How PrintVis built a production planning board for the print industry

Posted by Ute Gillet on Sep 15, 2021 12:46:22 PM

PrintVis is the Microsoft-certified Print MIS, a software solution specifically developed for the print industry. The solution is built directly on Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. It meets both the most basic and advanced needs of any type or size of print or graphical arts company, from quote to invoice, including full production management and a complete financial package with robust business intelligence from Microsoft.

Read in this blog post how the Danish company used the Visual Scheduling Add-in Developer Toolbox (VSADT) to build their PrintVis Planning Board - a graphical interface for plotting and adjusting a print company’s production schedule.

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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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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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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, 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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Demystifying Microsoft Dynamics Business Central 365 manufacturing

Posted by Martin Karlowitsch on Aug 18, 2021 9:30:00 AM

Last week, I had an interesting conversation with Matthew Kiernan, Business Applications Director at Bam Boom Cloud in the UK. The conversation turned into the next episode of the Business Central Manufacturing Show.

When we met before the show, Matt said: "The manufacturing end of Business Central, although can be complicated, doesn’t need to be super scary." I picked up that statement and opened the conversation with the WHY question. 

Well, the remaining 30+ minutes just flew by and Matt managed to demystify Dynamics 365 Business Central. This went as far as transferring the concept of an MVP (minimal viable product) from software product development to ERP implementation.

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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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