Microsoft Dynamics AX, formerly Axapta, was incorporated into Dynamics 365 in 2016. It was rebranded as Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations. We recommend visiting our Dynamcics 365 Finance page or browsing our best ERP software roundup for alternatives.

Product Overview

Dynamics AX was an ERP software offering capabilities from warehouse management to accounting. It delivered multi-language and multi-currency support for global operations. Dynamics AX also handled supply chain, transport, and inventory management. It was rebranded as Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations in 2016.


  • Multi-language and multi-currency support
  • Integrated smoothly with other Microsoft products
  • Featured on-premise and cloud deployment options


  • Lacked mobile accessbility
  • No free trial available
  • Did not offer a payroll function

Target Market

Medium to large retail, manufacturing, financial services, and public sector enterprises. It was well-suited for businesses already integrated into the Microsoft ecosystem.

About Dynamics AX

Microsoft Dynamics AX, previously known as Microsoft Axapta, was an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution targeted at mid-size to larger companies. It was particularly strong in manufacturing, e-business, wholesale, and services industries and supported a broad range of functionalities:

Manufacturing and E-Business

  • Customization for Manufacturing: Dynamics AX could be adapted to various manufacturing processes, such as build-to-order, engineer-to-order, and build-to-forecast, suitable for both discrete and batch-process manufacturing.
  • Global Business Support: Designed for high transaction rates and extensive user bases across multiple sites, it included built-in support for languages, currencies, and legal requirements of over 30 countries.
  • Microsoft Integration: Integrated with familiar Microsoft products like SQL Server, BizTalk Server, Exchange, Office, and Windows, reducing training costs and streamlining workflows.

Core Functionalities

Financial Management

  • Accounts Payable & Receivable: Management of purchases, expenditures, vendor relationships, credit control, and invoicing.
  • General Ledger: Management of financial records, allocation rules, and fiscal year-end procedures.
  • Fixed Assets: Lifecycle management from acquisition to disposition, supporting multiple depreciation methods.
  • Financial Analytics and Reporting: Tools for transforming business data into strategic action, with features for financial reporting and analysis.

Human Resource Management

  • Comprehensive tools for managing workforce data, recruitment, performance, and development.
  • Features like Balanced Scorecard and Business Process Management for strategic human resource management.

Inventory and Supply Chain Management

  • Inventory Control: Comprehensive management with support for various inventory models and warehouse management.
  • Supply Chain Management: Logistics, master planning, production, trade, and warehouse management for streamlined operations.

Manufacturing and Production

Modules for planning, executing, and managing manufacturing processes, supporting both discrete and process manufacturing.

Sales, Marketing, and Service Management

  • Sales and Marketing: Automation tools for campaign planning, execution, and customer relationship management.
  • Service Management: Planning, tracking, and analysis of service operations for increased efficiency and profitability.

Project Management and Accounting

Management tools for project budgeting, accounting, and time tracking.

E-Commerce and Point of Sale

  • E-Commerce: Tools for web-based business-to-business collaboration, including online portals for customer and vendor interaction.
  • Point of Sale: Multichannel retail management with integration of POS, store management, supply chain, and financials.
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Submitted on November 29th, 2019 by abraham


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