Microsoft Dynamics AX vs SAP ERP comparison


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Executive SummaryUpdated on Nov 13, 2022

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Microsoft Dynamics AX
Ranking in ERP
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Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the ERP category, the mindshare of Microsoft Dynamics AX is 7.2%, up from 6.5% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of SAP ERP is 18.0%, down from 23.4% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
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Featured Reviews

Yusuf Oezeren - PeerSpot reviewer
Aug 15, 2023
A stable solution that lets my team know my availability and how busy I am
The only thing that is kind of annoying for every time I put my time in, before I send it off, I have always to save it first. I cannot immediately send it off. It's the only thing that needs improvement. For instance, if I'm booking my time in IMEI and AX and I have my tap open, and I want to send it and it's submitted, it asks to save first. I always get an error message here. In addition, I sometimes put in wrong data that needs correction, but I cannot change it or approve it without withdrawing it. It will then take time for me to go back in and edit it.
Harish Golla - PeerSpot reviewer
Feb 13, 2023
Helpful system integrations, flexible, and high availability
We are using SAP ERP for typical ERP use cases. The solution can be deployed on the cloud and on-premise The solution has helped organizations with the integration of other systems. The most valuable features of SAP ERP is the flexibility and functionality. It is one of the best ERPs I have seen…

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"The performance is good."
"The most valuable features of Microsoft Dynamics AX are field services and the vendor collaboration portal. Both of the features are very good."
"It's scalable."
"The most valuable feature is the workflow of the modules."
"The most valuable feature of Microsoft Dynamics AX is that it fulfills our requirements. We haven't had any issues with performance."
"Flexibility is the best feature. Because we have the source code, we can develop our ideas. It enables us to develop new functions."
"One of the valuable features of the solution is how easy it is to use."
"The most valuable feature I've found is the UI functionality."
"The most valuable features are the claim management."
"The power of ABAP Development Tools is the main valuable feature in the SAP ECC system. Every couple of years SAP upgrades ABAP technology significantly, which facilitates developers' work."
"Finance view across functions is valuable."
"The solution provides a high level of integration."
"The solution has far more features, processes, and functionalities than we previously had."
"The solution provides good production planning."
"The new Visual Enterprise functionalities give an intuitive approach to data and make communication between engineering and production easy."
"ERP is very stable."


"Microsoft could provide more flexible hardware requirements that can scale with the volume of data being processed rather than providing only a minimum requirement."
"There might be some features to support localizations that could be helpful to add."
"There are so many errors."
"The on-premises and desktop versions are not user-friendly."
"There is no Arabic interface in Microsoft Business Central, which is a big weak point."
"The product is standardised across industries so it is not a good fit for all types of sectors."
"There is room for improvement in the licensing model and associated costs of this solution."
"They should include some modules related to solving customer problems or resolving support tickets from our customers — like a help desk for ERPs."
"The version that we are using lacks in reporting. The reporting feature needs to be constructed more in this product. There can be better scope for mobility. They could include the technical development of reports instead of depending completely on programming. The programming method needs to be easy."
"The product can be a little slow when dealing with thousands of employee data."
"The solution's UI could be better."
"The product does not update budgeting based on exchange rates which is important for BPM."
"Implementing SAP ERP can be very costly, particularly for smaller organizations with limited resources."
"There should be better support provided to be able to migrate to S/4HANA easier."
"I would like to see more integration with other partners. Some of our customers already use specific or in-house applications for their business processes. They do not want to replace those applications."
"It would also help if it were more open, more flexible, with more standard products."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"In relation to the cloud, it might be expensive for a longer duration. However, it's essential to consider the demands of enterprise users. While it's cost-effective in the short run, it becomes relatively costly in the long run."
"Go for cloud implementation, if cost is critical."
"I don't know how much this solution costs off the top of my head, but I know that the cloud and SaaS solutions are cheaper."
"The solution is on-premises and we do not pay for a license."
"The initial investment cost goes up due to the hidden cost."
"The price of the solution could benefit from being less expensive."
"Microsoft Dynamics AX is expensive."
"The yearly licenses are priced okay."
"There is an annual subscription for the use of SAP ERP."
"The solution has moved from a licensing model to a rights-based, subscription model in the cloud."
"It could always be cheaper. They don't have a very easy model of licensing, but large entities would get the upper hand in negotiating the license."
"The product has high pricing."
"Some components are available at an additional cost, depending on the type of contract that you have."
"We pay annually for the use of this solution."
"The solution is expensive and is best-suited for large enterprises."
"The price of SAP ERP is high, but it is worth the money. The maintenance and support can be expensive. There should be a different price model for businesses that are not as large to be able to afford it."
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Comparison Review

it_user110085 - PeerSpot reviewer
Feb 1, 2015
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Answers from the Community

Mar 15, 2021
Mar 15, 2021
For starters, I would stop comparing tools, and start looking at my business and what I want to achieve. So identify objectives and what's blocking achievement, define quality outcomes for the obejctives you want to achieve and build your businesscase on efficiency improvement. What earnings, savings, benefits are achieved when meeting your obectives.Based on the blocking issues you identified...
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Jan 25, 2021
I think Panorama Consulting Group publishes some of their ERP shootouts comparing SAP/Oracle/Microsoft with Infor thrown in as a bonus.  Our firm is more of a boutique operation that compares internal company requirements then picks software known for its propensity to work well in those industries/environments. But if you get to the stage where you need some guidance on who some of the top partners and resources are for those software packages, hit us up. 
Mar 11, 2021
Do you want to do it for a specific purpose or to tick a box?  Lets assume you are looking for system deployment. I would focus on the key areas of your business rather than what Gene has listed below, which is looking at point for point comparisons. (The Panorama report is SUPERB for getting up to speed....) Then look at weighting for specific key business differentiation opportunities - such as single global instance for multiple companies, integrated CRM into Finance and Operations, off-line capabilities for customer facing processes, seamless transfer of customer conversations from one channel to another. Then ask for client references to answer 5 key questions: - Are they live? - how was the deployment support from the OEM/partner and what was the % work split required to go live (as in your input vs partner vs OEM) - how many customisations were requried to achieve xxx (your key areas) - would they use the OEM again and what would they change going forward Then look at demonstration from the OEM and costing for the solution I would not go on a tender for each and every feature and function because we assume world class solutions have these typical areas covered. Happy to discuss how to do this practically if required.

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Questions from the Community

What needs improvement with Microsoft Dynamics AX?
The tool's setup phase and pricing are areas with certain concerns where improvements are required.
What is your primary use case for Microsoft Dynamics AX?
I use the solution in my company since we are providing services to a US client, so we have created different kinds of use cases to meet the requirements of their environment.
Is Anaplan better than SAP ERP?
There are different aspects of both Anaplan and SAP ERP that I like and dislike. Anaplan improves forecast accuracy and drives up the quality of analytics. Rather than spending all of their time co...
What do you like most about SAP ERP?
The solution has made the most significant impact on our human resources function, specifically in HR operations and HR analytics. One feature of SAP ERP that I found most valuable is its use of co...
What needs improvement with SAP ERP?
The product can be a little slow when dealing with thousands of employee data.

Also Known As

Dynamics AX, Axapta, MS Dynamics AX
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Sample Customers

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