Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail is a solution that collects and integrates data from across a midsize retailer's operations chain. Since introducing Microsoft Dynamics AX in June 2008, Microsoft has integrated new features, including an Environmental Sustainability Dashboard, and acquired new technologies to make the platform more robust.
Microsoft announced its Dynamics AX for Retail, an end-to-end solution for
midsize retailers, during the National Retail Federation Annual Convention
& Expo in New York on Jan.
The platform, which will be available starting this summer, distills
integrated data from a retail operations chain, including point of sale, store
management, supply chain, merchandising and financials. It also supports
Payment Service, which allows payment transactions to be processed from the
Microsoft Dynamics ERP interface across channels such as point-of-sale and
e-commerce sites. Channel partners can configure the solution, which is
scalable, to fit the needs of specific businesses.
The solution will also support online services for retailers, including
Commerce Service, which links Microsoft Dynamics ERP to e-commerce
functionality such as business-to-consumer e-commerce marketplaces, dedicated
online storefronts and electronic shopping carts.
Since releasing Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 in June 2008, Microsoft has
steadily integrated new layers of features onto the platform. Originally
intended to provide SMBs (small to medium-sized businesses) with the ability to
integrate financial and supply-chain data from decentralized offices spread
across multiple geographic locations, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 included
technology from Microsoft Business Intelligence, designed to raise flags over
changes in business conditions such as slower sales or inventory backup.
Newer features include an
Environmental Sustainability Dashboard for Microsoft Dynamics AX, launched in
, which assists executives and IT administrators in monitoring
energy costs, gas emissions and other carbon-footprint contributors.
And in September 2009, Microsoft
acquired four "industry solutions" with plans to integrate them into Microsoft
, including one for integrating processes across discrete and
process manufacturing, and one that delivered a single system for managing
projects and executing financial transactions. The other two acquisitions
provided "end-to-end retail solutions," including store management with
point-of-sale, merchandising and ERP capabilities.
In a Jan. 11 statement, Microsoft said, "Microsoft Dynamics AX for
Retail consists of recently acquired technology and the enterprise resource
planning capabilities of Microsoft Dynamics AX," suggesting that at least
a percentage of the platform's retail-facing functionality is indeed due to
this earlier acquisition of industry solutions.