Upgrading from Dynamics AX to Microsoft Dynamics 365 is a big decision. But it is evident that this upgrade is necessary for businesses that want to stay competitive and operate at peak efficiency.
While digital transformation is a priority for many organizations, there are a few questions decision makers have before they can commit to migrating to the cloud.
- What is the difference in cost between the on-premise and cloud solutions?
- How will the upgrade improve business performance and outcomes?
- Are there set plans, procedures, or best practices to follow to upgrade?
The above questions are only broad categories that you can use to begin the journey. As you probe below the surface, you will realize there are areas worth exploring to not only understand the process but also realize the actual benefits of the upgrade.
One aspect that businesses tend to think differently about is the cost. When thinking about cost, most decision makers focus on licensing, implementation, customization, and training. But there is more to it than this.
For an on-premise solution, you incur hardware and infrastructure costs like data storage, servers, and facilities. These costs are generally taken for granted, but you don’t need to incur these costs when you move to the cloud. Besides, maintaining ageing applications and platforms can be increasingly difficult and expensive.
Asking the right questions is the first step in getting a deeper understanding about different aspects of the upgrade.
End of mainstream support for Dynamics AX 2009 and Dynamics AX 2012. Are you ready?
The need to upgrade has become urgent because mainstream support for all versions of Dynamics AX has ended. For businesses using AX 2012 R3, there is still the option to use Microsoft’s extended support. But that too will end on January 10, 2023.
- Will Microsoft extend or change the end of support dates?
- What does end of support means?
- How to mitigate risk and what options are available?
Click here to know the answers to the above.
Why you should consider upgrading and the difference between AX and Dynamics 365
Running a legacy solution can become increasingly difficult to manage. The increased functionality, productivity improvements, and cost benefits that come with upgrading to the cloud make a strong business case for an upgrade.
But it is important to first understand the expected ROI, cost savings, and the difference between Dynamics AX and Microsoft Dynamics 365 before taking a decision.
Click here to know the key differences between the two solutions and to understand why businesses around the world are choosing to upgrade.
Dynamics AX: What’s the next version of this enterprise ERP solution?
Dynamics AX has been a dependable solution for businesses around the globe for over two decades. Since businesses have been accustomed to the solution, it is natural to search for the next version of this solution. However, AX has reached the end of its lifecycle and the next step is to choose Microsoft Dynamics 365.
Click here to know about the origins and lifecycle of Dynamics AX.
When should you upgrade to Dynamics 365 and is it worth it?
Postponing the upgrade to Dynamics 365 has been an option and businesses have chosen to delay making this decision until the last moment. Time is now running out for such businesses as the risks of running on an unsupported solution mount.
Want to know if it is worth going for an upgrade? Click here to read about the impact on the total cost of ownership after an upgrade and the kind of ROI you can expect by implementing Microsoft Dynamics 365.
Benefits of upgrading AX to Dynamics 365
What are the benefits of Microsoft Dynamics 365 over Dynamics AX? The first thing you will notice when you upgrade is the improved user interface that makes the navigation easier. The cloud solution has also improved the access to data, reduced the need for customizations, and made it easy to scale-up and scale-down the usage and thereby optimize the costs.
Click here to know more about how Dynamics 365 is an improvement over Dynamics AX.
How finance teams can benefit from upgrading AX to Dynamics 365
If you are a finance professional, you would be interested in the following feature improvements in Dynamics 365:
- Improved oversight and control over budgets
- AI-powered business intelligence and insights
- Reduced costs on IT infrastructure
- Centralized oversight of the entire business operations
Click here to know more about the benefits of Dynamics 365 for finance professionals.
Benefits of upgrading AX to Dynamics 365 for operations teams
If you are an operations professional, you would be interested in the following feature improvements in Dynamics 365:
- Easier updates that happen in the cloud
- Disaster recovery and safety
- Empowered teams that can work from anywhere and access information on any device
Click here to know more about the benefits of an upgrade.
How long does it take to upgrade from AX to Dynamics 365?
ERP implementations can take a long time, but how long does an upgrade take? When you ask someone about it, you may not get a straight answer. There are multiple factors that can affect the timelines, but that shouldn’t stop you from estimating the timelines.
Click here to know about the factors that affect the timelines and how you can estimate how long it will take to upgrade to Dynamics 365.
How much does it cost to upgrade from AX to Dynamics 365?
Did you know that staying on a legacy ERP solution can be more expensive when compared to moving to the cloud?
Cost is still an important aspect of an upgrade project. Click here to know the typical cost of upgrading from Dynamics AX to Dynamics 365, find out the savings in Total Cost of Ownership, and what kind of incentives Microsoft is offering.
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