Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central for Manufacturing Industry

Greater operational efficiency is the key driver of growth in the manufacturing industry, yet it is something that is quite difficult to achieve. Businesses facing this issue often place their bets on ERP software for the manufacturing industry.

Today, there are several ERPs for the manufacturing industry but the one that simply stands out for its effectiveness is Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.

In this blog, we shall explore Microsoft Dynamics ERP—Business Central. Keep reading to know more.

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What is Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central?

Microsoft Dynamics Business Central is one of the best ERPs for the manufacturing industry. It enables SMBs to manage every aspect of production processes.

It does so by helping businesses to integrate and unify all the data into a core business system that acts as a single source of truth. Besides, being a multi-language multi-currency, it helps businesses to manage their sales, supply chain, procurement, acquisition, marketing, finances, etc.

Among several options available out there, Microsoft Business Central is designed to tackle the challenges of all sorts of manufacturing businesses, including build-to-order, build-to-stock, and engineer-to-order.

How is Business Central Beneficial for the Manufacturing Industry?

Apart from unifying all the data, Business Central offers you extensive visibility into your inventory. With Business Central, businesses can automate redundant tasks, avoid potential delays, provide timely responses to customer requests, and boost productivity.

Speaking of manufacturing functionality in Business Central, it includes assembly management, product bill of materials, basic capacity planning, production orders, automatic components and capacity consumption, and a lot more.

Now, let’s expand on the functionalities to learn how Business Central is beneficial for the manufacturing sector.

System Automation

Business Central can easily be tailored to business requirements due to its seamless scalability. Also, with the growth of your business, your automation needs and workloads increase. In such a case, integration of Power Automate with Business Central can effortlessly automate repetitive tasks and optimize processes. This solution can accommodate your ever-evolving business processes with its highly customizable options.

Production Planning

Production planning and scheduling is an integral part of the manufacturing process. This helps in meeting customer demand, maximizing resource utilization, reducing production bottlenecks, and meeting the delivery commitments of customers. Production order management helps businesses track their progress and schedule orders.

Manufacturers can easily set up and manage production orders, specify routings, gain real-time order status updates, and track costs. These detailed insights enable informed decision-making and ensure seamless workflow.

Demand Forecasting

With the help of the Demand Forecasts feature, users can create forecasts related to sales and production. This helps businesses to create ‘what if’ scenarios so they can effectively plan for production to meet the diverse demands of customers. This feature can make a significant difference in ensuring the utmost customer satisfaction by sharing the correct order fulfillment dates.

This demand forecasting can be done for multiple products. For instance, make-to-order businesses do not stock up on inventories. They start production when they receive orders. With demand forecasting, businesses can have an insight into the turnaround time which can help them fulfill orders accordingly.

Inventory Management

Business Central can help you track your inventory levels, stop overstocking, and streamline inventory operations. It will lead to a more cost-effective approach and enhanced cash flow movement with a detailed warehouse insight.

The WMS (warehouse management system) for the Business Central suite includes:

Automated Data-Capture

Consignment Management

Courier Systems Integration

Cycle Counting

eCommerce Integration

EDI (Electronic Data Interexchange)

Inventory Optimization

Multiple Locations

Serial Number and Batch Tracking

Stock-Unit Management

Supply Chain Management

Using the Supply Chain Management module, you can manage your entire supply chain and logistics. SCM module (Supply Chain Management) takes care of all aspects of supply chain management such as order requests, merchandise purchasing, transportation, warehousing, shipping, and order tracking.

Real-time Insights and Reporting

Business Central provides you with real-time actionable insights into your business performances, trends, and analytics. It lets you gauge relevant data, charts, and KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) that are aligned with your preferences. Besides that, you can also sneak into key minute details like filtering or sorting out the data and exporting it to Excel or Power BI (Business Intelligence) for additional scrutiny.

Based on what you need for your business, our team can help you find the right Dynamics 365 options at the best prices, and we can offer a free trial as well. Need our help? Get in touch now!

Vivek Gururani

Vivek is a Digital marketing expert at Dynamics Square, specializing in crafting compelling content on advanced tech topics such as ERP, CRM, cloud computing, AI, ML, BI and more. His profound passion for the digital landscape has led him to explore and master diverse fields including SEO, SEM, content strategy, and data-driven marketing.


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