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.
Low range of functions in the system standard
You will know the problem: Using the system standard of Dynamics 365 Business Central or Dynamics NAV, creating variants is cumbersome and complicated. For each article, you can create one bill of material and several variants. However, you cannot create different assembly BOMs per variant.
Suppose you produce furniture. You could create the basic article “Table” with one BOM and the variants “Red”, “Yellow” and “Blue”. What you cannot do, however, is create individual assembly BOMs for each variant (e.g. for the blue table, a blue table top, etc.).
Way out No. 1: as individual articles
Do you currently solve this challenge by creating variants as individual articles? The consequence: The article master inflates in the system, you lose the overview and there are probably quite a few variant duplicates. This means that you are not very flexible when it comes to processing individual orders. Finally, specifications are difficult and time-consuming to implement. We have seen this many times with companies. In the end, your response time to customer requests is delayed.
Consequently, this way out does not satisfy.
Way out No. 2: Add-ons on the market
Alternative add-ons from competitors are not suitable for many small and medium-sized companies. After all, they are usually aimed at companies with complex production processes that work with the “Production” functional area (premium license). With these add-ons, you can then also manage machine allocation plans, for example, which small and medium-sized companies often do not need. Instead, our customers usually have manageable assembly processes and work with the “Assembly” area in the system (Essentials license).
Consequently, this way out does not satisfy either.
Now how can we help you solve the dilemma? Pay attention: As part of our own research and development, we have developed the Microsoft-certified app “anaptis Configuration” and with it a variant configurator for Dynamics 365 Business Central that is seamlessly connected to the assembly in Dynamics 365 Business Central.
This solves the problem that until now there has been
it was possible to easily create multiple variants for an article with different assembly BOMs.
Here’s how: With the help of our anaptis Configuration app, you can easily build your own product variants with individual assembly bills of materials. Pricing and component availability checks are also integrated in the process. The variant configurator also recognizes duplicate variants so that there are no duplicates and clarity is maintained. In addition, you can easily manage your resources, as employees and machines can also be added as resources to the assembly bill of materials. Lastly, process-driven workflows can also be set up for sales and assembly orders. In the end, you finally benefit from a convenient configuration process.
Let’s assume again that you produce furniture. So you set up the basic article “table” in the system and add a variant “red” with an assembly bill of materials incl. red table top, a variant “yellow” with an assembly bill of materials incl. yellow table top etc..
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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.
You will quickly find your way around: The operation is simple, in Microsoft Look and Feel.
Duplicates are eliminated and, as a result, incorrect item descriptions are avoided. This greatly reduces the risk of faulty production.
Instead of several items, you maintain one item with several variants.
With our add-on you reduce the number of articles and parts lists. This minimizes the effort required to maintain your product master data.
By solving the problem of non-existent individual assembly parts lists per variant with our app, you significantly streamline the processes in your assembly area.
Currently, you probably map your bills of material per variant in the system via detours. With our app, variant management is comprehensible and understandable for everyone.
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You can also request your individual offer. For example, if you still have questions about the product.
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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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