Microsoft Dynamics AX or VIENNA Advantage ERP: Which one is a better choice?

It is a changing world…

We live in a customer-centric era, where technology has transformed the way we do business. Today it is crucial for any company to gain insight into their customers’ needs, in order to deliver experiences that build lasting relationships.

Managers need to understand that they cannot do today’s job with yesterday’s software solutions and still be in business tomorrow. This digitally-connected world is rapidly changing and businesses around the globe are already experiencing the impacts in so many ways. That is why adapting to customer preferences and new technologies, with agility and speed, is essential.

Short Company Overview

In this article we are going to compare two ERP software solutions, and cross-match the benefits they provide. Microsoft Dynamics AX is a popular and well known software solution in the ERP market, used by thousands of companies around the globe. It was acquired by Microsoft in 2002, and since then the product has been available in more than 30 countries and 25 languages.

VIENNA Advantage ERP/CRM on the other side is modern, comprehensive, open source ERP and CRM available on-premises and on-cloud. VIENNA Advantage has been in the market since 2005, and in this short period, emerged as a top contributor to the global ERP and CRM market. The company being recognized as one of the “Top 20 most promising open source ERP Solutions in the world” by The ERP Insights Magazine in 2015, is a recent testimony.

Which one is the better alternative in terms of…?

1. Lowering Your Risk

Microsoft Dynamics AX is compatible with legacy systems, but has limited industry specialization. In terms of customization, it provides multiple integration scenarios to satisfy a range of business requirements, with industry-specific operations scenarios. In terms of integration with existing systems, it provides tight technology integration across Microsoft products.

VIENNA Advantage ERP is also compatible with legacy systems, and provides a larger scope of industry-specific solutions than Dynamics AX. Check full list here: VIENNA Industry Solutions. In terms of customization, this open source solution is highly scalable and meets all industry-specific requirements. It can be extended without Coding using Window Composer and Report Writer tools. In terms of integration with existing systems, its open source architecture & web services allows integration not only with all VIENNA Advantage products, but also with numerous external popular systems such as web portals, Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel…), CMS, eCommerce, BI…

2. Deployment

Microsoft Dynamics AX provides a single, global ERP deployment. Organizations with multiple operations can replace numerous legacy applications with a single, centralized implementation of Microsoft Dynamics AX, lowering IT maintenance costs and reducing training time.

VIENNA Advantage ERP allows remote deployment and rapid implementation. The software can be easily installed on any device, anywhere, through the VIENNA Market, with a single centralized implementation. Moreover it has a self-upgrade mechanism to the latest product version, so your system will always be up to date. In this way it significantly lowers the maintenance cost and reduces the training time. Furthermore, VIENNA Advantage is also a web and cloud based ERP, which means it could be accessible from anywhere. All you need is an internet connection.

3. Scalability

Microsoft Dynamics AX is a two-tier ERP. With a two-tier ERP strategy, global enterprises can combine the benefits of a single enterprise ERP solution that provides financial insights as the backbone for the enterprise, while using a more cost-efficient, flexible ERP application to serve the unique needs of different divisions and subsidiaries.

VIENNA Advantage ERP is a multi-tier ERP and multi-modular solution. It is highly scalable and can be extended without limits, allowing you to model your system, in a way that best suits your business needs. That is why this ERP solution is preferred by multinational organizations in various industrial sectors worldwide. Some of the ERP features related to Multi-Tenancy, Multi-Currency, Multi-Languages, Multi-Accounting Schemas help companies achieve a global usage.

4. ROI Benefits

A new ERP system could be a big investment for many organizations. You would want to understand the potential return on investment before even accepting proposals.

Microsoft Dynamics AX. According to Forrester Consulting the average payback of Microsoft Dynamics AX is to be 21 months including a 92% ROI.

VIENNA Advantage ERP. The average payback of VIENNA Advantage ERP is around 13 months including a 150% ROI.

5. Implementation time

Microsoft Dynamics AX. According to the Forrester Consulting Total Economy Impact Study of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 most of the companies needed between 6 and 24 months in order to implement and start using the solution.

VIENNA Advantage ERP. Most of the companies (75%) need less that 6 months to implement and start using the solution.

6. Features

Here is a list of some features that VIENNA Advantage ERP fully or partially provides, whereas Microsoft Dynamics AX does not. All other features that MS Dynamics provides are also provided by VIENNA Advantage.

Database Flexibility:
Microsoft Dynamics AX — Not Available
VIENNA Advantage ERP — Partially available

Multi-Dynamic User Interfaces — Web Based & Client Server based UI:
Microsoft Dynamics AX — Not Available
VIENNA Advantage ERP — Fully available

Transport System:
Microsoft Dynamics AX — Not Available
VIENNA Advantage ERP — Fully available

Version Migration — Automatic Upgrades & Updates:
Microsoft Dynamics AX — Not Available
VIENNA Advantage ERP — Fully available

Collaboration Tools — SMS:
Microsoft Dynamics AX — Not Available
VIENNA Advantage ERP — Fully available

Document Management System:
Microsoft Dynamics AX — Not Available
VIENNA Advantage ERP — Fully available

7. Licensing Requirements

Microsoft Dynamics AX comes with a complex multi-level licensing model consisted of basic licenses, companion apps licenses, licenses for specific industry solutions, etc.

VIENNA Advantage ERP comes with a simple and convenient licensing model. Only 2 licensing models: User Based Subscription license (including support) and User based Perpetual licenses. All licensing options can be deployed on-premises or on-cloud!

If this comparison was not enough and you want to learn more about how these two systems compare in terms of software maintenance, productivity improvements, available core modules and apps, cloud availability and mobility, as well as available industry-specific solutions, please check the following presentation.