Microsoft Dynamics AX Software


 

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 is an ERP system for mid-size to large enterprises. It is the most robust, scalable, and functionally rich enterprise resource planning system in the Microsoft Dynamics family of products. The system was originally known as Axapta, owned by the Danish software company Damgaard. Damgaard later merged with Navision before Microsoft acquired Navision in 2002. It was later renamed to Microsoft Business Solutions Axapta, then Axapta 3.0, Dynamics AX 4.0 and Dynamics AX 2009. At the same time, Microsoft purchased Great Plains Software and obtained two more ERP packages, Great Plains and Solomon. Microsoft subsequently rebranded the four systems as Microsoft Dynamics. 

Microsoft Dyanmics AX competes aggressively with other Tier 1 ERP software companies. It has particular strengths in manufacturing and distribution but is a functionally broad system, capable of serving buyers in most industries. Multi-language and multi-currency features make the system a popular option for companies looking to centralize operations in multiple locations across the world.

In addition to core accounting, Microsoft Dynamics AX offers complete functionality for inventory control, warehouse management, transportation management, demand and supply chain planning, material requirements planning, production management, quality assurance, product lifecycle management, asset management, and business intelligence. It relies entirely on Microsoft’s .Net technology. It is often installed on-premise, but can be hosted remotely if the customer would prefer an on-demand system accessible over the web.

Microsoft Dynamics AX can serve a wide range of markets, but has particular strength in manufacturing and distribution. Its industry-specific functionality meets the needs of discrete manufacturers in the high tech, electronics, metals, industrial machinery, aerospace, consumer products, and medical devices industries. It supports repetitive, make-to-order, make-to-stock, light assembly, and engineer-to-order manufacturing. Process manufacturers requiring automation of batches, formulas, and recipes also adopt Microsoft Dynamics AX. As a result, we recommend it very often to pharmaceutical, chemical, food, and beverage companies. It is a truly configurable and flexible system able to address the needs of just about any type of manufacturing firm.

In addition to manufacturing and distribution, Dynamics AX is also a popular choice within the retail industry. Microsoft has developed a version of AX for medium-sized merchants, Dynamics AX 2012 for Retail, that along with Microsoft RMS and Microsoft POS, are commonly evaluated retail software solutions.

Microsoft Dynamics AX is suitable for the companies whose size and functional requirements can justify it. We typically see it used by companies with at least $50 million in annual revenue (although occasionally a little less in unusual scenarios), 20 employees, 20 concurrent users, and expectations of an enterprise purchase.

 

Microsoft Dynamics AX - Adding Order Items in AX
 
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX - Adding Order Items in AX
    Adding Order Items in AX
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX - Expanded Business Intelligence
    Expanded Business Intelligence
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX - CFO Role Center
    CFO Role Center
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX - Task Recorder in AX
    Task Recorder in AX
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX - Employee Portal in Dynamics AX
    Employee Portal in Dynamics AX
Supported Operating System(s):
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Web browser (OS agnostic)

13 Reviews of Microsoft Dynamics AX

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from Stickley furniture
Specialty: Manufacturing
Number of employees: 201-500 employees Employees number: 201-500 employees

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we run dynamics AX 2009, and we have had some issues with performance, but when its working good it is an amazing product that can do so many things for a company.

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can handle almost everything you need all in one place.

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the more you customize it the worse your performance can get.

Advice to Others

do not over customize, try and use as many features "out of the box" as possible.

 
 

from L & J. G. Stickley
Specialty: Software / Technology
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

Dynamics AX good, but lacking...

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Great features, plenty of options and very customizable.

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Makes all the data we need easily excisable.

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Annoying to index databases. They should automatically index.

Advice to Others

AX 365 is the way to go almost everything is automatic.

 
 

from Stickley
Specialty: Manufacturing
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

Only getting better

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Microsoft has really changed the playing field with the new D365. Seeing AX progress from 2009 to 365 has been a game changer for ERP systems

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Extremely intuitive and simple to manage

Cons

Having to upgrade from an older version

Advice to Others

Definitely worth going to 365

 
 

from Large Agency
Specialty: Consulting
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

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I particularly like the social listening tool. I'm not sure if that's offered elsewhere

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functional, operates on the cloud,

Cons

poor User Interface

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Solid bang for your buck if you can get over the interface

 
 

from Aspire Health Partners
Specialty: Healthcare / Social Services
Number of employees: 1,001-5,000 employees Employees number: 1,001-5,000 employees

Dynamic GP get the job done!!!

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I have been using Dynamic GP since 2006 and it's been a great tool for our accounting department.

Pros

Payroll module

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ALLOCATIONS

 
 

from Aegisity, LLC
Specialty: Consulting
Number of employees: 2-10 employees Employees number: 2-10 employees

Mid Market Consumer Products AX Perspective

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I have overseen 6 implementations of AX in mid-market consumer Products organizations over the past 10 years. It has been an interesting time to watch the product grow into a Tier one solution from the Axapta version. The growth of the product and acceptance by the market has been remarkable. What I find most appealing with AX is the breadth of function coverage it offers coupled with the depth depth of capability. The SMB market often requires the same features as enterprise category organizations and AX can be configured to provide all of the components needed for the range of company sizes. The addition of a high quality WMS module provides an essential piece of the puzzle that most SMB solutions lack. Also, the Retail mPOS offering is a robust solution. Coupled with it's full integration and configurable user interface, mPOS provides a true 360 degree solution to companies with multiple selling channels.
The new AX7 and Dunamics 375 sets Microsoft apart from other providers. The new web interface and straightforward toolset will provide users a significant advantage.

Pros

Constant improvement of the product, interface and integration to other solutions. The quality of WMS and order management.

Cons

The constant improvements pose challenges to keep current with releases.

Advice to Others

Ensure you align yourself with the proper partner - who knows your industry and is flexible to your needs. As with any software, prepare and be open to Organizational Change to best adopt the tools of new technology.

 
 

from ORLEN UPstream Canada Ltd
Specialty: Oil & Gas / Energy
Number of employees: 51-200 employees Employees number: 51-200 employees

Fine for accounting but not as good as an ERP

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Customer support was not very good and costly. Most changes/enhancements were timely and costly.

 
 

from The Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Specialty: Non-Profit
Number of employees: 501 to 1,000 employees Employees number: 501 to 1,000 employees

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Flexibility and coverage you can set the product to do many function but that is also creating a chalange

Likes Least

To complicated user interface is not easy to use when implemented for use in our org extensive training was required

Recommendations

Keep it simple with minimal costom code as much as you can
Improve user interface and flow

 
 

from State of NC
Specialty: Government Agencies
Number of employees: 501 to 1,000 employees Employees number: 501 to 1,000 employees

Microsoft Dynamics small installation

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Purchasing was very straightforward on our EA and support is top notch

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As with everything Microsoft, this is not a low cost solution.

Recommendations

Check on your current enterprise agreement and see what it would take to add this product.

 
 

from Lifetime Products
Specialty: Manufacturing
Number of employees: More than 1,001 employees Employees number: More than 1,001 employees

Good Solid ERP Product

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Dynamics AX is a powerful product that has a lot of features. It's reasonably easy-to-use for anyone fairly comfortable with computers, and especially for someone with experience using an Enterprise Resource System. It's customizable both at the company and personal level, which makes it simpler for users on a daily basis. Reporting at the individual user level is good once you know how to do it.

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Dynamics AX can be a little difficult to use for people who have very little computer experience. Not all features are totally intuitive.

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In my opinion Dynamics AX is best for companies, especially manufacturers, that have a need for a huge, powerful program, and have the ability to give their users a lot of training.

 
 

from QFC
Specialty: Government Agencies
Number of employees: 101 to 500 employees Employees number: 101 to 500 employees

Comparatively a weak ERP solution

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It's a very simple system. It's all journal vouchers. It's not sophisticated like other main ERP systems available.

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The system is not customisable to big ERP requirements. Many of the policies have to be redone to suit the system instead of vice versa. Whereas systems like SAP and Oracle are very strong to support such requirements.

Recommendations

Try Oracle and SAP. For less budgets, try Oracle Lite.

 
 

from Mattress Firm
Specialty: Retail
Number of employees: More than 1,001 employees Employees number: More than 1,001 employees

AX system is incredibly slow and unreliable!

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I like the vendor for their innovations in the market except for the AX system. The product is very easy to point and click. So, the ease of use is fairly good for those who are not very computer literate. However, you must be very patient as the system is incredibly slow.

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This software is not able to maintain a large volume of traffic at once. I work for a billion dollar company, and all I can say is that it's a waste of money. The previous DOS-based system we had was faster and much more reliable. It's sad to think they charge the money they do for a broken system that is completely inefficient.

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If you are a large company, I would not suggest this for your business.

 
 

from Next Generation Logistics, Inc.

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Microsoft Dynamics 2012 ERP is the best price/value ERP in the market.

Microsoft leverages base functionality as well as "best-of-breed" modules from their vast Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) such as Dynamics TMS Transportation Management Solution from Next Generation Logistics.

Dynamics TMS is "plug and play" from within Dynamics AX and is a Tier I transportation management solution.

 
 
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