The latest version of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 includes some expected and unique changes, ranging from the standard horizontal and vertical features to new apps for mobile devices. In addition to the mobile app changes that increase the accuracy of data for employees on the road, there have been some key updates to Warehouse Management that make establishing process flows, planning, scheduling, and tracking the different aspects of the warehouse easier to manage and more streamlined. Although not as substantial as the changes to the other areas, Transportation Management did have a few helpful updates that will make planning and tracking easier.
The addition of mobile apps allows those in transportation or on the road to stay on top of their regular duties instead of having to track it on paper or less reliable means.
– Employees can now make entries for time worked on different projects. For those in the field or on the go, this means the time recorded will be more accurate and less guesswork.
– Management can now approve time from the mobile apps. This means that expense reports are more reliable since managers can approve time from anywhere.
– Expenses can be reviewed and reconciled earlier in the process, so that discussions and decisions can use the latest data.
Warehouse Management had a number of notable updates.
– Mobile devices (and scanners) can now be used for stocking and retrieval, which optimizes inventory precision.
– User can configure workflows for inbound and outbound goods.
– Orders can be consolidated so that they can be retrieved in clusters from a single point, as well as updating profiles for better tracking and validation of shipping containers.
– Work can be controlled through batch-scheduling or manually.
– Cycle counting has been improved so user can establish the thresholds, ad-hoc and schedule plans, and the cycle locations and number.
– Users can group containers to organize the packing order, as well as create templates to more easily establish a process and work flow.
While not as substantial or groundbreaking as the other areas, there are a few new features in Transportation Management worth mentioning.
– Planning has been improved so that users can coordinate inbound and outbound shipments, manage shipping routes, and combine shipments.
– Shipping and structuring transportation has been updated to allow users to configure transportation based on different charges, such as custom duties and fuel rates.
– Driver history and logs are easier to review, with check-in and -out history being displayed, as well as any recorded logs.
The latest version of AX 2012 R3 is well worth the time required for the update. There is potential to streamline and standardize a number of important aspect of warehouse management and transportation, as well as giving users a more reliable method of entering time and tracking progress when they are away from the office.