Microsoft Dynamics AX 7 (also known as “Rainier”) will be released by the end of 2015, and the release will bring a change in paradigm from on-premises hosting to the cloud. We’ve already covered the benefits and features that AX 7 on the cloud will bring in a prior post.
Now that we’re in the second half of the year, it’s the right time to start thinking about how to prepare for this new version. There may be various ways to prepare for AX 7 and it all depends where you are starting from; we present three of the most common scenarios below based on whether you are currently an AX R3 user, an AX user on an older version, or are not an AX user but thinking of implementing in the near future.
Scenario 1: You are an AX 2012 R3 user.
Great – you can
Implementation: Right now, your AX ERP is hosted on-premises on your server. Your company’s data will need to be migrated to the cloud. All applications and customizations will also need to shift to the cloud. Also consider which applications and third party solutions are already integrated with AX. Understand how you will connect those applications with your cloud AX. Selecting the right partner who can help move the existing application and customize from on-premises to cloud is critical. The upgrade process will take a few months.
Cost: As an R3 user, you paid a one-time license fee and now pay a 15-20% annual maintenance charge on whatever you have purchased. Going forward, you will have subscription-based user licenses for cloud access.
This is to your advantage for several reasons. If your business is seasonal, and you have more users for only a few months, there is no need to pay for the entire year anymore. For example, Domino’s Pizza has two days in a year where the demand is off the charts: Thanksgiving Eve and Super Bowl Sunday. It doesn’t make sense for Domino’s to purchase a huge number of servers just for two days’ worth of traffic. But with everything on the cloud, such companies can pay for just what they need and not a penny more. The same holds true as you scale up and down for any reason.
Cloud Readiness: If you are a global AX user, identify where your AX 7 access will occur. You can purchase more than one access point to avoid any time delays or access issues. You should also review infrastructure needs. If you have a large number of users that you think will be on the ERP, then you may need to increase infrastructure bandwidth for speed and data usage, to connect to the cloud.
The bottom line for R3 users is that you are
Scenario 2: You are an AX user, but do not have R3.
If you have not upgraded to or
Scenario 3: You are evaluating ERPs but currently are not an AX user.
Whether you have another ERP, are planning to implement an ERP for the first time, or want to go from GP to AX, you can
As you can see, dependent upon which category you find yourself in, there will be different ways to prepare for the AX 7 release, which will be initially offered on the
Knowing how to prepare for the soon-to-be-released AX 7 will help plan and make the upgrade or implementation a much smoother process. Besides the points stated above, how else are you preparing for AX 7? Do you have any other questions about what it will take to get ready, either from a technology or business point of view?