Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 is Microsoft’s ERP solution designed for enterprises with 200 to 7,500 users that empowers people to anticipate and embrace change. It helps employees be more productive and increases the value of data by providing all people in the organization with access to critical business information and processes. The unified, global solution promotes rapid adoption because it’s simple to learn and use, and provides the agility needed to expand business opportunities, modify processes, and differentiate businesses.
A single, global ERP deployment
Organizations with multiple operations can replace numerous legacy applications with a single, centralized implementation of Microsoft Dynamics AX. Rationalizing on a standard ERP technology can help lower IT maintenance costs and reduce training time. With a company-wide integrated ERP solution, organizations can provide flexible access to a wide range of users within the organization. Capabilities that support multiple industries are included in the industry foundation, allowing organizations the ability to evolve their business model by extending their role in the supply chain (for example, distribution companies can add a retail function).
Two-tier ERP and deployment of Business Workloads
Global organizations are increasingly considering a two-tier ERP strategy to serve diverse ERP needs across different divisions and subsidiaries. With a two-tier ERP strategy, global enterprises can combine the benefits of a single enterprise ERP solution that provides financial insights as the backbone for the enterprise, while using a more cost-efficient, flexible ERP application to serve the unique needs of different divisions and subsidiaries. In addition, organizations can choose a more phased adoption, targeting their deployment of Microsoft Dynamics AX and the Microsoft application platform capabilities to address specific business process and pain points, which will enable organizations to reap benefits more quickly. We refer to this targeted deployment as ‘Business Workloads’. Business Workloads functional examples include Expense Management and eProcurement. Examples of industry-specific workloads are Store Management and Merchandising (retail) and Plant Operations (manufacturing). Microsoft Dynamics AX is ideally suited to support these different deployment strategies due to its extensible Microsoft service-oriented architecture, its global capabilities and its ability to service different industry requirements on one common ERP platform.