Key Features and Benefits of the Dynamics AX 2009 Food and Beverage Solution — Part 1

by:  Donald Clark CFPIM, CSCP People in the food and beverage industry already know that “standard” ERP systems can be less than ideal when it comes to product definitions, production management and materials management.  The Dynamics AX 2009 Food and Beverage Solution changes all of that.  It was designed with industry-specific functionality and capability that [...]

2011-05-19T14:41:29+00:00 May 19th, 2011|Distribution, Made-to-Stock Manufacturing, Microsoft Dynamics AX|Comments Off on Key Features and Benefits of the Dynamics AX 2009 Food and Beverage Solution — Part 1

Dynamics AX 2009 Food and Beverage Solution – Formula and Recipe Management

by:  Donald Clark CFPIM, CSCP Companies in the food and beverage industry have software needs that are unlike those found in other manufacturing companies.  One of these needs is managing their formulas and recipes. Many times when we talk to prospects that produce food products, we hear the same thing about how they manage formulas [...]

2011-05-18T14:10:23+00:00 May 18th, 2011|Made-to-Stock Manufacturing, Microsoft Dynamics AX|Comments Off on Dynamics AX 2009 Food and Beverage Solution – Formula and Recipe Management

Dynamics AX 2009 Food and Beverage Solution — Catch Weight

by:  Donald Clark CFPIM, CSCP I worked with a company once who had an interesting problem.  They are a frozen foods distributor selling into institutions like schools and hospitals.  A product they sell a great deal is frozen chicken breasts that come in large cases.   Managing a seemingly simple product like this actually caused them [...]

2011-05-18T13:01:41+00:00 May 18th, 2011|Made-to-Stock Manufacturing, Microsoft Dynamics AX|Comments Off on Dynamics AX 2009 Food and Beverage Solution — Catch Weight

What is Sales and Operations Planning and Why Should we Worry About it?

By:  Donald Clark CFPIM, CSCP Balancing demand with supply is the basic objective of every single enterprise.  This is easy to state but as it turns out, not so simple in practice.  Some organizations meet this balance well, while others survive through crisis management. Those that do not bring supply and demand into balance suffer [...]

2010-05-24T14:30:14+00:00 May 24th, 2010|Industry Insights, Made-to-Order Manufacturing, Made-to-Stock Manufacturing, Microsoft Dynamics AX|Comments Off on What is Sales and Operations Planning and Why Should we Worry About it?

Lean ERP – An Oxymoron?

By:  Donald Clark CFPIM, CSCP By now, everyone has probably heard of, and many implemented, the concepts of “Lean”.  You know – analyzing your processes, finding and eliminating waste, implementing Kanban methodology and pull systems, adopting Heijunka scheduling techniques and the like – these are what most people think of when they think of Lean. [...]

2010-05-24T14:15:53+00:00 May 24th, 2010|Industry Insights, Made-to-Order Manufacturing, Made-to-Stock Manufacturing, Microsoft Dynamics AX|Comments Off on Lean ERP – An Oxymoron?

MAS 200 and MAS 90 Support Services

This post is to remind you of the capabilities we have at Clients First Business Solutions. Clients First Business Solutions is proud to be one of the top Sage, Microsoft and SAP Software resellers in the country. We are a full-service business systems consulting company that specializes in the design, implementation and support of Enterprise Resource Planning [...]

ERP Optimization – How to get the most out of the solutions you already own

Our “Coffee with Chris” Series of live training events and videos are designed to help our  Clients and Friends maximize their Return on Investment (ROI) by providing powerful tips, tricks, and educational information. Most organizations never fully leverage this powerful technology and therefore never achieve the maximum benefits. In today’s most difficult business climate working [...]

2009-09-14T05:15:26+00:00 September 14th, 2009|Industry Insights, Made-to-Order Manufacturing, Made-to-Stock Manufacturing, Microsoft Dynamics NAV|Comments Off on ERP Optimization – How to get the most out of the solutions you already own

Sage ERP X3 (Formally Adonix) demonstration video

Sage ERP X3 Version 5 is a new solution from Sage software for the upper mid-market.  This product was acquired when Sage acquired Adonix back in the 2006/2007 timeframe.  The solution offers some very compelling new concepts and integrations. Among those include fully integrated graphical workflow, fully integrated Business Analytics using SAP Business Objects technology, [...]

2009-08-07T14:39:57+00:00 August 7th, 2009|Industry Insights, Made-to-Order Manufacturing, Made-to-Stock Manufacturing|Comments Off on Sage ERP X3 (Formally Adonix) demonstration video

Inventory Accuracy and Control

by Donald Clark CFPIM, CSCP, Clients First Business Solutions When it comes to knowing what a company has in inventory – items, quantities and locations – most companies rely on their ERP systems for this knowledge.  However, how much do people trust the data in their systems?  The answer for many companies is that they [...]

2009-06-22T11:19:42+00:00 June 22nd, 2009|Distribution, Made-to-Order Manufacturing, Made-to-Stock Manufacturing|Comments Off on Inventory Accuracy and Control

Our first Clients First Dynamics NAV (Navision) Newsletter

The free Clients First Navision (microsoft dynamics NAV) Newsletter has arrived. It took some time to do it right, but we will now be publishing a regular newsletter for our clients who use Microsoft Dynamics NAV (Navision) solutions. This newsletter is free to anybody who is interested, existing client or not. To download it, click  [...]

2009-06-09T10:46:11+00:00 June 9th, 2009|Distribution, Made-to-Order Manufacturing, Made-to-Stock Manufacturing, Microsoft Dynamics NAV|Comments Off on Our first Clients First Dynamics NAV (Navision) Newsletter

Business Intelligence Whitepaper for Process Manufacturers

User friendly solutions now exist that allow end users the ability to gain real time insight into their data.  SAP & Business Objects has the whitepaper below which discusses some options including their new Polestar end user product. Business Intelligence Publish at Scribd or explore others: Business & Economics Research microsoft dynamics n sap business [...]

2009-05-21T11:04:35+00:00 May 21st, 2009|Made-to-Order Manufacturing, Made-to-Stock Manufacturing|Comments Off on Business Intelligence Whitepaper for Process Manufacturers

Discrete and Process Manufacturing.. What’s the difference?

Thanks to Josh Chalifour at Technology Evaluation Centers for this post: A quick definition from APICS (The Association for Operations Management) describes discrete manufacturing as “the production of distinct items such as automobiles, appliances, or computers,” whereas process manufacturing covers “production that adds value by mixing, separating, forming, and/or performing chemical reactions. It may be [...]

2009-04-14T07:41:11+00:00 April 14th, 2009|Made-to-Stock Manufacturing|Comments Off on Discrete and Process Manufacturing.. What’s the difference?