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Microsoft Dynamics AX vs. SAP S4HANA
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Dynamics AX vs. SAP S4HANA and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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Pros
"The most valuable features of Microsoft Dynamics AX are ease of use and performance.""The stability is very good.""It is stable, suitable for businesses, and covers all business needs.""I like that it's a complete ERP solution from production level to branch level.""If anyone is familiar with Microsoft products then they can handle it easily.""A valuable feature of Microsoft Dynamics AX is that it is stable.""It is easy to use, and it has a great UI. It has very well-structured modules. In terms of setup and configuration, they're logically placed, which makes it easy for any user to pick up information and learn more about the system, rather than just be plain key users of that business operating system.""Support is really good."

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"The most valuable feature is that HANA loads from memory, which means it loads very quickly.""From a technological point of view, the in-memory database is one of the key highlights.""One of the most valuable features is the in-memory database.""It is really fast. It is also very stable.""SAP S4HANA is a stable solution.""S4HANA is a completely integrated solution. It's an end-to-end ERP system with strong manufacturing and financial integration, which is not common among ERPs. And it's a solution that's driven by industry best practices.""The most valuable feature is the inbuilt standards included in SAP that customers can adopt easily. Also offers to customize it based on the specific requirements.""The performance of the solution is excellent."

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Cons
"They should include some modules related to solving customer problems or resolving support tickets from our customers — like a help desk for ERPs.""There is also slowness in database backup.""There is no Arabic interface in Microsoft Business Central, which is a big weak point.""There might be some features to support localizations that could be helpful to add.""If I had to add something in the next release, it would probably be a mobile application for a sister application of Dynamics 365; not the ERP but the Dynamics 365 HR solution. It would definitely help if we could have Microsoft or a Microsoft partner introduce a mobile application for it.""At times there are issues related to reporting, sometimes with the integration between two or three modules, and sometimes to the logic itself.""Microsoft Dynamics AX can improve by having a more modern user interface. It should be more modular and dynamic. Additionally, the solution could be easier to connect with APIs with other technologies.""Microsoft Dynamics AX could be improved by having more features available. We are going to 365 now, to use all the modules, because we found that there weren't many new things we were able to develop with AX. There were a lot of things that weren't available, so we are moving and integrating other things. The customization of upgrades should also be faster. We would also like to see more security features."

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"Every year, when a new version is released, it comes with a very thick booklet of 300 or 400 pages and it is a little difficult to comprehend.""It should have more support. Documentation and support for mobile apps can be improved.""The initial setup could be better. They can make the process a little easier. The functions that we require will be available in the next release. We specifically need a new model, and I think we have some versions to implement. I already read on the SAP website that some functionalities we are waiting for are available in this new version.""In a feature release, they could improve by adding budgetary features.""There should be a place where I can get the best available applications in one place. Currently, Fiori applications are available in different tiles on the dashboards. If anyone wants to check the financial, sales, and inventory reporting in one place, it is not possible in Fiori. We would have to develop a custom Fiori application. If that feature can be incorporated into the standard Fiori, it will be helpful for us.""I'm not a big fan of SAP S/4HANA because it needs a lot of hardware. It is really fast, but it needs a lot of hardware. The hardware for S/4HANA is too expensive.""An area for improvement would be integration with different kinds of legacies. In the next release, I would like the product to be prepared for blockchain technology and the best way to communicate with social networking.""In an upcoming release, it would be beneficial to have more practical intelligence in the system, such as protective maintenance, or artificial intelligence."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The pricing is expensive."
  • "It's too expensive for customers to take this on themselves. As partners, we will buy this on behalf of the customers and then charge this value for each project."
  • "It is $180 to $200 per user per month with a minimum of 20 users, which makes selling the product a bit difficult."
  • "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."
  • "It has a pay-as-you-go subscription."
  • "The initial investment cost goes up due to the hidden cost."
  • "We pay for licensing yearly to use Microsoft Dynamics AX."
  • "I purchased the license once, and there is a license with a partner that I pay for annually."
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  • "The price of this product is an issue for some customers."
  • "I have found the price of the solution is on the medium to the expensive side of the scale. There is a license for this solution and there are additional maintenance fees."
  • "The solution is expensive."
  • "We're not sure yet. I think it was six figures a year, over 100,000. It has straight-up licensing fees."
  • "Licensing works on a subscription model for the cloud version and it's a one-time fee for the on-premises version."
  • "The price of the solution is reasonable but some modules can be expensive. When comparing SAP S4HANA to other solutions, such as Oracle, it is not expensive."
  • "The price of the solution is expensive."
  • "There is a license required for the use of this solution and we are on a monthly subscription. The cost of the solution is expensive compared to other solutions."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:It has the same UI and is very similar to any other Microsoft product.
    Top Answer:This is considered by Microsoft as an older product and unsupported. Microsoft is urging its clients to move to Dynamics 365, which is going to be coming into the pipeline. While it's a great product… more »
    Top Answer:We use it for the basic functions which are required for finance and HR, and that's it.
    Top Answer:SaP Business One is a complete solution for business management. The software applications are broad, ranging from accounting to project management and human resources. It is very versatile and… more »
    Top Answer:SAP Business One vs. SAP S/4HANA Out of a total of 3,539 decision criteria spread across the eight sub-modules that form the comparison matrix, SAP S/4HANA offers noticeably better coverage of ERP… more »
    Top Answer:I cannot recall coming across any areas that were lacking. Starting out on the solution can be a bit complex and difficult. I'd like to see them simplify the process of integration. It's very complex… more »
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    Also Known As
    Dynamics AX, Axapta, MS Dynamics AX
    SAP S/4HANA
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    Overview
    Microsoft Dynamics AX is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that is simple to learn and use so you can deliver value faster, take advantage of business opportunities, and drive user involvement and innovation across the organization.

    SAP S4HANA is an ERP (enterprise resource planning) system that uses sophisticated technologies including machine learning and AI. It is most commonly used to integrate and manage business functions and is an ideal solution for large enterprises. The platform includes supplier relationship management (SRM), customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM), and product lifecycle management (PLM) functionality.

    SAP S4HANA offers three different deployment options:

    • On-premises
    • Cloud
    • Hybrid

    SAP S4HANA Features

    SAP S4HANA has many valuable key features, including:

    • Customizable
    • ERP, CRM, SRM, SCM, PLM co-deployed
    • High throughput
    • Fast analytics and reporting
    • Smaller total data footprint
    • SAP HANA multi-tenancy
    • All data: social, text, geo, graph, processing
    • New SAP Fiori UX for any device (mobile, desktop, tablet)
    • Unlimited workload capacity
    • High-volume transaction processing (OLTP)
    • High volume real-time analytical processes (OLAP)
    • Service Management
    • Digital Boardroom Integration

    SAP S4HANA Benefits

    Some of the benefits of using SAP S4HANA include:

    • Speed: S4 HANA applications leverage speed, context, and data accessibility to ensure you can stay up to date with rapidly evolving technology.
    • Improved performance: With SAP S4HANA, you can plan, execute, or generate reports and analytics based on live data to increase performance.
    • Simplicity: SAP S4HANA’s whole infrastructure was designed with simplification in mind — from the management of the solution to the administration of the IT landscape. The solution serves as the digital core for business process simplification and enables the centralizing of hardware and network resources.
    • Cost effective: SAP S4HANA is a cost effective solution. It provides the ability to bring together all the analytical and transactional capabilities of a variety of systems in one location, enabling better decision making.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by SAP S4HANA users.

    A Mechanical Engineer at a construction company says, “It is a very powerful, highly customizable tool. The most valuable feature is that the reporting is fast. We can see the results from that in that our commissions come in fast. That is the main advantage.”

    Another reviewer, a SAP Technology Manager at a financial services firm, mentions, "It is more or less a very, very smooth and seamless product. Day by day they are increasing their technology features and they are keen to resolve the issues. India has a complex business scenario and SAP is thinking about that and resolving the issues day by day. In terms of the features I have found most valuable, I don't think that there is any lack or any gap process-wise. SAP is a very good tool."

    A Project and Service delivery Manager at a tech services company comments, "One of the most valuable features, which we used the most, was the FI module, for finance. It involved controlling, account receivables, account payables, and complete financial steering."

    A Senior Architect at a construction company states, “The POD applications are very useful to us. There are a few POD apps which we are using for different business scenarios. They are quite interesting.” He also adds, “The initial setup is pretty straightforward. The documentation is very good. The solution can scale well. The solution is stable.”

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    Sample Customers
    ConQuaestor, D & H Distributing, Sunny Queen, Mesa Associates, Britax Childcare, Ibema, Arafa, Sabo S.p.A.
    Nestle, O.C. Tanner, Sabre, New York Life Insurance Co., MEMEBOX, Siemens AG.
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Manufacturing Company39%
    Real Estate/Law Firm11%
    Construction Company11%
    Computer Software Company11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Educational Organization6%
    REVIEWERS
    Manufacturing Company13%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Consumer Goods Company9%
    Computer Software Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business50%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise29%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise57%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise45%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft Dynamics AX vs. SAP S4HANA
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Dynamics AX vs. SAP S4HANA and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    621,703 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Microsoft Dynamics AX is ranked 8th in ERP with 19 reviews while SAP S4HANA is ranked 2nd in ERP with 48 reviews. Microsoft Dynamics AX is rated 7.6, while SAP S4HANA is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Microsoft Dynamics AX writes "Provides a lot of functionality". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP S4HANA writes "Smooth and seamless product with flexible licensing models". Microsoft Dynamics AX is most compared with SAP ERP, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, Oracle ERP Cloud, Oracle E-Business Suite and IFS Applications, whereas SAP S4HANA is most compared with SAP Business One, Oracle ERP Cloud, NetSuite ERP, SAP ERP and IFS Applications. See our Microsoft Dynamics AX vs. SAP S4HANA report.

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