With Microsoft ending mainstream and extended support for the different versions of the AX solution, it is time for businesses to consider upgrading to Microsoft Dynamics 365. Also find out the difference between AX and Dynamics 365.

Microsoft has ended support for Dynamics AX 2012 RTM and R2, which means that businesses using these systems don’t have access to regular updates and patches, security enhancements, and issue resolution assistance from Microsoft. The R3 version still gets extended support, but even that will end in 2023, which is fast approaching.

Support is just one aspect. From risks of using unsupported software to losing out on the opportunities a new cloud-based solution provides, there is a strong case to be made for upgrading from Dynamics AX 2012 to Dynamics 365 (D365).

Why should you upgrade AX to Dynamics 365?

Did you know?

Upgrading to Dynamics 365 can lead to:

  • Up to 50% productivity savings
  • An ROI of up to 109% (according to a report by Forrester)
  • Up to 30% cost savings on IT infrastructure by moving to the cloud
  • Reduced spends on licenses through consolidation
  • Additional savings on Total Cost of Ownership in six areas (according to Microsoft Business Value report).

While an upgrade presents opportunities, delaying it comes with risks.

By continuing to use a legacy ERP system, you may have noticed the limiting effects it is having on the functioning and potential growth of your business. These challenges are just the tip of the iceberg.

As the world moves towards hybrid work environments, flexible work timings, and increasing remote working teams, having an on-premises system means there are challenges in collaboration. You also experience workflow bottlenecks because of dependencies.

When you think about Dynamics AX vs. Dynamics 365, knowing the differences between the two will show you how your current systems may no longer support your needs and why you need a future-ready system to position your business for growth.

What are the main differences between Dynamics AX and Dynamics 365?

Dynamics AX Dynamics 365
On-premise solution Cloud-based solution with a web-based login
Limited integration Seamless integration with other Microsoft products such as Office 365, Power BI, Cortana, LinkedIn, and a host of different applications via Dataverse
Classic business intelligence and reporting Advanced, artificial intelligence-powered business intelligence, insights, and consolidated reporting
End of support and no updates or feature enhancements Always on the latest version with regular updates that happen on the cloud
On-premise licensing that requires investment in each implementation location Cost savings through flexible licensing model with the added advantage of consolidation of license requirements across multiple regions