Author Archive

ZOO Extension

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.“ – Someone famous –
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.

Continue Reading No Comments

Widgetkit

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.

Placerat dolor, lacus euismod amet vitae ac, sodales libero amet viverra leo sagittis et. Vel augue sem elit tristique tempor, nullam lectus, ullamcorper tellus lobortis a risus, feugiat felis vel aliquam quam nullam adipiscing. Erat tincidunt dis quis mi ut, vestibulum odio purus arcu tincidunt dignissim sapien, dolor viverra orci wisi augue, pede lobortis ipsum. Lorem a, nulla non justo arcu non sodales, turpis convallis sed fusce purus natus quisque. Nunc aliquam orci luctus ligula ullamcorper fringilla, cras sit pellentesque sed est, lectus pretium, libero ut libero mattis massa est ultricies.

Continue Reading No Comments

How to squeeze more life out of your AX 2009 solution

How to squeeze more life out of your AX 2009 solution. There’s a lot of buzz these days about the upcoming R3 Upgrade for AX. And deservedly so. For those ready to upgrade, they’ll see enhanced mobile capabilities, as well as improvements in e-procurement, budget planning, warehouse management, retail, and much more with the release of R3.  But what about the organizations that are still using Version 2009 and are not yet ready, willing or able to upgrade to the latest and greatest? We talk to people every day who are using older versions of AX – who want and need some new capabilities – but just aren’t ready to pull the trigger on a complete upgrade. Well, for these people there are a variety of options available to them. But the option they choose could easily come back to haunt them, if they’re not careful. Microsoft Dynamics Best Practices Certainly, one of your options is to hire a consultant to come in and upgrade your system. Having an understanding of AX code, protocols and work flows is one thing. Being trained and certified to follow Microsoft Dynamics “Best Practices” is another. Most of the dangers in hiring a non-certified consultant are obvious. But something that’s often overlooked is DOCUMENTATION. It’s absolutely critical that every modification made to the system, no matter how minor, be fully documented. This is especially important if the modification is to AX tables and/or forms. If you ever decide to upgrade, and the installing Partner doesn’t have the proper experience , the upgrade could  wipe out the customization. If modifications to your AX system have not been properly documented, you should probably get a full system diagnostic/audit. This process can usually be done remotely and takes about a week to complete. It’s a painstaking process, as a technical consultant must compare your code modifications against the AX version/build number specifications. There’s a lot your AX 2009 can do…that might surprise you! AX 2009 is still an extremely robust ERP solution. Let’s assume modifications to your system are well documented. A Certified Microsoft Dynamics Partner should be able to work with you to map out a path that takes you from where you are – to where you want to go. Without upgrading the entire system. Let’s take a look at dashboards. Dashboards are always a good place to start. Probably no aspect of your AX gets more attention by executives in the organization than your dashboards. Early AX Versions delivered some pretty crude dashboards by today’s standards. But AX 2009 is still a very feature-rich solution. Often, it just takes bringing the available data up onto a display in some meaningful manner to add incredible value to the organization. And the good news is, that you don’t necessarily have to upgrade your whole system to take advantage of newer, more dynamic dashboards. There are modules available that can be integrated seamlessly into AX 2009 that will add a whole new dimension to the solution. This is a simple template dashboard module that can be integrated into older versions of AX 2009. Data can be brought in as numbers in a spreadsheet format, or displayed graphically as you see here. Here’s another example of an AX 2009 dashboard. Typically, real value is derived from customizing these pages to bring up data that can be “sliced and diced” across various entities. In this example, the dashboard pulls data from at least 4 different calculations, in order to display the information graphically. If the AX 2009 modifications are done using the best business practices,  they’ll survive even if/when you decide to upgrade. With the proper “Best Practices” installation procedures and accompanying documentation, there’s really very little that has to be done to a dashboard in order to prepare for an AX upgrade. Even if the module is heavily customized, it can still be updated in a more current version of AX. If you have some experiences adding modules to earlier AX Versions, let us hear about it. We welcome your “success” as well as your “horror” stories.

Continue Reading No Comments

Free Halloween Icons

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat.

Continue Reading No Comments

Is your Ready Mix Concrete ERP (RMC-ERP) a leaky bucket

Most contractors are paying too much for their concrete. Ready Mix Concrete ERP (RMC – ERP) poses a completely unique set of problems for most general contractors. First, there’s the matter of reconciling blanket purchase orders against partial deliveries. Then, if the contractor is issuing progressive billing to the client, another level of reconciliation is needed. Then, if the contractor has multiple projects going on at the same time…you can see the opportunity for error and overpayment , maybe even double payment sometimes Another side of RMC that often results in overpayment can be found in the purchasing process. Most Ready Mix Concrete ERP is either purchased with concrete and labor lumped together. Or, the concrete and labor are separate line items on the purchase order. Breaking-out these two components usually results in a cost savings, because suppliers must account for both items in their bid. But there’s another component of the RMC mix that doesn’t receive as much attention, and that’s the admixtures! Watch out for the admixtures! Admixtures are the ingredients in concrete other than sand/gravel, Portland cement, and water.. Producers use admixtures primarily to reduce the cost of concrete construction. But admixtures also change the chemical composition of the concrete to embody certain properties, making the concrete heavier/lighter, harder/softer, slower/faster curing, etc., etc. When the admixture costs are hidden in the provider’s concrete costs – contractors often end up paying more for the pour. The contractor’s ability to negotiate the admixture component in the cement purchase order will often result in better quality concrete, at lower costs. The solution is in the software. Luckily, there’s Ready Mix ERP software out there designed to assist the estimating, bidding, tracking, reconciling and billing, of RMC (plus, many of the other challenges faced by contractors today). Providers of this kind of software range from small VARs who offer industry –specific solutions to  large international firms that provide ERP solutions that can be tailored to a given industry with add-on software. Regardless of who provides the ERP solution, you would be wise to make sure the software can automatically factor admixtures into the RMC module. This may seem like a small thing, but if you work with a lot of concrete, it could result in substantial cost savings over the life of the ERP solution. Here’s a checklist of ERP capabilities every construction company should include in their RFP for ERP software: General Construction ERP requirements
  • Project estimating
  • Project bidding
  • Project cost accounting with revenue recognition in real time
  • Human Capital Management: payroll, Worker’s Comp, union, Certified Payroll, EEOC
  • Manage procurement: pricing; ordering, tracking deliveries
  • Track material inventories
  • Track equipment usage and maintenance costs
  • Report key performance metrics for all “Enterprise” users
RMC-specific ERP requirements
  • Estimate, Purchase , receive  reconcile optional items (admixtures) along with main concrete items
  • Summarize & report on concrete purchases for invoice certification ( reconciliation )
  • Invoice details with concrete and admixtures as separate line items.
  • Maintain trade agreements for different items with various vendors along with  effective dates
  • Maintain quanity thresholds for partial truck loads and pumping charges
CEM AX Construct harnesses all the power of Microsoft Dynamics AX specifically for the construction industry. One way to insure a powerful, seamless solution for construction applications, is to use CEM AX Construct on top of the Microsoft Dynamics AX platform. And yes, AX Construct includes a module to automatically factor admixtures into the RMC bidding, reconciling and billing process. But it also does much more, providing an end-to-end solution for every aspect of the construction business. Plus, CEM AX Construct has passed the rigorous CfMD testing needed for certification by Microsoft Dynamics – so when your version of AX is upgraded, the AX Construct software is automatically upgraded as well. So your system can grow as you grow.

Continue Reading No Comments