12 steps to engineering-to-order project management with Business Central

Posted by Martin Karlowitsch on Sep 2, 2021 9:15:00 AM

Engineer-to-order (ETO) companies develop and sell sophisticated one-of-a-kind solutions that get tailored to specific customer demands. Thus, each customer order is an individual project. These ETO projects typically run rather long (compared to production orders in a make-to-order environment, MTO). Also, contrasting to MTOs, the dominant resources utilized in an ETO project are humans (engineers) and not machines.

Numerous cases which we have observed working with our clients reveal that most ETO companies have a common challenge. This challenge is planning their design and engineering activities. Ultimately, it boils down to finding the right planning tools and establishing appropriate planning processes.

This blog post reveals 12 concrete steps that ETOs should apply to achieve effective engineering-to-order project management when they work with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.

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Top 3 favorite project planning features of the Visual Jobs Scheduler

Posted by Paulina Soto on Aug 31, 2021 2:45:00 PM

After demoing the Visual Jobs Scheduler for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central I came to realize our customers pointed out a couple of reasons to why they chose the Visual Jobs Scheduler as their ERP enhancement again and again.

In this this blog, I highlight the top three features.

They all point out that visual scheduling isn't a “nice extra” but instead a “must have”. Either for the complexity of the orders, for data safety or to have a better control over the projects in general.

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New release of VJS for Dynamics 365 Business Central

Posted by Ute Gillet on Aug 30, 2021 10:45:00 AM

After our major release of the Visual Jobs Scheduler (VJS), our project plan and resource Gantt chart for Business Central, in June, we have used the summer break to respond to an urgent customer's demand and at the same time took the opportunity to add some other nice new features to the VJS. In spite of this being a minor release, indicated by the number 1.11.1.0, you will see that the features are in no way minor but will bring great effect to your planning.

So, after having enjoyed reading this post, don't hesitate and get your new version from AppSource!

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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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Plan your construction like a pro with the Visual Jobs Scheduler for ProjectPro

Posted by Paulina Soto on Aug 9, 2021 2:45:00 PM

Do you work in construction? Today we are happy to announce that we are collaborating with ProjectPro from the USA to introduce a version of our signature extension the Visual Jobs Scheduler, now connecting with construction software ProjectPro for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.

This joint product is meant to provide jobs and resources users of Dynamics 365 Business Central with better business control and streamlined accounting for construction firms.

The product, named Visual Jobs Scheduler (VJS) for ProjectPro, will be sold through ProjectPro, a Netsmartz company. This construction focused first version of the VJS for ProjectPro is available since April 2021.

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What's new with the Visual Jobs Scheduler in our June release

Posted by Paulina Soto on Jul 13, 2021 8:17:07 AM

Keeping in sync with our goals of releasing a new version of our extensions every quarter, the new Visual Jobs Scheduler (VJS) for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central was recently approved by Microsoft and is now available for trial and download at the AppSource. So, why should you get the new version?

In this blog, I will briefly describe the new additional great features to seek for.

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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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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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