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Developers

System
administrators

Application users

Microsoft
Dynamics AX
2012 R2 Features
Ramanjaneyulu Kutala
MICROSOFT CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL
RAMAN KUTALA

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 Features

The AX 2012 R2 features are categorized as follows:
Application users
System administrators
Developers
Application users
Module updates:
A number of features have been added for application users, particularly in the following modules:
Accounts payable
Accounts receivable
Budgeting
Fixed assets
General ledger
Human resources
Inventory and warehouse management
Payroll
Procurement and sourcing
Product information management
Production control
Project management and accounting
Public Sector
Retail
Sales and marketing
Other new features:
Office Add-ins for Microsoft Dynamics AX
Sales tax processing

Companion apps: Along with cumulative update 7 for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Microsoft is releasing
several companion apps that work with the product. These apps are compatible only with installations of cumulative
update 7 or later for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2.
Country/region-specific features: There are many new country/region-specific features, particularly for the
following countries: Belgium, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan,
Latvia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, and Switzerland.
System administrators
A number of features have been added for system administrators. Key features include:
Update installer now includes support for selecting application updates based on module, configuration key,
country/region, or business process model from Lifecycle Services, as well as automatically merging code
changes when possible.
VSS writer support for backing up and restoring AX 2012 R2 with System Center Data Protection Manager.
Data import/export framework available from the update installer, and supports many new entities.
Reporting changes include: Windows PowerShell command for integrating multiple Reporting Services
instances with Microsoft Dynamics AX, ability to email reports to specific people by using tokens, new
methods for setting advanced printer properties, and that Management Reporter can now be installed with
Microsoft Dynamics AX from Setup.
Developers
A number of features have been added for developers. Key features include:
AxBuild.exe is a new tool that accomplishes a full X++ compile to p-code on the AOS. Using this tool is
much faster than compiling on the client.
Reporting changes include: Windows PowerShell command for integrating multiple Reporting Services
instances with Microsoft Dynamics AX, a new class that improves the performance of the report server, the
ability to email reports to specific people by using tokens, new methods for setting advanced printer
properties, an updated Compare Tool for SSRS Reports, and that Management Reporter can now be
installed with Microsoft Dynamics AX from Setup.

Functional area Feature
Accounting framework Configure a recurring schedule batch job to clear
purchase accrual for product receipt source
documents

Accounts payable Adjust taxes on an invoice line
Accounts payable Integrate a payment calendar to control due dates
for payments
Accounts receivable Record charges on free text invoice lines
Bank, budget, compliance, and fixed assets Create and approve budget plans
Business intelligence Enterprise Portal Chart control for visualizing
transactional and aggregated business data in
Enterprise Portal
Business intelligence Improvements to key performance indicators
(KPIs)
Business intelligence Support for data partitions in cubes
Business intelligence Support for data partitions in reports
Business intelligence Support for Power View
Business intelligence Support for report servers running in SharePoint
integrated mode
Business intelligence Windows PowerShell commands for deploying
cubes
Budget planning Budget planning added
Budgeting Create and approve budget plans
Client and server Enhancements to the Named user license count
report (server)
Client and server Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 database split into
two databases (server)
Data partitioning Data partitions have been enabled to support data
isolation
Enterprise Portal Enterprise Portal in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012
R2 supports Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Products
and Technologies
General ledger Configure a recurring schedule batch job to clear
purchase accrual for product receipt source
documents
General ledger Expanded default description support

General ledger Fixed financial dimension values
General ledger General ledger balances are updated when a
process needs balances
General ledger Interunit accounting
General ledger Language translations for the main account name
and the financial dimension description
General ledger Legal entities can have more than one
consolidation account.
General ledger New framework for exchange rate import
General ledger Shared main account lists
General ledger Tax registration numbers defined at the party
address record level
General ledger Updates are available to General ledger reports
Human resources Adjust multiple values in the compensation grid
simultaneously for fixed compensation plans
Human resources Copy existing positions, mass update positions, and
block position assignments
Human resources Create a budget for filled or vacant positions
Human resources Eligibility rules provide greater control and fewer
errors when signing workers up for benefits
Human resources Enhancements to the Benefit setup and Benefits
list page
Human resources HR manager Role Center
Human resources HR training and development manager Role Center
Human resources Import worker information
Human resources Staffing manager Role Center
Human resources Use an Actions process, with optional workflow, to
gather details and easily track history when
positions are created or edited
Human resources Worker education enhancements
Human resources You can require applicants and employees to pass
certain tests to obtain and hold certain positions

Human resources You can require applicants and employees to take
or pass designated screenings
Inventory management Inventory quantity is calculated automatically for
catch weight items
Inventory management Role center enhancements in the Supply Chain
Management area
Inventory management Update service for shared products
Lean manufacturing Updated features for lean manufacturing
Microsoft Office Add-ins Localize data in the Microsoft Office Add-in
Microsoft Office Add-ins Lock a template created by using the Office Add-in
Microsoft Office Add-ins Microsoft Office Add-in enhancements
Payroll Payroll processing has been redesigned to provide
a more consistent user interface with simplified
setup and data entry.
Process manufacturing production and logistics Add a batch attribute actual value to a registered
inventory batch
Process manufacturing production and logistics Configure an item to inherit shelf life and batch
attributes from intermediate items of the finished
goods
Process manufacturing production and logistics Create an attribute-based pricing formula for a
potency item
Process manufacturing production and logistics Create sequences for production
Process manufacturing production and logistics Define a formula, and perform batch balancing of a
potency item used in production
Process manufacturing production and logistics Inventory quantity is calculated automatically for
catch weight items
Process manufacturing production and logistics Provides chemical manufacturers with tools that to
manage assets, operating costs, and monitor the
impact of decisions on orders, production,
inventory, and distribution
Procurement and sourcing Changes to Order management features
Procurement and sourcing Data partition added for the Order management

upgrade
Procurement and sourcing Enhancements to the new vendor registration
process
Procurement and sourcing Enhancements to the purchase order change
management process
Procurement and sourcing Fulfillment of purchase requisition demand
orchestrated by master planning
Procurement and sourcing Integration of sales agreements and return orders
Procurement and sourcing Product search on Employee Services site
Procurement and sourcing Sales auto charges based on tiers and modes of
delivery in sales orders
Product information management Enhanced modeling capabilities in Product
configurator
Product information management Improvements made to the overview of
production information, approval and calculation
of worker registration on projection jobs, and
worker absences
Product information management Improvements to planning tools
Product information management The Configuration form in Product configurator is
easier to extend
Project accounting Choose a value model for estimate eliminations
Project accounting Consumption of project items on product receipt
without an item requirement
Project accounting Enabling intercompany resource scheduling and
UX improvements
Project accounting Enhancements to project invoice proposals and
printing project documents
Project accounting Expanded support for project budget checks when
document lines are saved
Project accounting Improved support for project estimates and
revenue recognition
Project accounting Option to designate a project cost price as an

effective labor rate
Project accounting Reservation of funds in a project contract
Public sector Budget analysis inquiry (Public sector)
Public sector Improvements to Public sector Role Centers and
Business Intelligence content
Retail Adding an inquiry form to view transactions for
online stores
Retail Adding the ability to manually enter a coupon code
for discount offers
Retail Additional customer information in Retail POS
Retail Additional product details are available in Retail
POS
Retail Component names have changed
Retail Customer orders from online stores
Retail Customer-facing device support
Retail E-commerce investments for omni-channel retail:
features help you deploy, manage, and customize
an online sales channel that is fully integrated with
Microsoft Dynamics AX
Retail Enhanced tracing and diagnostics
Retail Extending the existing pricing service for point of
sale to include the online store
Retail Fulfill retail online orders in Microsoft Dynamics AX
Retail Group and apply attributes groups and attributes
to products and categories in a catalog
Retail Improved Retail POS experience
Retail Inventory management improvements
Retail Multi-version point of sale (POS) support during
upgrade
Retail Online marketplaces
Retail Online stores
Retail POS hardware improvements

Retail Publish retail product catalogs to create product
listings in online channels
Retail Retail reporting enhancements
Retail Setup improvements for Retail components
Retail Support catalog management for the Retail
module
Retail The store locator service was added for retail and
online stores
Retail Time clock
Retail Upgrade to global store and staff IDs
Retail View and edit customer information in Retail POS
Sales and marketing Cases are secured by case category
Sales and marketing Generate a lead or opportunity record from a
campaign or call list target record
Sales and marketing Update the name of a party from the party record
Sales and marketing Update, in bulk, the list of party records assigned
to an address book
Sales and marketing Updates to Sales and marketing Role Centers and
the reporting information provided
Setup and upgrade Data partition assignment for companies during
upgrade

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