As a part of the Dynamics 365 2021 Release wave 1 there were some really cool features for Supply Chain Management. I’ve created three Podcast entries with automated reading if you want the details, but I’d thought a summary of the highlights would also be nice.
Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, 2021 Release wave 1 notes (1/3) – Dynamics Podcast
Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, 2021 Release wave 1 notes (2/3) – Dynamics Podcast
Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, 2021 Release wave 1 notes (3/3) – Dynamics Podcast
Product Information Management
This module get some improvements based on some left overs from the Engineering Change Management module. Now you can add processes and requirements to products before they are ready to be used. Either automated control of fields or check-lists and workflows for approval of items.
There will also be better functionality in sharing items across multiple legal entities.
The work on getting parity of Planning optimization service to the MRP functionality continues. This version sees a lot more functions added. There is still a way to go, but we’re getting there. Once this is in parity, I would believe that we’ll se some great new functionality added using ML and other connected data sources.
Inventory and Logistics
Landed cost is a functionality to better calculate and handle costs of complex and long running transport of inbound goods. The functionality will let you plan and execute processes regarding import of goods and really add the right cost to the items based on this activity.
A brand new Warehouse mobile app was announced to be available for preview in February 2021!
Rebate management will let users far better handle rebates and royalty processes.
Inventory visibility is a cloud service that let you expose inventory status from your solution along side aggregated information from your up or downstream supply chain in a hyper scalable web service. Great for scenarios where you want to expose inventory status to partners and customers in the supply chain without overloading your system.
Edge functionality through cloud and local scaling units for warehouse work processing gives a distributed architecture for this process to handle issues around unstable connections and latency.
Global inventory accounting add-in gives the opportunity to drive multiple costing models for inventory. Now you can use standard cost accounting for global supply chain status and FIFO for local accounting and regulatory support on the same product.
New production floor terminal with a modern looking UI that also will support facial recognition of the users for identification!
The terminals will also be able to run in a distributed architecture both on on cloud and edge scaling units to handle issues like unstable connections and latency.
It will be possible to bill customers for maintenance work soon.
There will be improvements to work planning with worker groupings and accumulated counter values are introduced.
Track asset health, state and usage through IoT connectivity.
These plans are continuously updated and many of the features are set to become GA (General availability) in April already. I’m expecting to see even more features being added to this list.
Take a listen to the three part Podcast series on this topic for the in depth overview and go to the roadmap site to get the full story.