With Microsoft Dynamics AX, users have a fully realized, fully supported, cloud-based ERP software that works in both the public and private cloud.
With Microsoft Dynamics AX, Microsoft offers both public and private enterprises cloud-based ERP software. Microsoft Dynamics AX cloud is a Windows-based ERP system that is particularly well-suited for organizations that operate in product-centric industries — such as manufacturing, distribution and retail — or in services-centric industries, like the public sector and delivery. The sizes of these companies can range from mid- to upper midmarket to large enterprises.
The cloud-based ERP software, which can be hosted either on premises or on Microsoft Azure, is currently available for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3. Microsoft plans to make these available on the new Dynamics AX later in 2016. Whether Dynamics is in the cloud or on premises, its code base remains consistent across all deployments.
The major modules in Microsoft Dynamics AX cloud ERP
As Dynamics AX cloud is well-suited for product-centric industries, its retail module is a key component of the cloud-based ERP software. The retail module includes point of sale, assisted sales, e-commerce, social media, order processing and merchandising functionalities, along with the ability to perform centralized store, omnichannel, payment and catalog management actions.
The manufacturing component of Microsoft Dynamics AX cloud allows enterprises to perform lean, process and discrete manufacturing. There are also product configuration capabilities, along with tools, that enable shop floor management.
Microsoft’s cloud ERP software also boasts a sales, service and marketing module which includes Salesforce and marketing automation, lead and opportunity management, sales and case management, service management, rebates, royalties and trade allowances and the ability to connect to customer relationship management systems.
Procurement and sourcing, another core module, is a tool that helps enterprises perform direct and indirect procurement and create purchase requisitions and manage supplier relationships while also providing e-procurement software and a vendor self-service portal.
Enterprises can perform various inventory management actions and run demand forecasting with the supply chain management module, which also includes multisite warehouse management, distribution planning,transportation management and quality management functions.
Microsoft Dynamics AX cloud also offers modules that cover project accounting and financial management, along with business intelligence and human capital management. When combined, these modules provide enterprises with a well-rounded cloud ERP system.
Under the hood of Microsoft’s cloud-based ERP software
Microsoft Dynamics AX is architected with open APIs to integrate with on-premises systems or other cloud services. Connections established between customers and Microsoft data centers are encrypted and all public endpoints are secured using industry-standard Transport Layer Security (TLS). TLS effectively establishes a security-enhanced, browser-to-server connection to help ensure data confidentiality and integrity between desktops and data centers. Microsoft Dynamics AX provides a thin HTML5 client running on popular browsers such as Google Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer and Edge.
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