Microsoft releases Dynamics AX as cloud service

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Microsoft announced today that its cloud-based ERP software Dynamics AX is now available for companies across the globe.

The move signals a shift for the product to a software as a service model and integrates other Microsoft cloud services like Power BI. It shows Microsoft's continued commitment to moving its products to a cloud based delivery model.

"It's now possible for organizations to run their entire business in the cloud with Microsoft – from productivity with Office 365, to business analytics with Power BI and Cortana Analytics Suite, customer engagement with Dynamics CRM and business operations with Dynamics AX," said Scott Guthrie, EVP for Microsoft's cloud and enterprise group, in a press release.

The new Dynamics AX is available Wednesday in 137 markets and 40 languages. It was "built on and for Azure," so Microsoft said companies with mobile workers can expect their employees to "work more safely anywhere, anytime while respecting the data sovereignty requirements of global customers." The company further announced the release of 50 ISV products for Dynamics AX today on the Azure marketplace with hundreds in development that will let users customize their experiences.

Microsoft said the new application is touch-enabled to work with the popular 2-in-1s of today – its own Surface comes to mind – and earlier reports said it's written for HTML 5 so it shouldn't have trouble with any modern browsers.

The app provides all of the expected features of a comprehensive business suite, as well as some new ones, including Workspaces for a collaborative report on KPIs, business intelligence, views of critical data and other determinants for power business user productivity.

The pay-as-you-go model is available for basic "self-serve" users, "task" users, and "enterprise" users in a monthly subscription. Like most SaaS offerings, the plans are scalable with business size and users can be added at any time.

For more:
- read the press release from Microsoft

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