Upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and get more from your ERP solution.

Take the next step toward becoming a Dynamic Business—the Microsoft Dynamics vision for organizations that can continuously evolve to face economic, operational, and organizational challenges. By upgrading to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, your organization can become more agile, so you can adapt quickly to change, expand into new markets, and develop innovative products and services.

Two ways to upgrade at your own pace.

Build on the value of your existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution at a pace that makes sense for your organization. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 is designed with upgrades in mind, and you can upgrade incrementally based on two scenarios, the first providing the foundation for the second.

Deploy a modern, standard ERP technology platform.

Upgrading to the latest ERP technology infrastructure can drive business value now—and give you a foundation for expanding functionality to support new and specialized business processes. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 enables you to modernize and standardize your ERP technology platform and reduce operational IT costs through:

  • Replacement of customizations with standard functionality now available in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

  • Simplified solution management at every stage of the life cycle to accelerate your deployment, optimize systems management, and ease upgrades.

  • Centralized ERP with consolidated instances that enable you to run your global business centrally and manage master data and shared processes across companies more easily.

  • Pervasive interoperability with Microsoft business productivity applications and IT infrastructure technology for lower total cost of ownership.

  • Unified Natural Models that help you to continuously plan, visualize, and change your ERP solution to support evolving business needs.

Add business value by expanding your ERP footprint.

With a standard platform in place, you can implement new and specialized processes to meet line-of-business requirements. Take advantage of a rich variety of enhancements in all areas of the application to help your organization:

  • Improve productivity with the Microsoft Dynamics RoleTailored user interface, including more than 30 Role Centers, enhanced navigation, and preview functionality; Microsoft SharePoint portals and workspaces; and the ability to access, change, and save ERP data without leaving Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word.

  • Enhance financial management through unlimited financial dimensions, workflow driven processes, budgetary control, cash collection enhancements, and much more.

  • Support specific business requirements in your industry quickly, such as lean manufacturing with purpose-built industry capabilities for manufacturing, distribution, public sector, services, and retail* in a single solution.

  • Improve insight with ad hoc, self-service business intelligence for everyone in key business areas with Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services cubes (more than 10) and all reports in SQL Server Reporting Services.

  • Improve supply chain planning capabilities across your organization, using new views of all intercompany supply and demand, including visibility for upstream companies into planned intercompany demand and intercompany order pegging.

*Retail functionality is planned to be available during the first half of 2012. Dates are preliminary based on current expectations and are subject to change without notice.

  • Explore Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012:

  • Leverage Resources to Help You Upgrade:

    • Make full use of the benefits of your Microsoft Business Ready Enhancement Plan, including:

      • Access to new functionality and legislative updates.

      • Online upgrade training; role-based e-learning; and access to the Microsoft Knowledge Base, news, and communities via CustomerSource.

      • Improved upgrade tools that reduce downtime and direct upgrades for Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0 and Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 customers.

      • Microsoft Dynamics Sure Step, a proven implementation methodology.

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Upgrade Note to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012—Business Value Licensing.

As upgrading to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 from a prior version of Microsoft Dynamics AX entails a transition that requires bridging two distinctive licensing models, Microsoft offers to you two upgrade/transition options aimed at maintaining a balance between the value of your existing Business Ready Licensing or Module Based Licensing entitlements and the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Business Value Licensing entitlements.

  • Credit Based Product Version Upgrade/Transition where customers will receive a credit for their existing license investment. This credit will be equivalent to 100% of their Protected List Price for the modules and users the customer has licensed on prior versions of Microsoft Dynamics AX.

  • Formula Based Product Version Upgrade/Transition where a set of upgrade/transition formulas define the number and type of users and servers the customer receives for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 in exchange for the number and types of users and functionality the customer had licensed for prior versions of Microsoft Dynamics AX. Please contact your Microsoft Dynamics partner to obtain a full description of the License Conversion Table for the Formula Based Product Version Upgrade/Transition.

These two paths will be available at the General Availability (GA) of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 until further notice. However, customers need to meet the eligibility criteria for each path as outlined below.

  • For existing Microsoft Dynamics AX customers prior to November 1, 2011, both upgrade/transition paths will be made available.

  • For new customers who purchased Microsoft Dynamics AX on or after November 1, 2011, only the Credit Based Product Version Upgrade/Transition is available.

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