CIOs are tasked many times with balancing the introduction of new technology (along with its new capabilities, functionality and business promise) with their existing IT investments. One lesser known but significant aspect of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 is that it can be introduced into an existing Windows Server environment with a minimal impact on infrastructure. Once installed, the introduction of new Microsoft server and client technologies such as Windows Server 2012, Microsoft SQL Server 2012, Microsoft Visual Studio 2012, Microsoft SharePoint 2013, Microsoft Lync Server 2013, and Microsoft Office 2013 can be made incrementally—yielding significant benefit with minimal to modest expense and effort.
We’ve made significant investments to expand the capabilities of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 across the application footprint. Previous Inside Dynamics AX blogs have covered many of the application enhancements. When I think about the new Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 release from a platform perspective, there are several key areas that will lead to increased agility, productivity, security, fault tolerance and performance.
Let’s briefly explore these 5 focus areas.
Several Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 application functional areas, such as reporting, business intelligence, and external data connectivity, have been enhanced in this release. Though these functional areas are quite impressive on legacy versions of the Microsoft platform (i.e. SQL Server, SharePoint, Office) the incremental introduction of the latest releases of any or all of these platforms significantly increases the capability of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 in these functional areas:
Though there are several dimensions to this, let’s look at a couple: mobile phones, specialized devices and ultralight mobile form factors that can connect to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2.
Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 takes full advantage of the security capabilities of Windows Server. Windows Server 2012 provides enhancements to the centralization of certificate management and Federated Security services (just to name two) that give customers the ability to cross business legal entities and geographies with ease and reduce expense.
Any one of these scenarios typically was expensive and hard to manage in the past. Windows Server 2012 not only enables all of these scenarios, and more, but does so while reducing overhead and ongoing costs.
Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012 can both dramatically increase system resilience to typical failure scenarios such as hardware failures and natural disasters.
Simply having your Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 installation on Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012 gives Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 increased performance in several dimensions of which many are mentioned earlier:
After covering these platform highlights, you start to realize the significant possibilities upgrading the overall platform can bring to your Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 installation.
What interesting Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 functionalities have impressed you most?
Steven Houglum - Director Technical Product Marketing