Dynamics AX EDI, Automotive Supply Chain EDI, Dynamics AX 2012, Dynamics ERP Integration

Data Masons’ EDI experts are facilitating an in-depth conversation on EDI integration with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 during today's manufacturing-focused sessions at the AX 2012 Sales and Pre-sales Industry Summit. Dennis Bruce of Data Masons will discuss the huge opportunity partners have to leverage the power of Microsoft Dynamics AX and support customers’ lean manufacturing goals with an Microsoft Dynamics AX EDI solution that tightly integrates common business documents without ERP platform customization.

Data Masons will also join First Tech Direct today in discussing EDI opportunities within the automotive supply chain. First Tech Direct’s solution and proven industry expertise provide automotive companies within the supply chain with the ability to reduce time to market, improve plant floor production and link their supply chains more effectively to production. Dennis Bruce will join the conversation to discuss how an integrated EDI solution designed for the specific needs of the automotive industry and supported by an experienced team of automotive experts is the ideal complement.

Read Press Release on Data Masons' Participation at the AX 2012 Sales and Pre-sales Industry Summit

Dynamics AX EDI, Automotive Supply Chain EDI, Dynamics GP EDI, Dynamics NAV EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration, Supply Chain EDI

With Microsoft continuing to develop industry specific solutions, such as those for the automotive manufacturing industry, more frequently Dynamics-based organizations are relying on vertically-specialized Dynamics ISVs to complement their ERP investments. For automotive suppliers, they need to implement more flexible, powerful and responsive production systems to stay ahead of the competition. Understanding this requirement, Microsoft Dynamics’ automotive manufacturing software solutions deliver the key capabilities to automotive manufacturers, but an ISV with automotive supply chain expertise can deliver the extra nudge needed to surpass the competition. >>Read Full Post

Dynamics AX EDI, Automotive Supply Chain EDI, Dynamics GP EDI, Dynamics NAV EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration

The automotive industry has specific needs that no general purpose EDI solution can manage. That’s why it’s important to find an EDI solution that provides all of the critical features and services needed for companies in the automotive value chain to integrate with Microsoft Dynamics.

View this 3-minute video to learn how an EDI solution should integrate with your Microsoft Dynamics ERP to meet your EDI compliance requirements, increase efficiency and lower ownership costs.

Vantage Point EDI's unique automotive solution is powerful, cost-effective and easy to implement. It seamlessly integrates many of the key documents your partners mandate, such as production forecasts, schedules and releases, purchase orders, ASNs, invoices, and provides functionality that supplements many accounting systems, such as ASN automation and production forecast release management.

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Audubon Metals, a heavy-media separator and secondary specification aluminum alloy producer based in Kentucky, was running Microsoft Dynamics GP v8 with a planned upgrade to GP 2010. This GP 8 customer relied on their Kentucky-based partner to find an easy-to-implement replacement EDI solution provider with automotive expertise to meet their Dynamics GP EDI requirements. After facing a 6 month delay due to an EDI implementation failure with another Dynamics GP solution, the customer was at a critical state with their OEM automotive customers, including Nissan... Read Complete Microsoft Dynamics GP Customer Success

Dynamics AX EDI, Automotive Supply Chain EDI, Dynamics GP EDI, Dynamics NAV EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration

Dynamics ERP experience, check. Dynamics EDI experience, check. Automotive EDI requirements, no check.

The automotive supply chain is not something in which I have much first-hand experience, and so I was all ears when I recently spent the day with Donna Ward, former co-chair of the Automotive Industry Action Group's Supply Chain Management Project Team. Given Donna’s extensive experience within the automotive industry, she could clearly outline just how critical EDI is to the supply chain, as well the most common EDI challenges companies using Microsoft Dynamics face.

To understand the magnitude of daily transactions related to what we were discussing, Donna informed me that the average automotive assembly plant makes about 1 vehicle per minute and as many as 2000 per day. With each vehicle having 5000 - 7000 components, we’re talking that a typical automotive assembly plant is handling up to 14 million parts each day.

That’s a lot of parts to say the least, and if you’re a supplier to this 14 million part-a-day industry, then you’re not only familiar with the rigorous EDI requirements that accompany each transaction, but also the most common challenges: 1) Release Management, 2) Forecast and Sales Order Replacement Logic, 3) CUMs and RAN Management, and 4) Compliance Labeling. And not to make matters sound worse, but if you’re not automating and integrating EDI with your Dynamics solution, then you’re also piling on the inherent risks and costly errors associated with manually keying data.

Donna discussed just how risky manual processes can be by looking specifically at tracking cumulative quantities (CUMs) within release processing. If you do not maintain the CUM shipped, or do so manually, you’ll struggle with the challenges associated with the tracking process. Each time a release arrives, you’ll need to manually calculate what is in transit for every item you ship (ouch!). For small shops, this manual process may seem manageable now, but as business grows, the potential for error and risk grows as well.

Donna’s Point: Yes, as a supplier to the automotive industry you’re challenged by transaction volumes and EDI requirements. However, it’s up to you to decide whether you want to use EDI to operate your business more efficiently or to continue accepting the risks and costs of not having a fully-integrated and automated EDI solution on your side. By embracing your EDI requirements and leveraging EDI technology with Microsoft Dynamics, you can end your relationship with the risky challenges and start fresh with new opportunities to save money, eliminate errors and improve overall customer satisfaction.

For more information, read the white paper “Understanding Automotive EDI” written by Donna Ward, PMP and former co-chair of the Automotive Industry Action Group's Supply Chain Management Project Team.