics
Home grown, highly configurable, multi-facility integration, resulting in high complexity and cost.
Oracle. Cost and mitigation of single platform risk, as we also use Oracle for Finance, Order Mgt, etc.
  • Vendor implemented
  • Implemented in-house
Join implementation effort between my company and Microsoft for the first 2 facilities, than in-house for the remainder.
Some rough spots, but ultimately worked out. The contract didn't appear to be structured to support the level of overlapping facility deployments required to meet timeline commitments. Merging cultures on the program was also challenging. Overall, not an easy implementation by any stretch. Everyone did the best they could.
  • Online training
  • In-person training
  • Self-taught
It took a lot of work, but Microsoft ultimately did a good job with in-person training, including being onsite in multiple global locations for extended periods.
Our solution deviated from a number of key out-of-the-box standards that were included in Online training. We just used that for introduction to the general functionality.
No. This is relatively heavy MES platform that requires in-person and ongoing training support, in my opinion, until a viable support organization is established.
Regional facility needs around particular complex product configurations, facility production specialties and regional logistics support (ie. Brazil tax and Asia export regulations.)
Yes
Our MES deployment is global and complex, including BizTalk support. We've also completed some important customizations with Microsoft's help that have system level implications, requiring highly knowledgeable configuration management support when undertaking patching, upgrades, etc.
Microsoft did a reasonably good job supporting the deployment efforts to multiple factories and ongoing stabilization. I don't think that MES was intended for the large enterprise volume and complexity levels our operations required.
Dynamics AX MES is a good product, once deployed and stable, much easier to manage for the operationally than legacy systems.
Some integration and high volume ramping challenges, particularly with BizTalk and SQL Server, but getting sorted out. Outages over time appeared to be more dependent on integration complexity than AX MES.
Some integration and high volume ramping challenges, particularly with BizTalk and SQL Server, but getting sorted out. Outages over time appeared to be more dependent on integration complexity than AX MES.
  • Inventory, Trade Compliance, Logistics, Cost, Supply Hub, Data Warehouse, Customer Factory Integration
Significant and complex. Certainly more than I think Microsoft expected.
  • None further from Microsoft. Integrating with Oracle.
All being supported in-house with vendor support, as needed.
As easy as to be expected on the circumstances. Our company drives a hard bargain.
Included licensing (including for both AX and BizTalk), implementation consulting, training, premium support. Careful consider your licensing needs and arrangement.
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