This year at Microsoft Convergence in Atlanta, GA, enVista enjoyed cultivating meaningful relationships with clients, potential customers and partners throughout the week. Thank you to those of you who stopped by Booth #1440 and made it our most successful show ever. Our team appreciated the opportunity to learn more about the supply chain challenges of the individuals we spoke with, and we look forward to helping companies develop a supply chain strategy that addresses specific requirements and leverages Microsoft Dynamics® AX.
One of the things that this show reinforced for us was a trend that we have seen coming: ERP is now more than just financial management and manufacturing. For businesses, ERP has become one of the key parts for managing the supply chain. Naturally, companies are now looking for solutions that work in tandem with their ERP system in order to solve multiple business problems. Here are the three main subjects that were on the minds of the people we spoke with at our booth:
- Integrated Warehouse Management and ERP - With the arrival of Advanced Warehousing in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 in May 2014, many companies running previous versions of Dynamics AX have begun to consider the benefits of an integrated WMS. Several of the people we spoke with indicated that their companies have been maintaining a legacy WMS or some home grown system independent of their ERP. Additionally, they’ve been hesitant to consider a standalone WMS because of the cost or potential integration issues with Dynamics AX. Having taken one customer live on Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Advanced Warehousing in the last year, we were able to address many of the concerns shared with us regarding the breadth of the functionality and the upgrade process. One benefit that many were excited to learn about was the capability to interface Voice Picking, Pick-to-Light and RF mobility solutions with the Dynamics AX WMS.
- ERP in the Cloud - Microsoft announced a lot of exciting developments at this year’s show, the most noteworthy being that Convergence is now the premier Microsoft Conference for businesses that utilizes any of the Microsoft Business Solutions and not just the Dynamics family of ERP products. With that, Microsoft also revealed its strategy for expanding the presence of Microsoft Azure within the Dynamics ERP community. The benefit of this to businesses currently using Dynamics AX is that they now gain additionally flexibility as the need for time and cost-sensitive upgrades or customizations is minimized. For businesses considering Dynamics AX, this development means that the cost of implementing and maintaining an ERP is no longer a barrier when evaluating a Tier-1 ERP solution like Microsoft Dynamics AX.
- EDI for Dynamics AX - One of the more frequent issues business decision makers discussed with us was Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) integration for Dynamics AX. Many of the people we spoke to didn’t have an existing EDI solution, so invoices, purchase orders, etc., were all being managed offline, via hardcopy. Those that did have an existing EDI solution were unable to pass information to and from Microsoft Dynamics AX. While Dynamics AX doesn’t currently boast out-of-the-box EDI functionality, there are EDI solutions specifically tailored to Dynamics AX users. enVista provides Microsoft Dynamics AX users with a robust EDI hosting and managed services solution. Where our solution sets itself apart is that it is integrated with Dynamics AX and does not alter standard processes. Furthermore, our EDI solution is a framework that is extensible and customizable, so additional transactions can be created and managed.
In all, it was a great week filled with meaningful conversations at the enVista booth. enVista has helped businesses just like yours deliver more value from their Dynamics AX investment, and we look forward to being your trusted partner!
By Jeff Ritter