Aligning an ERP implementation with your company’s overall business strategy can be difficult as it requires many decisions to be made.
One of the critical decisions relates to ERP deployments, where one size does not fit all. There are many options to consider. Options range from a decentralized deployment where you allow your subsidiaries to choose their own solution, a two-tier ERP strategy where larger business units use a global ERP solution and smaller units deploy a standard solution, and the single global instance deployment where all business units use the same ERP instance. At Microsoft, we focus on enabling customers to choose the deployment model that best suits their business strategy.
So, what’s your CFO’s preference?
According to a Gartner report published in July 2012, “59 percent of senior financial executives in this study preferred a single, global ERP system for their enterprise”.* Gartner also finds that, “This is the approach that should be considered in the integrated organization where there is a high degree of dependence and commerce among units”.*
A single-instance strategy is compelling in that it helps lower cost in the many organizations that struggle with redundant data, high training costs and lack of insight across disparate systems and processes. Yet, single instance deployments - while driving operational efficiencies and process standardization - can bring challenges. Some are related to the desire of a business unit for more autonomy; others are of a more technical nature. Let’s take a look at 3 considerations when evaluating a single instance deployment:
One of the key objectives for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 is to further improve support of a single global instance ERP implementation when it is the preferred implementation option. Let’s take a look at how Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 supports single instance deployments:
While Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 supports multiple ERP deployment strategies, the focus in the upcoming release was to better enable a global single instance. There are many deployment options to consider, with Microsoft Dynamics AX you can choose the one that best fits your business strategy.
To learn more about the next release of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, sign up for the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Technical Conference 2012. For more information go to: http://www.microsoft.com/dynamics/DynamicsAXtechnicalconference
Yvonne HaarloevSr. Product Marketing Manager - Microsoft Dynamics ERP
*Source: CFOs Prioritize Business Applications: 2012 Gartner FEI Technology Study. Published: 17 July 2012 ID: G00234220
We have a number of customers who have multiple business, units, multiple office, or trade, with separate companies in multiple countries. AX allows all this to occur, from one installation.
Dynamics AX has the deep and breadth of functionality and this will only get deeper and wider as Microsoft keeps investing. Adding to the info in the blog post, add my 10 reason to choose Dynamics AX that may, at a headline level, for some further points to consider: