Dynamics AX to Dynamics 365 finance and operations apps feature comparison

When you are deciding whether to migrate to the Dynamics 365 suite of cloud apps from Dynamics AX, consider the new and improved functionality that they have to offer. Depending on your current version of Dynamics AX, the gap may seem very large, and business users might be worried about the difference in how to do the same work. In this article, we share tips and links to help organizations deal with the migration process.

Comparing Dynamics AX 2009 to Dynamics 365

Before comparing functionality, here's a comparison of the user interfaces for Dynamics AX 2009 and Dynamics 365 finance and operations apps.

Dynamics AX 2009 Dynamics 365
Example of Dynamics AX 2009. Example of Dynamics 365.

Get productive in Dynamics 365

The following articles can help business users feel comfortable in Dynamics 365.

Release plans

The release planner app helps you get an overview of what's coming in the next release wave. Stay on top of what's coming in the release plans.

Key changes

The following list helps you get started with key changes over the past few years.

Why make the move to Dynamics 365?

Security Flexibility Reduce your IT maintenance
Leverage Microsoft’s billion-dollar investment in data center security. Create robust security and access controls for apps and data with built features included in Dynamics 365 Finance and Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management including:
  • Physical data center, network connectivity, and service hosting platform.
  • Capabilities of Microsoft Azure—the built-in disaster recovery and 24/7 technical support to ensure cybersecurity.
Gain benefits with monthly subscription model, including:
  • Flexibility on operational cost vs. capital costs.
  • Potential cost savings as you only buy what you need.
  • Elasticity to scale and grow based on needs.
Reduce costs on company’s server maintenance, including:
  • Eliminate buying servers and required licenses supporting on-premises solution.
  • Avoid server room maintenance, monitor and update the underlying platform (Windows, SQL Server) and the application itself.
  • Reduce IT staff ERP system maintenance hours.
Cross-platform support Stay up to date with new functional enhancements Business intelligence
Ensure seamless business operations from anywhere at any time through Dynamics 365—powered by a native HTML5 browser-based user interface that:
  • Provides access on virtually any device (PC, tablet, phone) with any browser (Edge, Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc.) or platform (Windows, Mac, etc.).
  • Removes need to rely on remote desktop or enterprise portals.
Take full advantage of Dynamics 365 evolving features and newest functionality:
  • Seamless application updates to all customers.
  • New Dynamics platform updates to improve performance and user experience.
Access real-time insights with Dynamics 365 with built-in predictive analytics—powered by Microsoft Power BI:
  • Simplify data analysis that can lead to valuable business insights.
  • Consolidate the view of your data with customizable, user-friendly, convenient dashboards and reports.

See for yourself

Watch the Dynamics 365 enhancement video that compares Dynamics AX to Dynamics 365 modern functionalities, product enhancements, and modules. Then check out the Dynamics 365 enhancement deep-dive videos for finance, supply chain, and technology.

Get started today

Start your migration journey with Microsoft. Engage your Microsoft account manager or partner to see if you qualify for various offers, including the Dynamics AX and Dynamics CRM migration assessments. For migration questions, join the Dynamics AX Migration Community to connect with experts, Microsoft's partners, fellow customers, and resources.

See also

On-premises migration program overview
Standard migration assessment
Business-ready enhancement plan
Program FAQs
Moving from Dynamics AX to Dynamics 365 online
CRM platform assessment tool
Video: Dynamics 365 migration program
Dynamics 365 release plans