User experience and interface
Dynamics AX, going forward, will evolve and grow as the firm evolves and grows, thus transforming the way businesses operate.
In its appearance, AX 7 will have similarities to Office 365. It will introduce efficient workspaces adjusted to the user’s role and activities, with integrated Power BI, dashboards and real time analytics.
Dynamics AX 7 will also include a web-based HTML5 client experience and will be accessible from any device, on any browser. Tablets will be the first to benefit from this improvement, Smartphones will follow at a later stage.
To handle those changes, developers will have access to productive tools for web development. The integration with Visual Studio will be deeper and more engaging for developers.
Functionalities and focus
Functionally, Dynamics AX 7 is based on 2012 R3 CU8. Some elements will be duplicated, while some functionalities will be improved and approached in a different way.
Microsoft Dynamics AX 7 is part of the wider One Microsoft breadth of solutions and fully supports Microsoft’s ambitions of 1) Reinventing productivity and business processes, 2) Building the intelligent cloud platform, and 3) Creating a more personal computing.
Help and support
Help and support will evolve significantly. The traditional help service will change into a more collaborative experience.
Dynamics AX 7 release
The final version of AX 7 is expected be announced at Convergence 2015 (between November 30th and December 2nd). The pricing model will be announced as well. General availability will follow Convergence.
At first, AX 7 will only be deployable on Azure through Lifecycle Services (LCS). This means that Dynamics AX consultants who haven’t used LCS yet will need to become familiar with it. Independent consultants who don’t have LCS access can easily obtain it – see how.
Roadmap for Dynamics AX 2012 R3/AX 7
This September, Microsoft will start to make the AX 7 preview edition available so that users can begin exploring it and giving feedback. The release date will be determined based on the data gathered at that stage.
After the release, there will be half-yearly update cycles where additional update models will kick-in.
The upgrade of existing customers won’t be available in the first release of AX 7 – it will follow in an additional release.
Over 40 languages will be available at launch.
If you have recently invested in Dynamics AX 2012, you’ll be interested to know that AX 2012 R3 will be continuing for the foreseeable future.
Consultants – How to get ready
– Get up-to-date with certifications at the AX 2012 CU8 level: the baseline functionalities of AX 7 are similar to those of the CU8 release. Having this level of knowledge will mean you’ll only need to learn about the new user experience.
– Learn how to work with Azure and Power BI – they will be central to Dynamics AX 7 implementations.
– For developers, HTML 5 will be a must-have and you’ll need to know how it works with Visual Studio.
– Learn how to use Lifecycle Services.
From January, there will be 4 courses available resulting in 4 certifications.
Two which already exist but will be revised and updated:
– Microsoft Dynamics AX Trade and Logistics
– Microsoft Dynamics AX Financials
Two which are new for Dynamics AX 7:
– Microsoft Dynamics AX 7 Development introduction
– Microsoft Dynamics AX 7 Installation & Configuration