My report from the technical conference.
Our first session on the second day, Wednesday February 24, 2016 was a general session, this time with Mike Ehrenberg, Technical Fellow, Microsoft Corporation.
It was cool to get the technical point of view; this was, after, all, called a technical conference. Although there were LOTS of functional breakout sessions.
Mike emphasized that AX is cloud first and optimized for Azure.
The mission statement is:
To empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more
- Create more personal computing
- Reinvent productivity and business processes
- Build the intelligent cloud
He promised that coming soon would be upgrade and migration story. He pointed us to Channel 9 videos for more information. He showed us that Microsoft reinvented the experience, for a reinvented product. There was a lot of emphasis on how the whole user experience is different.
One way is a brand new trial experience. A potential customer who is interested in AX can spin up (have a partner spin up?) a trial box in LCS, just like how we currently spin up development and build boxes.
LCS is still the order of the day – it was recommended in AX 2012 and it’s required now.
The new Dynamics AX: What comes next?
- Customer learnings
- Automate everything
- Performance, scale, reliability and COGS (cost of operating a service)
- Service best practices and certifications
- Customize through configuration, not code
- Workload deployment and implementation
- Systems of intelligence
Takeaway? This is the start of the next generation.
There was a Q&A:
Q: What is the current and ongoing role of the partner?
A: We are taking some of the partner work to let them focus on productivity / business value
Q: Integration with CRM
A: Totally new approach to integration shipped with 1700 data entities out of the box. Service industries: different approach. Employee self service and manager self service (HR) are much better now
Q: Upgrade from 2009, 2012
A: 2012 upgrade has code tools, second half of this year
2009 migration – the approach is a new implementation
The base for the new AX is the latest 2012. The schema is very consistent. We will provide tools for data.
Q: huge investment in own data center
A: Windows server 2016, SQL server 2016, Azure stack
– shoutout to the guy who sat behind me in this session – I hope that an energetic toddler with restless leg syndrome sat behind you on the flight home! –
This is the start of the next generation.