What is LCS?

Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services is a MS Azure based collaboration portal that provides a unifying, collaborative environment along with a set of regularly updated services that help you manage the application lifecycle of your Microsoft Dynamics AX implementations.

By providing a collaborative workspace that can be used by both customers and partners, separately and together, LCS enables closer collaboration, helps speed implementations and reduces time to value.

The objective of LCS is to deliver the right information, at the right time, to the right people and to help ensure repeatable, predictable success with each roll out of an implementation, update or upgrade.

Lifecycle Services (LCS) helps organizations improve the predictability and quality of their Microsoft Dynamics AX implementations by simplifying and standardizing the implementation process to realize business value faster.

There are three phases that encompass the lifecycle – Define, Develop, and Operate. Those three phases are aligned with the four personas that LCS is designed and continuously developed for:

  • LCS-pmProject Managers – Own and manage projects and invite in the employees and partners they want into each one.
  • Business Analysts – Integrate their organizations’ competitive differentiators through requirements gathering, modeling of processes, and sizing of implementations.
  • Developers – Build systems utilizing automated tools to deliver high quality customizations, maximize uptime and make upgrades easier.
  • IT Administrators – Proactively manage and keep their organizations’ systems up and running and speed the discovery of answers to, and Days to Solution (DTS) of, issues that might arise.

Phases that encompass the lifecycle:

LCS-1

Drive predictable implementations

  • Improve the predictability of your implementations
  • Standardize processes and operations across the organization
  • Align with your competitive differentiators to determine the needs for your implementation

LCS-2

Develop quality code

  • Validate your code with reference patterns quicker
  • Increase code quality to increase uptime
  • Make upgrades easier

 LCS-3

 

Manage operations efficiently

  • Proactively manage your implementations to maximize uptime
  • Solve issues quickly and efficiently helping reduce days to solution
  • Log support cases in under a minute
  • See code changes in seconds to understand impact to your operations
  • Simplify discovering and applying updates

For Functional Consultants now we have a centralized environment where configuration, tests, documents and tips-tricks can be proved and package for future implementations, just part of our wish list.

For Technical Consultants they could test on a controlled environment before release on Production Environments, additional take advantage of this features by phases:

DEFINE:

  1. Licence Sizing Estimator
  2. Usage Profiler
  3. Infrastructure Estimator

DEVELOP:

  1. Cloud Hosted Environments
  2. Configuration Manager
  3. Upgrade Analysis

OPERATE:

  1. System Diagnostics
  2. Issue Search

 

Tools that are provided in LCS

The following table lists the tools that are provided in LCS and describes the phases that each tool applies to.

ToolDescription
ProjectsProjects are the key organizer for your experience in LCS. Projects let you invite your partners to collaborate with you, and they also let you track progress.
MethodologiesMethodologies provide a tool that you can use to ensure more repeatable, predictable implementation projects. You can use one of our methodologies or create your own. By using a methodology, you can easily track and report on your progress.
Business process modelerBusiness process modeler lets you create, view, and modify standard process flows inside Microsoft Dynamics AX. By using Business process modeler, you can achieve the following goals:

  • Standardize process flows.
  • Align Microsoft Dynamics AX processes with industry-standard processes, as described by the American Productivity & Quality Center (APQC).
  • Identify fit and gaps between user requirements and the default functionality that Microsoft Dynamics AX provides.
Cloud-hosted environmentsCloud-hosted environments is a tool that you can use to deploy Microsoft Dynamics AX environments on Microsoft Azure. When you use Cloud-hosted environments, you must select the type of Microsoft Dynamics AX environment to deploy, such as a demo, developer/test, or production environment. Based on your selection, the Cloud-hosted environments tool provisions the appropriate number of virtual machines (VMs) in Azure. These VMs have Microsoft Dynamics AX components (and all their prerequisites) already installed on them.
Cloud-hosted supportCloud-powered support helps you manage support incidents. It lets you create a VM in Azure that has the same hotfixes installed as your local environment. You can reproduce and record an incident on the VM, and then submit the incident to our support team. Support follows up by investigating and, if possible, testing a fix on the VM, and then sends the fix back to you for verification.
Configuration and data manager (preview)Configuration and data manager (preview) lets you copy a configuration from one instance of Microsoft Dynamics AX to another. You can copy from and to Microsoft Dynamics AX environments that meet the following criteria:

  • They are managed as part of an LCS project.
  • They run the Data Import/Export Framework.
Customization analysisCustomization analysis validates model files against best practices and provides a report of potential areas for improvement.
Issue searchIssue search helps you find existing solutions and workarounds for known issues in Microsoft Dynamics AX. You can see which issues have been fixed, which issues remain open, and which issues have been resolved as “won’t fix.”
License sizing estimatorLicense sizing estimator helps you estimate the number of licenses that are required for Microsoft Dynamics AX. It provides a shared workspace that lets you model default and customized roles, and then automatically calculate the required client access licenses (CALs).
RFP responsesThe RFP responses page helps partners respond to requests for proposals (RFPs).
System diagnosticsSystem diagnostics helps administrators monitor Microsoft Dynamics AX environments.
UpdatesThe Updates page hosts the details about updates that are available for a Microsoft Dynamics AX environment. It also provides access to groups of updates that can be used for slipstream installations.
Upgrade analysisUpgrade analysis helps you plan your upgrade to the latest version of Microsoft Dynamics AX by analyzing code artifacts from Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, or AX 2012.
Usage profilerUsage profiler is a data-gathering tool that helps you describe your projected or current usage of a Microsoft Dynamics AX implementation. The usage profile that is generated can be used for various purposes, such as hardware sizing and support.
Downloadable toolsThe Downloadable tools page provides a set of tools that were previously hosted on Microsoft Dynamics Information Source.