There is much excitement around the announcement of Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 for Operations. But for AX users, moving to the cloud may be an intimidating thought with new options to consider for warehouse management.
AX users know what to expect with an on-premise ERP - as it’s typically a one-time purchase installed locally and internally managed. When you look at cloud, you’re typically buying an ERP that is a SaaS product (software as a service), managed remotely and accessed using a web browser. On top of the new cloud model, Microsoft has also announced they will support a hybrid cloud/on-premise version as well.
If upgrading is in your future, let’s take a look at some of your warehousing options, since one size does not fit all with Dynamics 365.
Inventory Management (WMS I)
With Dynamics 365, you have the option to use WMS I to manage your warehouse. Typically these are manufacturers, distributors, or retailers with less complex needs that don’t need to use the system directed rules of WMS Advanced. With WMS I, you’ll need to utilize amobile solution like RF-SMARTto automate your warehousing processes.
Significantly less complex and faster implementation
Proven Solution for 300+ customers worldwide
Simple Setup (1 warehouse module, no need to distinguish between multiple warehouse concepts)
Transaction Count - 30% fewer transaction load
Better interaction with manufacturing operations (Job card workflow, Production order start)
Carton-level Container Packing
Integrated with TMS
Items to Consider:
Potential need for Outside ISV’s vs. customization of included functionality
Limited ability for system direction
Limited availability for waves/license plating
WMS Advanced (WHS)
If you have more complex warehousing requirements with a preference for system-directed vs. user directed decisions, Dynamics 365 WMS Advanced could be a good fit. Typically, these are Big-Box Customers with heavy distribution needs that plan to use all of the WMS functionality.
Highly configurable using query based configurations
Can provide necessary functionality for full WMS needs
Items to Consider:
Greater complexity, cost and time for implementation and on-going maintenance
For any transactions not using waves and license plating, the included RF does not work
Significantly higher setup per transaction (9X+)
Extensive coding to add compliance data, custom fields, and screen design changes
Telnet is not supported, so customers with older hardware will have to buy new devices
Doesn’t support parsing of EAN/UCC 128 barcodes; Not 21 CFR Part 11 compliant for label tracing; Cannot receive non-stock items; Printing requires code-based integration\
WMS Advanced + Enhanced Applications
If you fit into the WMS Advanced profile but have a stock of legacy Telnet devices you’d like to use, there is a third option to consider. Using complementary applications like RF-SMART’s Telnet Enabler allows you to utilize your older devices. You can also maximize your investment with manager dashboards andLabel Printing Solution.
Supports Telnet, so customers with older devices won’t have to purchase new devices
Purpose-built label design and printing capabilities
Supports barcode parsing (EAN/UCC 128); Full product dimensions & inquiry capabilities; Item Source Options, Inquiry & List screens