Dynamics AX4 to Dynamics 365

How do you upgrade and transition to Microsoft Dynamics 365 from AX4?  With many new Microsoft Dynamics 365 ERP and CRM apps, your Microsoft Dynamics AX4 to 365 upgrade is different from your earlier upgrades. 

Learn about your Dynamics AX upgrade options here and book a free meeting with the Cloud Migration Team.     

Microsoft AX to Dynamics 365 ERP and CRM

Utilize the cloud technology

 We can help you on your journey towards a robust and secure Microsoft Dynamics 365 migration, upgrade, or transition. Book a free consultation with one of our Microsoft ERP and CRM specialists, and let us look at how you can utilize Microsoft Dynamics 365.

Dynamics AX 4 to Dynamics 365

Reimplement to Microsoft Dynamics 365

Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0 was first introduced in 2006. AX4 is therefore a feature-light application compared to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management apps. Almost 15 years of Microsoft R&D for ERP and CRM, Cloud and new Dynamics 365 ERP modules and workspaces make a comparison difficult.   

 If your business is running Dynamics AX4 you have likely modified Dynamics AX many times to keep up with important business changes. Likely your services, products and general business has changed over time. 

With a Dynamics AX4 starting point a 365 Cloud Migration assessment focusses on business needs, data needs and potentially core AX4 modifications representing unique IP to your business. 

For most Dynamics AX4 users the Dynamics 365 Reimplementing approach will makes the most sense. 

See Microsoft Dynamics upgrade summary here 

Upgrade then Migrate to Microsoft Dynamics 365

A potentially interesting option for some Microsoft Dynamics AX 4 users is upgrading to Dynamics AX 2009 as a first temporary step before migrating data to Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain Management.

Depending on your application starting point the effort to get to AX 2009 from Dynamics AX 4 could be low enough that it will still produce savings on a data upgrade. 

The goal of this interim step would purely be to use the AX 2009 data migration toolset. If this approach can be applied to your Dynamics AX4 upgrade project potential upgrade benefits include for example skipping AX form and Dynamics AX4 report upgrade efforts and instead focusing on schema objects.

Double Upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics 365

If your business operate under unique regulatory requirements and therefore need your Dynamics AX4 code and data in their entirety, you could consider a double upgrade. First to Dynamics AX 2012 R3, then to Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations. 

This could give you a potentially more complete set of code and data. This upgrade approach could be considered higher risk though, coming from a very old system and running Dynamics AX data through two sets of Microsoft Dynamics AX upgrade scripts.

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