Almost exactly one year ago I reported about the second update of NETRONIC's Resource Planning Model. Since this model is essential for understanding the basic concepts of our products like our Visual Scheduling Widget for HTML5 Gantt charts or for the world of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central our Visual Scheduling Add-in Developer Toolbox, it is not surprising that it has now been updated again.
The Visual Scheduling Add-in Developer Toolbox (VSADT) is a Gantt control add-in for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and fully integrates with the ERP system. ISVs use the VSADT in their business solutions to visualize their data in form of an interactive graphical planning board. You develop your individual Gantt chart only by using AL code.
Today we released Version 6.3 of the VSADT. Among others, you can now intuitively drag & drop rows in the table part of the Gantt chart. Learn more about the new features here.
Today we released a new version of our Visual Scheduling Add-in Developer Toolbox (VSADT). The VSADT is a Gantt control add-in for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and fully integrates with the ERP system. ISVs use the VSADT in their business solutions to visualize their data in form of an interactive graphical planning board. You develop your individual Gantt chart only by using AL code.
Let's take a look at what great features the new version 6.2 offers to you.
The guest in episode 26 of Martin's Business Central Manufacturing Show was Andrei Panko. Andrei is a program manager in the Business Central engineering team at the Microsoft Development Center in Copenhagen, Denmark. Having a Microsoft employee as a guest on the podcast was really a novelty. In the other episodes so far, all speakers were Business Central manufacturing experts working for a Microsoft partner. So this podcast provides most interesting insider insights into how things work in the Microsoft Business Central development team.
Andrei started working as a consultant, developer, and project manager in 2004 - back then it was Dynamics NAV, of course - and was an MVP for six years running. He has extensive field experience in the supply chain and has engaged in many other aspects of the Business Central application and platform as well. Besides, he is the author of the book "Supply Chain Management in Microsoft Dynamics NAV", which was published in 2008, and he holds a patent for metadata-driven machine learning for systems.
During their meeting before the show, he told Martin that he loves sailing and so they sailed together across the vast ocean of Business Central and manufacturing (and especially on options that users have to make Business Central even better).
Today I would like to inform you about a new release of our Visual Scheduling Add-in Developer Toolbox (VSADT). Microsoft Dynamics 365 BC ISVs use our control add-in to visualize data from their solutions in the form of interactive Gantt charts. They are completely integrated in D365 BC and can be developed without knowing any HTML5 code, but only with AL/CAL code.
There are some powerful new features you should not miss. Read what's new in Version 6.1
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.
Included in all Microsoft Office packages, Microsoft Excel oftentimes is the most likely software for companies to initially support business processes. Excel is powerful. Excel is flexible. Everybody can learn Excel fast. And you can significantly tweak Excel so that it increasingly becomes a homegrown business management system.
As such it is no surprise that many manufacturers initially use Excel for planning and scheduling. Also, it is no surprise that this works well for many of them. However, when those manufacturers grow, they no longer can run their company on Excel. They realize that they need a holistic business management system. Many of the customers we work with then decide on Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. My colleague Lawin actually wrote a post about why Business Central is a great fit for SMB manufacturers.
When they make the move to Business Central they have to decide if they want to continue planning with Excel. Or if they want to start working with a (visual) scheduler that is integrated with the entire system. This blog post reveals details of why Excel is a great starting point, when to leave Excel, and what the advantages of an integrated visual scheduler are.
In the latest episode of his podcast, Martin talked to Bart Vanbelle from Belgium who is Business Consultant with the Belgian partner ESC. Bart’s background is different from all the guests in the podcast so far. He started his career with international experiences as a cocktail bartender. After shortly running two catering businesses for a few years, he first came into contact with Navision, version 2009. He was a key user in a Navision implementation. Surprisingly enough, being part of an ERP implementation enthused him more than mixing drinks.
Hence, he decided a U-turn move for his career at the age of 30. He started studying supply chain management full-time, had his bachelor after 3 years and joined ESC. At ESC, he is mainly responsible for manufacturing implementations and just recently got promoted to being the team lead of ESCs center of manufacturing excellence.
In the conversation, Bart surprised Martin with the ADKAR model and mixed a delicious "knowledge cocktail" of how to successfully implement Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.