New Features Expected for Dynamics Ax 7 / Rainier

Dynamics Ax 7 (code named “Dynamics AX 7 Rainier”) is expected to release on the later part of 2015. Micrsoft is slowly leaking information about the new product, presenting the first live preview at Convergence 2015. While it is not yet known exactly the extent to which new features will be included in this upgrade, we can expect a big upgrade with exciting changes that will affect deployment, interfaces and possibly even licensing.

Here is the list of some of possible changes that will be introduced in Dynamics Ax 7;

1. Delivery through the Cloud:

Microsoft has announced that Dynamics AX 7 is going to be a cloud-first application. The latest update take full advantage of the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, Windows Server and the Microsoft Cloud OS. Moving Dynamics onto Azure and into the cloud provides a wider range of benefits. It will be easier to integrate the system with other cloud-based Microsoft products like Office 365. It also makes it easier to use Dynamics globally across multiple devices

2. A Focus on Mobile Access:

It is also expected that Dynamics AX 7 is going to be available across a wide range of mobile devices, making it operational on nearly any modern smartphone or tablet. This becomes increasingly necessary as the business world becomes hooked on cloud and wants all operations and business data to be available at any time and from any location.

3. Best-in-Class Lifecycle Services Management

Best-in-class lifecycle services management means improving the reliability and quality of the Dynamics implementation used by any given business. It will also make rolling out new custom features less of a hassle.

4. New Web-Based Client

Another change coming is that Dynamics AX 7 is will be accessible through a web-based client instead of a Windows desktop client. This means any shared in user will be able to access the Dynamics database through a basic web browser instead of needing to install customised applications on every system and device. Thus Web-based clients allow anyone in any location to access the different Dynamics modules.

5. Streamlined HTML5 User Experience

The HTML5 interface is designed to be lightweight and intuitive. It is context sensitive and the AX redesign is a dramatic departure from the normally bland windows and menus that have been found in previous versions of Dynamics AX. The new environment brings Dynamics in line with many other current Microsoft products. It will also make it easier to use Dynamics on mobile devices without a mouse or keyboard.

6. Incremental Updates Instead Of Versioned Releases

Following the pattern that has been adopted by many other cloud-first software developers, Microsoft will end version-based releases of Dynamics similar to what was done with Office 365. Replacing the strict versioning system will be an approach based on the deployment platform. Each Dynamics platform will receive updates whenever necessary instead of re-releasing the entire software suite.

7. Subscription-Based Licensing

Another feature that is likely coming to Dynamics AX 7 is a more flexible licensing scheme based on subscriptions. The traditional Microsoft licensing model was sometimes cumbersome especially for businesses that had seasonal fluctuations in volume. Buying extra licenses that might never be used is impractical. The new model is more flexible allowing businesses to buy subscriptions to use Dynamics as needed and then cancel them later.

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