How to win the battle between production planning and scheduling

Posted by Ute Gillet on May 12, 2022 10:09:09 AM

Two weeks ago, Martin hosted a webinar about "How to win the battle between production planning and scheduling". With this blog, I'd like to give a summary of the webinar for all who weren't able to attend or would like to recap the contents again in written form.  

I also include the recording of the webinar and provide links to the respective minute of the presentation. 

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Why simulations help with advanced production planning in Business Central

Posted by Ute Gillet on May 10, 2022 2:15:00 PM

Production planning and scheduling is a highly complex process, depending on a lot of determining factors and dependencies, such as availability of resources, possible bottlenecks, delivery options from suppliers, etc. And, of course, the more of these variants have to be taken into account, the greater the risk of losing track will become.

Read in this blogpost how a visual advanced planning and scheduling tool like the Visual Advanced Production Scheduler (VAPS) comes to help here. Even more: in addition to bringing finite capacity scheduling capabilities to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, the VAPS offers the valuable option of trying out different scenarios in so-called simulations before publishing the best fit to Business Central.

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Our take on finite capacity scheduling with Business Central

Posted by Lawin Ileto on May 9, 2022 10:33:44 AM

Capacity scheduling is an important task for manufacturing companies. It enables them to meet their commitments to their customers in time. Typically, finite capacity scheduling is the glue between master production planning and production execution. It transforms the general plan into an actionable schedule - taking into account concrete restrictions such as finite capacity. 

Finite capacity scheduling is particularly important for make-to-order manufacturers who produce against concrete sales orders with hard delivery times. This blog shows how you can achieve finite capacity scheduling with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.

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March 2022 release of VPS and VJS for Dynamics 365 Business Central

Posted by Ute Gillet on Apr 26, 2022 9:16:23 AM

Together with release 1.9 of the Visual Advanced Production Scheduler (VAPS), we have released version 1.14 of the Visual Production Scheduler (VPS) and the Visual Jobs Scheduler (VJS) respectively. Both versions have been approved by Microsoft and can be downloaded from AppSource as of now. 

See in this blogpost how we have further improved our extensions for visual scheduling in 365 Business Central.

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Release 1.9 of VAPS for Dynamics 365 Business Central (March 2022)

Posted by Ute Gillet on Apr 13, 2022 12:20:28 PM

Just in time before Easter we can provide you with new versions of our visual scheduling extensions for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. Together with the versions 1.14 of the Visual Production Scheduler and the Visual Jobs Scheduler (watch out for the respective blog which is to come within the next few days), we have released version 1.9 of the Visual Advanced Production Scheduler which has already been approved by Microsoft and can be downloaded from AppSource as of now. 

For detailed information, please read the release notes

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How manufacturers can leverage on transparency & simplicity with BC

Posted by Ute Gillet on Apr 1, 2022 10:00:00 AM

In March, Martin hosted a webinar about "How manufacturers can leverage on transparency & simplicity with Business Central". With this blog, I'd like to give a summary of the webinar for all of you who weren't able to attend.  

I also include the recording of the webinar and provide links to the respective minute of the presentation.

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Item setup - underestimated issue when implementing Business Central

Posted by Ute Gillet on Mar 30, 2022 5:59:11 PM

Episode 25 of  Martin's podcast was all about the difficulties and obstacles that can stand in the way of a successful implementation of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.

The guest in this jubilee episode was James Crowter from the UK. He is the founder and Managing Director of Technology Management, an established Navision and Business Central partner whom everybody knows as TecMan. In addition, Microsoft has appointed him as MVP (most valuable professional) for business applications for the sixth year running. And if that was not enough, he last year volunteered to become the chairman of the Directions EMEA committee.

James is passionate about how businesses can improve their efficiency by getting process optimal more of the time. And for the last 25 years, he has been working to help organizations of all sizes and types implement the ERP and CRM software that typically they decide they need when things are going wrong. While he has seen projects run unbelievably well, at the same time he has also had some unbelievably hard projects.

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Shorten the manufacturing learning curve by transparency & simplicity

Posted by Ute Gillet on Mar 28, 2022 11:10:06 AM

Production scheduling is in no way a trivial task. Many small and medium-sized companies, therefore, already rely on or have decided to use an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system like Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central to help them better manage their business. And, of course, the ERP provides valuable assistance for running the business in an integrated way. To do so, it provides data and extracts and presents information in a meaningful manner.

But especially getting started with Dynamics 365 Business Central can be tricky. I'm sure that there are a lot of users that could report on their painful experiences as a newbie to the system. A lot of knowledge is needed to work with Business Central and looking at it for the first time it can be really overwhelming.

In this blog post I'd like to shed some light on how transparency and simplicity can be added to Business Central, thus easing the way into quickly using the ERP efficiently and profitably.

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