I’ve had a bit of spare time over the holidays and I’ve caught up on a couple of webcast presentations on Dynamics AX 7 – the new Dynamics AX – hosted by MSDynamicsWorld.
This webcast is a nice introduction to the new user interface:
This webcast is a bit more PowerPoint and a bit less demo but nonetheless has some interesting stuff in it, it focuses on manufacturing and production:
There was one new AX screen which caught my attention because it’s always bugged me that it’s been missing from Dynamics AX. It gives a planner a view of which production orders can be started (or can’t be started) based on material availability.
Here’s the screen-grab:
At the top we’re looking at a filtered list of open production orders – filtered by Production unit; Resource group or Resource – with a simple Go/No go ‘Ready for release’ indicator.
The Ready for release indicator is based upon the good old Master planning > Inquires > Explosion logic – basically can the demand for the components be met from on-hand inventory, or are you waiting on a purchase order or production order?
There are menu options to release a specific order or release or available orders, or view the detailed explosion information.
In the lower grid we’re looking at the components required for the selected production order, and we’re going to see which items are available, and, more importantly which aren’t available.
Because this logic depends on Master scheduling, there’s also an option to update the critical on-hand (Inquires > Explosion) information.
I’ve come across a requirement for this sort of information in many implementations – and I think this form’s providing useful functionality – so now I’m off to design one just like it in Dynamics AX 2012.