In today’s world, manufacturing companies depend on technology for inventory management, resource allocation, product design, production scheduling, process optimization, and more. They engage a mix of discrete, process, and lean manufacturing methods that are often manage through distinct systems. This restraint makes it difficult to cost-effectively satisfy customer demands, especially across multiple sites and geographies. The increasing requirements for green manufacturing, the growth of contract manufacturing, and the array of global workforce all heighten shortcomings in many of today’s ERP solutions.
To overcome these challenges, workers in manufacturing firms need real-time access to role specific information along with the tools that help them perform their individual tasks, in the office or on the shop floor, from any location around the world. A world-class ERP solution, Microsoft Dynamics was built to provide these capabilities while managing discrete, lean and process manufacturing models with a single solution as well as scheduling resources to jobs and operation across multiple locations.
⇒ Adapt to changing process and regulatory requirements with model-driven methods: Increase production planning and execution flexibility by unifying process, discrete, and lean manufacturing operations. Improve business visibility with financial dimensions. Configure processes with a graphical workflow editor that helps you identify inefficiencies and optimize performance.
⇒ Improve responsiveness to demand: Handle customer demand spikes by rapidly onboarding vendors. Increase utilization and responsiveness with flexible resource deployment across multiple routings. Fulfill customer demand with the constraints-based product configurator.
⇒ Enable a green and efficient enterprise: Track waste, water usage, energy consumption, carbon footprint, and related costs with the Environmental Sustainability Dashboard. Reduce waste and streamline production using lean manufacturing techniques
⇒ Accelerate user onboarding and adoption with a familiar user experience: Speed ramp-up for users of all generations with kanban boards and other visualization tools, touch-based screens for shop floor workers, and the Microsoft Office look and feel. Use familiar productivity tools and share data between Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and Microsoft Office 2010.
⇒ Collaborate easily with employees, customers, suppliers, and partners. Simplify collaboration with Microsoft SharePoint® portals for vendors and customers, and integration with the administrative ERP (two-tier scenario) using Application Integration Framework enhancements. Support ad hoc, end-to-end business process integration with partners and customers through Sites Services, an online service for Microsoft Dynamics. Speed information sharing across virtual teams with presence information and Microsoft LyncTM integrated communications.