Microsoft Dynamics AX has long been described as the ideal solution for manufacturing companies looking to make the leap to a new ERP system. This however has hit a hiccup of late as businesses are cautious about the latest cloud offerings.
This caution is born from the perception that data not in sight, amounts to data not in safe hands. This combined with certain companies dealing heavily regulated data has led to slow progress in the manufacturing world.
However, with Dynamics 365 soon to be on premise and more manufacturers taking the plunge it should set up a busy end to the year.
I would be interested to hear the thoughts of manufacturing companies either using AX or looking at it or consultants who have been involved in such programmes.
Do you think manufacturers are becoming more comfortable with the idea of moving to the cloud? Montgomery: It's just that companies that were against cloud at their manufacturing and operations level, or were hesitant with cloud, that's starting to go away. So, the more it goes away, the more a cloud-only solution seems like a reasonable idea. Before it was, 'You don't do on premises, so I'm not sure I want to play.' I still think there's a fair bit of that, but in a lot of cases, it's becoming more accepted. It certainly is at the SMB level, so I think, realistically, there's some opportunity there.