image I just had a first experience with AX. After being a developer on the product for most of my professional career, I was suddenly experiencing AX from a new perspective: The end user’s. Microsoft’s internal expense management system is now powered by Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, and I had an expense to file.

Filing my report took only a few minutes, and the experience was familiar to me. It didn’t require any training and the tool was even integrated with AMEX, so I could easily link my expense to the charge on my credit card. The UI was familiar as as I’m used to working with Share Point, ribbons and, of course, Dynamics AX. The experience offers a vast improvement over the old system, which was Excel based, with ever changing templates, required stapling receipts on to paper and printing confirmations. I now feel a little prouder in my daily work.

To learn more about the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 expense management system internally at Microsoft go here.

In case you want to know, I was expensing the purchase of Pavel Hruby’s book: Model-Drive Design Using Business Patterns.