Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management release notes

On the 27th of January 2020, Microsoft announced the range of new features coming to Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management on the 1st April 2020.

Microsoft has announced a wide range of new feature updates in this wave for Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management. This forms part of Microsoft’s 6 monthly updates on Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management and their commitment to continual enhancements across their full range of Dynamics 365 products.

Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management – April 2020 release notes

Formerly Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management helps organisations reduce operational costs by introducing customer self-service experiences, enhancements to asset management, and the new on-hand inventory service for inventory visibility across Dynamics 365 and other legacy systems. The new capabilities will be released between February and September 2020. Here are some of the main updates for Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management.

Asset Management

  • Fixed assets integration with Asset Management lifecycle.
  • Visual scheduling for work orders in Asset Management.
  • IoT integration with asset management maintenance requests from IoT intelligence.
  • Resource scheduling based on asset availability.
  • Uptake new Project module changes related to project type costing.
  • Compare item price storage – A new way of executing the compare item price report where the output contains a large number of lines.
  • Multiple inventory asset representations – Customers can define as many inventory representations as required.
  • Inventory on-hand service – Provides on-hand information in a hyper-scalable, hyper-performant manner without incurring additional load or compromising the performance of Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management.

Costing

  • Compare item price storage – A new way of executing the compare item price report where the output contains a large number of lines.
  • Multiple inventory asset representations – Customers can define as many inventory representations as required. Inventory accounting in dual currency and inventory accounting in dual valuation is supported.
  • Inventory on-hand service – Provides on-hand information in a hyper-scalable, hyper-performant manner without incurring additional load

IoT intelligence

  • Delayed orders – Notification services and actions for delayed production orders and display of impacted operations.
  • Equipment down – Notification services and actions for equipment down scenarios and display of impacted operations.
  • Quality anomaly – Notification services and actions for quality anomalies.
  • Automated inventory updates – Automated inventory update from shop floor.
  • No-code capability – No-code capability to quickly connect their machines to IoT intelligence service and get started with actionable insights.
  • Analytics enhancements – Key analytics and Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) metrics from shop floor to top floor.

Manufacturing

Improved job card device

  • Improvements to the user interface of the report progress dialogue box that provides the user with a more intuitive, touch-friendly, and workflow-driven experience.
  • The ability to print labels for license plates when reporting as finished from the device.
  • Report as finished on batch/serial number. Enables the shop floor worker to generate a batch or serial number, or to scan an existing batch or serial number when reporting a production job as finished.

Manufacturing intelligence

  • The updates to the manufacturing intelligence area focus on the current performance and industry-standard measures for OEE, with timelines and trends in context with equipment and rolled up across plants through resource hierarchies.
  • Helps answer key questions like “Are we going to meet our goals today?” and “Is my production line healthy?”
  • Augments the supervisor’s knowledge with data insights to recommend actions, for instance:
    • Regressions on time series metrics, such as machine slowing down over time, scrap rate increasing over time, or WIP increasing over time.
    • Deviations in key metrics (operation time, standard cost), with detection of key influencers.
    • Prediction of operational metrics, such as the probability of delay in operation, probability of scrap, probability of over-consumption.

Portals

  • A view of sales order, customer invoices, account balances.
  • Request updates to sales orders (adjust existing lines with quantity and delivery dates).
  • Accept quotes, update contact information and make online order inquiries.

Trade and source

  • Calculate PO delivery date based on lead times and working days (public sector).
  • Country of origin enhancements.
  • External catalogue enhancements.
  • Hazardous materials product information management and shipping documentation.
  • Miscellaneous charges enhancements.
  • Purchase order delivery via cXML.
  • Enterprise-scale – purchase and sales system performance.
  • Sales order operator efficiency and sales process control via enhanced order holds.
  • Delegation of multiple purchasing work items.

Warehouse management and transportation

  • Catchweight product processing with warehouse management.
  • Inbound and outbound logistics improvements.
  • Integration framework for material handling equipment for automated warehouse processes.
  • Mass deployment for Warehouse mobile app.

Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management users also get access to the Power Platform, and this has received a wide range of updates which will benefit operations leaders.

Overall this is great news for Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management users and those organisations considering it as a future solution. As with all Dynamics 365 updates, this is a free update that will be automatically applied on the 1st April for all users.

Download our comprehensive guide to Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management to discover more.