Why a Dynamics AX Health Check is Your Risk Inspection

by | Updated January 2, 2018 | Dynamics AX, Performance

When Stoneridge Software performs a Dynamics AX Health Check, we can pinpoint some very tangible items and how they impact your system performance. It’s typically going to be around AX and the SQL side of things.

Common areas for improving a Dynamics AX system might be:

  • The max degree of parallelism isn’t set correctly, and that can mean queries are taking longer
  • You have a lot of locking and blocking which impacts the performance of the end user.

Click here for a list of the 11 most common areas of risk found in a Dynamics AX Health Check.

 

A Dynamics AX Health Check isn’t exactly an insurance policy. It’s more like having someone come and do an inspection of your house. If are ready to buy a new house, most of you are going to choose to have someone come in and inspect it because they will know what to look for in problem areas. The average person might look at the walls and think they look fine. You might not see the start of a mold problem, but someone who’s trained and does this for a living can say “look at these signs that show there is mold.” Knowing this, you are in a better position to decide whether or not to get that house or at least decide if that is an acceptable risk and you can take steps toward remediation. This is why I like to think of a Dynamics AX Health Check as more of a house inspection, but in this case, it’s a software inspection.

When Stoneridge Software performs an AX Health Check findings are presented to you in a report that cites areas of the implementation where remediation is suggested to resolve an outstanding issue or an element of risk. This report will identify the issues by the degree of risk such as satisfactory, area of concern, or area of risk.

Upon delivery of the report, a Health Check review meeting is scheduled to further discuss the findings and recommendations related to your Health Check. During this meeting, you’ll receive guidance on the resolution of identified issues, whether you’ll be performing the work yourself or relying on the expertise of Stoneridge Software (additional engagement required). The average Stoneridge Software Health Check report is 100 pages of documentation.

If you are at a point where you haven’t recently taken stock of your Dynamics AX system or things might not be running as smoothly as they should, now might be a good time to look at a Health Check. You might find some valid items in the report that need to be addressed so that your house or software runs appropriately.

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  1. Stephanie Reinhardt

    You are perfectly right Catherine. We have some time when you are at a point where you haven’t recently taken stock of your Microsoft Dynamics AX system or same things may not be running smoothly. This is a good time to look at a Health Check. We may find some suitable items for the report that need to be addressed so that your house or software runs appropriately. This is appreciating experience. Keep it up.

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