Dynamics AX Training – Fargo

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In February (2014), I spent 3 cold weeks in Fargo, North Dakota, learning Dynamics AX. Most people have one reaction when I tell them this, which you are probably having right now. However, even though one of the days went down to about minus 32 degrees Fahrenheit (which is minus 35 Celsius), it was a fun experience. I was there on a FastTrax developer training course for Dynamics AX. The course was presented by Junction Solutions, with 2 instructors, one for the first week and the other for the last two.

The course was divided into different modules. The first set lasted a week and focused on an introduction to Dynamics AX and the functional modules. These included:

– Bill of Materials
– Distribution & Trade
– Financials I
– Financials II
– Fixed Assets
– Supply Chain

The other modules were spread over weeks 2 and 3. The topics we covered in those weeks included:

Development I in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012:
– Architecture
– Data Dictionary
– User Interfaces
– Security

Development II in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012:
– INTRODUCTION TO X++
– X++ CONTROL STATEMENTS
– OBJECTS AND CLASSES
– ACCESSING THE DATABASE
– EXCEPTION HANDLING
– SECURITY FOR DEVELOPERS

Development III in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012:
– X++ UNIT TEST FRAMEWORK
– WORKING WITH DATA
– CLASSES
– FORMS
– VISUAL STUDIO INTEGRATION
– WORKFLOW

Development IV in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012:
– Number sequences
– Framework Features
– Application Foundation Features
– Use and Design of Ledger Module
– Use and Design of the Product Information Management Module
– Use and Design of the Inventory and Warehouse Management Module
– Use and Design of the Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable Modules
– Use and Design of the Sales and Purchase Modules
– Use and Design of the Project Management and Accounting Module
– Use and Design of the Production Control Module
– Workflow
– Reporting

Application Integration Framework (AIF) and Services in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012:
– INTRODUCTION TO SERVICES AND APPLICATION INTEGRATION FRAMEWORK
– ARCHITECTURE
– INSTALLATION AND UPGRADE
– ADMINISTRATION
– DEVELOPMENT CONCEPTS
– WORKING WITH SERVICES
– TROUBLESHOOTING AND LOGGING

Enterprise Portal Development in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012:
– Enterprise Portal in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012
– Installing the Enterprise Portal
– Enterprise Portal Structure and Permissions
– Customizing Enterprise Portal Pages
– Modeling Enterprise Portal Pages
– Debugging in the Enterprise Portal
– Common X++ and C# Development for Enterprise Portal
– Additional X++ and C# Development for Enterprise Portal
– Deploying the Enterprise Portal

Reporting:
– Create report using the Auto Reports wizard
– Create a chart control with Data from Analysis Services Cube
– Create a simple report
– Create a report with X++ business logic
– Creating a cube
– Defining APIs for a cube
– Displaying KPIs in a role center
– Create a report using SQL Server Report Builder to connect to a cube
– Create a report using cube data
– Creating a report with parameters
– Power pivot – web browser
– Power view – excel

The course was a great introduction to Dynamics AX. Our class of about 10 people came from different technical backgrounds and I’m pretty sure most left with a good understanding of the product. Dynamics AX 2012 R2 is a pretty complete application, and there is much to know and learn. Not long after taking the training, I took the Dynamics AX developer exam (and passed).

I recommend the course as a good introduction to learning Dynamics AX development.

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