It is easy to decide one from completely different concepts, products, or brands. But when it comes to the same brand or products the decision always becomes the tough one. The same issues occur when comes to deciding whether to use D365 or AX2012. At first, Microsoft named D365 as the next version of AX, but further while branding their products they changed it to D365. Being originated from AX, D365have many similarities but they also have wide differences which can help you to decide the right ERP choice for your organization based on your requirements. Let learn some similarities these both carry and then move towards the differences for more clarification of D365 and AX2012 (The newer version of AX is AX 2012).

Similarities of D365 and AX

User experience– Both provide seamless usage and meet the changing need by customizing various features.

Business intelligence– They provide real-time analytics and insight on customers’ business and competitions analytics.

Reporting Features– They both provides reporting features even for complex reports whether by specialized tools or by using replicating various database.

Differences in D365 Vs AX

The main difference in both is of Infrastructure. AX requires setup, installation, maintenance, and security as well all including its cost. AX also can be hosted on your onsite server or personal cloud providing top-level security options. Whereas, D365 is hosted by Microsoft cloud service which is an automated process. It doesn’t need to install, buy or maintain any servers.

Custom Development
When it comes to AX custom development includes the layers of codes within the ERP. In such cases, you need to adjust the codes before deploying the system. In D365 custom development occurs with the extensibility model which means the core code cannot be edited. Making D365 resistance to risk compatibility issue.

As D365 is the latest Microsoft system it changes updates providing mainstream support for all the required features. In D365 you can deliver larger changes as parameters or configurations key, and you have a choice to activate the functionality.

User Interface
D365 has the most user-friendly interface. In AX you need to launch the system from a desktop and then work within the program.D365 works anytime, on any device, and anywhere. InD365 navigation is also one of the features which help in making it user-friendly. With navigation, you can go directly to the page by adding it to favorites, unlike AX where a particular menu path is needed to follow.

As of now and then it’s essential to be updated with the latest versions. In such cases, AX needs to complete the updates manually. D365 completes update is automatic. In D365
• There is no need to do individual machine update
• It notifies of new latest updates
• Business can be up to date just at a click, by latest versions.
So seen from the above differences this provides you with a clear view of what you want to build your business on and what suits you more. Both the systems have pros and cons considering the user requirement. As for some, the pro may seem like cons or vice versa.