31 Mar. 2012

Management Reporter 2012 for Microsoft Dynamics ERP

Earlier this month Microsoft announced the new Management Reporter 2012 for Microsoft Dynamics ERP. This is the replacement for the old Dynamics FRx reporting tool. Management Reporter is supported for all products in the Dynamics ERP family including Dynamics AX, Dynamics GP, Dynamics NAV, and Dynamics SL.

The main capabilities of the product include:
  • Interactive reports
  • Deeper integration with Dynamics ERP
  • Report collaboration with Report libraries and SharePoint
  • Intercompany reconciliations and eliminations 
  • Design flexibility
Management Reporter 2012 supports both Dynamics AX 2012 and Dynamics AX 2009. Some of the new features include better integration with ledger accounts, dimensions, budgets and AX security accounts.
More information can be found on the Dynamics Corporate Performance Management blog.

Introducing SQL Server 2012 ebook

As I wrote earlier, there is a new release of SQL Server and the good folks at Microsoft decided to give away a brand new ebook on the subject. The name of the book is "Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012" and it is available free of charge as pdf, epub, and mobi.

The original announcement and the ToC can be found here.

26 Mar. 2012

Rollup 8 for AX 2009 has been released

Rollup 8 for Dynamics AX 2009 has been released.
More information and donwload links can be found here.

18 Mar. 2012

Dynamics AX is now compatitible with SQL Server 2012

Right after the launch of SQL Server 2012, Microsoft announced the compatitility with Dynamics AX 2012. This is great news for all of us who want to take advantage of the features in the new release. There is new KB2680186 that has to be applyed, however.

Some of the new features:
* SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups
* Self-service BI
* Data mashups and PowerPivot

More on the subject can be found here.

12 Mar. 2012

SQL Server 2012 is here

Microsoft just announced the RTM release of SQL Server 2012! The planned date for general availability is the 1 of April. Until then a fully functional 6 month evaluation version is available for download here.

What's New in SQL Server 2012
Hardware and Software Requirements for Installing SQL Server 2012
SQL Server 2012 Express Edition
Adventure Works for SQL Server 2012

10 Sep. 2011

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 White Paper: Developing Solutions in a Shared AOS Development Environment

This white paper outlines the development guidelines for Dynamics AX 2012 and how to setup and use version control with Team Foundation Server or MorphX VCS. The document provides guidance for developing solutions when multiple development clients are connected to a single shared AOS. With AX 2012 we have new additions to the development mix of tools and techniques like: Visual Studio clients, CIL run-time, SSRS Report Data Provider classes, etc.

I cannot stress enough on how important version control really is, especially in development environments with many programmers. Take a look at it:

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 White Paper: Developing Solutions in a Shared AOS Development Environment


9 Sep. 2011

Slipstream installation for Dynamics AX 2012

Slipstream installation is the process of installing of Dynamics AX 2012 + all the latest Cumulative Update at one go. With the previous versions of AX it was not recommended to do this. We had to install the vanilla AX from the installation image and then apply all the service packs and roll-ups. Now with AX 2012 you can extract the contents of the self-extracting file of the CU installer to the Update folder of the AX installer. Now when you start the AX installer all the updates will be applied automatically.

Here is the original article at EMEADAXSupport:

How can I slipstream Cumulative Updates for AX 2012 as part of a new installation