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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Dynamics AX 4.0 Installation & Configuration [I passed!]

Well I would like to thank my Creator, [YHWH] and Jesus / Yeshua Christ for giving me the ability to pass the Dynamics AX 4.0 Installations & Configuration exam this morning.

This is the fist DAX 4.0 exam I have taken and I would rank it as a 6.5 out of 10 for being hard. The reason it is not higher, is because the exam pulls from the course ware found on Partner Source. Of course I would recommend actually have worked with DAX 4.0, and installed it a few times, but the Course ware walks you through all of that.

So that means that I can now adorn the title:

Microsoft Certified Business Management Solutions Specialist, MCBMSS
Dynamics AX 4.0 Installation & Configuration (v 4.0)

Man that is a mouth full... either way, a little celebration is in order, then off to focus on more work, and more certs!

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Silent install of Client for Dynamics AX


In my studying for the new Dynamics AX 4.0 Install & Config exam, I came across the silent install options. I thought this was very neat, because a big fat client base network could really benefit from this type of install. Here is one example of the silent install syntax:

'Setup.exe HideUI=1 AcceptLicenseTerms=1 LicenseTermsVersion=en-US InstallClientUI=1 ClientConfig=0 ClientAosServer=[An AOS Server] ClientLanguage=en-US ClientConfigFile="\\[Server]\[Share]\[Config File Name].axc"'

With the above a system or network admin could easily install the Dynamics AX client on a lot of machines through either the use of logon scripts, or Group Policy [GPO] and MSI package. Either way, this is very handy to realize and know when working with new implementations and helping the new client get their fat client machines installed.

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Friday, January 12, 2007

Fast and Flexible, Microsoft Dynamics AX is the right solution for DNA Group

Sunrise Technologies [My Work family] has landed another client, implementing Dynamics AX 4.01 for them! We have a wonderful team at Sunrise, and it shows through the progress we have been allowed to make. I thank my creator for such a great employer! :-)

Anyway to read about the win for Sunrise, check it out here: Fast and Flexible, Microsoft Dynamics AX is the right solution for DNA Group

Check back soon as hopefully I will get some time to continue my "Snap To It!" series of post! :-)

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Why Dynamics AX beats SAP

I am sure the title of this post could cause all kinds of backlashings. People could say that I am very basis, because I work and implement Dynamics AX. The reality though, of the title, is still there. Dynamics AX beats SAP. What I want to address is this post, is the reason's I think why!

Reason number one: Flexibility

This first reason is most likely the top reason why Dynamics AX beats SAP hands down. SAP is a very cumbersome monster, and not very flexible, when it comes to taking SAP and changing it, modifying it, etc. On the other hand you can change anything you need to in Dynamics AX. This may scare some people, but to the majority, businesses see this as what is it. This is the key for the software you purchase, to grow as your business grows. Going with a ERP package like SAP, you have to adhere to SAP's thoughts about your business, how they think is best your
business runs. Dynamics AX, you are in control, and granted best business practices should be sought after, but those best can be applied to your custom needs. So the flexibility of Dynamics AX beats out the in-flexibility of SAP hands down.

Reason number two: Product Stack

The second reason, that I think, Dynamics AX beats out SAP is the product stack. Dynamics AX is owned and developed by Microsoft. Your servers, your workstations, your office products, your web sites, your custom applications, mostly all of them are Microsoft Products. The database, SQL Server, is a Microsoft product. That
should be enough said, but to continue, the product stack is very important when talking about what ERP system you are going to choose for a long term investment. Currently Dynamics AX 4.01 is highly integrated with the different product lines of Microsoft, and with the release of Vista, DotNet 3.0, Commerce Server 2007, SharePoint Server 2007, Exchange 2007, Office 2007, all these product lines will become even more tightly integrated, seamless for some, into the Dynamics AX product. This means that you will be able to work from SharePoint, Excel Services, and create a Spreadsheet, that can work directly with Dynamics AX ERP data, like Human Resources, etc. And it will all be centrally managed in a decentralized controlled fashion by the information worker. Now let me back up, and not go to far into the roadmap, but, to say the least Dynamics AX is part of the product stack from
Microsoft, which runs your network, and your workstations, SAP is not.

Reason number three: Microsoft

This reason, by far, is the most hated and loved at the same time. Microsoft is top, and being at the top, means that everyone loves and hates you at the same time. Still the fact remains, Microsoft is a giant, with a great vision for the future for information workers. They actually spent the time and money, and they get it. To refer back to the road map, the future of Dynamics AX and the Microsoft Product line is wonderful, and truly exciting.
They understand what SOA really means, and the benefits from it. There is no true cost saving in the buzz word called SOA, the true benefit is a long term investment in flexibility. (now what was the first reason Dynamics AX beats SAP? was it flexibility?) I have seen SAP roadmap for their SOA completion, and they are barely releasing JBOWS, or "Just a bunch of web services" that offer us the same inflexible business logic. True SOA has not been reached yet, as we are just in the third wave of it. True SOA will come of age around 2010-2013 and that is the exact road map timeline for future releases, when Dynamics AX, Dynamics in general, and the entire Microsoft product suite will offer true SOA benefits, because it will truly be SOA, and truly be a change in the way information workers think about their Excel spreadsheet, Access databases, and Dynamics AX data. A seamless UI, through SharePoint, that allows controlled access, in a decentralized way. So the third reason, Dynamics AX true future of flexibility (and current flexibility) beats SAP's JBOWS, hands down.

Well I could continue on, but for now I will stop at what I have already said. I suggest that if you don't believe me, look at it for yourself, and ask if Dynamics AX does not beat SAP in what I have said. Then ask yourself where SAP beats Dynamics AX? (Empty thoughts I know!) I am sure that this post could make a lot of SAP people mad, but this is business, and that what Dynamics AX is...

your business. Is it not worth truely understanding?

Till next time.

P.S. The following links are just a few examles of where Dynamics AX is beating out SAP, today!

Military supplier chooses Microsoft Dynamics over SAP

Selecta Corp, LLC fuels its growth with Microsoft Dynamics AX [and Sunrise Technologies]

Microsoft Dynamics AX Partner, Iteration2 wins back-to-back

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Monday, January 08, 2007

Sunrise Technologies is Hiring!

I wanted to pass along to everyone that the Wonderful Microsoft VAR I work for is currently looking to fill five positions! You can check out the open positions here: Sunrise Open Positions

Anyway they are currently looking for:

1 Microsoft Dynamics AX Developer
2 Microsoft Dynamics AX Supply Chain Consultant
1 Microsoft Dynamics AX Financial Consultant

and not posted, but still looking to fill is a in house Tech Support Role. Anyway you can go to the link and submit your resume through there. Also if you do submit your resume, and you came from this post, please put in the comments of your submission that you heard about it from this Blog!

thanks, and check back soon as more post are coming!

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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Welcome to '07

Well I want to welcome everyone to '07. I can't believe '06 is history and it's gone. '07 looks to be a promising year for Dynamics AX, as 4.1 will be coming out this year, and the advancements in the Snap-in program's, Business Data Catalog, and of course the slew of product releases that include Vista, Share Point, Commerce Server, BizTalk, Office, etc.

Anyway I am looking forward to continue the Snap To It series of post. Well I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas and New Years, and I hope God's love and peace may find it wat to everyone this year.

Here's to '07 and what it has in store of all of us!

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