Microsoft previewed significant advancements to the architecture of the next version of Microsoft Dynamics AX, code-named Microsoft Dynamics AX "6," that enable independent software vendors to bring solutions to market faster, and at the same time lower product life-cycle investments and expand market opportunity.
"Building on the proven strengths of Dynamics AX 2009, AX "6" brings rich functionality, advanced architecture and the full power of the Microsoft stack to the business app developer," said Hal Howard.
Significant new innovations include the following:
- Unique model-driven, layered architecture that accelerates software development, requiring less coding than building from scratch and easing maintenance and upgradability. This allows developers to build high-value functionality quicker and better.
- Pre-built interoperability with the Microsoft Application Platform, including SQL Server 2008 R2 and Visual Studio 2010, and other Microsoft technologies such as Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010. This allows developers to spend less time on technical integration and compatibility, and increases the breadth of developer resources available to ISVs.
- Unified ERP solution with pre-built capabilities for five industries and 38 countries, providing a rich foundation that allows ISVs to rapidly expand their solutions to new verticals and geographies.
A CTP of Microsoft Dynamics AX "6" is planned for February, and general availability is planned for the third quarter of 2011.