Dynamics AX vs. Dynamics 365: An Overview

Whether you’re planning on leading your organization as smoothly, precisely and time- and resource-effectively as possible or looking to broaden its impact on the market, Dynamics AX and Dynamics 365 are solutions you’ve probably come across. Both offer a number of planning tools capable of handling operations such as HR, manufacturing, finance, distribution and retail.

Most companies using Dynamics AX are considering an upgrade to Dynamics 365 since it offers a variety of new features, the most important of which are cloud-based functionality and highly improved scalability possibilities/features.

Given the fact Microsoft has already announced ending its support for AX based systems in the upcoming years, organizations will have to consider the challenges and opportunities a business software upgrade poses.

What’s the big difference?

Microsoft Dynamics AX is primarily a desktop-based application that uses certain web and mobile add-on components, whilst the software under D365’s hood almost entirely functions as a cloud- and web-based solution. This means Dynamics 365 can be deployed anywhere, using any device with an internet connection, without the burden of having to deal with physical bits of infrastructure such as server rooms.

The other crucial point of distinction between AX and D365 is the level of integration between software components – ERP and CRM solutions are used separately within AX, while Dynamics 365 enables a seamless transition between the two, saving time and adding to the overall level of software integration. Office 365 and Power BI are now also part of one integrated system in D365.

Apart from that, it’s worth mentioning D365 offers a more flexible licensing structure that enables users to hand-pick and customize features, which means they pay for what they use, instead of choosing a fixed, rigid setup.

Is it possible to use an on-premise version of Dynamics 365?

Given the fact Dynamics 365 boasts a cloud-based infrastructure, it’s only natural to ask if it’s possible to have it deployed offline. The answer is yes, but certain features are not available to on-premise users. Here are some the things offline users of D365 are missing out on:

    • Azure cognitive services
    • Automatic updates
    • Customer insights
    • Microsoft Office/Sharepoint/Delve integration
    • Data export
    • Field service
    • Online backup and restore
    • Threat management
    Power BI integration

What else does D365 bring to the table?

All-new, sleek interface

With user experience and practicality as its main goals, Dynamics 365 offers users a customizable, visually pleasing interface, designed to be used by every employee. Editing the homepage and color-scheme is now possible with D365, which are features not available with AX.

Regular updates

A cloud-based setup makes real-time updates possible in D365, which means users can get new versions of software as soon as Microsoft’s developers release them. As a result, patching up problems and fixing bugs is now much less painful and time-consuming.

LinkedIn integration

Importing info from an employee’s LinkedIn page is now a feature in Dynamics 365, which means HR departments will have a much easier time organizing company files and records. A cloud-based setup enables automatic data synchronization across all platforms.

More power for Power BI

With Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform behind it, the new Power BI is now quicker, more powerful and capable of producing customizable data charts and reports.

Why should you make the switch?

As digital technology inevitably transitions into almost every aspect of our lives, strategic thinking is necessary in order to make sure organizations are prepared for the ways of the future. Intertwined software systems, machine communication, smart devices, buildings and even manufacturing processes are rapidly reaching new levels of operativeness and productivity, thus changing entire economies.

Dynamics 365 is a solution built with these concepts in mind – not only is it a highly intuitive and practical tool to use, but it also integrates cutting-edge features into one powerful network which is easy to navigate and control. Most importantly, it builds upon the numerous capabilities of Dynamics AX, enabling its users gateways to interconnectivity and more efficiency.

Despite the fact AX is a powerful system with many answers, it could not have predicted the lightning-fast technological advances of our time. This is exactly where the agility of D365 proves indispensable for many companies.

Interested in learning more about D365’s advantages over AX? Follow this link for our infographic: Top 10 Reasons to Move from AX to Dynamics 365.

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