Right since way back when and just after Microsoft released Dynamics AX, Perceptive got cozy with AX. First it integrated its ImageNow product, and now it has announced release of Interact for Dynamics that makes content offered through document capture and retrieval technology accessible from any AX 2012 list page or detail screen.
Perceptive and Dynamics
Keeping in mind that Perceptive was bought by Lexmark and, in doing so, moved into the highly competitive enterprise CMS space, it really has had to be innovative to keep up, if not ahead of the enterprise CMS posse.
And it has been doing just that; since it was bought out, Perceptive has been productive, not just with Dynamics, but with many other vendors and products too
Its products, though, really suit the same market as Dynamics AX, which explains why it has been offering added functionality since Dynamics AX was originally launched.
And while Dynamics did come with an impressive array of functions, it did need the help of outsiders. It’s true that AX 2012 offers advanced levels of workflow automation, business modelling, business intelligence and interoperability, but it is these functions that can cause the difficulties.
Dynamics and Unstructured Data
Users of the application often find themselves overwhelmed by unstructured information and the diverse tasks and processes of the many businesses and industries it serves.The result is a common enough problem: Big piles of unstructured contentstored on an employee’s computer or a shared repository.
Unlike some third-party solutions that appear distractingly ‘bolted on,’ Interact for Microsoft Dynamics AX is carefully integrated with the existing AX 2012 interface to ensure a seamless user experience…” Darren Knipp, Chief Technology Officer, Perceptive Software said.
Leaving aside security issues, this is also information that cannot be used by an enterprise as it lacks the immediate visibility and secure distributed access that Interact for Microsoft Dynamics AX can provide. To all intents and purposes, then, it is redundant information.
Interact for Dynamics deals with this by providing sophisticated and rich content models for associating content with transactions managed in DAX.
This means that end users will have access to any related content when and where they need it to complete their business process.
Dynamics AX 2012
Dynamics AX 2012 was introduced in beta last April and went on general release last August. With it Microsoft says, it dealt with three main issues in enterprise resource planning.
It provided software for real-world business situations, along with software that provides adaptable applications that can be manipulated to reflect changing business conditions. Dynamics AX 2012 caters for five industries at once with some of the components applicable across two or more of those industries.
Central Data Access
Dynamics AX 2012 provides access to data through a central system by using Microsoft SQL Server as the default information management system throughout the application.
Microsoft set out in the AX 2012 release to make every aspect of the application as simple as possible, from deployment to customization to upgrades. The objective, he says, was to make Dynamics AX 2012 as easy to learn as possible and to cut the learning curve for users who are not involved, or interested.
With Perspective’s Interact for Dynamics it adds further functionality -- arguably the most important functionality -- by providing a way of managing, or at least starting to manage, unstructured information in the enterprise.