Why Dynamics 365 Business Central Is a Smart Software Choice for Manufacturers

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Streamlined, integrated, aligned, and flexible—these are the paramount qualities of enterprise resource planning software for manufacturers. With Dynamics 365 Business Central, users can complete seemingly complex manufacturing processes accurately and efficiently. From sourcing to shipping, all functions are handled in one system, including:

  • production orders and bill of materials

  • version management

  • sales and inventory forecasting

  • supply planning

  • demand forecasting

  • capacity planning

  • agile manufacturing

This simplified manufacturing foundation is ideal for growing businesses. Users can make accurate promises to customers, respond quickly to last-minute requests, and take advantage of new opportunities to help their businesses stay ahead of the competition. They enjoy rapid visibility into work-in-process, support for order-by-order workflow, and the ability to implement additional functionality as business needs become more complex.

A legacy product with a SaaS edge

Dynamics 365 Business Central is the successor of the former Dynamics NAV, one of Microsoft’s flagship products. Developed on Dynamics NAV’s 20-year reputation as a powerful manufacturing distribution and supply chain management solution, Business Central brings an elevated edge as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution.

With Business Central, users don’t have to worry about upgrades or product version control. System set up, performance, security, and data management are handled within the cloud-based product; there is no need for dedicated IT resources to oversee implementation and support.

“Business Central for manufacturing already has a proven track record and is widely used around the globe,” says John Uder, Account Executive for Microsoft Gold-certified partner BroadPoint, Inc. “By making it available in the cloud, the product is built to evolve faster than ever, not stagnate.”

Increased efficiency and flexibility with Business Central by BroadPoint

Small-to-midsized businesses need an ERP solution that is both efficient and flexible. Dynamics 365 Business Central by BroadPoint takes this software to the next level with the ability to add extensions as needed to provide functionality unique to the requirements of the user, and provide flexibility. In addition to enhancing the product with extensions,  users can take advantage of best-of-breed apps in the marketplace such as payroll, VAT management, EDI, shipment return management, Gantt charts, advanced inventory management, credit card processing, barcodes, and more.

In addition to streamlining functions, Business Central allows access to Microsoft features and products that provide actionable insights, such as Business Intelligence. Power BI turns manufacturing analytics into knowledge with interactive reports and dashboards. These insights include:

  • detailed labor and material costing by production order and task

  • MRP process to suggest raw material, sub assembly, and finished good replenishment quantities

  • MPS process to schedule production floor activities at each workstation and machine

  • ability to drive demand from forecast, sales order, and production demand

  • calculated standard costs based on material, machine, and labor, with variances tracked by order.

Finally, Microsoft users enjoy ongoing access to productivity tools like Office Suite and Teams for increased enterprise connectivity.

Power ERP for your manufacturing business

With full manufacturing now being offered in the cloud via Dynamics 365 Business Central, you are in a unique position to leverage cloud-based technology to satisfy manufacturing requirements by connecting powerful tools, software, and apps into one seamless system.

Whatever insight you need to operate your manufacturing distribution business, BroadPoint can deliver it through expert consulting backed by Microsoft Dynamics products. Contact us today to learn more.

Zach Volpicelli