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New with NAV 2015 Series: Improve Manufacturing Process

I’m sure by now you’ve heard that Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 is available worldwide. This new release offers new mobile-first, cloud-first features; including apps optimized for tablets and other touch devices, personalized home pages and new capabilities for electronic payments and automated account reconciliation.

At Solution Dynamics, we strive to keep you abreast of what’s new by providing you with the information that matters to you. That being said, this will be the first in a series on the new features and functionality of the 2015 release.

Here are some of the product capabilities for Manufacturing:

Basic Manufacturing

    Production Bill of Materials
    - Create Bills of Material (BOM's) and calculate the standard cost.
    - Have different components of your BOM included or excluded by date range.
    - Create and manage different versions of the manufacturing bill of materials and routings.

    Production Routings
    - Create production work centers (single machine) or machining centers (multiple machines)
    - Create and maintain setup times, run times, wait times, queue times by routing.
    - Create and maintain versions of production routings.

    Production Orders
    - Create and manage production orders.
        a. Planned Production Orders
        b. Firm Planned Production Orders
        c. Release Production Orders

    - Post consumption (relieve inventory) and output (labor) to the production orders.
    - Calculate the net inventory requirements based on yor production orders.
    - Production orders includes a manual supply-planning tool as an alternative to automatic   
      planning. The order planning window provides the visibility and tools you need to manually
      plan for demand from sales line or production orders and then create the different type of
      supply order needed (Purchase order, Production order or Transfer order).

Agile Manufacturing
This enables you to run Agile Manufacturing, Supply Manufacturing, Supply Planning, and Capacity Planning.

Supply Planning

    Basic Supply Planning
    Plan material requirements based on demand with support for master production scheduling   
    and materials requirements planning, Includes:
    - Automatic creation produciton orders, purchase orders and transfer orders.
    - Action messsages for fast and easy balancing of supply and demand.
    - Support for bucketless and bucketed material requirements planning.
    - Setup for items with their own reordering policy (by location), including registration of   
      whether they are manufactured by or purchased from a third party.

     Demand Forecasting
     Managing demand forecasting based on items by location.

Capacity Planning

    Basic Capacity Planning
- View loads by work center or machine center.
    - Use the different type of production orders to simulate production requirements.
    - Use demand forecasting to help determine the capacity need.

    Finite Loading
Manage finite loading of capacity-constraint resources. Taking capacity constraints into account
    so that no more work is assigned to a work center than the capacities can be expected to
    execute during a given time period. This is a simple tool without any optimization. Used with
    Order Promising, Finite Loading also enables the system to calculate capable-to-promise (CTP).

For more information on how Solution Dynamics can streamline your Manufacturing Process, contact us today!


3 Key Things to Consider When Selecting an ERP Solution Provider

Your company has decided to make an investment in a new Enterprise Resource Planning system.MP900423037 There are many options to choose from and the task of deciding which one is best for your company seems daunting enough, without even considering which solution provider to go with. The fact of the matter is that the right partner can make all the difference in the world when it comes to the successful implementation of an ERP system that works for you. Here are three key things to consider when selecting an ERP Solution Provider:

    1.    Longevity

      Selecting and installing the software is just the first step in preparing your new ERP software. But implementation is the most important part of the process. The best software will be of little use if the implementation is done poorly. Experience counts. You want to be sure that the partner that you choose knows what they are doing and is in it for the long-haul. Unfortunately many of the ERP solution providers in and around the twin cities have only been around for a couple of years or so. Solution Dynamics has been customizing, implementing, and supporting ERP/MRP/CRM systems for over 35 years. We know what we are doing and will make your project a success.

        2.    Industry Expertise

          Knowing your business and what you do, helps the implementation partner understand what is important, and what will work for you. Having strong business acumen along with technology skills will also lead to a better overall implementation. You need a partner that has the ability to understand and execute on all the functionality of the entire system. At Solution Dynamics, on average, our team has over a dozen years of experience in this marketplace we understand your business and the products we sell and support.

            3.    Integrity

              Any partner worth their weight should be able to find a solution that fits your business needs without a lot of unnecessary, costly customizations. At Solution Dynamics, much of our work results from fixing implementations that were botched by other implementation companies. We also help clients undo unnecessary customization done by other implementation companies. We work hard on the front end to identify your pain points and create a solution that truly works the way your business does, before we even implement it.


              As you can see, selecting the right software application is only a small part of the equation. It’s selecting the best implementation partner to make that system the right fit for your business, now and into the future, that is the most important part!

              Stop Doing Software Research Solution Dynamics Has Already Done!

              Are you considering replacing your current business information systems, your Financial, Manufacturing, or Distribution systems? Wondering how to start? What are the current trends, who are the dominant players, what are your needs, what should you do first?

              Stop!  The research has already been done and Solution Dynamics can help. This is exactly the software research and analysis we’ve been doing live in the field for over 35 years.  Our data and information comes from leading industry sources combined with direct real-world application experience with clients who are dealing with real-world challenges.  We are here to share this experience with you – so you can save hours searching and agonizing over what data is reliable and which theories will hold up in your real-world business environment.

              Our process of helping clients define their needs, enables us to find solutions geared to their specific goals and issues.  The result is the creation of a roadmap for success – a step by step plan to move from where they are today to their desired state.

              Because this is our singular focus, we must always be on top of the latest trends, opportunities, and shifts in the market place.  We are clear not only on what is happening in the market, but how it is affecting the way our clients and prospects do business.

              Now, we are offering a free, no obligation review of your current systems, and basic needs assessment. This service (which is valued at $4,975) will help you formally document your current situation: the environment/hardware software/etc., pains/needs, identify solutions to these issues, and create a roadmap with a plan for moving forward to make this change easier and more manageable. Contact us today to set up an appointment to get started.

              Schedule an on-site review for your team

              Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 Now Available!

              At the Directions 2014 conference last month in San Diego, Microsoft announced the release of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015.  As of October 6th this latest edition of NAV is officially available for new installs and upgrades.

              Upgrades included in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 include:

              • Mobile and Tablet Apps available providing anytime/anywhere access to your system.
              • Enhanced User Interface creating more consistency and easier data visualization.
              • Create Easy to Edit Custom Report Layouts in Microsoft Word for use in NAV 2015.
              • User Data Viewing controlled by individual permission settings.
              • Integration with 25 Major Banks creating more ways to automate.
              • Report Scheduling enhancements.
              • Microsoft Office 365 Integration

              All in all the enhancements in Microsoft NAV 2015 are worth checking out.  If you’ve been waiting for a good reason to move forward on a new implementation or an upgrade to your current system, now is a great time to go for it.  The Solution Dynamics technical team is up to speed on all of the enhancements and ready to talk you through the value to your organization.

              Schedule an on-site review for your team

              12 Questions to Find the Right Microsoft Dynamics NAV Partner

              Wanted:  Microsoft Dynamics NAV Implementation partner. Must have great project management skills and deep knowledge of: NAV, enterprise resource management challenges, and our industry. Must be professional, and personable. Ideally we want someone that won’t treat us like a number. Must be ready to work immediately at a price we can afford.  

              Now the only question is, how do you interview potential partners to make sure they are right for you?  Here are 12 questions you can ask when you are interviewing potential Microsoft Dynamics NAV implementation partners.  

              1. Is your headquarters local?

              2. How long have you been in this location?

              3. Are the majority of your people located here?

              4. How long have you been in business?

              5. Are you financially sound?

              6. Have you ever been sued by a customer?

              7. How long have you been implementing this product?

              8. What is the average years of experience your locally based people have with this product?

              9. Do you know my type of business?

              10. Can you help us analyze/change our processes & procedures to better align with best practices?

              11. Will you scope our project before we sign the contract?

              12. What percentage of your projects come in over budget?


              If you are looking for a new ERP or MRP system, or if you are considering upgrading your NAV system. Please give a call and we will be happy to answer these 12 questions and many more for you.

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              Microsoft Dynamics NAV Software Update

              Don’t miss our Microsoft Dynamics Software Update event for current NAV users on September 23, 2014 in Bloomington, MN.  If you already use Microsoft Dynamics NAV, this is a great opportunity to see what is new.

              10:00     What is New with NAV

              10:15     NAV Sales Tax Management

              10:45     NAV E-Commerce

              11:15     NAV Reporting & Dashboards

              11:45     Lunch and the R&D Tax Credit

              This session is designed for anyone currently using Microsoft Dynamics NAV and interested in keeping up with the latest options.  Come for the updates and stay for lunch.

              Reserve your space today!




              Microsoft Dynamics NAV Software Showcase Event

              Join us on September 23, 2014 in Bloomington, MN for the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Software Showcase.  This free event includes lunch and is open to anyone interested in learning more about Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

              12:30 Lunch Served & Welcome

              12:45 Microsoft Dynamics NAV Overview

              1:15        NAV Sales Tax Management

              1:40        NAV E-Commerce

              2:05        NAV Reporting & Dashboards

              2:30        R&D Tax Credit

              The Fall Software Showcase event is designed for anyone considering implementing Microsoft Dynamics NAV.  Come for lunch and a chance to get to know our team.

              Three great ways to learn about Microsoft Dynamics NAV

              When it comes to selecting software it helps to have good sources of information on the choices you are evaluating. Gathering data from a variety of sources is a good way to ensure you are viewing the options from a variety of perspectives. A mix of raw information and actual use cases will help you make a well informed decision that makes sense for the long term.

              If you are looking at Microsoft Dynamics NAV, here are three good sources of information you can use in your research process. Having worked with hundreds of companies on selection, implementation and upgrade projects, we highly recommend using all of these resources during your evaluation process.

              1. NAVUG – the Microsoft Dynamics NAV User Group – is made up of people with direct experience with NAV: This is a great way to learn from others who are actively using the software and operate in business environments similar to your own. It is also a great way to pare down the list of potential implementation partners; those who are actively involved in industry groups are likely to be some of the better options in terms of knowledge, commitment and reliability.
              2. The Microsoft website for detailed information about products, features, functionality details, and online demos. If it is raw product details you are after, the Microsoft site can be a wealth of information. Combining this with the situational information you’ve gathered from other users helps you create a complete picture of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV options.
              3. Conferences and software showcase events where you can see live product demos. Seeing the software live is a must in your evaluation process. Events where live demos are offered create an opportunity for you to mix the value of seeing it with real-time discussions with product experts and other users. This results in a far more customized experience than online recorded demo videos.

              Once you’ve had a chance to do your own research, getting together with an implementation partner is a great next step. Next week we’ll look at specific questions you should be asking a potential implementation partner to make sure they are a good fit for your organization and your project.

              ERP Comparison Event

              Projecting the Financial Requirements of ERP/MRP Software Projects

              Yes, it’s true, we are well past the ½ way mark of 2014 which means the summer is winding down, kids are getting ready to go back to school, and budgeting season is upon us.  The good news is, that there is still enough time to do a good projection on the financial requirements of that ERP/MRP/CRM software purchase or upgrade you’ve been planning for 2015.  Here are a few tips for making sure that you are putting together an accurate projection of financial requirements for your project.

              It’s not just the cost of out-of-the-box software that needs to be considered in your projection.  Most companies require at least a minimal amount of customization or add-on options in order to optimize the software for their unique environment.  Make sure to account for additional software costs that can come in the form of customization work, extra modules, additional licenses, and maintenance fees.

              Take a good look at other software and systems that will or could integrate with your ERP/MRP/CRM.  Chances are you will have at least a couple that will need to have a direct link.  Make sure the versions and options you have in place will facilitate the desired integration. 

              Implementation isn’t free, nice as that would be, make sure that you don’t forget to account for costs associated with getting you up and running.  Spend time talking in detail with your implementation partner now to make sure they fully understand the project scope and can provide you with an accurate estimate of the implementation costs.

              This is a project that (if done right) you only do once every several years.  Get hooked up with a partner who does it every day.  Bringing in a strong consulting and implementation partner can save you big time in the short and long term.  They will know just the right questions to ask to make sure you have everything you need for a successful transition right from the start.  Getting it right the first time will eliminate slow-downs and double work, or worse yet having to scrap what you do with one vendor and starting all over with another.

              Explore this topic further during our September software showcase event.

              Reserve your space today!

              Schedule an on-site review for your team

              Three Easy NAV Upgrades

              You already know that Microsoft Dynamics NAV is a powerful business management software offering full functionality at a fraction of the cost of other enterprise solutions. Did you also know that you can take your NAV environment to even greater heights with a few simple upgrades?

              At Solution Dynamics, we spend a lot of time working with clients who are happy with NAV and want to expand on their use of the program and the data it holds. Here are three of our top picks for upgrading NAV.


              Advanced Reporting for Group Collaboration

              Take your reporting farther with advanced real-time reporting, KPIs and dashboards. Integrated reporting tools provide unparalleled access to your data without the need to understand complex database structures, and without the need for highly specialized programming skills.

              Do in one report what used to take several by consolidating data from multiple locations or companies for streamlined reporting. Because the advanced reporting program is integrated, you are able to pull in budget balance, credit and debit information from any general ledger account within Microsoft Dynamics NAV.



              With fully integrated e-Commerce functionality you can get online quickly with an affordable program that provides all of the functionality you need to get started and scales as your business grows. If you already have an e-Commerce site, make it better by having it connected in real-time to your NAV system.

              Because your e-Commerce is fully integrated within Microsoft Dynamics NAV you get real-time stock and shopping cart calculations with orders processed instantly. Best of all, there is no cumbersome transfer of data from system to system which means everything moves faster and more accurately.


              Sales Tax Management, Reporting and Compliance

              Reduce the time it takes to manage, report and comply to almost nothing with a seamless integration of sales tax management, reporting and compliance program. At the same time you will improve your payment amount accuracy and eliminate the risk and costs of non-compliance.

              Now you can automate the process of calculating, and reporting sales tax within Microsoft Dynamics NAV removing the work of entering each individual location into which your company sells, or creating detailed jurisdictional records for each known tax code. Leveraging the power of the integrated sales tax management reporting and compliance system, you will save time and ensure greater compliance and accuracy with sales tax rules and regulations.


              Learn more about these Easy NAV upgrades and more at our free Software Showcase event on Tuesday, September 23rd from 10:00am - Noon in Bloomington, MN.

              Reserve your space today!



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