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Be Dynamic: Steve Ballmer announces Dynamics AX 2012 at Convergence

April 11th, 2011 Sandeep Walia No comments

Steve Ballmer today announced the formal launch time frame of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. The Public Beta of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 is already out. The General Availability (GA) is expected in August 2011. I’m excited about the launch as it brings to the table several new features that I will go into detail in a few. Some key ones that were shown at the Keynote speech by Lachlan Cash at Convergence include:

  • Organizational structure: The organizational structure which was already powerful and a visual tool now has the ability to be connected to the underlying financial dimension structure. Those with appropriate security privileges can in the organizational visual editor tool of Dynamics AX 2012 cut and paste and move around the organizational structure with all associated individuals and transactions related to the structure also being updated.
  • Vendor portal enhanced with RFQ bid: The vendor portal has been enhanced to tie to the Purchase Requisitions and RFQ functionality. When RFQs are sent to vendors they can login into a vendor portal and place their be
  • Shop floor manufacturing enhancements: Visualization of the shop floor with Microsoft Dynamics AX showing routes, capacity and choke points.

Lachlan also showed the ability to control Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 without touching the screen or the computer with Kinect for scenarios such as complex or hazardous manufacturing scenarios where the users cannot touch the computer. It is nice to see all the Microsoft Technologies come together.

Picture of Lachlan Cash using hand movements to control Dynamics AX 2012 without touching the screen, mouse or a keyboard.

Figure. Picture of Lachlan Cash using hand movements to control Dynamics AX 2012 without touching the screen, mouse or a keyboard. Done with Kinect. Sorry for the not go great picture –taken at Convergence today on my Windows Phone 7 camera

Finally Lachlan showed the ability to access Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 on a table device in a very seamless fashion. More detail to come later. If you are at Convergence stop by the Ignify booth #501 and say hi. I will be the Ignify booth for most of the expo hours today, tomorrow and Wednesday.

Sandeep Walia is the Chief Executive Officer of Ignify. Ignify is a technology provider of ERP, POS , CRM , and eCommerce software solutions to mid-market and enterprise businesses and public sector organizations. Ignify is a Top-tier Microsoft Gold Certified partner ranked in the Microsoft Partner of the Year for Retail in 2010 and both the Microsoft Dynamics Inner Circle and the Microsoft Dynamics Presidents Club in 2009 . Ignify offers Microsoft Dynamics AX, Dynamics AX for Retail POS and the Dynamics CRM Loyalty Management solution for retailers and to several other businesses. Ignify has been included as the fastest growing business in North America for 4 years in a row by Deloitte, Inc Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine. Sandeep was ranked in 2010 in the Microsoft Dynamics Top 100 Most Influential People List by DynamicsWorld. Ignify has employees in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, Phoenix, Nashville, Chicago, Toronto, Manila, Pune and Bangalore.