Visual production planning in NAV: Smoother processes and happy employees

Posted by Ute Gillet on May 6, 2021 7:13:59 PM

The German manufacturing company Winter + Freis replaced their "analog" production planning with an ERP system and realized that a graphical planning board was needed in addition to make their processes more transparent and thus provide more planning security for their employees.

Read in this blog post how the Visual Production Scheduler made this happen.

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Making scheduling extensions extensible: new scheduling flexibility

Posted by Martin Karlowitsch on May 4, 2021 9:54:30 AM

A few weeks ago, we released version 1.10 of both the Visual Production Scheduler and the Visual Jobs Scheduler as well as version 1.5 of the Visual Advanced Production Scheduler for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. So far, we have been following the practice that every release version included the following: (a) new features, (b) bug fixes, and (c) some "under-the-hood"-improvements (merely targeting further improved stability and performance). 

With the current release, we enhanced this practice. We added events and functions to that list. In other words: we made the first steps to make our scheduling extensions extensible. Continue reading to learn about the why, the what, and the how of making extensions extensible.

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4 key challenges of project planning in Business Central and how to master them

Posted by Ute Gillet on Apr 28, 2021 10:45:00 AM

When thinking about a blog topic and knowing I wanted to write something about visual project planning, I came across a lot of internet articles about the typical reasons why numerous projects fail. While there seem to be a number of somehow "personal" or "subjective" reasons for project failure, like a project manager doing everything on his/her own or poor communication within the team, there are also enough more tangible, objective ones, such as dependency and/or resource conflicts, etc. 

Because it's obvious that no software or tool can help people to overcome the "subjective" reasons that prevent them from successfully completing a project, in my article I'll focus on the more objective reasons and how to overcome them by using the ERP system Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central together with a graphical planning board. 

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The State of Dynamics 365 Business Central and Manufacturing Report

Posted by Martin Karlowitsch on Apr 22, 2021 11:33:36 AM

A few months ago, I shared with you, on the one hand, my frustration about the lack of generally available market data about Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. Not only, but especially when it comes to manufacturing. On the other hand, I also announced that I volunteered to contribute to closing the gap. This is done now. It is achieved via the State of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and Manufacturing Report

The report is the result of an extensive market survey that was conducted in the time from November 2020 to the end of January 2021. It is meant to provide statistically relevant market data about Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (and Dynamics NAV) and the degree it adopted and used by both manufacturing companies and partners selling to manufacturing clients. Hence, it shows findings from both surveying customers and partners - and from having received a whopping number of 318 responses. You can download the State of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and Manufacturing Report here.

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Fake it till you make it: Production schedule simulations in the VAPS

Posted by Paulina Soto on Apr 16, 2021 9:13:56 AM

When developing the Visual Advanced Production Scheduler to bring finite capacity scheduling capabilities to Business Central, we researched, surveyed, and heard what our customers had to say. They oftentimes asked us for ways to achieve production schedule simulations.

The reason being twofold: First, they wanted to build various scenarios of a schedule, and then compare them. Second, they also aimed at decoupling scheduling from the live production data so that changes to the schedule would not immediately impact the shopfloor execution. Read this blog post to learn more about production schedule simulations with the Visual Advanced Production Scheduler (VAPS).

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Release 1.5 of Visual Advanced Production Scheduler for Dynamics 365 BC

Posted by Ute Gillet on Apr 15, 2021 10:20:45 AM

Shortly before Easter, we released version 1.5 of our Visual Advanced Production Scheduler (VAPS), the only available finite capacity scheduler that fully integrates with the manufacturing module of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. This version has already been approved by Microsoft and can be downloaded from AppSource as of now.

See below the new features that will further facilitate your work with the VAPS.

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Release 1.10 of VPS and VJS for Dynamics 365 Business Central

Posted by Ute Gillet on Apr 13, 2021 9:52:05 AM

We finished the new releases of our extensions for visual scheduling in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central shortly before Easter and now are glad that already versions 1.10 of both  the Visual Production Scheduler (VPS) and the Visual Jobs Scheduler (VJS) were approved by Microsoft and can be downloaded from AppSource as of now.

So, sit back and see what we have on offer.

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Visual Scheduling Widget for HTML5/Gantt charts with more functions

Posted by Juergen Theis on Mar 3, 2021 2:29:15 PM

The current COVID-19 pandemic does not cause us to slow down or even stop the development of our standard edition of the Visual Scheduling Widget (VSW SE for short) for HTML5/Javascript Gantt charts. Quite the contrary! It has never been so important for us and our customers to use the time for further developments and improvements. Let's take a look at the latest achievements.

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