MBS Axapta Future Directions - Convergence 2005 Conference

Posted on September 28, 2005 in SoftwareEnterprise Resource Planning (ERP)MBS Axapta

I came a really interesting presentation the other day at the Microsoft Business Solutions Axapta UK Parter Site. The presentation was delivered at the March 2005 Microsoft Convergence conference held in San Diego, US (view some of the pictures here). It provides some interesting insights into what’s coming in Axapta 4.0 as well as version 3.0 Service Pack 4.

New features coming:

Financial Management


  • Performance improvements on journals

New & Improved

  • Powerful Extensions to Dimensions
  • New cost accounting solution
  • Draft handling
  • Voucher Improvements
  • US-GAAP/IAS-IFRS Accounting Standards
  • EU115 – European tax regulations

Dimension control

  • New Dimensions Hierarchy feature
    • Guide and control dimensions values entry cross product
  • Revised dimensions default inheritance in ledger journals:
    • Blank dimensions value not overwritten by blanks
    • Dimensions blocking capability
    • New flag on dimensions value , preventing further usage of the value when obsolete

Empowering financial analytics and reporting capability

  • Improved inquiry capability on dimensions
    • New dimensions form (featuring chart of account alike capabilities)
    • New Flexible and versatile Balance per dimension form
  • Flexible & versatile reporting capability on dimensions and account alike
    • New Financial Reporting CORE Engine
    • New Account statement & Financial Statement
  • Multilevel aggregation capability
    • New Row structures capability
  • Fiscal LIFO inventory report

Supply Chain Management


  • Inventory Closing improved and resolved


  • Drop Shipments
  • P.O.  Quotation
  • Kitting
  • Subcontracting

Order Processing

  • Multiple Ship To Addresses
  • Improved back orders

Product Builder

  • Drag’n drop support
  • Guided creation of new models
  • CRM/Service Management integration

Non-inventory items
Shop Floor

  • Batch updates of production
  • Improved notice board
  • New WebApp for Time Entry
  • Feedback quantity validation

Advanced Inter Company

  • Ensure data consistency and process control
  • True triangulization

Other new functionality and modules

New Service Management

  • Designed for manufacturing organizations
  • Support long and/or more complex sales cycles
  • Seamless integrated with CRM and project accounting
  • Focused on service manager, dispatcher, and service technician/consultant employees

Project Accounting

  • Project Estimation /forecasting Capability
  • Improved budget oversight
  • Credit note

Business Alerts

  • On all forms/data
  • Rule creation
  • Alert viewing
  • Event processing
  • E-mail integration

XML Business documents
Microsoft Axapta CRM

  • Quoting repackaged
  • Improved Microsoft Outlook synchronization

Human Resource Management

  • E-recruitment
  • Competence Mapping
  • Publish company policies and procedures to Enterprise Portal

Other areas of interest discussed in the presentation: -

  • Microsoft Axapta 4.0 RFID (Radio Frequency Identification)
  • Cross Application Fundamentals
  • What’s coming In 3.0 SP4
  • The improved user interface
  • SQL Server Reporting Services for Axapta 3.0 and 4.0
  • Reporting Roadmap
  • Axapta Object Server as well as client to AOS communications
  • Database Interactions
  • Prescriptive Guidance
  • Industry Builder Initiative and Strategy
  • Axapta Integration Framework (AIF) and value proposition
  • Microsoft Axapta Community and User Group

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