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ZAP data management for Microsoft Dynamics AX

ZAP improves the financial and operational performance of businesses using Microsoft’s Dynamics AX, by speeding up and simplifying the analysis and organization — as well as the collection and integration — of ERP and related data.

ZAP data management for Dynamics AX collects ERP data using a pre-packaged data connector. Data instantly becomes available for reporting, thanks to a pre-packaged Dynamics AX-specific data model. It becomes integrated with other business data in an automated data warehouse, while ZAP’s intuitive data modelling UI and semantic layer automation make it simple to prepare for analysis.

ZAP data management for Microsoft Dynamics AX

ZAP has added extra functionality to ZAP Data Hub — including pre-packaged data management — to build a solution specifically for Dynamics AX.

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Dynamics AX data management and business intelligence

Businesses can improve financial and operational performance by using ZAP to speed up and simplify the collection, organization and analysis of data within Dynamics AX, ultimately delivering data-driven business insight and decision-making.

A data-driven business makes confident decisions quickly, based on truth, and ZAP automates the collection and integration of data from Dynamics AX — and associated applications and data sources — to provide a business-wide view of all performance and activity. The ability to integrate hitherto-inaccessible or siloed data strengthens business decision making, by unlocking previously hidden insight.

Out-of-the-box Dynamics AX data management

Conscious of short- and long-term IT overheads, ZAP is rapid to deploy and simple to administer. TCO is reduced, ROI is increased and business insight is delivered immediately thanks to 500 pre-packaged, Dynamics AX-specific calculations, analytics and role-based dashboards. Such automated and ‘out-of-the-box’ capabilities vastly reduce setup and maintenance costs.

ZAP can extract Dynamics AX metadata (localized captions, descriptions, relationships, data types, enumerations), financial/inventory dimensions, and organizational hierarchies. It can handle multi-company and multi-currency data — including multiple date calendars — and merge multiple instances of Dynamics AX itself.

Security and data governance are integral to ZAP for Dynamics AX, with easily integrated, configurable permission setting, access regulation, usage monitoring and auditing.

IDC reports on ZAP

“ZAP’s solution aims to automate elements of the time-consuming and more
complex aspects of manually building a data warehousing and BI platform.
A good example of this is the support and pre-packaged content ZAP provides
for specific development tasks, including data connectivity.
Data connectors for files, cloud applications or services, and on-premises
relational databases are supported.”

IDC Market Note, ZAP: Improving Time to Insight for Midsize Firms
(doc #EMEA43048517, September 2017),

Key features of ZAP for Dynamics AX

Data-driven business insight and decision-making is achieved by ZAP data management and BI for Microsoft Dynamics AX thanks to five key facets: hybrid data collection, intuitive data modeling, automated data integration, data warehouse and semantic layer and built-in governance.

Hybrid data collection

Connection to — and collection of — Dynamics AX and other business data is automated by ZAP, with rich data connectivity to source metadata, multi-lingual caption extraction and customization detection. Out-of-the-box connection to other cloud and on-premise data sources is also provided via ZAP Data Gateway, a straightforward, secure and optimized way of accessing cloud or on-premise data sources across existing networks and firewalls.

Intuitive data modeling

ZAP has a pre-packaged Dynamics AX data model that delivers immediate insight. A user-friendly data modeling interface with drag-and-drop UX means data models can be customized to meet even the most demanding reporting requirements. IT overheads are reduced as ZAP’s intuitive data modeling UI enables users of all levels of expertise to prepare data for reporting.

Automated data integration, data warehouse, semantic layer

ZAP integrates Dynamics AX with other data sources into a secure, central hub of business-wide insight. Further sources can be added at any time in the future. Technical effort is further reduced by ZAP’s data warehouse and semantic layer automation, which removes the need for a manual data warehouse project.

Data analysis and visualization with Business Intelligence (BI) tools — such as Tableau, Microsoft Power BI or Qlik — becomes quicker and easier as a result. Accessing data sources from ZAP Data Hub is more secure and efficient than either manually loading data or directly connecting to source databases. This allows users in every business function to perform complex analysis within self-service BI, without impacting either performance, operational timescales or the integrity of underlying databases.

Built-in data governance

Data governance is at the heart of ZAP. Our systems have strong, comprehensive system administration and data governance tools built-in. Enterprise-class security controls set permissions, regulate access and protect data at any level of granularity.

ROI is maximized as usage can be both monitored and audited via specific dashboards, which keeps performance optimized and costs minimized. TCO is controlled as upgrade life-cycles can be actively managed to ensure consistency of data and business continuity at every turn.

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Software as a Service, Private Cloud, On-premise or Hybrid

As ZAP for Dynamics AX is built on ZAP Data Hub technology, it is available as a fully-featured, on-demand Software as a Service product which removes the technical, resource and time costs associated with connecting, collecting, securing and analyzing your Dynamics AX data. In short, it helps you become a data-driven business faster.

In terms of other deployment options, ZAP for Dynamics AX can be deployed on a private cloud, on-premise or as a hybrid combination of the two. ZAP Data Hub’s flexible architecture, on which ZAP for Dynamics AX is built, is specifically designed to enable multiple deployment scenarios and scale as both the volume of users and the volume of data in an organization increases over time.

Aston Martin on ZAP for Microsoft Dynamics

ZAP for Dynamics CRM is, quite simply,
“A brilliant app that has helped cut down month end
reporting from two weeks to three days.”

Renown luxury car manufacturer Aston Martin


See ZAP Data Hub in Action

Watch our product walk-through video, and see how you can automate the creation of data models and the preparation of data for analysis.