Today, companies must build flexible and agile manufacturing business models to keep up with competition, customer preferences, unexpected disruptions, and ever-changing market trends.
A robust solution like Microsoft Dynamics for Manufacturing can help.
The Dynamics suite has been working with manufacturers for years, providing dynamic Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems like Dynamics NAV, Dynamics AX, Dynamics 365 Business Central, and Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management.
Read on to learn more about Microsoft Dynamics for Manufacturing and where our senior Dynamics consultants can help optimize your Dynamics investment.
What is Dynamics for Manufacturing?
Dynamics for Manufacturing is an agile ERP software solution that helps users manage all manufacturing operations under one roof and facilitates integrations with other Dynamics systems, like Commerce, Reporting, and Supply Chain management.
This solution connects company-wide data systems into a single solution to help companies gain better insights into their critical manufacturing operations and identify areas of improvement. It delivers the flexibility to adopt new technology solutions, meets evolving customer needs, improves business communication, and access operational data in real-time.
Dynamics ERP bridges our organization’s front and back-end office operations, providing stronger connection and collaboration between teams. With intelligent features and integrations, users can modify the features they need to address their most pressing business needs whenever and wherever they need them.
Dynamics for Manufacturing can leverage process automation features like storage, cost, planning, and routing to streamline manufacturing operations and reduce waste.
The Dynamics Manufacturing ERP modules consist of functionality in the following modules:
- Microsoft Dynamics GP
- Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations
- Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations
- Microsoft Dynamics Business Central
Why Choose Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Manufacturing?
Microsoft Dynamics 365 utilizes the power of the Cloud to balance multiple business models and operations in a single instance. The Dynamics 365 platform provides complete, real-time visibility into all operations for manufacturing organizations up and down the supply chain and across the entire business ecosystem.
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Manufacturing supports the development of robust, responsive interactions with customers and more productive and cooperative supplier relationships. It also equips manufacturing staff with essential business intelligence and collaboration tools to improve workforce productivity, enhance product quality, reduce waste, and maintain compliance over time.
Features of Dynamics 365 for Manufacturing
Here’s a look at some of the main features Dynamics for Manufacturing has to offer:
1. Optimize Supply Chain Processes
With many moving parts in a supply chain, getting a comprehensive, real-time overview of supply chain operations can be challenging.
To improve supply chain efficiency, companies should consider:
- Data from suppliers and other key stakeholders
- Sales team operations and objectives
- Order fulfillment processes
- Customer service and engagement initiatives
- Product performance data
With a system infused with artificial intelligence and machine learning functionality, manufacturers can effectively respond to changes and advancements by combining their business data, supply chain data, and public data like maps and weather forecasts in one place.
This intelligence can help reduce wasting time and resources. An intelligent system like this can also act as a “single source of truth” to create more accurate forecasts, schedules, and budgets, powering more efficient business operations and reducing time and resources wasted.
2. Streamline Asset Management
Streamlined asset management is a critical component of any business, and as the idea of the linked factory becomes a reality, organizations can leverage organized assets to increase value and improve efficiency.
Dynamics 365’s real-time processing and data-gathering capabilities enable manufacturers to monitor their equipment closely and effectively. Information on supplier performance, product use, and machine lifetime can be analyzed at any time, from any location, and problems can be fixed remotely to maximize uptime.
Manufacturers can keep a closer eye on their assets, discover damaged or ineffective components, and use data to design more efficient equipment by integrating an innovative ERP like Dynamics 365 with IoT-ready parts.
3. Improve Innovation
It’s no secret that time is money, and manufacturers understand this as they are under constant pressure to reduce production cycles and get products to market faster.
Dynamics 365 provides complete visibility into corporate operations by revealing opportunities for process optimization and cost reduction. Real-time analysis of product, customer, and performance data also gives manufacturers more freedom and scope to enhance processes and respond to changes quickly.
4. Enhance the Customer Experience
Modern enterprise technology allows businesses to communicate and connect with their customers in new ways. As a result, customer expectations have evolved, and companies are responsible for meeting these expectations, providing exceptional service, handling issues efficiently, and keeping their customers satisfied and informed.
By providing personalized customer experiences throughout the production process, users can strengthen their competitive edge while fostering customer loyalty and trust.
5. Digitize Operations
In 2020, 60% of all manufacturing supply chains benefited from digital transformation, according to a report by IDC, with the others limited by outdated business models.
Although it may seem overwhelming to consider removing the practices and guidelines that comprise day-to-day manufacturing operations, the benefits of digitalization far outweigh the costs. By digitizing critical production operations, manufacturers can create a more effective, lucrative, and future-proof supply chain.
Through digitized Dynamics 365 features, manufacturers can access automated digital solutions to everyday problems like inventory monitoring, quality control, and equipment maintenance whenever and wherever they need them.
6. Increase the Use of Business Data
By using centralized intelligence in Dynamics 365’s embedded AI tools, manufacturers can make predictions based on historical data, drive actionable insights, and stay ahead of the game in the long run.
This data allows manufacturers to predict demands based on market trends and seasons, maximize output to match customer demand and reduce wasted resources.
7. Boost Profitability
Optimizing workflows, enhancing customer loyalty, and improving procedures to increase the efficiency and profitability of your manufacturing operations.
Dynamics 365 also empowers users to reduce errors and deliver greater value to their consumers, leading to increased profits and a healthier future. Companies can facilitate more customer-centric operations and drive better business outcomes by giving manufacturing teams the tools and intelligence to improve service efficiency and effectiveness.
Benefits of Microsoft Dynamics for Manufacturing
Microsoft Dynamics for Manufacturing is an end-to-end business solution created specifically for manufacturing operations and is fully built in the cloud.
Here are a few key advantages of integrating Dynamics 365 functionality into manufacturing operations:
Intuitive Resource Planning
Efficient planning and organization of resources, such as people, products, and machinery, across the supply chain enhances the entire shop floor experience and facilitates better operational productivity.
Combining data, plug-and-play integrations, AI-enhanced production planning capabilities, and intelligent sensor data management functions also helps companies outline and execute a more intelligent manufacturing process across the board.
By reducing trip time in the warehouse through automated material-handling partnerships, configurable job instructions, innovative mobile applications, and other service management modules, manufacturing teams can guarantee on-time deliveries and functional products.
Companies can also streamline supply chain operations and improve collaboration across all levels of the complete supply chain by leveraging a unified platform that connects critical manufacturing processes in one place.
Adaptable Supply Chain
With intelligent features in Dynamics for Manufacturing, manufacturers can automate every step of the supply chain, from distribution to procurement. This system aids in managing supplier relationships, monitoring inventory levels, streamlining order fulfillment, and enhancing supplier cooperation.
Dynamics 365 allows manufacturers to stay flexible and current by providing access to current inventory and supply chain progress whenever needed. By improving visibility into the complete supply chain, companies can reduce lead time, improve order accuracy, and enhance inventory management.
Satisfy Customer Demands
Customers in today’s modern business landscape want more from manufacturers than just high-quality goods. Businesses using D365 for Manufacturing can differentiate themselves from competitors by offering a client experience tailored to their unique business needs.
Intelligent CRM and ERP systems like Dynamics 365 solutions can help sales teams provide efficient service for customers before, during, and after their purchase, further differentiating them from other competitors in the industry.
How Can We Help?
Whether you need help achieving sustainable growth and agility across your critical business teams, deepening customer relationships with intelligent tools like Microsoft Dynamics manufacturing, or just getting started on your journey with Microsoft Dynamics, Surety Systems can help.
Our senior-level Microsoft Dynamics consultants have the skills and experience required to help you successfully implement your most important Dynamics products. Even better, our help doesn’t end there – we’re here to help you achieve seamless functionality and user adoption long after your initial Go-Live date.
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