There are four new features worth mentioning:
1) Updated User Experience
The focus on improving the user experience has been one of the keys in the updated Dynamics AX. The keywords here are usability and design. A traditional ERP has moved towards a modern and light user experience reminding us of what a consumer application would look like. The new Dynamics AX is more intuitive and visual.
The ‘mobile – first’ strategy has been one of the priorities. The Dynamics AX users are no longer tied to the Windows computer. Rather, the flexibility of the new Dynamics AX allows them to access it from a variety of devices, including Windows, Android, iOS or even Xbox if necessary. That is a major plus for the users who require access to data on the go or from various locations.
Dynamics AX is written in HTML5 and is now accessible through a web- based client rather than from a Windows desktop client. That means that it won’t be necessary to install Dynamics AX on every machine. Instead, users will have access to Dynamics AX from anywhere through a web browser.
2) ‘Cloud- first’
Microsoft continues with the trend and releases the Dynamics AX first as a cloud- based model. The on- premise version will be available later on in 2016. That has improved the sign-up experience and allowed the ‘near instant provisioning’.
3) Pricing and licensing
The licensing of the Dynamics AX is based on a subscription model. Two types of licenses are available: user- based or device- based. This flexibility is good news for companies with fluctuations in volume or the number of users. No longer will companies pay for unused licenses!
4) Additional features
New features include ‘task guides’ that allow users to record steps done in the ERP and train new people with easy to follow guide.