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Thursday, September 01, 2011

RapidStart Services for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 is live!



RapidStart Services for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 is live! PartnerSource or CustomerSource access is required to get access to it.

The link on PartnerSouce can be found here.: Microsoft Dynamics ERP - RapidStart Services for Microsoft Dynamics AX

From the post:
"Microsoft Dynamics ERP RapidStart Services allows organizations to easily configure business processes and modules thru an intuitive interview style questionnaire. Organizations can answer questions specific to their business processes and based on the responses to questions the necessary records for those business processes are created. Time of configure Microsoft Dynamics ERP can be greatly reduced and allow organizations to spend time on value add services."

The link contains a download, services guide as well as configuring projects guide. I've looked at this now, and it really has the possibility of truly helping out projects of all sizes.

The first focus for this offering, for out-of-the-box questions and templates is around U.S. & Canada Financials, with a lot more planned offerings to come.

Based on the guide, this is a Partner focused effort, in which a Partner would on-board it's customers, and in turn then can enable the RapidStart Services for that given project. From there, an On-Premise connector is what enables the connection to this Azure based software, and let me say again, this is pretty dang cool. I would say bye-bye rapid configuration tool, hello to the next generation!

What I think is very cool about this offering, is the fact that Partners, and even implementation projects, can tailor the use of this tool, for their needs. Like all software, the community has to dig in, and start to see real value out of this. However I see this becoming a staple in all AX 2012 projects.

If your a partner, or even in the midst of a AX 2012 deployment already, this needs to be looked at now to see how it can help your implementation. If your an ISV, you need to be looking at this, so that you can create templates, that tailor the RapidStart Services to include Rapid Configuration ability to your IP for AX 2012.

The official product launch, or RTM, is not for some weeks, so you can look at this as being the GA release of RapidStart Services. I've heard several people from Microsoft comment on this is just the first release, in which many more or planned to have out-of-the-box questions and templates.

So if you have access, go check this out now!

That's all for this post, till next time!

Update: There is now further documentation about RapidStart Services over on TechNet: Help for Microsoft Dynamics ERP RapidStart Services users [AX 2012]



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