Microsoft is planning a Dec. 1 release of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2,  the latest version of its Dynamics AX 2012 product, which will offer multiple new ERP features for companies in four key sectors including manufacturing, retail, the public sector and professional services.

The company made the announcement at the recent Dynamics AX Tech Conference in Bellevue, Wash.

Dynamics AX 2012 R2 is designed to localize the ERP applications for 36 country localizations by including specific regulatory requirements in various countries and localities. The update adds 11 new localizations for large countries such as Japan, India, Brazil, Russia and China, but also smaller countries such as the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland.

Also new in AX 2012 R2 is a talent management system for matching the skills of job candidates to open positions within an organization. Microsoft added that customers in the U.S. can also now bring payroll processing in house where they can exercise better control of this sensitive data than with a third-party payroll processing company.

“Just covering these highlights of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, you start to realize the significance of this release, as it brings value across the board for many customers, both in their existing as well as new markets,” said Microsoft Dynamics ERP director Kees Hertogh. “I am specifically excited to see the release of these innovations in countries like Brazil, Russia, India and China, not only to serve our many great customers in these countries but also to help our customers in developing markets with their international operations.”

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