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What is ERP and What Can ERP Do for Me?

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

We’ve created a new microsite around the definition of ERP software.  It’s a site that explains how it differs from just Accounting software or something as simple as Quickbooks.  The site also specifically talks about Microsoft Dynamics AX and has links to our various video and other content including our specialties in MRO (Maintenance and Repair Organizations) as well as Food manufacturing and distribution.  The site talks about specific modules in the areas of:

  • Accounting
  • Manufacturing
  • Accounting & HR
  • Project Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Financials

It also discusses typical ERP costs and how to control projects.  Check it out Below and thanks to Andi Conti for her great work!

ERP Software

Enhanced Manufacturing Functionality in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Changes to the job scheduling functionality for discrete manufacturers in AX 2012

Definitions of AX 2012 terms used in this article:

  • Resources: A machine, tool, employee, vendor, or location that is used to complete an operation within a manufacturing environment.
  • Capability: The ability of a resource to perform a given activity relevant to production.
  • Operations: Tasks that must be completed to produce a finished product.
  • Routes: The flow of operations that are required to produce a finished product.
  • Job Scheduling: Used to plan for the actual production process in such a way that each operation in the production route is assigned a starting and ending date and time.

New to the 2012 release of Microsoft Dynamics AX is the ability to schedule resources within the production control module via capabilities. This allows for greater flexibility in the scheduling of resources in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 vs. previous releases of the software due to the fact that the selection of the resources required for the production of a item are delayed until job scheduling is run.

Resources and capabilities replace the work center and task group functionality that were available in previous versions of Microsoft Dynamics AX.


ABC Manufacturing Corporation has 4 identical milling machines. ABC wants to be able to run production scheduling weekly for the upcoming week to firm production plans 1 week in advance.

ABC Manufacturing creates a capability called “milling” and assigns it to the 4 machines. They also assign this capability to all production operations that require milling to be completed. Utilizing this capability, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 will schedule the jobs on the different milling machines for the week based on availability.

Setting up capabilities to schedule production is a 3 step process:

  1. Create the capability. Go to Organization administration > Common > Resources > Resource Capabilities. Click the New button to add the capability.
  2. Step 2: Assign the capability to the different resources within AX. Go to Organization administration > Common > Resources > Resources. Click on the Capabilities fast tab to add the capability created in the previous step to the resource. Click the “Add” button.
  3. Step 3: List the required capabilities within the production routes and operations within AX. Go to Production control > Setup > Routes > Operation. Find your milling machines and click on the Resource Requirements tab and add a new requirement of type “capability”. Select the capability created in step 1. Repeat this for all 4 milling machines.

Congratulations, assuming all other production module setups are in place, you are now able to assign products to operations that utilize the new capabilities functionality within Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. For a more detailed look at this functionality, or if you have questions, contact your local Clients First Dynamics AX professional.

Thank you and good luck!

Aaron Murch, CPIM

Consultant, Clients First Business Solutions

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 in the Food and Beverage Industry

Thursday, September 13th, 2012


Food and beverage manufacturers know they have special requirements that standard ERP applications cannot readily meet. The Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Food and Beverage Solution changes all of that. It was designed with industry-specific functionality and capability that makes managing the processes in food and beverage companies a great deal easier and more effective.

The following is a list of valuable features incorporated in the AX 2012 Food and Beverage solution:

Recipe and Formula Management

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 for Food and Beverage provides you with a flexible and powerful tool to manage your recipes and/or formulas. You can define produced items by ingredient percentage, standard batch size, or both. You can also associate a formula item to multiple finished container sizes without having to recreate the base formula each time. Formula and recipe management using Dynamics AX 2012 helps ensure accurate product costing and simplified product definitions.


Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 in Medical Device Manufacturing

Thursday, September 6th, 2012


For those of you who are in the business of manufacturing medical devices, I don’t need to remind you that you face special challenges when it comes to managing the information in your companies. When you combine the normal issues of running a manufacturing company while staying compliant with FDA regulations, you have your hands full.

There is an ERP application that will make your lives easier, your processes more effective and compliance more straightforward. That ERP application is Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.


Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012–New Workflow Types Available

Monday, April 16th, 2012

With Upcoming Feature Pack Release for Dynamics AX (Axapta)

Brandon over at the Dynamics AX Blogspot has posted a nice article discussing this latest feature pack release and five new workflow types that have been added.  They Include:

    • AdvancedLedgerEntryTemplate – "Use this type to create approval workflows for advance ledger entries" [Configuration Key: AdvancedLedgerEntry ]
    • PSAProjInvoiceProposal – "Workflow for handling invoice proposals" [Configuration Key: Project3 ]
    • PSAProjQuotationTemplate – "Project quotation workflow template" [Configuration Key: Project3 ]
    • PurchAgreementType – "Use this type to create approval workflows for purchase agreements" [Configuration Key: PublicSector ]
    • PurchCommitmentTemplate_PSN – "Use this template to create approval workflows for commitment documents" [Configuration Key: PublicSector ]

As Brandon discusses, Microsoft is pushing companies to use Workflows instead of customizations to allow for smoother upgrades and customizations to allow Dynamics AX to fit more types of businesses.


You can find the entire post here.