Microsoft’s Dynamics enterprise resource planning (ERP) software has become an integral part of business today. It provides businesses with the tools they need to connect and manage their people and processes as well as with the insight to make smarter decisions. Dynamics is designed to easily adapt as businesses grow and business needs change, with Dynamics NAV for small-to-midsized businesses (SMBs) or Dynamics AX for enterprise, global organizations.
Each new version of Microsoft Dynamics AX delivers a variety of features and functions that are much more powerful and faster in their performance, but are usually accompanied with greater requirements. Given this, the newer versions of Dynamics AX may seem too powerful and complex for smaller companies to upgrade to and maintain.
This puts SMBs with an outdated Dynamics AX solution in a rather difficult situation—on the one hand, upgrading to the newer versions of AX may be too large and complicated, while on the other hand, remaining on an older version of AX could lead them to deterioration, a loss of competitiveness and a reliance upon an unsupported Microsoft product (e.g. AX 2009 & earlier versions).
As suspected, in these situations SMBs will naturally begin to look for other opportunities to enhance their ERP capabilities.