Microsoft Dynamics 365: Transforming Manufacturing


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Transforming manufacturing with intelligent business applications

Manufacturing has been a driving force for industrial and societal transformation for centuries. Next week, at Hannover Messe —the world’s leading trade show for industrial technology—decades of industrial technology innovation at Microsoft is intersecting with Industry 4.0. As Industry 4.0 ushers in new technological advances to improve operations, competition and customer demands are keeping pace. Customers expect exceptional products and services, without exception, driving a need for greater innovation.

We are joined at the event by dozens of global manufacturers representing industries from automotive to consumer electronics and construction equipment. All using Microsoft Business Applications as a competitive differentiator; intelligent technologies that help transform the entire connected manufacturing ecosystem.

Optimize manufacturing operations and deliver new services

At Hannover Messe, we are showcasing how we empower manufacturers to connect Internet of Things (IoT) sensors on key business-critical assets to business transactions in Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations. It’s a transformative solution to manage production and stock in real-time and proactively resolve issues. As well as optimize manufacturing operations, maximize the value of assets, and take business performance and customer satisfaction to new heights. Read more about the solution here.

Annata, a leading Microsoft Partner for automotive, heavy equipment, and industrial machinery industries, helped Iceland’s largest vehicle importer and distributor, Brimborg, rapidly expand into the commercial fleet rental market. This was in response to the 2008-11 Icelandic financial crisis. Booth visitors will learn how Annata first unified Brimborg’s business of importing, distributing, selling and servicing cars and construction equipment, with a solution that could cover their entire business with Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations along with the Annata 365 solution.

When the crises hit, Brimborg deployed the extensive Rental module that enabled them to manage this new part of their business. Brimborg is using IoT data flowing from its rental cars with the service scheduling capabilities of the Annata solution to optimize and ensure timely servicing of the fleet. All rental cars are automatically called in for service and inspections, which is highly important for keeping the fleet healthy. Brimborg is continuing to automate and innovate using IoT, Dynamics 365, and the Annata solution to run its business more efficiently, but also to open new business models and opportunities with customers in other areas of its business. Targeting four-minute car deliveries and 30-second customer returns—and planning new innovative business models based on Microsoft and Annata solutions.

Make the leap to intelligent, connected field service

Attendees at Hannover Messe are getting a glimpse into the future of field service for manufacturers, powered by Microsoft IoT Central, Dynamics 365 for Field Service, and Dynamics 365 Mixed Reality for HoloLens and mobile devices.

Dynamics 365 Connected Field Service transforms field service organizations with solutions to detect and resolve issues remotely before the customer knows of an issue, and drive efficiency and cut costs in the business cost center. The solution leverages connected devices and machine learning capabilities to combine remote monitoring, digital services, and predictive maintenance.

As recently announcedDynamics 365 Remote Assist for mobile devices brings the HoloLens experience to mobile devices, allowing floor operators and field technicians to collaborate with remote experts and troubleshoot issues in context, without leaving the job site.  Dynamics 365 Guides is a new mixed reality tool that allows employees to learn by doing, with interactive, step-by-step guidance presented on heads-up, hands-free displays in real work situations.

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Toyota’s North America Production Engineering team uses Dynamics 365 Layout and Dynamics 365 Remote Assist on Microsoft HoloLens in their North America manufacturing centers. Dynamics 365 Layout can improve business processes in valuable ways, such as the layout of digital twins of equipment on the manufacturing floor for safety and process verification, and creating innovative AR training practices through the use of holographic equipment instead of physical equipment in space. Dynamics 365 Remote Assist is in the early phases of being used to improve safety and reduce costs through the use of remote experts for equipment verification and incident response.

At Hannover Messe, Microsoft Partner Hitachi Solutions will showcase how they are helping global organizations create outcome-driven, connected field services with IoT and mixed reality to support maintenance work by field workers to increase uptime and service continuity.

Empower your changing workforce

Start a conversation about Industry 4.0, and inevitably the topic lands on the workforce problem.

As a generation of highly-skilled, specialized workers eye retirement, manufacturers are in a bind to recruit young engineers and operators with the right skillset while adjusting to a new workforce, challenging traditional work culture.

Dynamics 365 for Talent helps HR teams at manufacturing organizations to solve the skills gap, offering intelligent tools to find, attract, and onboard skilled candidates. By automating many manual, time-consuming HR processes, Dynamics 365 for Talent lets HR professionals spend less time on the mundane, and more time on strategic initiatives that grow the business.

New this month, Dynamics 365 Guides allows employees to learn by doing with step-by-step instructions that guide employees to the tools and parts they need and how to use them in real work situations. Guides represent a new way to improve workflow efficiency. Now employees can learn while staying hands-on with their work. With the accompanying PC app, it’s possible for managers and frontline workers to create interactive training content by attaching photos, videos, and 3D models to information cards that stay with them while they work. When employees use Guides, information is collected to help managers understand how they’re doing and where they need help, further allowing people to improve the process.

Get the full story at Hannover Messe

These solutions and customer stories are just a peek at how Microsoft Business Applications are helping transform manufacturing. If you are attending Hannover Messe, visit our booth to experience Dynamics 365 and Mixed Reality solutions firsthand, as well as chat with customers and partners.

Find more information about our location and sessions in this schedule, and be sure to check out the resources below.

allonline365 understands the challenges facing the manufacturing industry. Let us help guide your business into the future. Contact allonoline365 on  +27 (21) 205 3650 or email us on today!

Resource Credit | Microsoft Dynamics 365


Rapid Sales Orders: Increase the speed and accuracy of capturing customer sales orders

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Rapid Sales Orders: Increase the speed and accuracy of sales order capturing

As a wholesale distributor solutions provider, we evaluate each client’s business situation to provide the best software solution for their business. There is no one size fits all solution for every business which results in a more tailored approach and additional applications that can be utilized. As a result, Rapid Sales Orders was born.

Industry Challenges

Whether you’re selling off-the-shelf products or delivering custom-made items, wholesale distributors encounter many challenges. A modern, automated ERP system will help increase visibility, improve inventory management, enhance demand planning, deliver accurate analytics, and drive compliance through automated workflows.

In a fast-moving industry, you as a wholesale distributor face an increasingly challenging operational environment. The advancement of technology has unleashed a rise in client expectations. To combat these expectations many wholesale distributors have introduced multiple product lines and increased outsourcing, but these new decisions bring added complexity to your already existing supply chain. The risk is even greater for wholesale distribution companies that are using outdated software that doesn’t connect all aspects of their business.

Poor visibility of information, silos of data, manual entry of data, inefficient processes, lack of stock control, limited price & margin control and poor customer service are some of the challenges facing Wholesale Distributors.

Wholesale Distributors Solution

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is a perfect fit for wholesale distributor businesses. The functionality includes:

  • Financial Management
  • Sales and Marketing [CRM]
  • Purchases & Payables
  • Sales & Receivables
  • Inventory Management
  • Warehouse Management
  • Assembly Management
  • Demand & Supply Planning
  • E-Services
  • Workflow & Approvals
  • Document Management
  • Reporting & Analytics.

How Rapid Sales Orders Works

Our Rapid Sales Orders functionality extends the Business Central functionality to provide an easy and quick way for your staff to capture your customers with regular sales orders. You can also use this functionality to prompt your staff capturing the order to offer new products.

Rapid Sales Orders presents you with a predefined item list for the customer. These are items that are frequently ordered and will be displayed in the current list and allows your staff to easily and quickly capture the required quantities. The Rapid Sales Orders screen presents items available inventory and the customer’s order history.

Rapid Sales Orders will increase the speed and accuracy of capturing customer sales orders. It can also potentially add to the quantity and value of the order basket.  Below is a short video clip on the functionality of Rapid Sales.


Visit our wholesale distributor’s page to learn more about the various software solutions we provide and how they can help your business today.

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Foodware 365: Now Available On Dynamics 365 Business Central

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Foodware 365 is now available on Dynamics 365 Business Central

Schouw Informatisering announced they are moving forward in the support of food companies that believe they can create a competitive advantage by strategically using IT.

The next generation of business applications with Dynamics 365

IT has become an elementary part of corporate strategy and can provenly make the difference between winners and losers. Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella said the following: “Every company is a software company, and every company is a digital organization”. A few years ago Microsoft announced Dynamics 365. The next generation of Business Applications, where the main focus lies beyond ERP or CRM, in the realm of the holistic vision on IT. Within the Dynamics 365 platform, Microsoft differentiates between two ERP applications: Finance & Operations and Business Central. At the end of last year, Schouw Informatisering already made her solutions available on Finance & Operations, and from now on this is also the case for Business Central.

Innovation for the mass

The Dynamics 365 platform is designed with Microsoft Azure in mind. This platform (based in the cloud) is the “glue” that makes Microsoft’s holistic approach possible. However, more important are the new technologies that Microsoft makes available within Azure. Technologies like Cognitive Services, Machine Learning, and the Internet of Things. But also consider PowerApps, Flow and Power BI, which gives Microsoft users the tools to automate processes that could not be automated beforehand. The Azure platform is constantly evolving and gives companies the opportunity to use tomorrow’s technology, today.

Innovations for strategic IT issues

The developments in the field of IT are moving forward in a constant flow. Therefore, it is crucial that Schouw Informatisering keeps offering her customers the newest technological innovations and also supporting them in strategic IT issues. With the release of Foodware 365 on Business Central we take the next step and give our customers access to the next generation of Business Applications.

allonline365 is a Microsoft and Foodware 365 partner. Get in touch with us to discuss how Dynamics 365 and Foodware 365 can help digitally transform your business today.

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Resource credit | Foodware 365

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