Microsoft to Release Dynamics AX ERP Hybrid Cloud Update in December
Cloud first, indeed. New features allow customers to run their ERP environments on hybrid clouds powered, in part, by Microsoft Azure.Microsoft's upcoming customer relationship management (CRM) software release isn't the only Dynamics-branded product to gain new cloud-based functionality. On the enterprise resource planning (ERP) side of the fence, Microsoft is preparing an update for Dynamics AX that leverages Azure, the company's cloud computing platform, to enable hybrid cloud scenarios. The update to the flagship ERP offering, set to launch in December, "enables companies to run hybrid environments with an optimal mix of development, test and production instances," claimed the company in a statement. The move is part of a broader, companywide push to make Microsoft synonymous with enterprise cloud services and software. "The recipe for cloud success is rooted in the integration and interrelationships between cloud platform, cloud productivity and cloud Business Applications—and only Microsoft offers all three of these ingredients to customers," remarked Kirill Tatarinov, executive vice president of the Microsoft Business Solutions Group, in a Nov. 4 Microsoft Dynamics Blog post. "Together, Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics Business Applications embody our vision to deliver cloud experiences users love and businesses can count on."
Delivering on that vision also hinges on operating cloud services that adhere to regional regulations. "We are the only cloud provider that is certified by the European Union under the EU model clause—across all of our cloud services—Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online," added Tatarinov.