Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services Released!


Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services (LCS)  is designed to manage and optimize customer implementations – powered by Azure. The customer creates project workspaces for implementation, upgrade and maintenance activities, and will invite implementation experts from partner organizations and Microsoft into these workspaces for the execution of related activities. Partners will be able to create projects for learning and presales purposes. This enables partners to build out expertise around LCS, and demonstrate this in sales cycles.

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Overview of what’s available in LCS V1:

COLLABORATION WORKSPACE · Customer-managed collaboration workspace

· Cloud-based, secure environment

· Project management using SureStep or other methodologies

· Project-specific dashboard

· Tools & data that connect multiple lifecycle phases to enable better decision making by key stakeholders

Business process modeler · Aligns industry processes (APQC) with process maps for Microsoft Dynamics AX.

· Create cross-functional flowcharts based on rich metadata.

· Map processes & perform fit-gap analysis.

· Integration between BPM & RapidStart.

· Quickly generate documents and flowcharts using the updated TaskRecorder (KB#2863182).

CODE & UPGRADE ANALYSIS · Leverages a cloud-based rule engine to analyze code and identify potential best practice, performance and upgradeability issues.

· Generates actionable reports in Excel & HTML that can be imported into MorphX IDE as actionable to-do’s for developers.

License sizing estimator · Estimate how many licenses you need (CAL)

· Model the effect of custom roles on license needs.

· Get automatic CAL-level estimates

USAGE PROFILER · Model user & batch loads.

· See graphic representation of load volumes.

· Identify a starting point for infrastructure sizing.

Issue search · Search a repository of reported, in-progress & fixed issues.

· Identify specific code objects & lines of code affected by hotfixes.

· Get notifications for issue status changes, and new fixes for AX functional areas.

DIAGNOSTICS · Automate & monitor health checks for AX ecosystem.

· Collect data from AX environments.

· Evaluate data against pre-defined rules

· Generate reports to provide actionable corrective actions

Comments (7)

  1. Kusman Lim says:

    Is this service is free for partner and Customer ?

  2. Yes, the service is free to all customers who maintains BREP level of service plans. It is also free for partners to create Presales and Learn projects.

  3. Harry Burgh says:

    I need more detailed instructions on the use of the BPM flowchart tool.  There is next to nothing in TechNet, The video's are of limited help.

  4. Remko Fafieanie says:

    I'm having problems installing the Lifecycle Services Diagnostics Service. During the installation wizard the message …LCSDiagFXService.exe failed to start ….. I have even run the wizard with a domain administrator account. Any ideas?

  5. AXTINU says:

    Having the same problem as Remko. Please help

  6. Remko Fafieanie says:

    The problem should be resolved by downloading the latest version of LCS. For me the problem was solved by executing the following command: netsh http add urlacl url=http://+:18000/ user=[domain][user]. According to Microsoft this command is now part of the setup of the latest version of LCS.

  7. Adam Campbell says:

    Our company has recently purchased Dynamics AX 2012 R3 and we are exploring using LCS to house all of our Level 4-6 business processes.

    We cannot run task recorder in "Advanced" mode. Our current architecture has AX and AOS on different servers. We have found the following statement in LCS documentation "In advanced mode, Microsoft Dynamics AX and AOS must be installed on the same computer."

    Is there any way around this? Please Help. Thanks.

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