Navigating the Dynamics (pun intended) of Microsoft’s ERP Evolution.

Imagine walking into a meeting or job interview, where your colleagues throw around terms like Dynamics AX, Axapta, AX4, AX2009, AX2012, R2, R3, AX7, D365, D365FO, D365SCM, D365FIN, D365 F&O, and FinOps interchangeably. It’s easy to get lost in the jargon.

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software has evolved so fast over time, keeping up with all the product names, versions, and modules can be a daunting task.

Sounds confusing? We want to help you understand what the different Dynamics names mean.

Helpful hint: they generally refer to the same product, the difference in name will come down to when your colleagues were first introduced to Microsoft Dynamics (this may show their age). The name has probably just stuck with them, or worst still, you a using a legacy version of Dynamics (contact us to help you migrate from AX versions to D365 F&O).


The Evolution of Dynamics AX

Microsoft Dynamics AX, often abbreviated as AX, has undergone several iterations over the years, each marked by significant enhancements and updates.

Let’s unravel the mystery and shed light on the key differences between two commonly mentioned versions AX and D365.

What is Axapta?

It is one of the oldest on-premises versions of Dynamics, this product is over 25 years old (1998) and is very rarely seen today. 

What is Dynamics AX 4.0?

It was available from 2006, this historical on-premises version of Dynamics AX is no longer supported. This version is no longer supported by Microsoft and customers are encouraged to move to D365 F&O. 

What is Dynamics AX 2009?

Despite what the name suggests this on-premises version was available from 2008. This version is also no longer supported by Microsoft. Our team can provide options for you if you are still running AX 2009. 

What is Dynamics AX2012?

This on-premises version of Dynamics was available in 2011. There were several versions of AX 2012 including R2 and R3, where the code base and functionality increased significantly.  

What is Dynamics AX7?

This was the first Cloud Based version of Dynamics and was released in February 2016. The functionality was based off AX 2012 R3.

What is the difference between AX7 vs Dynamics 365 F&O?

Microsoft rebranded AX7 to D365 F&O. It has taken many names and abbreviations but remains the Cloud Based solution of Dynamics. This version receives frequent updates with new functionality and even new modules.

What are the differences in architecture and deployment between Dynamics AX vs D365 ?

AX was primarily an on-premises solution, while D365 leverages cloud technology, offering greater scalability, flexibility, and accessibility.

What are the differences in modularity and flexibility between Dynamics AX vs D365 ?

D365 embraces a modular architecture, enabling organisations to deploy specific functionalities as needed, including the ability to leverage apps and services.

What are the differences with integration and collaboration between Dynamics AX vs D365?

Dynamics 365 fosters seamless integration with other Microsoft applications and services, enhancing collaboration and data visibility across the organisation. 

What are the differences in continuous innovation between Dynamics AX vs D365?

D365 benefits from Microsoft’s ongoing investment in research and development, translating into regular updates, feature enhancements, and access to emerging technologies. 

Time to migrate from Dynamics AX to Dynamics 365?

So, the next time you find yourself amidst a flurry of product names and versions, remember; you are all generally talking about the same solution, just at different points in its lifetime.

If you are still using Dynamics AX on premises, it is probably time to consider the move the D365. Contact us today.