A single end-to-end business management system has become essential for manufacturers to automate and optimise production output, from quoting customers to shipping the finished goods. Streamlining this process leads to better management and the ability to meet growing demand.
In this blog, we look at three ways manufacturers can automate their operations through key functionality, in an integrated business management system that serves their needs.
1 Quotes Management
Creating and sending quotes for customers becomes easier with the use of a business management system which offers a user-friendly, easily accessible interface and customisable options.
Manufacturers can speed up this process by using a direct email client integration (such as Outlook integration in Dynamics 365 Business Central), and automated tools for similar quoting requirements, saving time to focus on more strategic decisions.
“We are able , using the technology of D365 Business Central to help SME’s mitigate risk, have complete control and drive growth, at the fraction of the cost of large ERP implementation” – Craig Garrett, Client Partner Decision Inc.
2. Order Management
By automating the process from quotation to order, customer demands can be met more efficiently. Creating and posting orders needs to allow different options and flexibility in the forwarding process.
In Dynamics 365 Business Central, an intuitive clickable button converts quotes to orders, which can then immediately result in a production order (PO) for manufacturing. The order management process is finalised with various options meeting both business and client requirements.
3. Production Planning
Production planning needs to follow work orders, which have to be executed in due time. Improving this process is recommended through centralised planning that offers better visibility and access in the manufacturing process, from order to final production.
With the affordable and accessible Business Central solution, manufacturers can optimise planning via a Manufacturing Roll Center. It’s also possible to launch the work order directly from the sales order, which allows sales and customer service management to view the status of an order in progress.
Furthermore, centralised production planning can offer alternative views in the production process and routing steps necessary for orders to be completed and dispatched on time.
These manufacturing features and options are available with Dynamics 365 Business Central Premium licensing, which includes production orders, sales and inventory forecasting, supply and capacity planning, to enable streamlined and agile manufacturing process.
“Integrating, automating and managing data is the first step to streamline and strengthen manufacturing operations” – Craig Garrett, Decision Inc.
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