Technology Ages Quickly: A Look Back at the World When Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 First Launched

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By normal standards, five, six, even seven years in the past doesn’t seem so long ago. But in the tech world, time rarely follows the same rules. Seven years can make a staggering difference in our daily lives.

Imagine trying to get through your day using the phone you had seven years ago, for example. It’s probably fairly hard to picture.

What’s not as tough to imagine is using a seven-year-old ERP system, such as Microsoft® Dynamics AX 2012, which came out in 2011. Even AX 2012 R2, a more recent version, is now more than five years old.

Though it may not feel like it, a lot has changed since 2011. Let’s take a look back at the world of technology at the time AX 2012 first launched.

The Pre-Binge Watching Era

Your TV watching habits likely looked pretty different back in 2011. Many of us were still relying heavily on cable TV over streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime. (In fact, the term “binge watching” – a current favorite pastime of many – wouldn’t come into existence for another two years).

Netflix video streaming was still in its infancy, and many of us still opted to receive those DVDs in the mail. Streaming was so new, in fact, that Netflix first original show wouldn’t debut for another year.

We surfed the web on our computers, rarely our phones.

LTE began to take off in 2011, allowing for faster internet speeds, a more dependable level of security, and much better user experiences. This meant designers could create more detailed mobile sites and gave the capacity for cloud-based applications such as live streaming and online gaming. All of this eventually led to a major shift in how we access the internet, with mobile surpassing desktop usage in 2016.

On another note, our phones looked like this:

And our favorite websites that year looked like this:

The masses had yet to experience virtual reality gaming

It’s hard to go anywhere now without hearing about the various applications of virtual or augmented reality. But even in 2012, the Oculus Rift was merely a prototype, with Oculus VR turning to Kickstarter to fund their new project.

Alexa Who?

Siri was first introduced on the iPhone late in 2011. Now we have virtual assistants like Alexa as part of our daily lives, along with popular tools such as voice search and instant messaging chatbots.

Like much of the tech featured above, legacy ERP systems such as Dynamics AX 2012 or earlier have become outdated, inefficient and expensive to maintain.

Upgrading to a more recent version of AX or Dynamics 365 can save you from wasting any more valuable resources on fixing a system that likely no longer meets your business needs. Additionally, partial or fully cloud-based options can provide a reliable and scalable system for many years to come.

Unsure about upgrading your ERP? Our free Dynamics Upgrade Assessor can help you better understand the impact and requirements of an upgrade or re-implementation.