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Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

New, Changed, and Deprecated Features for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2

Date: February 15, 2013

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Table of contents
Table of contents ........................................................................................ 3 Introduction ................................................................................................ 7
Abstract ............................................................................................................................... 7 Document structure .............................................................................................................. 7 Feedback ............................................................................................................................. 7 More information .................................................................................................................. 7

Product-wide features ................................................................................ 8


Database changes: Table relations .......................................................................................... 9 Database changes: Table inheritance .....................................................................................11 Database changes: Inactive tables remain ..............................................................................13 Commerce Services for Microsoft Dynamics ERP ......................................................................14 Sites Services for Microsoft Dynamics ERP ..............................................................................15 Payment Services for Microsoft Dynamics ERP .........................................................................16 User interface changes .........................................................................................................17 Upgrade .............................................................................................................................20 Services and Application Integration Framework (AIF) ..............................................................23 Enterprise Portal and Role Centers .........................................................................................28 Role-based security ..............................................................................................................32 Data security .......................................................................................................................34 Organization model ..............................................................................................................36 Analysis cubes .....................................................................................................................38 Country/Region Context .......................................................................................................42 Reporting ............................................................................................................................43 Financial dimensions ............................................................................................................47 Budgeting and budget control ................................................................................................51 Ledger and subledger lines and distributions ...........................................................................58 Taxes .................................................................................................................................62 Address book ......................................................................................................................65 Products .............................................................................................................................68 Employees ..........................................................................................................................71 Policy Framework .................................................................................................................74 Intercompany timesheet entry in projects (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack) ................76 Retail module (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack) ........................................................79 Help server .........................................................................................................................82 Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 glossary .....................................................................................86 Budget planning (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) ..................................................................88 Payroll (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) ................................................................................96 Data partitioning (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) ............................................................... 102 E-commerce investments for omni-channel retail ................................................................... 103 Features added for Process manufacturing production and logistics .......................................... 107 Features added for Brazil .................................................................................................... 109 Features added for China .................................................................................................... 113 Features added for India ..................................................................................................... 118
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Features added for Japan .................................................................................................... 126 Features added for Russia ................................................................................................... 131

Deprecated features................................................................................ 140


Microsoft Business Solutions Perimeter Network Configuration Wizard ...................................... 141 Reporting Tools and Microsoft Dynamics AX Enterprise Portal Tools .......................................... 142 Unsupported platforms ....................................................................................................... 143 Oracle database support ..................................................................................................... 146 Setup parameters .............................................................................................................. 147 Microsoft Dynamics AX domains........................................................................................... 148 Record-level security .......................................................................................................... 149 Client-side batch framework ................................................................................................ 150 Security keys and related APIs ............................................................................................ 151 Duplicate company feature .................................................................................................. 152 RunBase ........................................................................................................................... 153 Add Service Reference in the MorphX AOT ............................................................................ 154 AIF endpoints .................................................................................................................... 155 BizTalk Adapter for Microsoft Dynamics AX ............................................................................ 156 Data Crawler ..................................................................................................................... 157 DynamicsAXGeneralLedgerClass Members............................................................................. 158 .chm Help files .................................................................................................................. 159 X++ Reporting Framework .................................................................................................. 160 Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 reports .................................................................................... 161 Application Hierarchy Tree (AHT) ......................................................................................... 167 Code Explorer.................................................................................................................... 168 Print from AOT and Editor ................................................................................................... 169 X++ editor ........................................................................................................................ 170 AOD files replaced by SQL Server repository ......................................................................... 171 Split layer functionality in the AOT ....................................................................................... 172 Team Server ..................................................................................................................... 173 Visual SourceSafe .............................................................................................................. 174 Reporting Project ............................................................................................................... 175 The X++ Workflow API ....................................................................................................... 176 SQL Server Report Builder integration with Microsoft Dynamics AX report models ...................... 177 Payment services using Authorize.Net .................................................................................. 178 Ledger budget ................................................................................................................... 179 Financial dimensions and LedgerTable .................................................................................. 181 EPBookkeeperRoleCenter .................................................................................................... 182 ExchangeRates .................................................................................................................. 183 LedgerTrans table .............................................................................................................. 184 LedgerPeriod ..................................................................................................................... 185 Country/region configuration keys ....................................................................................... 186 EU sales list transfer (Belgium) ............................................................................................ 187 Date-effective records ........................................................................................................ 188 Delete personal information (employee and applicant) ............................................................ 189 Human Resources tab in Enterprise Portal ............................................................................. 190 Benefits ............................................................................................................................ 191 Employees of the Work Center type ..................................................................................... 192
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Visio Export for reporting relationships, locations, and organizational structure views ................. 193 Telemarketing ................................................................................................................... 194 TAPI integration................................................................................................................. 195 Management Statistics ....................................................................................................... 196 CRM document handling ..................................................................................................... 197 Transaction log .................................................................................................................. 198 Purchase order subscription ................................................................................................ 199 Blanket orders ................................................................................................................... 200 BOM item type BOM ........................................................................................................... 201 Configurable items ............................................................................................................. 202 Item dimension group ........................................................................................................ 203 Edit dimensions form .......................................................................................................... 204 Product builder .................................................................................................................. 205 Product group for Procurement ............................................................................................ 206 Compare request for quote replies form ................................................................................ 207 Purchase requisition clean up .............................................................................................. 208 Purchase requisition parameters .......................................................................................... 209 Approval and spending limits ............................................................................................... 210 Task groups ...................................................................................................................... 211 Multisite activation wizard ................................................................................................... 212 Fill Utility (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) .......................................................................... 213 (BRA) Sales and receipt texts .............................................................................................. 214 (BRA) Sales and purchase operation types ............................................................................ 215 (BRA) Enable NF-e (Federal) ............................................................................................... 216 (BRA) In-transit warehouse at operation type ........................................................................ 217 (BRA) Ledger post and Create remittance at operation type .................................................... 218 (BRA) Fuel code ................................................................................................................. 219 (BRA) Enable Brazilian features ........................................................................................... 220 (BRA) Type of establishment ............................................................................................... 221 (BRA) Generate the ICMS 1/48 fixed asset credit fiscal document from purchase orders ............. 222 (BRA) Complementary fiscal documents from free text invoices and purchase orders ................. 223 (BRA) Fiscal document type used for received fiscal documents ............................................... 224 (BRA) CNPJ or CPF validation by using categories .................................................................. 225 (BRA) Brazilian addresses components ................................................................................. 226 (BRA) Chronological invoice numbering field.......................................................................... 227 (BRA) CNPJ and IE fields from company/legal entity ............................................................... 228 (BRA) Holiday calendar ....................................................................................................... 229 (BRA) Taxes taxation codes and fiscal values on order lines .................................................... 230 (BRA) FiscalDocJour_BR and related tables ........................................................................... 231 (BRA) Fiscal books integration ............................................................................................. 232 (BRA) Purchase and sales fiscal document manual entry (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) ......... 233 (CHN) Accounting period name (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) ............................................ 233 (CHN) Bank reconciliation (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) ................................................... 235 (CHN) Country-specific localization format for Contact name (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) ... 236 (CHN) GB/T19581 export accounting data standard (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) ............... 237 (EEUR) Eastern European EU sales list reports (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)....................... 238 (EEUR) Eastern European Intrastat reports (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) ........................... 239 (HUN) Import bank account statements (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) ................................ 240
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(IND) Per invoice option in miscellaneous charges allocation (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) ... 241 (IND) Miscellaneous charge load on inventory percentage (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) ....... 242 (IND) Removal of Exceed threshold limit from Direct Tax parameters (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) .................................................................................................................................. 243 (IND) Tax adjustment for Direct Tax (TDS/TCS) (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) .................... 244 (IND) Percent exempt replaces load on inventory (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) .................. 245 (IND) Duty Entitlement Pass Book (DEPB) (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) ............................ 246 (IND) Deprecation of TDS certificates (Form 16A) (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) .................. 247 (JPN) Bill of exchange (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) ........................................................ 248 (JPN) Payment calendar (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) ..................................................... 249 (JPN) T-account (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) ................................................................. 250 (LVA) Fixed asset tax report (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) ................................................ 251 (LVA) Verification of voucher numbers (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) .................................. 252 (LVA) Latvian tax exempt numbers (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) ...................................... 253 (LVA) State invoice numbering (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) ............................................ 254 (POL) Polish coloration of chart of account lines (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) ..................... 255 (POL) Polish safe valuation rule (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) ........................................... 256 (POL) Dates of holidays (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) ...................................................... 257 (POL) Polish bank transfer printout (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) ...................................... 258 (RUS) Balance turnover statements (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012) .......................................... 259 (RUS) Contracts (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) ................................................................ 260 (RUS) Exchange rates import (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) .............................................. 261 (RUS) Financial report validation report (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) ................................ 262 (RUS) VAT reports (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) ............................................................. 263 (RUS) Inventory balance turnover report (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) .............................. 264 (RUS) Production journal lines, by-product report (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) .................. 265 (THA) Manage realized and unrealized VAT (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) ........................... 266 (THA)Sales tax payment features (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) ........................................ 268 Appendix: Non-product-wide feature descriptions .................................................................. 269

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Introduction
This document provides a summary of new and changed features for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, including Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack and Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2. It also provides deprecated feature notices for features that are planned to be removed in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 or future versions. Familiarity with Microsoft Dynamics AX or other business management software is assumed.

Abstract
Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 introduces many new features and technologies that were not available in previous versions. Additionally, changes introduced in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 update a number of existing features and technologies significantly to help increase system security, user productivity, and reduce administrative overhead. This document describes new and changed features for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. It also includes deprecated feature notices for features that are planned to be removed in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 or future versions.

Document structure
The document includes the following sections:

Introduction
The introduction provides an overview of the document.

Product-wide features
Topics in the product-wide features section describe application changes that have a broad impact across Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. These topics compare, contrast, and explain the differences in the behavior in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 and Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

Deprecated features
Topics in the deprecated features section provide details about the features that have been removed from the application in this version, or that are planned for removal in subsequent versions.

Appendix
The appendix provides summary information, in tabular format, about feature changes that do not have a product-wide effect.

Feedback
Send comments about the content of this document to the Microsoft Dynamics AX Content Publishing Team: adocs@microsoft.com

More information
For more information about Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, see: TechNet Library for System administrators AX Developer Center on MSDN TechNet Library for Application Users

You can also use the WebSearch tool to search Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 content.

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Product-wide features
Product-wide features are features that, although they may be focused in a particular feature area, have an overall effect on Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. A product-wide feature may be an existing feature that has been reworked substantially since Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, or it may be a new feature or set of features that has been added to the existing functionality in Microsoft Dynamics AX. In some cases, a product-wide feature replaces an existing set of features.

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Database changes: Table relations


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, table relations could be defined through extended data types (EDTs). In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, table relations are defined under the Relations node for each table in the Application Object Tree (AOT). Each relation has properties that can be set in the Properties window.

Overview
Item Required Feature areas affected Stakeholders Description Yes All Technical decision makers Independent software vendors (ISVs)/developers Partners

New functionality
The new format enables rich metadata to be stored about each table relation. The metadata can be leveraged throughout the application for increased functionality. For example: In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, the system stores the cardinality of each relationship. Tools that generate database entity relationship diagrams in Microsoft Visio 2010 can read the cardinality data to draw the diagram correctly. The new UnitOfWork class simplifies transaction management for table relations that are defined under the Relations node for a table. However, the UnitOfWork class cannot leverage relations that are defined through EDTs.

Special considerations
In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, table relations can no longer be created through EDTs. Legacy custom table relations that were defined through EDTs continue to work in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Table relations are defined in a new way in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

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AOT table relations


What can you do?
Define a table relation by using the AOT.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Table relations were defined only through EDTs. This was a problem if multiple relations were needed between tables, or if relations involved composite keys. Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


EDT table relations are recognized, but relations are now defined under the Relations node for an individual table.

Why is this important?


Relationship metadata can be stored, which facilitates other system features and future growth.

Automatically migrate table relations to the AOT.

A tool is provided to convert legacy table relations from EDT nodes to table nodes in the AOT.

This automation may save the developer time and reduces the likelihood of errors.

More information
For more information about table relations, see the EDT Relations Migration Tool topic on MSDN.

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Database changes: Table inheritance


Object-oriented programming languages, such as C# and C++, support inheritance relationships between classes. A derived class inherits fields and methods from its base class. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 supports similar inheritance between tables in the Application Object Tree (AOT).

Overview
Item Required Feature areas affected Stakeholders Description Yes All, particularly those that query tables that are involved in inheritance relationships Technical decision makers ISVs/developers Partners

New functionality
Table inheritance facilitates customized extensions better than traditional foreign key relationships do. Table inheritance provides a rich type of metadata that describes the relationships between tables. Tools can use this metadata to provide better functionality.

Special considerations
The following are some of the base tables that are involved in inheritance relationships: AgreementHeader AgreementLine BankLC BankLCLine CaseDetailBase CatProductReference DirPartyTable EcoResProduct HRPDefaultLimit IntercompanyActionPolicy VendRequest

Because of inheritance relationships between tables, some fields in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 have been moved to different tables in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Some legacy custom queries may need to be updated. This requires the same amount of pre-upgrade work as any table schema change. In some cases, the size of an X++ SQL Select statement can decrease, and the statement can become simpler.

Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


The application data framework has changed since Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 includes changes to the following: AOT design time aspects Query development aspects
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AOT design time aspects


What can you do?
Capture rich metadata about the relationships between tables.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Foreign key relationships were supported. Inheritance relationships between tables could be managed only by custom code.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Inheritance relationships between tables can be captured and described by setting properties on the tables.

Why is this important?


Developers may more fully express the relationships between certain entities.

Query development aspects


What can you do?
Access fields from various tables with simpler code.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


A query could leverage a foreign key relationship to get fields from a parent table by joining.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


A query can leverage an inheritance relationship to get fields from a parent table without joining.

Why is this important?


X++ SQL code and AOT queries take less developer time to create and maintain.

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Database changes: Inactive tables remain


Sometimes, deactivating a configuration key affects a table in Microsoft Dynamics AX. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 and earlier versions, the associated table was removed from the underlying Microsoft SQL Server database. Subsequently, when queries were run on that table, messages were displayed. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, the associated tables are not removed from the database. Instead, the tables are deactivated in the system, which means that they are treated as empty tables. However, the deactivated tables and their data are still fully available in the underlying database.

Overview
Item Required Feature areas affected Stakeholders Description Yes All, particularly operations that issue SQL queries from outside of Microsoft Dynamics AX Technical decision makers ISVs/developers Partners

New functionality
Tables that are deactivated by a configuration key now remain available to external SQL queries, which can be a practical benefit, depending on the ongoing data changes that must be made to the tables.

Special considerations
System administrators who deactivate a configuration key must inform users who issue external SQL queries that the data in the deactivated tables will no longer be updated, and that the data in those tables will become outdated. After a configuration key has been deactivated, messages are no longer displayed for external SQL queries.

Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


The effects of deactivated configuration keys on tables have changed since Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 includes changes to the following: SQL queries on inactive tables

SQL server queries on inactive tables


What can you do?
Run queries on inactive tables within Microsoft Dynamics AX.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Queries failed, and messages were displayed.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Queries on inactive tables continue to function, but data in the inactive tables is ignored. Queries on inactive tables continue to function, but data from the inactive tables will be outdated.

Why is this important?


Queries on the SQL tables still function.

Run external queries on tables from Microsoft Dynamics AX.

Queries failed, and messages were displayed.

Queries on the SQL server database still function.

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Commerce Services for Microsoft Dynamics ERP


Commerce Services for Microsoft Dynamics ERP provides integration between Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and an organizations online sales channels. It provides an integrated process for releasing products to online stores or online marketplaces and routing online sales orders back in to the existing Microsoft Dynamics AX fulfillment process. Additionally, companies can use Commerce Services to integrate their existing online sales channel to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

Overview
Item Required Feature areas affected Description Optional. You may or may not use these features, depending on how you run your business. Sales and marketing Product information management Stakeholders Business decision makers Technical decision makers Implementation team members ISVs/developers Partners

New functionality
Improvements have been made to further integrate Commerce Services with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Previously, Commerce Services was installed only as part of Retail Headquarters in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 for Retail.

Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Changes to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 support the following: Commerce Services integration

Commerce services integration


What can you do?
Use Commerce Services for Microsoft Dynamics ERP to integrate Microsoft Dynamics AX with your online sales channels.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Commerce Services was only available within the Retail Headquarters application for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 for Retail.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Provides integrated process for releasing products to online stores and routing online sales orders into the fulfillment process.

Why is this important?


Provides tighter integration between online stores and the Microsoft Dynamics AX fulfillment process.

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Sites Services for Microsoft Dynamics ERP


Sites Services for Microsoft Dynamics ERP extends Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 business processes and workflows on the web. It is an important part of Microsoft Dynamics ERP Software plus Services strategy. It empowers business users to collaborate with their customers and vendors with no or minimal IT investment and it enables partners to build advanced software plus services solutions.

Overview
Item Required Feature areas affected Description Optional. You may or may not use these features, depending on how you run your business. Home Accounts payable Accounts receivable Human resources Procurement and sourcing Product information management Sales and marketing Service management Organization administration Stakeholders Business decision makers Technical decision makers Implementation team members ISVs/developers Partners

New functionality
Sites Services for Microsoft Dynamics ERP delivers an extensible metadata-driven bidirectional secure data platform connecting Dynamics AX 2012 and Microsoft cloud services. It also leverages the Sites Services metadata-driven presentation platform to ship four out-of-box sites solutions for focused industry verticals.

Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 has changes that support:

Site Services for Microsoft Dynamics ERP integration

Sites Services integration


What can you do?
Use the Site Services data platform to connect Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 to Microsoft cloud services.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Provides a secure data platform and four outof-the-box sites solutions for specific industry verticals.

Why is this important?


Provides users the ability to connect Microsoft Dynamics AX to Microsoft cloud services.

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Payment Services for Microsoft Dynamics ERP


Payment Services for Microsoft Dynamics ERP is a Payment Card Industry (PCI) certified Level 1 Payment Gateway. It is an important part of Microsoft Dynamics ERP Software plus Services strategy. It enables accepting payment cards in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012and in your storeby using Microsoft cloud services.

Overview
Item Required Feature areas affected Stakeholders Description Optional. You may or may not use these features, depending on how you run your business. Accounts receivable Business decision makers Technical decision makers Implementation team members ISVs/developers Partners

New functionality
Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 has out-of-box support for payment card authorization, settlement, void, and refunds; address verification; and business card Level 2 and 3 processing through Payment Services.

Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 has changes that support: Payment Services integration

Payment services integration


What can you do?
Use Payment Services to accept credit card payments.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Supports credit card authorization and settlement.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Supports additional features, such as refunds, address verification, Level 2 and 3 processing, and online orders payment settlement.

Why is this important?


These features can reduce payment processing expenses, increase profit margin, and help to positively impact a customers bottom line.

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User interface changes


The user interface consists of features and commands that a user can use to interact with the software, especially to enter and view data and personalize forms. The user interface has changed considerably since Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009.

Overview
Item Required Feature areas affected Stakeholders Description Yes All Business decision makers Technical decision makers ISVs/developers Partners

New functionality
The user interface for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 is cleaner, more consistent, and easily tailored to specific tasks and forms. You can view important information on one central list page, and related information is displayed on FastTabs and in FactBoxes, even if the related information is not displayed in the current form. It is easier to sort and personalize displayed data.

Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


The user interface has changed considerably since Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 includes changes to the following: Navigation List pages Filter functionality Progressive disclosure forms Forms Search

Navigation
What can you do?
Navigate intuitively.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


The navigation structure was divided into modules.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


The navigation structure is divided into different modules that have a more consistent design.

Why is this important?


It is easier to access the necessary forms and complete tasks.

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List pages
What can you do?
Use the improved Action Pane.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


The Action Pane was almost exclusively navigation-based.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


The Action Pane now has action buttons that the user can use to create and modify data without leaving the list page. Information about the selected record is displayed both in FactBoxes and in the preview pane. All messages related to the list page, such as error, warning, and system status messages, are displayed in a dedicated area. Data is refreshed automatically.

Why is this important?


Users can quickly find and modify data.

View additional information about a selected record on a list page, without leaving the list page. View messages in a dedicated area.

Limited information about the selected record was displayed in the preview pane. Messages appeared in the InfoLog form or in separate dialog boxes.

Users can view additional important information about a record without opening the master record form. Users can view and act on important messages without leaving the form.

Automatically refresh form information.

Data had to be refreshed manually, and forms did not always display the latest information. Users had to leave the list page or form to view important related information about the selected record.

The information on list pages is always current.

View related information in a FactBox.

Users do not have to open another form to view any related information that is not displayed on the current list page.

Related information is displayed quickly.

Filter functionality
What can you do?
Sort and filter on any column that is displayed.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Users could not sort or filter all of the columns displayed on the list pages. The Advanced filter window was complex and difficult to use. To filter data, users had to identify the column where data was located.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Users can sort and filter on any column that is displayed, or filter across all columns that are displayed. Filtering control uses plain language and structure to simplify filtering requests. Data is filtered, regardless of the column it is located in.

Why is this important?


It is easier to sort data.

Filter data by using common language.

It is easier to sort data.

Filter across all columns.

It is faster and easier to find data.

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Forms
What can you do?
View detailed information on FastTabs. Take advantage of the improved menu appearance. Switch between the header view and line view in complex forms.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


All information was visible at all times, which cluttered the workspace. Some menus were not easily readable, or they lacked common actions. Header information was displayed at the top of the form, and line information was displayed at the bottom of the form.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Users can view or condense important information in the same form. Menus are consistent and easy to scan. Menu commands are grouped according to usage. Complex forms have a header view, where you can view or modify the header-specific fields, and a lines view, where you can view the list of lines and information about the selected line. Related information that is not displayed in the current form can be accessed quickly, without opening another form.

Why is this important?


The workspace is simplified, and related information is grouped. Menu commands for data entry are simplified. Forms with header and line information are easier to understand and use.

View related information in a FactBox.

Users had to open additional forms to view related information about the selected record.

Related information is displayed quickly.

Search
What can you do?
Use enhanced search capabilities.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Search did not include metadata and documents attached to records.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Search includes data, metadata, and documents attached to records. Therefore, users can search the data by using common nouns, such as customer or cash flow report, or they can search for specific data, such as a customer name, product ID, or telephone number. The search box is a prominent element of the user interface. Users have several options to help them refine their queries.

Why is this important?


Search is easier and more efficient.

Use the improved search box.

The search box was located on a form that was difficult to locate. Users could not refine their queries.

Users can locate the search box quickly and refine their queries, which improves search efficiency.

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Upgrade
Microsoft Dynamics AX has several features to help customers and partners prepare for upgrades to the next version of Microsoft Dynamics AX. These features are designed to shorten the upgrade test cycle and reduce the overall cost of upgrading.

Overview
Item Required Feature areas affected Stakeholders Description Yes All Business decision makers Technical decision makers Implementation team members ISVs/developers Partners

New functionality
Several tools have been provided to ease the process of upgrading to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. The Upgrade advisor tool examines Microsoft Dynamics AX for issues that can prevent you from upgrading, or that can prevent Microsoft Dynamics AX applications from working properly after an upgrade. After issues are identified, they can be debugged by using improved upgrade script implementation tools. After the upgrade, data validation processes provide detailed testing information to reduce the number of test runs needed before Microsoft Dynamics AX is fully implemented.

Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


The upgrade process has changed considerably since Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 includes changes to the following: Upgrade advisor Upgrade framework Post-upgrade data validation

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Upgrade advisor
What can you do?
Identify upgrade issues before upgrading.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Installed components from earlier versions of Microsoft Dynamics AX are analyzed for issues that may cause the upgrade process to fail. Users are guided through the analysis process. A report is generated that displays the results of the upgrade analysis and that tracks upgrade issues and their resolution. This report is useful both before and after an upgrade. Upgrade issues within the upgrade documentation are searched for.

Why is this important?


The upgrade compatibility of files and processes is checked before users upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Upgrade issues are identified. Upgrade issues are displayed before problems arise.

Run the Upgrade Advisor Analysis Wizard. View a list of upgrade issues.

Fix identified upgrade issues.

Users can quickly fix issues after they have been identified.

Upgrade framework
What can you do?
Implement upgrade scripts by using method attributes.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Users had to provide long lines of code to specify the order and dependency of upgrade script operation. Users had to create tools by using upgrade scripts. This required extensive analysis and iteration for data entry, and it was timeconsuming and prone to errors. Users had to understand the definition and use of various application programming interfaces (APIs) to implement upgrade scripts. Parameters and the type of script were separated from the script body, making it difficult to debug and understand the logic of the script.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


X++ attributes and predefined upgrade scripts are used.

Why is this important?


The coding of upgrade scripts is simplified, and bugs are reduced.

Analyze dependencies between upgrade scripts.

Automated tools are created to analyze upgrade scripts.

Upgrade script dependency is optimized.

Use a wizard to implement upgrade scripts.

All scripts related to a particular table are displayed. Developers can use a wizard or template to automatically add an upgrade script for a table. An attribute-based model that clarifies script logic is used.

Upgrade script development is intuitive.

Use method attributes to debug and fix problems.

It is easier to debug and fix problems.

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Post-upgrade data validation


What can you do?
Validate data for correctness after an upgrade. Organize and filter test cases.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


No test scripts were provided. Users had to rely on their own set of testing for validation. Not a standard feature.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Test case tools are provided to do postupgrade data validation. Test cases can be organized and filtered based on modules, configuration keys, and feature categories. Test case statuses can be annotated for priority or for completion progress, such as: Not started In-progress Failed Passed

Why is this important?


Post-upgrade data validation process is standardized. Better coverage and direction for testing data are provided.

View and annotate test case status.

Not a standard feature.

Users can monitor the progress of upgrade validation.

More information
For more information about upgrade, see: Implementation Planning Guide Upgrade Guide Code Upgrade Overview white paper

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Services and Application Integration Framework (AIF)


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, services provide a first-class programming model for integration and enable the Microsoft Dynamics AX application to expose its functionality by means of Windows Communication Foundation-based services. Application Integration Framework (AIF), built on top of services, supports the processing of incoming and outgoing messages, such as message transforms and value look-ups. Together, services and AIF provide the programming model, tools, and infrastructure support for message-based integration of application functionality and data with Microsoft Dynamics AX.

Overview
Item Required Description Conditionally required. If you are using this feature in a previous version, significant changes have been made to it, and you must review this topic. All Technical decision makers Implementation team members ISVs/developers Partners

Feature areas affected Stakeholders

New functionality
Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 introduces integration ports for streamlined configuration of services and provides significant improvements in the areas of the programming model, deployment, and administration.

Special considerations
The following are the skills and expertise needed to fully take advantage of services and AIF: Internet Information Services (IIS) administration, if IIS-based Web services are deployed The Microsoft .NET Framework, especially Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) Integration concepts, such as enterprise application integration (EAI), business-to-business (B2B), and synchronous and asynchronous transports Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 and ASP.NET, if you deploy IIS-based Web services Microsoft Message Queuing (MSMQ), if used

Some of the Microsoft Dynamics AX components, such as Enterprise Portal for Microsoft Dynamics AX and Workflow, consume Microsoft Dynamics AX services. Some functionality, such as importing catalogs and sending documents electronically, consumes Microsoft Dynamics AX services. You can install Web services on IIS. However, this is an optional step. By default, the Application Object Server (AOS) is the services host for the Microsoft Dynamics AX services.

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Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Services have changed considerably since Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 includes changes to the following: Simplified administration and configuration Services and Application Integration Framework Deployment Security and privacy Services troubleshooting Web services Microsoft Excel integration Import and export data

Simplified administration and configuration


What can you do?
Import and export data in non-XML formats.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not supported

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Developers can create custom transformations to import non-XML data and transform it into a format that can be consumed by AIF document services. Developers can use XSLT to transform XML files or a .NET binary to transform non-XML files to the Microsoft Dynamics AX format. Integration ports are used to administer services and AIF through service groups.

Why is this important?


Importing data from external systems is simplified.

Use integration ports to administer services.

AIF endpoints and related configuration forms were used to administer services.

The administration of services and AIF is simplified. The concept of integration ports subsumes endpoints and related forms. Service configuration is simplified.

Use integration port functionality to restrict service calls to a specific port.

Configuration was company specific.

The integration port for a specific legal entity can be restricted, but a unique integration for each organization is not needed. Data policies are optional.

Optionally configure data policies.

Data policies were mandatory.

Endpoint configuration is simplified.

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Services and Application Integration Framework (AIF)


What can you do?
Use system services to retrieve system information.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not supported

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


The metadata service retrieves metadata for application objects, such as labels, menus, tables, and services. You can use the query service to query for data without using the document service or creating a custom service. WCF support is expanded. MSMQ and BizTalk adapters have been deprecated, because equivalent functionality is provided by native WCF functionality. SOAP headers have been extended to support additional important headers. Additional database features are supported, including: Organization model Table inheritance Tables with effective dates Surrogate foreign key expansion

Why is this important?


You can query the Microsoft Dynamics AX system and return datasets and metadata.

Use the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) adapter.

WCF support was limited.

You can use standard adapters to interface with the database.

Add Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) headers when calling a service. Interface with the database more easily.

SOAP header support was limited.

It is easier to pass data into a service.

Some database features were not supported.

It is easier to integrate the database with document services and query services.

Group related services.

Grouping related services was not supported.

You can use service grouping in the AOT to group related services.

It is easier to use and deploy services for specific integration scenarios, such as orders to cash or procure to pay. Developer productivity is improved.

Use X++ container types and strongly typed X++collections.

Not supported

The new programming model enables developers to use X++ container types and strongly typed X++ collections through data contracts. The framework supports the separation of the user interface, contracts, and operations. The framework enables business operations to run synchronously or asynchronously, and

Use the business operations framework.

The business operations framework was supported through RunBase classes, where the user interface, contracts, and operations were defined in the same class.

Developers have more flexibility and control.

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provides various methods for invoking business operations.

Deployment
What can you do?
Host WCF services on AOS.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Web services had to be deployed on IIS.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Hosted services on AOS are available to users and applications on the Intranet. The IIS server routes all service requests to AOS, where they are processed. A single WSDL is created for all document services.

Why is this important?


Deployment of services is simplified.

Deploy services on IIS.

The IIS server processed the service request. A separate WSDL was created for each service.

Processing on IIS servers is reduced, and efficiency is increased. It is easier to deploy services, and developers can reuse the data types among all services within the WSDL. It is easier to manage multiple sites.

Use a single Web Service Definition Language (WSDL) for all document services, including custom services. Manage multiple sites and web farms by using the IIS Web Deployment tool. Take advantage of the scalability and availability of services.

Not supported

The IIS Web Deployment tool is used to manage multiple sites. NLB is provided for IIS servers and AOS instances. An NLB cluster must be created for services hosted on AOS to create a load-balanced environment for services.

Network Load Balancing (NLB) was provided only for IIS servers.

You can create NLB clusters for services hosted on AOS.

Security/privacy
What can you do?
Define service security by using WCF configuration tools.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Only one service could be deployed at a time.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


WCF is used to manage security for services. More than one service can be deployed.

Why is this important?


Security management for services is simplified.

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Services troubleshooting
What can you do?
Troubleshoot services and AIF at the integration port level.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Troubleshooting was done at the service operational level.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Troubleshooting is done at the integration port level and can include multiple service operations instead of a single service operation. When large files are imported, error handling provides flexible options, such as continue, halt, and rollback.

Why is this important?


Troubleshooting services is simplified.

Import and export data


What can you do?
Process bulk import and export of data.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not supported

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


A framework is provided for bulk import and export of data.

Why is this important?


It is easier to bulk import and export data.

More information
More detailed information about Services can be found in the white papers titled Services in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and Consuming Web Services.

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Enterprise Portal and Role Centers


Microsoft Dynamics AX provides a set of web sites that give you access to data and that you can use to participate in business processes by using web-based forms. These sites are collectively called Enterprise Portal for Microsoft Dynamics AX. Enterprise Portal can be configured to display role-specific home pages called Role Centers. A Role Centers provides an overview of information that pertains to a users job function in the business or organization, including transaction data, alerts, links, common tasks associated with the users role in the company, and reports generated by Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) or Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS). Microsoft Dynamics AX includes more than two dozen predefined Role Centers, which users can access from Enterprise Portal or the Microsoft Dynamics AX client.

Overview
Item Required Feature areas affected Stakeholders Description Optional. You may or may not use this feature, depending on how you run your business. All Business decision makers Technical decision makers Implementation team members ISVs/developers Partners

New functionality
Enterprise Portal and Role Centers enable you to configure system settings and home pages based on business needs, user roles, and job functions. Enterprise Portal is easier to install, manage, and operate, and the enhanced search capabilities makes searching for data easier and more intuitive. A smoother user interface improves the user experience overall by providing better Action Panes, more configuration options, and more efficient data searches.

Special considerations
Enterprise Portal requires Internet Information Services (IIS), a feature of Windows Server, and either Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 (recommended) or Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 (a free download). The new search framework for Microsoft Dynamics AX uses SharePoint Enterprise Search, which is included with SharePoint Server. Enterprise Search is not included with SharePoint Foundation. If you intend to use the free version of SharePoint, and you intend to deploy Search, use SharePoint Search Server Express 2010 (also a free download) instead of SharePoint Foundation. Developers must note that Enterprise Portal no longer supports development in the X++ Web framework. Development of Enterprise Portal pages requires ASP.NET and the .NET Framework.

Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


This feature has changed considerably since Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 includes changes to the following: Foundation improvements Treasurer Role Center Enterprise Search

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User interface changes

Foundation improvements
What can you do?
Use enhanced initial setup and installation.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


After installing Enterprise Portal, administrators had to manually compile X++ classes on the web server. Administrators had to manually deploy changes by clicking various objects in the Application Object Tree (AOT). Also, administrators could not deploy changes from the AOT on a 32-bit client to a 64-bit Windows server. Enterprise Portal had limited authentication options. Domain account management was time-consuming.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


The installation no longer requires manually compiling X++ classes.

Why is this important?


The installation experience is more efficient.

Use more options for deploying changes to a web server.

Administrators can deploy changes to a web server by using the AxUpdatePortal utility or the Microsoft Dynamics AX client. Administrators can also deploy changes from a remote client machine to the web server. Enterprise Portal includes support for multiple domain authentication protocols, including Active Directory directory services, Active Directory Federation Services, or pluggable authentication, such as forms-based authentication. This new authentication model is called flexible authentication. Administrators can manage remote Enterprise Portal deployments from the Microsoft Dynamics AX client. Enterprise Portal can automatically adopt the look and feel of a businesss or organizations parent site if the parent site uses a theme in the SharePoint Theme Gallery. New themes can be applied with .thmx files from the SharePoint Theme Gallery.

The administration experience is more efficient.

Use more options for domain authentication.

The administration experience is more efficient.

Perform remote administration.

Not available

The administration experience is more efficient.

Use enhanced support for themes.

Customizing the look and feel of an Enterprise Portal site to match a businesss or organizations parent site was a manual, time-consuming process.

The administration and customization experience is more efficient.

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Treasurer Role Center


What can you do?
View important information in one location.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


An overview is provided of relevant information, such as a work list, a frequently used list, and key performance indicator (KPI) information. The same KPIs are displayed to the treasurer as to the controller, CFO, accountant, and accounting manager, but the reports are tailored to the treasurers role.

Why is this important?


The most important information can be viewed at a glance.

View information relevant to treasurer tasks.

Information is customized to the treasurers role.

Enterprise Search
What can you do?
Deploy Search from Setup.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Search had to be installed and configured from multiple forms in the client.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


The Search server is centralized, and Setup verifies that the SharePoint Technology prerequisites are available on the server. Search includes data, metadata, and documents attached to records.

Why is this important?


Centralized deployment by using Setup makes the deployment and configuration process more efficient. Users can search Microsoft Dynamics AX data by using common nouns, such as customer or cash flow report, or they can search for specific data, such as a customer name, product ID, or telephone number. Searches are more efficient and easier to use.

Use enhanced search capabilities.

Search did not include metadata and documents attached to records.

Use the improved search box.

The search box was located on a form that was difficult to locate, and search queries could not be refined.

The search box is prominently displayed, and there are several options to refine search queries.

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User interface changes


What can you do?
Locate data quickly on list pages by using various types of filters.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Filtering capabilities were limited, and advanced filtering was complex and difficult to use. Toolbars were primarily navigation-based.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


A new quick filter, an improved advanced filter with common language capabilities, and a custom filter are included. Action Panes are divided into button groups with action buttons that can be used to perform common tasks on a selected record, such as creating new sales orders. Administrators can use the new ribbon control to create Action Panes for Enterprise Portal task and list pages. Users can use FactBoxes, Cues Web parts, and preview panes to quickly access related information without opening another form. Users can move tasks by using a drag-anddrop operation. They can also indent or negative indent tasks, and select multiple rows at one time in grid views. Column-based quick searches, quick filtering (operator = contains), and advanced filtering (multiple operators) are supported. Modal dialog boxes open separate forms when a user clicks an action on a task page. After users have finished entering data and close the form, they are returned to the original task page, and the data is updated.

Why is this important?


Data can be found and modified quickly.

Complete common actions on list pages faster with an Action Pane.

Data can be found and modified quickly, and common tasks can be completed quickly.

Configure Action Panes.

Menu options for actions were accessed from a toolbar, which did not support images. Users had to leave a list page or form to view important or related information about a selected record.

Data can be found and modified quickly, and common tasks can be completed quickly. Data can be found and previewed quickly.

Preview important and related information on list pages.

Manipulate data in hierarchical grids.

Grid views could not be manipulated.

Control of data in grids is improved.

Search data in hierarchical grids.

Grid views could not be manipulated.

Control of data in grids is improved.

Stay on the current task page while completing actions.

When a user clicked an action on a task page, a new Enterprise Portal page opened. The user had to click the Back button to return to the task page.

Because of navigation changes, users can complete tasks without undue confusion.

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Role-based security
In previous versions of Microsoft Dynamics AX, management of application security was a complex and time-consuming process. Administrators had to determine which tables and fields were needed for a task, and then grant permissions to the user for those tables and fields. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, administrators manage security by defining roles and then assigning users to those roles. Security management is made more intuitive, it is role-based, and it is less time-consuming.

Overview
Item Required Feature areas affected Stakeholders Description Yes All Technical decision makers Implementation team members ISVs/developers Partners

New functionality
Instead of granting access to specific tables, fields, and menus, administrators can now grant access according to roles and duties. The administrator defines the roles used in the organization and assigns user to those roles.

Special considerations
If you are using a previous version of Microsoft Dynamics AX, your existing security setup cannot be directly upgraded to role-based security. You must evaluate your current user groups and determine the best way to implement them in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. To effectively use role-based security, you must plan and set up the roles that are needed for your business. Work with the managers who oversee the different groups in the business to determine the appropriate permission levels for roles. For example, work with a manager in the Finance department to determine permission levels for Finance roles.

Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


This feature has changed considerably since Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 includes changes to the following: Role-based security

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Role-based security
What can you do?
Define user groups.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


No default user groups were provided. Administrators had to determine which tables, fields, and menu items were required to complete tasks, and assign those items to user groups. User groups were defined in each company, for each functional role. Administrators determined which fields to restrict. Security keys were used to define permission levels for user groups. There were no built-in features to help prevent fraud and ensure compliance.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Default roles have been defined and are available out of the box. Default duties and privileges contain the tables, fields, and menu items required to complete tasks. Administrators assign duties and privileges to roles. After a role is defined, it can be used across multiple companies and organizations. Only the appropriate columns are included in default duties and privileges. Separate default privileges are defined for each permission level. Administrators can set up rules for segregating duties to ensure that a user does not gain access to conflicting duties. Audit trails and reports to evaluate security setup are built into the application.

Why is this important?


Security management has been simplified. Security management has been simplified.

Set user group permissions.

Reuse permissions across companies.

Security management has been simplified.

Filter columns that a user has access to.

Security management has been simplified, and security is improved. Security management has been simplified.

Define permission levels (read only, create, update, and delete). Enforce regulatory and procedural compliance.

Security is improved.

Audit and report on security settings.

Auditing was a manual task for administrators.

Security management has been simplified, and security is improved.

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Data security
Data security in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 ensures that users have access only to the data that they need to do their jobs. In previous versions, data security authorization was performed primarily on the client; however, in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, more of the authorization is performed on the server. The server sends the client only the information that the user has been granted access to, resulting in increased data security.

Overview
Item Required Feature areas affected Stakeholders Description Yes All Business decision makers Technical decision makers ISVs/developers Partners

New functionality
There are additional, more flexible options for restricting access to data in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Security authorization has changed considerably since Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 includes changes to the following: Extensible data security framework Server enforcement of security

Extensible data security framework


What can you do?
Use improved data security filters.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Filters could not be based on fields contained in a separate table from the data being filtered. Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


A user can create data security policies based on data that is contained in a different table. Administrators can specify whether users have access to past, present, or future records, with different levels of access.

Why is this important?


Security controls are improved.

Use data security based on effective date.

Security controls are improved.

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Server enforcement of security


What can you do?
Prevent users from accessing unauthorized data.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


All information was sent from the server to the client, and the client hid unauthorized fields from the user.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


The server filters information, and only information that the administrator grants the user access to is sent to the client and to the user. TPF permissions can be applied at the field level. More authorization is performed on the server, which helps ensure that permissions are consistently enforced, regardless of the type of client.

Why is this important?


Security controls are improved.

Consistently enforce security for all client types.

The Table Permissions Framework (TPF) was used to deny access to tables. All data was sent to the client, and specific fields in client forms were hidden based on permissions. Tables not protected by TPF were freely accessible by code.

Security controls are improved.

More information
More detailed information about Extensible Data Security (XDS) can be found in the white paper titled Developing Extensible Data Security Policies.

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Organization model
Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 introduces new organizational modeling capabilities, which helps to make your organizational structure easier to manage. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 supports more complex business hierarchies and greater customization of details to better reflect your business structure. Sharing data between organizations is also easier and more secure.

Overview
Item Required Feature areas affected Stakeholders Description Yes All Business decision makers Technical decision makers Implementation team members ISVs/developers Partners

New functionality
More detailed hierarchy models can be created to better reflect your business structure and processes. You can also more easily share data between organizations, including reference information, master data, and transactions. Previous versions of Microsoft Dynamics AX had limited capabilities for hierarchies and business modeling and did not share data between organizations, except in certain cross-company and virtual company scenarios.

Special considerations
Before setting up the organizational structure, you should plan a hierarchy of organizations that represents your business processes. The organization model supports data sharing that you may have previously implemented by using virtual companies. If you are currently using virtual companies, we recommend that you evaluate whether the organization model meets your needs. Virtual companies are still necessary in some situations. Note: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 changes the manner in which hierarchies are created for all operational units, including departments. You must re-create the hierarchies for departments after upgrade.

Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


The organization model has changed considerably since Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 includes changes to the following: Hierarchy models

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Hierarchy models
What can you do?
Create models for various types of organizations.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Each organization in the business was created as a company, regardless of the type or hierarchy of the organization. Hierarchical relationships between companies could not be represented. Not supported

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


You can create legal entities and several types of operational organizations. The organization hierarchy designer can reflect the hierarchical nature of your business. You can build specialized hierarchies to report on various perspectives of the business. Many tables are shared by all organizations, so users can access data in those tables, regardless of the company or organization context. Users can view or modify data in different organizational structures, depending on the business process they are working in, rather than the company they are logged on to.

Why is this important?


You can create more accurate business models.

Create organization hierarchies.

You can create more accurate business models. Reporting can be more complex and accurate.

Create multiple operating unit hierarchies.

Share data between organizations.

Users were required to create virtual companies to share data.

It is easier to access and share data.

Create data security based on the organization hierarchy.

Tasks could be performed only in the context of a company, and company information could only be accessed when users were logged on to that company.

It is easier to set up security roles and access.

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Analysis cubes
An analysis cube is a set of related measures and dimensions that is used to analyze data. Developers can create reports and key performance indicators (KPIs) that are based on the analysis cube data. Users can use the reports and KPIs in the client or from a Role Center to analyze the data that is modeled in the analysis cube and to identify statuses and trends based on this analysis.

Overview
Item Required Feature areas affected Description Optional. You may or may not use this feature, depending on how you run your business. Stakeholders Business intelligence Role Centers

Business decision makers Technical decision makers Implementation team members ISVs/developers Partners

New functionality
In previous versions of Microsoft Dynamics AX, analysis cubes required the user to have full license keys and access to all data; otherwise, the configuration keys had to be modified through a lengthy and difficult process. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, analysis cube settings are easier to modify to suit business needs and security levels. It is easier to create or update SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) projects by using the Analysis Services Project Wizard. It is also easier to model data by using views in perspectives.

Special considerations
Default cubes are available in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. You can customize the default cubes or create new custom analysis cubes by using the provided tools.

Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


This feature has changed considerably since Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 includes changes to the following: Analysis Services Project Wizard Setup Wizard Workflow performance cube and reports EMS cube and Role Center Supply chain management cubes and dimensions OLAP modeling improvements Business Overview Web part

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Analysis Services Project Wizard


What can you do?
Deploy and configure cubes.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Default analysis cubes required full license and configuration keys.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


The SQL Server Analysis Services Project Wizard updates projects after configuration keys are modified. You can use the Analysis Services Project Wizard to do the following: Create a new SQL Server Analysis Services project. Deploy an existing SQL Server Analysis Services project. Update an existing SQL Server Analysis Services project.

Why is this important?


Analysis cube deployment and Role Center implementation are flexible and simplified. It is easier to maintain analysis cubes.

Create or modify SQL Server Analysis Services projects.

The Business intelligence project generation options form was used to create or modify SQL Server Analysis Services projects.

Setup Wizard
What can you do?
Install business intelligence components.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Analytics were installed without prerequisite verifications.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Installation of prerequisite software is verified, and the user is prompted to select default SQL Server Reporting Services and SQL Server Analysis Services.

Why is this important?


The installation and configuration processes are simplified.

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Workflow performance cube and reports


What can you do?
Use the workflow cube to monitor business processes.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not supported

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Data is provided to track the history and current status of business processes in the users organization. Reports on workflow performance are produced to determine efficiency, and an automated process is compared with the manual processes it replaced. The amount of work that was completed by the workflow and the time required for completion are displayed.

Why is this important?


Inefficiencies are identified, and the business can operate more smoothly. Workflows are modified, and performance is optimized.

View workflow performance analysis reports.

Not supported

Compare an automated workflow to manual processes.

Not supported

Workflow performance is optimized.

EMS cube and Role Center


What can you do?
Track the environmental impact of your organization

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Provides data to help track energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Why is this important?


Provides a proactive approach to environmental issues.

Supply chain management (SCM) cubes and dimensions


What can you do?
Slice on procurement and sales categories.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not supported

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


The sales and procurement category dimension slices measures in the purchasing and sales cubes. Category hierarchy levels adapt to the provided hierarchy data. A new geographic dimension is available that directly slices on the actual address in the fact table.

Why is this important?


Products can be grouped in procurement and sales categories, which can be organized into hierarchies.

Slice on geographic location.

Geographic slicing on purchasing and sales cube measures could only be done through the customer or vendor dimension.

Users can drill down in analysis cube measures, based on the address that is specific to the source document that the fact table is based on.

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OLAP modeling improvements


What can you do?
Define analysis cube measures and dimensions by using Microsoft Dynamics AX views. Add financial dimensions to cubes.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Analysis cube measures and dimensions were defined by using only tables. A limited number of dimensions was available. SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio was required to modify the time dimension and define the calendar properties. Default cubes contained limited company dimensions.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Analysis cube measures and dimensions are defined by using tables and views. Users can add any number of financial dimensions to analysis cubes. The Calendar builder is used to define the calendar properties.

Why is this important?


The modeling experience is richer.

Analysis cubes are easier to customize.

Define Gregorian calendars, and add them to analysis cubes as dimensions.

Modification of the time dimension and calendar properties is simplified.

Add organization units, such as operating units, profit centers, and departments, to analysis cubes. Use layer-based customization of analysis projects.

Multiple company dimensions can be included.

Analysis cubes are easier to customize.

Not available

Analysis projects are saved to the AOT, and layer-based customizations can be imported or exported.

Customization is aligned with the entire Microsoft Dynamics AX development experience.

Business Overview Web part


What can you do?
Use default cubes.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


ODC files were required to connect to default cubes. Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


ODC files are not required to connect to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 default cubes. Displayed KPIs can be sliced by time.

Why is this important?


Default cubes are easier to use.

Slice key performance indicators (KPIs) by time.

Data can by sliced by time.

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Country/Region Context
In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 and earlier versions, country/region configuration keys were used to enable and display country/region-specific features. To control feature availability based on the location of the legal entity, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 uses the country/region that is associated with the legal entitys primary address. For example, if the address of the legal entity is in Canada, users can see and work with Canada-specific features.

Overview
Item Required Feature areas affected Stakeholders Description Yes All Business decision makers Technical decision makers Implementation team members ISVs/developers Partners

New functionality
Country/region-specific features are now enabled for each legal entity instead of for each instance of Microsoft Dynamics AX. This means that a single instance can have a legal entity located in Germany, with German-specific functionality enabled, while another legal entity might be located in Canada with applicable location-specific functionality enabled there also, without the different sets of functionalities affecting the other legal entities. Country/region context simplifies setup, because parameters are no longer necessary to enable country/region-specific features. These features are implicitly enabled or disabled based on the address of the legal entity.

Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Country/region-specific features are enabled in a different way.

Display of country/region-specific features

Display of country/region-specific features


What can you do?
View country/regionspecific features.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Configuration keys were used to enable and display country/regionspecific features

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Country/region-specific features are enabled based on the location of the primary address for the legal entity.

Why is this important?


Country/region-specific feature enablement and display is simplified.

More information
For more information about the deprecation of the country/region configuration keys, see the Country/region configuration keys deprecated feature notice in this document.

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Reporting
Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services is the primary reporting platform for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. The default, out-of-the-box reports that are provided with Microsoft Dynamics AX have been converted to run on the Reporting Services platform. Reporting Services is a server-based reporting platform that provides comprehensive reporting functionality for a variety of data sources. Reporting Services includes a set of tools that you can use to create, manage, and deliver reports, and APIs that developers can use to integrate or extend data and report processing in custom applications. Reporting Services tools work within the Microsoft Visual Studio environment, and interoperate with Microsoft SQL Server tools and components.

Overview
Item Required Feature areas affected Stakeholders Description Yes All Business decision makers Technical decision makers Implementation team members ISVs/developers Partners

New functionality
The default, out-of-the-box reports that are provided with Microsoft Dynamics AX have been converted to run on the Reporting Services platform. The Microsoft Dynamics AX reporting framework has also been updated so that it is easier to develop new reports that run on the Reporting Services platform.

Special considerations
Reports will not be upgraded from Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 provides hundreds of default, out-of-the-box reports that you can deploy and customize.

SQL Server Reporting Services reports in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


When you upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, existing Reporting Services reports are copied to the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 system, but they are not upgraded. We recommend that you use a Reporting Services report (provided with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012) as a template and customize it to meet your needs.

X++ reports in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


The X++ reporting framework is being deprecated in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. When you upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, reports based on the X++ reporting framework are copied to the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 system, but they are not upgraded. We recommend that you use a Reporting Services report (provided with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012) as a template and customize it to meet your needs.

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Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


This feature has changed considerably since Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 includes changes to the following: Installation Report deployment Reporting framework

Installation
What can you do?
Validate that prerequisites are installed.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Prerequisite software had to be manually installed and verified.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


A tool is available that installs some of the prerequisite software for you and verifies that all prerequisites have been met. Kerberos authentication is not required.

Why is this important?


The installation process is simplified, and you can make sure that the business intelligence components can be installed successfully. The installation process is simplified.

Install SQL Server Reporting Services and Enterprise Portal on separate servers without having to configure Kerberos authentication.

Kerberos authentication was required when SQL Server Reporting Services and Enterprise Portal were installed on separate servers.

Report deployment
What can you do?
Deploy reports with Microsoft Windows PowerShell 2.0. Deploy reports in multiple languages.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


The Microsoft Dynamics AX Reporting Project Deployment tool was used to deploy reports. When a single report was deployed, 42 copies of the report were deployedone for each language supported by Microsoft Dynamics AX.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Windows PowerShell 2.0 is used to deploy reports. When a single report is deployed, only one version of the report is deployed, and that version automatically works with all languages supported by Microsoft Dynamics AX.

Why is this important?


The report deployment process is simplified.

The report deployment process is simplified and streamlined for organizations that must support multiple languages.

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Reporting framework
What can you do?
Modify queries used by the reports.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


You could not modify the queries used by SQL Server Reporting Services reports.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


You can modify the queries used by SQL Server Reporting Services reports.

Why is this important?


You can make sure that the Microsoft Dynamics AX reporting framework that is based on SQL Server Reporting Services meets your business needs. You can make sure that the Microsoft Dynamics AX reporting framework that is based on SQL Server Reporting Services meets your business needs. You can make sure that the Microsoft Dynamics AX reporting framework that is based on SQL Server Reporting Services meets your business needs.

Create auto-reports.

Auto-reports were generated by using the legacy X++ reporting framework.

Auto-reports are generated by using the SQL Server Reporting Services framework.

Print reports as part of a batch.

Only reports based on the legacy X++ reporting framework could be printed as part of a batch.

SQL Server Reporting Services reports can be printed as part of a batch.

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Report development
What can you do?
Access data for a report.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


AX Query, SQL DB, and OLAP were used for data access. DataMethods and managed code were used.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


AX Query is used for display methods, field groups, and dimensions. The Report Data Provider (RDP) framework is used, which supports complex business logic in X++ code. You can create a custom service and access the service from a report. DataMethods and IEnumerable<DataRow > are used for large datasets. Auto-formatting based on extended data types, AX labels in reports, RTL auto-flipping, and row-level security improvements are supported. Visual Studio 2010 is used for enhancements to auto-design and Dundas charts.

Why is this important?


Data access and performance are improved. Data access and performance are improved.

Process business logic for the data on a report.

Use .NET-enabled functionality.

.NET Business Connecter was used.

Data access and performance are improved. Data access and performance are improved. The creation of reports is simplified.

Return large datasets for reports faster.

DataMethods was used to return DataTable.

Rely on the model for automatic report functionality.

Security keys and .NET RESX files were used instead of the AX Label system.

Experience an improved report development environment.

The X++ reporting framework and Visual Studio 2008 were used.

It is easy to find developers who have .NET development experience to define or modify reports. The charting experience is richer, and reports are interactive.

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Financial dimensions
Financial dimensions are data classifiers that are used for financial reporting. They identify information, such as the purpose, cost center, and department. Financial dimensions have changed considerably since Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009.

Overview
Item Required Description Conditionally required. If you are using this feature in a previous version, significant changes have been made to it, and you must review this topic. All Business decision makers Technical decision makers Implementation team members ISVs/developers Partners

Feature areas affected Stakeholders

New functionality
Financial dimensions are now more easily tailored to fit your needs. Many aspects of the data entry process have been streamlined and simplified, and you can view more detailed information about transactions and financial information.

Special considerations
There are steps in the Pre-upgrade checklist that you must complete before you can upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, you could create ledger account categories and financial dimensions for each company. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, the main account categories and financial dimensions that you create are shared and can be used by any of the legal entities that are set up in Microsoft Dynamics AX. Therefore, you must select the main account categories and financial dimension sets that can be shared between the legal entities. Dimension focuses have been renamed to financial dimension sets. Financial dimension sets are shared by all of the legal entities that are set up in the Legal entities form. Financial dimension sets in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 are not the same as the dimension sets in previous versions of Microsoft Dynamics AX.

Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Financial dimensions have changed considerably since Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. The dimensions framework from previous versions has been removed, and the financial dimensions framework in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 is new. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 also includes changes to the following: Financial dimensions Charts of accounts Account structures Account dimension values on transactions Financial statements and reporting Analyzing ledger cubes
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Financial dimensions
What can you do?
Add unlimited financial dimensions.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Users could create a limited number of financial dimensions: 3 default 7 user-defined

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Users can create an unlimited number of financial dimensions.

Why is this important?


Accounting tracking and reporting can be more complex.

Create financial dimensions more easily.

Financial dimensions were created one at a time, using a wizard that required the user to compile and synchronize in order for the dimension changes to take effect. Renaming the default financial dimensions was complicated and often required IT assistance. When users wanted to track an existing entity, such as a customer, vendor, or site, as a dimension, they also had to manually define every entity instance as a financial dimension value. Users could not define a date range to specify when financial dimension values could be entered or posted on transactions.

Financial dimensions can be created by using a form, similarly to the way other base data setup tasks are performed.

Creating and using financial dimensions is easier.

Rename default financial dimensions.

Users can create and rename any financial dimension without assistance from IT. Users can link a financial dimension to an entity within the system and use the values of the entities as the financial dimension themselves.

Modifying default financial dimensions is easy and does not require customizations. Using financial dimensions is easier.

Link financial dimensions to an entity.

Define a date range for financial dimension values.

A date range can be entered on each financial dimension value.

There are additional controls for datesensitive activities.

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Charts of accounts
What can you do?
Set up a chart of accounts, and use it for all legal entities in your organization.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Charts of accounts were specific to one legal entity.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


You can use the same chart of accounts for multiple legal entities.

Why is this important?


Creating and using the charts of accounts is easier.

Account structures
What can you do?
Include a financial dimension as a segment in one or more account structures. Set up an account structure more easily.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Users could not assign a dimension to one or more dimension sets. The process of setting up an account structure was complex and required several steps to complete. No date range was available to tell users when a dimension value combination could be used on a transaction. All dimensions were displayed to the user at all times, with no visual indication of which dimension needed to be filled in.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


A financial dimension can be included in one or more account structures. The process of setting up an account structure is easier, and the number of steps required to do so is reduced. An active date range can be entered on a node of an account structure. Users can define an unlimited number of account structures. A user can assign a range of main account numbers to an account structure, but each main account number instance can only be assigned to one account structure.

Why is this important?


Using financial dimensions is easier.

Configuring an account structure is easier.

View a valid date range for a dimension value combination.

There are additional controls for datesensitive activities.

View required dimensions.

The data entry process is improved.

Account dimension values on transactions


What can you do?
Enter the main account numbers and dimensions in the same location.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


The dimensions were displayed and entered on a separate tab, breaking the flow of data entry.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


You can use the new account number entry control to enter a main account and dimension in the same location.

Why is this important?


The data entry process is improved.

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Financial statements and reporting


What can you do?
Print financial statements to Microsoft Excel.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Users could not print financial statements to Microsoft Excel.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Users can print financial statements to Microsoft Excel.

Why is this important?


Users can use all of the features in Microsoft Excel.

Analyzing ledger cubes


What can you do?
View detailed financial dimensions.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Only three default dimensions were available for analysis in the cubes.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


All dimensions created within Microsoft Dynamics AX are available within the financial cubes.

Why is this important?


Financial analysis can be more detailed.

More information
More detailed information about Financial Dimensions can be found in the white paper titled Implementing the Account and Financial Dimensions Framework for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Applications.

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Budgeting and budget control


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, budgeting was primarily informational. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 provides budgeting and budget control solutions for public and private sector organizations. Budget register entries have replaced ledger budget tables and are available in workflows that can be used for routing and review. Budget control is a process that monitors a budget, and that can provide feedback about the availability of funds during the entry of budget register entries, accounting journals, and source documents such as purchase orders and invoices. Although budgeting and budget control are important to any organization that wants to control spending, they are of particular interest to public sector organizations because their budgets are often enacted into law and cannot be easily exceeded or revised.

Overview
Item Required Feature areas affected Description Optional. You may or may not use these features, depending on how you run your business. Stakeholders Enterprise Portal (Budget manager\analyst Role Center) Budgeting Public sector

Business decision makers Technical decision makers Implementation team members ISVs/developers Partners

New functionality
Budget register entries are now used to formulate budgets and provide an audit trail of budget-related activities. Budget register entries can be categorized by transaction type, such as amendment, transfer, and original budget, so that you can quickly understand how a budget has changed. Workflows can ensure that budget register entries undergo a review process. Existing Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 ledger budget records are converted to budget register entries in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Budget control is based on the ledger for a legal entity and can be defined by a user to monitor budgets and to provide feedback about the availability of funds. Users can define the calculation that determines the budget funds that are available and specify dimensions and dimension values separately from a main account for budget control.

Special considerations
There are three system configurations for budgeting and budget control: Basic configuration provides budget register entries and workflows. Advanced configuration adds budget control. Public sector configuration adds apportionment and preliminary budget register entries.

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Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


This feature has changed considerably since Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 includes changes to the following: Budget manager/analyst Role Center Financial dimensions for budgeting and budget control Budget rate type and exchange rates Budget models Budget cycles Budget control configuration Budget control on source documents and accounting journals Budget register entries Workflow for budget register entries Budget transfer rules Budget transfers, allocations, and recurrences Budget reports and inquiries Web services interface for budget register entries

Budget manager/analyst Role Center


What can you do?
Perform common tasks, and view frequently used forms and reports from a single location.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Budget managers can access the commonly used forms, FactBoxes, charts, reports, activities, and work items that they need to complete daily tasks and make informed decisions.

Why is this important?


Key forms and information are consolidated into a single location.

Financial dimensions for budgeting and budget control


What can you do?
Select financial dimensions in the chart of accounts for budgeting. Select dimensions from the account structure in the chart of accounts for budget control.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Only a limited number of financial dimensions was provided.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Users can include or exclude specific dimensions, including main accounts, for budgeting. Users can specify dimension values to hold budget amounts, without regard to their specific usage in main accounts.

Why is this important?


Budgeting and account number entry are easier.

The budget was always available at a main account level, with the option of adding dimensions.

Selecting specific dimensions, including main accounts, for budget control is flexible.

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Budget rate type and exchange rates


What can you do?
Create a budget rate type, and associate exchange rates.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Users can define currency pairs and associate exchange rates with the default budget rate type for the ledger.

Why is this important?


Creating and maintaining exchange rates specifically for budgets is easier.

Budget models
What can you do?
Identify a budget by associating it with a budget model.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Budget models were used to identify budgets.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Budget models can be used to identify budgets.

Why is this important?


Categorizing budget register entries, identifying budgets, and assigning budget cycles are easier. You can run simulations and compare budget forecasts. Budget planning and the ability to produce reports with consolidated balances are flexible.

Use budget models to structure ledger budgets and develop budget forecasts. Build complex budget models by using submodels for planning and reporting.

Budget models were used for simulations and forecasts. Budget models and submodels were used to aggregate budget amounts.

Budget models can be used for simulations and budget forecasts. Submodels can represent departments or a variety of other organizational entities.

Budget cycles
What can you do?
Create a budget cycle time span with one or more budget cycles that can be used across legal entities.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Users can map the budget cycle time span to a fiscal year or specify the number of accounting periods that each budget cycle represents.

Why is this important?


Budget control can be implemented for part of a fiscal year or over one or more fiscal years.

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Budget control configuration


What can you do?
Define parameters and dimensions for budget control. Select the default overbudget permissions for user groups.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Dimensions and default parameters for budget control are defined in one location. Users can assign options for user groups to allow or prevent over-budget processing of source documents and accounting journals. Users can determine the amounts that are added and subtracted for the calculation that determines the available budgets funds. Budget checking can be used for source documents and account journals at the header level or the line item entry. Users can implement one or more budget models and budget cycles, so that, for example, a capital expenditure budget model and an operating budget model can be used for budget control. Users can define rules for specific dimensions, over-budget permissions, and parameters. When a main account is not selected as a budget control dimension, users can select specific main accounts for the application of budget control rules. Users can set up budget checking for pooled dimensions and accounts. Users can control the active budget control configuration and modify a draft version.

Why is this important?


Budget control options are centralized.

Not available

Handling over-budget processing for specific user groups is flexible.

Define the calculation for the budget funds that are available.

Not available

Customization of the calculation for available budget funds is simplified.

Determine the source documents and accounting journals for budget control.

Not available

The processing of specified source documents and accounting journals is controlled. Implementing budgets is flexible.

Assign budget models to budget cycles and budget cycle time spans.

Not available

Define budget control rules.

Not available

Defining dimension values and parameters for budget control is flexible. It is easier to implement budget control for dimensions and main accounts.

Select main accounts for budget control.

Not available

Define budget groups.

Not available

Implementing budget control for dimensions and dimension values is flexible. The implementation and administration of budget control are simplified.

Modify, activate, restore, and turn on the budget control configuration.

Not available

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Budget control on source documents and accounting journals


What can you do?
Run budget checks when line items are entered, or postpone the budget check until an action, such as an approval, is taken on the source document. Run budget checks when each general journal line is entered, or postpone the budget check until the journal is posted.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Source documents include purchase requisitions, purchase orders, vendor invoices, travel requisitions, and expense reports. Accounting journals include daily journals, allocation journals, project expense journals, and fixed asset journals.

Why is this important?


Over-budget processing is controlled or prevented.

Not available

Over-budget processing is controlled or prevented.

Budget register entries


What can you do?
Use budget register entries to formulate and manage budgets.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Ledger budget tables provided static storage for budget records.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Users can define one or more codes for the following budget transaction types: original budget, transfer, amendment, encumbrance, preencumbrance, carryforward, project, fixed assets, demand forecast, supply forecast, apportionment (Public sector), and preliminary budget (Public sector). Users can transfer forecasts for projects, fixed assets, demand forecasts (inventory sales), and supply forecasts (inventory purchasing). Users can define codes for apportionment and preliminary budget register entries.

Why is this important?


Users can track, categorize, and audit budget register entries.

Use subledger budget transaction types when budget forecasts are transferred to the general ledger.

Users could not track the transfer of budgets from subledgers to the general ledger.

Transferring forecasts ledgers is simplified.

For the public sector, use preliminary budgets and apportionment budgets.

Not available

Public sector organizations can use preliminary budgets for budget control and apportion part of an approved budget. Budget register entries can be automatically posted to a ledger.

Create posting definitions for budget register entries.

Not available

When budget register entries are processed, posting definitions can create ledger entries for multiple accounts.

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Workflow for budget register entries


What can you do?
Set up budget transaction workflows.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Budget register entries associated with a workflow are automatically routed for review.

Why is this important?


Routing and reviewing budget register entries are easier.

Budget transfer rules


What can you do?
Define budget transfer rules.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Budget transfer rules determine when budget transfers between dimensions can occur.

Why is this important?


Budget transfers are controlled.

Budget transfers, allocations, and recurrences


What can you do?
Transfer budget amounts.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


When budget control is turned on, users can transfer budget amounts while entering other budget register entries, or they can transfer budget amounts from source documents and accounting journals. Users can spread a budget amount across dimension values or fiscal periods by using a single transaction. Users can create recurring budget register entries.

Why is this important?


Transferring budget amounts is flexible.

Allocate budget funds by dimension or period.

Users could only allocate funds by period or dimension during budget entry. Users could create recurring budget expenses.

Creating budget allocation transactions is easier.

Enter a recurrence pattern for budget register entries.

Creating recurring budget register entries is easier.

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Budget reports and inquiries


What can you do?
Use reports and inquiries to view budget register entries, budget control statistics, and budget funds.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


The Actual versus budget report was available.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Users can set parameters to sort and categorize budget data in the following reports and inquires: Budget funds available report Actual versus budget report and inquiry Budget detail report Budget control statistics inquiry

Why is this important?


Users can view, analyze, track, and audit available budget amounts, actual versus budgeted expenditures, budget register entries, and budget control statistics.

Web services interface to budget register entries


What can you do?
Create, retrieve, and update budget register entries from third-party applications

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Users can generate and import the XML for budget register entries.

Why is this important?


Budget register entries that were created with external budget formulation tools can be used.

More information
More detailed information about budgeting can be found in the white papers titled Implementing the Budget Control Framework for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Applications and Implementing Budgeting for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Applications.

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Ledger and subledger lines and distributions


Accounting distributions and subledger journal entries are the foundational pieces of the new accounting framework. Accounting distributions enable a user to define how amounts on a source document impact account balances, such as ledger accounts in General ledger or projects. A subledger journal entry is the accounting entry created for a source document. The subledger journal entry remains in the subledger and can be previewed before a source document is journalized. With the addition of subledger journal entries, additional performance optimization and summarization rules can be defined for the transfer of the subledger journal entries to General ledger. The transfer process can be defined to occur synchronously or asynchronously. During the transfer process, a user also has the option to summarize the subledger journal entries for similar source documents to reduce the quantity of data in General ledger.

Overview
Item Required Description Optional. You may or may not use this feature, depending on how you run your business. The functionality is always enabled, but if your business requires no modifications to default ledger accounts, you can choose to not use the functionality. Stakeholders Procurement and sourcing Accounts payable Accounts receivable Travel and expense

Feature areas affected

Business decision makers Technical decision makers Implementation team members ISVs/developers Partners

New functionality
Before you journalize a source document, you can preview the accounting entry to verify that the amounts are being journalized to the correct ledger accounts. This view of the accounting entry is called a subledger journal entry. You cannot modify subledger journal entries directly. To modify subledger journal entries, you must correct the accounting distributions, posting profile, or posting definitions. Accounting distributions are used to define how an amount is accounted for, such as which revenue or expense ledger account an amount is posted to in General ledger. The primary information about an accounting distribution is the amount on the source document line and the ledger account for which that amount is distributed. When there are common patterns that you use to distribute amounts on a source document line, you can use a template of percentage and dimension value combinations. The information in the template is used to create the accounting distributions for amounts on a source document line.

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Special considerations
You cannot split accounting distributions for stocked items or fixed assets. Existing posting profiles are used, so additional setup is not required. You can set up asynchronous and summarization options. New terminology is used in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, as shown in the following table. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Journalize Post Post Definition To record a documented business event in the subledger journal. To record the monetary value of an economic event in a specific account, or to summarize and reclassify general and subsidiary journal account entries into general and subsidiary ledger account entries. An original record that evidences the occurrence of one or more business events. A record of a business event. A social or physical economic exchange action.

Source document Transaction Journal entry Transaction

Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


The accounting distribution and subledger journal entry functionality is new in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and has been implemented in the following source documents: Purchase requisitions Purchase orders Product receipts (previously called PO packing slips) Vendor invoices Free text invoices Travel requisitions Expense reports

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Accounting distributions and subledger journal entries


What can you do?
Preview the accounting entry of a source document before journalizing it in the subledger and transferring it to General ledger. Use a template to define accounting distributions.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


There was limited visibility of what was actually journalized and transferred to General ledger.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


The full accounting entry is displayed in all currencies before it is journalized and transferred to General ledger. Templates can be created for financial dimension values, but not the main account, to create accounting distributions. An amount can be distributed by amount, by percentage, by quantity, or equally. Batches are automatically created or defined by a user, and are automatically assigned to a source document type. Users do not have to enter a separate source document line for each operating unit. Instead, one line is created, and the accounting distribution is split. Accounting distributions defined on a purchase requisition are used to determine the accounting distributions for all downstream source documents (purchase orders, product receipts, and vendor invoices). If a source document supports intercompany transactions, the appropriate due to/due from account entries are created in the subledger journal entry.

Why is this important?


Period-end adjustments through a general journal are minimized.

Not available

Data entry is simplified.

Distribute an amount by using various allocation factors. Have the flexibility to define a batch for each source document type, so that you can transfer to General ledger. Define how the amount on one source document line can be accounted to more than one ledger account.

Not available

A user can define the allocation factor that is used to distribute an amount. Processing is postponed to maximize responsiveness. Therefore, data entry is faster. Operations, not accounting, determines how a source document is recorded.

Batches were available, but they had to be manually assigned to each source document.

Not available

Define accounting distributions on an upstream source document.

Not available

The correct persona defines how an amount should be accounted for and consistently used in the lifecycle of the business event.

Support accounting for intercompany transactions.

Accounting for intercompany transactions was available only in journals.

The appropriate intercompany accounting entries are consistently created for any source document that supports intercompany transactions.

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What can you do?


Integrate accounting distributions and project accounting.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Source documents that support project accounting can use the accounting distributions to define how the amount is distributed to projects. A user can define budget control rules and use those rules when entering source documents.

Why is this important?


Operations, not project accounting, determines how a source document is recorded.

Validate and reserve budget, based on the accounting distribution information.

Not available

Purchases are guaranteed to be within budget.

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Taxes
Sales tax processing in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 has been updated to help organizations comply with applicable tax laws in numerous countries/regions, including the European Unions 2010 regulations on value-added tax (VAT) for services. EU sales list reporting has been updated to comply with these changes. Tax rates can now allow up to five decimal places. Changes to calculated taxes for selected source documents are now saved before the source document is journalized. Changes to calculated taxes for selected journals are now saved before the journal entries are posted.

Overview
Item Required Feature areas affected Description Yes Journals: General journal, Invoice journal, Invoice register, Invoice approval journal, Promissory note journals, Bill of exchange journals, Project expense journal Source Documents: Customer invoices, Free text invoices, Purchase requisitions, Purchase orders, Product receipts, Project invoices, Travel expense reports, Vendor invoices

Stakeholders

Business decision makers Implementation team members ISVs/developers Partners

New functionality
Tax rates that contain up to five decimal places can be used. On January 1, 2010, changes to the rules that govern the place of supply of services took effect. These changes also affect the simplified compliance requirements for European Union (EU) businesses that provide VAT-taxable services in multiple EU member states. Changes to EU sales list reporting provide more detailed reporting by item, service, or investment amounts.

Special considerations
You must understand how the sales tax functionality in Microsoft Dynamics AX works. For more information, search for Setting up sales tax codes and Setting up sales tax using the Microsoft Dynamics AX Websearch tool.

Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Taxes have changed considerably since Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 includes changes to the following:
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Tax rate decimal places for sales tax codes Save calculated taxes before source documents or journals are posted Value-added tax (VAT) package for services EU sales list transfer functions reporting

Tax rate decimal places for sales tax codes


What can you do?
Use more than two decimal places for tax rates.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Tax rates with three or more decimal places, such as 0.125, were rounded to two decimal places, such as 0.13.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Tax rates can contain up to five decimal places.

Why is this important?


Helps organizations comply with local, state, and federal requirements in various countries/regions.

Save calculated taxes before source documents or journals are posted


What can you do?
Modify and save calculated tax amounts for the following source documents: Free text invoice Purchase requisition Purchase order Product receipt Vendor invoice Travel expense report Taxes were recalculated every time a journal entry was opened, and changes were not saved until the journal entry was posted. You can change calculated taxes for a journal entry, and the changes are saved, even if the journal is not immediately posted. Usability is improved.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Taxes were recalculated every time a source document was opened, and changes were not saved until the source document was posted (journalized).

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


You can change calculated taxes for a source document, and the changes are saved, even if the source document is not immediately journalized.

Why is this important?


Usability is improved.

Modify and save calculated tax amounts for the following journals: General journal Invoice journal Invoice register Invoice approval journal Promissory note journals Bill of exchange journals Project expense journal

Clear saved sales tax amounts for a sales tax code or sales tax group.

Not available

If necessary, you can clear the saved tax amounts for a sales tax code, sales tax group, or item sales tax group. For each journal name, you can select whether to hide or show sales tax amounts on journal entry forms.

Improved usability for organization compliance with tax regulations.

Optionally hide sales tax amounts on journal entry forms.

Not available

Performance is improved.

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Value-added tax (VAT) package for services


What can you do?
Set up place-of-supply rules for services.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


This feature was available as a regulatory feature update for the affected countries/regions. This feature was available as a regulatory feature update for the affected countries/regions. This feature was available as a regulatory feature update for the affected countries/regions.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Users can set up different item sales tax groups, and assign the correct reporting type (item, service, or investment). Services, investments, and items are listed on EU sales list reports.

Why is this important?


Facilitates an organizations compliance with European Union (EU) regulations. Facilitates an organizations compliance with European Union (EU) regulations. Rates are automatically calculated.

Set up EU sales list reports.

Sell services across country/region borders.

Invoices are processed by using appropriate VAT rates for item and service products.

EU sales list transfer functions reporting


What can you do?
Include line amounts for services.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Only line amounts that included items could be transferred to the EU sales list.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Users can include line amounts for lines that use an item sales tax group that has a reporting type of Service. Users can include line amounts for lines that use an item sales tax group that has a reporting type of Investment.

Why is this important?


Facilitates an organizations compliance with European Union (EU) regulations. Facilitates an organizations compliance with European Union (EU) regulations.

Include line amounts for investments.

Not available

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Address book
In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, the address book functionality has been enhanced. You can now create multiple address books instead of creating virtual companies, and you can control access to address books by granting privileges based on teams or legal entities. Additionally, your Human resources department can now create applicant records directly from the Applicant form.

Overview
Item Required Feature areas affected Description Yes Accounts payable Accounts receivable Human resources Sales and marketing Procurement and sourcing Stakeholders Implementation team members ISVs/developers Partners

New functionality
In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, you can define any number of address books and assign teams or legal entities to them, so that you can control which workers have access to specific address books. You can also select whether to enforce policies for a specific address book or for all address books in a legal entity within your organization. Human resource applicant records can be created from the Applicant form and stored in the address book.

Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


The global address book has changed considerably since Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 includes changes to the following: Functionality Security Applicant records

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Functionality
What can you do?
Set effective dates for information.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


No effective date information was provided for names or locations.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Users can set effective date ranges for names and locations, and communication information for vendors, employees, and transactions. An organization can create multiple address books to store common party records in the same place. Contact synchronization with Microsoft Outlook is enhanced, and multiple address purposes can be defined for multiple addresses.

Why is this important?


Information is kept up to date.

Have multiple address books.

Only one address book could be created per virtual company.

Party records can be organized by record type, and specific party records can be made available only to specific teams or legal entities. Party records can contain address records that are used by the party for more than one reason.

Synchronize with Microsoft Outlook.

Only minimal address information was synchronized.

Security
What can you do?
Secure party data according to user roles.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Security information was based on the companies that the user had access to. Table import was used to import address reference data.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Permissions to address books are granted based on users teams or legal entities. Data is validated when it is entered, and users can set a default address based on ZIP/postal codes.

Why is this important?


Security settings for address book permissions are tighter and more specialized. Data is validated when it is entered and can be used to set default addresses.

Import address reference data.

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Applicant records
What can you do?
Create records for new applicants, existing applicants, and existing workers.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not supported

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Users can enter application and new applicant information, and can modify existing applicant and existing worker records. Applications are associated only with applicants, and applicant records can be created directly from the Applicant form. Applicant records can be created for an existing address book party record.

Why is this important?


Processing applications is streamlined.

Create an application for an existing applicant.

Applications were associated with applicants, employees, and contacts.

Creating applications is streamlined.

Create an applicant record by using information from an existing address book record.

Applicant information could only be entered manually.

Manual data entry is reduced for applicants whose information is already stored in the address book.

More information
For more information about the address book framework, see the whitepaper titled Implementing the address book framework for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 applications.

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Products
In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, new products can be defined and released to individual companies. Also, an item is now always based on a product definition. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, items could be created without using a formalized definition process.

Overview
Item Required Description Conditionally required. If you are using this feature in a previous version of Microsoft Dynamics AX, significant changes have been made to it, and you must review this topic. Stakeholders Inventory management Product information management

Feature areas affected

Business decision makers Technical decision makers Implementation team members ISVs/developers Partners

New functionality
A product definition level is added as a mandatory step in the item creation process, and all items are associated with a product definition.

Special considerations
Items are based on product definitions, so product definitions are required for all items in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


The inventory process has changed considerably since Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 includes changes to the following: Products and product variants Product release Product translations New division of the inventory dimension group

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Products and product variants


What can you do?
Create and maintain definitions for products and master definitions for sets of products at the shared company level. Generate product variants based on product masters.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available, because item definitions were created directly in the item table.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Items are always based on product definitions, and product definitions can be shared across companies.

Why is this important?


Creating products is centralized, and all of the products and product variants that are available in the entire organization are displayed. An overview is provided of the product variants that are traded.

Available as item dimension combinations, however, it is difficult to administer which legal entities have access to which variants. Available, but does not include the configuration technology option. Not available

New items can be created as product variants, which are based on an associated product dimension setup. Product definitions include information about when and how variants are configured. A product definition record can be saved as a template.

Configure product variants by using a product configuration technology. Standardize items by using product definition templates.

A user can control the configuration strategy of an item through the product definition. A product definition template can be used to help standardize items.

Product release
What can you do?
Share product definitions across companies. Maintain open product releases.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Product definitions can be authorized for use in multiple companies. A release can be repeated after an error is corrected, or the release of a product can be postponed.

Why is this important?


A product repository can be centrally controlled. The release process and the timing of product releases can be controlled.

Not available

Product translations
What can you do?
Translate product names and information.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Only product descriptions were translated.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Product names, product variant names, and the description attributes for a product definition are displayed on a customer invoice.

Why is this important?


Accommodates a better understanding of the actual product definition.

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New division of the inventory dimension group


What can you do?
Set up separate product, storage, and tracking dimension groups.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Items were associated with one inventory dimension group, where all three types of dimensions were set up.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


The setup of inventory dimensions for items is flexible and involves separate specification of the following: Product dimensions for item characteristics that are associated with the product definition Storage and tracking dimensions for a location-specific setup that is associated with the physical handling of items in companies.

Why is this important?


The setup of the storage and tracking dimension groups can be either centralized or decentralized.

More information
For more information about Item-Product data, seethe white paper titled Implementing the ItemProduct data management framework for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Applications.

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Employees
Employees are now a type of worker. A worker can be a person who is either a contractor or an employee. Multiple tables throughout Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 have been renamed or changed to reflect this change in the conceptual model.

Overview
Item Required Description Conditionally required. If you are using this feature in a previous version of Microsoft Dynamics AX, significant changes have been made to it, and you must review this topic. Human resources Business decision makers Technical decision makers Implementation team members ISVs/developers Partners

Feature areas affected Stakeholders

New functionality
Enhanced effective date patterns have been added to track past, current, and future transactions that relate to the worker record. You also can hire, transfer, and terminate workers more easily now. It is easier to move a workers employment records from one legal entity to another, and it is easier to track a workers employment history.

Special considerations
Employees and contractors are now shared entities. The worker table (HcmWorker) is no longer assigned to a specific data area ID. You can use the employment record (HcmEmployment) to assign a worker to multiple legal entities. You can also use XDS security policies to mimic containment of the worker data by legal entity. The following information must also be considered: You can use security roles to provide self-service capabilities for workers through Enterprise Portal. Worker status is now derived from employment status. Work centers are no longer part of the Employee table. Competencies are associated with the person, not with the virtual network. Also, competencies are shared across legal entities. The Delete personal information option in the Employee Wizard has been removed. You can still assign absence and compensation functionality to a data area ID. Therefore, the absence and compensation functionality is contained through the current legal entity context. When you modify absence and compensation information for a worker, you must be logged on to the legal entity that you want to record the absence and compensation records in.

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Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


This feature has changed considerably since Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 includes changes to the following: Human resources Signature authority Inventory

Human resources
What can you do?
Hire applicants as workers.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Multiple steps were required to complete the hiring process. Multiple steps were required to complete the termination process.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Fewer manual steps are required to hire an applicant. Fewer manual steps are required to terminate a workers employment.

Why is this important?


You can be sure that new hires are properly onboarded into the organization. There may be fewer errors in reporting, compensation, and payroll after a workers employment is terminated. A comprehensive historical record of the workers employment history is displayed. You can be sure that workers are properly transferred, and that hiring managers have the information that they need to manage this step of the transition process. This process is more intuitive, and less manual work is required to move a workers employment record from one legal entity to another legal entity. You do not have to log on to a different legal entity to view reports for that legal entity.

Terminate a workers employment.

View an employees history.

Not supported

Users can track past, current, and future transactions related to a workers employment history. The process for transferring workers from one position to another is streamlined, and the transfer history is recorded.

Transfer a worker to a new position.

Multiple steps were required to complete the transfer process.

Move a workers employment from one legal entity to another.

Multiple steps were required to move an employee from one legal entity to another legal entity.

Fewer manual steps are required to move a worker from one legal entity to another legal entity.

View human resources reports that contain information from multiple legal entities.

Not supported

You can view human resources reports that include information from multiple legal entities.

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Signature authority
What can you do?
Grant spending authority to employees for business expenses, and grant approval authority to managers for approving business expenses. Submit self-service requests for spending and approval limits.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Basic support was provided for spending and approval limits.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Advanced configuration and administration capabilities are added.

Why is this important?


Companies can enforce corporate spending and approval limits at a more granular level.

Not supported

Employees can request a signing limit for business expenses, and managers can request an approval limit via the employee portal.

The process for requesting and approving spending and approval limits by using workflow is automated and simplified.

More information
For more information about Employees and the Human Resources Framework can be found in the white paper titled Implementing and Updating the Human Resources Framework for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Applications.

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Policy Framework
Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 introduces a policy framework for defining policy rules in modules to help guide the flow of business. The framework provides a common pattern and rich feature set that users can use to enforce simple rules or to evaluate and act on several different rules in a complex organizational hierarchy. You can create policy rules to control transaction flow and enforce business rules in the following areas: Audit Travel and expense Signing limits Purchasing Vendor invoice

The policy framework is extensible for use by third-party Microsoft Dynamics AX developers.

Overview
Item Required Feature areas affected Stakeholders Description Optional All Business decision makers Technical decision makers Implementation team members ISVs/developers Partners

New functionality
The policy framework is new in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Business-transaction-level rule enforcement has expanded considerably since Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009.

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Business rule creation and enforcement


What can you do?
Create policies

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not supported

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Administrators can create policies to enforce business rules such as spending limits and purchasing policies. Administrators can change policies to reflect the changing needs of the business. Developers can create custom policy types and rule types.

Why is this important?


Allows for increased control of the business and enforcement of corporate policy. Ensures flexibility in the business-transactionmanagement process. Allows further customization to meet the needs of the business.

Manage policies

Not supported

Create custom policies and rule types

Not supported

More information
For more information about the policy framework, see the whitepaper Using the Policy Framework in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

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Intercompany timesheet entry in projects (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack)


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, an organization can allow a worker in one of its legal entities to enter hours worked for a project that is managed in a different legal entity, without requiring the worker to switch company data sets.

Overview
Item Required Feature areas affected Description No Project management and accounting Human resources Home (Timesheets) Stakeholders Business decision makers Technical decision makers Implementation team members ISVs/developers Partners

New functionality
After the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack is installed, a legal entity can do the following: Enable intercompany timesheet functionality on the Project management and accounting parameters form. Specify the hourly prices that the legal entity charges related legal entities for their loaned workers in the Transfer price hour form. Set up the hourly prices that the legal entity charges customers for borrowed workers time in the Sales price hour form. Add workers from other legal entities to its validation setup in the Worker/project validation groups form and Worker/category validation groups form.

Enabling the intercompany timesheet feature adds the following functionality: Loaned workers can submit timesheet hours for project work that they perform for the legal entity that is borrowing them. Project managers can review and approve timesheet submissions from borrowed workers. The loaning legal entity can track the amounts due from the borrowing legal entity.

In addition, the intercompany timesheet feature adds the following two new posting types: Intercompany revenueThe account that is selected for recording intercompany revenue is used by the loaning legal entity to record revenues that result from loaning resources to a borrowing legal entity. Intercompany costThe account that is selected for recording intercompany costs is used by the loaning legal entity to record the true cost to the legal entity for the resources lent.

Special considerations
The loaning legal entity cannot create an invoice for intercompany time that is sent to the borrowing legal entity through the regular accounts payable process. (In this case, the borrowing
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legal entitys account is handled the same way as any other vendor). Instead, the due-to and duefrom amounts are recorded in ledger accounts. From this information, the borrowing legal entity can determine how much to pay the loaning legal entity. After the loaning legal entity settles those payments against the ledger entries, the loaning legal entity can determine which hours have been paid for. With the introduction of the Intercompany timesheets feature in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, the posting of timesheets is handled by the accounting framework that was introduced in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. As a result, hour journals are no longer used to summarize subledger entries, nor any subsequent project transactions are that are related to timesheets. In addition, the Default posting level attribute that was specific to Project management and accounting has been deprecated. Any customized solutions that have been built upon the timesheet functionality in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 may need to be updated for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack in order to account for this change, even if you do not intend to leverage the Intercompany timesheets feature.

Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Intercompany timesheet functionality is new to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and has changes to: Hourly transfer prices and sales prices Validation groups Timesheet submission and approval Recording of revenue and costs

Hourly transfer and sales prices


What can you do?
Specify hourly prices for workers who will be loaned to a related legal entity.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Project management and accounting supports hourly transfer process. It stores transfer prices for workers who work on projects run by related legal entities. You can create transfer prices for any combination of effective date, worker, project, category, and borrowing legal entity. Hourly sales prices can be assigned for workers in your own and related legal entities.

Why is this important?


Borrowing legal entities are charged the proper amount for the hours contributed to a project by a worker from another legal entity.

Specify hourly sales prices for borrowed workers who are assigned to a customer project.

Not available.

Sales prices for borrowed workers can be specified in your legal entitys Microsoft Dynamics AX records.

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Validation groups
What can you do?
Control which projects and categories a worker can be associated with.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Transactions cannot be entered into hour journals for projects and categories that a worker has not been validated for. Hour transactions can be entered only for projects in the workers legal entity.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Workers can enter hours in timesheets, not only in journals, but also for for projects and categories that they have been validated. You can add workers who are borrowed from another legal entity to validation groups in your legal entitys records.

Why is this important?


Workers can select projects that are managed in their own and other legal entities for which they have been validated for work.

Timesheet submission and approval


What can you do?
Workers can submit timesheets, and project managers can review and approve timesheets

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Workers can submit hours for project work in their own legal entity and for work done for legal entities that have borrowed them. Project managers can review timesheet submissions for work done by workers in their own legal entity and by workers they have borrowed from related legal entities.

Why is this important?


A worker who is employed by one legal entity can enter timesheet hours for work performed on projects in a different legal entity, without having to be employed by the legal entity that is managing the project. Project managers do not have to log into multiple company accounts in Microsoft Dynamics AX to submit and review timesheet hours for intercompany project work.

Record revenue and costs


What can you do?
Specify the account in which to record revenue that results from loaning a worker to another legal entity. Specify the account in which to record the true costs that result from loaning a worker to another legal entity.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


The new posting type Intercompany revenue is available in the Project groups form. The new posting type Intercompany costs is available in the Project groups form.

Why is this important?


A loaning legal entity can easily track the revenue that it receives from loaning a worker to a project in another legal entity. A loaning legal entity can easily track the costs that it incurs by loaning a worker to a project in another legal entity.

Not available.

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Retail module (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack)


Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack includes a Retail module that adds additional features and feature updates to Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail 2009. With this release Retail is now fully incorporated into Dynamics AX 2012. Several retail market-specific enhancements to Retail features are also included in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack.

Overview

Item
Required Feature areas affected Stakeholders

Description
No Retail module Business decision makers Technical decision makers Implementation team members ISVs/developers Partners

Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail 2009


The Retail module has changed considerably since Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail 2009. The following table describes these changes.

Retail module
What can you do?
Categorize retail products

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Category management was restricted to a single, four-tier hierarchy that was used for all products and merchandising. Special groups could be used to further categorize products for promotions or special needs, but no additional hierarchies were supported.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Retail products can now be categorized through the category management feature in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. You can categorize products by using an n-level deep category hierarchy. Multiple category hierarchies are supported for special circumstances. For example, you might create a separate category hierarchy to manager special pricing promotions that are time-limited.

Why is this important?


You can more efficiently categorize your retail products. For example, you can create one main category hierarchy for all of your retail products and one or more supplemental category hierarchies for product promotions, vendor products, and so on. Attributes that are assigned at the category level can be applied to all products in the category. Values assigned to a parent category can be inherited by a child category.

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What can you do?


Product assortments

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Group items together and assign them to a store or a store group.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


You can use the enhancements to products, category hierarchies, and organization hierarchies to more efficiently create and maintain assortments. A status and effective date were added. A new batch job was added for periodic updates of changes that are made to an assortment.

Why is this important?


With these enhancements, you can centrally manage all retail products across legal entities. You can: Efficiently group the stores and channels that assortments are assigned to by using the organization model. Create multiple assortments by using category hierarchies. Exclude selected products from an assortment.

Retail channel

Only the concept of a retail store existed.

A retail channel includes the retail brick-andmortar store, online store, and online marketplace. Retail channels are a subtype of operating unit. Pricing for stores is done by using price groups. Trade agreements are configured by using price groups. Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail POS (Retail POS) uses trade agreements and the price groups assigned to the trade agreements to determine the base price for a product. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack includes the following enhancements: Concurrency rules to apply multiple discounts. The capability to define periodic discounts by category, product, or product variant. Support for using discount codes (coupons) for online promotions in campaigns.

Use the organization hierarchy to model your store relationships and retail channels.

Price groups

Assign store-specific pricing by assigning the stores distribution location directly to the trade agreement.

Price groups allow for greater flexibility when you set up product pricing. You can configure multiple price groups to meet the needs of your various products and retail channels and then assign one or more price groups to your stores.

Periodic discounts

Periodic discounts were set based on a priority that was set up for the discount.

Retail POS can now apply a discount based on concurrency rules, if multiple discounts apply to a product. Concurrency rules are based on the product category if discounts are defined at the category level, or by applying a discount code.

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What can you do?


Customer orders

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


There were no customer orders.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Supports two types of customer orders: quotation and sales order.

Why is this important?


Customer orders support the following scenarios: Create an order at a store to be picked up at the store. Create an order at a store to be picked up at a different store. Create an order at a store to be shipped to the customer. Create an order online and pick up the order at a store. Initiate and complete picking and packing workflows in Retail POS. Process order returns or cancellations in Retail POS.

More information
For detailed information about the Retail features that are new or changed for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, see the What's New document at the Microsoft Download Center.

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Help server
Whereas previous versions of Microsoft Dynamics AX provided Help documentation through files stored on each client computer, the Help system in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 is client-serverbased. The primary component of the Help system is the Help server, an Internet Information Services (IIS) virtual application running inside your network. The Help server stores and manages the Help files that are shipped with the product, and custom Help files written for your Microsoft Dynamics AX implementation. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 also includes a Help viewer, which is accessed through the Microsoft Dynamics AX client, and displays Help topics. You can search the documentation hosted by the Help server. The Help viewer also provides access to additional Microsoft Dynamics AX Help hosted on the World Wide Web.

Overview
Item Required Feature areas affected Description Yes Stakeholders Architecture Client Installation Upgrade

Business decision makers Technical decision makers Implementation team members ISVs/developers Partners

New functionality
The architecture of the Help system provides the following benefits: You can more easily add custom topics to the Help system. You can enable anyone in your organization to create Help documentation. You can more easily apply and distribute documentation updates from Microsoft, a partner, or any other publisher. You can use search to view Help documentation that is located on your network or on the web.

Special considerations
The Help server must be installed on a computer that is running Internet Information Services (IIS). When a Help topic is requested by a Microsoft Dynamics AX client, the request is sent to the Help server. The Help server locates the topic and sends it to the client, so that it can be displayed in the Help viewer on the client computer. To enable the customization of Help documentation, you must add a folder to the Help server and instruct writers to place documentation files there. A writer who publishes documentation must have security permissions to copy files to that folder.

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Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


The Help system has changed considerably since Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 includes changes to the following: Addition of the Help server Help documentation from multiple sources Enhanced search capabilities Custom Help documentation

Addition of the Help server


What can you do?
Create Help documentation that replaces or supplements the topics provided by Microsoft.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Changes to Help topics were possible but cumbersome, and required recompilation of the .chm files.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Users, system administrators, and developers can create and publish files that contain customized Help documentation. Documentation updates are available to all client computers when the update is installed in a single location on the Help server. The Help server is a new core component.

Why is this important?


You can use HTML or Microsoft Word documents to create custom Help documentation that reflects the needs of your organization. You can more easily manage your Help documentation and ensure that each client has access to the same documentation. The installation process is simplified.

Distribute updates to the Help documentation to users.

You had to install the updated .chm file on each client computer.

Install the Help server during the installation or upgrade of Microsoft Dynamics AX.

Not applicable

Help documentation from multiple sources


What can you do?
View Help documentation produced by more than one publisher.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Adding documentation to the .chm files was difficult, so Help documentation was often located in separate files.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


The Help viewer automatically retrieves documentation from all publishers.

Why is this important?


Users can access all of the documentation for a topic, and the documentation can automatically include documentation from Microsoft, partners, developers, and writers in your organization. The deployment and maintenance of Help documentation is simplified. Help can include more specialized or up-todate documentation from the web.

View network-hosted Help files.

Help topics were packaged into .chm files that had to be installed on each client computer. Although links in the .chm files could retrieve web-based help, you could not use search to include content from the web.

The Help system is a client-server-based system, and topics are hosted on a server inside your network. The Help viewer provides links to webbased help, and you can use it to search for content on the web.

Access web-based help in the Help viewer.

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Enhanced search capabilities


What can you do?
Add keywords to Help topics to improve topic discoverability.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Changes were possible but required recompilation of the .chm files

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Search on the Help server is powered by the Windows Search Service, which supports customizable keyword searching and full text searching. Search results contain topic titles, topic summaries, and links to additional sources of Help documentation.

Why is this important?


Search results are more accurate, informative, and resemble results from web search engines.

View rich search results.

Search results from the .chm files were lists of titles without summaries.

You can quickly find the documentation that applies to your search request. In addition, the search terms that you enter are automatically passed along if you move to a web search. You can use search in the client application to find documentation about a specific task or object. You can use filters to limit search results to documents from a specific publisher. In addition, you can specify whether you want to include or exclude documentation for developers or users.

Use search from the Microsoft Dynamics AX client application to find Help topics. Filter searches by publisher or type of documentation.

Not supported

The search results of the client application include relevant Help topics. You can filter search results in the Help viewer.

You could not use the search capabilities of the .chm files to filter searches by publisher or document type.

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Custom Help documentation


What can you do?
Create new Help documentation.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Changes to Help documentation were possible but cumbersome, and often required recompilation and replacement of the .chm files. Not supported

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Users, system administrators, and developers can create Help documentation for the Help server.

Why is this important?


Help documentation is produced that better suits the needs of your organization.

Use Microsoft Word to create Help documentation.

You can use Word to create documentation that you can publish to the Help server.

You can use Word to create Help documentation. You can quickly create documentation that is customized to the needs of your organization. You can use any HTML or text editor to produce a documentation file that you can publish to the Help server. Your custom documentation matches what the user sees on the client. Users see the Help documentation that is most relevant to the needs of your organization.

Use HTML or text editors to create Help documentation.

Not supported

The Help viewer uses HTML to display Help documentation.

Use Microsoft Dynamics AX labels in your Help topics. Hide topics from other publishers.

Including labels was possible but required recompilation of the .chm files. You could remove topics from the .chm file, but you then had to recompile and redistribute that file.

Developers can insert labels from the client user interface into customized Help topics. You can hide Help documentation that does not apply to your organization.

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Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 glossary


Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 features a new application-specific glossary and an improved user experience. The glossary provides immediate, filtered access to defined domain and application terms and concepts that are specific to this version. It is also easier to search the glossary and view entries, and users can now provide feedback about the main glossary or individual glossary entries.

Overview
Item Required Feature areas affected Stakeholders Description Optional. You may or may not use this feature, depending on how you run your business. All Business decision makers Technical decision makers Implementation team members ISVs/developers Partners

New functionality
The Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 glossary comprises the following: One glossary that contains all glossary entries Individual topics for each individual glossary entry in the glossary

Special considerations
Users of the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 glossary must be familiar with the following: Industry-specific domain terminology and concepts Industry-specific application (IT) terminology and concepts

Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


The Microsoft Dynamics AX glossary has changed considerably since Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. For Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, the Microsoft Dynamics glossary has been completely revised.

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Microsoft Dynamics AX glossary


What can you do?
Review domain-specific and application-specific terms and concepts as they relate to Microsoft Dynamics AX. Browse or search the glossary terms.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


The glossary included term entries that were specific to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 and other products. The search functionality was limited.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


The glossary includes only domain-specific and application-specific term entries for Microsoft Dynamics AX. Search keywords have been added to the overall glossary and the individual glossary entries. The glossary publication includes a centralized list of all glossary entries, and it includes one entry for each glossary term in the overall glossary.

Why is this important?


Glossary entries are precise and relevant to the product.

Search and search results are improved for easier use.

Offer feedback about the overall glossary or individual glossary entries.

Feedback options were limited.

There is more flexibility and detail for feedback.

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Budget planning (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)


Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 adds budget planning to the Budgeting module that was introduced in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Budget planning is the process of preparing the budgets that will be adopted by an organization. Private sector and public sector organizations can configure budget planning and set up their own budget planning processes that are secure, flexible, and easy to use. With budget planning you can: Associate budget planning processes with budget cycles, ledgers, and organization hierarchies. Analyze and update budget plans by using multiple scenarios, and then automatically route the budget plans together with worksheets, justifications, and attachments for reviews and approvals. Consolidate multiple budget plans at one level of the organization into a single parent budget plan at a higher level in the organization. You can also develop a single budget plan at a high level in the organization and allocate the budget to lower levels of the organization.

New functionality
Budget planning builds on key features introduced in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, such as the rolebased and data security models, the financial dimension framework, account structures, and account rules. Budget planning adds budget planning advanced rules and additional tasks and elements to workflow. You can configure workflows to review and approve budget plans, and to integrate the stages in your budget planning processes with the business requirements of your budget planning organization. Budget planning is integrated with other Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 modules, so that you can bring in information from previous budgets, actual expenditures, fixed assets, and human resources. Budget planning is also integrated with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word, so that you can use these tools to work with your budgeting data. For example, a budget manager can import a departments budget request to an Excel worksheet from a budget plan scenario. The data can be analyzed, updated, charted, and then published back to the budget plan lines, where the data can be routed for approval.

Special considerations
The budget manager must be assigned to a role that has permission to create and maintain organization hierarchies. The budget manager should either create an organization hierarchy that has a Budget planning purpose or assign the Budget planning purpose to an existing organization hierarchy. Workflows route the budget plans through the organization based on the workers in the budgeting organization hierarchy. Users who work with budget planning must be associated with workers whose positions report to an organization unit in the budget planning organization hierarchy. Users outside the budget planning organization hierarchy who need to review budget plans must be assigned to a budget planning user group that can be associated with the budget plan that they need to review. Office Add-ins must be configured and enabled, and a template author must build the Excel and Word templates. The templates are used to structure the data for the worksheets and justifications by using the fields that are available through the Budget planning web service. For Enterprise Portal, network locations with the appropriate security must be available for the templates, attachments, worksheets, and justifications.

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Overview
Item Required Feature areas affected Description Optional. You may or may not use these features, depending on how you run your business. Human resources General ledger Fixed assets Enterprise Portal Office Add-ins Public sector Stakeholders Business decision makers Technical decision makers Implementation team members ISVs/developers Partners

Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


This feature was not available in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 includes the following major changes: Financial dimensions for budget planning Budget planning and Office Add-ins Budget planning configuration Budget planning workflow configuration Proposed projects and proposed fixed assets Budget planning processes Generating budget plans from source data Budget plan data entry Budget planning reports Budget planning data cubes Budget planning web service

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Financial dimensions for budget planning


What can you do?
Select financial dimensions from the chart of accounts for budgeting and budget planning. Use budget planning advanced rules to select financial dimensions outside the chart of accounts for budget planning.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Include or exclude specific dimensions, including main accounts, for budgeting and budget planning. Specify advanced rules and advanced rule structures to support and validate financial dimensions that are not part of the general ledger account structure.

Why is this important?


Budget planning and account number entry are easier.

Not available

Provides greater flexibility in selecting financial dimensions for budget planning.

Budget planning and Office Add-ins


What can you do?
Create templates for Excel worksheets and Word justifications.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Create templates for worksheets and justifications by using the fields from the Budget planning web service. Use the add-in for Excel to view, analyze, chart, and update budget planning data. Use the add-in for Word to view budget planning data.

Why is this important?


Control the data that you want to see in worksheets and justifications for different budget planning stages and scenarios. Use familiar productivity tools to work with budget planning data. Use familiar productivity tools to work with budget planning data.

View and update budget plan data by using Excel

Not available

View budget plan data by using Word.

Not available

Budget planning configurations


What can you do?
Create budget planning scenarios to define categories of data.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Develop and refine scenarios to support monetary and other units of measure, including quantity. Create the stages for the budget planning process.

Why is this important?


Provides control over the analysis, review, update, and approval of budget planning estimates. Customizes the budget planning process to match your organization hierarchy and business requirements. Provides flexibility in determining when budget planning activities occur.

Create budget planning stages to define the steps a budget plan must go through. Create budget planning workflows to model review processes that meet your business 90

Not available

Not available

Define the order of the stages in the budget planning process, and associate the stages with

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requirements. Define scenario constraints to control when budget plan scenarios can be viewed and updated. Define the schedules and budget planning stages for allocations that can be made automatically during workflow processing. Create budget plan priorities to support the development of budget plans by priority or objective. Identify server and network folder locations for budget plan attachments. Provide Office Add-in support for the worksheets and justifications. Not available

a workflow configuration ID. Determine who can view and edit the budget plan estimates at the different stages in the budget planning process. Use schedules and stages to automatically allocate estimates between budget planning scenarios. Create priorities to define categories for evaluating budget plans. Provides flexibility and security for viewing and updating budget planning estimates. Automates budget planning allocations.

Not available

Not available

Provides the ability to group and evaluate budget plans by priority.

Not available

Specify folder locations for budget plan attachments. Select the template files to use for the worksheets and associated justifications.

Centralize the location of budget plan attachments.

Not available

Provide multiple templates for budget planning processes.

Budget planning workflow configuration


What can you do?
Set up budget planning workflows for reviews and approvals.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Automatically routes budget plans to the workers in the budget planning organization for reviews and approvals. Use stage transitions to automatically route budget plans through the planning stages you defined. Parent budget plans can automatically allocate budget to associated budget plans; or associated budget plans can automatically roll up budget estimates to a parent budget plan. Use allocation schedules and stage allocations to automatically update allocations for budget planning scenarios.

Why is this important?


The routing and review of budget plans are efficient and secure.

Set up budget planning workflows for your business requirements.

Not available

Budget planning processes can be customized to your organization hierarchy and business requirements. Provides flexibility for different approaches to budget planning.

Set up budget planning workflows to automatically create or activate associated budget plans.

Not available

Set up budget planning workflows to automatically perform allocations.

Not available

Provides flexible and efficient budget planning allocations.

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Proposed projects and proposed fixed assets


What can you do?
Create proposed projects for budget planning. Create proposed fixed assets for budget planning.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Provides a list of proposed projects to use for budget planning. Provides a list of proposed assets to use for budget planning.

Why is this important?


A budget plan line can include a proposed project. A budget plan line can include a proposed asset.

Not available

Budget planning processes


What can you do?
Create budget planning processes based on budget cycles, ledgers, and organizations. Set up automatic translations for budget planning process names and descriptions. Select the justification template and the attachments folder for each budget planning process.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Select the budget cycle, ledger, and organization for each budget planning process. Translates the names and descriptions used in budget planning processes. Justification templates can define the narrative requirements associated with submitting budget plans. The attachments folder provides the location for attachments and templates associated with the budget planning process. Select the budget planning workflow and the Budgeting workflow configuration ID for each responsibility center in the organization hierarchy. For each budget planning stage, define the following activities: Associate budget plans with parent budget plans. Add budget plan lines. Modify budget plan lines. Use worksheet and justification

Why is this important?


Integrates budget planning with existing budgeting, financial, and organizational features. In multicountry organizations, improves the usability of budget planning processes. Provides centralized control for using and storing budget planning justifications and attachments.

Not available

Not available

Select the organization hierarchy, and associate its responsibility centers with budget planning workflows.

Not available

Customizes the budget planning process for your organization hierarchy and business requirements.

For each stage of a budget planning workflow, define the type of access users have to budget plans.

Not available

Controls what users can view and modify at each stage of a budget planning workflow.

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templates files. In a list of all the priorities, select the ones that can be applied to the budget plans for a specific budget planning process. Control the activation and completion of the budget planning process. Not available Responsibility centers can work with and evaluate a prioritized list of budget plans. Activate, deactivate, and complete budget planning processes. Provides the ability to budget by priority or objective.

Not available

Provides centralized control for administering budget planning processes.

Generating budget plans from source data


What can you do?
Generate budget plans from the general ledger.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Transfer historical and current data from the general ledger to a budget plan scenario. Transfer forecast position data to a budget plan scenario. Transfer fixed asset budgets to a budget plan scenario. Transfer budget plan data from one budget planning process to a budget plan in another process.

Why is this important?


Integrates budget planning with General ledger. Integrates budget planning with Human resources. Integrates budget planning with Fixed assets. Simplifies creating new budget plans from existing or prior ones.

Generate budget plans from forecast positions. Generate budget plans from fixed assets. Generate budget plans from other budget plans.

Not available

Not available

Not available

Budget plan data entry


What can you do?
Create budget plans.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


When you can create budget plans, you can specify: Budget planning processes Responsibility centers Parent budget plans Budget planning user groups Budget plan priority and rank Worksheets, justifications, and attachments

Why is this important?


Creating budget plans is efficient and flexible.

Work with budget plan lines.

Not available

You can work with budget plan lines based on:

Working with budget plan lines is effective and easy.

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Scenarios Forecast positions Account structures and dimension values Quantities and unit prices Currencies and amounts Allocations by dimension or period Budget plan line details can be easily integrated with other modules

Work with budget plan line details. Not available

You can work with budget plan lines details based on: Project or proposed project Asset or proposed asset Position

Use FactBoxes to view information about the budget plan and budget plan lines.

Not available

Users can view the following FactBoxes: Budget plan preparer Estimates by amount Estimates by unit Associated budget plans Line estimates by scenario Budget plan documents

Budget plan data can be found and previewed quickly.

Generate budget register entries from budget plans. Work with budget plans from Enterprise Portal.

Not available

Generate budget register entries from budget plan scenarios. Enterprise Portal users can create, review, update, and approve budget plans.

Creating a draft budget from the approved budget plan is easier. Budget planning can be performed by users who do not have full access to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

Not available

Budget planning reports


What can you do?
Use reports to view forecast positions, amounts, account totals, and budget register entries by budget plan.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Users can set parameters to sort and categorize budget planning data for the following reports: Forecast positions by budget plan Budget plan list Budget plan account

Why is this important?


Users can view, analyze, track, and audit forecast positions, amounts, account totals, and budget register entries by budget plan.

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totals Budget plan audit

Budget planning data cubes


What can you do?
View and analyze detailed budget planning information.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Specific measures, calculated measures, and all budget plan attributes are available within the budget planning cubes.

Why is this important?


Budget planning analysis is quicker and more detailed.

Budget planning web service


What can you do?
Create, retrieve, and update budget planning data from external applications.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 During budget planning configuration, you can create templates for worksheets and justifications by using the budget planning fields.

Why is this important?


External productivity and budget formulation tools can be used to work with budget plan data.

More information
More detailed information about budget planning can be found in the white papers Implementing Office Add-ins for budget planning, Configuring budget planning, and Strategies for using the Budget planning analysis data cube.

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Payroll (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)


Payroll processing has been redesigned to provide a more consistent user interface with simplified setup and data entry.

Overview
Item Required Other product areas affected Description Optional. You may or may not use these features, depending on how you run your business. Accounts payable Human resources General ledger Project Stakeholders Business decision makers Implementation team members ISVs/developers Partners

New functionality
Payroll now handles mandatory deductions for garnishments, including child support orders and tax levies. When there is more than one garnishment order for a worker, the calculation sequences ensure that each one is handled correctly, and that the combined deductions are not more than is legally allowed. To generate pay by using payroll, positions must be assigned to workers. Position settings are used to control how earnings are generated. They are also used for workers compensation, general liability insurance, and unions. Many payroll settings are now date effective. The date-effective settings simplify the maintenance of data for which changes must be tracked at different points in time. For example, if a worker notifies you that her residence will change in a month, you can enter the future-dated change immediately. The current residency information is used until the effective date that you set up for the new information, and the new information will automatically be used on the effective date.

Special considerations
Payroll data and settings from Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 can be migrated to Payroll for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Because of the breadth and depth of the enhancements, many new settings must be set up before the initial payroll run after the migration. Benefits and deductions have changed extensively from Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. Benefit setup and the determination of eligibility for benefits are both handled in Human resources. Setup for deductions and contributions is done in the Payroll module. Workers can be enrolled in benefits from either Human resources or Payroll. Posting payroll and issuing worker payments are now separate processes. Some terms that were used in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 have been changed in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 to better align with standard usage in the payroll industry.

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Term used in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Benefit

New term for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Benefit accrual

Comments

Benefit accrual plans for sick leave and paid time off can be set up in forms that you open from the Setup group on the Payroll area page. Fringe benefits have been merged with all other benefits in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. What was previously called a fringe benefit in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 is now called a benefit that has an employer contribution but does not have a worker deduction. An imputed earning is now a fringe benefit, such as life insurance, that workers are taxed on, even though they do not receive any increase in their pay. Pay elements, such as deductions, contributions, and union fringe benefits, were previously combined, and now they are separate and are referred to as earning codes.

Fringe benefit

Benefit

Imputed earning

Fringe benefit

Pay elements

Earning codes

Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Payroll has changed considerably since Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 includes the following new functionality: Handling for garnishments (including child support orders) and tax levies Position settings for payroll

The following payroll functionality is changed for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012: Payroll taxes Benefit accrual plans, such as paid time off and sick time off Generation of earnings statements Generation of pay statements The use of earning codes to identify the type of earnings that workers receive for their services Worker settings for payroll Benefits and deductions Posting and issuing pay

Handling for garnishments and tax levies


What can you do?
Set up deductions to process garnishments (including child support

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Set up garnishments and tax levies by using the same forms and controls that you use to

Why is this important?


Simplifies the data entry process.

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orders) and tax levies. Enter and store the state and federal requirements that are used to determine disposable income. Not available

set up benefits. Specify percentagebased limits and other data that is necessary to ensure that a garnishment or levy does not reduce a workers net pay below the minimum set by federal, state, or local governments. Specify the amount or percentage of wages to deduct, the lifetime limit for the garnishment (if applicable), the order in which deductions are calculated, and the maximum percentage of the base wages that can be deducted. Your payroll process complies with applicable legal requirements.

Correctly calculate deductions for one or more garnishments or tax levies.

Not available

Net pay is calculated correctly.

Position settings for payroll


What can you do?
Use position settings to control how earnings are generated.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Specify the legal entity that the position is paid from, set the normal hours worked per year and the pay cycle for the position, and select whether to generate pay based on salary or a schedule. Assign default values to positions to control standard worker settings, and automatically assign the values to workers who are assigned to the positions. Assign default values to positions to control standard worker settings, and automatically assign the values to workers who are assigned to the position.

Why is this important?


The amount of data entry that is required when workers change positions is reduced, and the risk of payroll errors is minimized.

Set up workers compensation, general liability insurance, and union settings for the position.

Not available

The amount of data entry that is required when workers change positions is reduced, and the risk of errors is minimized.

Set up accounting details, such as financial dimensions and template support for the position.

Accounting details were set up for the worker.

The amount of data entry that is required when workers change positions is reduced, and the risk of errors is minimized.

Payroll taxes
What can you do?
Configure payroll tax codes. 98 NEW, CHANGED, AND DEPRECATED FEATURES FOR MICROSOFT DYNAMICS AX 2012 R2

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Add posting rules, tax withholding account numbers, SUTA tax

Why is this important?


Customizable tax codes ensure that payroll taxes are calculated

rates, and other details to the tax codes that are provided with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Set up the state and local taxes that you require. Set up all taxes that exist in every state that your organization operates in. Set up only those state and local taxes that apply to the tax regions that your organization operates in.

correctly.

The amount of setup and maintenance that is required for payroll taxes is reduced.

Benefit accrual plans, such as paid time off and sick time off
What can you do?
Keep a detailed audit history of all changes that are made to worker benefit accrual balances.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Balances could be updated, but no records were kept regarding when the change was made and who made it.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Audit records are created for every change in an accrual plan balance, whether the change is made manually or as part of an automated process. You can specify the basis that is used to accrue benefits under a benefit accrual plan. You can set up as many earning codes as you need for each benefit accrual plan. For example, you might use separate earning codes for positions in different legal entities.

Why is this important?


Protects the integrity of benefit accrual data.

Accrue balances based on either the worker hire date or the seniority date. Configure multiple earning codes to deduct the balances of a plan.

Accrued balances were based on the hire date only. A single earning code was used for each benefit accrual plan.

Provides greater flexibility in designing your benefit accrual plans. Allows for more flexible accounting for benefit accrual plans.

Generation of earnings statements


What can you do?
Automatically generate earnings. Manually generate earnings, including earnings not related to time worked or to leave. Release earnings for payment processing.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Generate earnings based on a set of working days in a week. Enter the earning information through employee attendance. Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Generate earnings based on either schedule or salary. Enter the earning information in an earnings statement. Releasing earnings is a stand-alone process that designates the earnings as ready to be processed in a worker payment.

Why is this important?


Eliminates most manual entry and reduces the risk of errors. Provides flexibility for entry of earnings not generated as salary or from a schedule. The release process validates that the accounting distributions for the earnings are complete.

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Generation of pay statements


What can you do?
Track pay statements that are generated as part of a group in a single payroll run. Provide a combined pay statement to workers who hold multiple positions that are paid in the same pay cycle and by the same legal entity.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Batch numbers are automatically assigned when you generate pay statements. Include independent benefits and earnings in a single pay statement.

Why is this important?


Reports and other downstream processes can be run on the same set of pay statements. Reduces the potential for employee confusion by providing a consolidated pay statement for a given period of time.

A separate pay statement is created for each position that a worker holds.

Earning codes
What can you do?
Specify accounting templates and dimension values to earning codes.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Accounting templates and dimensions are linked to earning codes, so that different earnings can be accounted for differently. Earning codes for which the rate basis is hourly, monthly, annually, or per pay period will reference the fixed compensation plan for the worker position assignment during the earnings generation process.

Why is this important?


Ensures that the cost of earnings is distributed to accounting dimensions by using the accounting rules that are specified on the earning code. Simplifies the worker earning setup and leverages the HCM fixed compensation structure. This provides the ability to specify earnings by position, allows multiple compensation plans to be active at the same time, and allows compensation rates to be derived for each worker and position instead of for each worker. This process automatically backs out tax changes that might be missed if performed manually. For example, if a tax bracket changes, and a worker receives a $500 car allowance, the workers pay will automatically be adjusted so that $500 is still received after the new tax amount is deducted.

Integrate Payroll with fixed compensation plans in the Human resources module.

Not available

Create and assign gross-up earning codes.

Gross-up earnings could be generated, but they were difficult to set up.

Create earning codes that are used to correctly calculate gross-up earnings. The gross-up amount is the amount that is added to the net take-home pay, so that an employee always receives a specified amount.

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Worker settings for payroll


What can you do?
Set up worker bank accounts.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


A Payroll employee bank account was used.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Payroll integrates with the Human resources worker bank account and the cash and bank management bank account distributions. Workers are paid through the Human resources worker bank account. Enter worker data for tax regions and tax codes, and specify the date that the change in the data takes effect.

Why is this important?


The information is set up and maintained in one area, which provides less chance for discrepancies. Reduces setup and improves integration.

Set up bank account disbursement by legal entity. Use date-effective settings to maintain worker information, such as residency and marital status, that affects payroll status.

Workers were paid through a Payroll bank account. Changes to tax-related settings were effective as soon as they were entered. There was no record of previous values for those settings.

Simplifies data management and ensures that payroll taxes are calculated correctly.

Benefits and deductions


What can you do?
Enroll workers in benefits that they are eligible for by using the new eligibility policy functionality in the Human resources module. Set up benefits in different categories, such as healthcare, retirement, and workers' compensation.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Any worker could be enrolled in any benefit.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Workers can only be enrolled in benefits that they meet the eligibility requirements for.

Why is this important?


The policies that your organization sets for benefit eligibility are enforced simply and fairly, with less risk of error. Simplifies the data entry process.

Each category of benefits was set up and processed individually.

Use the same forms and controls to set up all benefit categories.

Posting and issuing pay


What can you do?
Submit pay statements to Accounts payable for payment.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Submitting the pay statements for payment to Accounts payable and posting the payments were done in one process. Submitting the pay statements for payment to Accounts payable and posting the payments were done in one process.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012


Submit pay statements to the Payment journal for payment.

Why is this important?


Allows users the flexibility to do the submitting and posting processes in the order that they want, so that they can pay workers in a timely manner. Allows users the flexibility to do the submitting and posting processes in the order that they want, so that they can pay workers in a timely manner.

Post pay statements.

Post the pay statements.

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Data partitioning (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)


Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 enables data isolation by using data partitions. For example, an organization has several subsidiaries. If the management of the organization does not want the employees of one subsidiary to have access to the data for other subsidiaries, data partitions can provide the boundaries that are required for data isolation. Data partitions provide a logical separation of data in the Microsoft Dynamics AX database. To achieve this separation, Microsoft Dynamics AX adds a column to each table that contains data that must be isolated. This column contains a partition ID, which is the RecId of an entry in the Partitions table. In a partitioned table, rows that contain the same partition ID value belong to the same partition. The partition ID is also added to relevant indexes. Partitions are defined in the Partitions form, where the system administrator creates the partition and provides a partition key. A partition key identifies a partition by using a unique string value that the system administrator specifies. When Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 is installed, the setup always creates a single, default partition. This partition is identified by the partition key "Initial." The partition key is displayed in the title bar of the client application. Additional partitions can also be defined during installation and upgrade. Each partition contains its own organizational hierarchy, which includes one or more legal entities. Like a new deployment of Microsoft Dynamics AX, each new partition that is created contains the DAT company as a default legal entity. System administrators can add legal entities to each partition. Legal entities are never shared between partitions, even if the legal entities have the same name.

Overview
Item Required Feature areas affected Stakeholders Description One data partition is required by default. Additional data partitions are optional. All Business decision makers Technical decision makers Implementation team members ISVs/developers Partners

New functionality
The data partitioning feature is new for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2.

Special considerations
It is important to understand that data partitions do not create separate installations of Microsoft Dynamics AX. Partitioned systems share Application Object Server (AOS), databases, Application Object Tree (AOT), administration functionality, Application Integration Framework (AIF), and batch framework. Partitioned systems maintain separate application data, organizational hierarchies, and user configurations. To upgrade from Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0 or Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, it is especially important that you first understand how companies map to partitions. You must explicitly map companies in the source system to partitions in the target system. You must plan for this mapping carefully. Changes
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that are made to the partitioning arrangement after the upgrade process has been completed may be costly. If you do not have to isolate data between companies, you do not have to create additional partitions. The initial partition is sufficient for your requirements.

Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 enabled data isolation by using companies. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 or later, some data is shared between companies. For example, products and parties are shared across all companies in a partition. If you do not want this kind of data to be shared, you must create additional partitions and then create companies in the partitions (or map companies to partitions during the upgrade process).

E-commerce investments for omni-channel retail


Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 introduces a new suite of features that help you deploy, manage, and customize an online sales channel that is fully integrated with Microsoft Dynamics AX. E-commerce investments include a starter online store that is built on Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Products Preview, developer tools, and administrative and runtime components that integrate the online channel with Microsoft Dynamics AX. By using this new suite of e-commerce features, you can centrally manage products, merchandising, and order fulfillment for all aspects of your online sales channel directly in Microsoft Dynamics AX. The runtime component ensures that content and retail services can be delivered in a scalable way. A new starter online store accelerates the development of a highly customized online channel. The starter online store includes the patterns and best practices that are needed to support production-ready deployments, including powerful, search-driven, adaptive experiences offered by the Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Preview for Internet Sites (FIS) platform.

Overview
Item Optional Other product areas affected Stakeholders Description You may or may not use these features, depending on how you run your business. Retail ISVs and developers IT professionals Marketing and other business-decision makers who are interested in extending a brand online

Special considerations
E-commerce investments in this release use the advanced extranet capabilities in SharePoint 2013 Products Preview. For more information, see the SharePoint 2013 documentation on Microsoft TechNet. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 includes project templates for the starter online store. By using these project templates, you can quickly customize and repackage an online store for third-party deployments. The project templates were developed in Microsoft Visual Studio 2012.

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E-commerce investments
This section describes the specific e-commerce features and capabilities in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2. These features and capabilities are grouped in the following categories: E-commerce centralized management, commerce runtime, starter online store, and deployment models.

E-commerce centralized management


The following table shows the features in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 that can help you manage your online channel. Item Channel management and publishing Description Channel management enables you to define an organizational entity in Microsoft Dynamics AX and associate it with an online website. This means that you can manage catalogs, prices, promotions, and other content for a brick-and-mortar channel and an online channel in one place. Channel management also enables you to define default properties for a channel, such as a default profile of an anonymous shopper, the navigation hierarchy, and payment processing configurations. Channel publishing enables you to publish data and properties for a channel, including the navigation hierarchy, to a website, regardless of where that website is hosted. For example, if all Microsoft Dynamics AX administration for a Contoso channel is performed in offices located in Seattle, but the data center that hosts Contoso.com is located in Chicago, administrators can seamlessly manage and publish data from Microsoft Dynamics AX to the data center. Catalog management and publishing, and attribute enhancement Catalog management in this version of Microsoft Dynamics AX enables you to create product collections, and to target those collections toward a specific channel or a promotion within a channel. For example, Contoso.com can create a base catalog for all the electronics sold through its online channel. The catalog manager could also create a subcatalog for 60 items that will go on sale during a special promotion during the month of June. Multiple catalogs can exist for a single channel. Likewise, one product can exist in multiple catalogs, and product details such as a promotion price can be determined by date. Catalog publishing enables a catalog manager to publish all catalog data, including rich attributes and merchandising content, to a specific endpoint that was defined through the channel management process described earlier. Attribute enhancement enables you to create attributes and rich content, including images, extended descriptions, features, and specifications, to market products in the context of the intended sales channel. Navigation hierarchies and category attributes Navigation hierarchies provide a logical taxonomy of categories and subcategories for grouping products in a way that promotes discoverability for users who are browsing your online store. For example, Contoso.com, an electronics retailer, might create a Products category that includes Televisions, Computers & Tablets, Mobile Phones, and Video Games. Navigation hierarchies add an organizing structure to an already rich set of retail categories that are optimized for administrative and reporting purposes. Category attributes provide a schema for logically describing products within a category. Category attributes enhance product refinement, filtering, and search optimization. For example, if Contoso.com offers 40
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different televisions, the catalog manager might assign category attributes such as LCD, Plasma, and Rear Projection to further refine the category groupings, and to reduce duplication of effort and administrative overheard when the catalog is updated. Category attributes can also be configured to provide the automatic product-filter groups (refinements) on the landing page of each category. For example, the catalog manager can configure refinement groups such as television price, television brand, and screen size. These refinements can then be displayed on the website as a filter or search-refinement option for shoppers. Deployment checklist Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 includes a setup checklist for online stores to guide you through the process of setting up and configuring services and features for an online store. You can view the checklist in the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 client from the following menu item: Retail > Setup > Online store setup checklist.

Commerce runtime
The commerce runtime is a significant new feature of Retail in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2. The commerce runtime was engineered to support the integration of remote sales channels with Microsoft Dynamics AX in a scalable way in near real time. The following table shows the components that are included in the commerce runtime. Item Retail services Description Retail services are the suite of services that perform consistent, realtime business computations for your online store, such as product pricing, promotions, discounts, shipping rates, product availability, and sales tax. Retail services also provide a shopping cart object model that includes order details, order lines, and methods to manage the content of the shopping cart. The Retail Transaction Engine is an asynchronous connector between the Microsoft Dynamics AX data and retail services. The Retail Transaction Engine pushes and pulls data, so that retail services can perform business computations quickly, with timely data and business rules, regardless of the physical distance between your Microsoft Dynamics AX environment and your web data center. The data adapter in this release of Microsoft Dynamics AX is specific to SharePoint 2013 Products Preview. The data adapter facilitates the pushing of products to an endpoint such as an online channel.

Retail Transaction Engine

Data adapter

Starter online store


The starter online store accelerates implementation of an online channel by providing the code, services, forms, and best practices from which to develop a highly customized and branded online store. The starter online store provides, out of the box, the major features and functionality typically required for an online channel. These starter features can be readily customized and adapted to specific needs.

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Item Major features of the starter online store

Description Homepage framework to help you develop a professional online presence Website navigation scheme that is linked to the navigation hierarchy in Microsoft Dynamics AX Default category landing page to support displaying products in response to navigation actions Automatic product refinement on category landing pages that are linked to category attributes that are managed in Microsoft Dynamics AX Local search service for searching the site Search engine optimization for searching the web A product details page that displays product enhancements that are managed in Microsoft Dynamics AX, such as images, extended descriptions, features, and specifications Store locator service with pick-up-in-store functionality that is integrated with Bing maps Order shipping and line-by-line shipping controls Payment processing that is integrated with the Microsoft Dynamics AX online payment service (available only in the U.S.) Complete shopping cart interface with mini-cart, full cart, and order summary views Default order confirmation page Online account management, including Facebook integration, order history, and address management

Deployment models
E-commerce in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 was designed according to different deployment models. These models are intended to optimize adoption of e-commerce features for sales activities, evaluation, training, custom development, preproduction, and production deployments. Item Virtual machine images Description These prebuilt virtual machine images are designed to help sales representatives and business-decision makers demonstrate the ecommerce capabilities of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2. These images enable a single user to quickly demonstrate the full range of features and services in an online channel. By using this deployment package, you can quickly implement a nonproduction, multiuser storefront to support demonstration, evaluation, and training scenarios. This package addresses a broader range of e-commerce scenarios than the stand-alone virtual machine images, including capabilities for development and customization.

Lightweight deployment package

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ISV deployment package

This deployment package enables independent software vendors (ISVs) to customize and develop a professional e-commerce presence for their customers. This package includes Visual Studio projects that developers can customize extensively, recompile, and repackage either for customers or for an in-house production deployment. The Visual Studio projects are included on the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 DVD. This package is the output of the ISV deployment package combined with documentation on Microsoft Developer Network and Microsoft TechNet. The package includes checklists, and describes the steps for deploying a preproduction or production-ready online store.

Preproduction and production deployment package

Features added for Process manufacturing production and logistics


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Process manufacturing production and logistics has been enhanced with new features. Process manufacturing production and logistics provides chemical manufacturers with features that help them control and maximize assets, minimize operating costs, and monitor the impact of decisions on orders, production, inventory, and distribution. These features offer process and hybrid manufacturers solutions that address production and distribution. The features also provide manufacturers with integrated functionality for planning and managing production, distribution, procurement, and accounting.

Overview
Item Required Other product areas affected Description No Inventory and warehouse management, Production control, Master planning, Product information management, Procurement and sourcing Business decision makers Implementation team members ISVs/developers Partners

Stakeholders

New functionality
Potency management You can use potency management to define an item as having a specific concentration of an active ingredient, adjust the quantity of material that is required in the production of the item, calculate the amount of money that is paid to a vendor for the item, and select an ingredient type for a formula line. Batch balancing for potency formulas You can add the actual value of a base inventory batch attribute to the registered inventory batch of a purchase order. Purchase pricing based on actual potency You can set up a batch attribute-based pricing formula for a potency item. You can define certain items that can be invoiced based on the actual potency of the material that is received.

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Lot inheritance You can configure an item so that its batch attributes and shelf life information are updated based on the ingredients of the formula that is used to produce the item. You can use shelf life inheritance to define items so that the inventory batch with the earliest shelf life dates is updated or inherited by the product characteristics of the finished items. For batch attributes, you can define attributes for both the finished items and their ingredients, and select which ingredients pass along their characteristics or attribute values to the finished items. You can also select to have co-products updated with the same shelf life and batch attributes. Batch order sequencing You can use product sequencing to define one or more sequences that are assigned to various items. Product sequencing provides a method for sorting production into a required order, so that the changeover times are automatically reduced in production.

Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


What can you do? Create and post a purchase order for a potency item. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Not available Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 You can define certain items that are invoiced based on the actual potency of the material that is received. You can sequence the order in which planned batch orders are produced and scheduled for resources that are bottlenecks. You can define finished good items so that they are updated with information from the inventory batch. This information includes earliest shelf life dates and best before dates. You can select which product characteristics or attribute values are inherited by a finished good item. Why is this important? Lets you purchase items by potency.

Sequence planned batch orders.

Not available

Provides flexibility in scheduling planned batch orders.

Define formula ingredients for shelf life inheritance.

Not available

Provides information for managing the shelf life of perishable goods.

Define and activate formula ingredients for batch attribute inheritance. Define attribute-based pricing for a potency item.

Not available

Simplifies definition of the characteristics of finished goods.

Not available

You can establish a Simplifies the unique formula that calculation of the price defines how a purchase of a potency item. price should be calculated for a potency item.

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What can you do? Use batch balancing.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 You can select the inventory batches of active ingredients based on their current potency. The required inventory quantity for the ingredients and batch order are calculated automatically.

Why is this important? Simplifies control over the potency of items that are selected for production.

More information
For more information about specific features for Process manufacturing production and logistics in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, see: TechNet Library for System administrators AX Developer Center on MSDN TechNet Library for Application Users

You can also use the WebSearch tool to search Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 content.

Features added for Brazil


For installations in Brazil, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 provides country-specific features that support fiscal establishments, fiscal documents, and certain regulatory reporting requirements. For more information about specific features for Brazil, see TechNet Library for Application Users Brazil.

Overview
Item Required Feature areas affected Stakeholders Description Yes All Business decision makers Technical decision makers Implementation team members ISVs/developers Partners

New functionality
Country/region-specific features are now enabled for organizations that have some of or all their operations based in Brazil. These features are implicitly enabled when you install Microsoft Dynamics AX and then set up a legal entity that has an address in Brazil.

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Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Features for Brazil have changed considerably since Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 includes new functionality for fiscal establishments and fiscal documents.

Fiscal establishments and fiscal documents


What can you do? Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 A fiscal establishment is a physical location of a legal entity. A fiscal establishment is assigned a tax registration number (Cadastro Nacional da Pessoa Jurdica [CNPJ] or Inscrio Estadual [IE]), issues and receives legal documentation, and assesses or pays taxes. A legal entity can have multiple fiscal establishments; therefore, a fiscal establishment is required to issue and receive fiscal documents in processes that involve sales orders, sales returns, purchase orders, purchase returns, free text invoices, transfer orders, and tax fiscal documents. Why is this important? Lets you track fiscal operations and purposes for regulatory reporting.

Use fiscal Not available establishments to issue fiscal documents for sales invoices, purchase invoices, and free text invoices.

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What can you do?

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 When you transfer items between fiscal establishments, the following transfer fiscal documents are issued and received: Outbound fiscal document Ship items to a warehouse that is located in a different fiscal establishment. You can issue an outbound fiscal document when you ship the items. Inbound fiscal document Receive shipped items from a warehouse that is located in a different fiscal establishment. You can register an inbound fiscal document when you receive the items.

Why is this important? Lets you track transfers of items for reporting of fiscal operations.

Transfer warehouse items between warehouses that are located in different fiscal establishments or owned by third-party entities.

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What can you do?

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 A fiscal document framework is used to ensure that a fiscal document that is posted conforms to rules and a specific structure, regardless of the transaction from which the fiscal document was originally generated. The fiscal document framework keeps all fiscal documents in a single repository that contains all information that the government requires for reporting, regardless of the reporting format. The fiscal document viewer is also available as part of the fiscal document framework and lets you drill down to all fiscal documentrelated information: Relationships between fiscal documents and their source documents. Fiscal references, sales taxes, referenced processes, fatura and installments, miscellaneous charges, legal texts, and additional information.

Why is this important? Provides a structure for creating customized reports for fiscal operations.

Create fiscal documents Fiscal documents and reports from a for sales and single source. purchases were saved to separate locations in the database.

More information
For more information about specific features for Brazil in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, see: TechNet Library for System administrators AX Developer Center on MSDN TechNet Library for Application Users You can also use the WebSearch tool to search Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 content.

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Features added for China


For installations in China, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 provides country-specific features that support general ledger transactions, inventory and product management, and reporting. For more information about specific features for China, see TechNet Library for Application Users China.

Overview
Item Required Feature areas affected Stakeholders Description Yes All Business decision makers Technical decision makers Implementation team members ISVs/developers Partners

New functionality
Features were added to comply with Chinese accounting and regulatory requirements: Define a hierarchical structure for a chart of accounts. Use financial dimensions to allocate and post transactions to ledger accounts, bank reconciliation journals, and the Chinese voucher system. Voucher types and Chinese voucher numbers are implemented in source documents, reports, and queries. Subledger journal entries are created for most transactions. Use the subledger journal to view a summary of transaction amounts before the transaction is posted to the general ledger. Inventory reports provide details about inventory transactions and balances. Define parameters and XML files for the GB/T 24589-2010 report.

Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 These features have changed considerably since Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 includes changes to the following: General ledger updates Tax integration with the Chinese Golden Tax System (GTS) Inventory and product management Reporting

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General ledger updates What can you do? Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Why is this important?

View, modify, and print Not available transactions on subledger journal lines before posting the transactions to the general ledger. Allocate transaction lines among multiple financial dimensions.

You can generate Lets you verify subledger journals from information before it is source documents such posted. as invoices, packing slips, and picking lists for customers and vendors. Before you post the transaction amounts to the general ledger, you can view and edit subledger journals by using a new method called distribution. This method lets you allocate posting amounts among multiple financial dimensions, and also lets you change the default ledger account number or financial dimension values based on user permissions. You can enter transactions by using a new Chinese voucher form. You can review and correct gaps in a voucher number sequence at the end of a fiscal period by using new features in existing reports and 11 new financial reports. You can also print ledger vouchers with Chinese voucher numbers, and print financial reports with Chinese voucher types and voucher numbers. Complies with Chinese posting requirements for vouchers. Simplifies tracking of voucher number sequences.

Assign, view, and print Chinese voucher types and voucher numbers on documents.

The Chinese voucher type and Chinese voucher number were implemented in the ledger entries. By default, voucher numbers were assigned in a continuous sequence. Chinese voucher types and voucher numbers were available in filters for ledger entry queries.

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What can you do?


Set up ledger accounts for managing multiple inventory locations.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

Why is this important?

Set up multiple sites Adds flexibility to and inventory locations. managing inventory for You can set up or multiple sites. modify item postings to various ledger accounts for different sites, and indicate each inventory item group. You can also activate inventory transaction combinations for sites, and then post the site details in the sales orders, purchase orders, inventory journals, or production journals. You can view the ledger accounts by the inventory value of each site in the Chart of accounts form.

Tax integration with the Chinese Golden Tax System


What can you do? Export sales invoices that contain valueadded tax (VAT) to the Chinese Golden Tax System (GTS). Import official invoice numbers from GTS to Microsoft Dynamics AX. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Set up parameters to export sales VAT invoices into text files during or after posting from sales orders. The text file format is userdefined. Import these text files into GTS. Export the official invoice numbers into text files and import them back into Microsoft Dynamics AX. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Why is this important?

By using Application Simplifies tax Integration Framework integration with GTS. (AIF), you can automatically configure the text file format for exporting VAT transactions to GTS and then importing updated information from GTS to Microsoft Dynamics AX. You can also export additional documents to GTS, such as free-text invoices and project invoices.

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Inventory and product management


What can you do? Use a monthly average cost method for inventory costing. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Not available Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Use a monthly average cost method to post inventory transactions. The monthly average cost method is used to calculate an items weighted average cost at the end of the month. This average cost is then used to adjust the transactions for all units of that item that were issued during the month, so that all output transactions for that item during the month have the same unit cost. Only the monthly average cost from invoiced receipts is calculated, and only invoiced issue transactions are settled. Non-invoiced receipts and issue transactions are calculated and settled in the month when they are invoiced. Why is this important? Provides a new inventory costing method.

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Reporting
What can you do? View and print new inventory summary reports. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Not available Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Why is this important?

Use the Inventory Lets you analyze status report to view inventory transactions summarized inventory in more detail. status, including the beginning quantity, receipt quantity, issued quantity, and end quantity of a specified item. The Inventory in/out status report provides more details than the Inventory status report. For example, the In status displays the number of items received from a purchase order, production order, transfer order, and physical count, and through other input inventory transactions. The Out status displays the number of items issued for a sales order, production order, transfer order, and physical count, and through other output inventory transactions. These reports can be queried, and you can select an inventory dimension in the query. Set up parameters and Helps you comply with select information that updated regulatory you can export to an report requirements. XML file that complies with the accounting software data standards in China.

Create a GB/T 245892010 report.

Create a GB/T 195812004 report.

More information
For more information about specific features for China in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, see: TechNet Library for System administrators AX Developer Center on MSDN TechNet Library for Application Users

You can also use the WebSearch tool to search Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 content.

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Features added for India


For installations in India, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 provides country-specific features that support export/import (EXIM) incentive schemes, local taxation and invoice requirements, and updates to the general ledger for India-specific information. In addition, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 provides support for fixed asset depreciation methods used in India. For more information about specific features for India, see TechNet Library for Application Users India.

Overview
Item Required Feature areas affected Stakeholders Description Yes All Business decision makers Technical decision makers Implementation team members ISVs/developers Partners

New functionality
The Government of India offers many special incentive schemes to Indian importers. These schemes are mostly available for imported products that will be used to manufacture export goods. You can post and report import and export activity and the related customs duty taxes with more flexibility. You can set up tax numbers and other details to track and report transactions that contain Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) and Tax Collected at Source (TCS) by financial dimension and by legal entity. Create free text invoices to record purchases that are not related to a purchase order. Add free text lines to an invoice that was created from a purchase order. You can add direct and indirect taxes to free text lines. You can also make corrections to import and export transaction documents, such as sales orders, instead of canceling the transaction and then recreating the document for the transaction. By using the subledger journal in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, you can review transactions before you post them. You can also create additional financial dimensions to allocate costs more effectively. Transfer fixed assets to multiple legal entities and financial dimensions. You can track fixed asset transfers and report them to your local authority.

Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


These features have changed considerably since Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 includes changes to the following: Export/import (EXIM) incentive schemes Taxation Invoicing General ledger updates Fixed assets

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Export/import incentive schemes


What can you do? Optionally, post customs duty taxes to expenses rather than the cost of inventory. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Customs duty taxes were posted to the cost of inventory. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 By default, customs duty taxes for an imported inventory item are posted to the cost of the item. When you select the Charge as expense ratio option for customs duty and export/import (EXIM) taxes, the related customs duty is charged to an expense account. The DSA register is updated automatically with the quantity of finished goods in the bill of materials (BOM) and the related excise duty when an export sales order is posted. Why is this important? Lets you post all or part of customs duty taxes to an expense account.

Update the daily stock The DSA register was account (DSA) register updated for the for manufactured items. quantity of finished items that was sold. The excise duty that was related to the items was not updated automatically.

Simplifies the tracking and reporting of export orders by using the DSA register.

Taxation
What can you do? Adjust indirect taxes on a product that is returned to a vendor. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Not available Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 When stocked and nonstocked products are returned to a vendor, you can calculate and post an adjustment to the related indirect taxes on the products. When stocked and nonstocked products are returned to you by a customer, you can calculate and post an adjustment to the related indirect taxes on the products. Why is this important? Simplifies adjustments to indirect taxes for purchase order returns and credits.

Adjust indirect taxes on a product that is returned by a customer.

Not available

Simplifies adjustments to indirect taxes for sales order returns and credits.

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What can you do?

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 When you set up a legal entity for your organization, you can enter tax information that is specific to the location of the legal entity. For example, you can enter the permanent account number and withholding tax details in the Legal entities form. When you create taxable transactions for the legal entity, the tax information is automatically added to a form, based on the values that you entered for the legal entity. In the global address book (GAB), you can enter a tax registration number for each address. You can also enter direct and indirect tax registration numbers for customers, vendors, and legal entities in the Enterprise tax registration form. You can specify whether a tax registration number is shared by multiple addresses. The tax registration number is automatically added to transactions for the related address.

Why is this important? Simplifies adding default tax values to transactions for a legal entity.

Enter entity-specific tax Not available information for the legal entities in your organization.

Enter a tax registration number for a specific address.

Add a tax registration number for an organization.

Simplifies the identification of transactions by address for tax reporting purposes.

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What can you do?

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Support for the calculation of India taxes in the Project management and accounting module is integrated for primary documents such as purchase orders, purchase requisitions, and requests for quotation, and also for adjustments. The following tax types are supported: Service tax Value-added tax (VAT) India sales tax Excise tax Customs Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) Tax Collected at Source (TCS)

Why is this important? Simplifies tax calculations for project and service management transactions.

Add direct and indirect Not available taxes to project and service transactions, billing processes, and tax settlements. Adjust transactions that are posted with incorrect tax groups. View tax calculations for a customer invoice proposal before sending the invoice to the customer.

Set up a bill of entry (BOE) number that the customs authority provides. Attach the BOE number to a purchase order when the purchase order is posted.

Create an invoice for a product receipt or an import order without confirmation of the amount of tax that is calculated for the related BOE.

Optionally, you can post a product receipt and an invoice by associating the quantity and invoice number in a BOE journal. You can remove an invoice registration provided that the related BOE is not posted. You can also cancel part or all of a BOE if the BOE is not posted.

Simplifies the review and correction of taxes for a BOE that is associated with an import order.

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Invoicing
What can you do? Add tax details to invoice lines. Calculate direct and indirect taxes on free text invoices. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Tax details were entered only for invoices that were created from a purchase order. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Create an invoice line that is not related to a purchase order on an invoice. You can enter tax details, such as Tax Deducted at Source (TDS), Tax Collected at Source (TCS), India sales tax, value-added tax (VAT), and other taxes, on these invoice lines. You can also create a recurring invoice, and calculate direct and indirect taxes for the amount in the recurring invoice. All details that are required to generate recurring invoices can be specified in the Free text invoice templates form. Why is this important? Adds flexibility to the calculation of taxes on free text lines and free text invoices.

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What can you do? Create, modify, and reverse a free text invoice.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Define the maximum retail price per unit for an item in the Free text invoice form, and calculate the tax based on the amount per unit. When excise transactions from the free text invoice are posted, the excise registers are updated with the quantity details. Correct a free text invoice that is posted. You can also update the following tax information in the invoice: Update excise registers with details of corrected invoices or canceled invoices. Reverse service tax entries when the invoice correction is done for a settled invoice. Reverse TCS entries when the invoice correction is done after the TCS on an original invoice is settled.

Why is this important? Simplifies purchases for items and services that are not related to a purchase order.

Make corrections to a packing slip for a sales order.

Not available

Correct or cancel a line in a packing slip for a sales order.

Lets you make corrections to a packing slip without having to cancel and recreate the packing slip. Lets you make corrections to an import purchase order without having to cancel and recreate the import order.

Make and track corrections to an import purchase order.

Not available

Modify lines in an import purchase order that is not posted. Review the modification in the import order before it is accepted or rejected.

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General ledger updates


What can you do? Distribute transaction amounts, including taxes, to a greater number of financial dimensions. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Create 10 financial dimensions, including three predefined dimensions for department, cost center, and purpose. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Transaction amounts can be distributed among more than 10 dimensions, including the three predefined financial dimensions. As part of the subledger journal and distribution functionality, the accounting entries for the dimension amounts can be verified before the amounts are posted to general ledger accounts. Why is this important? Provides more flexibility for tracking and reporting transactions by financial dimension.

View direct and indirect tax transactions together with accounting entries in subledger journals, and distribute the tax amount among the different dimensions.

Not available

As part of the subledger Simplifies the tracking journal and distribution and reporting of tax functionality, allocate amounts. customs duty amounts to multiple financial dimensions. Verify the accounting entries for the export/import (EXIM) customs duty amounts in transactions before the amounts are posted to general ledger accounts. In the Withholding Simplifies adjustments tax journal, you can to withholding tax. specify the details for increasing or decreasing a tax transaction, recalculate the tax amount, and then post the information to the general journal. You can also link the adjustment entry with the appropriate parent transaction. The reports will then net off the overall result to reflect the change in tax liability that corresponds to the specific document.

Adjust direct tax entries by using the Withholding tax journal that is generated from the general ledger.

Adjust tax liability general ledger accounts by passing adjustment entries by using the Withholding tax journal in the General ledger module, or adjust the original source document (for example, via a credit note).

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What can you do? Select the types of exchange rates that are used to calculate the customs duties for import and export transactions.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 A separate tab for customs exchange rates was available in the Exchange rates form.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 You can define customs exchange rates separately in the Ledger form for import and export transactions. You can set up rates that are used by default. The default exchange rates can be modified for specific transactions. Set up number sequences for EXIM incentive schemes, withholding tax settlement, valueadded tax (VAT) deferment, export shipping documents, goods receipt notes, and excise registers.

Why is this important? Simplifies the calculation of exchange rates for India export and import transactions.

Set up number sequences for additional transaction types.

Set up number sequences for some EXIM incentive schemes.

Simplifies the tracking and reporting of EXIM transactions.

Fixed assets
What can you do? Transfer fixed assets among different dimension values for a selected value model. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Not available Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 You can transfer a fixed asset to another financial dimension. However, the accumulated depreciation and net book value for the transferred asset is not identified when the fixed asset is associated with a fixed asset group for which depreciation is calculated at the group level. The value models associated with a fixed asset for which the Asset group depreciation check box is selected must be filtered out of the Fixed asset transfer form. Why is this important? Enables fixed asset transfers to comply with India depreciation requirements.

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More information
For more information about specific features for India in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, see: TechNet Library for System administrators AX Developer Center on MSDN TechNet Library for Application Users

You can also use the WebSearch tool to search Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 content.

Features added for Japan


For installations in Japan, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 provides country-specific features that support consolidated invoices, cash flow statements, bills of exchange, financial dimensions, and the global address book (GAB). For more information about specific features for Japan, see TechNet Library for Application Users Japan.

Overview
Item Required Feature areas affected Stakeholders Description Yes All Business decision makers Technical decision makers Implementation team members ISVs/developers Partners

New functionality
Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 includes new functionality for consolidating invoices, generating cash flow statements, generating bills of exchange, and creating financial dimensions.

Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


Features for Japan have changed considerably since Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 includes new functionality for the following: Consolidated invoices Cash flow statements Bills of exchange Financial dimensions Global address book (GAB)

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Consolidated invoices
What can you do? Consolidate monthly invoices. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Not available Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 You can combine multiple posted invoices from purchase orders or sales orders, purchase or customer journals, and purchase return orders or sales return orders. After you create consolidated invoices for a vendor or a customer, you can pay the vendor or receive a payment from the customer on a monthly basis. Why is this important? Consolidated invoicing might reduce the amount of time, paper, and cost that is required for daily invoicing. It might reduce the amount of time that is required for cash posting. It might also reduce the number of invoices that have to be processed for your vendors and customers. Provides flexibility in selecting the appropriate consolidation date for your organization.

Calculate a due date for Not available a payment based on the cutoff date.

You can calculate the due date for a vendor or customer payment based on the cutoff date. The summary calculation for consolidated customer invoices is updated.

Consolidate customer invoices.

Not available

You can now set the status of consolidated invoices to the following: Unconfirmed Confirmed Settled and Partially settled

Lets you manage more complex scenarios for invoice consolidation.

Reopen consolidated vendor invoices.

Not available

You can reopen a consolidated vendor invoice.

Lets you make corrections to vendor invoices.

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What can you do? Include partially settled invoices in a consolidated invoice.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 When you create a consolidated vendor invoice, you can include amounts from partially settled invoices. Settlement may include letters of credit.

Why is this important? Consolidated invoicing might reduce the amount of time, paper, and cost that is required for daily invoicing. It might reduce the amount of time that is required for cash posting. It might also reduce the number of invoices that have to be processed for your vendors and customers.

Consolidate invoices based on the execution date instead of the consolidation date.

Not available

You can consolidate Accounts receivable (AR) invoices based on the execution date instead of the consolidation date. You can also consolidate Accounts payable (AP) invoices based on the execution date instead of the consolidation date. You can define a consolidation date for each customer.

Provides flexibility in determining the consolidation date for a consolidated invoice.

Define consolidation dates for your customers.

Not available

Automatically sets the default consolidation date when you create a consolidated customer invoice. Simplifies the consolidation of vendor invoices, payment proposals, and so on. Lets you include freetext invoice lines in a consolidated invoice.

Consolidate vendor invoices for payment proposals.

Not available

You can create consolidated invoices for payment proposals for vendors. You can include both invoice lines that are related to a purchase order and free-text invoice lines that are not related to a purchase order when you create a consolidated invoice.

Add non-purchase order Not available lines to a consolidated invoice.

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What can you do? Set a parameter to enable consolidation of invoices for Japan.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Not available

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 You can set a parameter to enable consolidation of invoices by customer. You can also set a parameter to enable consolidation of invoices by vendor.

Why is this important? Simplifies the setup for consolidated invoices.

Cash flow statements


What can you do? Generate cash flow statements by financial dimensions. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Not available Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 You can generate a cash flow statement for a financial dimension that you specify. You can also export cash flow statements to Microsoft Excel. For more information about financial dimensions, see Financial Dimensions in the Product-wide features section of this document. Why is this important? Simplifies preparation of the cash flow statement for your organization and its financial dimensions.

Bills of exchange
What can you do? Endorse a bill of exchange. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Not available Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Why is this important?

You can endorse a bill Simplifies the of exchange by settling endorsement of a bill of the bill of exchange exchange. with a status of Drawn. You can then redraw the bill of exchange and generate the endorsement accounting journal voucher.

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Financial dimensions
What can you do? Define financial dimensions for debits and credits. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Not available Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 You can define financial dimensions for debits and credits separately. The debit and credit amounts can be entered as two lines in the journal voucher. Why is this important? Simplifies reporting by financial dimension.

Global address book


What can you do? Set up phonetic names for your companies, customers, vendors, employees, and contact persons. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Not available Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 You can set up phonetic names for your companies, customers, vendors, employees, and contact persons in the global address book (GAB). You can also import the Japanese ZIP Codes or postal codes published by the Japan Postal Office in the required format. For more information about the GAB, see Address book in the Product-wide features section of this document. Why is this important? Helps ensure that the names of your companies, customers, vendors, employees, and contact persons are pronounced correctly.

More information
For more information about specific features for Japan in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, see: TechNet Library for System administrators AX Developer Center on MSDN TechNet Library for Application Users

You can also use the WebSearch tool to search Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 content.

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Features added for Russia


For installations in Russia, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 provides country-specific features that support General ledger updates, fixed asset and depreciation transactions, inventory management, customer and vendor invoicing, factures, and certain tax and regulatory reporting requirements. For more information about specific features for Russia, see TechNet Library for Application Users Russia.

Overview
Item Required Feature areas affected Stakeholders Description Yes All Business decision makers Technical decision makers Implementation team members ISVs/developers Partners

New functionality
Financial dimensions enable you to categorize transactions in the general ledger by department, cost center, and other user-defined categories. You can view financial dimensions and other details in the new subledger journal before you post transactions from source documents. You can set up budget controls for advance reports. Improved inventory features enable you to set up a default profile for retail product sales. Enter details for contracts by using a sales agreement form and a purchase agreement form. You can specify a sales agreement in a customer transaction, such as a customer settlement. You can specify a purchase agreement for a vendor transaction. A number of changes to customer and vendor invoices and the invoice process enable you to define the details that you want to post for invoice transactions. You can add lines for categories and expenses not associated with purchase orders and sales orders, and allocate order lines to multiple dimensions and ledger accounts. You can also adjust taxes on invoice lines before you post an invoice. More flexibility is provided for creating, correcting, and reporting factures and any related value-added tax (VAT). You can set up parameters to automatically update a facture for a retail sales invoice. By using a new inventory balance turnover reports, you can analyze inventory transactions by customer and by vendor.

Comparison with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009


These features have changed considerably since Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 includes changes to the following: General ledger updates Inventory management Sales and purchase agreements Customer and vendor invoicing Facture updates Reporting
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General ledger updates


What can you do? View, modify, and print transactions in subledger journal lines before posting the transactions to the general ledger. Allocate transaction lines between multiple financial dimensions. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Not available Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Generate subledger journals from source documents such as invoices, packing slips, and picking lists for customers and vendors. Before you post the transaction amounts to the general ledger, you can view or edit subledger journals by using a new method called distribution. This method allows you to allocate posting amounts between multiple financial dimensions, and change the default ledger account number or financial dimension values based on user permissions. You can also distribute amounts in an advance report. Use budget control to monitor budget funds in advance reports. Use advance reports to review actual expenses, to check the status of budget amounts for expense accounts, and to calculate expenses. You can also use advance reports to calculate the open and posted actual expenditures. Why is this important? Allows you to verify information before it is posted.

Set up budget control for advance reports.

Not available

Simplifies budget control over advance reports.

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Inventory management
What can you do? Set up a default inventory profile for retail transactions. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Not available Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Create an inventory profile that is copied by default to sales orders that are created from Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail POS transactions. The default inventory profile that is assigned to the warehouse for the retail store is also used to track inventory movements when the retail statement is calculated and posted. Why is this important? Simplifies creating sales orders for Retail transactions.

Sales and purchase agreements


What can you do? Create sales agreements and purchase agreements, and refer to agreements in transactions with customers and vendors. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Create contracts. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Enter contract information by using new sales agreement and purchase agreement forms. Specify sales and purchase agreement details in general journals, transfer orders, and customer and vendor settlements. Generate reports and statements of reconciliation for sales agreements and purchase agreements. For more information about changes to contracts for Russia, see (RUS) Contracts in the Deprecated features section of this document. Why is this important? Simplifies tracking and reporting sales agreements for customers and purchase agreements for vendors.

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Customer and vendor invoicing


What can you do? Adjust taxes on an invoice line. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Not available Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Adjust the calculated taxes in a purchase invoice before posting the invoice. Adjust an amount for a specific tax code and also on an invoice line level. Create a new invoice, define the invoice account, and select the open purchase orders and purchase lines that you want to invoice together. You can group invoices by using a common code. If one invoice in the payment group is settled, the other invoices in the group are included in the same settlement. You can update and post invoices that are grouped together. Set up credit correction parameters to post vendor invoices, purchase orders, and free text invoices for a positive amount. You can also receive messages that confirm that you are posting a positive invoice amount with an accurate correction sign. Why is this important? Enables more precise tracking to tax amounts charged by vendors and provides more accurate cost of purchased items.

Create vendor invoices by selecting open purchase orders and purchase lines when you update the facture from the Purchase orders form. Verify invoices, and then post them as a group.

Not available

Provides more flexibility for grouping purchase invoice lines.

Create a credit correction for a vendor invoice and a free text invoice.

Note available

Enables corrections to vendor invoices for both positive and negative amounts.

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What can you do? Retrieve purchase orders or product receipts in the Update facture form.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Purchase order or product receipt information was retrieved from the vendor invoice form.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Retrieve a purchase order or product receipt information from the Update facture form. You can view and select the purchase order lines with the same posting profiles, type of activity, and contract group values from the form by using the retrieve purchase orders or retrieve product receipts process when you post an invoice. You can also view and select the purchase order lines with the same posting profiles and type of activity, but with no contract group values from the Update facture form. Add lines, also called free text lines, to a vendor invoice. These lines are not associated with a purchase order. You can also create a free text invoice in which none of the lines are associated with a purchase order. You can save the free text invoice as a template. Use the template to create recurring vendor invoices for the same amount, tax group, charges, and line amounts.

Why is this important? Provides additional methods for retrieving purchase information.

Create free text lines in a vendor invoice that are not associated with a purchase order. Create recurring vendor invoices from a free text vendor invoice.

Not available

Simplifies purchases for items and services that are not related to a purchase order.

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What can you do? Create a template for a free text customer invoice. Cancel a free text invoice.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Add lines, also called free text lines, to a customer invoice. These lines are not associated with a sales order. Create a free text invoice for a customer in which none of the lines are associated with a sales order. Save the free text invoice as a template. Use the template to create recurring customer invoices for the same amount, tax group, charges, and line amounts. Cancel a free text invoice invoice rather than creating a corrective invoice.

Why is this important? Simplifies invoice processing for items and services that are not related to a sales order.

Distribute amounts in a vendor invoice line to multiple ledger accounts.

Not available

Allocate the amount on a non-inventoried or category-based purchase invoice line as an expense to a purchased item or as another expense ledger account. You can also allocate the amount on a vendor invoice line as an expense to a noninventoried or category-based purchase order line. Use a transit account to post a purchase invoice before the document date for vendor invoice is set. When a date for a vendor invoice is selected, the transit account is cleared.

Adds flexibility in recording expense amounts on a vendor invoice.

Optionally, use a transit expense account when posting a purchase invoice.

Not available

Enables you to select different dates during vendor balance and inventory posting.

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Facture updates
What can you do? Process incoming VAT and calculate exchange rate adjustments. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Not available Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Split the lines for selected factures by using a template when processing incoming VAT. You can also copy the exchange rate of the original invoice to the relevant credit note to avoid exchange adjustment calculation during invoice and credit note settlements. You can process the incoming VAT when a facture is created. The facture is recorded in the Incoming VAT processing log form. Set up Retail parameters so that a facture is automatically be updated when the sales invoice is posted and the retail statement is posted. Why is this important? Adds flexibility for recording fluctuations in exchanges rates on incoming VAT.

Automatically update factures for retail sales invoices.

Not available

Simplifies posting factures for retail sales invoices.

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Reporting
What can you do? View, analyze, and print inventory balance turnover information. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 View an inventory balance turnover report that had limited filtering options. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 The report was replaced with the Inventory balance turnover inquiry. Use the inquiry to view, analyze, and print inventory turnover information for a vendor or a customer. The inquiry provides options for filtering the information. For example, you can view inventory turnover for a specific inventory dimension. Generate balance turnover statements with collapsed balance output, expanded balance output, or both outputs. A collapsed balance output displays a summarized report of the customer or vendor balance turnovers, and the expanded balance output displays complete details of the customer or vendor balance turnovers. For more information about the deprecation of the Inventory balance turnover report, see (RUS) Inventory balance turnover report in the Deprecated features section of this document. Why is this important? Provides flexibility for analyzing inventory balance turnover information.

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More information
For more information about specific features for Russia in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, see: TechNet Library for System administrators AX Developer Center on MSDN TechNet Library for Application Users

You can also use the WebSearch tool to search Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 content.

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Deprecated features
The deprecated features section provides details about each feature that has been removed from the application in this version, or that is planned for removal in the subsequent versions. There are deprecated features in the following feature areas: Setup Server Services and AIF Client MorphX Visual Studio Business process, workflow, and analytics Human and capital management Financial management Sales and marketing Project management and accounting Supply chain management Procurement and sourcing Brazil China Eastern Europe India Japan Russia Thailand

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Microsoft Business Solutions Perimeter Network Configuration Wizard


The Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 installation CD includes the Microsoft Business Solutions Perimeter Network Configuration Wizard. However, this was removed from the installation CD for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 supports flexible authentication mechanisms, which eliminate the need to configure a perimeter network. No. The wizard is no longer included on the installation CD. Administrators should use flexible authentication, instead. All The Microsoft Business Solutions Perimeter Network Configuration Wizard has been removed from the installation CD for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. This change does not affect application upgrade.

Replaced by another feature

Modules affected Changes to installation

Changes to upgrade

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Reporting Tools and Microsoft Dynamics AX Enterprise Portal Tools


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 and earlier versions, Reporting Tools and Microsoft Dynamics AX Enterprise Portal Tools are required components that must be installed for full Microsoft Dynamics AX functionality.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 eliminates the need for custom tools and relies on Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for these functions, instead. Yes. The feature is no longer available, and standard Microsoft Visual Studio Tools can be used, instead. All Reporting Tools and Enterprise Portal Tools have been combined into Visual Studio Tools. This change does not affect application upgrade.

Replaced by another feature

Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade

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Unsupported platforms
Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 provides support for a number of operating systems and tools. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 does not provide support for certain operating systems and tools that were previously supported.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Replaced by another feature Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade Description Microsoft Dynamics AX cannot run properly using these operating systems or tools. Yes. Microsoft Dynamics AX provides support for a number of newer operating systems and tools. All This change does not affect application installation. This change may affect application upgrade depending on which features are currently in use in your environment.

Database
The database server is the computer where the SQL Server software is installed and Dynamics AX data is stored. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, the database server hosts the Dynamics AX 2012 database, the SharePoint databases, and the databases used for reporting and analytics. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 does not provide support for the following platform: SQL Server 2005

Server operating system


The following operating system is no longer supported to host server or database components in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012: Windows Server 2003

Client operating system


The following operating systems are no longer supported to host the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 client: Windows XP

Application Object Server (AOS)


Application Object Server (AOS) is the server component that runs the business logic and handles communication between the client and the database. The AOS can be hosted on all server operating systems. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 does not provide support for the following components: Visual C++ 2005 Runtime Visual C++ 2008 Runtime

Note: We support only Visual C++ 2008 SP1.


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Retail: Head-office database server


The head-office database server is the computer where the SQL Server software is installed and Microsoft Dynamics AX data is stored. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 does not provide support for the following platforms: Windows Server 2008 (x86 or x64)

Retail: Head-office and store communications servers


The head-office and store communications servers are the computers where the SQL Server software is installed and Microsoft Dynamics AX data is exchanged between the head office and the store. Microsoft Dynamics 2012 R2 does not provide support for the following platforms: Windows Server 2003 Windows Server 2008 (x86 or x64) Windows Vista (x86 or x64) Windows XP SP3 (x86)

Retail: Store database computer


The store database computer is the computer where the store data is installed and Microsoft Dynamics AX data is stored. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 does not provide support for the following platforms: Windows Vista (x86) Windows XP SP3 (x86)

Retail: Point of Sale (POS) register (with or without data)


The POS register is the computer where individual point of sale transactions take place. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 does not provide support for the following platforms: Windows Vista (x86) Windows XP SP3 (x86)

Enterprise Portal server


Also referred to as the Dynamics AX Web Server in Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0, the Enterprise Portal server provides intranet/extranet/internet access to the Dynamics AX system, which is accessible using a browser. Enterprise Portal can be hosted on supported server operating systems. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, the following components are not supported with Enterprise Portal: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

Note: Enterprise Portal can be installed only on 64-bit server operating systems because the supported versions of SharePoint Server can only be installed on 64-bit computers.

Enterprise Portal client


The following browsers are not supported for Enterprise Portal in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012: Windows Internet Explorer 6.0 Windows Internet Explorer 7.0 FireFox 2.0 FireFox 3.0 Apple Safari (all versions)

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Note: Microsoft Dynamics AX supports all browsers supported by SharePoint, with the exception of Apple Safari. All restrictions on the level 2 browser support for SharePoint apply to Enterprise Portal as well.

Analysis services integration


The computer running SQL Server Analysis Services is used for Dynamics AX cubes. The cubes in Dynamics AX 2012cannot be used with the following version of SQL Server: SQL Server 2005

Reporting services integration


The machine running SQL Server Reporting Services is used for Microsoft Dynamics AX reporting. The reports in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 cannot be used with the following version of SQL Server: SQL Server 2005

Web services on IIS


Web services on IIS, formerly Application Integration Framework (AIF) Web services, enable Microsoft Dynamics AX integration with other applications (such as CRM) or processes (such as sales order submission). The Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Web services do not provide support for the following component: .NET Framework 3.5

Synchronization proxy and synchronization service for Microsoft Project Server


The synchronization proxy coordinates data updates between a Project database and the synchronization service. The synchronization service is a Microsoft Dynamics AX server component. The synchronization proxy and the synchronization service do not provide support for the following component: Microsoft Project Server 2007

Visual Studio Tools


The Visual Studio Tools for Microsoft Dynamics AX combine all the developer tools, including the Enterprise Portal development tools, reporting tools, and the modeling tools, and allows developers to customize various Microsoft Dynamics AX artifacts using Visual Studio. In earlier versions of Microsoft Dynamics AX, these were split into Enterprise Portal development tools and reporting tools. The Visual Studio Tools do not provide support for the following component: Visual Studio 2008

More information
For more information about system requirements, see the white paper titled System requirements.

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Oracle database support


Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 provides support for the Oracle database platform. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 does not provide support for the Oracle database platform.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 does not support the Oracle database platform. Limiting database support to specific versions of the Microsoft SQL Server database platform allows for gains in AOS performance using Microsoft SQL Server specific options. The following is a list of the supported versions of the SQL Server database platform: Replaced by another feature Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade SQL Server 2008 64-Bit Enterprise SQL Server 2008 64-Bit Standard SQL Server 2008 64-Bit Enterprise SP1 SQL Server 2008 64-Bit Standard SP1 SQL Server 2008 64-Bit Enterprise SP2 SQL Server 2008 64-Bit Standard SP2 SQL Server 2008 R2 64-Bit Enterprise SQL Server 2008 R2 64-Bit Standard SQL Server 2008 R2 64-Bit Datacenter

No. Support for the Oracle database is no longer available. All This change does not affect application installation. This change does not affect application upgrade.

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Setup parameters
Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and future versions do not provide support for a number of commandline parameters.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description Support for these command line parameters is being removed because underlying feature support was removed. No. The feature is no longer available, and there is no replacement feature. All This change does not affect application installation. This change does not affect application upgrade.

Replaced by another feature Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and future versions do not provide support for the following command line parameters:

Application Region AosApplicationPath DbServerType DbOracleSchemaPassword DbOracleHostName DbOracleConnectService DbOracleDatabaseId DbOracleTCPIP DbOracleSchema InstallWorkflow RemoveWorkflow WorkflowWebSite WorkflowAosAccounts InstallReportingServicesExtensions

RemoveReportingServicesExtensions ReportingServicesConfigureIIS ReportingServicesInstance InstallAnalysisServicesExtensions AnalysisServicesInstanceName AnalysisServicesReplaceDatabases InstallEnterprisePortalTools RemoveEnterprisePortalTools InstallReportingTools RemoveReportingTools InstallComConnector RemoveComConnector InstallBizTalkAdapter RemoveBizTalkAdapter

More information
For more information about command line parameters, see the topic called Setup parameters on TechNet.

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Microsoft Dynamics AX domains


A domain in the Microsoft Dynamics AX system is a group of company accounts. You use domains to set up specific user permissions for a group of company accounts.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description Initially, the domain feature was added as a mechanism to group companies together to grant permissions to them easily without having to explicitly grant access to individual companies. This support was required because Microsoft Dynamics AX did not have a way to model the organization structure or a way to base security on an organization structure. Architectural changes in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 provide the framework to enforce security controls using the Organization Model structure, thereby making the domain feature obsolete. Yes. The feature has been removed, and a replacement feature is available. The organization model and the new extensible data security framework use the extensible data security to support hierarchies. All This change does not affect application installation. Upgrade scripts are provided that create hierarchies that are mapped to a domain and then assign the companies in the domain to a hierarchy of the same name.

Replaced by another feature

Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade

More information
For more information about the organization model and the new extensible data security framework in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, see the product-wide feature topic on Organization model and Data security. For more information about the Organization model, see the white paper titled Implementing and Extending the Organization Model in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

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Record-level security
Record-level security (RLS) builds on the restrictions enforced by user group permissions. With user group permissions, you restrict the menus, forms, and reports that members of a group can access. Record-level security enables you to restrict the information that is shown on reports and in forms.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description This feature will be deprecated in the next version of Microsoft Dynamics AX. It is still functional in the current version. A new framework for data security, called Extensible Data Security, provides all the functionality that the RLS feature provided, but provides more security controls and provides major functionality that is missing from the RLS feature. Yes. The feature was replaced by the Extensible Data Security (XDS) feature, which provides all of the capabilities that RLS provided. In addition, with XDS, developers can write more powerful queries to restrict the data that users can access. The restrictions are more secure, and they are applied not only to the UI, but at the server level, also. The restrictions can be based not only on the fields in the table that users are accessing, but on data in other tables, as well. This becomes increasingly important as the tables become more normalized in each version. All This change does not affect application installation. The existing RLS conditions are not automatically migrated to the new model because they are based on user groups and companies, whereas the new security framework is global. RLS conditions were very granular, due to the limitations of the framework. Therefore, it makes sense to manually convert them to the new framework because they can now be written more efficiently.

Replaced by another feature

Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade

More information
For more information about data security in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, see the product-wide feature topic on Data security.

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Client-side batch framework


The batch framework in Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0 and earlier versions required an active client connection to run batch jobs. End users could submit batch jobs, but the batch jobs were not run until a batch operator ran a batch processing form and left the client running while the job was run.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The functionality provided by this feature was limited. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, a new server-bound batch framework was introduced that enabled batch jobs to run on the server without requiring a client. This framework is more stable and has better performance than the client framework, and it provides a variety of new features. In addition, batch jobs can be run without consuming a client license. Yes. A new server-side batch framework was introduced in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. This framework provides all the capabilities of the client-side batch framework but is more stable, has better performance, and provides much richer functionality in terms of job scheduling and execution. The client-side batch framework is still supported in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, but support will be removed in the next version. All This change does not affect application installation. This change does not affect application upgrade.

Replaced by another feature

Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade

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Security keys and related APIs


Security keys are the permissions that control access to functionality within the application and are set for individual user groups and users. Permissions determine who can access menus, forms, reports, and tables. Developers can call the security keyrelated APIs to determine whether users have access to a particular security key and the level of access that they have.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The security model has been changed in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. The new security model uses the concept of roles, duties, and privileges. Developers can create privileges and add various securable objects to them. This change enables Microsoft Dynamics AX to move to a standard role-based security model and provides greater flexibility and manageability. Yes. The feature was removed, and a replacement feature is available. Security keys have been replaced by role-based security. Rolebased security enables a developer or administrator to create privileges, duties, and roles, and assign permissions to various resources, based on the security requirements. The framework also automatically identifies the resources being accessed by some base objects, such as forms, web controls, service operations, and reports. Developers are not required to use security keys to group these related objects. As a result, the administrator can easily grant access without having to determine which security keys were set by the developer. All of the APIs that were based on security keys were removed together with the security keys, and were replaced with APIs that identify access based on objects. All This change does not affect application installation. Any code that calls APIs to check for access to security keys or for the existence of security keys must be upgraded to use the new APIs. Objects that use security keytoconfiguration key mapping for licensing can upgrade the configuration keys for the objects by running scripts that are provided.

Replaced by another feature

Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade

More information
For more information about role-based security in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, see the product-wide feature topic on Role-based security.
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Duplicate company feature


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, the Company accounts form contains a duplicate company feature that enables a user to duplicate the data for the company.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The underlying architecture of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 was modified, and these modifications required the duplicate company feature to be deprecated. The organization model represents a paradigm shift in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, most of the application data was related to the company or DataAreaID concept, and it was easy to duplicate this data by traversing all tables where the SaveDataPerCompany metadata property was set to True. Because of the changes resulting from the new organization model, the data is not purely related to legal entities, and a company is semantically equivalent to a legal entity. The data is related to one or more types of organizations, or to none (shared tables). Therefore, the duplication of data based on the property is not valid. No. The feature is no longer available, and there is no replacement feature. Although there is no replacement duplicate company feature, a company can still be used as a template to create other companies. By using the import and export feature, users can create duplicate reference, setup, and master data by copying data between two companies. For demo data, the import and export feature can be used to replicate a company from one environment in another environment, or in the same environment. Users can also make further changes to create an appropriate demo scenario in the new company. None of the modules are directly affected. This change does not affect application installation. This change does not affect application upgrade.

Replaced by another feature

Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade

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RunBase
In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 and earlier versions, the formletter class controls the posting form (RunBase), creates parm table records and journal records, performs the actual posting, and controls printer settings.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Replaced by another feature Description The functionality provided by the RunBase framework is limited and had to be refactored. Yes. The feature has been removed, and a replacement feature is available. The RunBase framework has been replaced by the Business Operations Framework, which is more robust and has significant performance improvements. All There is no effect on application installation. There is no effect on application upgrade.

Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade

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Add Service Reference in the MorphX AOT


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 and earlier versions, the Add Service Reference feature enabled the consumption of external service references from within X++ code.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The MorphX feature, which consumed external services, had severe limitations. Because there has been a strategic shift toward making .NET development more mainstream for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, the consumption of external services is now done in Visual Studio .NET, by using the Add Service Reference feature available in Visual Studio. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 dramatically improves interoperability from .NET to X++. Yes. Use the Add Service Reference feature in Visual Studio .NET to consume the external service via a service proxy in Visual Studio .NET. The resulting managed project can be added to the AOT by using the Microsoft Dynamics AX Application Explorer, and it then becomes available for consumption in X++. All Any existing service references used in X++ code may have to be refreshed and recompiled for consumption by using the Managed Project artifacts. X++ code that references service proxies added by using Add Service Reference in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 MorphX must be revised and recompiled.

Replaced by another feature

Modules affected Changes to installation

Changes to upgrade

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AIF endpoints
The concept of AIF endpoints was previously used to group a set of policies and processing options for XML-formatted integration messages that flow in and out of Microsoft Dynamics AX.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description Major conceptual changes in Application Integration Framework (AIF) have led to a simplified model for configuring and managing integrations in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. The top-level concept counts have been reduced from about 17 to 2. Additionally, all proprietary Microsoft Dynamics AX integration concepts have been removed and replaced by industry-standard concepts. Yes. This feature has been rolled into the concept of integration ports. Ports not only subsume the concept of AIF endpoints, but they also have all of the address-related settings that were earlier set on AIF channels. All The AIF configuration that takes place during installation is easier than the configuration in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009. All proprietary Microsoft Dynamics AX concepts have been removed in favor of industry-standard concepts. Detailed documentation is planned for this area. All integration solution applications that were written to use AIF endpoints no longer function after upgrade. These applications must be recompiled after they are configured to point to the new AIF ports that replace endpoints. After upgrade, the administrator must also manually complete the configuration settings on the ports created by the upgrade.

Replaced by another feature

Modules affected Changes to installation

Changes to upgrade

More information
For more information about Services and AIF, see the product-wide feature topic Services and Application Integration Framework (AIF).

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BizTalk Adapter for Microsoft Dynamics AX


The BizTalk adapter enabled BizTalk Server to interface and integrate with Microsoft Dynamics AX AOS.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The BizTalk adapter is no longer required to interface and integrate with Microsoft Dynamics AX AOS. Therefore, the BizTalk adapter is not shipped with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. All integrations that currently use this adapter must be recompiled and reconfigured to use the built-in WCF adapter that shipped with BizTalk Server starting with BizTalk Server 2006 R2. This feature was deprecated because it was no longer necessary. All services in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 are 100 percent WCFcompliant. Because all services are WCFcompliant, the BizTalk Server can directly communicate with Microsoft Dynamics AX by using the built-in WCF adapter. An external additional adapter component is no longer required. Application Integration Framework (AIF) Any existing integration solutions involving BizTalk orchestrations through the BizTalk adapter must be updated to use the WCF adapter instead. These orchestrations must be recompiled and redeployed. Existing BizTalk orchestrations that use the Microsoft Dynamics AX BizTalk adapter generate errors and fail after upgrade.

Replaced by another feature

Modules affected Changes to installation

Changes to upgrade

More information
For more information about Services and AIF, see the product-wide feature topic Services and Application Integration Framework (AIF).

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Data Crawler
In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, the Data Crawler provided data search capabilities.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The Data Crawler has been deprecated in favor of a different search mechanism in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Yes. The Data Crawler has been replaced by the Search feature, which enables searching across data and metadata (forms and reports). Client This change does not affect application installation. This change does not affect application upgrade.

Replaced by another feature

Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade

More information
For information about Enterprise Search in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, see the Enterprise Search content on TechNet.

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DynamicsAXGeneralLedgerClass Members
The DynamicsAXGeneralLedger class contains methods to enable opening specific forms within the application. Due to changes in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, two members need to be replaced to enable access to new functionality. If these members are called on a Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 installation they will return failure. This applies to the following members: OpenGeneralLedgerBudgetWindow OpenGeneralLedgerTransactionWindow

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The data model for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 has significantly changed interaction with certain forms and classes. The existing members of the class do not allow for passing the necessary information to Microsoft Dynamics AX to open forms with the proper context. Yes. Two new members will be added to the DynamicsAXGeneralLedger class to replace Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 functionality. The signature of these members will enable passing all necessary information to open forms with the correct context. All This change does not affect application installation. This change does not affect application upgrade.

Replaced by another feature

Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade

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.chm Help files


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 and earlier versions, Help content was available in the HTML Help Files node in the AOT, in the form of .chm files.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The functionality provided by this feature was limited. A new Help system that provides improved customization scenarios is replacing the legacy system. Yes. The feature is no longer available, and a replacement feature is available. The HTML-based Help files are being replaced with a more robust Help server that provides Help content to all clients from a centralized location, in HTML and other formats. Modules affected Changes to installation All A web service that hosts the Help content is installed when setup.exe is executed.

Replaced by another feature

To plan for the installation, verify that you have an IIS server that can host the Help server. Changes to upgrade Legacy properties and elements in the AOT are removed during the upgrade.

To plan for the upgrade, verify that you have an IIS server that can host the Help server.

More information
For more information about the Help Server, see the product-wide feature topic Help server.

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X++ Reporting Framework


Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 and earlier versions supported the X++ reporting framework, which was used to create custom reports in Microsoft Dynamics AX. The X++ reporting framework is being deprecated in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and will not be available in future versions.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The functionality provided by the X++ reporting framework was deprecated for the following reasons: Replaced by another feature Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade Lack of charting. Lack of support of using non-Microsoft Dynamics AX datasources. Lack of support for interactive reports. It is a non-industry standard solution.

SQL Server Reporting Services is now the primary reporting platform for Microsoft Dynamics AX. All This change does not affect application installation. When you upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, reports based on the X++ reporting framework are copied to the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 system, but they are not upgraded. We recommend that you use a Reporting Services report (provided with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012) as a template and customize it to meet your needs.

More information
For more information about reporting changes in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, see the product-wide feature topic on Reporting.

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Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 reports


Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description SQL Server Reporting Services is now the primary reporting platform for Microsoft Dynamics AX. The out-of-the-box reports that are provided with Microsoft Dynamics AX have been converted so that they run on the Reporting Services platform. All reports were evaluated, and some reports are not being provided in this version, because, for example, multiple reports were consolidated into a single Reporting Services report, or the same data can be printed from a form. SQL Server Reporting Services All This change does not affect application installation. Reports are copied but are not upgraded from Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

Replaced by another feature Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade

More information
For information about the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 mapping to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 reports, see Mapping Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Reports to the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Version. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and future versions will not provide the reports in the table below. This list of reports is preliminary, based on current expectations, and is subject to change without notice.

Deprecated reports
Deprecated reports ACOWrkCenterCapacity_BR AssetBalanceReportColumn s AssetBookCompare AssetTaxStatistic AxdGenerateAxdQueryHelp er BankCheque_BR BankReconciliation BankStatement11 BOMCostGroupSource CCStatReport Cheque Deprecated reports KMActionPlan KMBSCOverview KMCollection KMConnectionType KMEPQuestionnaireResultGroupGra ph KMEPQuestionnaireResultReport KMEPQuestionnaireStatisticsLineLis t KMGamePlan KMGameplanLastNews KMKnowledgeAccountSched KMKnowledgeAccountStatement Deprecated reports SalesFreightSlip SalesPackingSlip SMAAccrueperiodLineReport SMACustomerSchedule SMAHourConsumption SMARepairByTechnician SMARepairObjectHistory SMAResolutionByDiagnosis SMAResolutionBySymptom SMASalesPriceSubscription SMAServiceAgreement

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Deprecated reports Chequelayoutreport_BR CompositeTestReport COSEDSStructure COSHierarchy COSLedgerReference_LT_C LT_Rep COSLineStructure COSVersion CustInPaymNO CustInterestNote CustPhoneList CustReportTransferPrice_B R CustVendCommunicationRe port_IT ReplaceThisText CustVendOutPaymNL_Disk etteLabels DimensionSetRulePerCollec tion DimensionSetRulePerHierar chy DispatchDocuement EFDocContingencyDanfe_B R EFiscalDocContingencyMod e_BR EPCustRevenue EPCustRevenue EPEmplTableList EPInventTableByQty EPInventTableBySales EPInventTableByTime EPProjJournalTransEmpl EPSalesByPerson EUSalesListBE ForecastPurch

Deprecated reports KMKnowledgeJournal KMKnowledgeOpenTransaction KMKnowledgeTableIndicator KMQuestionnaireStatisticsResultPri nt LedgerAccountSum_FR LedgerBalanceSheetDimPrint LedgerBalanceSheetDimPrint LedgerBalanceSheetDimPrint_CN LedgerBalanceSheetPrint LedgerBalanceSheetPrint LedgerBudgetReport LedgerBudgetReportWithRevisions LedgerBudgetTrans LedgerInAccountStatementAT_EDI FACT LedgerTransAccountVoucher_FR LoTestResult LoTestRLSLoTestResult NewINDRG23APartILoTestRLSLoTe stResult NewINDRG23APartIINewINDRG23 APartILoTestRLS NonSalaryReturnNewINDRG23APar tIINewINDRG23APartI NumberSequenceReferenceNonSal aryReturnNewINDRG23APartII PBAPartOfNumberSequenceRefere nceNonSalaryReturn PBAPrintGraphicPBAPartOfNumber SequenceReference PBAPrintGraphicSalesQuotationTab lePBAPrintGraphicPBAPartOf PBAPrintGraphicSalesTablePBAPrin tGraphicSalesQuotationTablePBAPr intGraphic PBAUserProfilesPBAPrintGraphicSal esTablePBAPrintGraphicSalesQuota tionTable PositionPBAUserProfilesPBAPrintGr aphicSalesTable PriceDiscCustExternPositionPBAUse rProfiles

Deprecated reports SMAServiceBOMHistory SMAServiceBOMLines SMAServiceContract SMAServiceLevelAgreement SMAServiceObjects SMAServiceOrder SMAServiceOrderCounters SMAServiceStageProgress SMAServiceTasks SMASubscriptionCreateReport SMASubscriptionReport SMATemplateBOMLines smmActivityListDate smmActivityNone smmActivityPerQuotation smmActivityTurnover smmBusRelsmmActivityTurnover smmBusRelActivitiessmmBusRelsm mActivityTurnover smmBusRelActivityLastsmmBusRel ActivitiessmmBusRel smmBusRelContactssmmBusRelActi vityLastsmmBusRelActivities smmBusRelTurnoversmmBusRelCo ntactssmmBusRelActivityLast smmCampaignTargetsmmBusRelTu rnoversmmBusRelContacts smmCampaignTargetResponsesmm CampaignTargetsmmBusRelTurnov er smmPhoneInboundCallssmmCampa ignTargetResponsesmmCampaignT arget smmPhoneOutboundCallssmmPhon eInboundCallssmmCampaignTarget Response smmQuotationPrognosisLostCauses mmPhoneOutboundCallssmmPhone InboundCalls smmQuotationPrognosisProdsmmQ uotationPrognosisLostCausesmmPh oneOutboundCalls smmQuotationPrognosisSalessmm QuotationPrognosisProdsmmQuotat ionPrognosisLostCause

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Deprecated reports ForecastPurchActual ForecastPurchItem ForecastSales ForecastSalesActual FreeTextInvoice_BR FSHDiscountOfferTable FSHEndOfLifeCycleReport HRMCourseCertificate HRMDueLoan HRMEducationGroup HRMEmployeeEmployment Dismiss HRMEmplResponsibility HRMEPAbsenceEmplDue HRMEPCourseCalendar HRMEPCourseSessionTrack HRMEPCourseType HRMEPCourseTypeHRMEPC ourseType HRMEPCourseTypeHRMEPC ourseTypeGroup HRMEPCourseTypeGroupHR MEPDueLoan HRMEPDueLoanHRMEPEmpl oyeeCV HRMEPEmployeeCVHRMEP GoalAlarm HRMEPGoalAlarmHRMEPVir tualNetworkDueCertificate HRMEPVirtualNetworkDueC ertificateHRMEPVirtualNetw orkIdByOrganization HRMEPVirtualNetworkIdBy OrganizationHRMTeamsBy

Deprecated reports PriceDiscTablePriceDiscCustExtern Position PriceListPriceDiscTablePriceDiscCus tExtern PriceListAllPriceListPriceDiscTable ProdBalanceAccountPriceListAllPric eList ProdCalcVarianceTransProdBalance AccountPriceListAll ProdDelayProdCalcVarianceTransPr odBalanceAccount ProdEfficiencyProcessProdDelayPro dCalcVarianceTrans ProdGroupProdEfficiencyProcessPro dDelay ProdInProcessCosting_NAProdGrou pProdEfficiencyProcess ProdJobCardProdInProcessCosting_ NAProdGroup ProdJournalBOMProdJobCardProdIn ProcessCosting_NA ProdJournalJobProdJournalBOMPro dJobCard ProdJournalProdProdJournalJobPro dJournalBOM ProdJournalRouteProdJournalProdP rodJournalJob ProdLedgerConciliationProdJournal RouteProdJournalProd ProdParmCostEstimationProdLedge rConciliationProdJournalRoute ProdParmHistoricalCostProdParmC ostEstimationProdLedgerConciliatio n ProdParmJobSchedulingProdParmH istoricalCostProdParmCostEstimati on ProdParmOprSchedulingProdParmJ obSchedulingProdParmHistoricalCo st ProdParmReleaseProdParmOprSch edulingProdParmJobScheduling ProdParmReportFinishedProdParm ReleaseProdParmOprScheduling ProdParmStartUpProdParmReportFi nishedProdParmRelease ProdTableJourProdParmStartUpPro dParmReportFinished

Deprecated reports smmQuotationPrognosisWonCauses mmQuotationPrognosisSalessmmQ uotationPrognosisProd smmSalesUnitMemberssmmQuotati onPrognosisWonCausesmmQuotatio nPrognosisSales smmTMCallListsmmSalesUnitMemb erssmmQuotationPrognosisWonCau se smmTMCallListStatussmmTMCallLis tsmmSalesUnitMembers smmTMCallListTelemarketingRespo nsesmmTMCallListStatussmmTMCal lList SuppItemTablesmmTMCallListTele marketingResponsesmmTMCallListS tatus SysFilePrintoutSuppItemTablesmm TMCallListTelemarketingResponse SysHelpIndexBrokenLinksSysFilePri ntoutSuppItemTable SysHelpIndexNoPagesSysHelpIndex BrokenLinksSysFilePrintout SysHelpIndexPagesWithoutKeyword sSysHelpIndexNoPagesSysHelpInde xBrokenLinks SysPrintCodeSysHelpIndexPagesWi thoutKeywordsSysHelpIndexNoPag es SysRecordLevelSecuritySysPrintCod eSysHelpIndexPagesWithoutKeywor ds SysReportAutoSysRecordLevelSecu ritySysPrintCode SysSecuritySysReportAutoSysRecor dLevelSecurity SysSQLCheckSetupSysSecuritySys ReportAuto SysSqlStatusSysSQLCheckSetupSy sSecurity SysTestJobTableSysSqlStatusSysS QLCheckSetup SysUserLoginSysTestJobTableSysS qlStatus TaxDeviation_BESysUserLoginSysT estJobTable TaxListDiskReportBETaxDeviation_ BESysUserLogin TaxPackagingTaxCustTaxListDiskRe portBETaxDeviation_BE TaxPurchaseTaxDetailsTaxPackagin gTaxCustTaxListDiskReportBE TaxReconciliationReportTaxPurchas eTaxDetailsTaxPackagingTaxCust
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Deprecated reports Organization HRMTeamsByOrganization HRMVirtualNetworkDevelop mentPlan HRMVirtualNetworkDevelop mentPlanHRMVirtualNetwor kGroup HRMVirtualNetworkGroupH RMVirtualNetworkIdByJob HRMVirtualNetworkIdByJob INDExciseCENVATCredit INDExciseCENVATCreditIN DExciseER INDExciseERINDPLARegiste r INDPLARegisterINDReceipt INDReceiptINDReport26 INDReport26INDReport27E INDReport27EINDRG23APa rtI INDRG23APartIINDRG23AP artII INDRG23APartIIINDRG23A PartIIReport INDRG23APartIIReportIND RG23APartIIReportN INDRG23APartIIReportNIN DRG23APartINew INDRG23APartINewINDRG 23APartIReportN INDRG23APartIReportNIND RG23CPartI INDRG23CPartIINDRG23CP artII INDRG23CPartIIINDRG23C PartIIReportN INDRG23CPartIIReportNIN DRG23CPartIReportN INDRG23CPartIReportNIND RG23D INDRG23DINDTDSCustTran s INDTDSCustTransINDTDSC ustTransSum INDTDSCustTransSumInve ntBatchExpired InventBatchExpiredInventD imAXReportAdapterTest InventDimAXReportAdapter
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Deprecated reports ProdTablePostingCostingProdTableJ ourProdParmStartUp ProdVarianceProdTablePostingCosti ngProdTableJour ProjInvoiceProdVarianceProdTableP ostingCosting ProjListPriceCostProjInvoiceProdVa riance ProjListPriceHourCostProjListPriceC ostProjInvoice ProjListPriceHourSalesProjListPrice HourCostProjListPriceCost ProjListPriceRevenueSalesProjListP riceHourSalesProjListPriceHourCost ProjListProjConsumptionProjActivit yProjListPriceRevenueSalesProjList PriceHourSales ProjListProjCustTableProjListProjCo nsumptionProjActivityProjListPrice RevenueSales ProjListProjProfitLossProjActivityPr ojListProjCustTableProjListProjCons umptionProjActivity ProjListProjTransLayoutProjListProj ProfitLossProjActivityProjListProjCu stTable ProjListProjWIPProjActivityProjListP rojTransLayoutProjListProjProfitLos sProjActivity ProjListTransHourProjListProjWIPPr ojActivityProjListProjTransLayout ProjPriceListProjListTransHourProjL istProjWIPProjActivity PurchBlanketProjPriceListProjListTr ansHour PurchCollectionLetterListPurchBlan ketProjPriceList PurchHeadingPurchCollectionLetter ListPurchBlanket PurchInvoice_BRPurchHeadingPurc hCollectionLetterList PurchInvoiceNF_BRPurchHeading PurchLinesExtendedPurchInvoiceN F_BR PurchPackingSlipPurchLinesExtend edPurchInvoiceNF_BR PurchPurchaseOrderPurchPackingS lipPurchLinesExtended PurchSupplyCapacityPurchPurchas eOrderPurchPackingSlip PurchVariencesVendorPurchSupply CapacityPurchPurchaseOrder RAssetReportInventoryCardPurchV

Deprecated reports TaxReport_UKTaxReconciliationRep ortTaxPurchaseTaxDetails TaxReportEdivatTaxReport_UKTaxR econciliationReport TaxReporting_THTaxReportEdivatT axReport_UK TaxWithholdMonthlyReportITTaxRe porting_THTaxReportEdivat TDSReport27_INTaxWithholdMonthl yReportITTaxReporting_TH TradeBLWIReportTDSReport27_INT axWithholdMonthlyReportIT TrvAdvanceReturnTradeBLWIReport TDSReport27_IN TrvEmplAdvanceTrvAdvanceReturn TradeBLWIReport TrvEmplBalanceTrvEmplAdvanceTrv AdvanceReturn TrvExpenseListTrvEmplBalanceTrvE mplAdvance TrvRequisitionTrvExpenseListTrvEm plBalance tutorial_ColourLinesTrvRequisitionT rvExpenseList tutorial_CustomizedSumDescription tutorial_ColourLinesTrvRequisition tutorial_Datetutorial_CustomizedSu mDescriptiontutorial_ColourLines tutorial_FontInfotutorial_Datetutori al_CustomizedSumDescription tutorial_HelloWorldtutorial_FontInfo tutorial_Date tutorial_Joinstutorial_HelloWorldtut orial_FontInfo tutorial_Joinstutorial_HelloWorld tutorial_JoinsExtendedtutorial_Join s tutorial_NotesSpanningPagestutoria l_JoinsExtended tutorial_Positioningtutorial_NotesSp anningPagestutorial_JoinsExtended tutorial_Prompttutorial_Positioningt utorial_NotesSpanningPages tutorial_Propertiestutorial_Promptt utorial_Positioning tutorial_Resettutorial_Propertiestut orial_Prompt tutorial_Resourcestutorial_Resettut

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Deprecated reports TestInventDimPhys InventDimPhysInventDimP osted InventDimPostedInventFisc alLIFOValuation InventFiscalLIFOValuationI nventGroupPhys InventGroupPhysInventGro upPosted InventGroupPostedInventJ ournalTrans InventJournalTransInventJ ournalTransTransfer InventJournalTransTransfer InventoryLedger InventoryLedgerInventPack agingMaterialFeeCalc InventPackagingMaterialFe eCalcInventPackagingMater ialWeights InventPackagingMaterialWe ightsInventPackagingMateri alWeightsPurch InventPackagingMaterialWe ightsPurchInventProdComR 2 InventProdComR2InventPr odComR3 InventProdComR3InventPr odComR4 InventProdComR4InventPr odComR5 InventProdComR5InventPr odComR6 InventProdComR6InventSit eActivate InventSiteActivateInventSit eDimensionLinkAccountVali dation InventSiteDimensionLinkAc countValidationInventSpec Phys InventSpecPhysInventSpec Posted InventSpecPostedInventSt dCostVariance InventStdCostVarianceInve ntTransList

Deprecated reports ariencesVendorPurchSupplyCapacit y ReqExplosionRAssetReportInventor yCardPurchVariencesVendor ReqPOReqExplosionRAssetReportIn ventoryCard ReqTransOverviewReqPOReqExplo sion ReturnCycleTimeReqTransOvervie wReqPO ReturnStatRankingReturnCycleTim eReqTransOverview ReturnVolumeReturnStatRankingR eturnCycleTime RFIDInventSerialLabelsReturnVolu meReturnStatRanking RFIDPalletLabelsRFIDInventSerialL abelsReturnVolume RG23APartIRFIDPalletLabelsRFIDIn ventSerialLabels RG23CPartIRG23APartIRFIDPalletL abels RouteCostCategoryRG23CPartIRG2 3APartI RouteCostCategoryOverviewRoute CostCategoryRG23CPartI RouteOprRouteCostCategoryOvervi ewRouteCostCategory RouteOprPartOfRouteRouteOprRou teCostCategoryOverview RouteOprTableRouteOprPartOfRout eRouteOpr RouteTableRouteOprTableRouteOp rPartOfRoute RouteVersionRouteTableRouteOprT able SalesBlanketRouteVersionRouteTa ble SalesByStateSalesBlanketRouteVer sion SalesContractShipmentSalesByStat eSalesBlanket SalesCustItemStatisticsSalesContr actShipmentSalesByState

Deprecated reports orial_Properties tutorial_RunbaseReporttutorial_Res ourcestutorial_Reset tutorial_RunbaseReportStdtutorial_ RunbaseReporttutorial_Resources tutorial_SectionTemplateCusttutori al_RunbaseReportStdtutorial_Runb aseReport tutorial_SectionTemplateVendtutori al_SectionTemplateCusttutorial_Ru nbaseReportStd tutorial_SumPerSubFieldtutorial_Se ctionTemplateVendtutorial_Section TemplateCust tutorial_SumPerSubFieldDatetutoria l_SumPerSubFieldtutorial_SectionT emplateVend VENDORINDReport26tutorial_SumP erSubFieldDatetutorial_SumPerSub Field VendReportTransferPrice_BRVENDO RINDReport26tutorial_SumPerSubF ieldDate WarrantyCreditNoteVendReportTra nsferPrice_BRVENDORINDReport26 WarrantyDebitNoteWarrantyCreditN oteVendReportTransferPrice_BR WMSShipmentAddressesWarrantyD ebitNoteWarrantyCreditNote WMSShipmentAddressesTransferOr dersWMSShipmentAddressesWarra ntyDebitNote WorkCalendarWMSShipmentAddres sesTransferOrdersWMSShipmentAd dresses WorkTimeWorkCalendarWMSShipm entAddressesTransferOrders WrkCtrGroupsWorkTimeWorkCalen dar WrkCtrGroupsLedgerWrkCtrGroups WorkTime WrkCtrPartOfOperationWrkCtrGrou psLedgerWrkCtrGroups WrkCtrPartOfProdRouteWrkCtrPart OfOperationWrkCtrGroupsLedger WrkCtrPartOfTaskGroupWrkCtrPart OfProdRouteWrkCtrPartOfOperation WrkCtrPropertyWrkCtrPartOfTaskGr oupWrkCtrPartOfProdRoute WrkCtrTaskGroupWrkCtrPropertyW rkCtrPartOfTaskGroup

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Deprecated reports InventTransListInventTrans List InventTransListInventTrans OnOrder InventTransOnOrderInvent TransOrdered InventTransOrderedIT_Inv entFiscalLIFOInternal IT_InventFiscalLIFOInterna lJob JobKMAction KMActionKMActionAlarm KMActionAlarm

Deprecated reports SalesDeliverySlip_BRSalesCustIte mStatisticsSalesContractShipment smmLeadSummaryBySourceType1 SalesDeliverySlip_BRSalesCustIte mStatistics smmLeadSummaryBySourceTypeD etail2smmLeadSummaryBySourceT ype3SalesDeliverySlip_BR SalesInvoice_BRsmmLeadSummar yBySourceTypeDetail4smmLeadSu mmaryBySourceType5 SalesInvoice_BRsmmLeadSummar yBySourceTypeDetail6 SalesInvoice_BR

Deprecated reports XRefNamesReferenceWrkCtrTaskGr oupWrkCtrProperty xRefPathCountXRefNamesReferenc eWrkCtrTaskGroup xRefPathCountXRefNamesReferenc e xRefPathCount

Removed in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 because the Lead Analysis report provides the same information. 2 Ibid. 3 Ibid. 4 Ibid. 5 Ibid. 6 Ibid.
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Application Hierarchy Tree (AHT)


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, the Application Hierarchy Tree is used to inspect types and their hierarchical structure, such as a class that extends another class.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The Application Hierarchy Tree was based on a Help control that has been deprecated in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Yes. The code has been rewritten and the feature is now called the Type Hierarchy Browser. The overall user interface remains the same, but the tool is now hosted inside the MorphX environment as an MDI child. The tool has also been extended to support table inheritance and navigation to listed element members, such as methods. Furthermore, a dockable variant, called the Type Hierarchy Context, can be used to provide contextual hierarchy information when users navigate the AOT. Developer and Partner Tools This change does not affect application installation. This change does not affect application upgrade.

Replaced by another feature

Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade

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Code Explorer
In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, the Code Explorer enables code and the components of application objects to be browsed by using hyperlinks.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The Code Explorer was based on a Help control that has been deprecated in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Because of the overlap with the Application Hierarchy Tree and its replacement, the Code Explorer was not ported. No. The feature is no longer available, and there is no replacement feature. Developer and Partner Tools This change does not affect application installation. This change does not affect application upgrade.

Replaced by another feature Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade

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Print from AOT and Editor


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, users can print AOT nodes as .xpo content and code as a report.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The capability to print relied on non-SSRS reporting support, which is deprecated in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Because the feature mainly (except in the case of code) prints .xpo content, which can be manually printed, and because the feature is infrequently used, no investment has been made to implement support in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. No. The feature is no longer available, and there is no replacement feature. As a workaround, nodes can be exported as .xpo files and then printed manually. Developer and Partner Tools This change does not affect application installation. This change does not affect application upgrade.

Replaced by another feature

Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade

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X++ editor
In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, the X++ editor is used to write X++ code in MorphX.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The X++ editor had limited capabilities and was deprecated to make way for a new implementation of the X++ editor, with new features. Yes. The feature has been deprecated, and a new X++ editor, based on the Visual Studio 2010 editor control, has been introduced. Although the editor script extension is still supported, extensions to the legacy editor UI are no longer supported. Developer and Partner Tools This change does not affect application installation. This change does not affect application upgrade.

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AOD files replaced by SQL Server repository


The layer-based application object files (AOD files) have been replaced by a dedicated SQL Server database, which is referred to as the model store. All application elements are in the model store. For developers, the storage is transparent. The Setup program creates the model store by using the application elements from Microsoft.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The use of a state-of-the-art database back end, such as SQL Server, made the proprietary database (the application object database and its AOD files) a bottleneck in terms of development, maintenance, and performance. Yes. AOD files and the proprietary database have been replaced by the SQL Server database. AOD files from Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 and Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0 can be loaded into the model store during upgrade or later from the Developer menu in MorphX. AXUTIL.EXE is a command-line tool for managing metadata that is in transit, such as for exporting, installing, and even uninstalling metadata. Modules affected Changes to installation Developer and Partner Tools The required changes are handled by the Setup program, which installs the models (the new logical packaging of metadata) in the model store in SQL Server. The model store is an integral part of the application database. The upgrade process is semantically very similar to the process in previous versions, but a few new steps are required. The AOD files and directories are no longer copied from the previous version to the application directory, but must now be imported into the model database. In addition, we recommend that you import them into a secondary database named the alternate database, which effectively mimics the directory for code compare.

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Split layer functionality in the AOT


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, you could view multiple layers in the AOT.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, the capability to view multiple layers in the AOT has been deprecated because the feature was infrequently used and tended to cause instability in the MorphX environment.

Replaced by another feature

No. The feature is no longer available. For most of the known use cases, the Code Compare tool is a valid replacement and is easily accessible by pressing CTRL+G. Developer and Partner Tools This change does not affect application installation. This change does not affect application upgrade.

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Team Server
In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, the ID server, called the Team Server, hosts the allocation of new object IDs. The Team Server can be shared from multiple Application Object Server (AOS) installations to provide unique assignment of IDs across multiple project development environments.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description With the introduction of installation-specific IDs, the IDs of tables, classes, and other ID-based AOT elements are now assigned at installation time, not at development time. No. The feature is no longer available because it has become obsolete. The Team Server can no longer be installed. Developer and Partner Tools This change does not affect application installation. This change does not affect application upgrade.

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Visual SourceSafe
Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 and earlier versions support Microsoft Visual SourceSafe as a version control mechanism.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description Support for Visual SourceSafe for version control is being removed in favor of Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 201, because Team Foundation Server provides enhanced functionality. Support for Visual SourceSafe remains in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, but will be removed in the next version of Microsoft Dynamics AX. We recommend that you now use Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010 instead of Visual SourceSafe. White papers about upgrade paths from Visual SourceSafe to Team Foundation Server are available on PartnerSource. All, including the development workspace. This change does not affect application installation. This change does not affect application upgrade.

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Reporting Project
In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, a Reporting Project is used when users edit .moxl files, which are representations of report models in files.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, the development experience is being aligned with repository-centric development for Microsoft Dynamics AX. Therefore, all model data is stored in the repository and directly edited on the repository. Yes. A new project, called Model Project, enables direct editing of any reporting data on the repository, without requiring local .moxl files. Developer and Partner Tools None. This feature is installed as a Visual Studio integration during setup. This change does not affect application upgrade.

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The X++ Workflow API


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, the X++ Workflow API is used to programmatically create workflows.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Replaced by another feature Description The functionality provided by this feature was limited. Yes. The feature was deprecated, and a replacement feature is available. The X++ Workflow API was replaced by the managed workflow API because the following features were planned for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012: Additional workflow features, such as advanced flow controls A new managed workflow editor, which required a managed programmatic interface

Therefore, the entire workflow API was refactored as a managed API, and support for the new workflow features and workflow editor was added. Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade Business process and workflow This change does not affect application installation. This change does not affect application upgrade.

More information
For more information about workflow, see the Workflow section in the appendix.

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SQL Server Report Builder integration with Microsoft Dynamics AX report models
SQL Server Report Builder is a tool distributed with SQL Server Reporting Services. It enables a user to create simple reports by using Microsoft Dynamics AX data. This feature was introduced in Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0 and was also included in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description This feature was very infrequently used, and was difficult to set up and configure. Reports created by using this feature performed poorly in real-life scenarios. This feature is no longer available in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 supports ad-hoc reporting by using OLAP cubes. Business users can also leverage the capabilities of Excel PowerPivot to generate ad-hoc business reports. All This change does not affect application installation. This change does not affect application upgrade.

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Payment services using Authorize.Net


Integration with two payment services was introduced in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009Authorize.Net and Payment Services for Microsoft Dynamics ERP. For Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, only Payment Services for Microsoft Dynamics ERP will be supported.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description Cybersource has purchased Authorize.Net and we anticipate that those services will be integrated into their suite of products at some future date. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, we are now offering a single of point of access to Cybersource through Payment Services for Microsoft Dynamics ERP. No. The feature is no longer available and there is no replacement feature. Accounts payable Accounts receivable Changes to installation The installation of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 will not change. However, Authorize.Net will no longer appear as a valid payment service. A hotfix will be released for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 that will allow customers to switch from Authorize.Net to Payment Services for Microsoft Dynamics ERP. After a customer has obtained an account with Payment Services for Microsoft Dynamics ERP, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 will continue to use Authorize.Net to process existing sales orders with credit cards that have been authorized using Authorize.Net. All new orders will be processed using Payment Services for Microsoft Dynamics ERP.

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More information
For more information about payment services in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, see the product-wide feature Payment Services for Microsoft Dynamics ERP.

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Ledger budget
In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, Ledger budget is the name of the form and table where budget amounts for ledger accounts are captured.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The budget functionality in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 was rewritten and extended to include additional functionality, such as budget control. Yes. Ledger budget has been replaced by budget register entries. Budget register entries enable budget amounts to be entered by using a header/line concept. An organization can do the following: Determine which dimensions are available for budgeting. Define budget codes that relate to budget types for an additional audit trail of changes to a budget. Allocate a budget across periods. Allocate a budget across dimensions. Replicate budget amounts. Use a web service for integrations to budget register entries. Use the budget transaction approval workflow. Use the Budget versus actual inquiry and report. Create budget register entries by using Project, Demand, Supply, and Fixed asset budgets.

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Note: In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, a user could also transfer cost accounting budgets to Ledger budget. This is not supported in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 because the new dimension framework was not implemented in cost accounting in a way that enables data to flow outside of cost accounting. Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade Budgeting This change does not affect application installation. Preprocessing converts Ledger budget records to budget register entries in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

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More information
For more information about budgeting and budget control, see the product-wide feature topics Budgeting and budget control and Ledger and subledger lines and distributions.

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Financial dimensions and LedgerTable


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 and earlier versions, the LedgerTable form and table are used to create the chart of accounts. Financial dimensions enabled dimensions and dimension codes to be created and maintained for use on financial transactions.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Replaced by another feature Description A new financial dimension framework has been implemented. Yes. The feature is no longer available and has been replaced with a new financial dimension framework. All This change does not affect application installation. The upgrade process includes pre-upgrade steps for merging accounts and dimensions that have conflicts.

Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade

More information
For more information about financial dimensions, see the product-wide feature topic Financial dimensions.

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EPBookkeeperRoleCenter
In Microsoft Dynamics AX, users are assigned to Role Centers based on user profiles, which are sets of default information for a specific role in the organization. Each user is assigned to a user profile, and a Role Center is specified for each profile. The Bookkeeper role is responsible for tasks, such as creating and paying vendor invoices, creating sales invoices, billing customers, recording customer payments, depositing payments into bank accounts, reconciling bank statements, printing financial statements, and closing the books at the end of the month. Default user profile: Bookkeeper Role Center page name: EPBookkeeperRoleCenter

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description From the perspective of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 security roles, there is no Bookkeeper role. Therefore, the Bookkeeper role has been removed from BI cubes, and the Bookkeeper Role Center and the underlying Web parts have also been removed. In general, Role Centers themselves do not have security, but the securable items displayed on a Role Center may. The Accountant role has been identified as equivalent to the Bookkeeper role, based on the similarity of duties and privileges. No. The feature is no longer available, and there is no replacement feature. Business Intelligence Client Enterprise Portal General ledger Changes to installation Changes to upgrade This change does not affect application installation. This change does not affect application upgrade.

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More information
For more information about Role Centers, see: http://www.microsoft.com/dynamics/en/us/using/axfinance-role-center.aspx

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ExchangeRates
In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, the ExchRates table and form are used to create and maintain currencies and their exchange rates.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Replaced by another feature Description New shared currency and exchange rate functionality has replaced the ExchRates table. Yes. The feature is no longer available, and has been replaced with shared currencies and exchange rates. All This change does not affect application installation. As part of the pre-upgrade process, the user can fix any conflicts. For example, a conflict occurs if the same currency is used in multiple companies, but it is set up differently in each company.

Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade

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LedgerTrans table
In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, the LedgerTrans table holds the posted General ledger detail, which includes the vouchers, dates, ledger account, dimension codes, posting layer, and amounts.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description Because of architectural changes in the application, this table had to be refactored to support the new financial dimension and subledger journal frameworks. Yes. The feature has been deprecated, and the following new tables replace the LedgerTrans table: Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade All This change does not affect application installation. The LedgerTrans records are upgraded to the new data model, except in virtual companies, where the LedgerTrans table is in a TableCollection. If the LedgerTrans table is used in a virtual company setup, the upgrade fails, and you are instructed to contact your Partner or Support. The records must be moved out of the virtual company before upgrade. GeneralJournalEntry GeneralJournalAccountEntry LedgerEntryJournal LedgerEntry SubledgerVoucherGeneralJournalEntry LedgerEntryJournalizing

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More information
For more information about ledger and subledger lines, see the product-wide feature topic Ledger and subledger lines and distributions.

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LedgerPeriod
In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, the LedgerPeriod table and form are used to create and maintain the fiscal periods for a company.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description Global organizations operate as different legal entities in different geographical areas. However, they share a lot of data, such as charts of accounts, currencies, exchange rates, and calendars. Defining this reference and master data once and sharing it across legal entities reduces the cost of maintaining such data across the organization. However, ledger periods, and the associated AssetCalendar tables, did not provide sufficient support for this scenario and have been replaced with more robust shared fiscal calendars. The following tables have been deprecated: Replaced by another feature Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade AssetCalendar AssetCalendarPeriod AssetCalendarYear LedgerPeriod

Yes. The feature is no longer available and has been replaced with shared fiscal calendars. All This change does not affect application installation. Existing ledger periods and fixed asset calendars are upgraded to the new fiscal calendars. There is a pre-upgrade step where the user can rename the fiscal calendars.

More information
For more information about ledger and sub ledger lines, see the product-wide feature topic Ledger and subledger lines and distributions.

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Country/region configuration keys


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 and earlier versions, country/region configuration keys are used to enable and display country/region-specific features.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The country/region configuration keys are installation-specific, and the real requirement was for control over the features available to individual companies in multinational scenarios. Also, the capability was needed to make features available based on the companys location, the customers location, and so on. Country/region context was introduced to meet this requirement, and this feature replaces country/region configuration keys for control over feature availability. Yes. The feature remains only for backward compatibility. Although the feature will not be removed until the next version of Microsoft Dynamics AX, a replacement feature is already available. To control feature availability based on the location of the legal entity, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 uses the country/region associated with the legal entitys primary address. For example, if the address of the legal entity is in Canada, users can see and work with Canadaspecific features. All This change does not affect application installation. This change does not affect application upgrade.

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Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade

More information
For information about how to use country/region configuration keys when you upgrade an existing version of Microsoft Dynamics AX to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, see the Upgrade Guide.

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EU sales list transfer (Belgium)


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, there are two EU sales list transfers, the standard EU sales list transfer and a separate EU sales list transfer for Belgium. The second of these is a country/regionspecific function that enables the transfer of information to the EU sales list form, based on tax information.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description In 2010, a change in legislation in the European community required a new transfer function for the EU sales list. The new EU sales list transfer function is based on the functionality for Belgium, and it transfers data to the EU sales list form based on tax information. Yes. The feature has been removed in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and replaced by the standard EU sales list transfer. Financial Management GDL Changes to installation Changes to upgrade This change does not affect application installation. Users must check the existing tax code and tax group configuration. They may be required to set up new tax codes. In addition, they may be required either to change the groups assigned to service items, or to set up new item sales tax groups and assign them to services and/or categories. This must be done before any transactions are posted in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

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Date-effective records
In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, Employee/contractor, Job, Position, and Department (Organization) records are stored as date-effective records.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The functionality provided by the feature was limited. The feature has been replaced with the new date-effective framework in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Yes. The feature is no longer available, and a replacement feature is available. All of the records continue to be date effective, but they use a new date-effective framework. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, both the date and time elements are exposed in the user interface. Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade Human resources This change does not affect application installation. Existing date-effective records are upgraded to the new tables that store these records. The processing of date-effective records is completed by the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 framework. Note: The table structure has been normalized in Human resources. One date-effective record may be split into multiple records, based on the new table definitions in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

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Delete personal information (employee and applicant)


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, the Delete personal information feature provides a way to delete information related to employees and applicants, such as the name, Social Security Number, visa information, address, and education.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description Much of this information is stored in a global address book that is shared across the enterprise, and removing it can affect other data. No. The feature is no longer available, and there is no replacement feature. You can still delete personal information by manually removing individual records. Human Resources This change does not affect application installation. This change does not affect application upgrade.

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Human Resources tab in Enterprise Portal


In Enterprise Portal for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, you can use the Human resources tab to view questionnaires and other performance management data.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The functionality on this tab was incomplete and provided limited benefit to human resources personnel. No. The feature is no longer available, and there is no replacement feature. However, the complete functionality is available in the client. Human resources This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact affect upgrade.

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Benefits
In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, benefits were set up by using the Benefits setup forms.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The benefits functionality in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 was somewhat limited, and Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 provides expanded benefits functionality. Yes. The feature is no longer available, and a replacement feature is available. Human resources This change does not affect application installation. Existing benefits information is upgraded for use in the new benefits functionality.

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Employees of the Work Center type


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, employees can be one of three types: Employee, Contractor, or Work Center.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Replaced by another feature Description Architectural changes impacted the employee type functionality. No. The feature is no longer available, and there is no replacement feature. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, only workers of the Employee and Contractor types exist. Human resources Supply chain management Changes to installation Changes to upgrade This change does not affect application installation. Work Center employees are not upgraded to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Preprocessing upgrade scripts capture information, and you can take action on these records before completing the upgrade.

Modules affected

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Visio Export for reporting relationships, locations, and organizational structure views
In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, you can export the reporting relationships view, locations view, and organizational structure view to Visio.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description Architectural changes and a new control were added to all three of the views. The new control enables more nodes to be displayed in the hierarchical structure. You can also create and modify nodes directly from the new control. The architectural changes would have required extensive changes to the Visio Export feature. No. The Visio Export feature is no longer available, and there is no replacement feature. All This change does not impact application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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Telemarketing
In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, users can use the Telemarketing feature to create call lists that are based on table queries. Call lists can also be created from Marketing Automation.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Replaced by another feature Description This feature is being removed because the functionality is limited. No. The Telemarketing feature remains in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, but will be removed in a future version of the product. In the next version, telemarketing records will be merged with call lists, and the call list functionality will be moved to the Marketing Automation license. Sales and marketing This change does not affect application installation. This change does not affect application upgrade.

Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade

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TAPI integration
In Microsoft Dynamics AX, the Sales and marketing module, also known as the CRM module, includes functionality for incorporating a CTI (Computer-Telephony Integration) system by using the Microsoft Telephony API (TAPI) protocol. The CTI system registers and administers incoming and outgoing telephone communications.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Replaced by another feature Description The functionality provided by this feature was limited. No. The feature remains in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 but will be removed in a future version of the product. No replacement feature is available at this time. Sales and marketing The smmPhone component is longer installed. This change does not affect application upgrade.

Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade

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Management Statistics
The Management statistics feature displays sales management information in graphs.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The addition of SQL Server Reporting Services to Microsoft Dynamics AX, combined with the Microsoft Office integration, provides users with extensive graphing functionality. No. The feature remains in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, but will be removed in a future version of the product. No replacement feature is available at this time. Sales and marketing This change does not affect application installation. This change does not affect application upgrade.

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CRM document handling


CRM document handling is an extension of the standard Microsoft Dynamics AX document handling that enables users to identify the author of a document and send documents as e-mail.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description CRM document handling is being integrated into standard Microsoft Dynamics AX document handling. No. The feature remains in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, but will be fully integrated with standard Microsoft Dynamics AX document handling in the next version of the product. Sales and marketing This change does not affect application installation. This change does not affect application upgrade.

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Transaction log
The Transaction log tracks table changes, such as who made the changes, and when they were made, to specific CRM entities and fields.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Replaced by another feature Description CRM uses the database logging available in Microsoft Dynamics AX. No. The feature remains in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, but will be removed in a future version of the product. No replacement feature is available at this time. Sales and marketing This change does not affect application installation. This change does not affect application upgrade.

Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade

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Purchase order subscription


Purchase order subscription is an order type that enables one purchase order to be processed multiple times. The feature works by renewing inventory transactions, thereby enabling new receipts on the same purchase order.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The way that the subscription order is implemented is not compliant with the source document, distributions, and ledger budget. No. The feature is no longer available, and there is no replacement feature. Procurement and sourcing This change does not affect application installation. Code related to subscription order is removed. Potential customization in this area must also be removed. A white paper describing how to extend the new agreement framework to support recurring orders is forthcoming.

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Blanket orders
In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, blanket orders are contractual obligations with a vendor to purchase a specific quantity or value of merchandise in exchange for a special discount. By using the blanket order, you can create purchase orders (release orders) and invoice items, as needed, until the contract is fulfilled.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The blanket order feature had some limitations. Structural changes in Microsoft Dynamics AX required blanket order functionality to be deprecated. Yes. The feature is no longer available, and a replacement feature is available. This feature was replaced by purchase and sales agreements. Purchase and sales agreements are used to document the terms and conditions between a selling party and a buying party. An agreement expresses payment and delivery terms for a set of commitments. For example, the buying party commits to buying a specific volume of a product or service, such as 200 bikes, for a specific price. Alternatively, the buying party commits to buying a specific value, such as USD 1000, of a product or products in a specific category with a specific price discount. For every commitment on the agreement, there is a validity period in which the actual trading must be completed. Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade Procurement and sourcing This change does not affect application installation. You can upgrade blanket orders by using the upgrade scripts provided.

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BOM item type BOM


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, an item must be of the BOM item type for a bill of materials to be associated with it.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description Architectural changes in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 have changed the way that items are defined. Items have become products, and products require a product definition. The product definition consists of a few core characteristics that help identify the product. One of these characteristics is the product type, which indicates whether a product is tangible (an item) or intangible (a service or rights). In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, the item type indicated whether the product was tangible (an item), intangible (a service), and also the role that the item could have (BOM). To ensure that characteristics are product related, not product role related, the item type attribute was refactored to product type, and the BOM value was separated from the item and service values. Yes. The feature has been removed, and a replacement feature is available. Users must still be able to associate a bill of materials (BOM) with a product of the item type. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, customers can associate a BOM with a product of the item type. After this association is made, users can use the new default order type on the default order settings to indicate whether the item that has an associated BOM must be procured or manufactured. Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade Inventory management This change does not affect application installation. When upgrading from Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, users must map existing items to new product definitions. As part of this process, they must decide whether the default order type must be purchase or production. The association with a BOM is maintained.

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Configurable items
In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, a check box controls whether an item can be configured.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Replaced by another feature Description Architectural changes in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 changed the way products are defined. Yes. The feature has been removed, and a replacement feature is available. As part of the new product definition concept in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, the process of defining a product has been made more explicit. Users select whether a product is a simple product or a product master. If a product is a product master, the user must specify the tool or method that is used to create product variants for that particular master. Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade Inventory management This change does not affect application installation. During the upgrade process from Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, configurable items are upgraded according to product master rules and are upgraded to product masters by using dimension-based configuration.

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Item dimension group


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, an item dimension encompasses all available item dimensions, including the following: Core item-related dimensions Color, size, and configuration Tracking-related dimensions Batch and serial number Storage-related dimensions Site, warehouse, location, and pallet ID

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description As part of the new core shared product definitions, the item dimensions (color, size, and configuration) had to be associated with the product, whereas the tracking and storage dimensions could be set up as either shared dimensions or legal entityspecific dimensions. The item dimension group was refactored, and the old grouping table was removed and separated into three individual groups. Any customization in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 that extends item dimensions must be refactored to accommodate the new table structure. Replaced by another feature Yes. The feature has been removed, and a replacement feature is available. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, the item-related dimensions (color, size, and configuration) are defined as product dimensions, the tracking-related dimensions (batch and serial number) are defined as tracking dimensions, and the storage-related dimensions (site, warehouse, location, and pallet ID) are defined as storage dimensions. Inventory management This change does not affect application installation. The upgrade process ensures that the core item configuration, and tracking and storage dimension values, are mapped to the new product dimension framework.

Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade

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Edit dimensions form


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, a user can use the Edit dimensions form to change dimension values for inventory transactions directly in the database. As a result, the user can introduce inconsistencies in inventory transaction data.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The feature allowed manual overrides to database values, which could cause data integrity issues. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and future versions, users cannot make modifications directly to system-generated data. No. The feature is no longer available, and there is no replacement feature. Inventory management This change does not affect application installation. This change does not affect application upgrade.

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Product builder
Users can use Product builder to create product models that can be used in a configure-to-order scenario.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, Product builder uses X++ as the tool for writing rules and restrictions that apply to product models. This represents a potential elevation of privilege risk. Additionally, the design of Product builder does not scale well when the models grow in size, resulting in long response times for product configuration on sales order lines. Replaced by another feature Product builder will still be available for existing Product builder customers that upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics AX, but not for new customers. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, Product builder was replaced with the Product configuration feature, which is constraint-based rather than rule-based. The Product configuration feature provides better support for reusability and multilevel product models. It also performs better than Product builder and eliminates elevation of privilege security threats. Modules affected Sales and marketing Enterprise Portal Project management and accounting Product information management Changes to installation Changes to upgrade This change does not affect application installation. For existing Product builder customers, upgrade of the existing Product models will happen as normal. It is possible to migrate a Product builder model to a Product configuration model. To do this, you must analyze the back-end tree of the Product builder model to identify the elements that should be included directly in the Product configuration model and those that must be implemented by using the dedicated product configuration API, PCAdaptor.

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Product group for Procurement


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, product groups are used on both the buying side and the selling side. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, product groups are upgraded to procurement catalogs. The product groups are left as is for consumption on the selling side only.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Replaced by another feature Description The functionality provided by this feature was limited. Yes. For buying-side procurement, the feature has been removed and replaced by procurement categories and procurement catalogs. Procurement and sourcing This change does not affect application installation. Any product groups used in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 are upgraded to procurement categories and procurement catalogs during the upgrade process.

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Compare request for quote replies form


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, the Compare request for quote replies form (PurchRFQCaseCompare) lists all requests for quotations (RFQs). The user can select and compare multiple RFQ replies.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The functionality contained in this form already exists on the RFQ list page and in the RFQ details forms. Therefore, this form is redundant. No. The feature is no longer available, and there is no replacement feature. Procurement and sourcing This change does not affect application installation. This change does not affect application upgrade.

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Purchase requisition clean up


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, the Delete purchase requisitions menu item is available in Accounts payable (Accounts Payable > Periodic > Clean up). This tool enabled users to delete purchase requisitions.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description As a result of architectural changes in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, purchase requisitions cannot be hard deleted, which renders the Delete purchase requisitions tool obsolete. No. Since the release of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, the Intelligent Data Management Framework (IDMF) for Microsoft Dynamics AX has been developed. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and future versions, we recommend that companies use the IDMF to purge and archive production data that is no longer required in the production system. Procurement and sourcing This change does not affect application installation. This change does not affect application upgrade.

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More information
For more informaiton about the Intelligent Data Management Framework for Microsoft Dynamics AX, see: https://mbs.microsoft.com/Cms/Templates/document/General.aspx?NRMODE=Published&NRNODEGUI D={ECAF89FE-3D52-4FFC-8CCFD6E3D192D26F}&NRORIGINALURL=/partnersource/downloads/releases/AX_IDMF.htm&NRCACHEHIN T=Guest&wa=wsignin1.0

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Purchase requisition parameters


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, purchase requisition setup is managed on the Purchase requisition tab of the Setup Parameters form in Accounts Payable.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Replaced by another feature Description All purchasing-related parameters have been subsumed by Purchasing policy rules. Yes. The Purchase requisition control policy rule contains the parameters that define which fields are required to submit a purchase requisition to workflow, and also the parameters that define whether minimum, maximum, and multiple quantity constraints are enforced. The Purchase requisition to purchase order creation policy rule contains the parameters that define when purchase orders are generated automatically by the system. Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade Procurement and sourcing This change does not affect application installation. Any product groups used in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 must be upgraded to procurement categories. Additionally, product and category catalogs used in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 must be upgraded to procurement catalogs. Catalog policy rules and Category access policy rules can be used to scope the products and procurement categories that are available in different legal entities.

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Approval and spending limits


Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 provides basic support for approval and spending limits.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The approval and spending limits feature in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 did not provide the level of granular expense and approval control required by some companies. Yes. The feature has been removed, and a replacement feature is available. The Signing Limits feature in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 provides advanced configuration and administration capabilities, which enable companies to enforce corporate spending and approval limits at a more granular level. Additionally, the Signing Limits feature enables spending and approval limit self-service requests to be submitted via the employee self-service portal. Employees can use self-service requests to request a signing limit for business expenses, and managers can use them to request an approval limit for approving employee expenses, thus automating and simplifying the process for requesting and approving spending and approval limits using workflow. All This change does not affect application installation. There is an upgrade path from the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 feature to the corresponding feature in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

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More information
For more information about employees, see the product-wide feature topic Employees.

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Task groups
In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, task groups are used for specifying alternative work centers that can perform similar tasks. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, task groups are upgraded to resource capabilities.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description Architectural changes in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 introduced a new resource model and capability based scheduling, which made the task group concept obsolete. Yes. Task groups have been replaced by the more versatile concept of capabilities, which can be used for specifying resource requirements for operations. This enables the scheduling engine to choose between alternative resources that can perform similar tasks. Manufacturing This change does not impact application installation. Any task groups used in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 will be upgraded to capabilities during the upgrade process. Since capabilities are shared across legal entities in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, the upgrade process allows for task groups to be consolidated across legal entities.

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Multisite activation wizard


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, the multisite functionality must be activated through the use of the multisite activation wizard. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, the multisite functionality is always active, and for customers who are upgrading from Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0, the multisite activation logic has been integrated into the upgrade process.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 the multisite functionality is always active, so the multisite activation wizard is no longer needed. The multisite activation wizard is obsolete and has been removed. Multisite functionality will be activated as part of the upgrade process. Manufacturing This change does not affect application installation. When upgrading from Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0, multisite activation is an integral part of the upgrade process. Multisite functionality is also activated for customers who are upgrading from Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 and who have not acquired the Logistics license. All other customers who are upgrading from Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 will have to use the multisite activation wizard to activate the multisite functionality before upgrading to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

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Fill Utility (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, the Fill Utility enables end users to make mass changes to master records and some transactional records.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The Fill Utility is being deprecated for several reasons: The tool does not run any validation checks prior to executing commands. This can result in data corruption. SQL can be used to update multiple records much more efficiently and accurately. Putting this power in the hands of an SQL database administrator will help ensure data integrity.

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Yes. The feature has been removed and replaced by the use of standard SQL updates. All (A subset of tables is supported within each module.) This feature will be removed from the installation and license configuration. The Fill Utility will no longer appear under Administration. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(BRA) Sales and receipt texts


For Brazilian installations, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 provides country-specific modifications that support text linked to sales and purchase orders. This text information is meant to be printed as additional information for fiscal documents and, in some cases, to be booked as fiscal information in SPED files. This text information is stored and maintained in independent tables and forms for sales and purchase modules.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 provides a single framework for fiscal document texts in both sales and purchasing by unifying the parameterization and handling of legal text for fiscal documents. Yes. This feature has been removed and replaced by fiscal document text templates, called fiscal document source text, that can be linked to customers, vendors, CFOP, and purchase and sales orders as legal texts used to be. Sales and marketing Procurement and sourcing Changes to installation Changes to upgrade This change does not affect application installation. Upgrade scripts are provided to allow for the migration of sales and receipt text records to the new fiscal document format.

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(BRA) Sales and purchase operation types


For Brazilian installations, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 provides country-specific modifications that support special transactions on sales and purchase orders through the use of sales operation types and purchase operation types.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description For Brazilian installations, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 includes country-specific functionality that determines the unique point operation types that determine special transactions at the sales and purchase order level. The two specific sales operation types and purchase operation types were removed in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2. Yes. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, the unified operation types replace the sales operation types and purchase operation types. Organization and administration Accounts payable Accounts receivable Changes to installation Changes to upgrade This change does not affect application installation. Upgrade scripts are provided that migrate sales and purchase operation types to the unified operation types.

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(BRA) Enable NF-e (Federal)


For Brazilian installations, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 provides country-specific modifications that support an option to enable NF-e (Federal) in Brazilian parameters.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The Enable (Federal) parameter controlled the Federal electronic fiscal document (NF-e) that, by legislation, is mandatory for fiscal document model 55. The fiscal document model found on the fiscal document type is now used to enable the NF-e processes. Yes. The feature was replaced by the fiscal document model found on the fiscal document type. Any time that a fiscal document is generated with a fiscal document type set up with model 55, the NF-e process is enabled. All This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(BRA) In-transit warehouse at operation type


For Brazilian installations, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 provides country-specific modifications that support the transfer of inventory goods between companies of the same group, and that require the parameterization of an In-transit warehouse at operation type.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The localization of the transfer orders added the capability of issuing and receiving fiscal documents for transferring inventory items between fiscal establishments. Transfers no longer need to be done by using a specific operation type for sales and purchase orders. The in-transit warehouse field is disabled in new installations of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 but be available in upgrades. It will be deprecated in a future release. Replaced by another feature Yes. The feature was replaced by the functionality that allows a transfer of warehouse items between warehouses that are located in different fiscal establishments, or to third-party warehouses, by using transfer fiscal documents. Inventory and warehouse management This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(BRA) Ledger post and Create remittance at operation type


For Brazilian installations, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 provides country-specific modifications that support the option to create general ledger transactions at sales and purchase invoice postings, and to mark a fiscal document as Remittance in Operation type setup.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description All invoices posted from sales and purchase orders will generate general ledger transactions according to the operation and taxes specified on the invoice. The option of not posting in the ledger was removed. In addition, the option to mark an operation type as Create remittance was removed, because it had no other use supported by Brazilian country-specific functionality. No. Accounts payable Accounts receivable Changes to installation Changes to upgrade This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(BRA) Fuel code


For Brazilian installations, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 provides country-specific modifications that support the fuel code that is required for gas and oil distribution segments.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Replaced by another feature Modules affected Description This feature is related to a specific segment that is not supported for Brazilian installations. No Organization and administration Sales and marketing Procurement and sourcing Changes to installation Changes to upgrade This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(BRA) Enable Brazilian features


For Brazilian installations, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 provides a country-specific parameter that enables Brazilian features.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The Enable Brazilian features parameter enabled the activation of features that an organization located in Brazil is required to use. Country/region context was introduced to meet this requirement, and this feature replaces country/region configuration keys for control over feature availability. Yes. This feature is replaced by the product-wide Country/Region context feature. All This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(BRA) Type of establishment


For Brazilian installations, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 provides country-specific modifications that support Type of establishment for fiscal book integration.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The Type of establishment that was introduced for fiscal book integration has been deprecated in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Therefore, this feature is no longer required. No Organization and administration Accounts payable Accounts receivable Changes to installation Changes to upgrade This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(BRA) Generate the ICMS 1/48 fixed asset credit fiscal document from purchase orders
For Brazilian installations, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 provides country-specific modifications that support the ICMS 1/48 fixed asset credit fiscal document from purchase orders. A company is required to generate the document at months end to have rights of credit of ICMS tax on fixed assets.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The ICMS 1/48 fixed asset credit fiscal document is an entrance fiscal document issued for the purpose of generating the ICMS tax credit and does not impact a vendors balance. This feature was removed from purchase orders and replaced by the new tax fiscal document feature. Yes. This feature has been replaced by a tax fiscal document that generates fiscal documents that do not affect vendor or customer balances. Instead, the fiscal document generates tax transactions, such as the ICMS 1/48 fixed asset credit fiscal document and ICMS tax transfer between fiscal establishments. Accounts payable General ledger Changes to installation Changes to upgrade This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(BRA) Complementary fiscal documents from free text invoices and purchase orders
For Brazilian installations, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 provides country-specific modifications that support complementary fiscal documents that are issued from free text invoices for sales and from purchase orders for purchases.

Overview
Item Reason for changing Description Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 provides complementary fiscal documents functionality. Complementary fiscal documents are issued to complement prices or taxes of type ICMS and IPI, and to complement a previously issued or received fiscal document. Yes. This feature has been replaced by the complementary fiscal document feature that is accessed from the fiscal document viewer. Accounts payable Accounts receivable General ledger Project management and accounting Changes to installation Changes to upgrade This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(BRA) Fiscal document type used for received fiscal documents


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, for Brazilian installations, a fiscal document type is required to receive a fiscal document. Foundation changes in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 changed the receipt of fiscal documents functionality, eliminating the need for this country-specific feature.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description When a fiscal document was received, fiscal document types were required to identify the model, series, and species of the fiscal document. Foundation changes in Microsoft Dynamics AX eliminated the need for the fiscal document type. Yes. The receipt of fiscal documents requires the fields model, series, and species of the fiscal document, and reuses the information from the last received fiscal document for the respective party. All This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(BRA) CNPJ or CPF validation by using categories


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, a category is used to classify customers and vendors as an organization, person, or foreigner. This information is used to validate the subscription number as CNPJ or CPF. The category was removed in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 identifies the organization and person by using the record type specified when the party to which customers, vendors, and legal entities relate is created. The record type is now used to determine the validation of CNPJ/CPF for customers, vendors, and legal entities. Yes. The feature was replaced by the record type specified for the party as part of the global address book. When the record type is legal entity or organization, the CNPJ/CPF is validated as CNPJ. When the record type is person, the CNPJ/CPF is validated as CPF. Foreigners are recognized based on the primary address of customer or vendor being in a country/region that is different from the primary address of the legal entity. All This change does not affect application installation. Upgrade scripts are provided to allow migration of the customers and vendors from the deprecated category to the record type.

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(BRA) Brazilian addresses components


For Brazilian installations, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 provides country-specific address components that allow Brazilian addresses to be reported in fiscal documents, invoices, and fiscal reporting as required by government. Foundation changes to address functionality in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 removed the need for these country-specific features.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The Brazilian government and market require that address components be very specific to identify an address, containing information such as the address number, address complement, and so on. The Global address book changes made in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 support the Brazilian address requirements, removing the need for country-specific features. Yes. The Brazilian address components are included as part of the Global address book in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. All This change does not affect application installation. Upgrade scripts are provided to migrate Brazilian address data to the Global address book address components.

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(BRA) Chronological invoice numbering field


For Brazilian installations, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 provides a country-specific parameter that enables chronological invoice numbering.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description Brazilian legislation requires that fiscal documents be numbered in a continuous and chronological sequence. This prevents a situation where, for example, fiscal document 3 issued on July 9, 2012, and fiscal document 2 issued on July 10, 2012. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, the chronological invoice numbering is enforced. Yes. The feature has been removed and replaced with the Fiscal document framework. The framework makes it possible to control and maintain all relevant information for a fiscal document in one place. This information is used for reporting and validation, and guarantees that the fiscal document numbers are in a continuous and chronological sequence. If the continuous and chronological sequencing requirement is not met, the fiscal document is not posted. All This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(BRA) CNPJ and IE fields from company/legal entity


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, the country-specific CNPJ and IE fields are available for Brazilian installations. These fields are maintained for each company and are used in fiscal documents. The fiscal establishment features available in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 provide the necessary functionality.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 enables the CNPJ and IE fields to be maintained by fiscal establishment. This functionality eliminates the need to maintain them at the legal entity. Yes. The feature was removed and replaced with the fiscal establishment functionality. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, each fiscal establishment has its own subscription numbers for CNPJ and IE. Wherever the CNPJ and IE for a legal entity are required, they will be selected from the CNPJ and IE specified for the fiscal establishment related to the legal entitys primary address. All This change does not affect application installation. Upgrade scripts are provided that migrate the CNPJ and IE from the company to the fiscal establishment related to the primary address of the legal entity.

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(BRA) Holiday calendar


Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 includes the Holiday calendar, a country-specific feature for Brazilian installations. The Holiday calendar is used to identify a non-working day or holiday of a company during the calculation of invoice due dates, as well as interest and fines applied at the time of payment for late payments. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 includes Payment calendar functionality, eliminating the need for country-specific modifications.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Replaced by another feature Description Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 includes Payment calendar functionality, eliminating the need for the Holiday calendar. Yes. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 includes a Payment calendar feature that allows users to define non-working days or holidays used to determine the invoice due dates. The Payment calendar is also used to determine a non-working day and holiday for interest and fine calculation at the time of payment for late payments. Accounts payable Accounts receivable Changes to installation Changes to upgrade This change does not affect application installation. Upgrade scripts are provided that migrate existing Holiday calendar data to the new Payment calendar feature.

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(BRA) Taxes taxation codes and fiscal values on order lines


For Brazilian installations, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 provides country-specific functionality allowing modification of the taxation codes and fiscal values for purchase order and sales orders lines per sales tax code.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The capability to change the taxation codes and fiscal values for purchase and sales order lines was rarely used in sales orders where the taxes set up can be determined before the sales order is created. This capability also was not very commonly used in purchase orders, because the changes are captured and required at the time the fiscal document is received. Yes. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 supports the modification of taxation codes and fiscal values by the tax adjustment feature that is available at the time of posting a fiscal document. Accounts payable Accounts receivable Changes to installation Changes to upgrade This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(BRA) FiscalDocJour_BR and related tables


Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 provides country-specific functionality related to fiscal documents. Information about fiscal documents is maintained in one set of tables and also kept in the original transaction tables.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The FiscalDocJour_BR table and related tables did not contain all relevant information for fiscal reporting and, in some cases, could also contain credit invoices. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 provides a fiscal document framework, including a set of fiscal document tables. Additionally, it provides validations and a set of rules that are applied uniformly, regardless of the transactions generating or receiving a fiscal document. Yes. The functionality was replaced by the fiscal document framework available in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2. It controls and stores all of the fiscal documents and all information related to the fiscal documents in a single location, from which the electronic fiscal documents (NF-e) and fiscal reporting are processed. All This change does not affect application installation. Upgrade scripts are provided to migrate fiscal documents to the new fiscal document framework.

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(BRA) Fiscal books integration


Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 provides Fiscal Book Integration functionality. This is a country-specific feature for Brazilian installations. The Fiscal Books Integration feature is an interface between Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 and SoftTeam products that are required for reporting fiscal and accounting transactions to the Brazilian government, and for the localization of project invoices to Brazil.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 includes the Fiscal books module. This module generates and processes fiscal requirements to the Brazilian government. The Fiscal books module provides direct access to the fiscal documents. This enables users to generate the related reports and obligations, eliminating the need for third-party integration. Yes. The feature has been removed and replaced by an entire module, named Fiscal books, that includes the following set of features: Modules affected Fiscal reporting books Tax assessments Sped Fiscal EFD Contributions SPED Contab SIR

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General ledger Fiscal books

Changes to installation Changes to upgrade

This change does not affect application installation. You will need to create custom upgrade scripts to migrate data stored in the AXSoftTeam Fiscal Book Integration intermediary database, or data stored in the SoftTeam database, to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2.

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(BRA) Purchase and sales fiscal document manual entry (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)
In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, manual entries for purchase and sales fiscal documents were added for fixed assets that were purchased prior to the implementation of Microsoft Dynamics AX. Manual entry fields were also added for fixed asset sales that were not generated by using a free text invoice. The information in these fields was used in the fiscal book integration for CIAP. The fields that allowed the manual entry were removed in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description Microsoft Dynamics AX identifies the invoices that are related to the purchase and sale of a fixed asset through information in the respective purchase or sales process. The manual entry of fiscal document information was added for the fiscal book integration for CIAP. The fiscal book integration is deprecated in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012; therefore, the manual entry fields on purchase and sale fiscal documents were also deprecated. Yes. The feature was replaced by the CIAP implementation as part of the Fiscal book solution in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, The Fiscal book solution allows users to relate fiscal documents with a fixed asset after the regular purchase and/or sales process is completed. Fixed assets This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(CHN) Accounting period name (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)


In the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 SP1 GLSCON release, the Accounting period table provides an Accounting period name field. This field is a country-specific feature provided for Chinese installations, and its values are not required to be unique in a fiscal year. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, the Accounting period name field is included in the Accounting table, eliminating the need for a country-specific modification.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 provides support for the Accounting period name field in the Accounting table, eliminating the need for a
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country-specific modification. Replaced by another feature Yes. The Accounting period name field is available by default in the Accounting period table. However, in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, the Accounting name value must be unique in a fiscal year. General ledger This change does not affect application installation. Upgrade scripts are provided to move the existing accounting period names in the China localization version of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 to the new Accounting name field. During the upgrade process, you will be required to correct duplicate period names.

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(CHN) Bank reconciliation (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)


For Chinese installation, the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 SP1 GLSCON release provides countryspecific features that import electronic bank statement files into the reconciliation journal, and that perform basic auto matching between the statement and Microsoft Dynamics AX bank records. The bank reconciliation features in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 provide this functionality, eliminating the need for country-specific modifications.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 bank reconciliation features support the import of bank statement files into the reconciliation journal, and auto matching between the statement and bank records. Country-specific functionality is no longer required. Yes. The local feature has been removed and is now supported by the bank reconciliation features in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Cash and bank management This change does not affect application installation. Upgrade scripts are provided that migrate existing reconciled statements and make them available as historical records.

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(CHN) Country-specific localization format for Contact name (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)
In the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 SP1 GLS Consolidation release, users can set up the Contact field by using a name format of Last name + First name, which is a country-specific feature for Chinese installations. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 supports several new name formats, including the Last name + First name format.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The functionality is provided in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, eliminating the need for country-specific modifications. Yes. The Contact name field in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 supports the required name format. All This change does not affect application installation. This change does not affect application upgrade.

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(CHN) GB/T19581 export accounting data standard (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)
The Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 SP1 GLSCON release provides a function that can export the ledger transaction data and financial statements data of a specified fiscal period into an XML file. The schema for the XML is defined in the Chinese national standard GB/T19581 Accounting software data exchange interface. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, this feature is replaced with the new national standard GB/T24589.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The new standard GB/T24589 was published in December 2010. Microsoft Dynamics AX is required to comply with this new standard, which replaces standard GB/T19581. Yes. The feature has been removed, and a replacement feature, GB/T24589, is available. The GB/T24589 feature allows you to export general ledger data, plus data from accounts receivable, accounts payable, and fixed assets. General ledger This change does not affect application installation. Upgrade scripts are provided that will move existing parameters of GB/T19581 to the new standard. The upgrade script will modify data, such as the organization number and organization type, to fit the new standard.

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(EEUR) Eastern European EU sales list reports (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)
For Eastern European installations, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 provides country/region-specific functionality that supports local implementations of EU sales list reports. All companies across the 27 EU member states must report an EU sales list with the sales (and some purchases) of goods and services to VAT-registered entities in other EU member states.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 consolidates this functionality into a common framework based on parameters and country context code. Country/region-specific reports have been deprecated and replaced by a generic report that allows for customizations by using AIF. Yes. The feature is no longer available and was replaced by the common framework functionality and generic reporting functionality. Foreign trade This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(EEUR) Eastern European Intrastat reports (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)


For Eastern European installations, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 includes country/region-specific functionality for Intrastat reports. Starting in 1993, all companies across the 27 EU member states must report Intrastat with trade across EU borders.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, we are consolidating into a common framework based on parameters and country context code. Country/region-specific reports have been deprecated and replaced by a generic report that allows for customizations by using AIF. Yes. The feature is no longer available and was replaced by the common framework functionality and generic reporting functionality. Foreign trade This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(HUN) Import bank account statements (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)


For Hungarian installations, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 provides country-specific functionality that allows users to import bank account statements in MT940.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 provides consolidated bank reconciliation functionality, which also supports the MT940 statements. This functionality eliminates the need for countryspecific changes for Hungary. Yes. The feature was replaced by the consolidated bank reconciliation functionality. Bank This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(IND) Per invoice option in miscellaneous charges allocation (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)
In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, the Per invoice option for charges in the Allocate miscellaneous charges form, on the Purchase order form header and on the Purchase invoice form header, allowed the charge to be kept on the header level, despite allocation for any subsequent invoices.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, for Indian installations, the Purchase order form header and the Purchase order invoice header included an additional allocation option for the Misc. charges allocation field in the Allocate miscellaneous charges form, called Per invoice. This option ensured that the same miscellaneous charge code and the value were preserved on each purchase order/invoice header if a partial invoice was created for the purchase order. This option was deprecated, because parallel workaround functionality to add miscellaneous charges on the header level for partial invoices is available in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and does not require country-specific modifications. Yes. Users can add miscellaneous charges at the invoice header level. If there are multiple invoices, the user can manually add these codes for each invoice. Accounts Payable This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(IND) Miscellaneous charge load on inventory percentage (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)
Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 supports posting a partial amount (as a set percentage) of a miscellaneous charge to inventory. The remaining miscellaneous charge is charged to the vendor or customer.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, the Load inventory % field, a country-specific feature for India, allows a user to split the miscellaneous charges added on an invoice between inventory and the vendor or customer. Foundational changes made for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 made this country-specific option redundant. Yes. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, users can create two standard charge codes to achieve the same business impact. Users can set up a charge with Debit Type set to Item and another charge with Debit Type set to Customer/Vendor. When users create the invoice, they can split the miscellaneous charge amount between these two charges. The Charges division form allows users to divide the amount charged to the item, customer, or vendor based on the percentage specified by the user (for example, s charge with Debit Type = Item gets 10%, and a charge with Debit Type = Customer/Vendor gets 90%). Accounts Payable This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(IND) Removal of Exceed threshold limit from Direct Tax parameters (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)
In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, a country-specific setup for India in General ledger parameters allowed users to configure the expected system behavior when the Direct Tax (TDS/TCS) threshold was exceeded for the first time. The user could configure the system to have no response, issue a warning, or issue an error that prevented further progress.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description Support for this country-specific functionality is no longer available due to foundation changes required for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2. The feature is no longer available, and there is no replacement feature. Accounts Payable Accounts Receivable Changes to installation Changes to upgrade This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(IND) Tax adjustment for Direct Tax (TDS/TCS) (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)
In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, the tax adjustment functionality allows users to select specific transactions and change the TDS/TCS group applied on the original transaction.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 supports subledger journal and source documents, streamlining the process for posting any financial entry to General ledger. The existing withholding tax adjustment functionality, a country-specific feature for India, was deprecated and replaced by a more flexible journal-based adjustment of withholding tax through the Withholding tax journal in General ledger. Yes. Users can still adjust the posted TDS/TCS in one of two ways: Adjust tax liability general ledger accounts by passing adjustment entries by using the Withholding tax journal in the General ledger module. Adjust the original source document (for example, via a credit note). Does not impact the original source document or the distribution entries. This only adjusts the tax in the TDS/TCS Payable/Recoverable accounts. Users can use the adjustment journal functionality to adjust, up or down, the posted TDS/TCS amount that is not yet reported to the tax department. Users can also link the adjustment entry for the TDS/TCS with the appropriate parent transaction, and the reports will net off the overall result to reflect the change in tax liability corresponding to the specific document.

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General Ledger This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(IND) Percent exempt replaces load on inventory (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)
In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, there is a country-specific feature for Indian installations that supports the Indian load on inventory requirements. Load on inventory allows a tax amount percentage that cannot be claimed as an input tax credit to be loaded into inventory in order to reach the correct value of the inventory. Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description Foundation changes made in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 support the load on inventory functionality, removing the need for countryspecific modifications. The load on inventory functionality will be partially removed. Users can use the percent exempt calculation method to override the percent exempt with load on inventory or expression. Because this is only a partial deprecation, any India-specific features that rely on the load on inventory report and inquiry are still available. All This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(IND) Duty Entitlement Pass Book (DEPB) (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)
In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, there is a country-specific feature for Indian installations that defines the process for applying and using the Duty Entitlement Pass Book (DEPB) incentive scheme, as specified by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT). This functionality provides benefits to exporting companies by maintaining proper records of inputs that are imported free of duty, on the basis of the DEPB.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The DEPB scheme has been withdrawn by the Commerce Ministry as of October 1, 2011. The DEPB schema is be removed from Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2. No. This feature is no longer available, and there is no replacement feature. None This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(IND) Deprecation of TDS certificates (Form 16A) (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)
Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 allows you to generate a TDS certificate (Form 16A) that is issued to the deductee after a TDS statement is filed with the tax authorities.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description Per CBDT instructions, all deductors (including government deductors who deposit TDS in the Central Government Account through book entry) must issue a TDS certificate in a Form 16A in respect to all sums deducted on or after the April 1, 2012, under any of the provisions of ChapterXVII-B except section 192. This TDS certificate (Form 16A) must be generated through the TIN Central System and downloaded from the TIN website with a unique TDS certificate number. In other words, the issuance of a duly verified TDS certificate in Form 16A, by a deductor of any category, must be through the TIN Central System. The deductor must download a certificate from the TIN Central System, verify the correctness of the certificates contents, and authenticate the correctness of the content before issuing the certificate. Note that this is applicable to TDS certificates (Form 16A) only, not to TCS certificate (Form 27D). This functionality is completely deprecated in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 for TDS certificates (Form 16A). However, because Form 16A is now downloadable from the TIN website, new functionality is provided to record the downloaded Form 16A certificates. General Ledger This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(JPN) Bill of exchange (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)


Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 provides the management of the bill of exchange (BOE) life cycle, including draw, remit (deposit) for collection or discount, protest, and redraw to settlement. The country-specific functionality available for Japanese installations is a BOE endorsement function. This functionality ensures that the endorsement for the draft received from a customer to a vendor, for payment before BOE maturity, should apply to both promissory notes and BOEs in Accounts receivable.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description Foundational changes in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 required the refactoring of the countryspecific Japanese bill of exchange functionality. Yes. The country-specific bill of exchange functionality available for Japanese installations in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 was removed. New country-specific bill of exchange functionality is available in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 for Japanese installations. All This change does not affect application installation. Upgrade scripts are provided that convert bill of exchange transactions created in Microsoft Dynamics AX 4 or Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 to the new format. Transactions with a status of Posted, and transactions that have the Marked field selected in the CustBOEEndorsement_JP table, are updated with a status of Endorsed.

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(JPN) Payment calendar (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)


For Japanese installations, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 provides a country-specific feature for Japanese payment calendars. The Japan holiday calendar and payment terms feature allows users to define national holidays and bank holidays. If the calculated due date falls on the national or bank holiday, the actual payment date will be moved before or after the holiday date. Additionally, the terms of payment, or cutoff date, allow users to set specific cutoff dates for due date calculation.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 SP1 GLS Consolidation release provides functionality for payments and the payment calendar that meets the country-specific requirements for Brazilian, Japanese, and Polish installations. This set of features integrates the company holiday calendar modifications required for each country. The availability of individual features within this feature group differs by country. For Japanese installations, payment due dates can be added in Accounts payable and Accounts receivable. This consolidation feature allows users to define global payment calendars for a location (country/ region) or for a specific purpose, such as a method of payment.

Replaced by another feature Modules affected

Yes. The feature has been partially removed, and a consolidation feature is available. Account Receivable Account Payable

Changes to installation Changes to upgrade

This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(JPN) T-account (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, there is a country-specific feature for Japanese installations called Taccount. The T-account feature allows Japanese users to enter journal lines in a T-account format.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description In Microsoft Dynamics 2009, the T-account information that is stored is manually entered by the user in a temporary table. When the user completes the final posting, the information is transferred to a journal. Changes made in the foundation for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 removed the need for this country-specific modification. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, the user can enter debit and credit information in two separate grids, both of which are based on the LedgerJournalTrans table and independent of each other. General Ledger This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(LVA) Fixed asset tax report (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, you can create a depreciation profile by using the tax depreciation method, define the value models for fixed assets, assign categories for fixed assets based on value models, and calculate tax depreciation for an individual asset or category of fixed assets. You also can generate reports, such as the Fixed asset tax report, to view the calculated tax depreciation. In accordance with the Latvian legal requirements, the income tax for business organizations is adjusted by using the asset depreciation, and the income tax is calculated by using the tax depreciation method. The tax depreciation method is an extension of the reducing balance method, which is used in Latvia to determine the income tax for business organizations. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, the country-specific Latvian Fixed asset tax report is no longer available.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The Fixed asset tax report is no longer legally required, eliminating the need for a countryspecific report. No. The feature is no longer available, and there is no replacement feature. Fixed assets This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(LVA) Verification of voucher numbers (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, Eastern European countries have a country/region-specific feature that allows configuration of number sequences for posted vouchers. For Latvian installations, there is an additional country-specific feature that is a periodic job for assigning unused numbers to vouchers. This job assigns unused voucher numbers to vouchers that have not been posted.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description Number sequence functionality improvements in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 made this functionality obsolete. No. The feature is no longer available, and there is no replacement feature. General ledger This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(LVA) Latvian tax exempt numbers (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 SP1, for Latvian installations, there are country-specific modifications related to tax exempt numbers for companies. The tax exempt number is a company identification number that is issued and managed by a tax authority for a country/region. You can enter a tax exempt number manually, and attach it to the record of a customer or vendor. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 integrates the tax exempt number changes required for Latvian installations, eliminating the need for country-specific modifications.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 SP1, modifications to standard tax exempt number functionality assisted customers in following best practices for entering and tracking tax exempt numbers. The Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 functionality addresses all country-specific requirements for Latvian installations, eliminating the need for country-specific modifications. No. The feature is no longer available, and there is no replacement feature. General ledger This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(LVA) State invoice numbering (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)


For Latvian installations, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 and prior versions support country-specific changes particular to preprinted sales invoice forms. Usage of the country-specific forms for preprinted sales invoices was discounted in 2008, with the exception of a modification related to document numbering. Both Latvian and Lithuanian legislation provides specific rules indicating how sales invoices should be numbered. As a result, supporting functionality for these two countries was consolidated, and the obsolete parts of Latvian state invoice numbering were removed in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Replaced by another feature Description The feature was deprecated due to changes in legislation and the feature consolidation effort. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 contains shared functionality for Lithuania and Latvia that allows users to assign specific numbers to sales invoices according to user or user group. General ledger Accounts payable Accounts receivable Changes to installation Changes to upgrade This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(POL) Polish coloration of chart of account lines (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)
Microsoft Dynamics AX provides an additional country-specific configuration key, CRSEPoland, for Polish installations. When this configuration key is selected, the color of the Heading and Sum lines in the Chart of accounts form (General ledger > Chart of accounts) changes.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Replaced by another feature Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade Description Foundation changes in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 required removal of support for this feature. No. The feature is no longer available, and there is no replacement feature. General ledger This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(POL) Polish safe valuation rule (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)


For Polish installations, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 and prior versions provide country-specific modifications that support compliance with the safe valuation rule. Previously, Polish financial law required that Accounts receivable or Accounts payable unrealized exchange rate adjustments could be made only when they conformed to the safe valuation rule. Depending on which exchange rate was higher or lower, exchange rates defined by a company's bank were used instead of the rate in the exchange rate table.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Replaced by another feature Modules affected Description The legislation is obsolete, eliminating the need for country-specific modifications. No. The feature is no longer available, and there is no replacement feature. General ledger Accounts payable Accounts receivable Changes to installation Changes to upgrade This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(POL) Dates of holidays (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)


For Polish installations, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 provides country-specific functionality specific to tracking free days on the Calendar of the free days form. When interest is calculated, dates set up on the Calendar of free days form are not taken into consideration.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description Framework changes in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 provide additional functionality that allows users to define calendars with additional due date controls, eliminating the need for country-specific modifications. Replaced by the Integrated calendar for due date control. General ledger Accounts payable Accounts receivable Changes to installation Changes to upgrade This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(POL) Polish bank transfer printout (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)


For Polish installations, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 provides country-specific modifications that allow users to use the bank transfer printout feature to print bank transfer documents with a special design used in Poland. The document is printed in the proper scale, and each document contains four slips. This feature uses the Word file with bank transfer printout template.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Replaced by another feature Modules affected Description This method of payment is outdated and has been deprecated due to limited usage. Replaced by Polish electronic payment formats. Accounts payable Accounts receivable Changes to installation Changes to upgrade This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(RUS) Balance turnover statements (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012)


Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 provides a number of Russian balance turnover statements that represent a set of reports and inquiries used to analyze account balance and turnover in General ledger, Accounts payable, and Accounts receivable. The report set includes the following reports and inquiries: Inquiry General ledger Turnover Report General ledger Turnover statement Report Ledger Inquiry Accounts payable/Accounts receivable Balance turnover register Report Accounts payable/Accounts receivable Balance turnover register Report Accounts payable/Accounts receivable Pay-sheet of calculating account (Customer/Vendor) Inquiry Advance holders Balance turnover register

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 enhanced Russian turnover balance statement functionality. This enhanced country-specific functionality allows users to generate balance turnover reports with extended options and enhanced performance. Legacy balance turnover reports and inquiries are no longer needed and are deprecated. Yes. The Turnover balance statement (General Ledger > Inquiries > Turnover balance statement) provides the ability to generate turnover balance statements for General ledger, Accounts receivable, and Accounts payable, and to print the results in SSRS format and Microsoft Excel. General ledger Accounts payable Account receivable Changes to installation Changes to upgrade This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(RUS) Contracts (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)


Russian installations of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 provide the ability to: Register a contract with all financial parameters of the contract (parties, dates, contract amount, method of payment, different special tax parameters, prices, and discounts). These parameters might be used as default values in all documents associated with a business transaction (SOs/POs/FTIs/journals). Print the contract details in printed forms, such as invoices, payment orders, and invoices for payment. Cross-verify mutual liabilities with the partner per the contract, and generate an act of reconciliation with the partner. Restrict customer/vendor transaction settlement to the transactions related to one contract.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The new Purchase and sales agreement framework and Financial dimension framework implemented in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 provide similar capabilities, thereby making the country-specific contract features obsolete. Yes. The following frameworks are implemented in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012: Modules affected Financial dimension framework Purchase and sales agreements framework Dimension control for settlements (Russian country-specific feature)

Replaced by another feature

Accounts payable Accounts receivable General ledger

Changes to installation Changes to upgrade

This change does not affect application installation. Upgrade scripts are provided that migrate Russian contract data to the new Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 framework.

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(RUS) Exchange rates import (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, the Exchange rates import feature, a country-specific feature for Russia, is used to import currency exchange rates from the Central Bank of the Russian Federation.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, the new exchange rate import functionality provides a consistent approach to handling the import of currency exchange rates and eliminates the need for country-specific modifications. Yes. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, exchange rate import functionality allows the import of currency exchange rates from the Central Bank of the Russian Federation and supporting scenarios based on a factor for currency. General ledger This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(RUS) Financial report validation report (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, the Financial report validation report displays the results of validating a Russian GL report generator (RRG) report created by copying an existing report setup.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The report is being deprecated, because it has limited customer usage, and because the Report validation results form provides the ability to view the validation results with necessary details and undertake any required actions, eliminating the need for country-specific modifications. No. The feature is no longer available, and there is no replacement feature. General ledger This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(RUS) VAT reports (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, country-specific VAT reports for Russian installations track a companys VAT liabilities by using different analytical views for operations registered before the year 2006, and for operations registered during the transition period (20062008), when the on payment taxation policy was legally abandoned. The report set includes the following reports: Purchase book VAT deduction analytic journal Purchase book Entity counting Purchase book Vendor liabilities counting

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The reports were a legal requirement introduced to track company VAT liabilities for the transition period (20062008), during which the on payment taxation policy was abandoned. No. The feature is no longer available, and there is no replacement feature. The reports are no longer required. Accounts payable This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(RUS) Inventory balance turnover report (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, for Russian installations, the country-specific Inventory balance turnover report provides the ability to analyze inventory turnover per warehouse and item.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description The Inventory balance turnover inquiry was introduced in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 RU3. It was further developed in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 RU5 and ported to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. The Inventory balance turnover report became unused, because the Inventory balance turnover inquiry provides extended options and enhanced performance, eliminating the need for country-specific modifications. Yes. The Inventory balance turnover inquiry (Inventory and warehouse management > Inquiries > Transactions > Inventory balance turnover) provides the ability to analyze inventory turnover per inventory and financial dimensions, separate physically and financially updated inventory movements, and so on, and print the inquiry results in Microsoft Excel. Inventory and warehouse management This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(RUS) Production journal lines, by-product report (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)
In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, the Production journal lines, by-product report provides the ability to print lines of a by-product journal, similar to other standard production journals.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description This report had limited customer usage and was deprecated along with other standard production journal reports. No. The feature is no longer available, and there is no replacement feature. Production control This change does not affect application installation. This change does not impact application upgrade.

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(THA) Manage realized and unrealized VAT (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)
Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 managed unrealized VAT by using Thailand-specific unrealized tax functionality. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 uses the standard Conditional sales tax features to manage both realized and unrealized VAT.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, the Thailand features were moved from the GLS layer into the SYS layer. This consolidation gave us the opportunity to use the standard conditional sales tax functionality provided in the SYS layer of Microsoft Dynamics AX. With the release of a hotfix, we are deprecating the Thailand-specific Unrealized VAT features and will instead use the standard Conditional sales tax features provided in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Related to this is the deprecation of the Tax invoice ID Sales and Tax invoice ID Purchase fields in the General ledger parameters form (General ledger > Setup > General ledger parameters > Number Sequence). Tax invoice ID Sales is replaced by a number sequence reference in Accounts receivable parameters. Tax invoice ID- Purchase is not required, because we do not generate tax invoices for vendors. These changes were released in a hotfix in 2012; see KB article 2636555. Note: The code that corresponds to these features is still available but will be removed in a future release. Replaced by another feature Conditional sales tax for VAT calculations and new number sequences in Accounts receivable parameters (In the Thai hotfix, this is referred to as Manage Realized and Unrealized VAT.) Modules affected Accounts receivable Accounts payable General ledger Changes to installation Changes to upgrade This change does not affect application installation.
This change does not impact application upgrade.

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More information
For more information about the features released for Thailand in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, see KB article 2636555. There is also a white paper that details the changes included in the Thai hotfix. For more information, see the white paper Country-specific updates for Thailand (in English), or the translated version, Countryspecific updates for Thailand (in Thai).

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(THA)Sales tax payment features (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)


In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, there are some sales tax payment features shared by both Thai and Mexican users. This will no longer be the case in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

Overview
Item Reason for deprecation Description In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, there were some features shared by both Thai and Mexican users. These features will now only be used in Mexico. These features are no longer used in Thailand, because sales tax is now calculated in the Thai baht only. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, the Sales tax exchange adjustment (General ledger > Periodic > Sales tax payments > Sales tax exchange adjustment) and Sales tax exchange rate adjustment (General ledger > Periodic > Sales tax payments > Sales tax exchange rate adjustment) forms are no longer available in Thai installations of Microsoft Dynamics AX. Not applicable in Thailand Accounts receivable This change does not affect application installation.
This change does not impact application upgrade.

Replaced by another feature Modules affected Changes to installation Changes to upgrade

More information
For more information about the features released for Thailand in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, see KB article 2636555. There is also a white paper that details the changes included in the Thai hotfix. For more information, see the white paper Country-specific updates for Thailand (in English), or the translated version, Countryspecific updates for Thailand (in Thai).

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Appendix: Non-product-wide feature descriptions


The following tables provide brief descriptions of features that are not classified as product-wide features in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. The tables are arranged by area and subarea, if applicable.

Appendix: Table of Contents


Setup and upgrade ......................................................................................................... 270 Client and server ............................................................................................................ 271 BI and Developer Tools.................................................................................................... 271 Microsoft Dynamics Online ............................................................................................... 274 Workflow ....................................................................................................................... 274 Enterprise Portal ............................................................................................................. 275 Microsoft Office add-ins ................................................................................................... 276 General ledger................................................................................................................ 277 Tax ............................................................................................................................... 283 Bank, budget, compliance, and fixed assets ....................................................................... 283 Public Sector .................................................................................................................. 287 Accounts payable ............................................................................................................ 287 Accounts receivable ........................................................................................................ 293 Human resources ............................................................................................................ 296 Sales and marketing ....................................................................................................... 299 Compliance and internal controls ...................................................................................... 300 Travel and expense ......................................................................................................... 301 Project accounting .......................................................................................................... 302 Control .......................................................................................................................... 308 Inventory and warehouse management ............................................................................. 309 Manufacturing ................................................................................................................ 311 Lean manufacturing ........................................................................................................ 314 Scheduling ..................................................................................................................... 317 Product information management ..................................................................................... 318 Trade and source ............................................................................................................ 319 Procurement and sourcing ............................................................................................... 323 Retail ............................................................................................................................ 334 Country-specific features for Belgium ................................................................................ 340 Country-specific features for Brazil.................................................................................... 340 Country-specific features for China ................................................................................... 346 Country-specific features for the Czech Republic ................................................................. 350 Region-specific features for Eastern Europe........................................................................ 350 Country-specific features for Hungary ............................................................................... 352 Country-specific features for India .................................................................................... 353 Country-specific features for Japan ................................................................................... 364 Country-specific features for Latvia ................................................................................... 367 Country-specific features for Lithuania............................................................................... 367 Country-specific features for Norway ................................................................................. 368 Country-specific features for Poland .................................................................................. 368 Country-specific features for Russia .................................................................................. 369

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Setup and upgrade Setup and upgrade features


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Patchable Setup

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In previous versions of Microsoft Dynamics AX, the Setup application and its related DLLs existed only on the DVD, and could not be updated through standard hotfixes or service packs. To modify Setup files, the user had to perform manual workarounds. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, the Setup application is patchable. The application and its DLLs are installed on the computer as the first step in the installation process. Because the files are installed on the computer, service packs or hotfixes can be applied to the Setup files, just as they can to any other Microsoft Dynamics AX files. When Setup starts, it checks for a more recent version of the files and installs them, if they are available. This version of Microsoft Dynamics AX includes a model and rule set for the Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer. You can verify dozens of configuration settings across multiple features, including the Microsoft Dynamics AX database, Application Object Server (AOS), Enterprise Portal, and business intelligence. The tool generates a report with prescriptive guidance that can help improve the availability, security, and performance of your Microsoft Dynamics AX environment. With Microsoft Dynamics AX Management Studio, administrators can configure AOSs for batch processing, add AOSs to a cluster, and manage model database inventories.

Verify Microsoft Dynamics AX configurations by using the Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer

Manage batch servers, AOS clustering, and model database inventories by using Microsoft Dynamics AX Management Studio Parallelization of bulk copy, synchronization, and postsynchronization

The bulk copy of data from your source system to the target system is done in parallel with the running of synchronization steps and post-synchronization scripts on the data. Parallelization transparently merges what used to be three steps into a single optimized step, which minimizes your total system downtime for upgrade. The system prioritizes the bulk copy, synchronization, and post-synchronization tasks by using an intelligent data-driven algorithm that you can also use to manually add weight to specific tasks and customize prioritization.

Data partition assignment for companies during upgrade (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

The introduction of data partitioning in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 requires manual assignment of companies to a target system partition during data preprocessing for upgrade. A task for this is added to the Preprocessing data checklist.

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Client and server Client and server features


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Document handling enhancements (client)

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You can attach a URL to a transaction and configure a workflow definition to route paper-based document files for review. The document file web service has been added and can be used to retrieve document file metadata and route the data to the appropriate parties by using workflow. You can enter document data, and the document file can be attached to the new transaction. This creates an audit trail for the original document. These enhancements can facilitate document handling for companies that are geographically dispersed and that want to maintain their paper-based documents in one location.

Enhanced search (client)

This version of Microsoft Dynamics AX includes an enhanced search experience that enables users to retrieve data, forms, Help topics, and reports by using simple nouns, such as "Customer" or "Cash Flow Report," or specific data, such as a customer name, product ID, or telephone number. The search interface includes options to help you refine your search results, and you can also access information from a list of recent searches. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 has two databases. The business database contains transaction and master data. The model database contains application objects, which are managed as model files. This database replaces the application file store (AOD) in previous versions. You can name the business database. The model database has the same name as the business database, with _model appended. Both databases must be stored on the same instance of SQL Server. The Named user license count report displays information about the user licenses that are required based on the security roles that users are assigned to. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, the report can also display the user IDs and aliases that are currently assigned to each license type.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 database split into two databases (server) (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Enhancements to the Named user license count report (server) (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

BI and Developer Tools BI and Developer Tools features


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Support for Power View* (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

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Power View is an ad-hoc data exploration and visualization experience in Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services. To use Power View reports with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 data stored in Business Intelligence Semantic Model multidimensional mode, you must have a generally available release of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 that supports Power View for multidimensional models installed on your system. As of December 1, 2012, Microsoft SQL Server 2012 that supports Power View for multidimensional models is not generally available. However, the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 that supports Power View for Multidimensional Models Community Technology Preview (CTP) release is available for download if you want to test the Power View reporting capability. You should not test or use this CTP in a live operating environment unless Microsoft permits you to do so under another agreement. Click here for more information on the CTP release. All features and dates are preliminary based on current expectations and are subject to change without notice. The information herein is for informational purpose only and represents Microsofts current view as of the date of this release. Because Microsoft must respond to changing market conditions, it should not be 271 NEW, CHANGED, AND DEPRECATED FEATURES FOR MICROSOFT DYNAMICS AX 2012 R2

BI and Developer Tools features


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interpreted to be a commitment on the part of Microsoft. Support for report servers running in SharePoint integrated mode (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Reporting Services can be deployed in native or SharePoint integrated mode. Report servers that are running in SharePoint integrated mode are supported with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2. SharePoint integrated mode means that a report server is integrated with a SharePoint Server farm. SharePoint integrated mode allows you to manage and view reports from SharePoint document libraries. For more information, see the "Overview of Reporting Services" topic. A Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 installation may consist of multiple data partitions. You must deploy cubes for each partition in your installation. For example, you have two partitions: Partition 1 and Partition 2. To deploy the cubes that are included with Microsoft Dynamics AX for both of these partitions, you must: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Start the Analysis Services Project wizard. Select the default Analysis Services project, which is named Dynamics AX. Deploy the project for each partition in your installation by selecting the partitions. In this example, you select Partition 1 and Partition 2. Complete the wizard. Open SQL Server Management Studio, and connect to the Analysis Services instance. Notice that there is now a database (and cubes) for each partition.

Support for data partitions in cubes (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

For more information about data partitions, see the "Data partitioning architecture" topics. For more information about how to deploy cubes to each partition, see the "Deploy the default cubes" topic.

Support for data partitions in reports (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Enterprise Portal Chart control for visualizing transactional and aggregated business data in Enterprise Portal (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

A Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 installation may consist of multiple data partitions. One report server can support all of the data partitions in a Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 installation. For more information about data partitions, see the "Data partitioning architecture" topic. The Enterprise Portal (EP) Chart control is the solution for visualizing large volumes of data by using charts in Enterprise Portal for Microsoft Dynamics AX. This new utility is an extension of the ASP .NET Chart control and supports 35 distinct chart types. Additionally, the EP Chart control provides data formatting based on Microsoft Dynamics AX metadata to ensure that charts are consistent across the Microsoft Dynamics AX application.

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BI and Developer Tools features


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Improvements to key performance indicators (KPIs) (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

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Key performance indicators (KPIs) are business metrics, such as total revenue, gross profit margin, and current ratio. These business metrics help you track your organizations progress toward specific performance goals. The following enhancements have been made to the way you display KPIs in the Business Overview Web Part in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2. You can apply multiple filters to KPIs. For example, you have selected to display the Sales KPI. You can filter this KPI so that it displays the sales made in 2011 by a specific salesperson. The filters would look similar to the following: o o Filter 1: InvoiceDate.Year = 2011 Filter 2: Salesperson.Name = Kim Ackers

You can filter by relative dates or actual values. For example, you have selected to display the Sales KPI. If you want to filter this KPI by a relative date, you can choose to display the sales made last year, last month, or last quarter. If you want to filter this KPI by an actual value, you could choose to display the sales where Salesperson.Name = Kim Ackers.

You can display the individual elements that the whole KPI is made of.

For example, you have selected to display the Sales KPI. You can choose to display the sales totals of all salespeople, or you can choose to display the sales totals of each region. You can also filter the list of elements. For example, you can choose to display the top 10 regions. Or, you can choose to filter out the regions where no sales occurred. You can format the KPI name as a link. The link can direct users to the following items:

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Microsoft Dynamics AX client menu item Enterprise Portal menu item URL

Windows PowerShell commands for deploying cubes (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

For more information about how to display KPIs, see the "Manage business overview information" topic. If you are using Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, you can use Windows PowerShell commands to deploy the default cubes that are included with Microsoft Dynamics AX. For more information, see the "Deploy the default cubes" topic.

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Microsoft Dynamics Online Microsoft Dynamics Online Features


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Connect Gadget for Role Centers

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This version of Microsoft Dynamics AX includes the Microsoft Dynamics Online Connect Gadget Web part for Role Centers. The Web part hosts a slide deck of links and information relevant to a users role, including links to CustomerSource, community content, training materials, and Knowledge Base articles. A system administrator can add the Connect gadget to the Role Center master page, or users with the appropriate permissions can add the Web part to their personal Role Center page.

Workflow Workflow features


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Automated tasks

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You can now add automated tasks to your workflows. An automated task runs business logic and requires no human interaction. For example, an automated task can perform a credit check, run a report, or update a record. Workflow server components are no longer installed on a web server running Internet Information Services (IIS). Workflow server components are now automatically installed when you install Microsoft Dynamics AX Application Object Server (AOS). A workflow can be created to process documents, or the line items on a document. For example, assume that youve created an approval workflow for timesheets. (We will refer to this workflow as the document workflow.) You can add a line-item element to that document workflow. When the line-item element is executed, each line item on the document is submitted for processing. You may want all of the line items processed by the same line-item workflow, or you may want each line item processed by a different line-item workflow.

Simplified installation

Line item workflow support

Flow-control elements

Several new elements have been added to help you design workflows. These elements enable you to design workflows that have alternate branches or branches that run concurrently. These elements include:


View work items that are based on specific business documents in one location

Conditional decision A point at which a workflow divides into two branches. The system will decide which branch to use by evaluating the submitted document to determine whether it meets a specified condition. Manual decision A point at which a workflow divides into two branches. A user must take an action, and the action taken will determine which branch is used to process the submitted document. Parallel activity A workflow element that includes two or more branches that run at the same time.

You can view work items for specific document types, such as invoices, purchase orders, and expense reports in one place, so that you can more efficiently process them. The ability to see all work items for a specific document type is especially important for high-volume documents. You can see all documents of a specific type that are assigned to you, to a work item queue that you belong to, or to a work item queue or queue group that you administer. You can filter the work items by date to help prioritize the tasks you have to do.

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Workflow features
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Workflow editor

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The workflow editor is a graphical interface that enables you to create Microsoft Dynamics AX workflows by arranging workflow elements on a design surface similarly to how you would graphically model a business process using Microsoft Visio. You can add, delete, and reposition workflow elements that represent the tasks and approvals that make up the workflow. You can also add flow-controls, such as manual and automated decisions and parallel activities so that you can create complex workflows that exactly model the business processes you want to automate. You can view workflow history and the status of an active or completed workflow and its elements, including data about new workflow features, such as advanced flow controls, automated tasks, line item approvals, and work item queues. You can view this data either in the Microsoft Dynamics AX client or in Enterprise Portal for Microsoft Dynamics AX. A manual task can be assigned to a work item queue. A work item queue is a collection of documents that require processing. A queue must have users assigned to it. Those users will be responsible for monitoring the queue and processing the documents in it. The following changes have been made to improve the workflow notification system. Workflow-specific notifications Email templates are used to send workflow notifications. You can now create and use a specific email template for each workflow. This enables you to customize the message so that is appropriate for each workflow. Aggregated notifications With Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, you can implement workflows for the line items on a document. Because line-item workflows may generate more email notifications, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 now enables workflow participants to aggregate their notifications for line items into a single email message.

View workflow history and tracking data that includes new workflow features

Ability to assign workflow tasks to work item queues

Notifications

Workflow performance analysis reports

A workflow online analytical processing (OLAP) cube is included with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Using this cube, you can generate a report that shows how a workflow performs so that you can identify bottlenecks in processes. You also can determine if the workflow is adding efficiency to your business processes, and provide a means of comparing the automated workflow to the manual processes it replaced. The analysis focuses on showing how much work was done using the workflow and how much time it took to perform the business tasks that make up the workflow. By using these reports, you can modify your workflows and optimize their performance.

Enterprise Portal Enterprise portal features


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Enterprise portal features


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Administrators can deploy Enterprise Portal as part of a businesss or organizations parent site, and automatically adopt the look and feel of the parent site, provided that the parent site is using a theme that is available in the SharePoint Theme Gallery. Administrators can apply new themes to Enterprise Portal pages by using .thmx files from the Microsoft SharePoint Theme Gallery. Several lookups on Enterprise Portal pages have been enhanced for better performance.

Enterprise Portal security

Enterprise Portal automatically grants and denies access to data and web pages, in accordance with the Microsoft Dynamics AX role and task security framework. Before users can view data or Enterprise Portal pages, administrators must configure Microsoft Dynamics AX security roles and tasks. FactBoxes display information related to a selected record, or information displayed in a form or on a list page. You can customize the type of information that is displayed in FactBoxes. The following enhancements have been made for Enterprise Portal setup and deployment: Enhanced initial setup and installation that no longer requires manual compilation of X++ classes Capability to deploy changes to a web server by using the AxUpdatePortal utility or PowerShell commands Capability to deploy changes from the Application Object Tree (AOT) on a 32-bit client to a 64-bit Windows Server by clicking a button Automatic upgrade from Enterprise Portal on Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 to Microsoft SharePoint Foundation or Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 (after all other Microsoft Dynamics AX upgrade tasks are completed) Capability to manage remote Enterprise Portal deployments from a Microsoft Dynamics AX client

New user interface elements in Enterprise Portal Enterprise Portal deployment and upgrade enhancements

Enterprise Portal enhancements

Administrators can configure Enterprise Portal vendor sites to authenticate users based on their Windows Live ID. In this way, administrators do not have to manage large numbers of external users in Active Directory. You also can bookmark a specific URL for a task page. Developers must note that Enterprise Portal no longer supports development in the X++ Web framework. Development of Enterprise Portal pages requires ASP.NET and the Microsoft .NET Framework.

Microsoft Office add-ins Microsoft Office add-ins


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Microsoft Office add-ins


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Microsoft Word integration supported by Microsoft Dynamics AX View and update data from Microsoft Office tools

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This new feature enables you to use Microsoft Word to build templates and documents that combine the structured and unstructured information from Microsoft Dynamics AX. You can use the add-in for Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word to view, analyze, and update information in Microsoft Dynamics AX.

More enhancements to Microsoft Excel integration supported by the Microsoft Dynamics AX add-in Microsoft Office Add-in enhancements (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Lock a template created by using the Office Add-in (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Microsoft Office Add-in enhancements (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Localize data in the Microsoft Office Add-in (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

With the enhancements to this feature, you can update data from Microsoft Excel by using AIF Web Services. An opt-in checklist for built services is also available.

When you create a Microsoft Excel workbook by using the Microsoft Office Add-in, you can add descriptions for your financial dimensions to ledger accounts that you select for the workbook, such as when you create a budget template. In budget planning scenarios, a partner or central administrator will design and deploy budget templates, and department leads or other personas will fill out the numbers. In order to lower the chance for error, the template designer can lock a template. This is not a security constraint. Template users can enter data into the locked template but cannot modify the template structure. When you create a workbook by using the Microsoft Office Add-in, you can add filters to the data in the workbook. Users of the workbook may view only the data selected in the filters. In addition, you can add a readonly property to selected fields in the field list of the workbook. The Office Add-in for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 respects the current language setting of Microsoft Dynamics AX for the current user. A worksheet that was created by using the Microsoft Office Add-in for Microsoft Dynamics AX will match the language selection and show labels within the workbook in the same language.

General ledger General ledger features


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Print financial statements to Microsoft Excel Multiple ledgers for multiple legal entities

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You can print financial statements to Microsoft Excel. Each legal entity has a separate ledger, where you define a chart of accounts, the accounting currency, the reporting currency, and the fiscal calendar for that legal entity.

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General ledger features


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Finance list pages and Finance reports changes

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In Enterprise Portal, Finance-related list pages are included in the Sales and Procurement areas. The following list pages use standard list page elements, including Action Panes, FactBoxes, and preview panes: Customer invoices, Unpaid customer invoices, Latest invoiced items, Interest notes, Collection letters, and Vendor invoices. The following details pages use standard detail page elements, including Action Panes, FactBoxes, and FastTabs: Customer invoice, Interest note, Collection letter, and Vendor invoice. A new Finance reports list page provides access to financial reports in Enterprise Portal.

Shared exchange rates for the General ledger consolidation process Reporting currency revaluation

You can define multiple exchange rates between two currencies, and select a currency rate type for each range of accounts and company accounts that is being consolidated. The reporting currency is the accounting currency amount multiplied by the exchange rate. The reporting currency must be calculated and revalued, even if the exchange rate to the accounting currency does not change. The following changes are included: Data in the General ledger, Accounts payable, and Accounts receivable cubes can be analyzed as of a specific date. The currency conversion process that is used to analyze financial cube data in Microsoft Excel has been updated. The following General ledger KPIs are calculated on the basis of dates, not periods: Average Days Delinquent, Accounts Receivable Days Outstanding, Best Possible Days Sales Outstanding, and Collection Effectiveness Index. Trend calculations for the following General ledger KPIs have been removed: Average Days Delinquent, Accounts Receivable Days Outstanding, Best Possible Days Sales Outstanding, and Collection Effectiveness Index.

Financial analysis cube enhancements

Relieve encumbrances when you confirm purchase orders Reason codes for purchase order transactions

When you confirm a purchase order that is generated from one or more preencumbered purchase requisition lines, it is posted to the general ledger. Any preencumbrances are also relieved. You can now add reason codes to the posting transactions for purchase orders. Reason codes help explain why transactions were entered, such as why an order was returned, or why the amount that was received differs from the amount that was ordered.

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General ledger features


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Record purchase order encumbrances in the general ledger

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When you confirm a purchase order, you can record the encumbrances in general ledger accounts, often to accrue liabilities. Most public sector organizations record encumbrance transactions to record accruals of liabilities for committed, or obligated, purchases. In the General ledger parameters form, you can select the Enable encumbrance processing check box to activate recording in ledger accounts. The ledger accounts that you record in are specified by posting definitions, and they are associated with the purchase order transaction by using the Transaction posting definitions form.

View and track encumbered amounts on purchase orders Create reports that display vendor invoices or customer invoices grouped by a selected financial dimension

When the encumbrance process is enabled, you can view the encumbered amounts, encumbrances that are relieved through invoice processing, and encumbered amounts that remain after invoice processing. The Open invoice transactions report and the Sales invoice journal report have been changed. They are now the Vendor invoice transactions report, which is created in Accounts payable, and the Customer invoice transactions report, which is created in Accounts receivable. You can create the reports to display transactions grouped by a selected financial dimension. You can select invoices for both reports by using a variety of criteria. Both reports include options to select invoices by date or date range, and you can display all invoices, only paid invoices, or only invoices that are in an open state.

Create a reconciliation report of purchase order encumbrances

You can create a reconciliation report that is grouped by the general ledger chart of accounts dimension that you select. This report identifies differences between budget reservations for encumbrances and the corresponding encumbrances that are tracked in the general ledger. You can view either a detailed version of the report or only the differences. The detailed version shows totals by transaction or document number for all encumbrances. The version that displays differences shows only instances where the budget reservation amount for encumbrances does not balance with the corresponding encumbrance accounts in the general ledger. You can use posting definitions to record vendor payments for vendor invoices and promissory notes. For example, you can record a vendor payment by posting a vendor payment journal. The vendor payment journal can generate multiple transactions, using the distributions on the vendor invoice and the posting definitions to support pooled cash accounting. With bridged costing enabled on the method of payment, you can use a clearing account for payments to track checks or warrants that have been issued, but that have not yet cleared the bank.

Accounts payable payments and payment clearing

Simplified calendar options

You can use the streamlined Fiscal calendars form to create multiple calendars in Accounts payable, Accounts receivable, General ledger, Project, and Inventory and warehouse management. Maintain all calendar types, including fixed asset and fiscal year calendars, in one form. You can define multiple closing periods for a specific date, which helps you better track and report on multiple audit adjustments. With the many enhancements to the fiscal period functionality, you can now use multiple fiscal years, enter multiple closing periods with the same starting and ending dates, and copy the setup of periods to the next year. You also can change a sequence of months more quickly. Multiple fiscal years are useful if, for example, 279 NEW, CHANGED, AND DEPRECATED FEATURES FOR MICROSOFT DYNAMICS AX 2012 R2

Fiscal period enhancements

General ledger features


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you have a subsidiary agency that uses a different fiscal year than the rest of your organization, and you enter that agencys transactions in your company because you do not maintain a separate company for them. To accommodate these enhancements, the Periods and Fixed asset calendars forms have been removed and fiscal period functionality is included in the Fiscal calendars and Ledger calendar forms. Create shared fiscal calendars for use by different entities You can create and use calendars that are independent of your organization and shared by multiple legal entities. For example, an organization can create one or more calendars that can be used by different departments, and departments can select among any of the calendars created by the organization.

New Treasurer Role Center

The Treasurer Role Center is a default home page that provides an overview of information that pertains to your work, such as your work list, frequently used links, and key performance indicator (KPI) information. It includes two new KPI reports: Treasurer asset analysis and Treasurer liabilities analysis. The treasurers Role Center has the same four KPIs that the Role Centers for the controller, CFO, accountant, and accounting manager have, except the reports match the treasurer title: Treasurer profitability analysis, Treasurer operational efficiency, Treasurer short-term solvency, and Treasurer long-term solvency. This Role Center has pie charts for check information and outstanding debt, and a Fixed asset replacements list report. This Role Center uses existing General ledger cube measures and dimensions.

Updates to posting definitions

If your organization requires multiple offsetting entries for transactions, you can set up posting definitions that determine the balanced set of ledger posting entries that is generated, based on the originating entry for a transaction. You can set up posting definition versions that have date-effective ranges, and the criteria for matching account numbers can include account structures, dimensions enabled for budgeting, and accounts generated from account rules. Use transaction posting definitions to specify the posting definitions that are used, and to assign them to transaction posting types.

New distributions and budget-related functionality for year-end processing Interunit accounting (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

You can close purchase orders in the fiscal year that is ending, open them in the next fiscal year, and create budget adjustments and carry-forward budget register entries. Interunit accounting can be used to identify a financial dimension as balancing in order to generate a balanced balance sheet for the selected financial dimension. After a balancing financial dimension is defined on the ledger, every accounting entry will be validated to ensure that it is also balanced at the financial dimension level. If any financial dimension values are unbalanced, interunit due-to and interunit due-from account entries will be generated to balance the accounting entry.

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General ledger features


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Legal entities can have more than one consolidation account. (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Tax registration numbers defined at the party address record level (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Fixed financial dimension values (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Expanded default description support (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

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Some local governments might mandate a specific chart of accounts, also known as a statutory chart of accounts. Main accounts can be shared between legal entities, and you can map the same main account to multiple consolidation accounts to create a statutory chart of accounts, which also can be shared between legal entities. The additional consolidation accounts are grouped in a consolidation account group, which you can select during the consolidation process. You can create tax registration number types and set up tax registration numbers for customers, vendors, and legal entities at the address level.

For each main account in a specific chart of accounts, you can designate a default financial dimension value as a fixed value per company that uses the chart of accounts. If the default financial dimension value is different, or if the user manually changes the default financial dimension value for the main account to a fixed dimension value, the financial dimension will be changed to the fixed value during posting. For several countries and regions, you can add additional parameters to the three defaults to format the contents of descriptions that are added to lines that are posted to the general ledger. In the Default descriptions form, you can use the following parameters to create default descriptions for the following transaction types: Customer - cash payment Customer - credit note, customer Customer - credit note, ledger Customer - invoice, customer Customer - invoice, ledger Customer - payment, customer Fixed asset - posting, ledger Inventory - journal adjustment Inventory - journal BOM Inventory - journal counting Inventory - journal move Inventory - journal transaction MRP costing MRP - job card MRP - picking list MRP - report as finished MRP - route card Purchase order - invoice, ledger Purchase order - credit note, vendor Purchase order - invoice, ledger Purchase order - invoice, vendor Purchase order - product receipt, ledger Purchase order - purchase order confirmation, ledger Sales order - credit note, customer Sales order - credit note, ledger Sales order - invoice, customer Sales order - invoice, ledger 281

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General ledger features


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Sales order - packing slip, ledger Sales order - cash payment Sales order - payment, vendor

This feature is available for the following countries and regions: China India Japan Czech Republic Estonia Hungary Lithuania Latvia Poland Russian Federation Brazil New framework for exchange rate import (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Shared main account lists (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Updates are available to General ledger reports. (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Configure a recurring schedule batch job to clear purchase accrual for product receipt source documents. (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) General ledger balances are updated when a process needs balances. Existing exchange rate import features that were available for different countries/regions, including Russia and Eastern Europe, have been consolidated, and a framework for exchange rate import features is available. New providers can be added in C# or X++ and used by the framework. You can define a provider for importing currency exchange rates and periodically import those exchange rates between pairs of currencies. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, the same chart of accounts can be shared across legal entities, The list of main accounts within the chart of accounts can contain different account structures, and more than one account structure can be assigned to each legal entity's ledger. Reports that display accounting currency amounts, transaction currency amounts, and reporting currency amounts have been updated to display those amounts in both debit and credit columns, rather than just one column. You can configure when and where to run the purchase accrual clearing process. A recurring schedule batch job to clear purchase accrual for product receipt source documents will be installed per legal entity. You can configure the batch job to specify how many sub-batch tasks the batch job can use to process a subset of product receipt source documents that have an accounting event type of Finalized and an accounting event status of Started. General ledger balances will no longer be updated during the posting process. Instead, general ledger balances will be updated whenever a process needs balances. If you are using cubes that rely on updated general ledger balances, you must click the Update balances button in the Financial dimension sets form before you process cube data. To improve performance during posting, you can schedule a batch to update balances more frequently, such as every two hours. When balances need to be calculated, only two hours worth of data has to be calculated. You can enter a language translation for the main account name and the custom financial dimension value description.

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Tax Tax features


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Sales tax changes for vendor invoices in the Vendor invoice form

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You can use a new parameter to preserve the sales tax information from the vendor, either through a service or through manual entry based on a paper invoice from the vendor. Otherwise, the calculated sales tax information may override the actual amounts in some situations.

Bank, budget, compliance, and fixed assets Bank, budget, compliance and fixed assets features
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Export Letters of Credit

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You can now mark a sales order for payment by using a Letter of Credit or an Import collection. You can update Letter of Credit and Import collection details, post a corresponding packing slip, and assign a shipment number. You can also indicate that the documents have been submitted, apply a payment, and generate a cash flow forecast for a sales order. A Letter of Guarantee is an undertaking by a financial institution (the guarantor), such as a bank, to pay an agreed-upon amount of money to another person (the beneficiary) if the financial institutions customer (the principal) defaults on a debt or on its obligation to the beneficiary. The beneficiary must claim the guaranteed amount from the guarantor before the expiration of the Letter of Guarantee. To liquidate the agreement, the beneficiary submits the original Letter of Guarantee to the bank before the letters expiration date. The Letter of Guarantee is nontransferable and applies only to the beneficiary whose name is included in the guarantee agreement. It helps customers do the following: Create correct ledger entries and eliminate manual entry. Generate a report that includes the bank facilities and utilization of those facilities. Record the monetary and nonmonetary transactions involved and track the Letter of Guarantee balances. Record the Letter of Guarantee cycle and track its expiration date and status.

Letter of Guarantee

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Import Letters of Credit and Import collections

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You can now mark a purchase order for payment by using a Letter of Credit or an Import collection. You can then do the following: Create, extend, or delete a bank facility agreement. Update and amend Letter of Credit or Import collection details and insurance advice. Print requests for banks to issue Letters of Credit, and retrieve shipment information. Send insurance request notes to vendors. Record Letter of Credit or Import collection amendments and insurance invoices. Record and allocate Letter of Credit margins. Receive shipments, update bank advice, and indicate shipping guarantees. Register packing slips, and post and pay invoices. View Letter of Credit reports.

Set a company bank as inactive

You can set a company bank as inactive for all transactions or for new transactions. Optionally, you can set the date when a company bank becomes inactive for new transactions, and when it becomes active again. When a bank is inactive for all transactions, no transactions are permitted for that bank. If you are using budget control, you can validate spending based on approved limits. You can specify that each purchase or planned purchase is validated during processing to ensure that it does not exceed the budget funds that are available. You can use budget control for daily, allocation, and project expense account journal types. The vendor invoice recording journal and the vendor invoice approval journal can also be included in budget control. If you are using budget control for expense accounts, authorized users can override the available budget by transferring budget funds from other accounts. Those users can also reject purchases.

Budget control integrated with general journal entry

Enhanced budgeting

Customize how budget entries are transferred from other modules. Use new check boxes on the Budget parameters form to specify whether budget register entries that are created from a cross-module transfer have a draft or completed status when they are first created. You also can more easily identify newly transferred budget register entries in the Budget register entry form because they have a budget type that is similar to their origin. For example, budget register entries that are created from a fixed asset budget transfer have a budget type of Fixed assets. Budget control enables you to validate spending based on approved limits. You can specify that each purchase or planned purchase must be validated during processing to ensure that it does not exceed the budget funds that are available. Budget verifications can be performed automatically, either when the purchase order lines are entered or when the purchase order is confirmed.

Ensure that purchases do not exceed approved budgets

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The Budget detail report shows all budget register entry by budget type, with totals by type. You can filter the report by budget model, date range, dimension, and status. The Budget funds available report displays the sum of each budget category for the selected dimensions and time period. You can filter the report by budget model, date range, and dimension focus. The Actual versus budget report compares budget amounts with actual balances. You can filter the report by budget model, dimension, date range, and dimension focus.

Transition from ledger budgets to budget register entries

Ledger budgets have been replaced with budget register entries. You can use budget register entries to enter budget amounts for dimensions that are defined for budgeting. You can categorize budget register entries by budget types, such as revisions, transfers, and original budget, so that you can more quickly understand how a budget changed. Ledger budget records are automatically converted to budget register entries. If you are using budget control, each purchase or planned purchase is validated during processing to ensure that it does not exceed the budget funds that are available. When a purchase is made with a vendor invoice, any budget reservations are relieved for the budget of the distribution accounts on the purchase order. The vendor invoice distribution accounts and amounts are validated to determine whether budget funds are available. If the budget check is successful, budget tracking records with a category of actual expenditure are created. The entire cost of the vendor invoice line is evaluated, including any taxes or charges. The date on the vendor invoice line is associated with the appropriate fiscal period and budget interval to determine the budget period for validation.

Budget control integrated with accounts payable

Budgeting workflows

When you set up a review workflow, you can associate the workflow with a budget code to require budget register entries to use a review process. When a specified budget code is used on a budget register entry, a review process is required. You can define conditional statements for the review process to determine whether budget register entries are manually or automatically reviewed and approved. If you are using budget control, you can set up workflows so that a budget manager can approve budget register entries. Each budget account entry on a budget register entry can have its own review process. You can also set up rules that are independent of any review processes. For example, you can set up budget transfer rules to allow the transfer of budget funds among only a subset of departments. If budget transfer rules are violated, budget register entries can be assigned to a specific user for approval. You can set up budgets and configure budget control based on the ledger for a legal entity. The ledger provides the chart of accounts, accounting and reporting currencies, and fiscal calendar. You can specify which dimensions from the chart of accounts are available for budgeting and budget control. You can configure budget intervals, budget cycle time spans, budget thresholds, budget managers, budget groups, and the calculation used to check for available budget funds. The available budget funds can be verified when source document line items and accounting journals are entered. You can create posting definitions for budget register entries, and use those posting definitions to create ledger entries when budget register entries are posted. This helps make posting faster and more efficient because you can post to multiple accounts without making additional manual account entries. You can use the Import and Mapping Wizard to import your internal controls into the Compliance Center from an existing, preformatted control matrix spreadsheet 285 NEW, CHANGED, AND DEPRECATED FEATURES FOR MICROSOFT DYNAMICS AX 2012 R2

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that your company uses. Default control library for the Compliance site A workbook that contains more than 120 common compliance controls is now available on the Compliance site in Enterprise Portal. You can refer to this library when you manually enter controls on the Compliance site, or you can use the library as the source file for importing controls into the Compliance site. The following links have been removed from the Compliance site: Internal Control page usability enhancements Alert tracking Alert setup Database log setup Object permissions User permissions Workflow tracking Workflow instance by status

Removed Compliance site links to reports that require input parameters

A number of usability enhancements have been added to the Internal Controls page in Enterprise Portal. For example, preview information is displayed in FactBoxes for each document that is selected. You can change the page view to highlight documents that meet specific criteria, such as documents that are assigned only to you, or documents that have not been started. Icons are displayed next to each document to help identify the template that was used to create each document. Also, the new context menu makes it easier to add, modify, and delete documents in the Internal Controls tree view. The Internal controls and Database log pages on the Compliance site are updated to use standard Microsoft Dynamics AX Action Panes. You can now automatically review business documents for policy violations that trigger a review or audit. As a result, you can more efficiently manage adherence to policy and prevent fraud. You can transfer fixed assets between financial dimensions, such as locations, funds, programs, and departments. For each transfer, an historical record is created that includes the transaction (transfer) date and the amount at the time of the transfer. You can view the historical information in the Fixed assets form. This form provides a clear record of asset transfers, which is required for high-value assets. You can instead use this tracking method, and also modify financial dimensions, in the Value models form to modify the financial dimensions for a fixed asset, where you do not have to keep an historical record of the changes when no record of the transfer details is needed.

Action Pane on Compliance site pages Automatically review business documents for policy violations Transfer fixed assets between locations, funds, programs, and departments

Asset activity code, property group, and organization unit attributes available for fixed assets New SQL Server Reporting Services reports for Fixed assets

Some organizations must track fixed assets at a very detailed level, either for specialized business needs or to comply with governmental regulations. You can track fixed assets by using three new attributes: asset activity code, property group, and organization unit. After you create these attributes in their setup forms, you can assign them to fixed assets in the Fixed assets form. You can use Physical inventory worksheets as checklists to identify and list assets. The Fixed asset due for replacement report lists assets that are due to be replaced, based on the asset replacement dates.

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Create and approve budget plans (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

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You can use Budget planning in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 to do the following: establish a base budget; prepare and evaluate budget plans; approve or revise budget plans; and generate an approved budget to use with budget control. Budget planning is configurable, it supports a flexible chart of accounts and dimensions, custom-defined process configurations, workflows, and the use of Microsoft Excel to estimate costs to create scenarios, and it provides standard reports and an analysis cube.

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Improvements to Public sector Role Centers and Business Intelligence content (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

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The following Public sector Role Centers were updated: Accounts Receivable Administrator, Finance Director, Accounting Manager, and Accountant. The updates include a new way of categorizing Role Centers by the type of role: Strategic, Tactical, or Operational. The Role Center KPIs and Organization Performance Indicators can now be easily modified, and they now have the ability to report variances and percentage of goal measurements. Chart rendering was improved, and an Organization Performance Indicator to track spendable balance by fund was added. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, public sector customers will have the ability to display revenues and expenditures by financial dimension, by using a combination of budget register entry, general ledger, and budget control data. Revised budgets, actual expenditures, encumbrances, and pre-encumbrances are available, as well as a discrete breakout of carry-forward amounts. Detail transactions can be displayed for a selected financial dimension for each budgeted amount, such as the original budget and revisions.

Budget analysis inquiry (Public sector) (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

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Invoice quantity sign must match ordered quantity sign

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The sign of the invoice quantity on a vendor invoice must match the sign of the ordered quantity on the purchase order. In previous versions, you could enter a negative invoice quantity to record the return of a product. To provide better accounting control, this is no longer possible. Instead, you can issue a credit note for the purchase order line as a separate purchase order line (in other words, a purchase order line with a negative quantity). The unit price on an intercompany purchase order and intercompany sales order is updated for changes only when the first customer invoice for the intercompany sales order is entered. The update occurs only if there is a change in the unit cost price in Inventory management, and it occurs automatically. If a subsequent customer invoice is entered, the unit price for that customer invoice does not come from the cost of the item. Instead, it comes from the intercompany purchase order. In previous versions, unposted purchase order invoices that were entered in the 287 NEW, CHANGED, AND DEPRECATED FEATURES FOR MICROSOFT DYNAMICS AX 2012 R2

A unit price based on an inventory cost price is updated only once for a customer invoice

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Posting invoice form were stored in the same tables as information about updating purchase orders, receipts lists, and packing slips. In this version, unposted purchase order invoices, which are now called vendor invoices, are stored in a separate set of tables. You can match an invoice line that is identified by a description and a category to its corresponding purchase order line and product receipt line. This feature is based on the functionality that you use to enter lines that are identified by a description and a category on a purchase order, product receipt, and invoice. Additionally, you can use this feature with purchasing policies that are assigned to line items that are identified by descriptions and categories.

Invoice matching changes for line items that are identified by descriptions and categories

Create vendor invoices and credit notes from electronic invoices

A new Application Integration Framework (AIF) service, VendVendInvoiceService, creates vendor invoices and credit notes from invoices that are received electronically. The service also enables vendors to request and retrieve unposted invoice information in Accounts payable.

Enter vendor invoice lines in the Vendor invoice form that are not related to a purchase order

You can enter vendor invoice lines in the Vendor invoice form, even if the lines are not related to a purchase order. The same vendor invoice can include a combination of lines that are related to purchase orders and lines that are not related to purchase orders. The following are examples of vendor invoice lines that are not related to a purchase order: Subscription dues Conference event registrations Catering services Cleaning services

You can enter vendor invoice lines that are not related to a purchase order, and that do not create inventory transactions. However, inventoried or stocked lines are not supported on vendor invoice lines that are not related to a purchase order.

Invoice matching: Price total matching

If the parameter that enables price total matching to be used in the Accounts payable parameters form is selected, the net amount of an invoice line plus the net amount of any pending invoice lines and previously posted invoice lines is compared with the purchase order line. If the variance amount in the accounting currency exceeds the tolerance percentage, the amount, or the percentage and amount for price total matching, a matching discrepancy warning is displayed. This type of variance can occur in situations where partial invoices individually meet quantity and price tolerances, but when combined, they exceed a specified percentage or currency value as defined by the legal entity. Price total matching tolerances can be set up per legal entity.

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If the option to use charges matching is selected in the Accounts payable parameters form, charges on a vendor invoice can be compared with the expected charges from the purchase order. If the variance exceeds the tolerance percentage for charges, a matching discrepancy indicator is displayed. Charge tolerances can be set up per company or for individual charges codes.

Invoice matching: Invoice total matching

Invoice totals on a vendor invoice are compared with the expected totals, based on the purchase order information. If the variance exceeds the tolerance percentage for invoice total matching, a matching discrepancy indicator is displayed. Invoice total matching tolerances can be set up per legal entity or for individual vendor. By using two new workflow types, VendProcessInvoice and VendProcessInvoiceLine, users can create user-defined workflows for vendor invoices that are typically entered in the Vendor invoice form and other forms that have the InvoiceInfo* tables as their data source. The workflow process operates on data that is imported into the InvoiceInfo* tables, and can be used to model the processing steps for the vendor invoices. The workflow type contains the following elements: Approval elements for creating approval tasks. A task element for use in completing and correcting vendor invoices. Automated tasks that can be run programmatically without user intervention, to perform selected validations and post the vendor invoices.

Vendor invoice processing workflow

Vendor invoice validations, including matching, are performed programmatically when the workflow is run. The validations use relevant Accounts payable parameter settings. Security is used to determine the behaviors that are supported while the vendor invoice has an active workflow instance associated with it. The standard Microsoft Dynamics AX workflow infrastructure for the creation of workflows by users, the run-time behaviors of the associated workflow instances, and the creation of workflow history is used.

Invoice matching: Line matching policy (two-way and three-way)

The line matching policy can be set to three-way (matching compares the invoice, purchase order, and product receipt), two-way (matching compares the invoice and purchase order), or not required (unit price matching and price totals matching are not performed). The line matching policy can be set up per legal entity, and for items, vendors, or item and vendor combinations. Invoice matching is now available as a workflow task that can be performed without user intervention. The workflow can be started based on a Microsoft Dynamics AX business event, such as when new records are created by using the vendor invoice service. Vendor portal scenarios and import scenarios in which vendor invoices are processed without user intervention are supported. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 289 NEW, CHANGED, AND DEPRECATED FEATURES FOR MICROSOFT DYNAMICS AX 2012 R2

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2009, invoice matching was performed automatically through the user interface when an invoice was created, modified, or retrieved. The new tasks use the same underlying logic that the user interface uses to perform invoice matching. Enter vendor invoices that are not for a purchase order in the Vendor invoice form Postdated checks Invoice header fields have been added to the Vendor invoice form, so that you can use this form to enter a category-based invoice line that is not related to a purchase order on an invoice. You can issue and receive checks with a check date in the future, also known as postdated checks. This is a common business practice in Asia, Africa, and many other parts of the world. Many businesses use checks as the primary means of making and receiving payments. You can create postdated checks in payment journals in both Accounts receivable and Accounts payable. Postdated checks use standard Microsoft Dynamics AX functionality, including payment journals, financial dimensions, check printing, centralized payments, settlements, and banking. Postdated checks are not considered legal in certain parts of the world, including Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, but are sometimes still used in those countries/regions as a business practice. To accommodate this business practice while complying with applicable laws, you can choose whether the check amount will be reflected in your accounting books until the time of maturity. If financial posting for postdated checks is turned off, the checks are documented for recordkeeping purposes, and the financial transaction takes place only when the maturity date of the check is reached.

Improved forms for creating and posting invoices

The forms for creating and posting invoices are easier to understand and use, and you can now enter all of the required information in one form.

Verify the receipt of W-9 forms from vendors

Before posting a document, you can verify whether a vendor has provided a W-9 form. If the vendor has not provided a W-9 form, you can hold the document while you wait for the form from the vendor. When you need to pay a vendor before goods are delivered or a service is performed, you can create a vendor invoice line that includes a category and the amount that must be paid in advance. You can validate the amount of the advance payment that is listed on the vendor invoice against the amount listed on the purchase order. You can also apply the vendor invoice for the advance payment against the vendor invoice for the items or service. Vendors can create and edit their invoices directly from the vendor self-service portal in Enterprise Portal. Vendors can create an invoice from a purchase order, or they can create an invoice and add a purchase order to it. You can use the Retrieve purchase orders form to create one invoice for selected purchase orders and purchase order lines. In a list on the Retrieve purchase orders form, you can select the open purchase orders and lines that you want to combine on the same invoice. The forms for creating and posting invoices, purchase orders, receipt lists, and packing slips are easier to understand and use. For each document type, you can now enter all of the required information in one form.

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packing slips Create payment invoice groups and pay a group of invoices by using the same payment Print copies of payments as nonnegotiable checks Set up prenotes to validate customer and vendor bank accounts for EFT You can group invoices by a common code, so that if one invoice in the payment group is paid, the other invoices in the group are included in the same payment.

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You can print copies of payments, including checks, promissory notes, and electronic payments. The payment copies are printed as nonnegotiable checks. You can now set up prenotes for customer and vendor bank accounts for electronic funds transfer (EFT). For electronic payments, banks use prenotes to verify the accuracy of account data, such as routing numbers and account numbers.

Place Accounts payable payments on hold

You can put Accounts payable payments on hold until a specified release date, or you can put them on hold indefinitely by not specifying a release date. You can use holds to stop Accounts payable payments either by holding all payments for a vendor or by holding the payment of any selected invoice. When you put a payment on hold, you can prevent an approved invoice from generating a payment until the release date, if one is specified.

Organize invoices in groups for simpler retrieval and handling Add open purchase orders and purchase order lines to an invoice

You can now group invoices by a common code, so that you do not have to use an exact query to retrieve a set of similar invoices. After you have retrieved the invoice group, you can easily post all of the invoices at the same time. You can use the Retrieve purchase orders form to create one invoice for selected purchase orders and purchase order lines. In a list on the Retrieve purchase orders form, you can select the open purchase orders and lines that you want to combine on the same invoice.

Create a confirming purchase order for unplanned vendor purchases (Public sector)

In an emergency or special circumstance, you can create an order that circumvents the typical purchasing process. For example, you can authorize an order with only a purchase order number instead of a printed purchase order document. You can use the Confirming PO field to track these unplanned purchases. You can select from multiple remittance addresses for your organization. You can use a default remittance address for specific invoices, or a different address that you selected for an invoice or payment. You can use the Workforce services site in Enterprise Portal to approve or reject invoices that were submitted through the vendor self-service portal.

Select from multiple remittance addresses Approve or reject vendor invoices from the Workforce services site Create invoices from the vendor self-service portal

Vendors can create and edit their invoices directly from the vendor self-service portal in Enterprise Portal. Vendors can create an invoice from a purchase order or packing slip, or they can create an invoice and add a purchase order to it.

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Transfer purchase order encumbrance entries from the closing fiscal year to the new fiscal year

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If you encumber purchase orders, you can process year-end closing entries to the general ledger and against budget reserves at the end of each fiscal year. When a new fiscal year is created, a new set of adjusting entries is made to correctly reflect the encumbrances in the new fiscal year. These entries ensure that the purchase orders are correctly represented on the year-end financial statements.

Create flexible rules for vendor invoices

Business rules for vendor invoices are now more flexible. You can enforce your business rules across all operating legal entities, but still allow local variations based on other criteria, such as currency and country/region. You can adjust the calculated taxes on an invoice line before posting.

Adjust taxes on an invoice line (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Integrate a payment calendar to control due dates for payments (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

A new payment calendar functionality in the Accounts receivable and Accounts payable areas will replace similar functionality that was previously available only for certain countries/regions. Combined with rules for due dates, the payment calendar enables companies to specify non-business days for countries and regions, and additional holidays at the state and province levels; or for any other purpose, such as non-banking days. The purpose is to ensure that due dates for payments on vendor and customer invoices are not set for non-business days. When a payment is due on a non-business day, the new due date control will move the date to the nearest business day, either before or after the default date, based on selected options. Similarly, you can also use the due date control in combination with the payment calendar to ensure that grace period calculations for interest and fees for payments start on the nearest business day. The functionality can, for example, be used to enhance the due date and payment date control in Accounts payable, to avoid any unplanned interest or fees for late vendor payments, and to make payment processing easier, because due dates are always on a processing day.

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Giro footer information is printed on a separate page

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Six reports that can have variable footer information can now include the footer information on a separate page. These reports include the Customer account statement - external, Customer collection letter, Customer interest note, Free text invoice, Customer invoice, and Project invoice.

Credit card processing enhancements

Credit card processing terminology has changed to follow industry standards. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, you could preauthorize a credit card to reserve the amount with the bank, and then authorize it to collect the payment. Now, the term authorize is used for reserving the amount, and capture is used for collecting the payment. The following enhancements are included for credit card processing: You can use any valid currency that your payment service supports. Refunds can be processed for credit notes. Authorizations (previously known as preauthorizations) occur automatically for the remaining amount of the order when a partial shipment is processed. The card verification value (CVV) can be validated. Address verification is now supported. Data support is provided for Level-2 (order header) and Level-3 (order line) data. You can process a sales order that contains a credit card, without storing the credit card number in Microsoft Dynamics AX. You can send tax codes, customer tax groups, and item tax groups to an external application by using a web service.

Multiple customer invoice formats for print management

You can now specify different formats for customer invoices in the Print management setup form. For example, you can use one format for most of your customers, but a custom format for a specific customer. The custom report format must be created by a developer and added to the AOT before it is available for selection in the Print management setup form.

Manage collections and collection agents

Credit and collection managers can use a new central view to manage collections and collection agents. Collection agents can begin the collection process from customer lists that are generated by using predefined collection criteria. Collection agents can use the Collections form to organize work related to a specific customer in an orderly fashion to produce measurable results. They can also track activities, such as making phone calls, sending email correspondence, and writing off transactions, and manage groups of transactions and activities by assigning them to a case.

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Define enhanced interest calculations

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Expanded options for calculating interest give you the flexibility to handle interest charges that are unique to your organization. You can use the enhanced Interest form to define the specific calculations that are used when collecting interest and paying interest for a variety of scenarios that your organization encounters. In previous versions, interest could be calculated only by using a fixed percentage formula with a simple per-day or per-month frequency. With the addition of the Interest earnings and Interest payments tabs, you can base an interest calculation on either a percentage or an amount. On the new Ranges tab, you can derive interest percentages or amounts by defining an increasing series of these values in day, month, or amount intervals. For example, you can charge an interest amount of USD 5.00 every 15 days, five percent every three months, or two percent for every USD 1000.00 of the balance of an invoice.

Create different interest terms for different date ranges

You can create interest code ranges that are effective for a specified date range. You also can define changes in interest attributes, such as the days in a grace period, the amount, the ledger account, or the calculation method for a future date. This ensures that the correct set of interest attributes is used when interest is calculated on transactions. You can also view historical information for interest attributes, including a timeline.

Correct free text invoices after they have been posted Select invoice lines for settlement

You can quickly correct posted invoices, review free text invoice history, and audit free text invoice correction history. When you use the Enter customer payments form or the Open customer transaction editing form, you can now apply a customer payment to selected invoice lines. You can use the new Mark invoice lines form to select individual lines for settlement and adjust the settlement amount for these lines. You also can view a history of the settled line amounts on a new Lines tab in the Customer settlement form. These features are activated by selecting a check box on the Settlement tab of the Accounts receivable parameters form. You can calculate the interest for transactions by using the interest code that is specified for the posting profile that is associated with the individual transactions. Interest ledger accounts, and the corresponding offset or summary accounts, are also obtained from the posting profile that is associated with the individual transactions when the interest note is posted.

Calculate interest based on the terms specified for individual transactions

Quickly view customer invoice details and create new interest notes

When customers ask about their most recent invoice totals and interest charges, you can now find this information in one location, rather than looking in multiple forms. Use the Open Customer Invoices list page to view essential invoice details by customer, including posted and unposted interest and total payments made. You can click the Calculate Interest and New Interest Note buttons to calculate interest and create new interest notes by customer or by invoice. You also can click the Invoice, Transactions, Payments, Interest Notes, and Collection Letters buttons to view original transaction documents. You can use the Free Text Invoices list page to view, print, or send individual invoices or groups of invoices, or copies of those invoices. You can use this feature to consolidate invoicing mailing batches, which can decrease mailing costs. You can select invoices by invoice date, invoice due date, or account number.

View, print, or send individual invoices or ranges of invoices from the Free Text Invoices list page

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Generate recurring invoices for customers Select from multiple remitto addresses for customer refunds New quantity and unit price fields on the free text invoice line Specify how debit transactions are prioritized during Accounts receivable settlement

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You can set up, create, and generate recurring free text invoices for customers.

You can select from multiple remit-to addresses for customers so that you can send refunds to an address that is different from the primary customer address.

You can use the new Quantity and Unit price fields to determine the billing amount for a free text invoice line. These fields enable you to use a single invoice line to bill customers for more than one instance of a specific charge. You now can specify the order in which transactions are settled in Accounts receivable. You can use a new parameter to prioritize settlement by debit transaction type. You can create an ordered list of transaction types that determines the priority of settlement when no specific transactions are selected. If you are selecting transactions for settlement, you can click the Mark transactions button in the Enter customer payments and Open transaction editing forms to automatically select the prioritized transactions, and to easily see them and make any changes before they are settled. You can use the expanded print management features when generating customer account statements, collection letter notes, and interest notes. You can waive interest notes, or interest on transactions or fees that are part of interest notes when you make adjustments to an outstanding balance that is owed by a customer. Waived charges are forgiven, and the amounts are reversed to the same revenue accounts. If necessary, you can later reinstate waived interest or fees so that the amounts are due again. You can also reverse waived interest notes or interest on transactions, which removes those amounts from account balances so that interest can be recalculated for the transactions.

Use print management for Accounts receivable reports Make adjustments to waive, reinstate, or reverse interest notes, interest on transactions, or fees

Enhanced settlement priority options

You can enable the settlement priority by debit transaction type, transaction amount, cash discount date, or due date, and set the sorting order, where applicable. The user can then determine which charges must be paid first when a payment is received. In addition, you can choose to use only the defined order for marking transactions for settlement, and exclude automatic settlement from being affected by the specified marking order. The form for creating and posting free text invoices is easier to understand and use. All of the actions have been moved to an Action Pane and are displayed on activitybased tabs, so that you can access commonly used features and subsequent tasks by clicking a button.

Improved free text invoice form to create and post free text invoices

Add original invoice information to corrected invoices Create different interest terms for different date ranges

You can add the original invoice number and correction reason to a corrected free text invoice. You can create interest code ranges that are effective for a specified date range. You also can define changes in interest attributes, such as the days in a grace period, the amount, the ledger account, or the calculation method for a future date. This ensures that the correct set of interest attributes is used when interest is calculated on transactions. You can also view historical information for interest attributes, including a timeline.

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Record charges on free text invoice lines (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

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With this feature, you can add freight and other charges to each line in a free text invoice, and distribute charges to dimensions and ledger lines.

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Terminating workers

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You can easily modify a workers employment status to indicate employment termination, and you can specify the last date that the worker was employed and the final pay period date.

Track and manage workrelated injury and illness incidents Number sequences for employees, positions, and applicants Maintain a list of dependents and beneficiaries Hiring workers

You can track and manage work-related injuries, accidents, and illness incidents.

You can set up number sequence codes for employees, positions, and applicants.

You can maintain a list of dependents and beneficiaries.

By using information that was entered in an applicant record, you can more easily create a worker record. Employees and managers can create and manage employee goals. For example, they can create new goals, update the status of goals and activities associated with those goals, and enter comments. You have more flexibility to set up and define worker benefits, such as health or investment benefits. You can create and assign workers to current and future benefits with customized plans and coverage levels.

Access employee goals in Enterprise Portal Benefits setup

Transfer workers from one position to a different position Questionnaire configuration key updates Create and manage teams of people

Previously, you had to update multiple forms when a worker switched positions within your organization. Now, you can use the Transfer workers form to record transfer-related information when a worker transfers to a different position. The Questionnaire I and II configuration keys are no longer available. The questionnaire functionality is available when the Basic configuration key is selected. You can now create and manage teams of people who collaborate to perform work with Microsoft Dynamics AX. These people can be Microsoft Dynamics AX users, employees, contractors, vendors, customers, or contacts. Teams can include people from different locations and entities, such as organizations, legal entities, and departments.

Applicant list page

A new list page that lists applicants is available, so that you can quickly find and maintain your applicant records.

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Human resources features


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List of benefits and enrollments Mass benefits enrollment Track worker certification expirations Enhanced benefit setup for dependents and beneficiaries Onboard workers from application records Anonymous questionnaires Create a budget for filled or vacant positions (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Worker education enhancments (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

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You can use a new list page to view which workers are enrolled in a specific benefit. You also can filter the list and export it to Microsoft Excel for further analysis. You can enroll multiple workers in a benefit at the same time. Generate an individual or batch report for certifications that are near expiration or that have already expired. You can assign benefits to dependents and beneficiaries, based on your organizations eligibility rules. The Personal contacts form also has additional fields that you can use to include more information about dependents and beneficiaries. You can now create a worker record by using information that was entered in an applicant record. You now can create questionnaires in which users can answer questions anonymously. You can identify salary and benefits for each position. You can also create budget amounts by budget cycle, account, and dimension, and import your forecast data into the budget planning tool. You can complete these changes in a temporary environment without impacting your live data, or you can make the changes directly to your live data, where they will become active immediately. You can enter additional worker education detail in the Education form. For a completed degree, you can enter the credits completed and the credit basis, such as semester or quarter. For a degree in progress, you can enter the credits earned and the credits required. You also can enter any additional notes related to the worker's education, as well as a secondary emphasis, orminor, such as Business or Economics. This information can be viewed and entered on the Employee services site, and can appear on the Worker and Applicant resume reports.

You can require applicants and employees to pass certain tests to obtain and hold certain positions (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Copy existing positions, mass update positions, and block position assignments (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Adjust multiple values in the compensation grid simultaneously for fixed compensation plans (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Use an Actions process, with optional workflow, to gather details and easily track history when positions are created or edited

Create tests, set up minimum test score requirements, and set up test recurrence details. You can require a passing test score for workers to be eligible for and remain in employment. After you create a test, you can assign it to a job template, a job, or individual workers. After they are assigned, all tests can be tracked at the individual worker level. You can create individual or multiple positions by copying an existing position. You can also update multiple positions simultaneously and prevent positions from being assigned to workers without deleting them.

You can apply a percentage or flat rate adjustment to one column or to multiple rows in the compensation grid. For example, you can apply a 3% increase to all grid rows, a 1% decrease to a particular step plan, or a reduction of 15.00 to all hourly workers who use the same compensation structure. In addition, you can review the values prior to saving them and revert to the previous values if the grid is not accurate. You can require that your workers use an Actions process to create and edit positions, so that you can track position activity. You can also require that position additions and changes go through a review process.

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Human resources features


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(Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Staffing manager Role Center (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Eligibility rules provide greater control and fewer errors when signing workers up for benefits (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) This Role Center has been enhanced to provide the most relevant information to the Staffing manager, such as the average days to recruit by department, job application sources, and the applications that each open recruiting project has received. Worker benefits can include anything from a cell phone plan to medical insurance and investment plans. Some benefits may be available to all employees. Other benefits may be available only to full-time workers, or to workers in a particular location. The Microsoft Dynamics AX policy framework provides a common pattern and feature set that allows users to define business rules that help control business processes and enforce the overall business strategy. Users can now leverage the capabilities of the policy framework to create rules to define and exercise eligibility rules for each benefit offered by the company to workers.

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HR manager Role Center (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) HR Ttraining and development manager Role Center (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Enhancements to the Benefit setup and Benefits list page (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Import worker information (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) You can require applicants and employees to take or pass designated screenings (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

This Role Center has been enhanced to provide the most relevant information to the Human Resources manager, such as position hierarchy information, active workers by department, and injury and illness incidents by month and year. This Role Center has been enhanced to provide the most relevant information to the Training and development manager, such as open courses and how many workers have taken a particular course.

You can create new benefits and maintain benefit versions on the Benefits list page instead of in the Plan Setup form.

You can import basic worker information, such as name, address, personnel number, email address, and title. You can require applicants and workers to take or pass medical and drug screenings that are associated with a particular job. You can set up recurrence information for screenings that recur on a predetermined schedule, such as every year or every other year.

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Sales and marketing Sales and marketing features


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Case management in Enterprise Portal

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You can use case management in Enterprise Portal to access a list of current cases and create new cases. You can access the case information that you need, whether you are an internal employee or an external worker for the company.

Associate contacts with multiple parties in the same organization Knowledge articles and case management

To expand your network, and obtain new customers and vendors, you can now associate contacts with multiple parties in the same organization. With the addition of case management, you can create knowledge articles in what was formerly known as the encyclopedia. These knowledge articles can help customer service representatives solve specific cases. Access to documents, links, and other information can be grouped logically into case categories for the accumulated organizational knowledge of the company. The knowledge articles can also be ranked or scored to indicate how valuable the information is for helping users quickly find the most common solution to an issue.

Case management in the Microsoft Dynamics AX client

Case management can help you track cases that are brought forward by customers to resolve problems, answer questions, or replace purchased items. You can create, assign, plan, resolve, follow up on, and analyze cases.

Updates to the address book

Updates to the address book include enhanced contact synchronization with Microsoft Outlook. You can now define multiple purposes for multiple addresses.

Update the name of a party from the party record (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Updates to Sales and marketing Role Centers and the reporting information provided (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Update, in bulk, the list of party records assigned to an address book (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Generate a lead or opportunity record from a campaign or call list target record (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

You can update the name of a party record on the party record's form or on the role form of the party record. For example, you could update the name of a customer from either the Party form or the Customer form.

In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, the Sales and marketing Role Centers have been updated to provide more timely and relevant data related to the user's role and organization. In addition, a new Sales and marketing cube has been added.

When you update the list of party records that are assigned to an address book, you can update the list of records as a group instead of one record at a time.

You can generate a lead or opportunity record directly from the target record list of a campaign or call list. The campaign or call list information that is relevant to the new lead or opportunity record will be automatically included in the new record.

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Sales and marketing features


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Cases are secured by case category (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

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You can grant permission to view and update cases based on case category type and the user's security role.

Compliance and internal controls

Compliance and internal controls features


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Data is available to help you reduce your carbon footprint

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The data that the Environment dashboard provides can show your organization what its carbon footprint is. With the new features included in the dashboard, your company can now formulate ways to reduce its carbon footprint.

Enter substance flow information in Enterprise Portal Resource and waste stream management

You can now enter substance flow information in Enterprise Portal, which improves access to the information across your organization to help you better understand and evaluate your organizations carbon footprint and discover ways to reduce that footprint. The Environmental sustainability dashboard can help you and your organization monitor, track, and report your environmental impact. Your company can also report on the acquisition and emission of these substances through reporting frameworks, like the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG).

Feature updates have been made to the Environmental sustainability dashboard Graphical views of substance flow and key sets of data

Updates made to the Environment area offer a better experience for use, more functionality, and allow for a better Environmental management system. With the process flow map, you can view substance flows and other data in graphical form.

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Travel and expense Travel and expense features


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Tighter integration between Expense management and Projects

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You can now filter by project, category, or employee validation, set up default dimensions, and budget for projects in Expense management. In addition, expense entry has been optimized for project expenses.

Expense report posting can be added to workflow

You can now post expense reports as part of the expense report workflow process.

Expense budget control

You can now have better control over budgets by monitoring and controlling actual spending. Because business organizations are not required to pay taxes on legitimate business travel and entertainment expenses in some countries/regions, a legitimate record must be created and submitted to the proper tax authorities. Receipts management offers users a way to provide transaction receipt records with a submitted expense report. You can more closely control and monitor the company money that is being spent by employees. Level-3 data requires that employees provide more information about the expenses that they incur when traveling for work. This information can show when policies are violated and when employees are being overcharged.

Receipts management with expense reports

Enhanced Level-3 data in expense reports

Value-added tax (VAT) recovery

Value-added tax (VAT) can be recovered from certain expenses incurred in specific countries/regions. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, you could calculate and recover a portion of taxes by using the sales tax code configuration. Now, you can calculate VAT and potentially recover even more money.

Define travel and expense policies The expense report workflow is now integrated into workflow

By using Level-2 and Level-3 data, you can create more detailed policies for travel and expenses and also create more detailed pre-travel policies. The Expense management workflow that is based on line-level reviews of expense reports has been integrated with the workflow framework. This integration enables more efficient customization.

Credit card disputes on expense reports

When you reconcile an expense report that contains a credit card transaction with inaccurate information, you can create and submit a transaction dispute. However, these disputes can only be submitted to the credit card company, not to the merchant where the transaction took place. You can create work item queues for Expense management workflows. Expense reports can be routed to a queue of users, and a user in that queue can complete tasks for the expense report, such as verifying that receipts have been attached.

Expense management workflows

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Project accounting Project accounting features


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Display project budget status in purchasing forms

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You can now display the project budget status in purchase requisition forms, purchase order forms, and vendor invoice forms. This makes it easy to monitor the remaining available budget for projects, and also supports budget control and the evaluation of proposed purchases during management review or workflow approval. Several nonessential fields have been removed from the Project cube perspective, leaving the fields related to measures and attributes. These changes make the cube easier to work with and maintain, and less likely to be negatively affected by schema changes. Legal entities now have the option of having project contract ID numbers assigned automatically through a number sequence when a new project contract is created in the Project contracts form. You can assign a project ID to any sales order, purchase order, service agreement, service order, or service subscription. Previously, these types of documents could be associated with a project ID only if they were created from within Project management and accounting. You can easily enter and track grants and define relationships to new or existing projects and project contracts. Grant information is stored in a centralized location in Project, so that you can quickly and easily find the information you need for reporting and informational purposes. Vendor invoices can now be evaluated against project budgets. Project budget capabilities have been enhanced as follows: Project budgeting is now possible at the activity level. An original project budget can be created to define a budget at various levels in the project hierarchy. An original budget can be submitted for review and approval. An original project budget can be allocated over a period of time. Project budget revisions can be created to revise a budget at various levels in the project hierarchy. Revisions to a budget can be submitted for review and approval. Approval of a proposed budget revision causes an immediate change to the overall project budget. A history, or audit trail, of proposed, accepted, and rejected budget revisions is available for review. The Project balances inquiry and the Project financial status report include a detailed presentation of the project budget. A project budget revision can be allocated over a period of time.

Changes to the Project accounting cube

Project contract ID numbers can now be assigned automatically Associate any sales order, purchase order, or servicerelated document with a project Grant management for projects

Evaluate vendor invoices against project budgets Enhancements to the budget functionality in projects

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Project accounting features


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Enhancements to Project integration with Microsoft Project Server

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Project managers can already schedule and manage project activities and resources by using Microsoft Project Server, and they can synchronize activity, costs, and revenue with Microsoft Dynamics AX to support additional analysis of data. Enhancements support the synchronization of resource assignments and the project hierarchy with Microsoft Project Server 2010. In addition, custom code enables Microsoft Dynamics AX custom fields can be integrated with Microsoft Project Server at the table level.

Upgrades for item charges on lines for purchase orders, sales orders, and invoices Enhancements to project timesheets

Item charges on lines for purchase orders, sales orders, and invoices are now recognized in Project. The ledger account and the posting type for the charge are derived from the primary line amount. In addition, any taxes for item charges are reflected in an expense account. The item charges and their related taxes are also recorded in the project commitments and budget. Building on existing support for project timesheets, the forms and pages that are used for timesheet-related tasks now provide a more user-friendly experience. The timesheet line-level approvals now use support from the workflow framework for lines to achieve consistency with other tasks. The way that comments and period starting and ending dates are used has also changed. In addition, timesheet support in Enterprise Portal includes the capability to manage favorites, and to quickly create a new timesheet based on either a previous timesheet or favorites.

Project budgeting enhancements

Significant improvements to project budgeting simplify the financial management of projects. By using the new budget control method, you can do the following: Allocate project budget amounts to multiple fiscal periods and fiscal years. Revise budgets. Control whether the budget is verified, and whether transactions that exceed the budget balance are allowed with a warning to the user, or blocked. Extend committed costs to purchase requisitions. Apply budget control to all project transactions, including revenue transactions, purchase requisitions, and purchase orders.

Carry forward project budget amounts at year end

If you are working with a multiple-year project, at the end of the year, you can carry forward any remaining budget to future years and make the necessary changes to the associated general ledger accounts.

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Project accounting features


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Multiple funding source support

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In previous versions of Microsoft Dynamics AX, you could invoice only one customer per project or contract project. Now the funding for a single project or project contract can be shared by any number of internal and external parties, either with or without funding limits for a profit or a nonprofit organization. In addition, by configuring a funding scheme, you can set up funding limits for one or more customers per category, category group, or transaction type, or for all transaction types. You can now create collaboration workspaces where teams can quickly organize and share information about projects, marketing campaigns, and opportunities. Because collaboration workspaces are built on features in Microsoft SharePoint Services and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, they include familiar elements, such as document libraries, announcement lists, calendar items, tasks, and discussion boards. You can add collaboration workspaces to existing projects, campaigns, and opportunities, and you can configure your Microsoft Dynamics AX options so that new collaboration workspaces are automatically created for them.

Collaboration Workspaces

Create and manage projects in Enterprise Portal

Project managers can create and maintain projects in the web-based Enterprise Portal. Previously, time and expense entry was the only Project-related feature available. Web-based support makes it easier for project managers to work remotely, and frees them from having to deal with software installations, upgrades, and patches.

Enter and approve worker timesheets in Enterprise Portal

Enterprise Portal includes a timesheet page where workers can enter the hours they worked each day on one or more projects. Additionally, project managers can review and approve worker timesheets in Enterprise Portal.

Enter a beginning balance for a project

You can now enter a beginning balance for a new or existing project. By specifying a beginning balance, you can transfer projects to Microsoft Dynamics AX without affecting the general ledger. For example, if you have been tracking a project in another program, but recording project costs and revenues in Microsoft Dynamics AX, you can transfer the project to Microsoft Dynamics AX, specify a beginning balance, and then track the project information in one place only. You can enter and track grants, and you can define relationships between grants and new or existing projects and project contracts. Grant information is stored in a centralized location in Project, so that you can quickly and easily find information that you can use for reporting and informational purposes. Revenue that is billed by using a free text invoice can now be tracked to a project.

Enter and track detailed information about grants

Track project revenue from a free text invoice

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Project accounting features


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Enhancements to adjustments

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Adjustment capabilities have been enhanced as follows: Invoiced and estimated transactions can be adjusted. Previously, only transactions that were not invoiced or calculated in an estimate could be adjusted. The adjustment date can be used as the project date for transactions, instead of the original transaction date. The relationship between an original transaction, its reversal, and a new replacement transaction can be traced, including information about what user made each adjustment. With the new Adjustment cash flow trace feature, if an item transaction that is created from a purchase order is adjusted to a new project before the vendor is paid, you can report Expected and Paid from the new project.

Support for progress billing, estimates, and revenue recognition when migrating data from other ERP systems

When you migrate data from one Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system to another, one challenge is bringing existing data into the estimation system so that revenue can continue to be recognized for fixed-price projects that are already underway. Because revenue recognition is based on a completed percentage, the data must be migrated so that both the percentage of work already completed (actual cost) and the amount of work remaining on the project (estimated cost to complete) are reflected in the proper accounts. Because some fixed-price projects can span multiple years, the actual cost to date can also be derived from several years of transactions. Therefore, the key challenge in an ERP migration is posting a lump sum transaction in the beginning balance journal and connecting it correctly to the estimate system. To address these data migration issues, the new beginning balance and progress billing features integrate with the existing estimation system to provide support for revenue recognition for fixed-price projects.

Miscellaneous Project feature updates

A series of minor feature changes have been implemented for Project: The Employee ID field is no longer required for hourly transactions in Project, so that route operations can be assigned to work center groups, not only to individual work centers. Several references to period tables in Project have been replaced with fiscal calendar objects, relations, and methods. The capability to copy a project ID to a purchase order when the purchase order was made from an item requirement has been restored. This functionality is necessary so that users can view a full list of the purchase orders that are related to a project.

Funding sources for project ledger posting

If you use multiple funding sources with project contracts, you can configure ledger posting based on funding source by project, project group, category, category group, or all of these options. For each posting type, you can associate projects and funding sources with specific accounts.

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Project accounting features


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Option to designate a project cost price as an effective labor rate (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

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Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 introduces support for specifying a worker's hourly cost price on projects as an effective labor rate. The effective labor rate defines the hourly cost if the worker works all the hours in a work week. The effective labor rate cost price for a period is calculated with the following formula: Effective labor rate price per hour * (Number of hours in the work week per the worker's calendar / number of hours registered in the week). The Project setup form now includes an Effective labor rate check box. If the check box is selected, you can mark a worker's hour price in the Cost price hour form as an effective labor rate. For investment projects, in the Estimate form, you can now choose the value model that you want applied when the value from an estimate project is eliminated to a fixed asset. View all invoice proposals on a new project invoice proposals list page. Distribute project funding amounts to multiple funding sources. Set up invoice forecasting on a bi-weekly basis. Set up printing for all types of projects, project contracts, project quotations, invoice proposals, and project invoices. Print comments on project documents that you send to customers. In previous versions of Microsoft Dynamics AX, a project manager who wanted an estimate project to be created in support of a fixed-price project or investment project had to remember to select the New estimate project check box in the Create project form in order to have full support for using the estimate system to recognize revenue. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, an estimate project is created automatically when the project manager creates a fixed-price project or investment project. As part of this change, cost templates and period codes can now be assigned to project groups instead of requiring them to be assigned to each project individually. This is to support the more common practice of using the same cost template and estimate period for most or all fixed-price projects and investment projects. It also reflects the fact that other accrual and revenue recognition options are set up in project groups.

Choose a value model for estimate eliminations (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Enhancements to project invoice proposals and printing project documents (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Improved support for project estimates and revenue recognition (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

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Project accounting features


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Enabling intercompany resource scheduling and UX improvements (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

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Major enhancements have been made to the resource scheduling feature in the Project Management and Accounting Add-in (Project III). First, a new intercompany resource scheduling feature makes it possible for a worker in one legal entity to easily be assigned to a project in a related legal entity. Next, through improved support for staffing a project and viewing the status of project staffing, project managers can now more easily perform a number of tasks: Discover the scheduling status of a project. Find the best resources for projects and activities. Assign resources to projects and activities, including the ability to automatically assign resources to projects.

Project managers can also easily view a list of which resources are assigned to a project, release resources from all assignments in a projects, and view the assignment details for resources who are assigned to a project. Soft-booking support has been updated, so that a workers soft-booked hours do not count against the workers overall availability. When a project is closed, all of a workers bookings made for the project are released automatically. It is also no longer necessary to manually add resources that are assigned to a project to a validation group for the project. This validation, which enables a worker to enter timesheet lines for the project, is set up automatically when a worker is assigned to a project. In the Project management and accounting parameters form, the Check budget on document line save option previously applied only to financial budget documents, such as purchase requisitions and purchase orders, and not to project budgetrelated journals. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, budget checks are now performed when changes are made to hour journals, expense journals, fee journals, and item journals. Budget checks are triggered when changes are made to any of the following fields: Consumption of project items on product receipt without an item requirement (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Project ID Activity number Category Date of transaction Cost price Sales price Sales currency

Expanded support for project budget checks when document lines are saved (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, if an item was added to the purchase order for a project without being preceded by an item requirement, the item could not be consumed and invoiced to the project contract's funding source until the related vendor invoice was posted. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, project items may be immediately consumed and invoiced to the projects contract funding source , before the vendor invoice for the purchase order is posted, regardless of whether an item requirement precedes the purchase order.

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Project accounting features


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Reservation of funds in a project contract (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

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The funding limits in the project contract now track revenue that has not yet been posted as 'commitments.' This allows for more realistic limit checks, because the commitments will be taken into account while the remaining available funds in a limit are computed. This tracking of commitments on a limit will be available to all of the source documents that have project functionality.

Control Control features


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New report to identify potential conflicts in transactions

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A new report, Potential conflicts - Inventory and General ledger, validates whether transactions from Inventory management and General ledger match the parameter settings in Accounts payable, Accounts receivable, Production information management, and Inventory. The report can be used to view a list of any transactions that violate one or more rules. For each violation, a corrective action is suggested. Reports to track inventory movements or reconcile inventories with General ledger can now be configured and saved. The reports are created in a new report framework that you can use to save a set of unique report configurations. After a report configuration is created, the report can be run at any time without further configuration. Reports can be configured for the following purposes: Internal auditing The report shows the inventory value by physical quantity, financial quantity, and value. External auditing The report shows the inventory value by quantity and value, with no distinction between physical and financial values. Reconciliation with General ledger The report shows the current WIP inventory, including the resource types of material, labor, and indirect costs.

Report framework for configuring inventory value reports

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Inventory and warehouse management Inventory management features


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Updated Inventory management pages for Enterprise Portal

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The existing Inventory pages in Enterprise Portal have been redesigned with a new look and feel that aligns with the new features in the Microsoft Dynamics AX client, including Action Panes, preview panes, and FactBoxes. The following pages have been updated: EPInventOnhand EPInventOnhandInfo EPInventTableInfo EPInventTableList

Quality management enhancements

Quality management has been enhanced as follows: Updates can now be blocked for an order while the related items are going through quality inspection. The quality inspection process can be initiated automatically when items are registered in a warehouse.

A higher level of differentiation can now be applied to items going through quality inspection. Therefore, individual batches of items and items with different dimension combinations can be inspected separately. Handling the arrival of products that are not stocked Even if unstocked products are not accounted for in inventory, arrivals can be listed and processed in the Arrival overview form, and registered in the Registration form. Incoming orders for stocked items are identified by InventTrans transactions, but products that are not stocked do not generate InventTrans transactions, and they cannot be tracked in inventory. Ordered quantities of products that are not stocked are identified by a signal for expected receipts, the inbound order. The inbound order covers both inventory transactions for stocked items that have an Ordered status and orders for products that are not stocked. The following changes are also introduced: Support for intercompany trade of products that are not stocked Support for sales and purchase returns of products that are not stocked Update of various reports to properly handle order lines without reference to products

More detailed information about changes to the InventTrans table can be found in the white paper titled Implementing InventTrans Refactoring for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Applications.

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Inventory management features


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QMS enhancements in Inventory management

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The inventory-based aspects of the existing quality management feature has been enhanced. With the existing quality management feature, users can only register data, and the goal is a process-oriented approach to quality management. Inventory blocking Inventory blocking enables automatic blocking of inventory in an inbound quality management process, and also manual blocking of on-hand inventory. Quality test area enhancements Operators can associate an inspection area with the existing warehouse layout, so that they can identify a location for inventory in the quality management process.

Style as a product dimension (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack) Moving average inventory valuation method (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack)

This feature adds support for the additional product dimension of style. You set up and use the new dimension the same way you use the existing product dimensions: color and size.

You can now select moving average, a perpetual cost method, as the inventory valuation method for products. The moving average valuation method allows backdated purchase orders and sales orders, valuation of produced products, negative inventory, proportional capitalization of variances after the product invoice has been posted, and updated inventory cost per transaction posted. The inventory close and recalculation processes do not include products valued by moving average in their calculations. The performance of the Inventory close and the Recalculation batch jobs has been significantly improved. The performance improvement is based on a change in the way that the batch jobs utilize the batch framework in Microsoft Dynamics AX: The logic that is associated with inventory closing batch helpers has been redefined, and the new logic utilizes parallel processing from the batch framework much more efficiently than the original logic. A new parameter has been introduced that enables you to specify the maximum number of items that can be processed at once by an inventory closing batch helper. The change has resulted in a more efficient process flow that enhances performance, and that improves the insight and traceability of the current stage of the Inventory close and Recalculation jobs when they are executed in a batch.

Inventory close performance enhancements

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Manufacturing Manufacturing features


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User interface updates and new functionality for manufacturing execution and time and attendance features

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Workflow for worker registrations A new workflow approval process is used for the approval of worker registrations. The workflow determines who can approve registrations and whether automatic approval of registrations is allowed. A new calculation engine for calculating time registrations has also been implemented. The previous Employee form is obsolete The Employee form, which was used in Shop floor control in previous versions, is obsolete. The data from that form is now incorporated into the Worker form in Human resources. Updated pay engine The pay engine has been redesigned so that time registrations are posted on a daily basis by using a standard cost price. When a production order or project is completed, the real cost price is calculated if a supervisor or a manager selects to use real cost price calculation. This approach enables real costs to be calculated at the end of a production order or project, based on the payroll transactions generated continuously through the duration of that production order or project.

Production and sales schedule

Use the Supply schedule form to see an overview of the current demand and supply situation for a product or product family. In the Supply schedule form, you can do the following: View product supply information that is filtered according to location, master plan, and time period. Monitor and analyze the supply situation. Make changes to the planned supply.

New view component on the Locations view list page

A Windows Presentation Foundation (WFP) view component has been applied to the Locations view list page in Inventory and warehouse management, and the presentation layer of the list page has been changed. The changes include new ways to navigate and an option to locate nodes.

Forecast items on any level in the product structure

You can now forecast items not only at the final product level, but also at the subassembly level. This flexibility enables you to produce subassemblies based on forecasts, and the final product assembly based on customer orders. Forecast reduction also occurs at the appropriate level in the product.

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Manufacturing features
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Shop floor control module is divided into two new feature sets

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The Shop floor control (SFC) module has changed considerably in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. It is no longer called Shop floor control, and has been divided into the following feature areas: Time and attendance - Time and attendance features contain all previous SFC functionality for registering work time, such as clock-in and clock-out and registration on indirect activities, and attendance registration, such as absence registration. Time and attendance includes features to generate payroll information that a payroll system can use to calculate pay for workers. These features are available from the Human resources menu. Manufacturing execution - Workers can create and transfer time registrations for specific production jobs or projects by using a job list registration form. Registration features for time, item consumption, and projects are available from the Production information management and Project management and accounting menus.

Features for time and attendance and manufacturing execution can be used separately. However, using both sets of features provides the full functionality of the previous SFC module, level 3, including various extensions and updates for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. The layout of the Registration form in manufacturing execution has been updated, and you can also use it to do the following: View the daily balance and logbook. View attachments connected to a job or an operation. View and print current activities.

Use the Period template to define schedules

You can set up a new period template that filters and displays data in user-defined time buckets. The template can give structure to large volumes of data, such as sales orders and forecast plans, by grouping the data in a time frame. The period template is introduced to display the master scheduling requirements. You can also use the template to create any type of schedule, such as a production, purchase, sales, and final assembly schedule.

Inventory quantity is calculated automatically for catch weight items

For catch weight items, the inventory quantity can no longer be specified or changed at the point of invoicing. The quantity is now calculated from the catch weight quantity that the user has entered and the weight that is registered on the inventory transactions.

Define a formula, and perform batch balancing of a potency item used in production

You can use potency management to define an item as having a specific concentration of an active ingredient, adjust the quantity of material that is required in the production of the item, calculate the amount of money that is paid to a vendor for the item, and select an ingredient type for a formula line.

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Manufacturing features
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Configure an item to inherit shelf life and batch attributes from intermediate items of the finished goods

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You can configure an item to update its batch attributes and shelf life information from the ingredients of the formula that is used to produce the item. You can use shelf life inheritance to define items so that the inventory batch with the earliest shelf life dates is updated or inherited by the product characteristics of the finished items. For batch attributes, you can define attributes for both the finished items and their ingredients, and select which ingredients pass along their characteristics or attribute values to the finished items. You can also select to have co-products updated with this same shelf life and batch attributes. You can set up a batch attribute-based pricing formula for a potency item. You can define certain items that can be invoiced based on the actual potency of the material received.

Create an attribute-based pricing formula for a potency item

Add a batch attribute actual value to a registered inventory batch

You can add the actual value of a base inventory batch attribute to the registered inventory batch of a purchase order.

Create sequences for production

You can use product sequencing to define one or more sequences to assign to a various item. Product sequencing provides a method to sort production into a required order so that the changeover times are automatically reduced in production.

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Lean manufacturing Lean manufacturing features


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Upgrade from Lean manufacturing for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009

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The Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 lean manufacturing architecture has fundamentally changed from Lean manufacturing for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 and previous versions. The code is new, so there is no code upgrade task. If you have an earlier version of lean manufacturing, you can migrate your current version data when you upgrade. However, you must perform several pre-upgrade tasks. These include the following: Create the new lean manufacturing setup data. The setup data includes production flows and activities, which are used to create kanbans and kanban rules. Map your current version data to the new setup data, so that it can be converted during the upgrade. Identify your companys basic business processes and product families, and map them as production flows. Describe each production flow as a sequence of activities. A transfer activity defines a movement of material. A process activity defines a value-added operation that is applied to a product. Set up work cells as resource groups that can run process activities. Set up production flow models to define the capacity settings for each work cell.

Use production flows and activities to model a lean manufacturing foundation

More detailed information about production flows can be found in the whitepaper titled Lean Manufacturing: Production Flows and Activities. Implement a lean replenishment system by using kanbans to signal demand requirements You can use kanbans to plan, track, and run production and replenishment operations that are based on pull signals. To create a kanban framework, set up kanban rules that govern when a kanban requirement is created, what is replenished, and how the replenishment is fulfilled. When a kanban is created, one or more kanban jobs are generated, based on the kanban flow activities that are defined in the kanban rule. The kanban jobs are scheduled for the assigned work cell, based on the production flow model. Set up fixed-quantity kanban rules to replenish material handling units that are consumed from inventory. Set up scheduled kanban rules to replenish requirements that are generated from master planning. Set up event kanban rules to replenish requirements that are generated from sales order lines, production BOM lines, kanban lines, and minimum inventory settings.

Set up kanban rules to implement different replenishment strategies

Plan kanban quantities to replenish target inventory levels

When you use fixed-quantity kanbans, you can calculate kanban quantities that are based on the product demand during a specific period. The kanban quantity calculation can take into account the forecasted demand, the demand from open orders, the historical demand, and safety stock requirements.

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Lean manufacturing features


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Use the Kanban boards to view, plan, and run kanban jobs that are scheduled for a work cell

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Kanban board for transfer jobs Provides an overview of the current transfer jobs. You can perform tasks, such as updating and registering picking lists, and starting and completing transfer jobs. Kanban board for process jobs Provides an overview of the current production situation for a work cell. The information is grouped and displayed by tab to support different production-related roles and their main tasks, such as scheduling upcoming jobs, preparing picking lists, monitoring kanban levels in supermarkets, and registering kanban job status. Kanban schedule board Provides an overview of the kanban jobs that are scheduled for a work cell. The kanban jobs and status are displayed in planning periods that are defined in the production flow model. The capacity percentage per planning period is also displayed, so that you can monitor the scheduled load. You can complete tasks such as changing the status of kanban jobs and rescheduling kanban jobs to different planning periods. Print kanban cards, circulating cards, and picking lists to support the use of kanbans. These documents are used to represent, track, and register kanban jobs in the warehouse and on the production floor. You can set up the parameters for printing these documents in the kanban rules. Replenish material that is used to fulfill kanban job requirements. Picking activities that support kanban process jobs and kanban transfer jobs are fully integrated with existing Microsoft Dynamics AX inventory transaction processes. In addition, you can use barcode scanning to register picking and transfer activities in inventory. Use the capable to promise (CTP) feature to obtain accurate ship date information when you enter a sales order. When you register a sales order line, the ship date is calculated based on the availability of the products, material, and resources that are needed to fulfill a specific customer demand.

Integrate the kanban framework with Microsoft Dynamics AX inventory transaction processes

Lean manufacturing supports purchasing and invoicing processes for services that are related to production flow activities that are subcontracted

You can set up production flow activities that are subcontracted, assign purchase agreement lines and services to subcontracted activities, and create periodic purchase orders and receipt advices to support purchasing and invoicing the services.

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Lean manufacturing features


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Updated features for lean manufacturing (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

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Reverse empty kanbans You can reverse the status of a handling unit that is assigned to a kanban, from Empty to Received. This may be necessary if a user erroneously registers the status as Empty. When you reverse the status of the handling unit, the following conditions apply: The status of the handling unit changes from Empty to Received. The transactions for consumption from kanban supermarkets are reversed. For kanbans that are generated for a fixed-quantity kanban rule, the invalid kanban that was generated may be deleted. If circulating cards are used, the connection between the kanban and a kanban card is reestablished.

Flush material on any activity For production flows that consist of multiple process activities, you can assign picking activities for specific item and product dimensions to any of the activities. This also applies to activities that consume semifinished products. When kanbans are created, the Kanban board for process jobs displays the picking lines for each job, and material consumption is registered against the corresponding job. Forwardflushed material is registered when a job is prepared. Back-flushed material is registered when a job is completed. This feature changes the way that picking lines for kanbans that span over multiple activities are saved to the database. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, picking lines for kanbans are associated with the first activity, regardless of the flushing principle of the item on the BOM (bill of materials) line. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, picking lines that have the finish flushing principle are associated with the last activity of the kanban by default. A migration script upgrades active kanbans that have multiple activities to the new model.

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Scheduling Scheduling features


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New operations resource model for planning operations and managing work center capabilities

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The way that resources are grouped for the purpose of managing capacity has been separated from the way resource requirements are specified for manufacturing activities. This separation enables resources to be used at multiple locations, and it removes the need to define resources multiple times, depending on how they are used or what they are used for. In addition, available capacity can be viewed by resource capability, which simplifies manual scheduling and exception handling. As a result, the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 manufacturing work center concept has been redefined and is now called resource. Because the way production capacity is managed is now separate from the way manufacturing requirements are specified, you can do the following: Use the same equipment at multiple locations. For example, you can move equipment and operators to different production locations, as needed, thereby sharing production equipment and production operators across sites. More easily reschedule an operation and find a suitable replacement resource that can complete the required operation, thereby minimizing production delays. Define capabilities to an operation resource (previously known as a work center) and match any requirements of an operation with the capabilities of any particular resource, thereby facilitating the identification of available production resources.

More detailed information about the Operations Resource Model can be found in the white paper titled Implementing the Operations Resource Model for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 applications.

Operations resource model: capability-based production scheduling

In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, you could use task groups could to specify alternative work centers, but only when using job scheduling. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, resources can be allocated to jobs and operations by matching the capabilities of the resources with the requirements of the operation. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, alternative resources with the same capabilities are taken into consideration. This applies, regardless of whether you run job scheduling or operations scheduling. The selection process is the same, and consists of matching the requirements of the operation with the capabilities of the resources. Other constraints, such as location, resource working time, and resource type, are also considered when the production is planned. As a result, task groups have become obsolete in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, and they have been removed. More detailed information about the Operations Resource Model can be found in the white paper titled Implementing the Operations Resource Model for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 applications.

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Product information management Product information management features


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Product configuration Application Programming Interface

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An Application programming interface (API) is available to help existing customers who are using Product builder to migrate their existing product builder models to new product configuration models. The API will also provide a tool for developers to extend new product configuration model functionality.

Product configurator

New Product configuration functionality The Product configurator is a constraint-based product configuration tool that leverages the Microsoft Solver Foundation product. You can use the Product configurator to create and maintain product models, and to reuse product models, components, and attributes. You also can use the Product configurator to configure items on a sales order and use configuration templates to preset frequently used configuration selections. Product configurator and Enterprise Portal You can access Product configurator through Enterprise Portal, and you can configure constraint-based product configuration models, as well as modify existing configurations through Enterprise Portal.

The Configuration form in Product configurator is easier to extend (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Improvements to planning tools (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

To improve the extendability of the Configure line form that is used during a configuration session in Product configurator, a new form that is based on X++ is now available as the default configuration form. Businesses can now select whether they want to use a configuration form that is based on the Windows Presentation Foundation, or one that is based on X++.

You can now view the relations between actions on planned orders. You can also view relations to orders that are already approved. This makes it easier to prioritize orders, and to focus on auto firming derived requirements. Features are introduced for setting parameters for planning to make it easier to understand how parameter settings can affect data in Microsoft Dynamics AX. When you run explosion, you can now turn on a log to record how master planning requirements are generated for a specific order. This makes it easier to identify why an order was generated in a certain way. You can run master planning again in a simulation plan, so that neither the dynamic plan nor the static plan is affected. Fields and controls have been added to the Edit job list form to provide shop floor supervisors with a better overview of the production information involved in production orders. The additions include an improved ability to prioritize jobs, change the resource that is assigned to a selected job, add attachments, and view information about the materials and route directly from the Edit job list form. Improvements have also been made to the features for approving and calculating worker registrations on production jobs and absence. A new Week view has been added to enable an approver to view and manage registrations for an individual worker for a full work week.

Improvements made to the overview of production information, approval and calculation of worker registration on projection jobs, and worker absences (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

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Product information management features


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Enhanced modeling capabilities in Product configurator (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

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You can set up a product configuration model so that the system will automatically reuse a configuration when a user makes selections that match the criteria for its reuse. Setting the criteria that determine whether the system will reuse a configuration starts with specifying that the component is reusable, and then selecting the attributes that a user's selections must match during a configuration session. When a user completes a configuration session, the system searches for a matching configuration. If the system locates a configuration that meets these criteria, it reuses the configuration ID and the associated BOM and route. You can now specify that an attribute is read-only when a user is configuring a product. This new attribute modifier has been placed together with the hide and mandatory modifiers on the Attributes FastTab. When mapping the fields in a table constraint to the attributes of a component, in addition to using attributes on the component itself, a user can now also use attributes from subcomponents of the component. Default attribute values are now considered to be of the same class as attribute values selected by a configuration user. Thus, having one or more default values in contradiction with each other or with a constraint will give an error when a configuration is tested or executed. The consequence of this is that it might be necessary to revise the default attribute values for product configuration models.

Trade and source Trade and source features


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Decouple order management from inventory control

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The pain point of the tight integration between order handling and the inventory subsystem in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 has been addressed. While this integration is convenient for organizations with many transaction types that naturally involve the inventory and costing, it is inappropriate for organizations where an inventory may not be used at all for inbound receipts. It is also less essential for professional service organizations where the outbound services or deliveries do not involve inventory at all. For purchase, the current tight integration with the inventory subsystem becomes flexible through the introduction of: The ability to ensure that purchase order lines for service type products do not create inventory transactions, and that physical inventory or financial ledgers are not updated during receipt and invoice updates. The ability to ensure that, when required, purchase order lines for item type products do not create inventory transactions. This will typically be a scenario for indirect material expensed directly. The ability to purchase items not defined in the item tableessentially a free text order. The introduction of a category relation on purchase order lines to govern posting profiles and statistics.

For sales, the current tight integration with the inventory subsystem becomes flexible through the introduction of: The ability to ensure that sales order and sales quotation lines for service type products do not create inventory transactions. The ability to ensure that, when required, sales order and sales quotation lines item type products do not create inventory transactions. This will 319 NEW, CHANGED, AND DEPRECATED FEATURES FOR MICROSOFT DYNAMICS AX 2012 R2

Trade and source features


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typically be a scenario for selling a used fixed asset. The ability to sell items not defined in the item tableessentially a free text order.

The introduction of a category relation on sales order and sales quotation lines to govern posting profiles and statistics. Stocked inventory policy A new method to set up a stocked inventory policy for an item is introduced. The inventory policy is determined by the Stocked item model group attribute. You can now convert existing or upgraded service products to use the "not stocked inventory policy. The process for changing the inventory policy can be run for one or more service products in one or more legal entities, and can be run multiple times for different products. You can run the conversion immediately after upgrading to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, or at any time after the upgrade. The approach to correcting or reversing a product receipt in previous versions of Microsoft Dynamics AX had a number of issues. It required the user to post a new, negative product receipt with a new product receipt number, and it would arbitrarily pick any one of the posted product receipts for reversal. A new, dedicated process is introduced for purchase receipt corrections, which allows you to correct or to partially or fully reverse a specific, posted product receipt. When you correct or reverse a product receipt, the product receipt does not introduce a new product receipt number, but rather, introduces a new version of the product receipt. Sales and purchase agreement report When confirming a sales or purchase agreement, you can print the confirmation, and send a copy to the customer or vendor. You can view or print any version of a sales or purchase agreement in the Confirmation history form. You also can print a status report that provides information about the fulfillment of a sales or purchase agreement.

Corrections to a product receipt (previously purchase packing slip)

Confirmation of product receipts

The requester of products can confirm product receipts. This is especially useful to organizations where employees carry out a large volume of indirect material procurement. The feature provides a simple user interface in Enterprise Portal. The user interface enables the user to carry out the following tasks: Confirm full and partial receipt of requested products. Reject a fully or partial quantity of requested products with the possibility to add comments to explain a rejection of receipt. Change the delivery date on selected line items. Create fixed asset entries in relation to the confirmation of product receipt action.

The feature also provides the following types of notification workflows: Notifies the requester that products are due to arrive. Notifies the requester that the invoice of ordered products is registered, but the confirmation of product receipt action has not yet been carried out. Notifies a specific client user that line items have been rejected by the requester of products. Notifies a specific client user that the confirmation of product receipt action, performed by the requester of goods, has failed.

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Trade and source features


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Line numbers in purchase orders

A line number has been introduced on the purchase order form. The main purpose of the new line number is to: Identify line items within a purchase order. Sort purchase order lines according to the line number.

When an order line is created, the line number is assigned to the line with an increment that is set in a global parameter. A user can change the assigned number manually, if needed. The feature also provides a renumbering function that reassigns line numbers to the purchase order lines according to a globally set increment. Trade agreement enhancements The creation and maintenance of trade agreements has been moved to journals for better control, usability, and transparency. Microsoft Dynamics AX now supports one view that includes all trade agreements for a selected set of items, customers, and vendors. It also supports separate roles for creating or maintaining trade agreements and for approving, bulk updating, and controlling date types in trade agreements. In earlier versions of Microsoft Dynamics AX, changes to an order or an order line could indirectly cause the trade agreements to be re-evaluated, which could overwrite values that had been entered manually or entered by an external source. External sources include sales quotations, project quotations, purchase requisitions, request for quotes, purchase or sales agreements, projects, AIF, or Enterprise Portal. Now, configuration settings can prevent unintended reevaluation of trade agreements. The smart rounding concept has also been introduced. Smart rounding is a type of psychological pricing or price ending based on the marketing theory that prices have a psychological impact on people. It pertains to prices expressed as odd prices that are a little less than a round number, such as USD 19.99. Smart rounding can be applied after a bulk adjustment of trade agreements, or it can be applied automatically after a unit price has been calculated, based on a generic currency and on an exchange rate. Date type control enables trade agreements to be evaluated, based not only on the entry dates, but also on the requested dates. Delivery schedule A user can split an order line into multiple deliveries, while retaining the price and other order conditions from the original order line. The feature is implemented on the following documents: Sales quotation Sales order Purchase order

Delivery schedules introduce the following features: Simple interface for creating and maintaining delivery schedule lines All main processes enabled for delivery lines Ability to allocate charges to the delivery lines Ability to override default prices and conditions on delivery lines

Enhanced purchase

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Trade and source features


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agreement functionality

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in the Purchase order details form, purchase agreements now have their own simplified form. The changes include the following: Microsoft Dynamics AX supports both value-based and quantity-based purchase agreements. You can order certain products and procurement categories directly by using the new Purchase agreement details form. You can apply the terms and conditions of a purchase agreement, such as the prices and discounts, when you create an order by using the Purchase order details form. You can control whether you want to search for purchase agreements when purchase order lines are created indirectly, such as when planned orders are firmed. You can define a validity period for a purchase agreement. The delivery date of a purchase must be within the validity period. You can put purchase agreements on hold to control whether they are available to the purchasing agent during ordering.

Improvements to the allocation of charges

You can allocate charges to specific lines on a purchase order or an invoice. For example, if some items on a purchase order were picked up at the vendor s location, and some were delivered, you can allocate the delivery charges only to the items that were delivered. Change management enables you to request changes to purchase orders. Change management includes Workflow integration, which must be set up to manage the approval process for change requests. When workflow has been configured, it determines the route of the purchase order, the tasks that must be completed, by whom and under what circumstances tasks must be completed, and whether tasks require user interaction or take place automatically. When a change is requested, the purchase order is set to a draft state until it is approved. Only an approved purchase order can be confirmed. Even if change management is not enabled, confirmation of purchase orders is mandatory, so that orders cannot be received and invoiced until the purchase order has been confirmed. If change management is enabled, purchase orders cannot be deleted. Instead, they become obsolete and are replaced by the most recent purchase order for which a change request has been approved. Previously approved purchase orders are stored in a separate form. Even if change management is enabled on a global level, change management can be inactivated for individual vendors and purchase orders if, for example, orders from a particular vendor do not require approval.

Purchase orders and change management

Enhanced sales agreement functionality

The blanket sales order functionality has been redesigned and renamed sales agreement. Whereas blank sales orders were previously handled in the Sales order details form, sales agreements now have their own simplified form. The changes include the following: Microsoft Dynamics AX supports both value-based and quantity-based sales agreements. You can order certain products and procurement categories directly by

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Trade and source features


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using the new Sales agreement details form. You can apply the terms and conditions of a sales agreement, such as the prices and discounts, when you create an order by using the Sales order details form. You can control whether you want to search for sales agreements when sales order lines are created indirectly, such as by intercompany orders. You can define a validity period for a sales agreement. The requested ship date of a sale must be within the validity period. You can put sales agreements on hold to control whether they are available to the sales agent during ordering.

Changes to intercompany setup

Intercompany relations and policies are set up in a new form that contains the same content as the form used in previous versions. The new setup form can be accessed from a button on the customer and vendor pages. The setup in this form is shared for the vendor and the customer in the trading relationship, and only has to be defined once. In previous versions, the setup was not shared and had to take place in both the vendor company account and in the customer company account. There are no functional changes because of this change. You can finalize purchase order lines that have been completed, which means that for each line, the ordered quantity has been received in full and matched to vendor invoices. The whole purchase order can be finalized if all its lines have been completed or canceled.

Finalize purchase orders and purchase order lines

Procurement and sourcing Procurement and sourcing features


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Evaluate vendors based on their ability to provide products and services Support for multiple languages for procurement catalogs Rate and provide feedback about products and vendors on the procurement site

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You can rate vendors based on criteria that you define for each category of item or service that the vendors provide. You can evaluate a vendor for each transaction with the vendor. You can create one procurement catalog that can be viewed in multiple languages, based on the Microsoft Dynamics AX user profile language and locale setting. Purchasing managers can define the translated text that appears on the procurement site. Workers can rate products that they have ordered and vendors with whom they have done business, and provide feedback about their experiences. The feedback is compiled and displayed on the procurement site, so that all users can make informed decisions when ordering products or doing business with a particular vendor. The purchasing manager can control whether ratings and comments are allowed on the procurement site, and whether all comments must be reviewed before they appear on the procurement site.

New Employee service page

The Employee services site in Enterprise Portal has been completely updated to improve usability. You can now view all available tasks in one place. Related tasks are grouped under a task heading, and when you click the heading for a task group, a new activity site or list page opens, where you can quickly and easily complete tasks.

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Procurement and sourcing features


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Import commodity codes and minimum or maximum order quantities into vendor catalogs

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Vendors can generate catalogs that include standard commodity codes, and those codes can be automatically mapped to procurement categories in Microsoft Dynamics AX. Vendors must comply with the Microsoft Dynamics AX customers unit of measure for quantities. Vendors can specify minimum, maximum, and standard order quantities for products in the vendor catalog, and they can also specify the number of days that they require between the order date and the shipment date (lead time). The catalog import schema has been updated so that vendors can more easily modify an existing catalog or overwrite an existing catalog with a new catalog. When a vendor uploads a new catalog to replace an existing catalog, the matching items and services are replaced with the new data. Any new items and services that are not in the existing catalog are added, and any items and services in the existing catalog that do not match the items and services in the new catalog are deleted. When the vendor modifies selected items in an existing catalog, only the modifications that are included in the catalog schema are applied to the existing catalog products. Any new items and services that are not in the existing catalog, but that are included in the modified catalog file, are added. When you set up a catalog, you define the catalog navigation hierarchy that appears on the procurement site. The catalog navigation hierarchy can contain multiple levels of detail for each procurement category. You can define the level of granularity for the catalog navigation categories that you want to display on your procurement site. By consolidating the category levels, you can limit the levels of detail that workers have to sort through to find the product they want to order.

Enhancements to the catalog import schema

Consolidate the navigation categories on the procurement site

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Procurement and sourcing features


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Enhancements to the navigation and usability of the procurement site

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The following changes have been made to improve usability on the Order products site: Simplified the navigation, so that you can search for products by category, item, vendor, and vendor catalog. The filters have been moved to the top of the web page. Improved visibility into the status of orders that have been entered. A single list displays all orders that were entered and the status of each order, from the creation and approval of the purchase requisition, to the generation and fulfillment of a purchase order. You can also view the details for a selected order. Added the capability to add selected products to the shopping cart directly from the product list page. The product details page is only displayed if product order details must be entered. Added the capability to configure the data that is displayed for each procurement category. For example, if you only order office supplies directly from a vendor, you can configure the category to display only links to vendor catalogs. Improved visibility for ordering from a vendor. Improved the usability of the shopping cart. For example, you can now select all items in the cart for checkout. Reduced the number of steps that you must complete when using the Checkout Wizard to create a purchase requisition. Added additional details about existing purchase requisitions, to improve the capability to add items from a shopping cart to an existing purchase requisition during checkout. Made purchase requisitions accessible from the Employee services site. New Web part reports can be added to the Role Centers for the purchasing agent and purchasing manager. The Web part data includes metrics and reporting that provide visibility into vendor and procurement spending, additional cues for purchasing professionals, and an expanded work list that shows alerts or workflow notifications. You can click a report to view the details for the reported data. You can create rules and apply them to different parts of the enterprise. These rules help the organization enforce standard internal business controls for processes, such as requisitions, submission of corporate expenses, and enforcement of corporate audits. For more information about the policy framework, see the whitepaper titled Using the Policy Framework in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. You can define spending and approval limits, including default limits based on job or compensation level, and then apply them based on your organizations needs. For example, two legal entities can have different limits for employees with the job of Purchasing manager.

Enhancements to Enterprise Portal Role Centers for purchasing professionals

Policy Framework

Set up spending and approval limits

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Manage internal catalogs

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You can set up and maintain catalogs for ordering the items or services employees require to perform their daily activities. You can set up the catalog navigation structure, import vendor catalog data, associate products with catalog categories, and design the welcome message that is displayed on the procurement site for the catalog. After the catalog is set up, you can publish the catalog to make it available to your employees. When you select items or services from a procurement catalog or a vendor catalog, you can add those items to a shopping cart. You can view the items in your shopping cart at any time, delete items that you no longer want, modify any configurable product attributes, or modify the quantity of the items that you want to purchase. When you are ready to check out, you can create a purchase requisition directly from the shopping cart and submit it for processing. You can then return to the procurement order site to continue searching for items or services, or you can exit the procurement order site when you have finished.

Add items and services to a shopping cart

Manage externally hosted catalogs

Catalog managers can now set up a direct link to an external vendor catalog that is hosted on the vendors web site. The vendor manages the product data and metadata. Users are directed to the vendors web site to select products, and then, based on the configurations defined by the purchasing manager or purchasing agent, they can either check out directly from the vendor s web site or return to the Microsoft Dynamics AX procurement order site to check out.

Search for items or services in a procurement catalog

Use the procurement site search functionality to search for items or services by category, or by using key words. You can search both procurement catalogs and vendor catalogs, and filter the search results to quickly find the exact item or service that you are looking for.

Import catalog data

Purchasing managers or purchasing agents can import catalog data from vendors by using a delivered XML schema. They can then review and modify product data before passing it to the procurement order site.

Set up a procurement site

You can set up a procurement site that employees can use to order items and services that they require for daily work activities. You can create a procurement catalog, post the catalog to the procurement site in Enterprise Portal, and create a welcome message that the employees see when they first open the site. User access to the procurement catalog is through the Employee Services site, and access can be controlled by using purchasing polices.

Catalog data import processing

You can use the catalog import feature to import catalog maintenance request (CMR) files that are received from your vendors, and that contain the products, product images, and services that you offer to your employees for purchase. From Microsoft Dynamics AX, purchasing managers can review, approve, or reject any or all of the products or product change requests that are contained in the file. Any products that are approved are automatically uploaded to the product master in Microsoft Dynamics AX, and can display in the procurement catalog.

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Create purchasing policy rules to control spending in your organization

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You can define complex purchasing rules and apply those rules to your organizational entities in various ways to control the spending behavior of your organizations. These rules help ensure that your employees are buying from the correct purchasing catalogs and the appropriate preferred vendors, and that they are spending within the prescribed limits for their organizations.

Import vendor catalogs

Authorized vendors can use the vendor self-service portal to upload their most recent catalog by using a delivered XML catalog template, and they can view the status of the import process. This feature provides tools and support processes so that vendors can manage catalog integration tasks by using web services and the vendor self-service portal. You can view preferred vendors, links, and other information about a procurement category. The category manager can add customized text and links to intranet and extranet sites. You can define various category hierarchies that are independent of, but still related to, commodity codes or catalog and item hierarchies. The following are some of the ways you can manage categories on a day-to-day basis: Add attributes, such as a category that is used on a global or local level. Define approval processes for new and existing categories. Define categories on a global level. Define permissions for category users to make changes.

View the details for a procurement category

Define category hierarchies

Enhancements to purchase requisition creation methods

You can import purchase requisitions created in a third-party application into Microsoft Dynamics AX by using web services and an XML schema. This feature validates the purchase requisition data that is received from the third-party application, and then sends a status back to the external source application. Further processing of the purchase requisition in Microsoft Dynamics AX follows the existing application pattern. The copy functionality has also been enhanced so that you can copy purchase requisition header and line data to create a new purchase requisition in the same organization and legal entity. The Enterprise Portal copy functionality has been expanded so that you can copy requisition lines from an existing purchase requisition that is in the same legal entity or organization.

Track change history for purchase requisitions

Any changes made to a purchase requisition from its creation to its completion are tracked as versions, and these can be compared as the purchase requisition moves through the review process. The entire purchase requisition is copied to the history record when the purchase requisition is first submitted for review. Any changes that are made during the review process are also saved to the history record for the data row that is affected by the change.

Identify fixed assets based on monetary thresholds

You can define organization-wide business rules, which can be overridden at the legal entity level for fixed asset determination.

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Configure rules for creating purchase orders for purchase requisitions

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You can define the following configuration options for creating purchase orders: Determine how requisition lines are combined into purchase orders. Determine which purchase requisition lines are held so that manual purchase orders can be created, and which ones are automatically converted into purchase orders. Determine which purchase requisitions are eligible for requisition consolidation. Determine the price increase tolerance for purchase requisition lines from approval to purchase order creation.

Purchase requisition enhancements

Enhancements to the purchase requisition process and form include the following changes: Purchase requisition lines can be created for different requesters, legal entities, and operating units in one purchase requisition. Purchase requisitions can be created by and for contract workers. Permissions can be configured to enable a requester to enter requests on behalf of someone else across legal entities. Purchase requisitions can be created for requesters who are not Microsoft Dynamics AX users. Requisition header and line data can be copied into a new requisition that is created in the same organization and legal entity, both in Microsoft Dynamics AX and in Enterprise Portal. Purchase requisitions can be created for items that are not found in a catalog, without having to create a false item in the item master. Statutory and operational purchasing policies have been applied to the purchase requisition process. Optional fields have been added to capture information if the requester negotiated a prepayment with a vendor.

Enhancements to the Purchase requisition form

The Purchase requisition form has been modified to provide an intuitive user experience for both the novice or casual requester and the power user, making the requisitioning process both efficient and effective. The Purchase requisition form is now dynamic, and includes only the fields that are important in the context of the purchase request.

Manage categories on a daily basis Commodity codes for classifying and mapping entities

View details about a category hierarchy and commodity codes in a new report. You can create and support multiple global and proprietary commodity code classification systems for classifying items, services, and vendors, and for mapping items to product categories.

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Create a purchase requisition directly from your procurement order site or through the use of a requisition wizard

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When you order items or services for indirect procurement, and add those items or services to a shopping cart, you can now automatically create a purchase requisition during the checkout process. You have two options when creating a purchase requisition. You can either add items directly to a purchase requisition from the shopping cart, or use a wizard that guides you through the process for creating a requisition. You can select your purchase requisition creation option at the time of checkout, from your shopping cart.

Consolidate requisitions to minimize procurement costs

The purchasing manager or purchasing agent can now consolidate requisition line items. Users with these roles can identify which approved purchase requisitions must be processed manually, and whether those purchase requisitions are eligible for demand consolidation. Purchase requisition lines that are eligible for demand consolidation can be grouped together and the vendor, price, requested date or quotation data can be modified to achieve the best pricing. The overall process for reviewing purchase requisitions has been improved. When a purchase requisition is submitted for review, the individual purchase requisition lines can now be routed to the appropriate reviewers independently of one another. Therefore, reviewers can take action only on purchase requests that are in their area of responsibility, which reduces the processing time for purchase requisitions that have multiple line items. Reviewers can be identified based on the individual purchase line requests, distribution data, or even the budgets that the expenditure is eventually charged to. You can define a workflow for purchase requisition review that routes whole purchase requisitions or individual lines. Project-related purchase requests can use this same review workflow for processing.

Enhancements to the review process for purchase requisitions

Business rules for fixed assets based on monetary thresholds Perform a check of the budget for purchase requisitions Record transaction dates on purchase requisitions

You can now define business rules at the global level, and then override the rules at the local level for fixed asset determination. You can require a check of the budget balance for purchase requisitions.

Purchase requisition headers and lines now contain a transaction date field. The transaction date is used to determine the fiscal period for budget control and for posting purchase requisitions.

Archive closed purchase requisitions by using the Intelligent Data Management Framework for Microsoft Dynamics AX (IDMF)

Due to the introduction of budget control and pre-encumbrances on purchase requisitions, you can no longer delete approved purchase requisitions that you do not have to store in your production system. To archive or purge the records for approved purchase requisitions, you must use the Intelligent Data Management Framework for Dynamics AX (IDMF). For more information about the Intelligent Data Management Framework for Microsoft Dynamics AX, see: https://mbs.microsoft.com/Cms/Templates/document/General.aspx?NRMODE=P ublished&NRNODEGUID={ECAF89FE-3D52-4FFC-8CCFD6E3D192D26F}&NRORIGINALURL=/partnersource/downloads/releases/AX_ID MF.htm&NRCACHEHINT=Guest&wa=wsignin1.0

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Search for vendors across your organization Work item queues for processing transaction documents

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You can search for active vendors, prospective vendors, and unsolicited vendors. If a vendor is not yet approved by your organization, you can create a request to consider the vendor for approval. If you use either internal teams or external partner organizations to process business transaction documents, such as purchase requisitions, purchase orders, or new vendor justifications, you may have to set up work item queues so that these teams can manage the flow of the transactions as they come in from your company and are processed by the appropriate organization. The work item queue provides the necessary infrastructure for the following: Users belonging to a queue can claim work items that are not assigned to anyone else and perform the configured workflow actions on the work items in the queue. Users can reassign work items from one work item queue to another work item queue in the same work item queue group. Queue owners can reassign work items from one queue user to another queue user in the same work item queue group. Enhancements have been made to the vendor profile, including the following: The capability to define the industries that a vendor operates in. The capability to define diversity criteria for the owner of the vendor company, such as whether the owner is a service veteran. The capability to define the procurement categories that the vendor provides items and services in. Categorizing vendors helps with spending analysis and it improves strategic sourcing. It also helps provide critical information, such as the following: The number of suppliers by category The total value of spending per year by category The top 10 suppliers by value per category The number of vendors that are minority-owned businesses The number of vendors that are female-owned businesses

Enhancements to support vendors

You can also place vendors on hold so that purchasing transactions cannot continue toward completion. Vendors that you no longer do business with must be inactivated and removed from the view that purchasing agents and employees use to find vendors. Reason codes for RFQ replies Displayed and required fields and data validations for vendor-related requests You can now use the same reason codes in requests for quotation (RFQ) replies that you use in other vendor transactions. Reason codes help explain why transactions were entered, such as why a request for quotation was rejected. You can define the visible and required fields that are displayed to employees, prospective vendors, and vendors for each of the different vendor-related requests submitted via Enterprise Portal. You can also define the data validation checks required for each request type. These setup tasks are completed in the Microsoft Dynamics AX client. External vendors, or vendors in Microsoft Dynamics AX who are interested in becoming approved vendors, can register through an anonymous external portal. This provides an efficient source of potential new vendors and supports a competitive procurement process. The vendor self-service portal has two new Role Centers, Vendor and Vendor

Allow vendor registration for unsolicited vendors

Maintain vendor data through the vendor self330

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portal administrator. Users with the Vendor role can complete the following tasks on the vendor selfservice portal: Maintain the vendor profile. Update invoices. Submit requests to be allowed to do business in additional procurement categories. Submit confirmations that they can do business in the additional procurement categories outlined in an employee-submitted vendor category extension request. Reply to requests for quotations. Respond to purchase orders (sales orders on the vendor side). View purchase order confirmations. View product receipt journals.

Users with the Vendor portal administrator role can complete the following tasks on the vendor self-service portal: Authorize employees to request approval for new vendors Spend analytics for Purchasing Vendor extension request View the vendor profile. Create requests to add or delete users. Maintain procurement catalogs. View purchase orders and requests for quotations.

Employees can use the new Vendor form on the employee portal to request that a vendor be added to the vendor list. Vendors are added to the vendor list after they are approved, and they are then available for transaction processing. Several preconfigured reports have been added that purchasing agents and purchasing managers can use to analyze spending trends for their organization, based on dimensions such as the vendor, procurement category, and location. After vendors have been approved, they can request to be added to additional procurement categories. The category extension request process makes it easy for approved vendors to expand their business opportunities in your organization, but also puts controls in place to ensure proper oversight.

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Employee vendor requests

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Employees can submit new vendor requests in Enterprise Portal. A new vendor request is an internal request that you submit to your purchasing department to request that a specified vendor be allowed to do business in your company, selling items or services in specific procurement categories. There are several different kinds of vendor requests: Request that a vendor that is not a vendor for any legal entity in the organization be allowed to do business with your legal entity. Request that an existing vendor that is allowed to do business with other legal entities in the organization be added as a vendor for your legal entity. Request that a vendor be allowed to provide goods and services in additional procurement categories. Request for a change to a vendors hold status.

In the Microsoft Dynamics AX client, an enhancement has been made so that procurement professionals can do the following: Vendors can view and reply to requests for quotations on the vendor self-service portal Support for flexible authentication on customer, employee, and vendor selfservice portals Expand the vendor scope beyond the original requested scope (either for categories or companies). Reject prospective vendors that reside in an embargoed country. Configure questionnaires for employees and vendors to complete as part of the request process.

Approved vendors can respond to requests for quotations directly from the vendor self-service portal. You can view the reply in the list of request for quotation replies in the Microsoft Dynamics AX client. Microsoft SharePoint flexible authentication mechanisms, such as form-based and Windows Live ID authentication, are supported as authentication mechanisms for Microsoft Dynamics AX users. The vendor onboarding process and vendor self-service portal incorporate support for flexible authentication. The user request process supports the onboarding of all Microsoft Dynamics AX users by using pluggable authentication in the following areas: customers on the customer self-service portal, employees on the employee self-service portal, and vendors on the vendor self-service portal.

Enhancements to the purchase order change management process (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Data partition added for the Order management upgrade (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Enhancements to the new vendor registration process (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

When a purchase order is resubmitted to the workflow for reapproval, it is the workflow system that determines whether the purchase order changes can be automatically approved.

An option to define data partitions during the upgrade of Order management data has been added. By setting up a data partition in Microsoft Dynamics AX, you ensure that, after the upgrade, historical transactions can be referenced between companies that are contained in the same data partition. Employees can submit new vendor requests in Enterprise Portal for Microsoft Dynamics AX. The amount of information required from the employee before the employee can submit a request has been reduced.

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Sales auto charges based on tiers and modes of delivery in sales orders (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Changes to Order management features (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

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This feature provides an interface for retail channels to present the available modes of delivery, calculate shipping charges, and obtain tracking information.

The following Order management features have been updated in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2: Purchase order Agreement Trade agreement Intercompany Sales order Sales return In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, the sales return order line can be associated with the sales agreement line that is related to the order.

Integration of sales agreements and return orders (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Fullfilment of purchase requisition demand orchestrated by master planning (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

The purchase requisition functionality introduced in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 assumes that requisition demand is always fulfilled by a purchase order. By generalizing this feature in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, requisition demand can be fulfilled by means other than a purchase order, such as a transfer order or a production order.

Product search on Employee Services site (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

It is possible for employees to order products from the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Employee Services site. Part of the experience includes the ability to search for products. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, a synchronize product search data job has been added to enhance product search performance on Employee Services when products are ordered. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, when procurement product catalogs are created and updated, this job must be run to synchronize the product data with the Employee Services site. This will update product search data and the products displayed in the catalog on the site. The job is located under Procurement and sourcing > Periodic > Employee services, in the menu item Synchronize product search data. After an upgrade, the batch job must be run to upload the product data to the Employee Services site.

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Retail features included in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack

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For detailed information about the Retail features in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, see Whats New in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack for Retail on the Microsoft Download Center. The following POS hardware improvements have been made: Support Support Support Support for for for for a second cash drawer and multiple shifts a second POS printer signature capture dual scanners

POS hardware improvements (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

Group and apply attributes groups and attributes to products and categories in a catalog (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Setup improvements for Retail components (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

This feature enables users to enhance their retail catalog offerings by including attributes for products in the catalog. You can create attribute groups for a set of defined attributes, and add the attribute groups to a catalog navigation category or a retail channel. Retail supports system properties/attributes, user defined attributes, and rich media attributes (such as videos, images, or HTML text). The following improvements have been made to the Setup experience for Retail components: The Retail Store Connect message database and service account can be configured during Setup. .NET Business Connector is installed automatically with the Retail Transaction Service. Online and offline databases can be configured in Setup when you install the Retail Store Database Utility. Retail Online Channel is a new installable component in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2. Retail Store components can be deployed through Microsoft System Center.

Improved Retail POS experience (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

Smarter search functionality makes Retail POS much easier and faster to use by bringing product, category, and customer lookup into one place. Smarter search also results from a search algorithm that determines how data (swiped, scanned, or manually entered) is used, based on the input method and matching search results. Preset themes makes the POS screen easier to use and more enjoyable to work with. Employees can log on to POS by swiping employee cards.

Upgrade to global store and staff IDs (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

The values for store and staff IDs are now stored in global variables, which are unique across all companies in a partition. Tasks in the Preprocessing data checklist are added to resolve this schema change from Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 for Retail.

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Fulfill retail online orders in Microsoft Dynamics AX (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

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Customer orders and order fulfillment have been expanded to include: Order online and pick up order in a store Order online to be shipped Order in a store and pick up in a store Order in a store to be shipped These orders are fulfilled in Microsoft Dynamics AX, and customers can be notified via email during various stages of the order fulfillment.

Support catalog management for the Retail module (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

The Retail module now uses the catalog management feature that was introduced in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. You can create one or more retail catalogs. Each catalog includes navigational categories that can include one or more product offerings that are assigned to a product assortment. Each offering can be enhanced by attributes included for the products at either the category or product level. You can assign the catalog to one or more retail channels. After a catalog is validated, reviewed, approved, and ultimately published, the catalog products are displayed as listings on the channels that the catalog is assigned to. Any changes to the catalog products can be reflected in the channels as well. Changes to the POS and EFT plug-in bring out-of- the-box support for customer-facing devices in the US and partner plug-ins that will give partners a headstart in developing their own solutions for this type of device. This feature enables users to set up and configure an online store that can be published to the Microsoft SharePoint online store. Retail catalogs can be created and assigned to the channel. so that product offerings can be displayed in an online storefront as product listings. Customers of those users can browse for products in the online storefront, and then add them to a shopping cart to purchase the products. When you configure the online channel, you identify properties of the online storefront such as the navigation hierarchy, product details, modes of delivery, payment methods, and connection information to and from the online storefront. This enables a bidirectional data flow between the online channel and online storefront. A time clock for keeping track of time and attendance for retail store employees consists of a time clock in POS, manager viewing capability at POS, and record keeping in Microsoft Dynamics AX. Improvements have been made to usability of the following inventory features: Creating and maintaining product variants The Add products dialog box Creating bar codes and bar code masks The mass update worksheet The store locator service provides the ability to query for item availability in stores within a specified distance. This capability can be used in a scenario where an online shopper may want to pick up the item in a physical store, instead of having it shipped. Results can be limited to a certain subset of stores. For example, when a shopper queries item inventory for a hat from an online store for fashion clothing, the results can be configured to include inventory only 335

Customer-facing device support (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Online stores (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

Time clock (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 Inventory management improvements (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

The store locator service was added for retail and online stores (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

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from within certain stores. Additionally, the results can be filtered based on distance from a location specified by the shopper.

Customer orders from online stores (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

Customer orders in the Retail module of Microsoft Dynamics AX and in Retail POS are enhanced to support online stores. Orders created by customers in an online store can be shipped to customers or picked up in brick and mortar stores. Email notifications are sent during the sales and shipping process. Enhancements have also been made to the recall order and order list features. Retailers can now set up and configure an online marketplace as a retail channel directly in Microsoft Dynamics AX. (Previously, this was only offered on the web in Commerce Services for Microsoft Dynamics ERP.) Retailers can use online marketplaces to easily sell products online through established marketplaces, such as eBay and Amazon.com. Catalogs and product listings are centrally managed, and sales orders flow seamlessly back into Microsoft Dynamics AX for processing. In previous versions, Retail POS would write any errors or tracing information to the RetailLog table in the POS database. In this release, the tracing has been separated into two segments: System diagnostics: Retail POS uses the standard .NET diagnostics functionality, and the level of logging is controlled in the POS.exe.config file. By default, the log file is created in the user temp folder under RetailLogs. Logging can be configured to write an XML log file or the Windows event log. Audit log: For audit purposes, Retail POS writes events such as logons and manager overrides, to the RetailLog table. The auditing can be turned on in the functionality profile.

Online marketplaces (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

Enhanced tracing and diagnostics (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

Additional product details are available in Retail POS (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

More details about products are available to cashiers in Retail POS, such as product attributes, bar codes, issue dates, and pictures.

View and edit customer information in Retail POS (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

Cashiers can view and edit information about a customer, such as the address, phone number, and email address, in Retail POS.

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Additional customer information is available to cashiers in Retail POS. This includes enhancements to the history of purchases for a customer, and also additional details about a customer, such as contact information, the customers currency and language, and a picture.

Component names have changed (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

Retail Store Connect is now Commerce Data Exchange: Synch Service, or Synch Service on second mention. Retail Transaction Service is now Commerce Data Exchange: Real-time Service, or Real-time Service on second mention.

Enhance retail catalog product offerings (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

This feature enables users to enhance their retail catalog offerings. A catalog manager can enrich products with descriptions, specifications, product relationships, images, videos, rich text content, and other data. You can use attribute groups to apply multiple attributes to products in a catalog. The catalog is based on a highly configurable attribute schema, at the product, category, or channel level. Enhancements can be shared among channels or targeted to a specific channel.

Publish retail product catalogs to create product listings in online channels (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

This feature enables you to create a retail product catalog in Microsoft Dynamics AX, enhance the product offerings by adding attributes, images, videos, and so on, and then publish the catalog. When the catalog is published, product listings are generated in one or more online channels, such as an online store. Catalogs can be published to one or more channels by either of the following options: Manual Auto-publish based on the effective date of the catalog

Note: A catalog publishing job needs to be scheduled for this purpose, via the Microsoft Dynamics AX batch job framework. Extending the existing pricing service for point of sale to include the online store (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) The commerce runtime delivers an omni-channel commerce capability with uniform extensibility across channels. It empowers the online storefront, Retail POS, and back office business calculations and business processes, supports 30+ markets, and is highly extensible to fit customer ERP implementation gaps. The commerce runtime includes following components: Pricing service Tax service Shipping service Shopping card and checkout Store locator service Order service Address service

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discount capabilities that are currently available for Retail POS to also be available for the online store. The pricing service is enabled when a retail product catalog is published to the online store. The catalog products and their prices are displayed to customers in the online store when they browse for products. Any available discounts for the products are calculated and displayed after the products are added to the shopping cart at checkout time. Retail reporting enhancements (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 delivers a new dedicated Retail cube that provides Business Intelligence data to facilitate retailers business decision making. The newly added Retail cube can be customized with additional data sources, measures, dimensions, calculations, KPIs, and so on. You can also define your own reports with Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services or Microsoft Excel. The following Retail reports have been added or enhanced: Multi-version point of sale (POS) support during upgrade (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2) Inventory Turnover and GMROII by product Inventory Turnover and GMROII by category Retail store metrics Sales performance by products Sales performance by retail product category Sales performance by category by store Performance by terminal Top 10 OU performers in current year Trend by operating unit Sales comparison year over year by operating unit Average ticket size COGS Days of inventory amount Days of inventory quantity GMROII Gross margin Gross margin percentage Inventory turn amount Inventory turn quantity Inventory turnover Months of inventory amount Months of inventory quantity Sales by hour Sale per unit area Total customers Total returns Total sales Week of inventory amount

The following KPIs have been added:

Upgrade of retail functionality requires redeployment (replacement and reconfiguration) of the legacy POS software on each terminal in each store. You must perform this redeployment during a tightly constrained time window to avoid disrupting retail activities. Although previous releases required that all stores be upgraded at the same time, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 supports operations that use two versions of Microsoft Dynamics AX POS software at the same time. Multi-version support lets upgrade administrators upgrade one store at

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a time while maintaining normal operations in stores that are still awaiting upgrade.

Adding the ability to manually enter a coupon code for discount offers (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

This feature enables you to manually enter a discount code for discount offers without having to create a campaign. Discount codes can be applied to both brick and mortar stores and online stores. If you create a discount code for a campaign and enter the discount code manually, the system uses the manual code instead of using number sequences and bar codes to automatically generate the code. This feature enhances the current transaction inquiry functionality and adds a new inquiry form for online store transactions. You can view all transactions for a retail store by using the existing inquiry form. Then you can view all transactions for an online store by using the new inquiry form for online stores.

Adding an inquiry form to view transactions for online stores (Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2)

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Replace submitted EU sales list reports, VAT declaration reports, and annual list reports for Belgium

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You can generate EU sales list reports, VAT declaration reports, and annual list reports in the updated XML format. You can also replace EU sales list reports, VAT declaration reports, and annual list reports that were already submitted to the Belgian tax authorities.

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Updates to Fiscal operation codes for Brazil

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The CFOP direction as incoming or outgoing and purpose as return, shipment and fiscal establishment transfer were added at the CFOP codes. The CFOP matrix allows you to determine the CFOP codes to be used in each transaction and new transaction types were added: Free text invoice - CFOP codes to be used in free text invoice Item requirement - CFOP codes to be used in project irem requirement form Third party transfer - CFOP codes to the used for shipment and receive of items to customer or vendor at transfer order Fiscal establishment transfer - CFOP codes to the used for transfer between fiscal establishment at transfer order Tax fiscal document - CFOP codes to be used at tax fiscal document transaction

Besides the new transaction types, previous ones continue to be valid: Sales - CFOP codes to the used at sales order and sales quotation Purchase - CFOP codes to be used at purchase orders, purchase quotation, purchase requisition and vendor invoice

Use fiscal establishments to post sales and purchases for Brazil

A fiscal establishment is a physical location of a legal entity. A fiscal establishment requires tax registration numbers (Cadastro Nacional da Pessoa Jurdica (CNPJ) or Inscrio Estadual (IE)), issues and receives legal documentation, and assesses or pays taxes. A legal entity can have multiple fiscal establishments, and as such the fiscal establishment is now required to issue and receive fiscal documents in processes involving sales orders, sales returns, purchase orders, purchase returns, free text invoice, transfer orders and tax fiscal documents. The fiscal establishment in processes involving sales orders, sales returns, purchase orders, purchase returns and transfer orders is determined by a relation done between fiscal establishment and site. In processes involving free text invoice and tax fiscal document the fiscal establishment has to be determined by user prior fiscal document posting.

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Purchase posting enhancements for Brazil

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You can create and post a purchase invoice by specifying the Cdigos Fiscais de Operaes E Prestaes (CFOP) codes. You must specify CFOP codes for a purchase order or a returned item or for an item that has a Product type of item. You can also specify the fiscal document type for a return purchase order. You can also perform the following tasks: Set up the fiscal document text for a purchase order or a vendor invoice. Create reference invoices that link one or more vendor invoice references when creating an invoice. Generate, post, and print the vendor invoice from a nontaxpayer vendor, and then post the purchase invoice. Cancel an incorrect fiscal document and indicate that the fiscal document is canceled and that all ledger and financial transactions are reversed.

Check payments and Bordero payments for Brazil

Generated by Microsoft SQL Reporting Services (SSRS), you can use a check or Bordero method of payment to make vendor payments. When you use a check, you can post and print one check per bank or vendor, where the check is issued in the name of the bank or the vendor. When you use the Bordero method of payment, you can post and print one Bordero payment per bank. You can also generate the Bordero report for a bank. You can reverse a check or Bordero payment. When you reverse a payment, the transaction is canceled and the related vendor invoices are available for settlement. If taxes were withheld from the check or Bordero payment, the withholding taxes are also reversed.

Brazilian fiscal documents for the direct delivery process

You can now relate taxes with fiscal values 1 and 3 by setting delivery item sales tax group and delivery sales tax group at the sales order when a CFOP has a delivery CFOP associated, and that allow delivery slip be used with the Nota fiscal eletrnica (NF-e) feature when a delivery slip fiscal document is posted. You can cancel a delivery slip fiscal document.

Fiscal document texts

Brazilian law requires that you print text for certain transactions. Legal text is a short message that is printed on fiscal documents and DANFE. Legal text provides additional information for a fiscal document, such as the fiscal purpose of the document or complementary information about the fiscal document. You can now set up legal text master data, and link that data to the Fiscal Operation Code (CFOP), vendor, customer, item, sales order, or purchase order. You can set legal text to print automatically on fiscal documents and DANFE. Legal text is also sent to SPED.

Project debit notes for Brazil

You can reimburse expenses that are made by a service provider for a project by using debit notes. You can also cancel an incorrect debit note. When you cancel a debit note, the related transactions are reversed and the status of the original debit note is updated to Canceled. You can cancel a posted project invoice if the posting date is not in a closed period and the customer invoice has not been paid or settled. The cancellation reverses all postings for the transaction to ledger accounts such as accounts receivable, tax accounts and sales.

Cancel a posted project invoice for Brazil

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Withholding tax for Brazil

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Withholding tax can now be determined by fiscal document line similarly the determination of taxes. You can specify a withholding tax group at customers and vendors and specify an item withholding tax group at items that default at sales and purchase order lines and can then be modified.

Updates to Sales and Purchase Operation types in Brazil

Companies in Brazil follow a different process for posting purchase and sales orders when there is no inventory movement or related customer/vendor transaction. This process is implemented by configuring the purchase and sales operation types in the Operation types form. The operation types will regulate the process of sales and purchase postings while performing the following: Creating inventory movements Creating customer/vendor transactions Identifying posting account number Identifying customer/vendor posting profiles Identifying items in transit warehouse

The Brazilian government also requires that companies in Brazil create fiscal documents for every inbound and outbound transaction regardless of the transaction type. Enhancements for Brazilian tax calculations You can set up the taxation codes based on the validity period specified by the government and multiple fiscal values can be specified for one taxation code. At the time the taxation code is selected in the sales tax code and item sales tax group the correct taxation code and fiscal value should be selected. New tax types were added: ICMS-ST - that determines tributary substitution of ICMS ICMS-DIF - that determines a purchase has differential rate in interstate purchase of ICMS

You can setup ICMS tributary substitution based in method of calculation as markup or simplified estimate to sales to Mato Grosso state. You can specify at the tributary substitution based on markup a base reduction percentage applies. It is no longer possible to change the taxation code or fiscal value at the sales and purchase order lines. Updates to fiscal document types for Brazil The fiscal document type classifies the type of fiscal document involved in sales, purchase, and tax fiscal document transactions between companies. The fiscal document type defines the number sequence, series, document model, specie, and layout of the purchase invoice, sales invoice, free text invoice, and tax fiscal document transaction. You can modify a fiscal document type if there is no transaction created that uses the fiscal document type. You can specify the default fiscal document type for customers and vendors. You can specify the fiscal document type for sales orders, purchase orders, free text invoices, and tax fiscal document transactions.

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Distribute direct and indirect costs among manufactured products for Brazil

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With the setup of cost centers in absorption cost functionality, you can calculate and post the direct and indirect costs that are incurred by the manufacturing process for a fiscal period. You can then calculate absorption costs by distributing the total direct and indirect costs among the products that are manufactured during the fiscal period. Project invoices are integrated to the fiscal documents and you can generate nota fiscal estrnica (NF-e) federal or municipal from the posted project invoices. You can cancel a project invoice and thus cancel a fiscal document related to it. You can generate a delivery slip fiscal document from project, combining the item requirement and delivery slip functionalities.

Project management and accounting

Generate fiscal documents for project sales orders and project item requirements for Brazil on posting of packing slip

In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, when the packing slip for project sales orders and project item requirements are posted, the included taxes are calculated and the corresponding fiscal documents are generated

Complementary invoices

You must create a complementary invoice or nota fiscal complementar to adjust a fiscal document that was generated for an incorrect price, Imposto Sobre Produtos Industrializados (IPI), or Imposto Sobre Circulao de Mercadorias e Servios (ICMS) amount. A complementary invoice is issued only to adjust a positive difference. For example, a complementary invoice is generated, if the price of an item on the original invoice is incorrect and the correct price for the item is higher than the price recorded on the original invoice. You can create a complementary invoice to adjust errors in the price or quantity of goods or services, tax percentage, or tax calculation. The complementary invoice is a fiscal document that complements the original fiscal document, all information, except miscellaneous charges, is updated from the original fiscal document. You cannot add or delete lines from a complementary invoice.

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Nota Fiscal Electronica (NF-e) process

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The following enhancements have been made to the Nota Fiscal Eletrnica (NF-e) process: You can set up web services, rejection codes, and schemas for a domain. You can set up a certificate, environment, NF-e version, authority, template, schema validation, automatic printing of Documento Auxiliar da Nota fiscal eletrnica (DANFE) after NF-e approval, and a contingency mode for NF-e for each fiscal establishment. You can set up web services that are related to an authority to share the same set of web services between fiscal establishments that are located in different states. You can print the DANFE as a pro-forma document without posting the invoice. The pro-forma DANFE is marked with the "Sem validade fiscal" watermark. The DANFE can also be automatically printed when the NF-e is approved by the government tax authority (SEFAZ). You can check and update rejected or pending NF-e in the Rejected fiscal document with pending cancellation list page and the Fiscal documents pending an update to contingency mode list page.

Updates to the General ledger for Brazil

The updates to the General ledger for Brazil include the following information: New rules for day books Generating accounting books for trial balances Using the analytical ledger Open and close terms for legal accounting reports Creating parent ledger accounts with children Default descriptions and journal text for withholding tax, interest, and fine payments Consolidated company accounts Updates to several General ledger forms and reports

Use fiscal establishments to post sales and purchases for Brazil

Use fiscal establishments to issue fiscal documents for sales invoices, purchase invoices, and free text invoices. A fiscal establishment is a physical location of a legal entity. A fiscal establishment requires tax registration numbers (Cadastro Nacional da Pessoa Jurdica (CNPJ) or Inscrio Estadual (IE)), issues and receives legal documentation, and assesses or pays taxes. A legal entity can have multiple fiscal establishments.

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Enhancements to free text invoices for Brazil

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You can create and post a free text invoice by specifying fiscal information. You can also perform the following tasks: Add fiscal document texts or legal texts to a free text invoice. Correct a free text invoice to generate a corrected free text invoice and a credit note for the canceled invoice. Cancel a free text invoice. View information on a bill of lading for fixed asset sales in the Post free text invoice form. Create and post a free text invoice with miscellaneous charges for a fixed asset.

In accordance with Brazilian regulations, the revenue in the subledger journal is booked based on the gross amount and includes all the taxes applicable to sales. The taxes applicable to sales are booked as credit in the tax payable account and as debit in the tax expense account. You can use the Sales tax offset posting type to book the tax expenses. Import fiscal documents for Brazil You can issue an import fiscal document when you create a purchase order to import items from a foreign vendor. You can specify the import declaration information for a purchase order for a foreign vendor before you post the purchase order. You can also cancel an incorrect import fiscal document. You can use ICMS tax documents to record tax adjustment transactions between fiscal establishments by issuing a nota fiscal eletronica (NF-e), and recover the ICMS tax amount in installments for the purchase of fixed assets. A fiscal document framework is used to ensure that posted fiscal documents conform to rules and a specific structure, regardless of the transaction from which a fiscal document was originally generated. The fiscal document framework keeps all fiscal documents in a single repository that contains all information required by the government for reporting, regardless of the reporting format. The fiscal document viewer is also available as part of the fiscal document framework, offering drill down to all fiscal documentrelated information: Relationships between fiscal documents and their source documents Fiscal references, sales taxes, referenced processes, fatura and installments, miscellaneous charges, legal texts, and additional information

ICMS tax documents for Brazil

Fiscal documents and the fiscal document framework

Uptake of Brazilian localization requirements for retail product management

Retail supports several features to enable users to easily manage their retail products. These features include the ability to edit product attributes by using a mass update tool, manage products by using the retail category hierarchy feature, and manage products by using the released product model that is supported in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. This feature adds the Brazil-specific product attribute fields to these features so that users in Brazil can take advantage of these tools to easily manage their retail products.

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Transfer items between fiscal establishments

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You can transfer warehouse items between warehouses that are located in different fiscal establishments, or transfer items to thirdparty warehouses, by using transfer fiscal documents. When you transfer items between fiscal establishments, the following transfer fiscal documents are issued and received: Outbound fiscal document Ship items to a warehouse that is located in a different fiscal establishment. You can issue an outbound fiscal document when you ship the items. Inbound fiscal document Receive shipped items from a warehouse that is located in a different fiscal establishment. You can register an inbound fiscal document when you receive the items.

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Tax integration for China Distribution of subledger lines

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Value-added tax (VAT) registration numbers can now be included on customer records. Subledger journal lines are accounting entries that are posted to the general ledger by using the General journal. You can generate subledgers from source documents such as invoices, packing slips, and picking lists for customers and vendors. Before you post the voucher information to the general ledger, you can view or edit subledger journals by using a new method called distribution. This method allows you to allocate posting amounts between multiple financial dimensions, and change the default ledger account number or financial dimension values based on user permissions. In China, the Chinese voucher type and Chinese voucher number are implemented in the ledger entries. Chinese voucher types and Chinese voucher numbers are included in the ledger entries after the accounting distributions and subledger journal lines are posted. You can query ledger entries with Chinese voucher types and voucher numbers by using Chinese ledger inquiries and 16 existing SSRS reports. You can also print ledger vouchers with Chinese voucher numbers, and print Chinese financial reports with Chinese voucher types and voucher numbers.

Import ZIP/Postal Codes for China

You can import the Chinese ZIP/Postal Codes published by China Post. You can select to import only the new records, or you can overwrite the available records and add new records. The name and address format is also updated. The updated address format is country, state, city, district, and street name.

Generation of Asian legal reports in Microsoft Excel for China

You can generate external financial statements, such as balance sheets, profit and loss statements, tax reports, and cash flow statements, as Microsoft Excel worksheets in a single-column and two-column print format. You can use the Asian legal report layout for China to generate these financial statements.

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An Official VAT invoice number field has been added to the existing Open customer invoices list page. You can query and view the sales invoices by using the official VAT invoice number. In accordance with Chinese legislation, companies must create and maintain charts of accounts in a hierarchical account tree structure by setting up multiple levels for ledger accounts. You can create account numbers in a specific format to indicate the number of levels that you can add to a ledger account. For example, to split a ledger account into two levels, you must use an account number format of xxxx-yy. Here, the first four characters denote the first level, such as a cash account, and the last two characters denote the sublevel, such as a cash account in a currency. The character that separates the various levels of the ledger account is user-defined. In this example, a hyphen (-) is used as the separator character. In China, organizations that have more than 100 inventory items and maintain several warehouses are required to document inventory values in ledger accounts. These inventory values are organized by sites and item groups. Ledger accounts of the inventory value are categorized by their inventory sites. In Microsoft Dynamics AX, a company can have multiple sites and inventory locations. You can set up or modify item postings to various ledger accounts for different sites and indicate each inventory item group. You can also activate inventory transaction combinations for sites, and then post the site details in the sales orders, purchase orders, inventory journals, or production journals. You can view the ledger accounts by the inventory value of each site in the Chart of accounts form. When you post the invoices and journals, the following ledger transactions are updated: When you post sales orders, the ledger transactions are applied to the correct accounts for packing slips and invoices. When you post purchase orders, ledger transactions are applied to the correct accounts for purchase packing slips, invoices, or return orders. When you post purchase orders and end production orders for inventory items of the standard cost model, the ledger account is selected based on the setup in the Item posting form. When you post the Inventory Movement, Profit and Loss, Bills of Materials, Item Arrival, Production Input, Physical Counting, Tag Counting, or Project Item journals, the ledger account is selected based on the setup in the Item posting form.

Ledger account tree structure for China

Ledger accounts of inventory value by site

BOM version comparison for China

A product may contain many versions of its bill of materials (BOM) during its life cycle. You can use the BOM comparison form to identify the differences between several versions of a product. You can also compare and highlight differences in components among a group of similar products and different products. This can help you answer customer inquiries about your products' differences and uses more effectively, and improve overall productivity and operation efficiency. You can reconcile bank statements for bank accounts that are active. You cannot change the bank account status to inactive if the account has any reconciliation journals that are open. You can also validate the closing of accounting periods in the Ledger calendar form. 347

Changes to bank account reconciliation and the fiscal calendar for China

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Maintain China-specific information in legal entities and the chart of accounts Enhancements to Chinese vouchers

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You can use two new China-specific forms attached in the legal entities and the chart of accounts to set up China-specific information. In accordance with Chinese accounting practices, voucher numbers must be sequential for Chinese vouchers. You can verify whether Chinese voucher numbers are sequential, and then renumber the vouchers to maintain the continuity of Chinese voucher numbers. You can generate a report to view the history of the renumbered vouchers. You can also perform the following tasks: Print vouchers from the Journal voucher form. You can print a voucher before or after posting. You can print a voucher before posting by using the pro forma posting option. Only the information that is generated after the voucher is posted is printed. Create a general journal and journal lines in the Chinese vouchers form. You can approve and post a single voucher or multiple vouchers.

Import bank statements for reconciliation against the statement information stored in Microsoft Dynamics AX Inventory summary reports for China

You can now import bank statements in a variety of formats, reconcile the imported bank statements, and match statement lines with booked bank documents. Chinese companies use the Inventory status report to view summarized inventory status, including the beginning quantity, receipt quantity, issued quantity, and end quantity of a specified item. The Inventory in/out status report is another frequently used inventory report that offers more details than the Inventory status report. These reports can be queried with an option to set the inventory dimension. You can use the following reports to check the inventory movements of receipts and issues in a warehouse:

Inventory status report Shows the beginning quantity, in


quantity, out quantity, and end quantity of inventory items for a specified period.

Inventory in/out status report Shows a detailed in/out


status of inventory items for a specified period.

For example, the in status displays the number of items received from a purchase order, production order, transfer order, and physical count, and through other input inventory transactions. The in status includes purchased in, transferred in, or produced in quantities. The out status displays the number of items issued for a sales order, production order, transfer order, and physical count, and through other output inventory transactions. By using this information, you can view a detailed in/out status of the inventory items for a specified period. If the specific period is not selected, the first date of the current month is used as the starting date, and the current date is used as the ending date. Issue value-added tax (VAT) invoices by using a free text invoice Report information for GB/T 24589-2010 in China You can now issue value-added tax invoices from the Free-text invoice form. Set up parameters and select information that you can export to an XML file for the accounting software data standards in China.

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Financial dimension attributes for China

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You can define several financial dimension attributes, in addition to the department, cost center, and purpose, to view and modify account and journal information. In China, you can use the additional financial dimensions for the Chinese bank reconciliation journal and for the Chinese voucher system. The following reports are available with the new dimensions: Account analysis by dimensions Account balance sheet by dimensions Chart of account by dimensions Detailed ledger transactions by dimensions Ledger transactions by dimensions Vendor balance by dimensions Customer balance by dimensions Matrix report by dimensions

Updates to the Chinese vouchers

You can enter the account and dimension attribute together for a transaction. You can specify a unique set of dimensions for the main and offset account combinations when transactions are created. For China, when you enter Chinese vouchers, you can enter ledger accounts and dimension values together, and validate these details with the accounting rules before posting the vouchers. The Monthly average cost method is an inventory costing method based on the weighted average principle. According to the weighted average principle, items that are issued from inventory are valued based on the average value of items that are received into inventory within each month in the inventory closing period. The Monthly average cost method is similar to the Weighted average cost by date method, except that it is calculated by month instead of by using a specific date. The Monthly average cost method is used to calculate a specific items weighted average cost at the end of the month. This average cost is then used to adjust the transactions for all the units of that item that were issued during the month, so that all output transactions for that specific item during the month have the same unit cost. Only the monthly average cost from invoiced receipts is calculated, and only invoiced issue transactions are settled. Non-invoiced receipts and issue transactions are calculated and settled in the month when they are invoiced.

Monthly average cost for China

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Cash discounts in the Czech Republic

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In the Czech Republic, cash discounts are now included when unrealized exchange rate gains and loss adjustments are calculated. Intracommunity VAT can be posted as two tax transactions. In the Czech Republic, half of the yearly depreciation for a fixed asset can be applied for tax purposes when the asset is sold or otherwise disposed of, regardless of the disposal date. An option to enable the use of half-yearly depreciation has been added in the Depreciation proposal form. Additional VAT register date information can now be included on tax transactions. When you generate the Sales tax reconciliation report, this additional information will be included.

Intracommunity VAT support for the Czech Republic Half-yearly depreciation on disposal and sales of fixed assets

Additional VAT information can be included on tax transactions

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Customer invoice numbering in Lithuania and Latvia Pre-acquisition handling of fixed assets

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In Lithuania and Latvia, you can assign specific numbers to sales invoices by user or user group. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, asset acquisition can be split into two separate steps, each with its own General ledger postings and Fixed asset updates. This allows the recording of separate GL entries when the asset is expensed, and when it is put into use. Depreciation is not allowed for assets still in the first step of the process (Preacquisition stage). Pre-acquisition amounts are viewable at the asset level. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 provides the option to set up tax directives for the corresponding sales tax codes, and to print them on sales invoices in multiples languages for all Eastern European countries/regions. You can round fixed asset depreciation amounts up or down to the nearest number, as specified in the round-off depreciation field. In the Czech Republic and Poland, you can report tax information on a date that is different from the posting date. The Date of VAT register field is added to sales, purchase, and project documents. You can now generate various sales tax reports based on this date. For Eastern European countries/regions, you can create and post a canceling free text invoice without creating a corrective free text invoice. You can generate Intrastat reports for Eastern European countries/regions in the generic .xml format. You can use Extensible Stylesheet Language for Transformations (XSLT) style sheets, and export country/region-specific Intrastat reports as .xml files or .csv files based on the XSLT style sheets. You can use the XSLT style sheets to maintain multiple versions of the .xml or .csv files.

Tax directive printing on sales invoices.

Round fixed asset depreciation amounts for Eastern European countries/regions Update to tax reports based on the VAT register date

Create corrected invoices

Intrastat reporting for Eastern European countries/regions

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Customer and vendor settlement transactions can now be viewed for specific settlement types

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A new helper table stores additional information about settlement transactions. You can view this information by clicking the Transactions on settlement button in the Customer transactions and Vendor transactions forms for the following settlement types: Exchange adjustment, when the settlement of an invoice and a payment generates a realized exchange rate difference Posting profile change, when two entries with different posting profiles are settled Prepayment converting to a payment, when a prepayment is converted to a payment, or vice versa, by using the Prepayment handling form Unrealized exchange rate adjustment, when the settlement of an invoice and a payment generates an unrealized exchange rate difference reversal Cash discount, for settling an invoice with a payment that has a cash discount applied Penny difference, for settling an invoice with a payment for a slightly different amount (overpayment/underpayment) Conditional tax posting, for settling an invoice with a payment that has conditional tax applied Cross-company settlement, for settling an invoice with a payment between different companies by using intercompany functionality

European Union (EU) sales list reporting for Eastern Europe

In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, support was added for a number of European Union (EU) members states to easily create a generic sales list report for sales (and purchases, in some cases) of goods and services to VAT-registered entities in other EU member states. For Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, support is being integrated for the following Eastern European countries/regions: Czech Republic Hungary Lithuania Latvia Poland Estonia

Make payments by using advance holders for Eastern European countries/regions

You can set up workers as advance holders and post vendor invoices with advance holder details. You can settle advance holder transactions to create general ledger entries. You can also enter advance holder transactions in general journals and slip journals.

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Reason code support for projects

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Fields for entering a reason code and reason comment have been added to the Invoice proposal form, Invoice journal form, and Select for credit note form. This is to support the Eastern European legislation requirement that original invoice references be printed on credit note documents. This enhancement provides support for project invoices in the following Eastern European countries/regions: Czech Republic Hungary Latvia Lithuania Poland The Fixed asset counting report is available in Estonia and Latvia. Application of the storno accounting principle to correction postings is expanded to all Eastern European countries/regions. Storno postings are now available throughout Eastern Europe when you do the following: Post a sales order packing slip or purchase order product receipt. Cancel a registered invoice in Accounts payable. Post an inventory transaction or on-hand adjustment (receipt adjustment). Post an inventory recalculation or closing (issue adjustment). Cancel an inventory adjustment/recalculation. Post a negative Hour, Expense, Item, or Fee journal. Adjust a project transaction. You can revalue bank account transactions and cash transactions in the accounting currency if there is a change in the exchange rate between the accounting currency and the reporting currency. At the time of revaluation, you can generate reports to capture the following details: Exchange adjustments for a transaction General ledger transactions in the reporting and accounting currencies, separately

Fixed asset counting report Correction postings now use the storno accounting principle throughout Eastern Europe

Exchange rate adjustments for bank account transactions and cash transactions for Eastern European countries

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Calculating acquisition adjustments

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Acquisition adjustments in Germany must be calculated as if the adjustment was made the first day of the business year, regardless of the date on which the adjustment transaction was created.

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Redesign of the exchange rate calculation for bank and cash payments

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To accommodate a Hungarian legislative requirement on exchange rate calculation, an average rate method for calculating exchange rate adjustments has been added.

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Threshold exceeding error/warning message removed from India direct tax

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The threshold validation error/warning message functionality that can be set up to notify users when the cumulative transaction amount exceeds the Direct Tax (TDS/TCS) threshold for the first time has been deprecated in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2. Please note that the threshold functionality is not deprecated; only the error/warning message is removed. In accordance with the Indian companies act, depreciation on assets is calculated based on the number of days in a period, the type of industry, and the type of shift. You can calculate depreciation on assets based on the number of days the asset is actually put into use by using the following methods: The straight line percentage method The written down value method (or reducing balance method) The monthly depreciation calculated based on the actual number of days in a month For India, a straight line percentage method has been added. The straight line percentage method uses only the Day based parameter when the depreciation is calculated. Depreciation is calculated by using the number of days and is displayed in the Depreciation profiles form for a value model for the selected depreciation method and calendar type. If you select the reducing balance method as a Current layer value model, you can use both the standard depreciation calculation process and the day-based depreciation calculation process. You can attach either a standard calendar or a day-based calendar when the depreciation profile uses the reducing balance method. Depreciation for seasonal and non-seasonal industries is calculated by using the Minimum number of days parameter. The following factors are considered when shift depreciation is calculated: The type of shift and industry. The rate of shift depreciation. The posting layer for the value model record must be Current, and the calendar type must be Day based. The calculated shift depreciation for the value model is displayed separately for each type of shift. For single-shift depreciation, the calendar type should be Day based for a Current layer value model, and the depreciation method is straight line percentage or reducing balance method. You can define unlimited financial dimensions and use those financial dimensions as account segments in the chart of accounts. You can define financial dimensions for tax ledger groups, direct and indirect tax inquiries, EXIM incentive schemes, and stock transfers. 353 NEW, CHANGED, AND DEPRECATED FEATURES FOR MICROSOFT DYNAMICS AX 2012 R2

Depreciation calculation for India

Financial dimensions for India

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EXIM Export Promotion Capital Goods (EPCG) incentive scheme

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Under the Export Promotion Capital Goods (EPCG) scheme, a license holder can import capital goods, including computer hardware and software. The validity period for the import of capital goods under a 0% EPCG scheme is 9 months. You can extend the export obligation period for 2 years only once, subject to certain conditions. The export obligation is equivalent to 6 times the duty saved on the capital goods that are imported under the EPCG scheme, and the export obligation is to be fulfilled within 6 years from the authorization issue date. A concessional 3% duty EPCG scheme allows for an export obligation equivalent to 8 times the duty saved on capital goods that are imported under the EPCG scheme, to be fulfilled in 8 years. For EPCG authorizations with a duty saved amount of INR 100 crores or more, the export obligation can be fulfilled over a period of 12 years. Companies that operate under the Board for Industrial & Financial Reconstruction (BIFR) and units in Agricultural Export zones are also granted 12 years to fulfill their export obligations. Merchant exporters can import capital goods under the EPCG scheme if the capital goods are installed in the factory of their supporting manufacturer, who is endorsed on the license. An EPCG authorization holder can also procure machinery and equipment from India, and the Indian manufacturer can import components for the machinery at a concessional rate of 0 percent or 3 percent. However, the license holder, rather than the manufacturer, is responsible for meeting the export obligation. In accordance with Indian tax legislation, legal entities must submit quarterly Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) and Tax Collected at Source (TCS) statements in the electronic format to the National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL). The electronic TDS and TCS statements must include the type of deductor, the name of the utility used for return preparation, the transfer voucher number, the details of the third parties from whom the tax is deducted or collected, and the challan details relating to the deposit of tax at government-authorized bank branches. Government entities must generate the TDS and TCS statements in the electronic file format that includes the following additional details: Ministry details The ministry that the government entity belongs to. Pay and Account Officer (PAO) code A six-character alphanumeric code. PAO registration number A seven-digit registration number. Drawing and Disbursing Officer (DDO) code A ten-character alphanumeric code. DDO registration number A ten-digit registration number.

Changes to the electronic file format for TDS and TCS statements

The regular or correction electronic TDS and TCS statement files must be validated by the File Validation Utility (FVU) tool before the statements are submitted to NSDL. The FVU tool verifies the challan details quoted in the electronic TDS and TCS statements against the challan details uploaded by banks. In the event of a mismatch of challan details, a warning file is generated with the details of the mismatch.

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Updates to import orders for India

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You can increase the quantity of an item on an import order line after you update the invoice registration for the order. You cannot decrease the quantity of an item on an import order line after you update the invoice registration for the order. The updated import order line quantity must be less than the bill of entry quantity already posted for the item. You can view the updated import order in the Invoice registration form. When you post the bill of entry for an import order, the Bill of entry check box is selected for the order line in the Invoice registration form. You cannot delete the import order line from the Invoice registration form if the Bill of entry check box is selected for the order line. You can create and enter an invoice line that is not related to a purchase order on an invoice. You can enter details for the following taxes on these invoice lines: Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) Tax Collected at Source (TCS) India sales tax Value-added tax (VAT) Excise Service tax

Accounts receivable and accounts payable invoices

You can also create a recurring invoice, and calculate direct and indirect taxes for the amount in the recurring invoice. All details required to generate recurring invoices can be specified in the Free text invoice templates form. Fixed asset transfer for India You can transfer fixed assets between different dimension values for a selected value model by using accounting entries. In accordance with the India Income Tax Act requirements, fixed assets are accounted and depreciated by using the block of asset concept. Fixed assets that have common characteristics are grouped into blocks of assets based on the guidelines given in the India Income Tax Act. When an individual asset is associated with a block of assets (identified as a fixed asset group in Microsoft Dynamics AX), the individual asset loses its identity and is merged with the asset group value. Depreciation is applied on the fixed asset group value as a whole and not calculated on individual asset values. The system will not be able to identify the individual depreciation value and net book value for a fixed asset that is being transferred, if that asset is associated with a fixed asset group value model for which asset group depreciation is applicable. Hence, the value models associated with a fixed asset for which the Asset group depreciation check box is selected must be filtered out of the Fixed asset transfer form.

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Uptake of the subledger journal and distribution framework with Indian direct tax

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The subledger journal and distribution framework has been applied with the Indian functionality to account for Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) and Tax Collected at Source (TCS) direct tax amounts. With this uptake, the new monetary amount, withholding tax, has been introduced, and TDS and TCS direct tax amounts can be distributed between dimensions, based on the distribution of the source amount on the original source document line. As part of the subledger journal and distribution functionality, the accounting entries for the TDS and TCS tax amounts can be verified before the amounts are posted to General ledger accounts. This functionality applies to direct tax amounts that are based on purchase orders, vendor invoices, and free text invoices. Adjust direct tax entries by using the Withholding tax journal that is generated from the general ledger. In the Withholding tax journal, you can specify the details for adjusting a direct tax transaction, recalculate the tax amount, and then transfer the information to the general journal. You can manually adjust recoverable tax values for each transaction mainly to settle taxes. You can make the adjustments for posted recoverable tax transactions or posted payable transactions by tracking the original record or by creating a new adjustment transaction. You can create and settle transactions with excise and VAT recoverable amounts in the Purchase order form. You can create and settle transactions with excise and VAT payable amounts in the Sales order form. You can create transactions with service tax recoverable amounts or service tax payable amounts, and settle them in a payment journal. You can compare recoverable and payable amounts, and adjust them in the Transactions form. The subledger accounting distribution framework impacts the Indian functionality for excise duty. With the subledger accounting distribution framework, you can get an overview of the distribution on cost centers before you post an amount to ledger accounts. This includes postings of the following types: Deferred amounts for excise duty on the value of goods that are not allowed to be claimed as recoverable in the year of purchase Credit note transactions with combinations of excise amounts that include central value added tax (CENVAT) Tax adjustment amounts registered on purchase order invoices, free text invoices, and purchase order credit notes You can specify the item type for an item as Item or Service instead of BOM. Goods manufactured by an entity are updated in the Daily Stock Account (DSA) register based on the Default order type Production value set for an item. Also, the item details in the Standard Input Output Norm (SION) form and the Export Import (EXIM) incentive schemes design are updated based on the Default order type Production value set for an item. You can specify the default order type for an item. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, each line in a bill of entry (BOE) is calculated for taxes, posted, and recorded individually.

The method of adjusting direct tax entries that are posted to the general ledger has changed. This feature replaces the feature for TDS and TCS adjustment, which is now deprecated. Manual adjustment of taxes

SLJL impact on the Indian excise duty functionality

Change to the item type for India

Bill of entry information is evaluated on a line-by-line basis

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Standard Input Output Norms (SION)

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The Government of India offers many special incentive schemes to Indian importers. These schemes are mostly available for imported products that will be used to manufacture export goods. Standard Input Output Norms (SION), which is published and issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT), contains guidelines that apply to the types of inputs, or materials, that can be imported without paying a customs duty. These inputs must be used to manufacture standardized exportable products. Licenses that are issued under the Duty Exemption Scheme are based on the SION. For example, licenses for certain incentive schemes, such as the Advance Authorization (AA) and Duty Free Import Authorization (DFIA), are issued only for products that are contained in the SION table. The SION table contains a list of inputs that can be imported without paying a customs duty, based on the following factors: Percentage content of materials Net plus percentage of wastage Percentage of FOB (Free on Board) value of export Net to Net (without any wastage) Actual consumption basis

Enhancements for purchase and sales orders for India

You can allocate miscellaneous charges for a purchase order to selected purchase order lines. You can allocate miscellaneous charges by using the whole amount and per invoice allocation methods. You can update or review the tax information for a purchase or sales order in the Purchase agreement release order lines form or the Sales agreement release order lines form. When posting a bill of entry, you can specify the reason code and comments for any changes that you make in an import purchase order. When you run the purchase order year end process (opening or closing), the withholding taxes are not considered. You can view a summary of open invoice transactions, invoice amounts, references, payments, interest, and fees associated with the invoices and balances at the invoice level and at the invoice line level. You can also select which invoice lines to settle when a partial payment is made. In addition, for India, you can view the actual amount, the Tax Collected at Source (TCS) payable, and the Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) receivable for an invoice separately. You can also view the selected partial payment lines, with the TDS amount and the TCS amount in separate columns for the invoice lines.

Open customer invoices and settlement enhancements for India

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Recalculation of indirect taxes triggered by specific conditions

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In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, the uncommitted tax table is introduced. The purpose of this table is to prevent the system from recalculating indirect taxes unless the recalculation is triggered by a specific condition, thereby improving system performance. Indirect taxes are recalculated when transactions are posted in the following forms: Purchase order details Vendor invoice PO and Non PO lines Purchase requisition Invoice journal Invoice register Invoice approval journal General journal Vendor payment journal Customer payment journal Free text invoice

EXIM Duty Free Import Authorization (DFIA) incentive scheme

Update tax information in a corrective free text invoice

The Duty Free Import Authorization (DFIA) incentive scheme allows the duty-free import of goods that are used in the manufacture of products for export, or that are used or consumed during the manufacturing process. The DFIA is administered by the office of the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT). Originally named the Duty Free Replenishment Certificate, the DFIA helps export companies maintain accurate records of items that can be imported duty-free on the basis of the incentive scheme and the SION table. You can define the maximum retail price per unit for an item in the Free text invoice form and calculate the tax based on the amount per unit. When excise transactions from the free text invoice are posted, part I of the excise registers is updated with the quantity details. You can correct a free text invoice that is posted. For India, you can also update the following tax information in the invoice: Update excise registers with details of corrected invoices or canceled invoices. Reverse service tax entries when the invoice correction is done for a settled invoice. Reverse Tax Collected at Source (TCS) entries when the invoice correction is done after the TCS on an original invoice is settled.

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Tax rate enhancements for India

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You can enter tax rates that contain five decimals to calculate the customs, excise, or VAT amounts. The tax rate identifies a tax that is connected with a sale, such as a sales tax, fee, duty, purchase duty, or packing duty. You can enter these rates in the following fields: Concessional value The concessional value defined for Small scale industry (SSI) vendors. Preferential value The preferential value for tax codes. Retention % The VAT retention rate for the transaction. Percent The VAT retention percentage applied to the transaction. Tax pct. The tax percentage used to calculate the customs duty.

Sales and purchase orders enhancements for India

You can create a purchase order line with a negative quantity for a noninventoried item in a new or existing purchase order. You can also create and post a sales return order for a non-inventoried item. You can calculate only the indirect taxes on negative purchase or sales order lines. You can correct the quantity and tax amount in a purchase order or a sales order packing slip for which the excise register is already updated. You can correct the invoice before posting. When you post the invoice, the excise register is updated with three register IDs: Original quantity and tax amount Reversed quantity and tax amount Corrected quantity and tax amount

Assign financial dimensions to entries generated in the Transfer orders form Generation of financial statements in Microsoft Excel for India

You can assign financial dimensions to each line entry that is generated for transfer orders. You can generate financial statements, such as balance sheets and profit and loss statements, in Microsoft Excel. The generated financial statement report displays the schedule number column, header notes, and footer notes. The subledger accounting distribution framework impacts the functionality for custom duty, including the functionality for the following export incentive schemes: Advance Authorization (AA) Duty Free Import Authorization (DFIA) Duty Entitlement Pass book (DEPB) Export promotion and Capital Goods (EPCG) With the subledger accounting distribution framework, users can get an overview of the distribution on cost centers before an amount is posted to ledger accounts.

SLJL impact on the Indian custom duty functionality

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Implementation of withholding tax calculation cache

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The purpose of this feature is to improve the implementation of the uncommitted tax calculation. A cache for withholding tax is implemented for all transactions from subledger journals, such as invoices, free text invoices, vendor invoices, and purchase orders. Posting a transaction effects tax recalculation, so whenever a transaction for Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) and Tax Collected at Source (TCS) is posted from a source document, the tax is recalculated. In order to improve performance and ensure proper uptake of the subledger journal functionality, tax is not recalculated unless there is a specific triggering event, such as a change to a tax group. The global address book is a centralized location that contains information for business entities, such as customers, vendors, and companies. Tax information and the tax registration number attached to these business entities are also retrieved from the global address book. When you create a new sales order, purchase requisition, purchase order, payment invoice, or payment journal, or when you make stock transaction transfers, the sales tax, value-added tax (VAT), and service tax information is updated from the global address book. The name defined for the primary address in the Legal entity form is displayed on the Tax information tab for customers and vendors. For companies in India, the following improvements have been made to the method used to assign tax registration numbers: Tax information is no longer date effective. You can create new tax information records, and view existing records, for a specific location. You can assign tax information records for specific locations to transactions. When you post transactions, registers and accounts are updated with registration numbers for the selected tax information.

Global address book for India

Improvements to tax registration number assignments

Updates to general ledger and tax inquiry forms

Additionally, changes have been made to the ability to modify registration numbers. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, users can directly modify each registration number. Now, when users select the address and then the tax information, the registration numbers are automatically updated. You can use the Invoice group field in the Indirect tax inquiry form to filter and list tax transactions for a specific invoice group. You can create queries to view a list of VAT transactions that are posted during a period based on a specific group. You can use the Account delimiter field in the General ledger parameters form to separate the segments and the ledger accounts.

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Organizational model enhancements for India

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In Microsoft Dynamics AX, you can create organizational structures that align with your business processes or legal entities by using the organizational hierarchy designer. You can create legal entities by using the Legal entities form. You can enter address, contact, and tax information for legal entities. For India, you can enter the tax information of your company on the Tax information tab in the Manage addresses form. The address, contact, and tax information are updated in the global address book with the address type set to Legal entity. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, role-based security functionality has been added for the following user roles: Accountant Accounting Manager Accounting Supervisor Accounts Payable Clerk CFO Finance Controller Materials Manager

Duties and privileges added for user roles in features for India

Expanded tax type support for service industry transactions View and modify accounting entries before posting to the general ledger Automatic calculation of Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) when no Permanent account number (PAN) is registered Point of taxation For India customs duty and Export Import Policy (EXIM), if the charge as expense ratio is used, the related customs duty is charged to the expense account Changes to number sequences for Indian financial documents and incentive schemes

In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, direct and indirect taxes in India are supported in service management. You can view full accounting entries in the Subledger journal form. You can modify these entries in the Distribution form before you post the entries to the general ledger. When no Permanent account number (PAN) is registered for a customer or vendor, the Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) is automatically calculated at a higher rate. For India, you can now select Point of taxation as the accounting basis for item sales tax groups. The charge as expense is the portion of tax that is not allocated to the cost of inventory but charged to the expense account. You can post the charge as expense tax amount to the import duty expense account by using a separate posting voucher. You can set up number sequences based on the data area for ledger vouchers that are generated for export-import (EXIM) incentive schemes, value-added tax (VAT) deferments, withholding tax payments, and shipping bill references. You can also set up number sequences based on the legal entity for the Goods receipt note reference.

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Expanded tax type support for project transactions, billing processes, and tax settlements

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Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 now provides support for more tax types in order to make the Project and management and accounting module compliant with the regulatory requirements of India. The scope of this support extends to the Professional Services Automation add-in (Project III) as well. The following additional tax types are now supported: Service tax Value-added tax (VAT) India sales tax Excise tax Customs Tax Deducted at Source (TDS) Tax Collected at Source (TCS)

Support for the proper calculation of India taxes in the Project management and accounting module is integrated for primary documents such as purchase orders, purchase requisitions, and request for quotes, as well as for adjustments. You can adjust transactions that are posted with incorrect tax groups. You can view tax calculations specific to each transaction line from the Invoice proposal form before the billing to the customer. You can enable an option to split invoice proposals based on the tax registration numbers included in them and print the project invoice specific to each legal entity. In inquiry forms, you can now filter by project and category, which makes it easier to create certain reports that are more commonly required in Indian business scenarios. Note: This feature extends the support for India tax regulations that was introduced in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. The Advance Authorization (AA) is an incentive scheme issued by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT). The scheme allows dutyfree imports of materials that are required for the manufacture of products for export. The authorizations for the import of raw materials can be granted to a manufacturer exporter or a merchant exporter. Because the raw materials must be imported prior to the export of final products, these authorizations are called AAs. You can apply for an AA license on the basis of confirmed orders (pre-export). The AA imposes an obligation to use the materials that are imported duty-free to manufacture and export the stipulated export products. The AA document contains a description, value, and quantity of each authorized item, and the value of the exported items.

EXIM Advance Authorization (AA) incentive scheme

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General ledger updates for India

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You can complete the following activities in General ledger: Print the financial statement that includes the schedule number for the ledger accounts. Calculate the depreciation of fixed assets by selecting the type of calendar as Day based when you create the fiscal calendar. Select the type of exchange rates to calculate the customs duties for import and export transactions. Specify financial dimensions for stock transfers. View direct and indirect tax transactions along with accounting entries in subledger journals, and distribute the tax amount between the different dimensions.

EXIM Duty Drawback (DBK) incentive scheme

Duty drawback (DBK) is a rebate of duty that is charged on imported materials or excisable materials that are used to manufacture or process goods that are then exported from India. DBK is the sum of the following: Customs duty paid on imported input goods, including Special Addition Duty (SAD) Excise duty paid on indigenous input goods Duty paid on packing material If a customs or excise duty is paid for a portion of the input goods, only that portion is eligible for DBK. Input goods that are obtained without payment of customs or excise duty are not eligible for DBK. The DBK rates are for all Industry Rates, Brand Rate, and Special Brand Rate. You can print group and state commodity codes for each item on sales invoices. If this commodity code is not displayed in sales invoices, the sales tax department will charge a higher VAT rate, together with a fine. This feature ensures that tax registration numbers that can be entered by the user in Microsoft Dynamics AX 4 and Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 for taxable transactions are not lost, and that they are migrated to the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 environment intact during upgrade. Bill of entry and invoice registration can now be cancelled if the invoice registration has not been updated, and the related product receipts or invoices have not posted.

VAT commodity codes on sales invoices

Update to the Upgrade toolkit

Cancellation of Bill of entry and invoice registration for India

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Italian fiscal journal report updates

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The Italian fiscal journal report lists all of the vouchers and journal entries created for a specific month. The report now includes the following information: line numbers, posting date, voucher numbers, tax vouchers, document date, account numbers and descriptions, customer or vendor numbers and names, posting text, posting amounts, and debit and credit totals, which are calculated yearly. Also, if the report prints a header, the company name and tax exempt number must be printed, along with the page numbers. The Italian sales tax payment report lists all of the sales and purchase invoices and credit notes that must be printed in a periodic register, also known as a sales tax book. This report has been updated to conform to Italian sales tax system requirements. The Italian government maintains a list of countries/regions with preferential income tax. You can print a report that includes taxable transactions for the legal entities residing in those countries and electronically submit this report in an ASCII file.

Italian sales tax payment report updates

Italian black list report updates

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Monthly consolidated invoices

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According to the Accounting Standards Board of Japan (ASBJ), consolidating monthly invoices for payment is a common business practice in Japan. You can combine multiple posted invoices from purchase orders or sales orders, purchase or customer journals, and purchase return orders or sales return orders. After you create consolidated invoices for vendors or customers, you can pay the vendors or receive payment from the customers on a monthly basis. You can calculate the due date for a vendor or customer payment based on the cutoff day. The following changes have been made to the consolidation process: The Unconfirmed, Confirmed, Settled, and Partially settled statuses have been added for consolidated customer invoices. In addition, you can reopen a consolidated customer invoice. The Partially settled status has been added for consolidated vendor invoices, so that you can partially settle consolidated vendor invoices. AR and AP invoices can be consolidated based on the Execution date field instead of the consolidation date. You can select an invoice for consolidation by using the consolidation date that is defined in the Customers form. You can select an order to invoice based on the consolidation date in the sales update. You can create consolidated invoices for payment proposals. The summary calculation for consolidated customer invoices

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Cash flow statements for Japan

Cash flow statements display the cash inflow and outflow from the economic activities of a company for a financial period. The cash flow statements explain the following: The cash flow information, including the cash inflow and outflow for economic activities such as tax refunds, absorption of investment, and the cash amounts at the beginning and end of the financial period. The cash changes at the beginning and end of the financial period. You can also plan the cash flow statements for the next financial period. The detailed cash flow information contains economic activities that include sales order transactions, production manufacturing, fixed assets investments, and common stock cash dividends, and then the economic activities are posted in the related ledger accounts. This cash flow statement generates the required information from the dimensions table, ledger table, ledger transactions, and calculated cash flow from the transactions amount. The cash flow statement will be generated in an Excel worksheet. You can set up the phonetic names for your companies, customers, vendors, employees, and contact persons in the global address book (GAB). Phonetic names ensure that the names of your companies, customers, vendors, employees, and contact persons are pronounced correctly. You can also import the Japanese ZIP/Postal Codes published by the Japan Postal Office in the required format. You can include a letter of credit when you create a consolidated invoice. This feature is available only for Japan. You can endorse a bill of exchange in Microsoft Dynamics AX by settling the bill of exchange with a status of Drawn. You can then redraw the bill of exchange and generate the endorsement accounting journal entry. You can define several financial dimension attributes in addition to the department, cost center, and purpose, to view and modify account and journal information. The debit and credit amounts can be entered as two lines in the Taccount journal voucher. You can export financial statements, such as balance sheets, profit and loss statements, and cash flow statements, to Microsoft Excel. The consolidated invoice can include both invoice lines related to a purchase order and invoice lines not related to a purchase order. As part of a user interface enhancement initiative, the Invoice task, Invoice collection, and Consolidated invoice Japan-specific forms have been modified to include the Target for consolidation check box or FactBoxes.

Phonetic field names in the global address book (GAB) for Japan

Consolidated invoices and letters of credit Endorse a bill of exchange

Financial dimension attributes for Japan

Generation of financial statements in Microsoft Excel for Japan Invoice lines in a consolidated invoice

UX enhancements

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Changes to fixed assets can be tracked and viewed

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The system now keeps track of all changes to the Responsible, Department, and Location fields for each fixed asset as the change is saved. You can view the change history for the asset in the Fixed asset internal transfer history form. To access the form, click the Internal transfer history button on the Action Pane in the Fixed assets form. The information that appears in the inquiry form is also available in 2 reports, the Fixed asset internal transfers report and the Fixed asset movements report.

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Fixed assets Repair form provides the ability to record repairs made to fixed assets Enter packing slip details for the transfer of fixed assets to a different location

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In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, repair expenses can be tracked, viewed, and reported. This allows users to make adjustments to the asset's net book value in cases where the repair amounts reaches a threshold specified by the authorities. If a company moves a fixed asset from one department to another department, and those departments are not in the same location, a packing slip must be printed that contains specific information. In addition, the packing slip for the transportation of fixed assets must be numbered. You can choose whether to use an automatic numbering sequence or to assign packing slip numbers manually. You can use the Change fixed assets group form to add a new asset to an asset group or to transfer an existing asset to a different group and, optionally, assign a new fixed asset number. You can also use the Warehouse transfer form to transfer multiple assets by fixed asset group. Use the Fixed asset transfer form to record the transfer information. To enter the required information for the packing slip, click the Packing slip details tab, and select the Packing slip check box to make the fields in the Replace with group available. Use the Packing slip details form to enter transportation details and to print the packing slip.

Changes to invoice numbering and packing slip registration

You can define number series for sales and purchase invoices. You can also define numbering for users and user groups, and for specific customer and vendor groups. The numbers are printed on invoice layouts, invoice registers, and packing slip registration journal reports. You can also enter invoice and packing slip numbers manually. If you enter the numbers manually, you can verify the numbers for invoices and packing slips to ensure that the numbers are unique.

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Electronic invoice layout version 2.2 for CFD and version 3.2 for CFDI

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You can generate and issue electronic invoices by using layout version 2.2 for a comprobantes fiscales digitales (CFD) and version 3.2 for a comprobantes fiscales digitales por internet (CFDI). You can generate a digital certificate that is specific to a CFD or a CFDI, in XML format. When you print an electronic invoice that uses a foreign currency, you can select the foreign currency code to include on the printed invoice.

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SEPA credit transfer payment formats are available.

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The Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) credit transfer (ISO 20022 XML) payment format has been updated to the latest version.

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Make online payments by using Nordea Corporate Netbank

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Danish Nordea bank payment formats have been updated to accommodate online payments.

The EHF format is available for collection letters.

Collection letters can be sent in the standard format for Norway's public sector, the Elektronisk HandelsFormat (EHF) format.

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Track Numeru Identyfikacji Podatkowej (NIP) tax identification information

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Legal entities in Poland can now store and track tax identification numbers (NIP) for a customer or vendor. Each NIP record stores the customer or vendor name, the tax ID number, the tax exempt number, and the address on file for the tax exempt number. NIP data is entered in a new NIP table form and appears on several journal forms in Microsoft Dynamics AX. When transactions are updated or posted, the NIP details are posted to the tax tables, from which they will then be printed on the Polish VAT register.

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Data type tax transactions in the Financial reports generator

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Companies that pay the VAT amount at the rate of 0 percent must complete all sections related to export operations on the VAT declaration report, and then submit the report to the sales tax authorities no later than the twentieth day of the month following the close of the tax period. To comply with this requirement, Microsoft Dynamics AX has incorporated additional sections in the VAT declaration report layout to calculate the VAT amount. You can print the VAT declaration report for all sections for export operations. The information available for each section is grouped by operation code. Entries from an operation code list, which is controlled by the tax authority, are defined for each section, based on column positions. In accordance with Russian legislation, companies must calculate the cost of work in process (WIP) at the end of each reporting period. The production order cost is distributed among WIP, by-products, defective products, and finished goods. You can complete the following tasks: Use the by-product journal to register by-products and defective products generated under a production order. Create and post storno transactions to the general ledger when the status of a production order is updated and its cost is calculated. Calculate the cost of a production order by using the normative method (the WIP and by-product costs are calculated by using per-operation standard costs) or the proportional allocation method (the WIP and by-product costs are calculated by using actual costs).

Calculation of cost for work in process (WIP) and finished goods

Process incoming VAT and calculate exchange adjustments

You can split all of the lines for selected factures by using a template when processing incoming VAT. You can also copy the exchange rate of the original invoice to the relevant credit note to avoid exchange adjustment calculation during invoice and credit note settlements. You can process the incoming VAT when a facture is created. The facture is recorded in the Incoming VAT processing log form. Payments that are made to vendors by using payment orders or payment requests must include additional information about the vendor bank account if the vendor uses a foreign bank to receive payments. This can include the bank code, bank name, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) code of the foreign bank, the foreign bank account number of the vendor, and the address of the payer. When you make payments to the foreign bank account of a vendor, it is necessary for the vendor to register a bank account with a Russian bank. This bank account can be assigned as an intermediate bank account between the payer and the vendor. You can generate a payment order for the payments, and then enter the details of the vendor bank account and the vendor account that the payments are made to. For transactions that involve payment returns to a foreign customer, you can set up a customer bank account to receive the returned payments, and then generate a customer payment order that includes the bank and address of the payer.

Bank and address information for payments to foreign bank accounts

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Storno transactions in transfer orders

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You can use storno transactions to post corrections in transfer orders that are made by using shipments and receipt orders. You can also use storno transactions to correct the following: Errors made during shipment or receipt order processing Transactions concerning goods that were shipped from the source warehouse and later returned You can choose not to generate corrected free text invoices when you cancel previously posted incorrect invoices. A canceling invoice is created with a negative amount equal to that of the original posted invoice. You can allocate miscellaneous charges from a purchase order header to a category-based purchase order line, based on the weight or volume information on the lines. You can also print the weight and volume information for the category-based order lines in the following reports: TORG-1 TORG-12 Bill of lading 1-T The following updates have been made to currency valuation: You can enter currency valuation accounts and tax dimensions for the accounting currency in the Currency parameters form, and for specified currencies in the Currency revaluation accounts form. The periodic exchange adjustment of advance holders takes into account the unrealized profit and loss specified on the Advance holders tab. The status of a company's bank account determines the bank account's reconciliation, transaction posting, and statement generation processes. The status of a bank account can be inactive for all transactions or only for new transactions that will be created after the account is inactivated. When the status of the bank account is inactive for all transactions, you cannot post any outgoing or incoming payments and payment receipt transactions. If the status is inactive for new transactions, you cannot post incoming payments, but you can post outgoing payments for transactions that were posted when the account was active. You cannot change the bank account status to inactive if the account has any vendor transactions that are open. You cannot use the Transit account option to change the date of a posted transaction when reconciling a bank account that is inactive. You cannot generate incoming or outgoing transaction statements for bank accounts that are inactive.

Cancel free text invoices without creating corrective invoices Updates to purchase and sales order reports and miscellaneous charges allocation for category-based order lines

Updates to currency valuation

Changes to the company bank account status for the Russian Federation

New requirements for bank payment orders

In accordance with the regulations of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation, changes have been made to the printed form of bank payment orders. A bank payment order that is printed for a customer associated with a customs authority also contains the customs authority code.

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Non-recoverable VAT amount as part of the budget

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Materials and fixed assets that are acceptable as deductions and used in VAT-free activities are subject to VAT amount restoration. Companies that conduct operations that are subject to VAT, and that are tax exempt, can deduct all incoming VAT amounts if their share of expenses on taxexempt operations is not greater than 5 percent of the total production cost. The VAT amount deducted on goods, materials, or fixed assets that are not subject to VAT can be recovered or restored by exporting the shipment of goods, and by using fixed assets in export production. VAT amounts can also be restored for the following transactions: Writing off a fixed asset. Disposal because of fire. Transfer to authorized capital. The cost of goods, such as work or services, can be calculated by including or excluding VAT, depending on the revenue calculation method for the VAT amount restoration.

Note: The amount is specified as excluding VAT during realization on export transactions. The restored VAT amount can be canceled for the current period. The restored VAT processing and cancellation log is displayed in the VAT processing log form. During confirmation of the export process, any VAT amounts that were restored earlier can be reimbursed. Companies can reimburse a VAT amount on export factures under these conditions: Confirmation on export factures was not received in time. Confirmation on export factures was not received, and the confirmation term has expired in the current period. Detailed balance turnover report for Russia You can view detailed balances for settled transactions in balance turnover reports in both Accounts receivable and Accounts payable. In the Balance turnover register form, you can generate balance turnover details for customers and vendors, general ledger accounts, and contracts for settled transactions. You can generate balance turnover statements with collapsed balance output, expanded balance output, or both collapsed and expanded balance output. A collapsed balance output displays a summarized report of the customer or vendor balance turnovers, and the expanded balance output displays complete details of the customer or vendor balance turnovers. You can create and print corrective and revised factures based on credit notes, corrective invoices, and tax correction transactions. You can revise either the lines or header of an existing facture as well. All the corrections and revisions of a facture are made in a certain order. You can view the details of the changes and the interim state of the facture. You can also print the following documents in an updated report format: Original facture Corrective facture Revised facture Sales book Purchase book Facture register

Corrective and revised factures

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Multiple worker table numbers for an advance holder

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The personnel number is a unique code used to identify a worker. A worker can be an employee or a contractor. An employee or a contractor, in turn, can also be an advance holder. A worker can hold several positions in the organization. Transactions can be posted by using advance holder accounts. To manage and track these transactions, you can define a worker table number for each position that a worker holds. You can define multiple worker table numbers for the personnel number of a worker. In accordance with Russian regulations, when major repair work is performed on a fixed asset, bonus depreciation is applicable for the asset on or after the major repair transaction date. You can create a major repair transaction for a fixed asset, and specify the bonus depreciation and bonus start date. The start date of the bonus depreciation can be the same as the major repair transaction date or the next depreciation date.

Bonus depreciation for fixed assets after major repairs

Adjust taxes on an invoice line Post storno transactions with inventory cost value adjustments

You can adjust the calculated taxes on an invoice line before posting. You can post storno transactions of inventory cost value adjustments that is created during inventory closing. When closing the inventory, you can also post the minimum inventory cost adjustments to rounding- off accounts instead of profit and loss accounts. By using the manual write-off method for deferrals, you can now specify a write-off amount or percentage in the Writing off methods form. You can use the Receipt transaction type to create transactions in a deferral journal for deferrals that have a status of Scheduled. Russian organizations must calculate customs payments for any foreign trade activity. You can now create and post a customs journal to calculate payments for customs clearance of imported or exported goods. A customs payment includes the calculated customs duties and taxes that are levied on the goods involved in foreign trade. Customs payments are calculated and paid to the customs authority on the basis of Customs Nomenclature Code of the Foreign Economic Activity (TN VED) codes, which are customs codes used for foreign trade. These codes include all details of the imported or exported goods. You can complete the following tasks: Post the customs authority or the customs broker liability. Revalue the cost price of import goods. Account for customs cargo declarations (GTD) as inventory dimensions. Include GTD and customs value correction (KTS) in purchase books. Account for property ownership transfers.

Receipt deferral transactions and updates to the manual deferral write-off method

Calculation of customs payments

Sort inventory adjustments and inventory settlements by charges code

You can sort inventory adjustments and inventory settlements by charges code. Cost adjustments and settlements that are made for an item are sorted by charges code and saved during inventory closing. You can also view the structure of the charges that are accrued by the item, receipt cost, types of charges that are adjusted to the purchase invoice, and cost adjustments in inventory transactions.

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Create inventory profiles to determine movement of items and balance turnover

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An inventory profile is used to track and report the movement of items and the accounting of on-hand inventory quantities according to the types of activity that the company engages in. Because the general ledger transactions that correspond to inventory movements are dependent on the inventory profiles, you can ascertain the balance turnover of inventory and financial accounting by the types of activity. The movements and on-hand quantities of a particular item with different inventory profiles or types of activity are tracked by using inventory dimensions in inventory accounting and general ledger accounts in financial accounting.

Transfer proprietary rights for goods in transit

When you ship goods to a customer and post a sales invoice for the shipment, the ownership (proprietary rights) of the goods is transferred to the customer. If, for some reason, such as the terms of a trade agreement, the proprietary rights cannot be transferred on the date of shipment, you can indicate this in the sales invoice. The customer becomes liable for the goods only when ownership is transferred. If the transfer is delayed, you remain responsible for calculating and paying sales tax at the time of shipment, in accordance with Russian legislation. Russian law requires that you calculate and pay sales tax on goods shipped to a customer, and that you register goods in transit in a specific general ledger account. You can complete the following tasks when the transfer of proprietary rights is delayed: Create a sales invoice indicating the delayed property transfer. Calculate the sales tax payable for the shipped goods. Store the shipped goods in a transit warehouse for the customer, pending delayed property transfer. Register a transfer of proprietary rights Set up and allocate miscellaneous charges associated with the shipment and transfer. You can reverse a shipment until the ownership is transferred to a customer. When you reverse a shipment, the goods are returned to the warehouse, and the sales invoice is canceled. You can also set up revenue, consumption, and transit general ledger accounts to post miscellaneous sales charges for the shipped goods. You can also allocate and post miscellaneous charges for a sales invoice.

TORG-12 and M-15 invoice formats for Russia

Customer invoices and vendor invoices can be posted and printed in the TORG-12 and M-15 formats. You can use the TORG-12 format for invoices to confirm sales and the delivery of goods to a customer. You can use the M-15 format for invoices concerning non-sales agreements. After posting, you can print the invoices in Microsoft Excel. You can select an expense invoice to allocate miscellaneous charges to other invoices that have the same vendor account.

Allocate miscellaneous charges

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You can create a new invoice, define the invoice account, and select the open purchase orders and purchase lines that you want to invoice together. You can group invoices by using a common code. If one invoice in the payment group is settled, the other invoices in the group are included in the same settlement. You can update and post invoices that are grouped together. For Russia, you can create invoices by selecting open purchase orders and purchase lines when you update the facture from the Purchase orders form. You can filter purchase lines by the kind of activity and the posting profile. Only purchase lines with the same kind of activity and posting profile can be grouped. You can verify these invoices, and then post them together.

Calculation of depreciation and fixed asset tax registers for vehicles and realty

Fixed assets, such as vehicles and realty, can be depreciated beginning on the date when they are registered. You can also calculate the values in assessed tax and transport tax registers, based on the fixed asset registration date and the date when the asset was removed from the register. You can specify the registration date for Vehicle and Realty asset types in the Date of the registration field in the Fixed assets form. Vehicles are included in the transport tax register beginning on their registration date, until they are removed from the register. Fixed assets of both types are included in the assessed tax register from their registration date.

Retrieve purchase orders or product receipts in the Update facture form

You can retrieve purchase order or product receipt information from the vendor invoice form. For Russia, you can now retrieve the purchase order or product receipt information from the Update facture form, which is based on the Posting invoice form. You can view and select the purchase order lines with the same posting profiles, kind of activity, and contract group values from the Update facture form, by using the retrieve purchase orders or retrieve product receipts during invoice posting. You can also view and select the purchase order lines with the same posting profiles and kind of activity, but with no contract group values from the Update facture form, by using the retrieve purchase orders or retrieve product receipts during invoice posting. When you post inventory adjustments, you can specify an offset account to record the monetary details of adjustment postings. You can also post negative adjustments by using storno transactions. You can specify an adjustment calculation method to calculate the total adjustment amount, and then specify a ledger account to record the total adjustment amount.

Inventory adjustments using offset accounts and storno transactions

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In Microsoft Dynamics AX, enhancements to the Inventory management process include the following requirements for Russia: Use the GTD or Owner inventory dimension as a picking dimension value in the Inventory picking form. Print the GTD, Inventory profile, or Owner inventory dimension details on the kanban card and in the Lean picking list. Post storno general ledger transactions for miscellaneous charge adjustments and purchase overheads to reconcile the general ledger entries with the inventory. Identify inventory postings that are not posted to the ledger in the dual warehouse posting layer. Post the purchase/production indirect costs in the dual warehouse posting layer to reconcile the general ledger with the inventory. Post by-product receipts from production orders in the dual warehouse posting layer to reconcile the general ledger with the inventory. View inventory settlements in a secondary currency by using the Cost explorer in currency form. Post project inventory transaction adjustments in the dual warehouse posting layer to reconcile the general ledger with inventory. Use unlimited financial dimensions in all forms and reports in the SCM area. Enable inventory dimension inheritance in inventory transfers for all tracking inventory dimensions. Restrict purchase overhead calculations for purchase receipts that have specific Inventory profile inventory dimension values.

The Inventory turnover inquiry will also make use of unlimited financial dimensions. Updates to the write-off time calculation for deferrals In accordance with Russian legislation, the write-off time for deferrals must be calculated by using the factor that is used during the fixed asset depreciation. When you create a transaction for a partial write-off or disposal of a fixed asset, if the transaction results in a loss, the transaction details are posted to a deferral account. This account contains the calculated value of the loss and the write-off time. The write-off time is calculated by using the useful life of the depreciated asset, the actual period of use before its disposal, and the fixed asset depreciation factor.

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Accounting for working clothes, special rigging, and NVFAs

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You can account for the following: Working clothes and special rigging assets You can create a Working clothes or Special rigging issue card for working clothes and special rigging assets that are issued to employees. The useful life cycle period for a working clothes item or special rigging item begins when the item is written off from a warehouse and issued to an employee, and it ends after the stipulated period of use for that item. The useful lifetime is specified in months for each item.

Not valuable fixed assets (NVFAs) If the purchase price of a fixed asset is less than the value specified in the Max cost of the NVFA field in the Fixed asset parameters form, the item is considered to be an NVFA. You cannot specify a fixed asset inventory number for such an item in the Purchase order form. You cannot register an NVFA in the Not valuable FAs form until the purchase order process is completed. Depreciation is calculated for each not valuable and high-wearing item.

Set up and copy financial report layouts by using the Financial reports generator for Russia Vendor invoices not associated with a purchase order and recurring invoices

You can set up financial report layouts by using the Financial reports generator and copy the report layout settings of one legal entity to another. You can set up multiple report layouts and generate financial reports based on the specified report layouts. You can create vendor invoices that are not associated with a purchase order. The invoice and invoice lines are included in the associated facture, and the following information is updated for each invoice line: The invoice amount can be split in incoming VAT processing. If the invoice account is inherited, the exchange adjustments for the invoice line are created with the corresponding account. If the invoice account is inherited, the advance adjustments for the invoice line are created with the corresponding account. The amounts on the line are posted to the general ledger by using the posting profile used in the invoice.

You can also print a recurring invoice and create a facture. The facture for customers and vendors is created when the invoice is posted and after invoice posting. Changes for calculating amount difference and exchange adjustment for prepayments In accordance with Russian legislation for tax accounting, you must not calculate the exchange adjustment for prepayments made by a vendor in tax accounting registers. You can also specify whether to calculate the amount difference for prepayments made by a vendor in the tax accounting registers.

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Distribution of subledger lines

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Subledger journal lines are accounting entries that are posted to the general ledger by using the General journal. You can generate subledgers from source documents such as invoices, packing slips, and picking lists for customers and vendors. Before you post the voucher information to the general ledger, you can view or edit subledger journals by using a new method called distribution. This method allows you to allocate posting amounts between multiple financial dimensions, and change the default ledger account number or financial dimension values based on user permissions. In Russia, an advance report is used to report travel expenses incurred by an employee during a business trip. You can distribute the expense amount between different ledger dimensions. You can view the ledger entries and verify the distribution of the expense amount.

Import currency exchange rates from the CBRF website

You can import currency exchange rates from the Central Bank of the Russian Federation (CBRF) website to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. You can import these rates for a specific and immediate need, or you can import them as a batch on a periodic basis. You can also set up the coefficient factors to be used for the import of the currency exchange rates. The invoices and factures can be posted simultaneously for a purchase order or a sales order. You can use non-linear depreciation to mark accrued depreciation for the previous year for taxation purposes. Monthly depreciation is calculated as the product of the remaining value of the asset and the depreciation rate. Bailment is the act of transferring items to a company or individual for storage purposes. The company or individual who owns the items is the bailor, and the company or individual who stores the items in warehouses is the bailee. During the bailment process, proprietary rights for the items are not transferred from the bailor to the bailee. Therefore, the bailee must track and manage these items in a separate account. After an agreed-upon period of time, the bailee returns the items to the bailor and charges a storage service amount. In accordance with Russian legislation, bailees must generate the following reports when storing the bailor's items: Acceptance report in storage (MX-1) Counting list (INV-5) report Return report from storage (MX-3)

Post invoices based on packing slips Non-linear depreciation

Bailment process and calculation of storage service amounts

You can generate these reports as Microsoft Excel worksheets. You can also set up search priorities and methods to calculate the storage service amount for the items stored in a warehouse. Generate and print a transportation invoice and a job ticket based on a bill of lading Ledger correspondence for Russia You can generate and print a transportation invoice and a job ticket for a document, such as a sales order or transfer order, that is created for an automobile carrier. All general ledger postings for Russia are made under the correspondence rule, where a one-to-one relationship is established between a debit transaction and a credit transaction. Ledger transaction correspondence is enabled for purchase overheads and for all general ledger postings in Lean manufacturing. 377 NEW, CHANGED, AND DEPRECATED FEATURES FOR MICROSOFT DYNAMICS AX 2012 R2

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Exchange adjustment and profit/loss calculation on the Remittance en route account

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When a company sells or transfers rubles, the Federal Bank exchange rate can change during the transaction process if the transaction takes place on multiple dates. If this occurs, you must calculate the exchange adjustment for the Remittance en route account. If the bank exchange rate is not equal to the Federal Bank exchange rate for the purchase or sale of a foreign currency, a profit or loss transaction is created. You can initiate and generate payments for a conversion (purchase or sale) or transfer transactions for foreign currency from Accounts payable. When you create a conversion or transfer transaction, an exchange adjustment is calculated for the Remittance en route account, and the profit or loss is calculated. The calculation of exchange adjustments on advance payments that were issued or received in currency is no longer required in business accounting. When you settle advance payments and advance reports, the advance adjustment transaction is created as a continuation of the advance report, based on the setup in the General ledger parameters form and the Advance adjustment parameters form. The advance adjustment transaction is displayed in the Adv. holder transactions form. The amounts in the advance report are based on the exchange rate on the advance payment date, rather than on its posting date.

Advance adjustment for advance holders

Fixed asset transfers for Russia

By using the transfer history process for fixed assets that belong to Russian legal entities, you can: Assign Assign Assign Assign a new lifetime to a fixed asset. a new location to a fixed asset. a new person in charge of the fixed asset. tax allowances to ground area fixed assets.

Dimension control for settlements

Dimension control settlement helps you accurately manage and analyze accounting with vendors, customers, and advance holders by financial dimension. In accordance with Russian legislation, companies (owners) that purchase items must generate a Counting act INV-6 report to track items when they are transferred to the companys warehouse. You can generate the Counting act INV-6 report as a Microsoft Excel worksheet. You must use the Inventory profile and Owner dimensions to generate the Counting act INV-6 report. You can also apply the Warehouse and Batch number dimensions to this report. The Counting act INV-6 report contains the following information: The name of the vendor The identification numbers of the officials involved in the item counting process The description, ID, count, dimensions, and total cost of the items in transfer The names, numbers, and issue dates of invoices, bills of lading, and receipts that accompany the items during transfer The starting and ending dates of the inventory count The date and number of the inventory counting order

Counting list of purchased items in transfer

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Generating the NVFA accounting card (No. MB-2), NVFA statement of disposal (No. MB-4), and NVFA statement of writing-off (No. MB-8) reports

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You can use the following updated reports for NVFAs: NVFA accounting card (No. MB-2) Generate a unified NVFA accounting card (No. MB-2) to account for the issue of working clothes, special rigging, and NVFAs to employees for long-term use. NVFA Statement of disposal (No. MB-4) Generate a unified NVFA statement of disposal (No. MB-4) to document the disposal of working clothes, special rigging, and NVFAs. NVFA Statement of writing-off (No. MB-8) Generate a unified NVFA statement of writing-off (No. MB-8) to document the write-off of working clothes, special rigging, and NVFAs.

Enhancements to sales and purchase orders and product receipt and packing slip corrections for the Russian Federation

You can create and print new versions of the receipt statement reports (TORG-1, TORG-2, TORG-3, M-4, and M-7) during purchase order receipt correction. You can retain a receipt statements document type and number for a corrected purchase order receipt. You can also update the deviation quantity of the corrected purchase order receipt. You can specify the custom declaration ID and country/region of origin for category-based sales and purchase order lines. This information is transferred to the facture journal. When you create and post a sales return order, the Custom decl. ID and Owner inventory dimensions for the returned product must be the same as the Custom decl. ID and Owner on the referenced invoice line. When you correct a sales packing slip, the Custom decl. ID and Owner for a corrected sales packing slip must be the same as the Custom decl. ID and Owner on the original sales packing slip. You can specify the contract group and contract registration number (DVR) for the trade agreements when you select a trade agreement in the trade agreement journal. You can modify only those trade agreements that are related to a corresponding contract group and DVR. You cannot use non-inventoried or category-based order lines for the following: Receiving or returning goods for a bailment Selling goods with deferred passing of property Placing purchased goods in transit Creating a customs journal for import and export

You can allocate the amount on a non-inventoried or category-based purchase invoice line as an expense to a purchased item or as another expense. You can also allocate the amount on a vendor invoice line as an expense to a non-inventoried or category-based purchase order line.

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VAT for export trade

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You can now complete the following tasks: Define the period of export confirmation and tax codes for export deliverables taxable at 0 (zero) percent VAT. Specify the export date, the expiration date, and the confirmation date. Specify the operation types for the export factures. Set the VAT processing parameters, and process outgoing VAT operations for the current period. Define tax reporting information, and calculate the penalty of any overdue from the export confirmation.

Accounts receivable and accounts payable invoices for Russia

You can print customer invoices and the corresponding acceptance reports for a customer from the Open customer invoices and Free text invoice list pages. You can print these invoices and acceptance reports that have been generated over a period of time. You can correct and post a free text invoice, view the related invoices, and navigate between the parent and corrected invoices. The invoice date for the corrected invoice must be within the open sales book period. The canceled invoice is posted to the General ledger journal as a storno transaction. The Correction document field for the new invoice is updated with the original invoice date and number.

Amount difference factures

An original facture must be corrected if the currency values change during the shipment of goods. After correcting the facture, the company verifies that the sum of the correction is equal to the amount difference sum. An amount difference facture is generated when a purchase or sales transaction is settled under these conditions: There is a difference between the invoice currency and the company currency. The payment currency is equal to the company currency. The exchange rate of the invoice currency on the invoice date and the exchange rate on payment date are different. The amount difference affects the companys VAT liability.

A generated amount difference facture is processed independently of other factures, and is included in the sales and purchase books. You can print the amount difference facture and the original facture that was adjusted based on the amount difference. Payment proposals and settlements for Russia Enhancements have been made to the Accounts payable payment grouping and Payments at invoice line level. In Russia, you can create payments to vendors and vendor tax agents with several invoices, and create payment lines for each agreement by using the Payment proposal form. You can also settle a partial payment against a particular invoice line and settle open transactions by using a periodic settlement for customers. Exchange adjustment factures are created for the settled invoice lines.

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Allocation of miscellaneous charges

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When you purchase a service item, you can allocate any incurred miscellaneous charges by using a purchase order or an invoice journal. To allocate the charges, specify the miscellaneous charges code in the Item form to use a purchase order or on the invoice line to use an invoice journal. The miscellaneous charges can be allocated to other updated item invoices, including allocations to item cost price, redrawing debt to third parties, or writing them off to the general ledger cost account. After allocating the miscellaneous charges on invoices, you can view the allocation history in the Misc. charges allocation form. You can also cancel the allocations.

Fixed asset tax calculations and declarations

You can generate assessed tax, transport tax, or land tax declarations that contain information categorized by the Russian Federation tax authority. Tax declarations can include several territorial codes or Russian Classification of Objects of Administrative Division (RCOAD) codes for a single tax authority. An RCOAD code is a legislative or territorial code that is defined for each region or territory of the Russian Federation. In Microsoft Dynamics AX, you can set up the RCOAD codes for your company, vendors associated with a company division, a sales tax authority, and fixed assets based on their location. When you generate fixed asset tax declarations, you can perform the following tasks: Specify an RCOAD code for a territory, and link the RCOAD code to a tax authority. Specify an identification code for a separate company division for a fixed asset to identify its location. Include the details of the division or the head office on the title page of the assessed tax and transport tax declarations.

Budget control for advance reports

You can use budget control to monitor the budget funds based on source documents such as purchase orders and expense reports. In the Russian Federation, advance reports are generated to register incurred expenses. You can use advance reports as source documents to check the budget and to calculate expenses. You can also use advance reports to calculate the open or posted actual expenditures. These expenditures are considered when you generate budget reports. New address components, such as the street number and building number, have been added to the global address book (GAB) to support the address format for Russia. You can create or modify addresses in the Russian address format. Additionally, when you create a new address record for a legal entity outside Russia, the available address reference fields will automatically change based on the address format requirements of the country where the legal entity is based. When you sell a fixed asset before the end of the depreciation life cycle of the fixed asset, you can recover the depreciation bonus for the remainder of the life cycle. You can set up a tax register to calculate the depreciation bonus amount from the time of sale until the end of the depreciation life cycle of the fixed asset, and then include the recovered amount in a company income account.

Global address book (GAB) for Russia

Recover a depreciation bonus for the premature sale of a fixed asset

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Electronic exchange format for client bank payments

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In the Russian Federation, client banks are used to make electronic payments and to maintain bank account balances on behalf of a legal entity and a bank. Each bank is represented by a client bank, and different banks use different templates to transfer electronic payments. You can set up different templates to transfer the electronic payments to different banks. The client bank is used to export or import bank formats. You can now use a new electronic exchange format that supports various bank templates for electronic payments, and that provides an interface between the templates and Microsoft Dynamics AX. In addition, you can reconcile bank account statements through the automatic reconciliation process. Sales agreements and purchase agreements are maintained independently by selling parties and buying parties, as required by their sales and purchasing processes. These agreements cover not only the products themselves, but also the agreements regarding the sale and purchase of products or categories of products. You can perform the following tasks by using the new purchase and sales agreement models: Specify contracts or agreements in general journals and transfer orders. Settle customer or vendor transactions based on agreements. Generate reports for sales and purchase agreements. Register agreements with all of the financial parameters included. Cross-check with partners by using agreements, and generate statements of reconciliation.

Changes to sales and purchase agreements

Credit correction for a vendor invoice and free text invoice source documents

You can use the credit correction parameter to post vendor invoices, purchase orders, and free text invoices for a positive amount. You can also receive messages that confirm that you are posting a positive invoice amount with an accurate correction sign. In accordance with Federal tax service requirements and changes in the rules for maintaining ledgers of received and issued invoices, purchases, and sales in VAT estimates, the facture printing forms that are issued by tax agents must contain certain information on the specified lines and in the specified columns of the report. The printed form of the facture will contain dashes and the following information: The number and date of the payment order The base amount without VAT The computational tax rate (Computation tax rate =VAT value / VAT value + 100)

Facture report issued by tax agents

Storno transactions in transfer journals

Tax rate enhancements for Russia

You can create and post a storno transfer journal to reverse a journal transaction that is posted incorrectly. You can also copy journals using the Copy function to manually correct the posted quantity in the Inventory journal form. To correct an error in a storno journal after it has been posted, you can create a storno-on-storno journal to reverse the storno journal transaction by using the Copy function. You can enter tax rates that contain five decimals to calculate the sales tax amount. When you print the facture and invoice report, the tax rate must be included in accordance with Russian legislation. On the report, the tax rate is displayed only with the significant digits.

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VAT deduction for deferrals

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The VAT deduction for deferrals allows you to calculate VAT refunds proportionately to the deferral amount for factures related to the purchase of services, operational equipment, or other commodities that are accounted as deferrals. You can use the General ledger parameters form and the Accounts payable parameters form to activate the VAT deduction for deferrals. You must select the Group by lot ID parameter in the Accounts payable parameters form. If you set the VAT offset method for deferrals parameter in the General ledger parameters form to Proportionate, the VAT refund is calculated proportionately to the deferral amount. You must also create deferrals by using the Deferrals creating form. For each deferral, you must specify the proportionate VAT refunding method in the Deferrals form. At the end of each tax reporting period, you must close the VAT received during that period by using the Incoming VAT processing process in the purchase book. When you process an incoming VAT for write-off or disposal of deferrals, you can select the factures, and verify the calculated blocked and unblocked facture VAT amount. The written-off amount is unblocked and can be posted. The remaining facture amount is locked, and its posting is postponed. If you have disposed or written off a deferral, you can reverse the transaction in the general journal to cancel the write-off or disposal if you have not yet closed the purchase book for the appropriate period.

Accounting and cost calculation of byproducts and defective products

In accordance with Russian legislation, companies must calculate the cost of by-products and defective products generated during various stages of production. The by-products and defective products are registered in specific general ledger accounts. Therefore, you can determine the cost of various by-products and evaluate the reasons for reduced production of the primary product. Defective products can either be sent to inventory for rework or written off as scrap to inventory losses. You can do the following: Define various types of by-products and defective products. Use the by-product journal to register and account for the byproducts and defective products. Allocate the production cost among the different by-products. Calculate the cost of work in process (WIP) and finished goods.

Track inventory balance turnover

You can run the Inventory balance turnover report to verify the quantity, income, consumption, and stock balance in warehouses based on dimensions such as sites, warehouses, ledger accounts, or financial dimensions. You can generate this report periodically for example, at the end of the financial period, before inventory cost recalculation or inventory closing. You can also generate the report by using inventory transactions with Purchased, Received, Sold, or Issued status. The item total is the total amount of inventory transactions and inventory transaction adjustments for all warehouses for that item during the given period. In accordance with Russian legislation, several sections on the VAT declaration report have been updated. Companies must generate the VAT declaration report in the updated format and submit the report to the sales tax authorities. The VAT declaration report can be generated in both .xls and .xml formats.

Generate the VAT declaration report in .xls and .xml formats

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Country-specific features for Russia


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Tax registration numbers are defined in a party record's address records Changes to the land tax declaration

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In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, tax registration numbers are no longer defined at the company or party record level. Instead, you can define the tax registration number on the party's primary address record. The template for the land tax declaration in Russia has changed.

Changes to the transport tax declaration

The template for the transport tax declaration in Russia has changed.

Changes to the property tax declaration

The template for the property tax declaration in Russia has changed.

Changes to posting in the dual warehouse layer

You can perform cost value accounting by using a reporting currency. You can also perform recalculations or inventory closings, or adjust onhand inventory or inventory receipts in the reporting currency to generate ledger transactions. These ledger transactions use the dual warehouse posting layer. You can post purchase orders with the inventory profile, inventory owner, and customs cargo declaration (GTD) number inventory dimensions. You must set up a dual warehouse layer to post inventory settlements in the secondary currency. Adjustment amounts in the secondary currency are calculated based on the adjustment amount in the main currency, and on the exchange rates that were effective on the transaction dates. You can set up financial report layouts, document templates, and fixed requisites by using the Financial reports generator for electronic reporting purposes. You can use print management for bills of lading and transportation documents. You can print the reports for bills of lading in Microsoft Excel format and in a standard SSRS report. You can also print the transportation document, such as a job ticket or a transportation invoice, in Excel format. You can use the purchase expenditure for product account to post a purchase invoice before the document date for vendor invoices is set. This allows you to select different dates during vendor balance and inventory posting. To process value-added tax (VAT), you can include unpaid export factures in sales book when running outgoing VAT processing.

Electronic reporting

Print management for bills of lading

Option to use the transit expense account when posting a purchase invoice

Include unpaid export factures in Russian sales books

Adding the ability to set up a default inventory profile for Retail transactions in Russia

This feature adds a setting to enable you to select an inventory profile that will be applied by default to sales orders that are created from Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail POS transactions. The default inventory profile that is assigned to the warehouse for the retail store will also be used to track inventory movements when the retail statement is calculated and posted. This feature enables you to set the Retail parameters so that the facture will automatically be updated when the sales invoice is posted at the time that the retail statement is posted.

Adding the ability to automatically update factures for sales invoices in Russia

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Country-specific features for Spain Country-specific features for Spain


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Include cash payments that are received in a fiscal year on the Spanish Declaration 347 report. Calculate invoice due dates based on the due date limits, and on the delivery dates of items or services for Spain. Prompt payment

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You can include cash payments that are received in a fiscal year on the Spanish Declaration 347 report.

Due dates for sales, purchase, and project invoices are calculated based on the due date limits, and on the delivery or receipt dates of items or services. Prompt payment functionality has been updated to include free text invoices.

385 NEW, CHANGED, AND DEPRECATED FEATURES FOR MICROSOFT DYNAMICS AX 2012 R2