4 Strategies That Would Pave-Way for Your Customers to New Microsoft Dynamics AX Adaptation

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In a not so long distant future, it is expected from Microsoft to come out with the already available Dynamics AX Azure to be made available on private cloud and On-premise version. Give the recent developments in Microsoft approach and focus on cloud technology, shows us the long term strategy, which will be adapted for Dynamics AX as a product.

Thus from a service provider point of view it becomes even more important to advocate Dynamics users to consider upgrading from the current version being used. Here we are going to discussing some possible approach which can be adopted moving customers to the newest version of Dynamics AX. Four strategies or upgrade scenarios and beneficial tactics will be discussed, which would help in a seamless migration from the existing AX to New versions of AX.

1. For AX 2012 R3 Users, Choice between Cloud and On-Premise:

It is no secret that when it comes to business logic and Data Models of Dynamics AX 2012 R3 version and new Dynamics AX are similar. So making the upgrade from the AX 2012 R3 to new version would be fairly straight-forward. Thus a more standard approach is all that is needed. But the question which would linger around with both the client and the service provider is to either host the AX on the public cloud, private cloud or to choose On-premise.

The hosting in the initial stages of public cloud deployments of new Dynamics AX will be handled by Microsoft’s Dynamics Lifecycle Services (LCS) Deployment Services. For a better approach suggestion, it would be important for service providers to familiarise with the new Dynamics AX on Microsoft Azure, this can be achieved by gathering knowledge on LCS tools in order to estimate licensing cost and evaluate potential upgraded project risks, such as recognizing solution areas with the highest number of merge conflicts, etc.

When it comes to integration with any third party application the new version of Dynamics AX should be easier to implement when compared to AX 2012 and earlier versions. But at this point-of-time you can only perform code upgrades as data upgrade won’t be available until Fall 2016 at the earliest. In addition, new Dynamics AX does not have any data upgrade scripts yet. And data migration scripts have to be created during the upgrade.

2. For AX 2009 Users, Upgrade to AX 2012 then new AX Version Transition Approach:

A larger number of enterprise takes time to migrate to new versions of Dynamics AX for a number of reasons such as time, resource, budget and on most occasions their familiarity to the existing system. Thus on many occasions enterprise skips versions. Even Microsoft has mentioned that for AX 2009 extended support will be provided till 2018, hinting Microsoft’s intent of wanting the AX 2009 users to upgrade at their own pace.

Transition of customers or users thus becomes an integral part of any upgradation activity. For a seamless transition it is better advised to transition the customers Dynamics AX solution to AX 2013 R3 CU8 on the first place. This might be the most secure and cost effective strategy while planning to move to new Dynamics AX from a version such as AX 2009. As mentioned earlier the new Dynamics AX is similar to AX 2012 R3 CU8 in terms of business logic and data model. So the exposure to the AX 2012 environment will help both the enterprise and individual users from the organization to adapt the AX environment, so making the transition straightforward when new Dynamics AX is adapted.

There are few reasons which has to be taken into account as a service provider to consider upgrade suggestion of AX 2012 R3 to be carried out in 2016 and later upgrade them to the new AX version at a later point of time.

    • Dispersal of Upgrade Costs & Risks Over Time – It has to be noted that jumping few versions to new Dynamics AX substantially increase upgrade costs and risks associated with upgrade project exponentially. So it becomes a more conducive approach to have smaller, well-planned, iterative upgrade steps.
    • Subsiding Upgrade Project Risk- one of the main reasons why an upgrade project is stalled or delayed is because of underestimating the project. There are many factors such as accumulation of unexpected cost and increased error rate. Not taking such factors into consideration would result in the migration project over shooting the project cost and leaves an unsatisfied customer.
    • Avoid the Big Leap- When an organization is running AX 2009 and migrating directly to latest version of Dynamics AX would refer to a big leap when it comes to user’s interface and processes of the system. This sudden change will create unnecessary strain, unease and confusion for users.

3. Full Upgrade or Re-implementation or A Mix Approach:

There are scenarios where as a service provider you might come across unsupported upgrade paths. During these situations we are left with a number of choices such as re-implementation or a combination of upgrade & re-implementation, these approach tends to be more efficient solution provided to the clients than a full solution upgrade.

Few notable situations when the suggestion of re-implementation has to be suggested are,

      • Level of customization which has been implemented in the current system. In case of customizations having conflicts with the new version of standard AX, would make the upgrade complex and costly.
      • Consistency of customer’s data in the existing Dynamics AX solution also determines the strategy to be followed.
      • The use of ISV or any third party integration tool which is not supported by the new version plays a role too.

Similarly, the situation when a mixed upgrade strategy for the customer needs to be suggested.

      • When the requirement for upgrade from the customer is to re-implement only specific Dynamics AX modules.
      • In situations when the customization is actually part of the new version of AX and those customizations needs to be removed, thus only migrates data.
      • If the need is full data migration and code re-implementation. This scenario mainly arises when there are multiple Dynamics AX version used for different businesses and wants to transition/merge them to one corporate solution.

In short to fix the implementation strategy a deep analysis of each specific case should be performed to determine which option is best for your customer. Cost efficient and time efficient options depends on data and customization in the current customers AX version that needs to be upgraded. To plan your upgrade strategy, service provider and the customer should deliberate a variety of factors such as,

      • Source System Version
      • Database Size and Quality
      • Customization and New Functionality
      • ISV Solutions and Integrations with Third Party Application
      • Budget, Timeline, Downtime Limitation and Resources

Thus an initial assessment to identify the discussed factors and in-turn helps in identifying which strategy to be followed for customer’s unique situations.

4. Small Customer, how about Going for NAV Instead

The situation completely changes when the customer or users of older versions of AX such as the AX 4.0 or older, seem to be struck and do not see an efficient means of migrating their existing solution to a new version. The less the 50 users the new version is not available since the limitation is a minimum of 50 users, making the new Dynamics AX too big.

In such situation rather than struggling with the approach or strategy, the simplest of solution are to migrate the existing AX system to Dynamics NAV. Migration to NAV from the existing AX is also made easy with number tools available which make migration easy.

KARYA Technologies’ Microsoft Dynamics AX Service Offerings

KARYA Technologies’ Microsoft Dynamics AX Services are aimed at helping our clients exploit all relevant base functionalities, scale-to growing business needs, integrate AX effectively with internal and external systems such as CRM, Legacy Systems, Mobile Applications and EDI Frameworks and enhance the BI/Reporting capabilities.

KARYA Technologies is a Microsoft Dynamics Certified Partner with a large resource base of experienced and Certified AX Professionals on board.

      • We have a proven record of excellence in Implementation / Upgrades and Production Support.
      • We help AX integrate seamlessly with other Enterprise Systems (like CRM), Web Portals, Trading Partners (like EDI), Microsoft Office Suite.
      • We practice and preach sure-step methodology.
      • We have experience with Localization and Globalization aspects of AX.
      • We can recommend and implement suitable Industry Vertical Add-on Solutions.
      • We have a strong Infrastructure team to support AX implementations.
      • We provide 24x7x365 Operational Maintenance and Production Support for your AX Environment.
      • We have an efficient Global Delivery Model.

To learn more about KARYA Technologies’ Microsoft Dynamics AX.

What You Must Know About Dynamics AX

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Microsoft AX was previously known as Axapta till Microsoft took over it and released the version with the name of Microsoft Dynamics AX. This ERP solution is focused towards companies having several divisions and doing business across locations where compliance of business processes and best practices is a must. Microsoft AX can be easily customized to adapt for business processes and is cost effective along with this it comes with features to automate and provide solutions for Finance, Human Resource, Sales, Web Stores, Supply Chain Management, Warehouses, Distribution, Balanced Scorecards, Knowledge Management and Business Analytics. As it has been upgraded and designed to work at distant locations it supports multilingual and multi-currency functions. Microsoft has announced that the next release of Dynamics AX will just be known as Microsoft Dynamics AX. The product is architected specifically for the cloud. .

Organizations and individuals are empowered to transform their business operations with the combination of hyper scale, enterprise-grade and hybrid-cloud capabilities of Microsoft Azure along with the real-time insights and intuitive user experience of Dynamics AX. The initial release of Microsoft Dynamics AX will be available only in the cloud on Azure and the on premise versions are to be released later. As Dynamics AX customers upgrade to the cloud, they will need to consider their compliance requirements before moving mission critical data to Azure cloud.

The end of number version style

The upcoming release of Microsoft Dynamics AX has gone by many names including:

  • Dynamics AX Rainier
  • AX 2015
  • Dynamics AX7

and now it’s just “Microsoft Dynamics AX” as Microsoft refers to it. Dynamics AX users and consultants have already started to get the real sensation of this little dynamite. Peter Snaeland, a Software Architect, has been in the Dynamics AX business for the past 15 years, got his chance to use the Microsoft Dynamics AX upcoming release. He feels it is the best and the most exciting of all.

A Unique Experience

Dynamics AX offers a redesigned, touch-enabled user experience that looks and works like Microsoft Office, delivering deep integration that seamlessly shares information between Dynamics AX, Dynamics CRM and Office 365. Real-time analytics powered by Azure Machine Learning Services offer the ability to visualize Power BI data directly from AX. Based on extensive usability analysis, the redesigned Dynamics AX is highly visual and more in line with what users expect from consumer applications.

Hassle Free Management

ERP Systems have traditionally been known for their rigidity, complexity, and slow deployments and implementations, but the days of big budget high stress implementations are over, even for massive enterprise products like Microsoft Dynamics AX. The new release introduces enhancements to Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services, an Azure-based service that enables turnkey implementation.

Because of the improved portability of the system and improved cloud functionality and architecture, Dynamics AX7, or Microsoft Dynamics AX no version, will be designed for a simple upgrade process that runs as seamlessly as possible.

Intelligent is The Right Word

Microsoft is making Dynamics AX more intelligent with intuitive workspaces that allow never before seen visibility across an organization while performing tasks such as billing or AP processing. Other metrics will be readily available in a sidebar for quick reference while performing critical tasks. Check out Jason Gumpert’s post to learn more about AX7 workspaces and how they improve Power BI.

In addition to better integration with Power BI, the new Dynamics AX release will seamlessly integrate with CRM 2016 and O365. It will also draw insights from social and other data sources using the power of Azure Machine Learning services and Cortana. Cortana Integration helps users gain quick access to actionable human insights from big data generated by Microsoft Dynamics AX and other LOB apps.

Use it Anywhere

The new HTML5-based browser interface is so flexible you will be able to access AX from virtually any device.

While Dynamics AX is flexible to meet the needs of most industries, the new Microsoft Dynamics AX release is designed with five core industries in mind: Retail, Manufacturing, Distribution, Professional Services and Public Sector.

(This blog was written by Vinish P.R, Senior Technical Writer, KARYA Technologies. He has a passion for writing and he has been awarded Gold Star for his Technical Writing Skills).

Learn more about KARYA’s Microsoft Dynamics AX Services at www.karyatech.com. You may also email us at info@karyatech.com.

KARYA Technologies Partners with Solver to Provide Business Intelligence Solutions

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KARYA Technologies, a comprehensive Global Enterprise Solutions Provider, announced a strategic partnership with Solver, Inc., the leading provider of self-service Business Intelligence Software Solutions. The partnership will deliver significant customer impact by offering Solver’s BI360 Software Suite, which include Excel- and Web-Based Reporting, Budgeting, Dashboards, Data Warehouse, and Collaboration Tools.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer Solver’s BI360 suite of solutions to give our customers deep insight and actionable information across all facets of their organization,” said Venkatkumar Navaneethakrishnan, VP Global Services, KARYA Technologies. “Solver’s track-record of delivering cutting-edge Business Intelligence Solutions is unparalleled in our industry, and we’re confident they’ll continue to innovate well into the future,” he added.

“Our partner program is a core driver for our success and one of the biggest reasons we’ve been able to grow so quickly,” said, Nils Rasmussen, CEO of Solver. “We take pride in our partner-centric culture and continue to focus on strong alliances with proven success to help our partners exceed their customers’ specific needs.”

Solver works with more than 175 partners worldwide to assist them in delivering BI360’s suite of solutions, which drives increased productivity, better efficiencies, and ultimately complete insight into their customers’ business.

About Solver

Solver provides BI360, the leading Business Intelligence suite for Microsoft Dynamics AX, GP, NAV and other ERP systems. Solver is a Microsoft Gold ISV Partner and the winner of the Microsoft BI Partner of Year Award and has a presence on the Gartner Group CPM Magic Quadrant. BI360 is sold through a world-wide network of resellers and is ideal for companies looking to find a user friendly, yet highly functional Reporting, Budgeting, Dashboard, Collaboration Portal, and Data Warehouse Solution to give them deep insight and actionable information across all facets of their organization.

To learn more about Karya’s Partners visit Our Partners!, To become Karya’s Partner email us at info@karyatech.com or fill out a form at Partnering with KARYA

KARYA Technologies Unveils Redesigned Website

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KARYA Technologies, a comprehensive Global Enterprise Solutions Provider, today announced the launch of its new corporate web site. The new web site has new features, expert content, and enhanced search and navigation that covers all the newly-included service areas, partnerships and solutions.

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Microsoft Dynamics NAV and AX: How Do They Compare?

Microsoft Dynamics AX Vs NAVMicrosoft Dynamics offers a range of integrated, adaptable business management solutions that enables organisations to take decisions with confidence. Microsoft Dynamics’ ERP offerings are aimed at automating and streamlining financial, customer relationship and supply chain processes of your organisations.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions empower people to anticipate and embrace change so that business can innovate and grow. It increases the efficiency of the organisation by making the critical business information available for the right people at the right time.

While ERPs can bring about a huge change in how your business is run, an ideal ERP should be simple use and also provide the agility you need to expand business. Choosing the right solution is very crucial for any organisation as ERP implementations are not only risky and complex, the perceived failure rates are also very high.

A research done by Gartner points out that “an estimated 20% to 25% of ERP projects fail outright (late and/or over budget, failed to deliver any benefits, or abandoned). A further 50% to 60% are perceived as having failed because they are considered compromised by the organization in some way.

Though Microsoft Dynamics offers a wide range of ERPs catering to various business needs, Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Microsoft Dynamics AX are more popular and choosing between them requires good understanding about the business needs and goals.

Both Dynamics NAV and Dynamics AX are highly customizable, flexible and offer high scalability for the businesses that are operating from one centralized or multiple decentralized locations.

The primary aim of this article is to shed some light on how both the applications differ from each other in terms of functionality and technology. This ready reckoner can be a good starting point to understand how these robust applications can solve your business problems.

Microsoft-Dynamics-AX-Vs-NAVIf you still have difficulty in choosing the right Dynamics ERP solution, please get in touch with our experts at Karya who can guide you to choose the right ERP solutions that aligns best with your organization’s current and future needs.

Learn more about Microsoft Dynamics from Karya at www.Karyatech.com. You may also email us at info@karyatech.com.

Food and Beverage Industry Enhancements for Microsoft Dynamics AX

Embracing the enterprise technology means viable advantage in today’s marketplace. The food & beverage industry face many challenges right from consumer demands, operational inefficiencies and governmental regulations. Adopting enterprise-wide technology among many companies provides opportunities to streamline operations, getting insight information on customer and industry trends and also remain compliant to make many of their challenges more manageable and provide actionable improvement from the bottom line.

Food and beverage industry have special requirements that standard ERP applications cannot readily meet. The Microsoft Dynamics AX Food and Beverage Solution changes all of that. Microsoft Dynamics AX provides food and beverage companies with the tools they need to meet quality standards, manage stock and satisfy customer demands while continuing to provide excellent customer service.

Dynamics AX for Food Industry

Karya – From conceptualizing to creating and implementing

Karya’s food & beverage solution for Microsoft Dynamics AX enhances a richly-featured ERP system to meet the explicit requirements of companies in this industry. Karya has designed a solution that is effective, affordable, and scalable, with a roadmap for continuous improvement. Food & beverage integrates with Microsoft Dynamics AX in a cohesive, flexible infrastructure to help companies meet their current and emerging customer needs and operate profitably. We have designed an industry-specific functionality and capability that makes managing the processes in food and beverage companies a great deal easier and more effective.

Our solution also includes a custom-made user experience, multi language and multi currency capacity, and also integrating with Microsoft products that make Microsoft Dynamics AX a world-leading IT investment. Karya enables you to meet customer demands, break up traditional barriers in doing business, and adapt in-house procedures to create a profitable environment now and also into the future.

Karya helps you do better…..

Karya knows how to make clients more successful by adapting and implementing proven, Microsoft-based ERP solution to maximize the efficiency and overall business performance of food & beverage manufacturing companies.

With deep engagement in the food industry, we build solution sets on top of a reliable Microsoft Dynamics platform that deliver value and faster ROI. Our solutions often meet the industry requirements with individual adaption. Thereby you will experience the full impact on your business performance at a lower total cost of ownership.

We help you streamline processes to optimize your business in a professional, yet pragmatic way. Our proven step-by-process and unique solution sets ensure a faster and less expensive implementation.

By upgrading your legacy system your business will realize:<>

  • Advancement in operational efficiency and collaboration in the supply chain
  • Increased visibility for optimal business decision
  • Improved food safety and reduced risk

Microsoft Dynamics AX makes it easier for you to:

  • Manage safety and quality regulations
  • Track costs and analyze profit margins
  • Streamline supply chain
  • Optimize your production process. Reduce labor costs, waste and rework
  • Simplify order cycle to improve customer service
  • Better decisions with real time data

Use Case:

One of the UK’s largest catering company with a very robust reputation in the food service industry. The holding company had several other food businesses that aimed to deliver high quality food at a very competitive price. The main reason to consider replacing the company’s ERP system was that the legacy system that had become obsolete and was concerned about its long term viability. The company had two main criteria based on their previous ERP platform. First of all it wanted a generic solution that would allow them to diversify the way they used IT systems within their business. Secondly it wanted to harness the benefits by aligning to a global solution which was appropriate for their type of company.

Karya carried out a detailed analysis of its requirements and identified the functions available in the Microsoft Dynamics AX platform that matched these needs. Karya implemented and customized new ERP solution from the ground up Microsoft Dynamics AX solutions to. With Dynamics AX implementation, the organization experienced a stupendous growth in its operational efficiency, support in its future growth and also leveraged their existing Microsoft technology. Furthermore, AX’s potent planning, business intelligence, traceability, financial and other tools helped with the company’s rapid growth

If you’re interested in deploying Dynamics AX within your organization, please get in touch by dropping an email to info@karyatech.com Want to know how exactly this will work or what have we done? Please visit our website www.karyatech.com for more information and test drive some of our work.

Position your Construction business on a platform for growth with Karya’s Dynamics AX solutions!

Microsoft Dynamics AX, one of the fastest growing ERP solutions globally, provides a scalable enterprise solution capable of handling operations even for the largest construction firms. Karya’s advanced Project Management for Dynamics AX integrates directly with the ERP platform to help manage projects competently and ensure that complex change management and customized requirements do not result in inflating the costs. Enterprise reporting and comprehensive service capabilities are designed specifically for construction firms to make a powerful solution capable of evolving with your growing firm.

In a tough economy, competition in the construction industry can be extreme. After a contractor successfully wins a bid, the profit to control project costs and scheduling depends on the ability and also to respond quickly to changing workplace conditions and keep up with customer demands.

Dynamics AX for Construction

With a rigid competition and the pressure to decrease the margins, you need the ability to calculate margins, costs, and risks quickly as well as precisely. You also need the dexterity to respond quickly to new developments and maintain your competitive edge, without being limited by system constraint. Karya’s Construction Solution for Microsoft Dynamics AX offers proven capabilities that meet highly specific industry needs.

Karya’s – Dynamics AX – Advanced Project Management enables you to:

  • Plan and run projects with proficiency, profitable margins and balance margins across labor, equipment, subcontracts, materials, and expenses.
  • Retain and re-use experience and information to respond quickly to requests for quotes while improving the quality of your bids and the profitability of projects.
  • Leverage the project progress, value, and costs, and align them easily with cost code structures, customer requirements, and industry standards.
  • Reconcile materials resource planning (MRP) and project planning, so that products and components are available on time.
  • Track and manage workers’ project time.
  • Handle equipment usage for best cost upturn.

Karya’s Project guidelines to deliver best in class competency:

  • Estimation & Budget Management
  • Project Scheduling
  • Project Resource Management
  • Collaboration
  • Subcontract Management
  • Project Costing
  • Project & Portfolio Analytics
  • Project Fundamentals

Use case:

A leading construction company executes complex and large-scale construction projects to shore up mining, agricultural, fisheries, oil drilling, public-sector, and other clientele across the globe. The company also manufactures many of the workings and resources it uses in its projects, which includes tubing, erosion controls, drainage systems, road layers, ventilation systems, flexible tanks, and much more. This company decided to get hold of a new business management system to replace its legacy software tools and it proceeded with a competitive review of technology providers.

It eliminated several ERP systems and chose the Microsoft Dynamics AX to integrate their legacy system. The result of this implementation gained a complete business management system that controls all facet of the business right from management of construction projects to financial operations. Construction Solution helped them to manage projects within planned margins, budgets, and timelines. It also ensured the quality and cost-efficiency of subcontracted work to strongly win a new business and serve clients across the continent with enhanced agility.

Explore your industry-specific solution at your fingertips. There are boat loads of solutions at Karya, get in touch with us to truly transform your business outcomes.  If you have any questions or need more information, feel free to email us at info@karyatech.com or visit our website www.karyatech.com