Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations is Microsoft’s leading ERP solution. It builds on its predecessor, Dynamics AX’s strong manufacturing capability. Dynamics 365 offers a range of core functionality that supports manufacturers however the way the platform offers data and automation services across the operation is how it really drives value.

Manage production based on-demand and forecasting. View real-time work-in-progress (WIP) to avoid potential cost overruns or delays. Specialised Role Centres enhance process efficiencies to help organise information, tools, and tasks in a personalised view format offering a streamlined workflow environment.

Core Manufacturing Capabilities

Microsoft Dynamics 365 offers the following core manufacturing capabilities:

Finite and Infinite Capacity and Materials Planning – Create maximum flexibility with tightly controlled scheduling including finite or infinite capacity scheduling practices. Including the ability to support multiple plans to simulate material and capacity requirements based on varied scenarios.

Job Scheduling and Sequencing – Detailed scheduling and capacity planning with the ability to separate each operation into individual tasks. Job scheduling allows for the synchronisation of a production order’s other jobs with the flexibility to specify start and finish times.

Resource Management – help to identify long-term staffing requirements by providing a skills library for tracking employee skills, experience, certifications and other distinctions. A search tool within the module matches employee skills with availability offering best-fit scheduling options.

Shop Floor Management – provide detailed insight into the production environment by automating the collection of employee schedule information and production data.

Work Order Management – job costing aids in developing more flexible business structures by specifying crucial cost-saving opportunities.

Production Configuration – multiple attributes and rules in product building to create a custom BOM with each order.

Quality Management – manage and improve turnaround time when dealing with nonconforming products and link diagnostic results to correction tasks to rectify problems and prevent future recurrences.

Lean Manufacturing – combine various supply, sourcing and production strategies in a mixed-mode manufacturing environment such as production orders, purchase orders, batch orders and transfer orders.

Forecast Scheduling – enable long-term planning of materials and capacity by calculating gross requirements based on forecasts.


Dynamics 365 offers much more than just core manufacturing capability, it has several features to take your manufacturing to the next level (see our Manufacturer of the Future article). Dynamics 365 offers organisations the ability to enhance their productivity and integrate their manufacturing, operations and finance.

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