Manufacturing companies have always been working to improve performance against metrics such as product quality, cost, time-to-market and inventory maximization. Current globalization, growing social and environmental awareness, contract manufacturing, and the need for in-depth operational insight instantly are creating opportunities as well as challenges. Microsoft Dynamics AX helps manufacturers meet these opportunities and challenges with a robust enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that is specifically developed for manufacturing organizations.
The primary objective of Microsoft Dynamics AX for manufacturing is to empower workers in a wide range of manufacturing businesses access specific information easily and securely with the tools they need to perform their individual roles, from a single source from any location around the world. This unified approach enables each manufacturing business to run, and continuously improve, its own complex manufacturing processes, across multiple sites and geographies.
Project based manufacturing is the most complex when compared to other types of manufacturing. Projects often begin as a concept, which later transform to become a reality by combining several assemblies/sub-assemblies with several bills of materials and steering instructions. Project-based manufacturing entails taking the existing standard manufacturing process and segregating the value chain by control, execution and planning. It is used when there is a need for a complex, unique product that requires a specific process to produce efficiently.
Use technology purposely-built for the manufacturing industry: Improve control across a mix of make-to-order, make-to-stock, and other production processes. Enhance customer and vendor agreements with flexible contract structures. Support your organization end-to-end with rich, core ERP capabilities, including HR, finance and governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) management.
Scale your organization quickly with a global manufacturing solution: Expand into new geographies using built-in localizations for 36 countries.* Enable global planning with unified operations resource models. Improve efficiency by sharing global data for general ledger, relationships, and products, and by using common processes for intercompany trade and shared services.
Gain immediate insight and boost productivity with RoleTailored user experiences: Take advantage of new Role Centers, fact boxes, and enriched previews. Provide ad hoc, self-service business intelligence and reporting for key manufacturing operations, including prebuilt reports from Microsoft® SQL Server® Reporting Services. Provide business process context via notifications and alerts initiated by embedded workflows. Help ensure segregation of duties and simple user account setup and maintenance with role-based security and single sign-on capabilities.
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.
Simplify deployment, management, and upgrading with application lifecycle management: Ease ERP implementation and administration, and gain IT efficiencies, with simplified application lifecycle management. Optimize IT investments to improve total cost of ownership (TCO) and productivity through interoperability between Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and other Microsoft technologies.