Ute Gillet

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Is an ERP introduction a business process reengineering task? [podcast]

Posted by Ute Gillet on Jun 1, 2023 11:33:01 AM

In his latest podcast episode, Martin was super excited to have one of the North American Business Central manufacturing rockstars with him. Steve Chinsky is the Manager Dynamics Practice with Accelerynt. He has over 23 years of experience consulting, implementing, and managing Dynamics NAV and Business Central projects. His over 180 NAV and BC implementations were done in manufacturing, supply chain (aka WMS(, food and beverage, jewelry, retail, service, oil and gas, chemical, industrial equipment, and home goods industries. In addition to this, he worked over 16 years as an Accountant (CMA) in a variety of positions (Director of Finance, Controller, and Director of Operations). 

Steve is, among others, a Microsoft Dynamics 365 Most Valued Professional (MVP), a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), and a Certified Navision Manufacturing Specialist. He is a Board Member and Program Committee Chair of the NAVUG (the NAV user group), Summit Program Committee Co-Chair, and he is on the Program Committee for DynamicsCON Live and the Content Committee for Directions North America. 

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From the ethos of manufacturing to the importance of a consistent BOM [podcast]

Posted by Ute Gillet on May 23, 2023 12:10:29 PM

Our podcast is back! After a half-year break, Martin felt it was time to "revive" the podcast again, last but not least because many Business Central manufacturing enthusiasts reached out and encouraged him to continue with it. So, in episode 30, he was happy to talk to Jeff Brickler, solution architect at an ISV called CADtalk in Cincinnati, USA.

CADtalkisn’t exclusively made for Business Central. Instead, they have their background with other ERP systems and decided to bring their software to Business Central last year when Jeff and Martin met for the first time at Directions North America. Hence, he was excited to discuss with Jeff his lessons learned with manufacturers running different kinds of ERP systems. 

Jeff's background is quite outstanding because he hasn't been an IT/manufacturing person for his entire career. He started as a Latin teacher in high school with a master's degree in Classics. He joined CADtalkeight years ago and has worked closely with manufacturing customers as a support specialist, consulting and services manager, and solution architect since then. 

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How to add elasticity to Business Central's reservation system

Posted by Ute Gillet on May 16, 2023 4:02:24 PM

Planners do not want reservations between production orders and sales orders to break if production delays occur. Instead, they want to quickly understand which sales orders run late due to material and/or capacity constraints. To solve these problems, the latest VAPS version comes with an enhanced and improved integration of sales orders and production orders. As promised in his webinar on this release, our CEO Martin held an in-depth webinar on this very topic some weeks ago.

Read this blog to get a written wrap-up of the webinar with links to the respective minute of the presentation. At the bottom of the page, you'll find the link to the recorded webinar on YouTube.

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New versions of our visual scheduling extensions for Dynamics 365 BC

Posted by Ute Gillet on Apr 19, 2023 3:48:37 PM

On 30 March, as a little Easter present, we have released version 1.13 of the Visual Advanced Production Scheduler (VAPS), the only available finite capacity scheduler that fully integrates with the manufacturing module of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. At the same time, we have released version 1.18 of the Visual Production Scheduler (VPS) and of the Visual Jobs Scheduler (VJS). This time, though of course we have improved and streamlined the other two extensions, our focus was almost exclusively on the VAPS and we have succeeded in making a really big throw. 

So, the VPS and the VJS will be mentioned only briefly and, because otherwise the blog would be really long, I will follow the structure of the webinar about the new releases and will cover two really huge new features in detail in two separate blog posts. 

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Production scheduling based on material availability information

Posted by Ute Gillet on Mar 14, 2023 8:39:55 AM

The Visual Advanced Production Scheduler (VAPS), comes with functionality for production scheduling based on material availability information. Given the fact that Business Central does not offer material availability information on the production order level, this functionality is a topic of great interest. It does not only often come up during customer demos but people also told us that if they had known about it earlier, they probably would have decided earlier for the VAPS. So, our CEO Martin thought it would be good to share the educational material he initially had created for training purposes in a public webinar that he hosted some weeks ago.

Read this blog to get a written wrap-up of the webinar with links to the respective minute of the presentation. At the bottom of the page, you'll find the link to the recorded webinar on YouTube

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Release 1.12 of Visual Advanced Production Scheduler for 365 BC

Posted by Ute Gillet on Jan 25, 2023 4:02:01 PM

Just in time before Christmas 2022, we have released version 1.12 of the Visual Advanced Production Scheduler (VAPS), the only available finite capacity scheduler that fully integrates with the manufacturing module of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. Again, we have been really busy and came up with powerful new features that further simplify your life as a planner.

So lean back and see what the new version has on offer.

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Release 1.17 of VPS and VJS for Dynamics 365 Business Central

Posted by Ute Gillet on Jan 25, 2023 4:00:31 PM

Together with release 1.12 of the Visual Advanced Production Scheduler (VAPS), we have released version 1.17 of the Visual Production Scheduler (VPS) and the Visual Jobs Scheduler (VJS) for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central respectively. Both versions have been approved by Microsoft and can be downloaded from AppSource and our Teams-based partner portal now. 

So, sit back and see what we have in store for you.

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Combined machine and manpower-related scheduling with finite capacity

Posted by Ute Gillet on Dec 5, 2022 5:46:48 PM

Last week, Martin hosted the webinar "Combined machine and manpower-related scheduling with finite capacity". In this webinar, he showed how to tackle the challenge of scheduling machine-bound and manual work with one tool, the Visual Advanced Production Scheduler (VAPS), that combines machine and manpower-related scheduling with finite capacity.

Read this blog to get a written wrap-up of the webinar with links to the respective minute of the presentation. 

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