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Learn More About ERP Comparison Events

By | January 18th, 2017|AX, CFO, Comparison Event, Dynamics 365, ERP, GP, NAV, NetSuite, Videos|

Learn More about the ERP Comparison Events It sounds interesting, but you're still not sure if it's worth your time?  We get it, it's a time investment, but it's time certainly well spent! Watch this brief video to learn what you can expect from an ERP Comparison Event, how these events came to be, and why it's so beneficial to decision makers considering an ERP purchase, upgrade or replacement.    LEARN MORE FIND AN EVENT NEAR YOU

Simplifying the Formulas For Consuming Bulk Vs. Raw Materials

By | January 19th, 2017|ERP, GP, NAV, Process Manufacturing|

New software can simplify formula stages through: the ability to combine both processing steps of a formula into one, contained formula ID reduced clutter from extra formulas streamlined production scheduling compliance document generation How It Works For many process manufacturers, it’s not uncommon to have multiple processing stages needed in order to arrive at the final item(s).  A typical scenario is to first consume raw materials to create WIP, or bulk, which might reside in a container for a period of time.  Then, when it is time to produce the finished goods, the WIP, or bulk, that has been sitting in the container, is then used to make the finished products. Some manufacturing systems will require each of these steps to be assigned to a different formula ID, despite there being many other shared data elements such as quality [...]

Automated Lab Calculations Simplify Paint and Coatings Formula Management

By | January 19th, 2017|ERP, GP, Manufacturing, NAV, Process Manufacturing|

For many paint and coatings-based manufacturers, having the ability to dynamically analyze formula specifications can be critical to the product development process.  As the quantity of an item changes, it can be a great asset to be able to see the affect on one of the many specifications pertinent to the product. Being able to view formula specifications, such as the VOC, can be critical to product development and the reduction of errors. Utilizing Vicinity Manufacturing software allows formulators to easily enable the calculations necessary for obtaining the relevant formula properties – with just a simple click of a button.   Once the ‘Enable lab calculations’ button has been checked, a series of company-defined specifications will appear within the formula. These values will dynamically change as ingredient quantities change, or as items are added or removed, from the formula. [...]

Batch Attributes in D365O (basic)

By | January 13th, 2017|AX, Dynamics 365, Manufacturing|

Some environments require that additional details, or attributes, are entered for items that are Batch controlled.  An example would be a company that purchases Steel Coil and needs to record a Heat number, Carbon content, Coil dimensions, etc.   These attributes are recorded in D365 and available to users at subsequent processes for determining whether the batch and its attributes meet additional requirements for a unique application.  In these cases, the standard Batch ID, Best Before Date and/or Expiration Date is not sufficient.  To support these additional attributes, users can utilize the Batch Attributes functionality.          1. Navigate to Batch Attributes in either Inventory Management à Setup à Batch à Batch Attributes, or use Product Information Mgt à Setup à Categories and Attributes à Batch Attributes.         2. Batch Attributes are defined here using [...]

Automated Lab Calculations Simplify Nutritional Value Adjustments

By | January 6th, 2017|ERP, GP, Manufacturing, NAV, Process Manufacturing|

For many food and beverage manufacturers, having the ability to dynamically analyze nutritional information can be critical to the product development process.  As the quantity of an ingredient changes, it can be a great asset to be able to see the affect on one of the many nutritional values pertinent to the product.  The automation of this functionality can eliminate costly errors and free up valuable resources. Formula Management for Nutritional Lab Calculations Traditionally, as a nutritional formula is created, the formulator will need to manually calculate or bridge that data into a separate database for calculation. Now, using Vicinity Manufacturing software, just a simple click of a button allows formulators to easily enable the calculations necessary for obtaining the relevant nutritional information. Once the ‘Enable lab calculations’ button has been checked, a series of company-defined properties will appear [...]

Dynamics GP 2016 R2 – SmartList Favorite Protection

By | January 3rd, 2017|ERP, GP|

With the release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 R2 on December 1st came many exciting new features.  One of which is the long-awaited ability to “lock” SmartList Favorites.  This new feature requires users to enter a password when modifying a SmartList Favorite. In the SmartList Options window (Administration Homepage > Setup > System > SmartList Options), the ‘Modify SmartList Favorite’ field has been added at the bottom of the window.  This field allows a user-defined password to be entered.  If the box is left blank, no password is required.   Prior to GP 2016 R2, any user with access to a SmartList Favorite could make changes.  Now, when the password field is populated in the SmartList Options window, and a user attempts to modify a Favorite (using the Add or Remove Favorites window), they will be prompted to enter [...]

The New Way To Choose Business Applications

By | December 27th, 2016|CFO, White Paper|

AVOID PITFALLS The New Way To Choose Business Applications Forrester's Four-Phase Approach for Business Application Selection Fill Out the Details Below to Access the Full Report a $500 value Are you prepared to make the right decision? 21% of Software Decision-Makers Fully Agreed that their Organization Usually Makes the Right Software Purchasing Decision Key Takeaways: Follow Forrester’s Four-Phase Approach For Business Application Selection Use Formal Criteria To Identify Who Will Best Help You Achieve Your Project Goals Drive Consensus In Each Phase To Preempt Later Conflict

Digital Innovation Reshapes The Future of Business Applications

By | December 27th, 2016|CFO, White Paper|

Digital Innovation Reshapes The Future of Business Applications Trends to consider while planning future investments in your business application portfolio. Fill Out the Details Below to Access the Full Report a $500 value Why You Should Read This ReportBusiness environments and the application software industry are changing rapidly. Enterprises face increasingly difficult choices between renovating or upgrading existing solutions and investing in more agile, insightful, and cloudbased software. This report outlines Forrester’s vision for the future of business applications based on trends we see playing out in business and technology. Decision makers should consider these trends as they plan future investments in their business application portfolio. This report was originally published on July 17, 2015. Forrester reviews and updates it periodically for continued relevance and accuracy. Key Takeaways: [...]

Using calendars in Microsoft Dynamics AX for purchasing

By | December 12th, 2016|AX, Dynamics 365, ERP, Manufacturing|

You might call this an orphan topic for companies managing purchasing schedules with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and Dynamics 365 for Operations (AX7), but it is nonetheless quite important. Miscalculating delivery dates on your purchases always is, particularly in make-to-order and just-in-time manufacturing and distribution. Some unexpected behavior exists in Dynamics AX with calendars and purchase orders, which I discovered this at a recent engagement with a distributor. When working with resource groups and resources in Dynamics AX, the calendar is a mandatory field. But in purchasing where calendars certainly have an impact, they don't seem to be mandatory anywhere. It is time to find out how calendars work when working with (planned) purchase orders.   EXAMPLES: SITUATION 1: I have a standard calendar (5 working days of 8 hours each) in one of the three places shown in [...]

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations (AX7): The new Product Information screen

By | December 12th, 2016|AX, ERP|

In my rush to explore everything that Microsoft Dynamics AX 7 (aka Dynamics 365 for Operations) has to offer, I overlooked a new and important enhancement. In truth, I saw this improvement right away (as I'm sure many others did, too), but as I focused on other details, I did not realize the hidden beauty we have here. The screen I want to discuss in this article is called "Product information". When you click on the item hyperlink in AX7, you don't go directly to the item anymore like in AX 2012. Instead, you go to a small screen with 4 tabs that appears to present a small subset of item fields and is labelled "Product information". This screen seems to me a big step forward. Let's start with a purchased item.   We see a meaningful subset of [...]

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