Microsoft Dynamics AX Inventory Management and Warehousing Module

The Microsoft Dynamics AX Inventory Management and Warehousing Module consists out of the following features:

  • Item Master configuration with Attributes and SKUs
  • Item Dimensions including Lot Number, Batch, Serial Number and Location control
  • Bill of Materials (BOMs) & Formulas
  • Bar-Coding Support in Microsoft Dynamics AX
  • Min Max and Requirements Management
  • UNSPSC and other commodity classifications
  • Inventory Costing including LIFO, FIFO, Standard Costing, Weighted Average Costing and FEFO
  • Bin, Location, Aisle and Pallet Management
  • Directed Pick and Directed Put-away
  • Yard Management & Cross-docking

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Microsoft Dynamics AX Supply Chain Management Module

The Microsoft Dynamics AX Supply Chain Management  Module consists out of the following features:

  • Automated Purchase Orders
  • MRP and Master Planning
  • Vendor Managed Inventory
  • Automated Vendor notifications for Drop ship
  • Automated 3 way matching of PO, Invoice and Goods Receipt Note/ Vendor Packing Slip
  • Vendor Statistics and Performance Management

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Microsoft Dynamics AX Project Management and Project Accounting Module

The Microsoft Dynamics AX Project Management and Project Accounting  Module consists out of the following features:

  • Work Breakdown Structure
  • Tracks Time and Materials
  • Invoicing Management
  • Project Budgeting
  • Tracking of Project Costs such as Labour, Vendor Purchases
  • Time and Expense Tracking to Projects
  • Time Sheet
  • Web Portal for Project Management and Project Data Entry

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Microsoft Dynamics AX Expense Management Module

The Microsoft Dynamics AX Expense Management Module consists out of the following features:

  • Business Policies and Expense rules
  • Workflow for multi-level expense approvals
  • Corporate Credit Card Processing
  • Employee web portal for expense entry
  • Ability to attach and view expense receipts
  • Integration with General Ledger and Accounts Payable

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Microsoft Dynamics AX Requisitions and Purchase Orders Module

The Microsoft Dynamics AX Requisitions and Purchase Orders Module consists out of the following features:

  • Vendor Management
  • Purchasing
  • Purchase Requisitions
  • Vendor RFQ and Quotes
  • Workflow for Requisition and Purchase Approvals
  • Automated Purchase Orders
  • MRP and Master Planning
  • Vendor Managed Inventory
  • Automated Vendor notifications for Drop ship
  • Automated 3 way matching of PO, Invoice and Goods Receipt Note/ Vendor Packing Slip
  • Vendor Statistics and Performance Management

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Microsoft Dynamics AX Financial Management Module

The Microsoft Dynamics AX Financial Management Module consists out of the following features:

  • General Ledger and Chart of Accounts Setup
  • Financial Dimension with Dimensional hierarchy
  • Multiple Companies
  • Intercompany functionality
  • Bank Management and Setup
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Accounts Payables
  • Vendor Check Runs and Electronic Payments
  • Accounts Receivables
  • Budgeting with Revisions and Approvals
  • Journal Approvals and workflow

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Microsoft Dynamics AX Modules

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 is a comprehensive ERP business management solution that works like and with familiar Microsoft software.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 has multi-company, multi-language, multi-currency functionality fully. An integrated adaptable ERP solution.

Below is a list of Microsoft Dynamics AX Modules. Follow the links to view the different functionalities:

  • Dynamics AX Financial Management
  • Dynamics AX Requisitions and Purchase Orders
  • Dynamics AX Expense Management
  • Dynamics AX Project Management and Project Accounting
  • Dynamics AX Supply Chain Management
  • Dynamics AX Inventory Management and Warehousing
  • Dynamics AX Sales Orders
  • Dynamics AX Service Management
  • Dynamics AX Production and Manufacturing
  • Dynamics AX HR Management and Payroll
  • Dynamics AX Fixed Assets
  • Dynamics AX CRM and Sales and Marketing
  • Dynamics AX Web Portals
  • Dynamics AX Workflow and Alerts
  • Dynamics AX Reporting and Business Intelligence
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX Development and Integration
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    Mine in a Box Released

    Mine in a BoxWe have released our brand new product, “Mine in a Box”. This product is an ERP system that was developed on Microsoft Dynamics AX, and caters specifically for Mines.

    Notably, the solution incorporates Best Practices for Mining, using proven Microsoft technologies.

    Functions include amongst others: Ax LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System), Ax EAM (Service and Asset Maintenance), Ax PAM (Production Accounting Module), Ax SRM (Supplier Relationship Management) and Ax OHS (Occupational Health and Safety).

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    Microsoft Excel vs Microsoft Dynamics AX Stock Management

    Challenge: Updating Excel spread sheets with stock data, i.e. item descriptions and quantities and circulating these among people with the request of a dynamic and accurate tally of stock levels and stock descriptions remain a challenge.

    Solution: The solution is offered by one system, i.e. the Microsoft Dynamics AX Stock management/Inventory management system. Excel items and quantities dan be imported into this system, which offers the same functionality as Excel, while filling the gaps regarding the accuracy of stock. Not only that, but with the added functionality to version quantities, levels and descriptions of stock.

    Exercise: Currently, Stock item descriptions are stored, updated and categorised in Excel. Refer to the red block below showing the different Excel work tabs. These tabs are labelled per stock group, i.e. PPE, CABLE, BOILER MAKER YARD, ELECTRICAL CONTAINER, ELECTRICAL MOTORS, ENGINEERING, PIPING, etc.

     

    These categorised stock groups are captured in AX in the Item groups form. Different Item groups are created exactly as in Excel, i.e. PPE (PPE), CABLE (CABLE), BOILMYARD (Boiler Maker Yard), ELECTCONT (Electrical  Container), ELECMOTOR (Electrical Motors), ENGINEER (Engineering), PIPING (Piping), etc.

     

    The items, as originally captured in Excel work sheets, are categorised per Item group in AX’s Item form. These items are assigned unique Item numbers with an abbreviation of the Item group name to ease identification. The Item descriptions are taken from Excel, neatened up and standardised. In Ax, the unit of measure, minimum and maximum quantity levels and default warehouses can be assigned to each item.

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    Visual Thinking

    However cheesy the old cliché of ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ may be, there is no getting away from the fact that complex processes can best be described with just a single diagram, or that a single sketch can be far more persuasive than a one page ‘essay’.

    Whether an individual is left or right brain orientated, a diagram invariably becomes a tool for thought. To quote Publilius Syrus – ‘The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing’.
    Think of an instruction manual that has text as well as an accompanying diagram compared to just text, and how much easier it is to follow the instructions with a diagram to assist.

    In our current complex world, diagrams in whatever form are great simplification tools, and should therefore be considered as tools to aid our thinking rather than a means to explore our thought processes.

    There are a number of effects a diagram can have namely:

      1. It grabs people’s attention straight away,
      2. It causes people to start their own thinking,
      3. It helps people to tell a story,
      4. We then learn much faster.

    Diagrams are essentially a common universal language that will bridge gaps between people that would normally be considered impassable.
    The easiest of these being the Input / Output (IO) diagrams. This allows us to consider a business process in its entirety by taking some initial inputs and through specific activities carried out, useful and appropriate outputs are created.

    The most important thing to remember is that diagrams are tools for thought and not a work of art. They are a means of communication irrespective of the person’s language and any diagram automatically gets us thinking, “what is this diagram trying to tell me?”.

    Allow your inner child to come out and start drawing pictures!!

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