Monday, September 24, 2018
The Dynamics AX Challenge

We are firm believers that Dynamics AX is not a hard product to learn, but the problem is where do you start.  Which is why we developed the Bare Bones Configuration Guides.  The aim of this series is to step you though the configuration of Dynamics AX from a blank system, and then step you through the setup of all of the core modules within Dynamics AX.  We start with the setup of a base system, then move on to the financial , distribution, and operations modules.  Each book builds upon the previous ones, and by the time you have worked through all of the guides then you will have completely configured a simple (but functional) Dynamics AX 2012 instance.  To make it even more worthwhile you will have a far better understanding of Dynamics AX and also how everything fits together.

As of now there are 16 guides in this series broken out as follows:

  • ·         M01 Configuring A Base Dynamics AX 2012 Test System
  • ·         M02 Configuring an Organization within Dynamics AX 2012
  • ·         M03 Configuring the General Ledger within Dynamics AX 2012
  • ·         M04 Configuring Cash and Bank Management within Dynamics AX 2012
  • ·         M05 Configuring Accounts Receivable within Dynamics AX 2012
  • ·         M06 Configuring Accounts Payable within Dynamics AX 2012
  • ·         M07 Configuring Product Information Management within Dynamics AX 2012
  • ·         M08 Configuring Inventory Management  within Dynamics AX 2012
  • ·         M09 Configuring Procurement and Sourcing within Dynamics AX 2012
  • ·         M10 Configuring Sales Order Management within Dynamics AX 2012
  • ·         M11 Configuring Human Resource Management within Dynamics AX 2012
  • ·         M12 Configuring Project Management and Accounting within Dynamics AX 2012
  • ·         M13 Configuring Production Control within Dynamics AX 2012
  • ·         M14 Configuring Sales and Marketing within Dynamics AX 2012
  • ·         M15 Configuring Service Management within Dynamics AX 2012
  • ·         M18 Configuring Warehouse Management within Dynamics AX 2012

Although you can get each of these guides individually, and we think that each one is a great Visual resources to step you through each of the particular modules, for those of you that want to take full advantage of the series, you will want to start from the beginning and work through them one by one.  After you have done that you would have done people told me was impossible for one persons to do, and that is to configure all of the core modules within Dynamics AX.

We challenge all of you out there from any level of AX experience - from those of you that are new to Dynamics AX and want to learn how it works, to the seasoned AX consultant that knows areas of AX inside and out but haven’t got out of their comfort zone and learn the other areas – to sit down and learn how to implement a company in Dynamics AX from the ground up.

For the brave and adventurous souls, and those of you with a thirst for knowledge, that are willing to take on this challenge we have just set up a bundle option for the Bare Bones Configuration Guides within the Blind Squirrel Publishing site that will allow you to get all of the books at once, and for a discount.   You can save yourself from the possibility of contracting RSI from selecting each book individually and get them with just by starting with one click of the mouse.  They are not free, but they are worth it.  We guarantee that you will learn more than you expect form this process.

Consider the gauntlet thrown down.

Bare Bones Configuration Guides

I am a firm believer that Dynamics AX is not a hard product to implement - people just make it hard by overcomplicating what they want and the aim of this series is to show how easy it is to configure a working Dynamics AX installation from scratch.


Tips & Tricks

The Tips & Tricks series is a compilation of all the cool things that I have found that you can do within Dynamics AX, and are also the basis for my Tips & Tricks presentations that I have been giving for the AXUG, and online.  Unfortunately book page size restrictions mean that I can only fit 50 tips & tricks per book, but I will create new volumes every time I reach the 50 Tip mark.


Introduction Guides


When you are first introduced to a product like Dynamics AX, it may seem a little overwhelming because there is so much that it is able to do. It may seem like you've been dropped in a completely foreign land, unable to speak the language, and not knowing which direction to start walking in.

This series is aimed to give you a high level introduction to Dynamics AX teaching you the language of this new land, and also gives you a map of the land so that you can then start heading in the direction that is important to you.

Hopefully this will help you quickly get comfortable with Dynamics AX and get you on the right track.


Configuration Blueprints

After creating a number of my walkthroughs on SlideShare showing how to configure the different areas within Dynamics AX, I had a lot of requests for the original documents so that people could get a better view of many of the screen shots and also have a easy reference as they worked through the same process within their own systems.  To go the extra mile I started compiling all of the most popular walkthroughs into blueprints and making them available as reference books both in paper format and also on the Kindle platform.  They are usually not large in page count, they are typically 50-100 pages long, but they are a great reference.  All of the key blueprints were recently compiled into a compendium version.



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