Microsoft Dynamics will start enabling mobile functions for Microsoft Dynamics AX users, which will include native experiences for smart phones and tablets, and will work “first and best” on Windows Phone and Windows 8. 

The company made a soft announcement of this effort during corporate vice president of Microsoft Business Solutions marketing Wayne Morris’ keynote address at the Microsoft Convergence user and partner event in New Orleans. More information was made available in a blog by Dynamics ERP director Kees Hertogh on the Dynamics website.

“Our goal is to make these application experiences personal for the user; social, allowing user to get help from your network in context of the task and provide an immersive experience that is engage and action oriented,” said Hertogh.

The initial set of mobile scenarios for Dynamics AX will be expense management, time entry, and approvals. The applications itself will be made available in the respective app-store and will be free of charge, but users be licensed appropriately for the associated processes in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and customer organizations need be current on their maintenance plan.

The individual applications listed above will be made available between now and Q4 2013.

Hertogh noted that Microsoft will post more detailed blog posts on each of the applications on once the app is available through the Windows and/or Windows Phone store.

“In line with our focus to simplify deployment of business applications we did not create an 'overlay' new application model for mobile or complex new middleware,” he said. “We are using existing state of the art capabilities in Microsoft Dynamics AX in combination with the Windows Azure Service Bus for WAN access and secure authentication. Enabling the IT organizations to persist business process integrity across the different mobile devices, without a large IT overhead by deploying additional mobile middle-ware suites.”

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