I have had the pleasure this week of attending the Microsoft Dynamics 2016 Summit in sunny Tampa, Florida. We have several customers of ours beta testing the new functionality in Rapise 5.0 that makes testing Dynamics AX and CRM rapid and easy. Microsoft has some big changes planned for Dynamics and we're looking forward to helping you test your systems as you make the transition.
We have several customers using Microsoft AX as their ERP system for financials, operations and logistics. We also have several customers using Microsoft CRM as their sales force automation software. The next version of Rapise 5.0 is currently being beta tested by several of our customers to make sure that the new support for Dynamics CRM and AX is up to snuff.
The new version of Rapise contains enhancements to the web testing libraries to handle some of the unique screens and controls inside Dynamics CRM. For Dynamics AX we made major improvements to our Windows testing libraries to handle specific challenges faced when testing AX (windows with changing names, controls with changing IDs to name a few) and the AX reporting module (uses a different technology to the core product for added fun).
We are confident that the new version of Rapise will be the most productive way to test Dynamics AX 2012 and Dynamics CRM. So we came to the Dynamics Summit to learn more about the future.
It seems that after somewhat ignoring the Dynamics range of products (AX, CRM, SL, NAV and GP) for the past few years, Microsoft has finally woken up. For those who follow Dynamics, you will remember that they acquired the products from Axapta, Solomon, Navision, and Great Plains) many years ago, and basically just renamed them as Dynamics XX. At the summit keynote however, they announced radical changes to the product lineup.
The entire suite on separate ERP and CRM systems will be replaced by a new SaaS/cloud offering called Dynamics 365, based on Microsoft Azure that is entirely web based and provides a holistic, integrated ERP and CRM platform:
For our customers, this means that at some point between now and 2021 (or 2023 if you pay for extended support) they will need to upgrade to the new Dynamics 365 Operations & CRM. That means they will need to test that their new installation and configuration matches what they had before.
So that is a huge regression testing challenge. Customers will need to be able to:
Now Rapise can already test all three of these types of application (Windows, web and mobile), but to really make testing efficient, you need to have application specific support for the UI controls found in the application as well as generic support for the technology platform it's built on. In Rapise 5.0 we have added support for the unique controls found in the existing desktop versions of Dynamics AX as well as the web Dynamics CRM product.
In the future we will be adding similar support for Dynamics 365 web and mobile applications. You can expect us to provide you with samples and libraries that specifically address the testing challenges of Dynamics 365 web applications and the new Dynamics 364 iOS and Android apps.