Dynamics AX – The operational difference

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Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, the operational difference

Warehouse Management

The new Warehousing Management module helps organizations provide flexibility, and choice to customers. The automation of warehouse processes help reduce operational costs which can be translated in lower prices for customers. Features include: easily configurable put away and picking workflows, advanced cycle counting and location replenishment capabilities, support of cluster picking, warehousehandheld device support, and support for different picking strategies for batch and non-batch items.

Warehouse managers gain visibility and the ability to effectively control and run their put away, quality control and picking warehouse operations. And, with a flexible warehouse workflow engine, warehouse managers will be able to rapidly respond to any changing business demands. In addition, handheld device capability, which comes out of the box, gives warehouse workers scanning precision and enhanced performance in picking and put away processes.

Transportation Management

Transportation Management introduces global enterprise transportation planning and execution capabilities. Manufacturing, distribution and retail companies will benefit from a Transportation Management System (TMS) that flexibly supports changing and growing business demands. TMS helps our customers deliver the right customer experience – at the right price – to meet and exceed customer expectations. Business and IT users will gain visibility and control via a userconfigurable rating structure.

Demand Forecasting

Demand Forecasting is a lightweight, yet powerful demand forecasting tool that enables organizations to forecast demand based on historical data using Microsoft SQL Server forecasting algorithms, adjust the forecasted demand using the familiar environment of Microsoft Excel, and import the values into Microsoft Dynamics AX forecast models. Demand Forecasting will help organization improve the accuracy of forecasts and therefore improve product availability, and minimize inventory costs.

Product Change Management

Effectively manage product changes through a formal product changes methodology. With the new functionality you’ll be able to have a defined process to initiate, document, approve and release changes to product during the planning and production cycles.

Serial Number Tracking Enhancements for Service and Warranty Scenarios

Serialized items are now supported in the sales and return processes without the need for tracking serial numbers through inventory. When selling serialized items, companies capture serial numbers when preparing the packing slip and the invoice, or at the retail POS.

In case of returns or warranty claims, companies use the standard item tracing functionality to find the order history. When receiving returned items or when issuing a credit note, serial numbers can also be captured.

Trade Allowance Management

Offer customers pay-for-performance monetary rewards for achieving volume and behavioral goals with sales promotion programs. The trade allowance management capabilities are designed for organizations utilizing end-to-end promote-toprofit processes, starting from promotion fund budgeting and allocation, allowance contract setup, claims creation and processing, payment processing and ending with promotion effectiveness analysis.

Trade Allowance Management will help organizations optimize utilization of marketing promotion funds and reduce the administrative time and effort.

Vendor Rebate Management

Automate administration, tracking and claiming process of vendor rebates. Reduce administrative burden and errors associated with promotion performance monitoring and claim processing and improve cash flow forecasts through accruing for future receivables. Have a quantified basis for ongoing and future negotiations on rebates with the vendor.

Broker and Royalty Contract Management

Manage payment of fees to brokers for the service of facilitating sales with broker contract management. Control usagebased payments for the right to the ongoing use of an asset or an intellectual property with royalty management. This module will reduce the administrative burden of managing royalties and broker payments.

eProcurement

Purchasing agents now have greater flexibility to configure corresponding rules and details to support solicitation management, including control over response types such as sealed and open type bids. With improved bid scoring and evaluation the purchasing agents can establish tabulation criteria with different award methodologies.

 Modern Point of Sale* (POS)

Connected customers live in a connected world, and are well informed when making a purchase – before they even walk in the store. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 gives customers’ purchasing intelligence to employees when they need it. And by having access to consolidated customer intelligence at the POS, employees can better serve customers. The modern POS includes the basics around tender/transaction, but now also extends into a rich clienteling or assisted sales offering, as well as back office capabilities at the employees fingertips. The power of this new modern POS is that it becomes much more than a Point of Sale experience – it is a customer engagement dashboard!

For example, new assisted sales solutions will consolidate customers’ purchase intelligence – such as sales history, transaction details, and wish lists – and provide this to the sales associates to better guide their customers. Additionally, retailers can customize look and feel (font, color, graphics) and optimize by region, by store, by role, and even by user. For example, the cashier may have access to specific capabilities beyond tender, such as adding a loyalty card and looking up inventory, while a store manager may have access to store reports and real-time sales data.

These capabilities are based on a commitment to provide immersive, flexible, modern and mobile experiences for retailers and their consumers virtually anywhere, anytime, and on any device.

Master Data Management (MDM)

Manage master data across multiple Microsoft Dynamics AX instances. Master Data Management is built on top of Microsoft SQL 2012 Master Data Services (MDS) to simplify full, as well as selective, data synchronization and enables central conflict management to help build trust in your data.

Master Data Management helps to increase the consistency of your data across your organization and deployments. It helps maintain reliable data for key business entities and enables data integrity for unified data governance. Master Data Management is built on top of Microsoft SQL 2012 Master Data Services (MDS) to simplify full as well as selective data synchronization and enables central conflict management to help build trust in your data. Master Data Management helps to increase the consistency of your data across your organization and deployments. It helps maintain reliable data for key business entities and enables data integrity for unified data governance.