Configuring Automatic Exchange Rates in Dynamics AX 2012

Dynamics has a lot of little Easter Eggs of functionality built into it, and one of them that I just discovered is the ability to have the system automatically update all of your currency exchange rates through the rate authorities’ web services. There is no need to update these manually ever again.

In this worked example we will show how you can quickly configure the automatic updating of the exchange rates, and then never worry about them again.

Configuring an Exchange Rate Provider

In order to have the exchange rates automatically update, all you need to do is configure an Exchange Rate Provider that publishes its exchange rates through web services. That may seem like a lot of work, but it’s not since Dynamics AX already knows these providers.

How to do it…

To configure a new Exchange Rate Provider, follow these steps:

  1. From the General Ledger area page, select the Configure exchange rate providers menu item from the Currency folder of the Setup group.
  2. When the Configure exchange rate providers maintenance form is shown, click on the Add button in the menu bar, select the provider that you want to configure Dynamics AX to use, and then click the OK button.
  3. This will add the Exchange Rate Provider along with the default web service URL’s.
  4. When you are done, just click on the Close button to exit the form.

Importing Exchange Rates

Once you have your Exchange Rate Providers configured you can start importing in all of the exchange rates into Dynamics AX.

How to do it…

To import your exchange rates, follow these steps:

  1. From the General Ledger area page, select the Import currency exchange rates menu item from the Periodic group.
  2. When the Import currency exchange rates dialog box is displayed, select the Exchange rate type that you want to import into.
  3. And then select the Exchange rate provider that you configured in the previous step.
  4. If you want this to run as an automated update, then switch to the Batch tab and click on the Recurrence button.
  5. Within the Recurrence dialog box, you can select the frequency of the batch process.
  6. Once you have configured the import, just click on the OK button to perform the update.

How it works…

Once you have all of the Exchange Rates loaded it pretty easy to see them all within Dynamics AX.

From the General Ledger area page, select the Currency exchange rates menu item from the Currency folder of the Setup group.

From the Currency exchange rates maintenance form you will see all of the exchange rates that were loaded by the import function.

You will never have to add any exchange rates ever again.

Summary

In this example we showed how you can easily configure Dynamics AX 2012 to import your currency exchange rates from the default Exchange Rate Providers.

This is too easy.

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9 comments
  1. Roger said:

    Can you alter the “From” currency?

      • André Arnaud de Calavon said:

        Roger, Murray,

        The handling of from currency is defined in the exchange rate provider itself. Some providers have currency pairs which are communicated. From an to currency codes are then provided by the central bank. Others might be set as (fixed) parameter in the provider.
        The default company currency does not influence the from currency. There is a whitepaper available called “Creating exchange rate providers for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012”. This describes how to deal with the currency pairs and a “FixedBaseISOCurrency”.

        kind regards,

        André Arnaud de Calavon

  2. Sten Baumgarten said:

    Can i standard get currency rates if i need it for ex SEK against DKK When i download currency rates from the Central Bank. In Europe and receive currency rates for EUR against SEK and DKK?

    • Sten, I think you can get the European rates standard in AX. For the US people though the currency providers don’t quite work as well. 😉

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