Topics: Manufacturing

March 01, 2017

6 Ways Manufacturers Can Improve Business Agility

Business agility is the name of the manufacturing game! How do you keep agile so you can capitalize on opportunities, while making sure you have enough finished product to meet demand? Here are 6 ...

Topics: Manufacturing

March 01, 2017

Is your biggest manufacturing constraint your ERP system?

Recognizing and overcoming manufacturing constraints is one of the main jobs of running any manufacturing operation. You have your standard:

Topics: Manufacturing

March 01, 2017

5 Costly Manufacturing KPI Mistakes CFOs Make

Being a numbers-driven manufacturing CFO is a good thing – in fact, it’s essential. But as a CFO, you probably know finance and operations more than you know the ins-and-outs of manufacturing, which ...
February 28, 2017

Where The Rubber Meets The Road At Dell Technologies

How much does a second cost you? In the manufacturing facilities at Dell Technologies, the answer is – MILLIONS!

Topics: CRM

February 28, 2017

Microsoft Excel & Word Templates with Dynamics CRM

Using Microsoft Excel & Word Templates with Dynamics CRM

Topics: CRM

February 15, 2017

Security Roles to Cut Dynamics AX 2012 Licensing Costs

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 offers four license types:

Topics: ERP

February 07, 2017

Verifying Your Inventory Count

How to verify you inventory count in Microsoft Dynamics 365 We’ve written a couple of articles recently about inventory counting best practices using Dynamics 365. For quick reference you can find ...

Topics: ERP

February 01, 2017

Prepare a wall-to-wall inventory count – Dynamics 365

So your company is about to do a wall to wall inventory count.  What should you do to prepare for this big event? What should be done in a Microsoft Dynamics 365 Implementation?  Let’s explore these ...

Topics: ERP, Energy

January 25, 2017

MCA Connect’s EnergyCONNECT Hosted in Microsoft Azure

MCA Connect’s EnergyCONNECT Enterprise Solution is Now Available to be Hosted in Microsoft Azure

Topics: Manufacturing

January 24, 2017

HBD Manufacturing with MCA Connect & Microsoft

HBD Industries Selects Microsoft Dynamics 365 and MCA Connect to Enable World-Class Manufacturing Operations

Topics: Manufacturing

January 24, 2017

Value Stream Mapping: Do your materials move by magic?

Does your lean manufacturing value stream map include movement of materials between processes?

Topics: ERP

January 18, 2017

Understanding Master Planning

Understanding Master Planning and Master Scheduling in Microsoft Dynamics AX

Topics: ERP

January 13, 2017

Bank Reconciliation & 1099s in Microsoft Dynamics AX

AX Summit 2016 was my very first AXUG Summit experience – AND – it was my very first time speaking in front of a large crowd. It was EXHILARATING!

Topics: ERP

December 29, 2016

Getting to the Aha Moment Faster

The Way Things Work Around Here Most manufacturing employees are comfortable in their routines. They are used to what they do and have become as productive as they can with what they have.  Any ...

Topics: ERP

December 07, 2016

Positive & Negative Days

What are positive and negative days in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and why do we need them? 

Topics: ERP

December 01, 2016

Which Annual Inventory Counting Method Should You Use?

Businesses run into the dilemma of doing a yearly wall-to-wall inventory and have asked “What is the best method for doing this within Dynamics 365 Implementation?”

Topics: ERP

November 29, 2016

5 Steps to Closing the Books in Microsoft Dynamics AX

The end of the year is quickly approaching. It’s always such a busy time, especially for those of us in accounting. Not only do we have the distractions of holiday dinners, decorating and shopping, ...

Topics: CRM, ERP

November 11, 2016

Foster a Partnership With Microsoft Dynamics Partner

AXUG Summit 2016 kicked off with a BANG! One of the first sessions of the week was hosted by 3 longtime leaders of the Dynamics AX community: Lindsay Garcia of Magpul, a Microsoft Dynamics AX ...

Topics: ERP

November 01, 2016

Use Visual Studio Team Services To Track Projects

So…how’s your Microsoft Dynamics AX implementation going? WHAT? You have to get a report from someone else? I have a better option for you.

Topics: ERP

October 17, 2016

AXUG Summit – Last Minute Tips!

With the 2016 AXUG Summit right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking seriously about the conference and how you’ll cover everything you want to see in just a few short days.

Topics: Manufacturing

September 28, 2016

Lean Production Scheduling in Dynamics 365

Let’s look in some detail at production scheduling for lean manufacturing in Dynamics AX.  If you haven’t read my blog series on production scheduling supporting lean principles, I encourage you to ...

Topics: CRM

September 16, 2016

How to Deploy a CRM Update Rollup – Best Practices

Microsoft regularly releases CRM Update Rollups (also sometimes referred to as service packs) to keep Dynamics 365 Implementation running smoothly. These CRM Update Rollups fix known issues, provide ...

Topics: ERP

September 13, 2016

Production Scheduling – Every Part

This post is part of our series discussing the 7 lean manufacturing guidelines. In this post we’ll discuss every part every interval – EPEI – metric.

Topics: CRM

September 09, 2016

Healthy CRM. Healthy Business.

Are you regularly performing health checks on your Microsoft Dynamics CRM application?  Wait…What’s a CRM health check? A CRM health check is more than just the installation of the CRM Rollup Updates ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing

August 31, 2016

Production Scheduling – Level the Volume

This post is part of our series discussing the 7 lean manufacturing guidelines. In this post we’ll discuss supermarkets as a way to design a lean future state.

Topics: ERP

August 30, 2016

You’ve Got Attachments

Have you ever wanted a visual notification that there was an attachment to an order/journal/etc.??

Topics: ERP

August 30, 2016

AutoReport – How to get more from your reports

Have you ever run an inquiry or report but needed more information and you don’t want to drill down to get it?  Don’t want to involve a Developer or your IT department to get it?

Topics: Manufacturing

August 19, 2016

Production Scheduling – Level the Mix

This post is part of our series discussing the 7 lean manufacturing guidelines. In this post we’ll discuss supermarkets as a way to design a lean future state.

Topics: Manufacturing

August 02, 2016

Production Scheduling – Schedule at One Point

This post is part of our series discussing the 7 lean manufacturing guidelines. In this post we’ll discuss supermarkets as a way to design a lean future state.

Topics: ERP

August 01, 2016

Journal Control

Journal control works along with account structures to enforce more stringent rules for a specific journal. Using journal control we can restrict the posting types on a journal; for example we may ...

Topics: Energy

July 28, 2016

Rubicon Oilfield Selects MCA Connect’s Solution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Rubicon Oilfield International Selects MCA Connect’s EnergyCONNECT for Enterprise Resource Planning Solution Built on Microsoft Dynamics, EnergyCONNECT is an oil and ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing

July 26, 2016

Production Scheduling – Supermarkets and Pull

This post is part of our series discussing the 7 lean manufacturing guidelines. In this post we’ll discuss supermarkets as a way to design a lean future state.

Topics: Manufacturing

July 26, 2016

5 Ways Manufacturers Can Increase Customer Loyalty

Most manufacturers and distributors don’t place enough focus on driving customer loyalty. Sure, if you are a manufacturer, you want repeat business, but where customers get the most frustrated is the ...

Topics: ERP

July 21, 2016

Jayco, Inc. Selects mcaConnect and Microsoft AX

Jayco, Inc. Selects MCA Connect and Microsoft AX for Enterprise Resource Planning Needs

Topics: ERP

July 19, 2016

Production Scheduling – Develop Flow

This is the third post in our series discussing the 7 lean manufacturing guidelines.

Topics: Manufacturing

July 15, 2016

Manufacturing Re-Imagined

How can manufacturing ERP systems and related technologies solve manufacturing challenges using new approaches? That was the question our manufacturing experts answered at “Manufacturing ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing

July 14, 2016

Production Scheduling – Building to Takt

This is the second post in our series discussing the 7 lean manufacturing guidelines. The first guideline is to design a lean future state by producing to your takt time.

Topics: Manufacturing

July 12, 2016

Production Scheduling – 7 Lean Principles

The other day I came across an early version of the Lean Enterprise Institute’s “Learning to See” workshop from 1999. The workshop listed seven guidelines for the design of a future state value ...

Topics: Manufacturing

July 06, 2016

Manufacturing Feeling Squeezed?

Why is it that every time I am out with customers I end up with something new to blog about? Probably because I am insanely curious about each customer as I look to creatively help them to improve ...

Topics: ERP

June 22, 2016

Load Ledger Transactions

Dynamics AX has a neat function that will allow a user to transfer previously posted journal transactions into a newly created journal for re-posting.  This comes in handy when you have forgotten to ...

Topics: ERP

June 16, 2016

Jump!!! Ready… Set…

When I was six years old, I broke my arm in a heroic attempt to prove that I could fly.  The plan was simple.  Climb a chest of drawers and jump before I think it through.  Then magically, I expected ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

June 13, 2016

Microsoft’s Future Manufacturing Vision Is Here

TWELVE BILLION DOLLARS $12B – this is the latest figure for Microsoft’s annual spend on R&D In 2010 Microsoft imagined a manufacturing future where workers collaborated seamlessly across time-zones, ...

Topics: ERP

May 31, 2016

MCA Connect 2016 Microsoft ERP Partner Finalist

MCA Connect has awesome news to share! We are a 2016 finalist for Microsoft’s prestigious Partner of the Year Award for the Enterprise Resource Planning category as a result of our manufacturing ...

Topics: ERP

May 25, 2016

Setting Up Ledger Allocation Journals in Dynamics AX

In this Didjano (a play of words on Did You Know) video, MCA Connect Application Consultant Madeline Hayes will be discussing how you can use the ledger allocation function.  So now let’s get started!

Topics: ERP

May 19, 2016

Avoiding a Risky ERP Implementation

There has been plenty written about ERP failures. Gartner and Forester among others have specific articles and reports about the main issues that lead to ERP failures within an organization. So what ...

Topics: ERP

May 19, 2016

Too Many Pages Open in Dynamics AX

Many of us multi task on a daily basis, but have you ever looked down into your taskbar to see that you have way too many AX windows open?  Today’s Didjano will help you manage and resolve this issue.

Topics: ERP

May 11, 2016

Settle an Invoice when an Error in Dynamics AX occurs

If you have been working Accounts receivables or payables for a while in Microsoft Dynamics AX, you’ve more than likely come across a transaction in customer or vendor settlement that you were unable ...

Topics: ERP

May 05, 2016

Modifying How Names appear in Microsoft Dynamics AX

Do you ever get frustrated when looking up an employee but the records start with the first name and all you know is their last?

Topics: ERP

April 26, 2016

Add a Field, Move a Field & Stephen Curry

In this episode of Five Good Minutes in Dynamics AX we look at a couple of big “little things” in the latest RTW version. We look at how to add a field to a grid and how to move that field on a grid.

Topics: ERP

April 22, 2016

5 Good Minutes: Filters, Grids, and the Magnificent AX7

In this western themed blog Chad Carnes shows users how to filter grids in Dynamics AX7. Chad shows 7 ways to use grids to create custom reports in Microsoft Dynamics AX7.

Topics: CRM

April 06, 2016

To Go Online or to Go On-Premise, That is the Question

If your organization is considering using Microsoft Dynamics CRM it is important to determine which hosting option is best for your business. Microsoft offers businesses flexibility to choose from ...
  

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