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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Dynamics 365 for Operations Technical Conference - Day 1 Keynote Session

Friends,

Below some key points from the Tech Conference - Day 1. Around 110 sessions being delivered in the 3 days, so it's not possible to attend all the sessions. I'm summarising my notes:

Day 1 - Keynote Session by Sri Srinivasan, GM for Dynamics 365 for Operations at Microsoft

110 Sessions Being delivered in this Tech Conference (11 Tracks)

Dynamics 365 for Operation Advantages:
  • Purpose Built
  • Productive
  • Intelligent
  • Adaptable

Based on AX2012 R3 CU11

Challenges in ERP Deployments:

  • Change
  • Quality of Data
  • Training
  • Business process change

How Dynamics 365 for Operations Speeds up adoption among end users

Dynamics 365 for Operations Features:

  • Immersive experience
  • Continuous update
  • Effective change management, Data Governance, Complete solutions

Customer Stories:

Maersk
  • Single instance based in US East
  • 7 Global distribution centres
  • 5000 Employees
  • 6 ISV Solutions
  • Entire project implementation in a span of 15 months
  • Intercompany processes
  • 15000 order lines via EDI
  • 550 users live
  • No terminal services, direct connection

PEET
  • Over 100 entities
  • Consolidation
  • Increased awareness of costs
  • Reduction in reporting cycle timeframes
  • Tracking invoices from receipt to payment
  • 6 months Development time

Dynamics 365 for Operations - Record time of implementation with one customer - 40 days


What's Coming

  • Intelligence Insights
  • Productive experiences
  • Continuous life
  • Business anytime, anywhere

Dynamics 365 RoadMap https://roadmap.dnamics.com


Dynamics 365 One View App Demo built on top of Common data service

Spring 2017 Release
  • Hybrid / On-Premises
  • Around June 2017 timeframe,  local support to run in your own datacenter
  • Upgrade framework AX 2012 R3
  • Extensibility - How to keep customers current and using extensions
  • Extensions to configure and customize the applications
  • Power BI Content Pack  - drill through into details
  • In the spring release, 10 Power BI Dashboards to be released
  • Customer Ageing Report in mobile device
  • Expense Management Mobile Demo
  • Offline capability
  • Power BI Content Pack Credit collections
  • Preview version of AX 2009 Upgrade

Common Data Service  (A view into Product Insights)

  • Ability to customers having visibility to their product life cycle(Design , marketing, seel, manufacturing, distribute, service)
  • Brings the data together from disparate data sources - bring data into one common area
  • Product Graph - the name of the project for bringing common data services together
  • Product Explorer - can take data from different data sources like SAP, CRM, and put together and relate it
  • Product Explorer - Filter by Product Attributes
  • Preview in late spring 2017

On-Prem


  • Cloud, Cloud + Edge, Local Business Data
  • Microsoft recommends Cloud as the preferred medium of deployment
  • In June, local business data option would be available - disconnected from cloud, Run in your own data center, scenarios where internet connectivity is problem, data sovereignty issue, enterprises who are yet to buy into the concept of cloud.We will not have Power BI, Embedded analytics, machine learning capabilites, product graph, will not be available for on-premise local deployment option
  • Deployment for all 3 options is through LCS
  • The 3rd deployment option is hybrid - combine power of cloud + immense potential of data centers, Federated instances, each manufacturing instance can run , syncrhronizing data into cloud, no other erp provides this
  • Demo on cloud + edge
  • The synch happens in the background, Demo to create a sales order in edge and it comes into cloud (master) - Preview in Spring

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Dynamics 365 for Operations Tip - Mobile workspaces option missing under System Administration

Friends,

Recently, I provisioned a brand new Dynamics 365 for Operations Environment with Update 3 (November 2016 update) + patched it up with KB 3215650 - this is the KB which enables the mobile workspaces that are provided in your Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations.


Issue:

Unable to see the Mobile App Option under System Administration - System Parameters. Did some troubleshooting like restarting the AOS Service but with no luck


Workaround:

After some troubleshooting, I went to Visual Studio, opened up the object class SystemParameters_SCMMobileExtension which does the job of adding the mobile option. I explicitly did a build and synchronize for this object and then voila! :)




Dynamics 365 for Operations not supported on Firefox browser 51.0.1


Just found that Dynamics 365 for operations doesn't render on the latest Firefox browser.
























Saturday, February 25, 2017

Dynamics 365 for Operations - Exciting Announcement regarding On-Premise Deployment

Greetings!

Wanted to share this exciting news which many customers were looking forward to - Having an on-premise deployment of Dynamics 365 for Operations - aka Dynamics AX 7

Sri Srinivasan, GM for Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations, has announced this in the community forums

https://community.dynamics.com/b/msftdynamicsblog/archive/2017/02/23/the-right-cloud-option-for-your-business

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Troubleshoot Error Duplicate request to load user role mappings detected - KB 3158762


Issue:

For one of my client who is on AX 2012 R3 CU8, We started getting this error on 2 of our PROD AOS Event Viewer - "Duplicate request to load user mappings detected"


















Fix:

After some initial troubleshooting, found out this binary hotfix in LCS, which fixes the following issue

https://fix.lcs.dynamics.com/Issue/Resolved/1118984?kb=3158762&bugId=3747718&qc=c33425bb1af0b37d6b1bdb5479e6693e13172c3a728756035b530422e296d3a8

Once you download the hotfix, just run it using the AXUpdateInstaller. It takes few mins depending on your AOS topology and servers to run this update.

Word of caution - As with any hotix (be it application or binary, always test on your TEST instances and leave it running for couple of weeks, monitor and only then deploy the hotfix to your PROD)


Notes form the hotfix description in LCS:

PROBLEM
After you apply the kernel hotfix KB3133925, when you execute the Automatic role assignment function, you receive the following error message:

"Duplicate request to load user role mappings detected."
DESCRIPTION OF CHANGE
The changes in the hotfix add the "AutoSkipXdsGeneration a_SkipXDS(ip);" line to start of AuthenticationContext.LoadRoles to ensure you can execute the Automatic role assignment function without any error messages.