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By Anita Smallwood • September 7, 2016

Dynamics AX7 versus Dynamics 365 Enterprise Edition

Executive Summary: Dynamics 365 Enterprise Edition is the souped up version of Dynamics AX available in the Cloud, or in a Hybrid model giving your company flexibility to do business from almost any device, at any time as long as a WI-FI connection is available.  The package deal simply called Dynamics 365 includes:

 If your business demands an on-premise version, connected apps listed above will not benefit from Power BI, Azure IoT and Cortana without your data being processed in the cloud. 

Updated 04/19/2017: The ERP world is shifting to the cloud causing rifts in this space because of the difference in cloud and on-premise installations; this blog Dynamics 365 for Operations, aka Dynamics AX(7), versus Dynamics 365 Enterprise Edition hopes to explain the new functions, terms, and how Dynamics 365 relates to the new Dynamics AX (7). 

How to get Operations otherwise known as Dynamics AX 7?

The new release of Dynamics AX (7), now called Dynamic 365 for Operations, can be purchased as a standalone product for over 20 users in the public cloud; it will be offered both in a hybrid cloud environment, now, and on-premise* in mid-2017. The New Dynamics 365 for Operations is a game changer for ERP in that it can be used anytime, anywhere, on any device and it includes development space.  A package deal including CRM is available as of November 1st, 2016 on Microsoft Azure cloud platform by subscribing to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Enterprise Edition plan 2 (more details below). 


What is Microsoft Dynamics 365?

Microsoft Dynamics 365 is evolving into a total business software package allowing Microsoft's current CRM and ERP cloud solutions to be deployed in one cloud service with new role based subscriptions with purpose-built apps to help manage specific business functions like field service, customer service, and project service automation. Using the common data model, Dynamics 365 includes analytics from Cortana Intelligence and Power BI, and the productivity power of Office 365.

The Dynamics 365 apps are designed so they can be easily and independently deployed. Your business can start with the apps you need, and as your business demands, you can adopt additional capabilities with ease as all the apps work together.

The Business Edition plan: 

  • Optimized for 10-250 Employees
  • Comprises Project ‘Madeira’ & Future Sales & Marketing Solutions
  • Cloud Only
  • Max 300 seats
  • Sales
  • Field Service
  • Customer Service
  • Project Service Automation

Dynamics 365 Enterprise Plan 1 includes CRM and these Apps:

  • Optimized for 250+ Employees
  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM and light ERP
  • Min 20 seats on select offers 
  • Powerapps that use the Microsoft common data model (see below)
  • Flow (New App - see more below)
  • Sales
  • Field Service
  • Customer Service
  • Project Service Automation

Plan one does not include operations whereas Dynamics 365 plan 2 includes plan 1 and operations or AX(7).

AX (7) will be referred to as Operations in the Dynamics 365 Enterprise Edition.

Dynamics 365 for Operations Migration Reasons


Dynamics 365 plan 2

The differences between Dynamics 365 for Operations versus Dynamics 365

The difference between Dynamics 365 for Operations (or Dynamics AX7) versus Dynamics 365 Enterprise Edition is that your company can purchase plans and not just an application. Licensing is more flexible too.

The plans for Dynamics 365 are offered in two ways: Right now its referred to as plan 1 & plan 2.

Dynamics AX7 versus Dynamics 365 Enterprise Edition

Powerapps can be found pre-made and include these functions:

  • Employee Engagement Survey
  • Health Plan Selector
  • Asset Checkout
  • Product Showcase
  • More apps to be added later

PowerApps can be used on Android or IOS to use and share custom-built apps with your team and organization. 

Install PowerApps to:

• Use apps that have been shared with you
• Share PowerApps with others
• Help your team work even smarter

Use your apps to:
• Access, capture, and share data
• Get work done from anywhere and on any device
• Automate tasks and accomplish more

Flow allows you to create automated workflows between your favorite apps and services to get notifications, synchronize files, and collect data making you more productive.

  Why plans versus Applications or Apps?

  1. Gives flexibility to work in more than one app
  2. Leverages full use of PowerApps and Flow
  3. Economically more favorable TCO due to tiered pricing
  4. Read data from all dynamics 365 apps
  5. One pricing level covers all light use and knowledge sharing rights and business intelligence

And your business can mix and match plans and apps.  Each user may be licensed for the functionality they need via a plan, an App, or team member pricing level.

Enterprise Plan release date: November, 1st 2016.

Minimums and maxims define which edition can be purchased.

Enterprise edition plan 1: no minimum, but does not include AX (7)

Enterprise edition plan 2: 20 user minimum

*Dynamics 365 for Operations will be available to purchase on-premise starting in June 2017 and a preview will begin in April.  The special caveat to remaining on premise is as follows:  The on-premise data will not  benefit from Microsoft's intelligence capabilities of embedded analytics, machine learning, or other capabilities available to cloud subscribers.

 To learn more please download the top 25 Dynamics 365 questions below.

At Clients First Business Solutions, we are a Microsoft Gold Partner with a team of tenured specialists with core competencies in the implementation and support of Microsoft Dynamics AX.  In fact we have over 200 years combined experience in Dynamics AX.  Not bad for a lean team. To explore all the capabilities of Dynamics AX and find out how this business solution can help your manufacturing or MRO organization achieve its full potential, contact our sales team at 800.331.8382 or email sales@clientsfirst-tx.com.   Our Clients First Texas and Minnesota offices offer Dynamics AX ERP to the medium to large manufacturer and MRO across the United States and in 11 countries and counting.   Call us today to see how Dynamics AX can transform your business.


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