In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, Microsoft has improved introduced some new features and improved on tools that not only drive efficiency but also provide the flexibility to quickly model and change your business processes, giving your organization greater agility.
Faster Process Modeling
“Dynamics AX 2012 makes it simpler for business users and people with limited programming skills to set up and automate some pretty sophisticated processes. This lets the people who understand the business and work with these processes on a daily basis define the conditions and business rules, assign tasks, and automate the flow of information through the organization,” Microsoft said.
- “Visual Tools. To understand a business process, it’s easiest if you can look at it visually so that you can actually see what’s happening. Most people are familiar with flow charts as graphical representations of processes. One of the most exciting features of AX 2012 is the new graphical workflow editor, which uses a similar paradigm to let a business user model a process and build the associated workflow that automates approvals, escalations, notifications, decision points, and all the other detailed tasks that happen along the way.
- Prebuilt Workflows. AX 2012 will ship with around 60 workflow types, which help speed up the process of creating a workflow. You can pick one of the available workflow types, which are associated with specific business documents, and then model the resulting workflow to reflect your particular organization’s policies and procedures,” the software giant added.
Faster, More Flexible Process Execution
The software company also added features that help you design richer workflows, which reflect the way business is done in your particular organization and can speed up execution of specific processes.
- “Assignment. Every organization assigns tasks differently, so AX 2012 supports a number of ways to do so, including assigning to an individual, group, or role, or defining an organizational hierarchy, with rules for escalation. Organizations can also assign tasks to work item queues, which can in turn be assigned and managed at an individual or team level.
- Ability to create workflows that branch, based on specified conditions or decisions that people make as part of the process. Decisions can be conditional or manual, depending on the process and the rules or policies that govern it. Conditions can become a pretty powerful part of your workflow because they enable you to essentially automate your business rules or business policies.
- Time limits. The ability to set time limits on tasks, approvals, and manual decisions-and to define escalation policies when limits aren’t met-helps your organization complete tasks on time and avoid stagnating processes.
- For processes that require multiple tasks to be executed at the same time Parallel activity and and the ability to call other workflows from within an existing workflow added.
- Built in features that enable workflows to be applied to a specific Line item, rather than treating a document as a whole, which means more granular control,” the Redmond company explains.
Inside Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012: Processes & Workflow
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