On 22-23 October 2019, nearly 300 attendees joined the 2nd annual D365 Focus event in Brussels, Belgium. This event is for solution architects focused on the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Experience, and Finance and Operations. Users and partners attended the event from many European countries.
Attendees could dig deeper into functional and technical topics during sessions led by Microsoft, Microsoft MVPs, and expert consultants. They shared and learned best practices from others such as how to do a data migration from AX to D365. They gained insights to Microsoft’s product roadmap with “public preview” details on new enhancements just before they go into general availability.
There were many presentations covering customer CRM and ERP content. Our attention was on the ERP topics and we’ll highlight some notable items here.
- Finance and Operations name change. Microsoft has split Finance and Operations as separate modules and Operations. The modules are now called Finance and Supply Chain Management (SCM).
- MRP as a Service. Early customer test results show Master Resource Planning running in minutes instead of hours. It’s called Planning Optimization as a Service (you may need to be in the Dynamics 365 Insider Program to access this link) and public preview starts in November. Companies running D365 SCM can connect to the service at no charge, reduce Azure resources, and connect to it from the cloud on from on-prem.
- Catch-weight Processing. Companies in the food sector and sectors where products change weight from put away to “pick” can now configure how to handle the change within D365 SCM. More details here.
- Advance Warehousing and Transportation. The warehouse management and transportation management capabilities are systematically increasing. More details here.
Data Masons recognizes many of the enhancements can greatly improve trading relationships with customers, suppliers, and third-party logistic providers. For example:
- The ability for an automotive supplier to run MRP quickly after processing daily inbound EDI forecast updates could result in significant operating and material cost savings.
- Sending EDI invoices to customers based upon the ‘pick weight’ just before shipping can significantly reduce payment disputes and increase payment remittance.
- EDI transactions with logistic partners can be enriched with more detailed instructions on how to pick, pack, and ship, move and return inventory can significantly increase the efficiency of the entire digital supply chain.
Companies that adhere to and embrace EDI standards should be confident that the standard will support richer data exchanges between D365 SCM and trading partners. How quickly a company can leverage this key. With Data Masons EDI and the use of the Microsoft open data (OData) integration, the EDI message enrichment can be done in days. To find out more about the events or our approach, contact Larry Velez, General Manager, EMEA, or visit us at www.datamasons.com.