About Switching to Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations from AX

by Sam William Sam is an expert on Microsoft Dynamics

With the launch of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, a lot of people has shifted from NAV to the latest ERP solution. Similarly, existing users are considering moving to Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operation from Microsoft Dynamics AX. However, before making the switch, you should know more about the new ERP solution. The following are the differences between Dynamics AX and Finance and Operations:

        1.            Infrastructure:

One of the biggest difference between Microsoft Dynamics AX and Finance and Operations is that of the infrastructure that the system is built on. Microsoft has committed to put cloud technology first and with that it has moved it ERP solution to its cloud platform named Azure. Thus, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance and Operation is also hosted on cloud which is largely different from Microsoft Dynamics AX which can still be run on premise, hosted on the client server itself that are physically on site.


With Dynamics AX, organizations were used to storing their data locally where they could access them any time. With the introduction of cloud, they have to request copies of their production database from Microsoft to pull from the cloud. Hence, many existing users dealing with production environment of AX may be reluctant to move to D365.


Besides the code deployment for production was also changed when they moved to cloud. The users can no longer promote code for production on-demand, but will have to schedule a deployment that is executed by Microsoft.


        2.  Custom Development:

The custom code is also written and implemented differently.


It is undeniable that every business is different and every ERP solution has to undergo certain customizations to fulfill the specific needs of an organization. With Microsoft Dynamics AX, it was achieved through an over-layering method where the core product, customer code and any value-added reseller code can be separated from each other in different layers. The different sets of codes are then layered on top of each other.


On the other hand, Dynamics 365 uses extensibility as a method for the developments. Here the core of the ERP suit is locked and developers can only customize the software solution from build-in extension points. Thus, only those modules that have extension points can be customized and in case of additional requirements, the customer has to request Microsoft. Microsoft either provides the extension to the customer directly or includes the same in the future upgrades.


        3.      User Interface:

One of the most apparent differences between Microsoft Dynamics AX and Finance and Operations is the user interface.

While using Microsoft Dynamics AX, users can open an application from desktop and perform their work within the same program, but when it comes to Dynamics 365, the user has to launch a web browser and enter a URL. The user has to perform their work within the browser. He can also open additional tabs if necessary. Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operation can be launched from any device, anytime, if there is a steady internet connection.

The feel and look of the new solution is more aligned with the branding of Microsoft and resembles other Microsoft products, such as Office 365.  


There are certain other differences as well that you implementation partner can help you understand.

Should you upgrade to Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations?

Before making up your mind about the migration. You must take a step back and evaluate your own business. In order to avoid any regrets, it is smart to align the organization and to conduct an understandable ERP selection to decide whether you should go for a simple upgrade or you are ready for the transition from Dynamics AX to Finance and Operations.

However, considering the benefits of using Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, migration may be the popular choice. As a matter of fact, moving to D365 Finance and Operation would be a smart decision for organizations that are looking for a more manageable production environment, easier customizations, improved user experience and seamless upgrades.

However, it is important to note that the transition is not easy and requires expert assistance. While many organizations stick to their ID developers to conduct the migration, we advise that they hire a Microsoft Dynamics AX partner and work in coordination with them. They can help the teams undergo organizational changes, and other necessary project activities which is important to make upgrades smoother and beneficial to your business.


This article elaborates on the chief differences between Microsoft Dynamics AX and Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations.

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