Archive for September 2017

LCS Update: September 2017, Release 2

LCS Update Release 2

Microsoft’s Lifecycle Services tool has been given a few new tools and features this September. LCS continues to be an outstanding mechanism for managing application lifecycles, and Microsoft now plans to have new releases every two weeks! Updates in LCS Release 2 includes a few new features including: Security updates to Remote desktop and Windows…

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Digital Transformation in the Field

Field Operations Worker Using Mobile Tablet

The economist Thomas Friedman made a very prescient observation in his column today: “…we’re going through a change in the “climate” of technology and work. We’re moving into a world where computers and algorithms can analyze (reveal previously hidden patterns); optimize (tell a plane which altitude to fly each mile to get the best fuel…

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A Taste of Sales Forecasting Using Azure Machine Learning

Azure Machine Learning Predictions

The concept of Machine Learning is not all that new, though better tools and technology have opened the door to new use cases and applications. It can be daunting, but the best place to start is with an abundance of data. While some data may not seem particularly important, if it is easily accessible it…

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Resin Price Visibility Protection in Plastics Manufacturing

What did you pay for the resin (PP, PS, PE, PET, PVC, etc.)? It’s like something out of a James Bond movie… Whether it’s for competitive reasons or some sales guy who’s trying to negotiate a better deal, pricing is a sensitive subject and what you’re paying for a raw material that makes up a…

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Why ‘Internet of Things’ is Important in the Field, Really

Internet of Things Field Operations

We hear it all the time, the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT), and after a while our ears become dulled to the repetition. One acronym after another from the tech folks, when will it end? This time however, it applies. Especially to people who depend on a work force in the field to serve their customers…

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Cumulative Update 13 Now Available for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

Dynamics AX Cumulative Update 13

Good news, everyone – Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 CU13 is now available for download! Cumulative Update 13 includes: Client enhancements Developer tools enhancements BI enhancements Financial enhancements Retail enhancements Human capital management enhancements Supply chain management enhancements Warehouse and transportation enhancements Public sector enhancements Country/region-specific updates that are included in CU 13 For more…

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Product Problems in the Field? – Track it!

Field Operations Non-Conformance Reporting

Does your current ERP and/or Field Operations system let you track problems with inventory items? Or do you need to use outside systems to do the reporting? Double entry of these conditions creates errors and takes valuable time. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a system where you can track and report on non-conformance for:…

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5 Things To Do BEFORE Summit (Now)

1. Seek new information This is a critical point in whatever Dynamics-related endeavor you are undertaking. At the rate things are changing these days, you simply cannot adopt a wait-until-Summit-and-see strategy. Even if you know you won’t be pulling the trigger on a major decision until next year, now is the time to get informed…

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Managing Purchase Order Lead Times in Plastics Manufacturing

Managing Purchase Order Lead Times in Plastics Manufacturing

In Plastics Manufacturing with resin and additive price fluctuations, sales forecast volatility, and varying levels of self-imposed risk, it is important to manage procurement. Minimizing inventory and the holding costs associated can sometimes take a backseat if other volatility warrants possibly over buying. Strategies around what, when and how much will always be important to…

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