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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Dynamics AX Supply Chain Interface Module – What Can It Do for You (Part 2)

Posted by Sandy Strong

Dynamics AX Supply Chain InterfaceArmanino’s Dynamics AX Supply Chain Interface module not only helps you import data into AX, but can also facilitate data integration in your day-to-day business processes.  In my previous Supply Chain Interface blog, I discussed some of the features and functionality available with this module. This time around, I’m focusing on ways in which some of Armanino’s customers are using the Supply Chain Interface module on a regular basis now that they’re live on Microsoft Dynamics AX.

On the financial side:

  • One customer uses the transaction type, D_MIG_GL, to create a weekly payroll journal which tracks thousands of employees across two companies. It includes detailed payroll data such as worker number, check number, earning code details, project ID, hours worked, rate and amount. These then get charged to the project for accurate margin reporting.
  • Another client uses this same transaction type for importing expenses from an external travel and expense application. Their import includes both the ledger expense account and bank information.
  • After one customer acquired another company, they used D_MIG_GL for a period of time to automate creation and posting of ledger transactions for that company until they were able to get that entity moved into AX.
  • Another transaction type, D_MIG_OPAR, is utilized by one client to import miscellaneous revenue into AX as free text invoices. This makes it possible to print the free text invoices, after which the Accounts Receivable periodic process for free text invoicing is run to batch-post and automatically email the free text invoices to the customers’ contacts.
When it comes to manufacturing and trade and logistics:
  • A customer in the fabless semi-conductor industry uses the LOT_MOVE transaction type to import route operation feedback on each production order (good and bad quantities, failure reason, etc.) from their sub-contractors.
  • One customer’s sales personnel use Microsoft SharePoint to enter orders while in the field. Then, SO_IN is used to import hundreds of orders into the Sales order form on a weekly basis.
  • D_MIG_CUST is used to manage ongoing price lists for a client’s customers and distributors.
  • Yet another customer is using the ITEM_IN and BOM_IN transaction types as a PLM (product life-cycle management) interface for their engineering items and bills of material.

These are just some of the uses customers have found for out-of-the-box Supply Chain Interface transaction types. They’ve done even more by customizing the standard transaction types and adding new transaction types. Hopefully, this has given you food for thought on how you might be able to take advantage of the SCI to streamline some of your processes.

Read more about the Dynamics AX Supply Chain Interface module and check out other custom modules and integrations in Armanino’s Dynamics Marketplace.

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