Considering business drivers and existing AX environment, several upgrade options exist for an organization to evaluate:
- ERP and related software upgrade only
- Hardware and software upgrade
- Relocating hardware to a third-party hosting
- Re-implementation instead of convention ‘upgrade’
Before choosing an upgrade strategy for AX 2012 upgrade, it is important to establish a context. The context consists of business drivers as well as an assessment of the existing AX environment.
Business Drivers (Why Upgrade?)
ERP vendors, like Microsoft, release several major and minor versions over time. Many organizations choose not to upgrade for a multitude of business reasons. The ones who choose to upgrade often have one or many of the following Business Drivers:
- Save on infrastructure costs
- Sunset the version at its ‘end-of-support’
- Leverage new functionality to improve operations / decision-making
Existing AX Environment
Having established the business drivers, organizations ask the next set of questions centered on the following:
- Stability of the current environment
- Need for a 24 / 7 support level
- Cost of additional hardware to sustain newer, resource intensive software
- Plans for adding more users due to business growth / acquisitions
- Seasonal spikes in the user counts
Upgrades are critical and significant initiatives for any business. Exploring available options, and evaluating them against parameters, such as: TCO, maintainability, architectural strength, variable user load, 24 / 7 support requirements, extent of customization, among others, are key factors in decision making.
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