A Guide to Dynamics 365 Business Central for the Manufacturing Industry

Data-driven operations are the future of our manufacturing industry. As more manufacturing companies adopt Industry 4.0 and the principles of digital transformation, there is a growing need for integrated business solutions.

Microsoft through its Microsoft Dynamics 365 is looking to provide a comprehensive digital transformation solution for manufacturing businesses. Business Central integrates data and tools provided in the Dynamics 365 suite to bring a number of benefits that can elevate your manufacturing business to the next level.

Why Dynamics 365 Business Central?

Business Central is the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) part of Dynamic 365, designed specifically to allow enterprise users access to mission-critical data in real-time. It is designed to work as a cloud, in hybrid deployment and also on-premises.

The set of tools provided by Microsoft Dynamics 365 can be integrated into Business Central in a seamless way. Business Central, in particular, integrates features such as inventory management and production orders.

This means Dynamics 365 Business Central can be used to automate workflows and even improve them. With Business Central as your primary management platform, more processes can be optimized.

Benefits of Business Central

Among the benefits you will also gain from the transformation are:

  • Optimisation of supply chain operations, leading to a more efficient manufacturing process with minimum inventory and lower inventory-related costs. Dynamics 365 Business Central utilises AI and big data to enable forecasting and accurate manufacturing plan generations.

  • Improved asset management, with streamlined workflows being combined into one continuous process. You no longer have to manage separate parts of the manufacturing line – or even multiple manufacturing lines in different locations – separately.

  • Cost efficiency, which is a direct result of optimised operations. You will start seeing small savings here and there as soon as Business Central is implemented and integrated with existing workflows.

  • Complete digitisation of operations, resulting in an enhanced capability of data processing and insights generation. Every decision related to the manufacturing process can now be based on tangible data with the help of Dynamics 365 Business Central.

All of these advantages lead to one big one: a boost to your bottom line. Lower costs and efficient operations always lead to a healthy boost in profit.

Integrating Business Central

Dynamics 365 Business Central combines ERP features with the power of Dynamics 365 as a platform. The Finance and Operations module for manufacturing business, for example, includes tools like production control, material and capacity planning, job scheduling, job sequencing, and inventory management.

The Dynamics 365 Business Central Premium adds a primary control panel for manufacturing operations. While you get manufacturing-specific tools with Essentials, Business Central Premium provides access to service and manufacturing management. The tools offered by Business Central can help support the A to Z of your manufacturing operations, including demand forecasting and line maintenance.

Since Dynamics 365 also supports mixed-mode manufacturing, you can still use the control method you are accustomed to while implementing Business Central. Batch order is just as easy to implement as project-based production, with principles like Configure to Order and Make to Stock also supported natively. It is easy to see how Dynamics 365 Business Central can sit at the core of your manufacturing business.

The solution is offered with flexible licensing, so you also have the option to keep your implementation costs in check. Considering the benefits and the tools provided by Dynamics 365 Business Central, however, investing in this solution yields a high return on investment.

If you’re interested in taking your manufacturing operations to the next level, contact Dynavics today to learn more about how we can help with system implementation, ongoing support and upgrades.

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