Application Lifecycle Management | Manufacturing


ALM90 - A Day in the Life of a Buyer in Dynamics 365 and AX 2012

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM
Room: Governor's Chamber A

Format: Presentation
Level: Beginner
Version: AX 2012; AX 2012 R2; AX 2012 R3; Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations

This session is in it's fourth year and is a Continuation of real life implementation experiences with mostly manufacturing topics in AX 2012 and a big purchasing distribution topic in Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, each versions getting half of the presentation time. Please know that screenshots are shown in Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations but AX 2012 equivalents will be mentioned.

Learning Objectives:

Evert J. Bos

Solution Architect

I started working with a mainframe ERP system in 1986, and implemented this system at manufacturing companies in the Netherlands, Spain and Germany. This "antiquated" mainframe ERP system already had a Kanban module and in hindsight I still appreciate the rich functionality of this system. Then the mainframe was replaced by UNIX and I switched horses, working with the BaaN ERP system for a few years in Europe.
With a few exceptions, these European companies were Make-to-Order/ Engineer-to-Order manufacturing businesses, which I always found the most fascinating and also the most challenging for an ERP system. The BaaN system had excellent functionality for this type of business.
This focus continued when I came to the US in 1995. I completed many very interesting implementations for project manufacturing companies, focused on the interaction between engineering and operations, engineering and purchasing. In the USA many projects were multi-company, multi-site which added an extra dimension to material planning. combining MRP with DRP and intercompany demand. The first years in the USA I was working with the BaaN system, but changed to Dynamics AX in 2004. Seeing the rapid evolution of AX in the last years has been fascinating and my general enthusiasm to improve efficiency, increase visibility and in general make a company's business more intelligent using AX, has been unwavering.
I participate with passion in discussions and forums about industry verticals, new AX functionality suggested for the next release and I am also an avid reporter of bugs. Nowadays th ambition of an ERP system should be to transform a business by offering true insights that make for better plans and strategies.
Nothing is more gratifying for a consultant then hear a customer say: "Yes, this functionality means a big improvement for our company". My never-ending quest is to make ERP functionality intelligent and logical, combining user-friendliness with visibility of the key things a user needs to do this task efficiently and also, with pleasure!


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