Well I made it.
We had a launch event for Axapta 4.0 last night where Steve Balmer did his bit.
I did not arrive in time for the full event but the bit I did see seemed good.
The UI seems to be nice – very Outlook in style. Users can create their own favorites and it is possible to get at items and records from a unified search bar.
How much impact this will have overall remains to be seem.
Wat was really interesting was the amount of work that has gone into BI and integration.
These are now sharepoint web parts and Axapta processes can be built into the workflow engine.
There are now SSAS 2005 cubes available and it seems that there is a SSRS Report Model available. This means that the ability to do ad-hoc reporting and Scorecarding will be much much easier.
I was not totally convinced from the short demo that it will totally work, especially as Axapta – Sorry Dynamics AX – is so customizable. There seemed to be a bit too much smoke and mirrors but that could just have been the demo environment. I will try to get to the stand and find out.