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The Power and Flexibility of Dynamics AX in Compliance

Everyone knows that an organization has reporting requirements within their accounting departments, but an organization should think beyond financials and recognize that compliance is relevant to so much more.

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ERP Consultant Warning Signs

Gartner recently released their ERP Magic Quadrant, and for another year Microsoft Dynamics AX has been left out of the Leaders Quadrant due to a perceived lack of the Partner Channel's ability to implement AX in a global, large enterprise. (See Merit Solutions' white paper: The Challenges of Working with the Wrong Consultant.)

Most organizations realize that choosing and installing an ERP system is too complex to be handled in-house. The process of adopting a new ERP system invariably involves working with a third-party consultant. In fact, the success of the deployment and use of an ERP system depends heavily on the quality of the consultant, so heavily that a business might consider bringing in other help if the project starts falling apart.

So what are some red flags that the consultant selected may not be up to the task?

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Total Economic Impact and Potential ROI of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

Microsoft commissioned Forrester Consulting to examine the total economic impact and potential return on investment (ROI) that enterprises may realize by implementing Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. The purpose of this study is to provide readers with a framework to evaluate the potential financial impact of Microsoft Dynamics on their organizations.

Forrester's interviews with two existing customers and a survey of 22 others, along with the subsequent financial analysis, found that a composite organization based on the organizations interviewed/surveyed experienced the risk-adjusted ROI, IRR, costs, and benefits shown below. (All numbers have been rounded.)

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 ROI

See the full study: Total Economic Impact and Potential ROI of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

Microsoft Dynamics AX Upgrade

Even though you're not moving from a non-Microsoft ERP system to Microsoft Dynamics AX - planning your Microsoft Dynamics AX upgrade still requires business workstream mapping, in-depth change management, proven implementation methodologies, and back-end technical expertise. Merit Solutions provides end-to-end Microsoft Dynamics AX upgrade services that help guide clients to successful upgrades - no matter what version they are upgrading from!

Learn more about our Microsoft Dynamics AX Upgrades.

Turnaround Your Microsoft Dynamics AX Project

Microsoft Dynamics AX implementations face a number of risks and challenges due to the transformational impact they have on companies.

Like any enterprise ERP application, Microsoft Dynamics AX implementations involve more than just replacing software applications; they also involve the re-engineering of business processes and changing the way your employees operate. For those reasons, Microsoft Dynamics AX implementations require more than just software resellers. They require business process consultants, change management experts, certified project managers, experienced integration and customization engineers, high-value quality analysts, and reliable and responsive support teams.

Unfortunately, too many companies end up working with a software reseller instead of a true consulting partner that can manage the people, process, and technology changes through to successful outcomes.

If your Microsoft Dynamics AX project is not meeting your value, cost, or timeline goals - learn about how we can help turnaround your Microsoft Dynamics AX project.

Reconciling master scheduling and lean manufacturing

Lean manufacturing can be introduced in different ways. While some companies start with the lean philosophy and try to apply the lean principles value stream by value stream, others take a more local approach and start from specific work cells where resources and the demand structure allow or even require a lean approach. Continue reading "Reconciling master scheduling and lean manufacturing"

Making the most of the Dynamics AX Task Recorder

ERP programs are vast pieces of software with a lot of functionality.

As a business solution, big functionality is a good thing; but for trying to learn and convey this to your audience, it can be quite daunting.

Luckily for you, Microsoft Dynamics AX has a built in function to record your actions as you complete a task. Once all your actions are completed, you are able to generate a Word, PowerPoint, or Visio document showing each window you opened, value you entered, and selection you made. Included in the document are screenshots taken along the way to better show your process.

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Dynamics AX Business Process Modeling (BPM) and Change Management White Paper

Analysts like Gartner, Forrester Research, and Nucleus Research have all named Microsoft Dynamics AX as a Leader in their respective ERP research reports. More than 20,000 companies worldwide use Microsoft Dynamics AX, including industry leaders like Dell, Revlon, Delta, Patagonia, Chobani, and Stanley Steemer.

But you’re not convinced.

You heard the success stories, saw the sales demos, and ultimately made the decision to implement Microsoft Dynamics AX. In doing so, you expected to drive operational efficiency in all functional areas, connect individuals and teams across the world, and achieve real-time visibility into global supply chain data. Since your decision, however, your project hasn’t been smooth and deep down you know something is very wrong.

The purpose of this white paper is to outline and discuss the challenges associated with working with an inexperienced software reseller, and the potential impact they can have not only on your Microsoft Dynamics AX implementation - but on your business profitability and success!

Read the white paper: Business Process Modeling (BPM) and Change Management: The Challenges of Working with the Wrong Consultant

AXUG Webinar: Leverage MRP to Build a Better Budget

MRP is a powerful tool for managing your supply chain. Join us during this webinar to learn how to leverage your existing MRP processes in the annual budget development process to address product cost projections, overhead projections, and other operational cost projections.

You can register on the AXUG website:

AXUG SIG - Consumer Product Group (CPG): Leverage MRP to Build a Better Budget
April 4, 2014
1-2pm EST

Georgia Nut Company - Dynamics AX Testimonial

We recently sat down with Jack Arends, Director of Finance for Merit Solutions / Microsoft Dynamics AX client Georgia Nut Company, and asked him a couple questions related to his partnership with Merit Solutions, and the value they have received since implementing Microsoft Dynamics AX. See what Jack had to say!

Who is Georgia Nut Company? 

Georgian Nut Company is a food manufacturer of confection and snack items. Our capabilities include sugar shelling, panning, enrobing, roasting as well as packaging into form & fill bags, jars, and zip lock bags. Our manufacturing capacities are in excess of 50,000,000 pounds annually with packaging of individual bags / jars in excess of 125,000,000 units. Sales come from 4 distinct markets including industrial ingredients, contract manufacturing, private label, and bulk. We have 150,000 square foot manufacturing facility and 180,000 square distribution facility; employing 300 employees between the two facilities.

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