Microsoft Dynamics AX Services

Microsoft Dynamics AX was originally developed by IBM and Damgaard Data as IBM Axapta. Axapta was initially released in March 1998. IBM returned all rights to the product to Damgaard Data shortly after the release of Version 1.5. Damgaard Data merged with Navision Software A/S in 2000 to form NavisionDamgaard, later named Navision A/S.

Microsoft acquired the combined company in July 2002. In September 2011, Microsoft released AX 2012. In February 2016, the product was renamed to Dynamics AX (also known as AX7). Microsoft Dynamics AX was renamed Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, On-Premises in October 2016.


Manufacturing System Implementation

Much time and effort go into implementing the Manufacturing module in Microsoft Dynamics AX. The key is to utilize resources efficiently and effectively. The Manufacturing module is especially challenging since there are lots of moving parts and integrations to other modules in the system. Our clients benefit from our expertise in:

• Discovery and business process analysis
• Business process re-engineering
• Requirements definition
• Software development
• Training

Financial and Operational Reporting

Microsoft Dynamics AX comes with many build-in reports. However, our clients often ask us to develope reports that streamline their processes or provide information in a specific format that management can readily use for decision-making. Presentation, using a Business Intelligence (BI) tool, of key metrics allows you to quickly see when issues arise in your business. Our clients benefit from our expertise in:

• Developing reports within the application
• Creating SSRS reports from within the Microsoft SQL database
• Online Analytical Processing (OLAP)
• Deploying dashboards Microsoft Power BI

Master Planning

The Master Planning functionality in Microsoft Dynamics AX provides manufacturing and distribution companies with the ability to transform sales forecasts into planned production and purchase orders. Using this functionality, your company can purchase and make the right parts on time, minimizing inventory carrying costs. We assist our clients with

• Sales Forecasting
• Master Production Scheduling (MPS)
• Material Requirements Planning (MRP)
• Capacity Requirements Planning (CRP)

Business Processes

The key to a successful implementation of any ERP system, including Dynamics AX, is fit with your company's business processes. However, the system often does not fit business processes well "out of the box". We've helped, our clients tailor the system to fit their business processes or changed their business processes to fit the system or both. We add value to our clients' operations with:

• Requirements definition
• System customization
• Business process analysis
• Business process re-engineering

Software Development

Software development is often not included in a Microsoft Dynamics AX implementation as it's perceived to make the process of installing future upgrades significantly more time-consuming. In some cases, where lots of software development has been done, the upgrade process can be as expensive and lengthy as a full implementation. We recommend custom software development in situations where data is frequently transferred between systems or your business process is uniquely efficient. Further, the benefits of software development (i.e., eliminating manual data entry) must be significantly greater than the cost. We assist our clients with:

• System customization
• X++ software development
• Visual Studio software development
• API integration with cloud-based systems

Version Upgrades / Cloud Migration

Careful consideration must be given to upgrading a Microsoft Dynamics AX installation. This is especially true if the application has been modified or if there are integrations to numerous third-party applications. In many situations, an upgrade could be as costly or more costly than migrating to a new system. Our clients often ask us to help them:

• Assess the trade-offs of upgrading versus migrating to a new system.
• Compare cost and level of effort for cloud versus on-premises implementation.
• Navigate the timing for extended support or end of support for Microsoft Dynamics AX.