Good lean manufacturing product for SMB.https://www.trustradius.com/erpMicrosoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (formerly Dynamics AX)Unspecified7.31161012012-12-17T17:07:41.956Z
December 17, 2012
Good lean manufacturing product for SMB.
Score 9 out of 101
- Manufacturing Execution System (MES)
- Over $150M in direct benefits, including eliminating the hard and human resource costs of supporting multiple non-standardized processes and software platforms across the globe.
High deployment investment, Microsoft partnership, but some difficulties dealing with large enterprise complexity
Dynamics AX MES does not appear to be built for large enterprise needs, but more small and medium, possibly large single facility, manufacturing. The price and capabilities against large enterprise competitor products reflect the same. It is a good Lean Manufacturing product.
Evaluation and Selection
Some rough spots, but ultimately worked out. The contract didn't appear to be structured to support the level of overlapping facility deployments required to meet timeline commitments. Merging cultures on the program was also challenging. Overall, not an easy implementation by any stretch. Everyone did the best they could.
It took a lot of work, but Microsoft ultimately did a good job with in-person training, including being onsite in multiple global locations for extended periods.
Our solution deviated from a number of key out-of-the-box standards that were included in Online training. We just used that for introduction to the general functionality.
No. This is relatively heavy MES platform that requires in-person and ongoing training support, in my opinion, until a viable support organization is established.
Microsoft did a reasonably good job supporting the deployment efforts to multiple factories and ongoing stabilization. I don't think that MES was intended for the large enterprise volume and complexity levels our operations required.
Yes - Our MES deployment is global and complex, including BizTalk support. We've also completed some important customizations with Microsoft's help that have system level implications, requiring highly knowledgeable configuration management support when undertaking patching, upgrades, etc.
Some integration and high volume ramping challenges, particularly with BizTalk and SQL Server, but getting sorted out. Outages over time appeared to be more dependent on integration complexity than AX MES.
- Inventory, Trade Compliance, Logistics, Cost, Supply Hub, Data Warehouse, Customer Factory Integration
Significant and complex. Certainly more than I think Microsoft expected.