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The basics of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central manufacturing

Posted by Lawin Ileto on Nov 15, 2021 1:19:43 PM

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is a business management solution for small and mid-sized organizations. The software automates and streamlines business processes and helps SMB customers to manage their business. Business Central not only fully integrates with Microsoft's office product family. Moreover, it is highly adaptable and extensible with a plethora of apps provided by Microsoft's business application app store called AppSource. As such, Business Central enables companies to manage their business, including finance, manufacturing, sales, shipping, project management, services, and more.

Manufacturing companies that use Business Central gain the same advantages that any user of the solution gets: It supports them in achieving a streamlined, integrated, all-in-one management solution that handles every aspect of their business process from finance to sales, inventory & purchasing, warehousing, and stock management. In addition to this, Business Central comes with out-of-the-box manufacturing capabilities that seamlessly integrate with the modules mentioned before. 

This blog post gives an introductory overview of the essential out-of-the-box manufacturing functionalities of Business Central

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Running an engineering-to-order company with Dynamics 365 Business Central

Posted by Lawin Ileto on Sep 1, 2021 2:15:00 PM

Martin met again with Robert Jolliffe for the Business Central Manufacturing Show. He is our first guest, who is on the podcast for the second time. If you missed the first episode with him (in which we searched for the secret sauce of Business Central), I suggest you check it out here.

Robert is President & CEO of Sabre Limited in Canada. He has been an ERP consultant for 25 years and holds a Microsoft Engineer designation. In this episode, Robert shares with Martin why Dynamics 365 Business Central is the right system for engineering-to-order (ETO) companies. Of course, he does this thoughtfully and points out what makes ETOs so special.

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Managing project dependencies with the VJS

Posted by Lawin Ileto on Aug 17, 2021 2:30:00 PM

Managing dependencies for your projects in an ERP system such as Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is not an easy task. Especially, as Business Central lacks the data type "dependency". In other words: if you are using the vanilla Business Central system, you have no option to define dependencies between e.g. job tasks or jobs.

Hence, you have to deal with them manually, or in your head, or in another system.

Well, this is a major missing puzzle piece within the Dynamics 365 Business Central jobs module and we decided to fix this. 

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State of Dynamics 365 Business Central and Manufacturing [Infograph]

Posted by Lawin Ileto on Aug 16, 2021 1:40:49 PM

We conducted a global market survey within our Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central customers and partners, to get a better understanding of the state of Business Central and manufacturing. The full 69-pages State of Business Central and Manufacturing Report is free for download. Alternatively, you can quickly digest four key findings from the below infographic.

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What's new in the VPS? Release 1.11 for Business Central

Posted by Lawin Ileto on Jul 13, 2021 8:10:31 AM

Fresh out the oven! We just released version 1.11 of Visual Production Scheduler (VPS) on Business Central. This new version is available on-prem and can also be downloaded from AppSource for cloud customers. The new version brings a lot of new functionalities to the visual drag & drop production scheduler for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.

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Drag & drop production scheduling, automatic scheduling, or both?

Posted by Lawin Ileto on Jun 8, 2021 10:45:00 AM

If you are reading this blog post, you already know the difficulties of scheduling your production purely with standard Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 Business Central. Working on a proper schedule is so difficult. Typically, you get lost in all these open tables that are required to get all information needed. Let’s not forget to mention the difficulties to understand the grand scheme of things when you change data. Not to speak of getting this bigger picture by comparing the impact of data changes. The fact that many NAV and Business Central users regard this task as very tedious was, by the way, confirmed by the data that comes from our State of Business Central & Manufacturing Report.

In this blog post, I shed a light on how you can ease this task with production scheduling extensions and add-ins. While doing so, I also elaborate on the differences between purely manual drag & drop production scheduling and automatic scheduling based on scheduling rules

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Project and resource planning reference: Using capacities efficiently

Posted by Lawin Ileto on May 26, 2021 3:16:24 PM

Inarca SpA, a company based in Vigodarzere in Padua Italy, has been designing and developing connectors, terminals, connection technologies, and machines for electric connections (parts you find in washing machines, cars, etc.) since 1964. The company boasts 200+ patents and manufacture more than 7000 different products. Some of the products are used as components to some of the largest multinational companies in the world. 

The company found managing a high number of employees and a wide assortment of products as a big challenge. For them, it was very crucial to take into consideration different activities that could affect their resources, such as; capacity and scheduled machine maintenance. These activities are factors that determine the smooth and timely execution of their projects.

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Visual Scheduling Consulting Services now on AppSource

Posted by Lawin Ileto on Jan 26, 2021 11:45:00 AM

The increasing importance of Microsoft AppSource, as the marketplace for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central customers to try or purchase products made by ISV’s, has changed the landscape of the industry. Like many of you out there, who have your solutions listed on AppSource, we went through quite a journey of having our products listed there. Our whole portfolio of Business Central products has been available on AppSource since mid-2019. As of now we have three products on AppSource, namely; the Visual Production Scheduler (VPS), Visual Job Scheduler (VJS) and Visual Advanced Production Scheduler (VAPS).

We are proud to not just have our solutions on AppSource, but also the fact that we have already listed one consulting service, which will be a poster child for more consulting services to come. We believe by offering several consulting services on AppSource, we can greatly complement our applications. By doing so, we also make it easier for (prospective) customers to get in touch with us and learn about our products.

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