Molly Kelly

Molly Kelly

Dynamics AX EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration

Focus_2016_Logo_AXUG.pngFour months out from AXUG Summit, the Dynamics AX user community convenes next week at AXUG Focus, June 7th-8th, to get a jump start on the highly-anticipated deep dives into the topics most important to them - Finance, BI & Reporting, and Technical. With two days of back to back sessions, attendees will walk away with best practices, improved industry knowledge, and sharpened skills that can be immediately applied to their business.

As many of our customers are looking to upgrade, I'm especially looking forward to the session, “The Upgrade Path and You – Going From R3 to the New AX (AX7),” on Wednesday, June 8th at 10:30AM. As Data Masons’ Director of Services, I know first-hand from working with AX users how EDI is often a major 3rd-party consideration when planning an ERP upgrade, as EDI disruptions and delays can result in unnecessary costs and jeopardized trading partner relations.

If you're a Vantage Point EDI customer planning an upgrade, or just want to catch up on your EDI experience, I would appreciate the opportunity to connect with you in Chicago. Please contact me to schedule a meeting.

See you in Chicago! 

 

EDI Expert Insights, Dynamics AX EDI, Dynamics GP EDI, Exact Software Integration, Dynamics NAV EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration, EDI Articles

Buy-Build-1Choosing an EDI software solution for your company is a serious undertaking. The right choice results in a smooth and painless process with strong positive ROI. The wrong choice can have detrimental effects for years with poor ROI and ongoing operational and support issues. One key question we often hear is “Should we build it or buy it?”.

 Commercial solutions (the buy option), are usually the best option for almost all software decisions assuming the solution can meet the business requirements. Commercial solutions are typically the most cost-effective choice since you are spreading the cost of development and ongoing maintenance over a larger population of companies. Unfortunately, they don’t always appear lower cost as many costs of custom solutions are not factored into the cost analysis.

Custom solutions (the build option) are ideally perfectly focused solutions with little or no “bloatware” to add confusion and operational overhead. There is a percentage of businesses that can benefit from custom EDI solutions, but it is extremely low as the future business requirements have to be clearly understood and relatively simplistic. In today’s business economy, with the emergence of omni-channel selling, increasing sophisticated supply chain activities and increasing expectations of business partners that want to eliminate human activities from business transaction processes – predictable and simplistic are not the norm.

Understanding the real risks of a custom solution is critical to making the right decision. Download the brief to decide which is right for your company.

 Get the "Choosing an EDI Solution: Build or Buy?" Executive Brief