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7 Visual Scheduling Best Practices

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on May 10, 2016 2:48:00 PM

The basic idea of visually-led scheduling approach is to enable the user to plan and schedule in a very agile manner. When developing our Visual Scheduling Suite for Microsoft Dynamics NAV we defined some kind of cornerstones or basic principles of any visual scheduling approach. In total, they can get summarized as the 7 visual scheduling best practices. They are described in this blog post.

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Topics: Planning & Scheduling Insight, NAV Gantt add-ins, Gantt Best Practice


Dynamics NAV Gantt Add-in for Windows, Web and Tablet Client

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Mar 17, 2016 4:00:00 AM

"Mobile-first, cloud-first": The future direction of Microsoft Dynamics NAV is to provide customers with a streamlined user experience across all clients and mobile devices. To follow this strategy, we started to re-build our visual scheduling add-ins based on HTML5/ JavaScript technology. Hence, since last year we offer a fully integrated, interactive HTML5/ JavaScript Gantt add-in for visual production planning and scheduling.

This blog post gives a short overview of our proven .NET version of the Visual Production Scheduler and the JavaScript version, outlining functional differences.

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Topics: NAV Gantt add-ins


Reduce Information to Ease Decision Making in Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Feb 29, 2016 1:30:00 PM

Big Data – that’s one of the slogans of these days. Data is constantly being collected from all areas of a company and is getting analyzed - amongst others - for making production ever more efficient and faster, while individually meeting the customers’ wishes. Pouring this sheer amount of data over every employee working, whether on the shop floor or those responsible for maintaining the production schedule, will drown them. The art of ERP (and related software) systems lies in correct data preparation.  Provide each employee with exactly the data that is relevant to them so that they can check, control and optimize their area of responsibility.

A few years ago, Microsoft completely changed the user experience of Dynamics NAV from a "one-size-fits-it-all" approach and introduced the so called role-tailored clients that provide reduced, and narrowly targeted data for defined roles in the company. This first type of filtering data can be further refined to accelerate the decision process while planning. This blogpost shows how this is done.

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Topics: Planning & Scheduling Insight, NAV Gantt add-ins


Visual Production Scheduling with Multiple Resources

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Feb 16, 2016 3:30:00 PM

Naturally, a the complexity of production planning increases with the number of resources used. If only one machine is needed for finishing off an order, planning will be easy: Bringing forward an urgent order will postpone all other orders accordingly. Changing pre-planned orders will become a bit more difficult, however, when planning e.g. the manufacturing of products requiring several resources such as machines, staff members and tools, since the different allocations have to be taken into account. In such cases, visual production scheduling will be helpful.

This blog post mainly addresses manufacturing companies who need to plan production orders, manage delivery time commitments and have to allocate multiple resources to one order or to dedicated operations of one job. Learn from this blog post how a graphical control panel helps visualizing the results of an automatic remote control with several resources and in addition supporting the manual control of orders by immediately showing conflicts when an order is moved.

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Topics: Production Scheduling, Windows Forms Gantt Control, Gantt Best Practice


How Graphical Planning Boards Underline Microsoft Dynamics NAV Value

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Feb 12, 2016 10:30:00 AM

“A picture is worth a thousand words” - this statement can by all means be applied to the Visual Scheduling Suite. The graphical planning board add-ins are the perfect choice when it comes to convincing potential customers of the added value of the ERP system in the pre-sales stage. They are intuitive-to-use, help making the system’s complexity transparent and illustrate how the respective planning data are connected.

This blog post is for Microsoft Dynamics NAV partners to learn more about the 5 most important reasons why and how the graphical planning boards may help to actively support the sales consultation and to underline the value of Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

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Topics: NAV Gantt add-ins


Microsoft Dynamics NAV Production Scheduling Enhanced: VPS version 1.4

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Nov 11, 2015 2:56:00 PM

The Visual Production Scheduler (VPS) is an interactive graphic planning board for Microsoft Dynamics NAV, visualizing production orders, production order lines and operations in connection with the capacity utilization of work and machine centers. Operations can easily be moved by drag & drop, thus not only providing new transparency of the Dynamics NAV data, but also enhancing the Microsoft Dynamics NAV production scheduling capabilities.

A new version of the VPS also for Dynamics NAV 2016 will be available on November 23, 2015. Amongst other new features, a major enhancement is the multi-level visualization and visual scheduling of linked production order lines as they typically are used in an make-to-order environment. A new linking lets the planner recognize whether the completion of the single suborders are scheduled in a way to not jeopardize the delivery date of the entire order.

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Topics: Production Scheduling, NAV Gantt add-ins


Enhanced Dynamics NAV resource scheduling with VJS version 1.3

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Nov 10, 2015 4:03:38 PM

The  Visual Jobs Scheduler  is an add-in product for users of Microsoft Dynamics NAV. It works as an interactive planning board and visualizes jobs, job planning lines, job tasks, resources and resource allocations. The new version 1.3 (also for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016) ships on November 23, 2015, and has been built around enhancing the Dynamics NAV resource scheduling capabilities. 

This blog post provides you with an overview of the Visual Jobs Scheduler’s recent enhancements like data filters, customization of bar labels and tooltips and much more.

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Topics: Project Planning, NAV Gantt add-ins


How To Best Achieve Visual Scheduling in Dynamics NAV?

Posted by Kerstin Sieckmann on Oct 1, 2015 2:30:00 PM

Graphic planning boards provide proven and valuable support where scheduling, planning and controlling of orders, tasks, and resources are concerned. However, the current versions of Microsoft’s ERP system Dynamics NAV don’t offer any visual scheduling. Hence, customers dealing with manufacturing orders, project data, resource and capacity planning challenges as well as service order dispatching need to find a way to close this functional gap. In doing so, they need to make many choices - with respect to usability, functionality, total cost of ownership and the respective technological approach. From this blog post, users looking for a visual scheduling solution for Microsoft Dynamics NAV can learn three characteristics why we recommend going the add-in route. 

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Topics: NAV Gantt add-ins


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