Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP Goes Mobile
The software giant extends its ERP platform with new mobile apps and tools to help businesses design their own.Mirroring the popularity of smartphones and tablets in the workplace, Dynamics AX, Microsoft's enterprise resource planning (ERP) software platform, is moving into a decidedly more mobile direction. During Microsoft's Dynamics Convergence 2014 conference in Atlanta, the company showed off new mobile apps and tools that are designed to help businesses make the leap from the desktop to mobile touch-screens in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, which is scheduled for a May 1 release. In a March 4 blog post, Microsoft's Jaci Robbins, a senior product marketing manager, wrote that "some 30% of the global workforce rely on phones and tablets to get work done while on-the-go and more than 80% of workers have some tasks that are regularly done outside the office." The new Dynamics AX mobile offerings are meant to give these workers the tools to get the job done without cracking open a laptop. These include "an app that lets machine operators report progress on production jobs with easy-to-use, standard touch-enabled Windows devices," wrote Robbins. "Also, we'll soon be offering a paystub app for the Windows Phone, so that employees can access this information whenever they need it." In total, Dynamics AX offers the Time and Expenses App for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 and Business Analyzer for Windows Phone 8. These will soon be joined by new Mobile POS and Paystub apps. The Shop Floor Control app will be available on Windows devices, including tablets.
And if those apps don't cut it, Microsoft is encouraging businesses to roll their own with Project Siena.