Anyone who has ever worked on a significant software development project knows that keeping DEV and TEST environments available and relatively in sync is almost a full time job. Microsoft Dynamics AX is no different. Best case, installing, configuring, patching and replicating databases will take at least a day unless there is a significant automation process in place. Then, generally, the machines are left in place, consuming storage and possibly compute even when they are not needed. Fortunately, Microsoft has made some significant investments in Dynamics AX technology with Azure to simplify this issue quite a bit. Lifecycle Services (LCS) is a project management site specifically designed to simplify Dynamics AX implementations, including the deployment of DEMO, DEV/TEST and production environments.