Implementations and Extending ERP

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How does your ERP system treat safety stock?

How does your ERP system treat safety stock?

Is safety stock regarded as emergency spares or as a day-to-day buffer against spikes in demand? Knowing the difference and configuring your ERP properly will greatly benefit your bottom line. It is critical to understand how your ERP configurations will impact treatment of safety stock and replenishment orders/production job suggestions. Doing so ensures that unintended mistakes that cause inventory bloat and shortages can be avoided.

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Extend Microsoft 365 F&SC and AX with Smart IP&O

Extend Microsoft 365 F&SC and AX with Smart IP&O

Microsoft Dynamics 365 F&SC and AX can manage replenishment by suggesting what to order and when via reorder point-based inventory policies. A challenge that customers face is that efforts to maintain these levels are very detailed oriented and that the ERP system requires that the user manually specify these reorder points and/or forecasts. In this article, we will review the inventory ordering functionality in AX / D365 F&SC, explain its limitations, and summarize how to reduce inventory, minimize and controlle stockouts.

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    In this blog, we explore how leveraging Epicor Kinetic Planning BOMs with Smart IP&O can transform your approach to forecasting in a highly configurable manufacturing environment. Discover how Smart, a cutting-edge AI-driven demand planning and inventory optimization solution, can simplify the complexities of predicting finished goods demand, especially when dealing with interchangeable components. Learn how Planning BOMs and advanced forecasting techniques enable businesses to anticipate customer needs more accurately, ensuring operational efficiency and staying ahead in a competitive market. […]
  • Two Multiechelon Inventory Optimization Neural Network AIThe Next Frontier in Supply Chain Analytics
    We believe the leading edge of supply chain analytics to be the development of digital twins of inventory systems. These twins take the form of discrete event models that use Monte Carlo simulation to generate and optimize over the full range of operational risks. We also assert that we and our colleagues at Smart Software have played an outsized role in forging that leading edge. […]
  • SMART JOINS EPICOREpicor Acquires Smart Software for AI-Powered Inventory Planning & Optimization Technologies
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  • Overcoming Uncertainty with Service and Inventory Optimization TechnologyOvercoming Uncertainty with Service and Inventory Optimization Technology
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    Inventory Optimization for Manufacturers, Distributors, and MRO

    • Why MRO Businesses Need Add-on Service Parts Planning & Inventory SoftwareWhy MRO Businesses Need Add-on Service Parts Planning & Inventory Software
      MRO organizations exist in a wide range of industries, including public transit, electrical utilities, wastewater, hydro power, aviation, and mining. To get their work done, MRO professionals use Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. These systems are designed to do a lot of jobs. Given their features, cost, and extensive implementation requirements, there is an assumption that EAM and ERP systems can do it all. In this post, we summarize the need for add-on software that addresses specialized analytics for inventory optimization, forecasting, and service parts planning. […]
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      True or false: The forecast doesn't matter to spare parts inventory management. At first glance, this statement seems obviously false. After all, forecasts are crucial for planning stock levels, right? It depends on what you mean by a “forecast”. If you mean an old-school single-number forecast (“demand for item CX218b will be 3 units next week and 6 units the week after”), then no. If you broaden the meaning of forecast to include a probability distribution taking account of uncertainties in both demand and supply, then yes. […]
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    Smart Software has developed out-of-the-box connectors with Epicor ERP, Prophet  21, NetSuite, Dynamics AX, NAV, and 365 Business Central.

    Our ERP connectors are continually kept up-to-date to ensure compatibility with the latest version of your ERP system. ERP connectors work with cloud and on-premise versions of your ERP system and enable you to import/export with little to no IT assistance. Click on the logos below to learn more and to register for a demo that highlights the integration.

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    Smart Software customers have integrated our platform with virtually every ERP solution on the market. including SAP, Oracle ERP, JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, Accumatica, Hexagon, Infor, Great Plains, Sage X3, Epicor Vantage and more using a simple import/export process supported by Smart Software’s data model and data processing engine. The data model and processing engine are designed to import and export data in a variety of file formats. Transaction data such as shipments, sales orders, supplier receipts are readily available in your ERP system. Simply export it from your data source to a file and Smart IP&O will take care of the rest. If you have disparate ERP and database applications, no problem.  All imported data is stored in our common data model so you can analyze trends, stocking policies, and inventory metrics in one place.

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