Configuration of variants within Dynamics 365 Business Central assembly.

anaptis Configuration:

For some time now, the trend toward individualization has been clearly emerging. Products are no longer bought “off-the-rack”. Have you already experienced this? Instead, goods are requested and manufactured on a customer- or order-specific basis. As a result, companies today have numerous product variants at their disposal. Quite confusing! However, they often lack a simple way to manage them in ERP solutions such as Dynamics 365 Business Central.


Your challenge without the add-on.

You will know the problem: In the system standard of Dynamics 365 Business Central or Dynamics NAV, you can create several variants per item, but only one bill of material. This means that you cannot create different assembly bills of material for each item variant. Let’s assume you produce furniture. So you could create the basic item “Table” with the variants “Red”, “Yellow” and “Blue” as well as a BOM for this item “Table”. But what you can’t do is create individual assembly BOMs per variant (for example, for the blue table, a blue tabletop, etc.).

Workaround: Create variants as items

Do you currently solve this challenge by creating variants as individual articles? Then the article master in the system inflates, you lose the overview and there are probably quite a few variant duplicates. Your response time to requests is slow.

Workaround: Add-ons from the market

Alternative add-ons from the competition are mostly aimed at companies with complex production processes that work with the “Production” functional area (Premium license). Thus, some functions (e.g. machine allocation plans) are often only aimed at them.

Neither of these workarounds, which we have seen many times in companies, is satisfactory. Both come with their drawbacks. If you have manageable assembly processes and work with the “Assembly” area in Dynamics 365 Business Central (Essentials license) and are looking for a way to create different assembly BOMs per item variant, you’re in the right place.

Easily manage variants per product:

Our solution anaptis Configuration.

With the help of our variant configurator anaptis Configuration for Dynamics 365 Business Central, you can create your own variants with individual assembly parts lists within an article.
Let’s assume again that you produce furniture. So you can use anaptis Configuration to set up the base item “Table” in the system and add a variant “Red” with an assembly bill of materials incl. red tabletop, a variant “Yellow” with an assembly bill of materials incl. yellow tabletop etc.

Select or create in documents

When you create documents (e.g. quotation, order), you can either simply select the variants or create them order-, quotation- or customer-specific from the sales line. This allows you to quickly respond to special orders and custom orders.

Check for duplicates

When variants are created, possible duplicates are automatically checked. Say goodbye to variant duplicates and don’t inflate your system unnecessarily.

Define multiple resource types

With anaptis Configuration, not only components but also machines and employees can be added as resources to the assembly bill of materials.

Triggering workflows

Process-controlled workflows for sales and assembly orders can be created from the variants.

Ask Theo:

To what extent does the variant configuration in Dynamics 365 Business Central extend the standard?

It is me again, Theo the technology interpreter!

I would like to illustrate how anaptis Configuration extends the standard of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.

Criteria System standard anaptis Configuration
creation of different assembly parts lists per variant
only as a detour by creating a separate item

order-related from the sales line (flexible with regard to special designs and individual orders)
customer-related packaging of an item
only by creating a separate item (a lot of effort)

directly from the sales line (little effort)
adding resources (machines or employees)
new creation of an item, if necessary

possible in advance, directly from the sales line
automatic identification of duplicates



all details about anaptis Configuration.

Versions (Changelog)

  • Version 22.0


    • New Dynamics 365 Business Central feature implemented “Security Groups”: Use in supported setup (prior to permissions assignment) to assign permissions to Azure Active Directory groups for Dynamics 365 Business Central.
  • Version 21.0


    • Usage in sales quotation (can be set up)
    • Standard display of the variant code in the document lines of the sales quotation and order
    • Improvement of the creation and maintenance of variant configurations via the item variants


    • Update of the functionality for the latest Dynamics 365 Business Central Version
    • Improvement of the tooltips
    • Improvement of the support setup for the permissions
    • Improvement of the user experience in the configuration pages
    • Checking for the presence of an assembly bill of materials when the anaptis Configuration feature is enabled for an item
    • Automatic creation of a default variant when an item without variants is activated to ensure that the item can be used correctly


    • No creation of duplicates when creating a variant configuration via the article variants


    • Deletion of the function “Create assembly orders automatically with document release”.


  • installation assistant
  • free trial version (for Dynamics 365 Business Central Online (Cloud))
  • app setup workshop (optionally bookable)


  • Dynamics 365 Business Central Essentials or Premium


  • Online (Cloud)

*We regularly support the latest version of Dynamics 365 Business Central. Please contact us with detailed questions about supported versions.

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An excerpt of our references.

Meistersinger anaptis Erfolgsgeschichte

One watch, many variants

By the use of anaptis Configuration app, they can now configure variants easily. Directly from the sales line, they can now create several variants with different parts lists for an item.

anaptis Configuration:

These are your advantages.


User-friendly system

You will quickly find your way around: The design corresponds to the familiar Microsoft look-and-feel. This makes the app very user-friendly and familiarization requires little effort.


Clearly designed

From now on, you maintain one basic item with several variants including parts lists. Your item master remains lean. Thus, the administration is easy to follow and understand for everyone.


Less effort needed

Our add-on minimizes the effort required to maintain your product master data and significantly streamlines the processes in your assembly area.


What does anaptis Configuration cost?


Price overview

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Individual request

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Configuration of variants in Dynamics 365 Business Central.

Get to know us and our solution! We will be happy to present the product to you in a free initial consultation. You can assess whether we as a partner and anaptis Configuration for Dynamics 365 Business Central as a solution are a good fit for you. Alternatively, we will be happy to provide you with a trial version.

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