Reasons to Upgrade from Microsoft Dynamics AX to Dynamics 365

The days of painfully long product life cycles, where nothing drastically changes for 3 or 4 years, are over. As we move more and more into a cloud-based world, Dynamics 365 is a game-changer for Microsoft customers.

What’s the difference between Microsoft AX and Dynamics 365

In the past, if you wanted to use business software you typically relied on on-premise physical infrastructure. While there is still a place for this kind of setup, things are increasingly shifting to the cloud.

Dynamics AX is Microsoft’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) software package for finance and operations, typically delivered on-premise or via a hybrid deployment. Microsoft Dynamics 365 is essentially a modernized, cloud-based version of AX, delivered as a SaaS solution.

Why do you need to upgrade Microsoft Dynamics AX?

While making the switch does involve some upfront investment of time and money, there are 15 excellent reasons to upgrade from AX to Dynamics 365.

1.  The end has come!

If you were on Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 or 2012 RTM and R2, mainstream support has ended as of April 2018. While extended support for both AX 2009 and 2012 will still be available until 2022, as time progresses you will find it harder and harder to get quick and skilled support for outdated and aging versions.

2.  You have the choice to cloud or not to cloud

Every business is unique, so it makes sense that Microsoft would continue to offer an on-premise solution as well as the option to migrate to the cloud. Working with a trusted technology partner will help determine which option is best for you.

3.  There’s better technical support

The number of cybersecurity attacks has been increasing, with new horror stories of companies falling victim due to outdated software. The great news is that with the annual Microsoft maintenance payment, you get access to hotfixes as they’re released which means it’s easier to stay up to date!

4.  There are more people in the know

As each new version is released, it’s only natural that a consultant’s knowledge of the previous versions begins to fade. There is a deep chasm of difference between AX 4.0 and Dynamics 365, from the user experience to technology and functionality.

5.  You can add functionality with the click of a button

This could be a slight simplification… although compared to modifying Dynamics AX, it’s incredibly easy. With literally hundreds of Microsoft Partners adding their solutions to Microsoft AppSource you can find the functionality that you’re missing.

6.  You can kick your servers to the curb

Say goodbye to your aging servers and let Microsoft manage everything.

They give you a range of options to suit your budget, including pay-as-you-go. With regular updates and access to the system from anywhere, it gives you a lot more maneuverability.

7.  Speaking of upgrades…

While AX was an easy system to upgrade if your system is heavily modified with non-standard processes you will find upgrading next to impossible. You will be staring down the barrel of a re-implementation. However, this would be an excellent opportunity to explore the latest platform… Microsoft Dynamics 365.

8.  Easier to scale

There will always be natural or predictable peaks and troughs within your business. The Azure platform, on which Microsoft Dynamics 365 is built, lets you scale up and down as required.

What are the benefits of Microsoft Dynamics 365?

If you’re considering migrating to Microsoft Dynamics 365 from Dynamics AX, here are some of the benefits.

1. Powerful integration

Microsoft Dynamics 365 is one of the world’s largest ERPs and can be integrated with lots of different platforms. (Of course, it will also integrate with other elements of Microsoft’s 365 suite, such as Office 365). After upgrading, the customization and integration headaches you encountered with AX will be a thing of the past.

2. Real-time analysis

The cloud allows for your business data to be updated and accessed in real-time, facilitating deeper and more timely business insights.

3. Better compliance and security

The major cloud providers have the resources and incentives to ensure their customers’ data is kept secure. Dynamics 365 is hosted in Azure, which boasts industry-leading information security ISO certifications. Dynamics 365 adheres to the strictest compliance laws and allows users to meet exacting regulatory requirements via the Microsoft Compliance Manager tool.

4. Enhanced UX and productivity

Microsoft Dynamics 365 is significantly more user-friendly than its predecessor, which translates into increased staff productivity.    

5. Improved mobility

Post-pandemic, you can’t assume your staff will always be in the office using a desktop. Dynamics 365 means your employees can work in a range of locations on a range of devices.

6. Cost saving

Microsoft Dynamics 365 offers all the usual savings of SaaS. After upgrading, there’s no need for on-premises infrastructure or staff to maintain it.

How to switch to Microsoft  Dynamics 365 from Dynamics AX

Like any system migration project, you will need to review your requirements, assess any risks, establish an implementation plan, deploy the new system while minimizing downtime, conduct testing, train staff, and support adoption. 

ERP upgrades can be tricky, so outsourcing this task to experts is usually a wise move. Flintech is an expert in Microsoft Dynamics 365 migrations and can help make the move seamless and painless.

How Flintech can help to upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics 365

Flintech is a long-time Microsoft Gold Partner. Our expert staff have plenty of experience helping businesses upgrade from Dynamics AX to Dynamics 365 on time, on budget and with minimal disruption.

Final takeaway

Digital transformation can understandably be daunting, but it can’t be put off forever. If you’re still using AX, it’s time to switch to its superior successor, Microsoft Dynamics 365.  

Gain an expert partner in your Microsoft Dynamics 365 migration with Flintech. Book a free consultation with us today to find out more.