7 Dynamics 365 for Supply Chain Management Features to Anticipate 

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The Microsoft Dynamics AX/D365 Support Team at Avantiico is focused on solving our client’s problems, from daily issues to large and more complex problems.

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In June of 2019 Microsoft announced their plans to launch over 50 new or enhanced features in the upcoming months as part of Dynamics 365 for Supply Chain Management 2019 Release Wave 2. These enhancements, and the future release waves Microsoft is committed to represent a significant difference in how ERP systems can be leveraged as companies strive for continuous improvement. As a Microsoft Gold Partner, Avantiico can keep our customers informed about new features and how to best capitalize on them. *Disclosure per Microsoft Policy: These features are slated for launch and in some cases are available to preview, subject to changes in delivery schedule and functionality. 

These updates will be available to all customers using Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations as partof a continuous update model referred to as the One Version Update program. Like Excel and Word, there will no longer be revisions so substantial that they require a change in product name. Instead, the product will remain updated through twice per year waves of feature enhancements and upgrades.  

What Do I Need to Know About 2019 Release Wave 2 for Dynamics 365 for Supply Chain Management?

Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations is built to add demonstrable value to your business. By unifying people, product and customers through digital feedback loops that are enabled by technologies it is deploying, Microsoft and its partners are helping organizations accelerate their digital transformation path. Applications like Dynamics 365 for Finance and OperationsPower BI, PowerApps, and the Common Data Service are giving businesses the ability to find, communicate, and execute initiatives that give them competitive advantage in the marketplace. 

With 2019 Release Wave 2, users will be able to begin to take advantage of Artifical Intelligence through embedded PowerApps, and through connections to the broader ecosystem of business applications can make better decisions, streamline their supply chain, and more effectively innovate. 

In this post, we’ll be covering seven new features in Dynamics 365 for Supply Chain Management and the Power Platform that will be released as part of 2019 Release Wave 2. Some themes that will be discussed: 

  • Revenue Management: Changes improve your ability to support a data driven economy, giving you insights that allow greater visibility and functionality. 
  • Business Document Management: You can now create business documents from project quotation tocustomer invoices using professional templates based on Microsoft Office.  
  • Asset Management: These updates introduce a full featured asset management module, enabling your business to deploy, monitor, and maintain your capital investments. 
  • Analytical Workspaces: Inject your created Power BI visualizations into workspaces, allowing users to quickly assimilate information and take the right actions. 
  • Common Data Service (CDS) Integration: By utilizing Common Data Service to provide an accurate and updated database, you can ensure that you can utilize your data across applications and platforms. 

Embedding Power BI Solutions Directly Into Analytical Workspaces

Dynamics 365 for Supply Chain Management has made accessing critical business information easier than ever by allowing users to embed Microsoft Power BI reports into the workspaces where information is needed to make the right decision. Power BI allows the simple creation of intuitive visualizations that put the information critical to their business operations at easy reach. Professional grade analytical workspaces are available immediately upon enabling the Power BI integration. Using tutorials and an impressive array of built in visualizations power users can transition their analytical workspaces designed using the entity store into Power BI templates based on their business data. Using the Microsoft AppSource marketplace, users can select free and paid templates designed by successful businesses in their industries that deliver crucial insights within minutes. 

Why Is It Important to Allow Power BI Solutions into Dynamics 365 Workspaces?

By providing a framework for power users to access data that is consistent and relevant using the entity store, customers have been able to deploy graphically rich analysis solutions throughout their organizations. Users are now able to leverage existing Power BI solutions that assemble data sourced from external data sources directly into their Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations workspaces. Workspaces can be updated without interruption, allowing an iterative approach to leveraging their data without risking the stability of their system.  

Trigger and Monitor Your Microsoft Flows Directly from Finance and Operations

Administrators can allow the ability to add flows directly to pages within Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations. Between April and July of 2019, Microsoft introduced the capability of triggering flows based on workflow events, tasks, and approvals. By allowing users to trigger flows upon request from their workspaces and forms, Microsoft is continuing to enhance the abilities of customers to simplify and automate their key business processes by connecting products not only made by Microsoft, allowing integration of key business systems not before possible without heavy customization. 

Why Are Microsoft Flow Enhancements Important?

Businesses use a vast array of tools that can be unique to functional roles and industries. By providing a framework for pushing data between these systems that can be implemented using a low code/no code platformusers of flow and other Power Platform applications can connect systems without abandoning the systems they are using today.  

Dynamics 365 Asset Management

Dynamics 365 Asset Management Release Dates

With the introduction of the Asset Management module, Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management will allow businesses to more efficiently operate their capital assets and fully leverage their investment. This module will enable customers to optimize their maintenance and monitoring processes utilizing the features in this module. Maintenance can be completed based on the specific operating conditions of the assets, utilizing condition-based maintenance (CBM) to prevent downtime and excess maintenance expense. Machine efficiency and uptime can be monitored, allowing better decisions to be made faster.Both preventative maintenance and unplanned maintenance can be completed as efficiently as possible by providing workflow support and monitoring to ensure maximum utilization. 

Unplanned Maintenance Versus Preventative Maintenance

Dynamics 365 for Supply Chain Management Unplanned Maintenance
Unplanned Maintenance
Preventative Maintenance

Small Package Shipping (SPS)

Coming in early 2020, Dynamics 365 Supply Chain users wilhave access to a small package shipping (SPS) module that will provide additional flexibility in how they process end user shipping options. The features will allow customers to specify their preferred method of shipping and receive back the tracking number and charges, and automatically route these charges to the sales order specified. 

Finance & Operations Data in Common Data Service

Starting in October 2019, Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations will expand the integration available to the Common Data Service. With a dual-write setup, your business data will be available for integration with other applications within the Dynamics 365 family, or outside platforms without impacting your system performance. The framework is flexible, allowing custom entities based on your specific requirements. The standard data entities will be released in phases. The first release will include a wide range of rich business data including: 

  • Payment schedules 
  • Customer groups 
  • Terms of payment 
  • Customer payment method 
  • Loyalty card 
  • Customers 
  • Currency 
  • Fiscal calendar 
  • Ledger 
  • Exchange rates 
  • Organization hierarchy 
  • Released products 
  • Unit of Measures entity 
  • Warehouses entity 
  • Product categories 
  • Tax groups 
  • Tax item groups 
  • Tax exemptions 
  • Vendors 
  • Vendor groups 
  • Chart of accounts 

Why Is the Use of CDS Important to Users?

The dual-write capability is a synchronous process that will allow near real time access to crucial data. Need to create a dashboard for your production floor? Power BI will be able to display information about the product being manufactured, where it needs to go, and where help is needed to ensure delivery. Using PowerApps, you can harness your data and develop custom applications, all with no programming experience. 

Configurable Business Documents Reporting in Excel and Word

A common issue for businesses is the inability to configure business documents for email or printing. By using Microsoft Word and Excel templates, Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations customers will be able to leverage easy to modify templates to quickly deploy accurate and automated delivery of business documents. The features will come out in several phases. 

Major Upgrades to Warehouse Management and Transportation Management

Beginning this month, users of the Warehouse Management Module in Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations will see numerous enhancements available to themCapabilities will be enhanced significantly.

Need Help Determining What to Implement?

The list of features is daunting. Book a free consultation with Avantiico to get a feel for how you can best utilize the new tools available to enhance your business. You can also browse our “Events” page to find relevant events for your team to join in on. For example, our ‘Wave 2 Release for Finance and Operations‘ Event is the perfect place to understand requirements needed for deploying the two now separate applications within Finance and Operations. 

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