Why NOW Is the Time to Upgrade Your Dynamics AX

By Donald Hilton, AX Practice Manager

Upgrading your ERP system has always been a task unto itself.  I have met very few companies after implementing a new ERP system who have set out a plan to keep it updated with the latest features.  They often were just happy about surviving the implementation and keeping the status quo.

That is not true either, because for many, the Status Quo means customizing all of the parts of the system that they did not like or automating processes to save time and money.

Microsoft has released its 90-day notice of a price increase for Dynamics AX and change in licensing.  That is not a monumental announcement but it is worth noting a few items in the announcement.

  1. There will be an on-premise version of Dynamics 365 coming out in June.
  2. There will also be a price increase starting in July for current AX 2012 over 10%.
  3. There will not be an upgrade path from AX 2009 to AX 2012.

The reason why the third announcement is important now is that there is no way to upgrade your current AX 2009 to Dynamics 365 and move the transactional history you have created over the last 4-10 years.  I am not always sure that moving that transactional history is important, but if your company thinks that it is, you have to first upgrade to AX 2012 and then to D365.  However, that will not be an option after July 1, 2017.

You must upgrade to AX 2012.   The reason for the upgrade has to do with the database structure of AX 2012.  There is one database that holds transactions and another that holds the code.  We are in the process of upgrading a very early version of AX 2012 before R1 when the database was still a single repository.  The two-step process allows for the code to upgrade and leave the data behind or bring it forward.

Now is the time to plan your long-term goals and strategies for your upgrade path.  Is it important that you take your transactional data with you? Can you load it in a data warehouse and access it for reporting?  The decision you make now will affect your cost of doing business over the continued life of AX 2009.  Mainstream support will be ending in 4/10/2018 and only Extended support until 10/21/2021.  That is paid support except for security hot fixes, which would include your upgrade should you wait another 4 years.

If you would like assistance in reviewing your current installation or you have a goal to find the ROI for moving to a perpetually updated platform like Dynamics 365, contact us today and one of our Business Analysts will be glad to work with you.

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Why You Should Attend the 2015 AX User Group Summit

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The AX User Group Summit in Reno, NV is three days dedicated to helping you increase productivity and get maximum benefits from your Dynamics AX implementation. Attendees will have a unique opportunity to network with and learn best practices from other users, to discover the solutions to issues from other professionals who use the software every day, and to participate in interactive training sessions and group discussions.

Developing and maintaining professional relationships is an important aspect of any organization, especially in today’s technology-driven world. The User Group Summit is the perfect place to network and build a stronger community with your clients, partners, Microsoft representatives and other passionate individuals in the industry.

In addition to 200 interactive breakout sessions with other users and subject-matter experts, the conference will enable you to learn more about the software from Microsoft employees and technology partners. You can also attend the Expo, which features some of the top Dynamics Partners. You’ll learn new ideas and evaluate add-on solutions that could help your organization realize additional productivity from your implementation.

George Kourounis is the keynote speaker this year and he is ready to motivate you into “making the fear disappear”. As a storm-chaser and the host of Angry Planet, Kourounis will show you that fear is not only something that can be managed & controlled, it is a vital element to accomplishing anything worthwhile. Plus, the Summit expo floor will be filled with Microsoft product experts, giving you the chance to ask all the questions you have about your business solutions. Get ready to leave inspired.

InterDyn BMI is a Gold Sponsor and will be at Booth #725Register now to join us!

Customer Success Story : Physician Partners of America

ABOUT COMPANY: 
Physician Partners of America (PPOA) is a multi-faceted healthcare group that focuses on building strategic alliances and partnerships with private-practice and multi-specialty physicians. PPOA allows its partners to remain focused on delivering superior healthcare and building stronger doctor-patient relationships, without the economic pressures associated with a rapidly changing healthcare environment.

BUSINESS SITUATION:
Rather than working with multiple disparate vendors, Physician Partners of America (PPOA) was in need of finding one partner that was going to quickly, and easily help them cover all areas of business. They were also looking for a tier one product that would complement the organization’s fast-growing initiatives.

Pain management is a unique silo in the healthcare field so PPOA was also in need of a partner that was going to be willing to work with their team and understand the vision of where the organization was trying to go.

Capture3“We chose to work with InterDyn BMI simply because they already had a strong practice in place,” says Roger Safont, Chief Information Officer of PPOA. “They helped us get from point A to point B really fast, especially considering all of the financial, marketing and reporting components that we had to manage.”

THE SOLUTION: 
PPOA decided the right solution for their organization was ERP4Health powered by Microsoft Dynamics AX. “When it came down to flushing out the solutions of HIPPA from a marketing and compliance perspective, it was really the relationship with InterDyn BMI that helped me understand everything I had to be involved with,” explains Safont. “There are a lot of organizations out there that are good at AX or CRM, but I needed the one solution that I could completely have trust in which is why we chose InterDyn BMI’s ERP4Health, powered by AX.”

PROVEN RESULTS: 
One of PPOA’s primary focuses today is to drive down the cost of its healthcare, which can be achieved by actively using Business Intelligence and by leveraging all of the Microsoft tools. Safont strongly believes that having one consolidated system and not having to worry about different byproducts and vendor applications saves the organization a lot of money.

“Microsoft is very economical in terms of the total cost of ownership,” he says. “I can hold multiple databases on one server which means that I don’t have to worry about additional licenses. I only have to worry about having the enterprise infrastructure tied to it.”