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Turnaround Your Microsoft Dynamics AX Project

Microsoft Dynamics AX implementations face a number of risks and challenges due to the transformational impact they have on companies.

Like any enterprise ERP application, Microsoft Dynamics AX implementations involve more than just replacing software applications; they also involve the re-engineering of business processes and changing the way your employees operate. For those reasons, Microsoft Dynamics AX implementations require more than just software resellers. They require business process consultants, change management experts, certified project managers, experienced integration and customization engineers, high-value quality analysts, and reliable and responsive support teams.

Unfortunately, too many companies end up working with a software reseller instead of a true consulting partner that can manage the people, process, and technology changes through to successful outcomes.

If your Microsoft Dynamics AX project is not meeting your value, cost, or timeline goals - learn about how we can help turnaround your Microsoft Dynamics AX project.

Reconciling master scheduling and lean manufacturing

Lean manufacturing can be introduced in different ways. While some companies start with the lean philosophy and try to apply the lean principles value stream by value stream, others take a more local approach and start from specific work cells where resources and the demand structure allow or even require a lean approach. Continue reading "Reconciling master scheduling and lean manufacturing"

Making the most of the Dynamics AX Task Recorder

ERP programs are vast pieces of software with a lot of functionality.

As a business solution, big functionality is a good thing; but for trying to learn and convey this to your audience, it can be quite daunting.

Luckily for you, Microsoft Dynamics AX has a built in function to record your actions as you complete a task. Once all your actions are completed, you are able to generate a Word, PowerPoint, or Visio document showing each window you opened, value you entered, and selection you made. Included in the document are screenshots taken along the way to better show your process.

Continue reading "Making the most of the Dynamics AX Task Recorder"

Dynamics AX Business Process Modeling (BPM) and Change Management White Paper

Analysts like Gartner, Forrester Research, and Nucleus Research have all named Microsoft Dynamics AX as a Leader in their respective ERP research reports. More than 20,000 companies worldwide use Microsoft Dynamics AX, including industry leaders like Dell, Revlon, Delta, Patagonia, Chobani, and Stanley Steemer.

But you’re not convinced.

You heard the success stories, saw the sales demos, and ultimately made the decision to implement Microsoft Dynamics AX. In doing so, you expected to drive operational efficiency in all functional areas, connect individuals and teams across the world, and achieve real-time visibility into global supply chain data. Since your decision, however, your project hasn’t been smooth and deep down you know something is very wrong.

The purpose of this white paper is to outline and discuss the challenges associated with working with an inexperienced software reseller, and the potential impact they can have not only on your Microsoft Dynamics AX implementation - but on your business profitability and success!

Read the white paper: Business Process Modeling (BPM) and Change Management: The Challenges of Working with the Wrong Consultant

AXUG Webinar: Leverage MRP to Build a Better Budget

MRP is a powerful tool for managing your supply chain. Join us during this webinar to learn how to leverage your existing MRP processes in the annual budget development process to address product cost projections, overhead projections, and other operational cost projections.

You can register on the AXUG website:

AXUG SIG - Consumer Product Group (CPG): Leverage MRP to Build a Better Budget
April 4, 2014
1-2pm EST

Georgia Nut Company - Dynamics AX Testimonial

We recently sat down with Jack Arends, Director of Finance for Merit Solutions / Microsoft Dynamics AX client Georgia Nut Company, and asked him a couple questions related to his partnership with Merit Solutions, and the value they have received since implementing Microsoft Dynamics AX. See what Jack had to say!

Who is Georgia Nut Company? 

Georgian Nut Company is a food manufacturer of confection and snack items. Our capabilities include sugar shelling, panning, enrobing, roasting as well as packaging into form & fill bags, jars, and zip lock bags. Our manufacturing capacities are in excess of 50,000,000 pounds annually with packaging of individual bags / jars in excess of 125,000,000 units. Sales come from 4 distinct markets including industrial ingredients, contract manufacturing, private label, and bulk. We have 150,000 square foot manufacturing facility and 180,000 square distribution facility; employing 300 employees between the two facilities.

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AXUG Webinar: Integrating Dynamics AX Into A “Hybrid” QMS Environment

Merit Solutions is proud to host the next webinar for the AXUG Life Sciences User Group: Integrating Microsoft Dynamics AX Into a "Hybrid" QMS Environment.

In many Life Sciences organizations, functions are spread across multiple business systems. For example, sales teams work in Salesforce.com, logistics works in Microsoft Dynamics AX, and quality tracks their documents in an external Quality Management or Document system.

Join us to learn about the pitfalls of this approach, and what the ideal integration strategies are for handling data that has multiple touch points, such as:

  • Items
  • Customers
  • And how these relate to Quality documents like ECOs, CAPAs, NCRs, and Complaint tracking

This event takes place on Wednesday, March 26th from 3pm-4pm EST.

This is an AXUG premium event, all premium members are invited to register.

Global Microsoft Dynamics AX Support

In our fast-paced business environment, your organization can hardly afford the frustration and inconvenience that comes with system issues and downtime. Today’s industry leaders understand that the right level of support - timely responses from highly skilled and qualified experts - can be the difference between business success and business disruption.

With MeritCare Support from Merit Solutions, you can count on the help of a trained support team that knows your processes and configurations, enabling you to make the most of your solution and drive continuous business transformation and improvement.

Learn more about MeritCare Global Microsoft Dynamics AX Support.

How Top Performing Companies Manage Sales Tax

Sales tax obligations are not as simple as they used to be. While manually managing sales tax using rate tables perhaps worked in the past, now it can put a company at risk of a negative and costly audit. The reality is that most companies cannot afford to screw up sales tax. With the average audit penalty of $34,000, consequences of making mistakes are dire. Especially in a time where states are short on revenue and looking to uncollected sales tax to help make up that gap, sales tax practices are increasingly under the microscope.

Imagine your accountant coming to you and asking for clear data and information about the amounts of sales tax you collected for the first 6 months of the year. Could you easily pull together the information and show him what you collected? Now picture an auditor who is questioning the figures on your sales tax returns for the prior three years. Could you quickly show him a process that allows for clear traceability? Or would he be waiting a few days for you to produce the data?

Continue reading "How Top Performing Companies Manage Sales Tax"

Calculating and Reporting Taxes with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

Tax management is an integral part of an ERP system. Requirements for calculating and reporting taxes differ significantly from country to country. Therefore, the functionality of a tax module in a truly international ERP system must be comprehensive. The tax module in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 enables you to define a flexible, multidimensional tax setup by using tax codes, tax groups, and item tax groups. The tax module has been designed with an emphasis on sales taxes, but it can process many other kinds of taxes and duties. Continue reading "Calculating and Reporting Taxes with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012"