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Josh Williams, Solution Architect
Josh Williams, Solution Architect

Guiding you through D365

Upgrading your ERP presents you with meaningful opportunities to transform your business. Many companies are still on the fence when it comes to moving from Microsoft to Dynamics AX to Microsoft D365 – but time is running out.  

From Microsoft: 

Mainstream support for Dynamics AX 2009 Service Pack 1 (SP1), Dynamics AX 2012, and Dynamics AX 2012 R2 ends on October 9, 2018. After that date, only security hotfixes will continue to be provided for these three versions through the extended support period that continues until October 12, 2021. For more information, see

Mainstream support for Dynamics AX 2012 R3 continues through October 12, 2021. Microsoft will continue making security hotfixes, non-security hotfixes, and regulatory updates for Dynamics AX 2012 R3 throughout that mainstream support period. The source code for these non-binary, non-security hotfixes and regulatory updates will continue to be available for customers, and their partners, active on the Enhancement Plan or Software Assurance.

Insights to Guide Your Microsoft D365 Upgrade

Blue Horseshoe is breaking down critical aspects of the upgrade process in this eight-part video series, Upgrading to Microsoft Dynamics 365. Josh Williams, technical consulting manager at Blue Horseshoe, shares insights to help you understand how this upgrade can impact your business, as well as practical tips to get started.  


Upgrading to D365: Timelines. Watch now.


Learn about how the end of support timeline could impact your implementation strategies. Josh also highlights the difference between an update and an upgrade, provides recommendations on planning your project timeline, and outlines the benefits of starting with an analytics project that focuses on building a smarter data infrastructure.  

Upgrading to D365: Timelines Video Link

Upgrading to D365: Digital Transformation. Watch now.  

Learn how strategy, data, integrations, analytics, and applications each play a role in the digital transformation journey. This video highlights how to empower your digital transformation journey with Microsoft’s applications such as D365, Microsoft analytics tools, the Power Platform, and ISV solutions available on Microsoft App Source.  

Upgrading to D365: Digital Transformation Video Link

Upgrading to D365: Continuous Updates Recommendations. Watch now.

This video explains the continuous updates and automated deployment of new features and hotfixes to your test and production environments. You’ll learn about recommendations on how to schedule your updates to align with Microsoft’s eight service updates per year. And we’ll provide best practices and recommendations on your approach to testing before taking the update.

Upgrading to D365: Continuous Updates Recommendations Video Link


Ready to digitally transform your ERP?




Upgrading to D365: Data Conversion Recommendations. Watch now.  

Learn about the three different strategies to convert your data to D365 from the previous versions of Dynamics AX, including tools and applications that will help with the conversion. Get details about analytics-based data conversions and using Lifecycle Services for managing Dynamics projects. 
Upgrading to D365: Data Conversion Recommendations Video link


Upgrading to D365: Code Upgrade Recommendations. Watch now. 

There's a good chance that code customizations you had in AX are now part of D365 base or may be easily managed through the Microsoft Power Platform or an ISV. If you do need to maintain custom code, this video outline strategies, reviews tools that you can use, and provides practical recommendations for re-designing code including using Azure Dev Ops. 
Upgrading to D365: Code Upgrade Recommendations Video Link


Upgrading to D365: Development Implications. Watch now. 

The biggest architectural change to D365 from Dynamics AX 2009 or 2012 is that the production instance is now a SaaS application. In this video, learn about the implications of this change, how it results in the new extension-based development experience, and the changes it brings to the testing story. 

Upgrading to D365: Development Implications Video Link

Upgrading to D365: Integration Implications. Watch now.   

Since D365 is a SaaS application, you won’t have direct database access. Learn how to work within the app framework and use APIs to connect to the data, as well as how to leverage middleware. In this video, we’ll address the integrations lifecycle including analysis, building and deployments, testing, and overall strategy considerations. 

Upgrading to D365: Integration Implications video link

Upgrading to D365: Continuous Updates Implications. Watch now.  

Continuous updates require a different testing approach that includes planning and role assignments. In this video, you learn about testing changes in D365, scheduling recommendations, benefits and challenges of continuous updates, and ideas for testing approach. 

Upgrading to D365: Continuous Updates Implications Video Link


Ready to digitally transform your ERP?



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