As an ERP solution provider, some would say, the Microsoft Dynamics AX has long since won the battle. While ERP solutions have been around for some time, with the Dynamics AX, Microsoft has just up the stakes in ERP solutions. So, what makes the Dynamics AX the leader in ERP technology?
- Easy adaptability
One of the main hurdles in any kind of software implementation or upgrade is employee reluctance. It could be a simple resistance to change or the inability to learn the new software. Fortunately, Microsoft is familiar enough for most users to give one a sense of familiarity. The chances are that most of your employees are already using MS services like Outlook. This makes it easier for them to accept the change and implement it.
The other adaptability is regarding the organization itself. Most of Dynamics AX ERP requirements are likely already present in your own system, such as Windows, Office and SharePoint.
Microsoft has enabled a staggered installation for Dynamic 365. That means you get to choose what you want. This feature enables businesses to meet organizational needs as they occur. Moreover, different packages are designed to fit company size and budget. This also allows the ERP solution to grow with the company, adapting technology as it functions and manpower grows — a planned and natural evolution. It also helps you to minimize waste of resources and money.
- Microsoft Backing
The Microsoft backing is not just about the brand name. It is also about the company’s long standing commitment. Whether you are in the SME sector or a big corporation, you need software that can stand the test of time, evolve and grow with you. Microsoft promises all that. For instance, although the Dynamic 365 debuted last year, Microsoft has already introduced a slew of features to enhance it. Add to that Microsoft’s commitment towards business and growth focused software — from cross-platform functionality to business intelligence.
In effect, you have the backing of company’s formidable research team and support staff. Since, Microsoft has for years trained a network of tech proficient consultants, you can also easily avail third party support with consultants and specialists. But it is not just the MS R&D we are talking about. With Dynamics, Microsoft has also tied up with partners and other developers, such as Azure and SQL. This virtually brings you the best of ERP solution in the industry.
- Getting On A Cloud-Focused Platform
A cloud-based software has many advantages. Cloud back-up, connectivity, flexibility and collaboration has made the cloud an essential part of any business. The Dynamics 365 gives us one of the best cloud-based ERPs out there. It is clear that Microsoft has worked hard at making this one of the most comprehensive cloud-based ERPs with a slew of convenient features. It takes almost no time to set up (60 to 90 mins) and almost runs by itself. There is also the convenience of automatic updates. Since updates are carried out automatically, no extra effort is required. The staggered installation also gives one the freedom to choose what they want. You can choose from complete or partial cloud connectivity.
- Business Intelligence
The Dynamics 365 is not just a database. It uses various tools to collate the data to arrive at actionable insights. Apps like PowerBI bring business intelligence to dry numbers and data. It brings together information from across the organization, putting it in an easily understandable template with rich visuals. In many ways it is the application of IOT into daily business functions.
This year at the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Tech Conference, delegates were all abuzz about the Life Cycle Services or LCS. In collaboration with Azure, Microsoft has created an ideal environment to manage the lifecycle of apps. The emphasis was on creating standardized, predictable and repeatable implementation. The LCS also facilitates a collaborative workspace. The predictability and reliability of LCS means that as a business we have a completely dependable workspace.
- Visual Studio and .NET Framework
Microsoft has now introduced the Visual Studio for Microsoft Dynamics AX. This was a conscious effort by Microsoft to enable third party app developers, in-house development teams, independent software vendors and value-added resellers. Developers have reported the benefits of working in the superior Visual Studio IDE, which allows for efficiency and complete customization. .NET framework also gives us access to the wide .NET community and the many .NET developers. All this means that the market for ERP applications is just going to get hotter as more and more eveners, developers jump into the fray.
As the Common Data Services or CDS finally comes into play for the Dynamics 360, its ERP function is now integrated with other MS services, including CRM. The CDS is easy to install and has a very user-friendly interface. What’s better is that Microsoft is only providing the basic framework, which can be further customized and developed according to requirements.
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