What's new: Products [AX 2012]

Updated: October 26, 2013

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, new products can be defined and released to individual companies. Additionally, an item is now always based on a product definition. In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, you could create items without using a formalized definition process.




Conditionally required. If you are using this feature in an earlier version of Microsoft Dynamics AX, significant changes have been made, and you must review this topic.

Feature areas affected

Inventory management

Product information management


Business decision makers

Technical decision makers

Implementation team members

Independent software vendors (ISVs)/developers


A product definition level is added as a mandatory step in the process for creating items, and all items are now associated with a product definition.

Items are based on product definitions. Therefore, product definitions are required for all items in AX 2012.

The inventory process has changed considerably since AX 2009. AX 2012 includes changes to the following areas:

  • Products and product variants

  • Product release

  • Product translations

  • New division of the inventory dimension group

What can you do?

AX 2009

AX 2012

Why is this important?

Create and maintain definitions for products, and master definitions for sets of products, at the shared company level.

The feature was not available, because item definitions were created directly in the item table.

Items are always based on product definitions, and product definitions can be shared across companies.

Product creation is centralized, and all the products and product variants that are available in the whole organization are displayed.

Generate product variants that are based on product masters.

Product variants were available as combinations of item dimensions. However, it was difficult to administer which legal entities had access to which variants.

New items can be created as product variants that are based on an associated product dimension setup.

An overview is provided of the product variants that are traded.

Configure product variants by using a product configuration technology.

The feature was available but did not include the configuration technology option.

Product definitions include information about when and how variants are configured.

A user can control the configuration strategy of an item through the product definition.

Standardize items by using product definition templates.

Not available

A product definition record can be saved as a template.

A product definition template can help standardize items.

What can you do?

AX 2009

AX 2012

Why is this important?

Share product definitions across companies.

Not available

Product definitions can be authorized for use in multiple companies.

A product repository can be centrally controlled.

Maintain open product releases.

Not available

A release can be repeated after an error is corrected, or the release of a product can be postponed.

The release process and the timing of product releases can be controlled.

What can you do?

AX 2009

AX 2012

Why is this important?

Translate product names and information.

Only product descriptions were translated.

Product names, product variant names, and the description attributes for a product definition are displayed on a customer invoice.

This feature provides a better understanding of the actual product definition.

What can you do?

AX 2009

AX 2012

Why is this important?

Set up separate product, storage, and tracking dimension groups.

Items were associated with one inventory dimension group, where all three types of dimensions were set up.

The setup of inventory dimensions for items is flexible. The following dimensions are specified separately:

  • Product dimensions for item characteristics that are associated with the product definition

  • Storage and tracking dimensions for a location-specific setup that is associated with the physical handling of items in companies

The setup of the storage and tracking dimension groups can be either centralized or decentralized.

For more information about the address book framework, see the white paper Implementing the Item-Product data management framework for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

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