Microsoft has released Dynamics AX 2012 R3 – the latest version of its enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution.
Launched in April, this is the first version of the ERP offering that will be available on the cloud and on an infrastructure-as-a-service-basis via Windows Azure.
Several companies have already deployed or will deploy the solution via the cloud, including Lotus F1 Team and furniture manufacturer Ashley Furniture.
AX 2012 R3 has a major focus on mobile applications, with new business intelligence apps for expenses, timesheets and approvals.
Other apps include Modern Point of Sale, Business Analyzer, Shop Floor, Paystub and Time and Approval.
Connecting all of this is the ERP’s solution Modern App Framework, which allows companies to develop, manage, distribute, and use modern apps.
The framework uses the cloud Dynamics AX’s web services framework for communication between the modern apps on mobile devices and Microsoft Dynamics AX.
Microsoft has also provided more industry-specific functionality in this new release, with improvements to warehouse management, transportation management, trade allowance management, demand forecasting and e-procurement.
There are also new retail capabilities, including Modern POS, e-commerce and social, call centre sales and commerce excellence.
The Redmond-based company has also tried to simplify the process of deploying AX 2012 R3 through Dynamics Lifecycle Services.
Hal Howard, corporate vice president, Microsoft Dynamics ERP, said: “With Dynamics Lifecycle Services – which can be deployed and managed in the cloud via Windows Azure – we provide a comprehensive set of tools that are being updated continuously that work from the time you start the deployment to the business transformation stage and then through to the end.”
With this release, Microsoft has also decided to extend mainstream support for customers upgrading to, or purchasing, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3.
The mainstream support expiration date will be extended two years to 11 October 2018.
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