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Time is currency—and in today's fast-paced business environment, it's a challenge to deliver creative solutions and significant results with limited time and numerous responsibilities. For developers, partners, and independent software vendors (ISVs) who want to accomplish more, the development experience for the new Dynamics AX has been dramatically updated with the industry standard Visual Studio integrated development environment, providing a much more modern and streamlined experience.

AX and Visual Studio Expand Developer Capabilities 
So what makes Visual Studio and Dynamics AX such an effective pairing? The integration makes code testing easier and development faster, more powerful, and more standard.

Visual Studio tools in Dynamics AX maximize efficiency by allowing developers to design user interfaces, tables, data models, data entities and more within a single platform. The compiler for the new X++ language has been rewritten from scratch to allow it to scale to large workloads, and the language itself has been augmented in a number of ways that streamline it against other managed languages, better meeting the expectations of modern developers.

Even with these changes, existing code continues to run in the new environment, with no or few modifications. The debugging experience is equally seamless, achieving parity with the experience from C#, including conditional breakpoints.

Developers additionally benefit from Dynamics AX's automated end-to-end application lifecycle management (ALM) processes. Specifically, developers can expect: 

  • An agile process and quick pace 
  • Incremental development 
  • Predictable implementation 
  • Increased productivity 
  • High quality solutions 

But it's not just developers who benefit from Visual Studio within Dynamics AX. 

Time and Money Savings for Partners, Customers and ISVs 
AX and Visual Studio's automation and cloud capabilities also allow partners and ISVs to do more with less time, and save money while they're at it. By automating the entire ALM process from definition to development to deployment, Dynamics AX and Visual Studio open up time for new business prospects. This is really the goal of automating the end-to end ALM process—you can do more without being limited by concerns about maximum capacity.

Cloud availability also presents new cost-saving opportunities and circumvents the need to plan for worst case scenarios. Simply put, partners can use machines when they need them and shut them down to save money. This eliminates the need to plan for years of hardware purchases and planning for worst-case capacity, saving a lot of time and money.

In addition, the complete development process is backed by cloud based infrastructure called Life cycle services, LCS. This supports the organization in every aspect of the process from gathering requirements, through coding, and to delivery to selling the solution in the Azure Marketplace.

Benefits for the Whole Ecosystem 
The true value of the Dynamics AX/Visual Studio solution is that it makes it easier for partners and ISVs to hire better talent. The capabilities I have detailed will increase the developer ecosystem of AX. As more people enter the pool, partners and ISVs will be able to hire more qualified team members. These increasingly skilled hires will spur organizations on to accomplish more, one solution at a time.  

To learn more about t the new Microsoft Dynamics AX, register today to attend its virtual launch and learn how this latest cloud release of Microsoft enterprise ERP solution can help take your business to the next level.  

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