Introducing To-Increase Industrial Equipment Manufacturing Solutions 2016

Jan 14, 2016 6:00:37 AM
Smaller, simpler, easier, more versatile: To-Increase Industrial Equipment Manufacturing 2016

Now available for our customers and partners is To-Increase Industrial Equipment Manufacturing 2016 for Microsoft Dynamics NAV. In this release, we aligned our popular manufacturing solution to take full advantage of the new features of Dynamics NAV 2016. We also simplified many common functions, which have become easier to learn and use, and reduced the solution’s overall footprint and complexity by combining and eliminating objects and steps in many areas. Today’s and three upcoming blog posts provide an overview of the new and enhanced capabilities you will find in Industrial Equipment Manufacturing 2016.

Increased usability and transparency in lifecycle management

New in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 is a workflow capability that enables companies to structure processes consistently and reduce manual intervention. The simple concept behind workflows is prompting Dynamics NAV to initiate a pre-set activity in response to an event in the system. Many companies use workflows to manage approvals of work items, tasks; or documents, notifications that tell people to perform specific actions when certain events occur. In many organizations, automating standard processes through workflows is also a frequent practice. Dynamics NAV 2016 includes 20 ready-to-go workflows for various business processes, and companies can also create their own.

When manufacturers use the enhanced workflow functionality in Industrial Equipment Manufacturing 2016 together with that in Dynamics NAV 2016, they can benefit from better usability and visibility, along with greater simplicity. Renamed to Lifecycle Studio to make a clear distinction from the workflow capability in Dynamics NAV, the former Workflow Studio, which is based on a framework that is part of the Solution Center in each of our NAV solutions, includes a number of new features and enhancements. We can go into more detail about this framework, which evolves within the Business Integration Solutions for Microsoft Dynamics NAV, when we discuss the 2016 update of the Business Integration Solutions.

Integrating Industrial Equipment Manufacturing life cycles and Dynamics NAV workflows

We understand the Dynamics NAV workflows as sequential workflows, whereas life cycles in Life cycle Studio are state machine workflows. Integration of the two makes them more powerful, because it lets you automate a process, such as an approval request, by launching a workflow. When the workflow provides a response, the life cycle state automatically changes accordingly. That means you can use the life cycles in Life cycle Studio to propel workflows in Dynamics NAV. Throughout the existence of a record, the life cycles track changes in status and indicate clearly what the current state of a record is, with detailed visibility for the user above what is available in NAV workflows.

Thus, in Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, you can define the states that a record can be in as well as the transitions that move it from one state to another in a standardized sequence. For example, you create a sales order, give it a confirmation, ship the items, and invoice them in the next step. You can enforce a firm process where no step is left out, or you can make certain steps optional. You can also set conditions for each of these states, such as making invoicing dependent on a price in the sales order. In addition, you can now trigger approval processes at every state, for example, having accounts receivable approve before items are shipped. And, you can prompt other, related events to happen, such as a warehouse document to be printed when that approval is recorded. The versatility of the life cycles and workflows integration lets you closely adjust Industrial Equipment Manufacturing 2016 to your specific operation.


Other blog posts about Industrial Equipment Manufacturing 2016:

In Industrial Equipment Manufacturing 2016 for Dynamics NAV, service management gains ease and mobility (January 20)

If you are interested in exploring Industrial Equipment Manufacturing 2016 more in-depth, please fill the form below to get in touch and arrange for a demo or to have your questions answered. 

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Luciano Cunha

Luciano Cunha

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) For Luciano, being responsible for To-Increase’s global sales and marketing means unleashing the company’s insight, innovation, and creativity to tell our story and help customers achieve their goals. On the road much of the time, he travels the world to meet with customers, understand their challenges and ambitions, and find the most effective ways to help them advance. Luciano develops and mentors our marketing and sales team, and creates strategies to help the To-Increase worldwide partner channel thrive and grow.
Making Customer Needs the Main Business Driver Luciano and his team have daily conversations with the To-Increase research and development organization to bring customers’ requirements and concerns into the road maps and design of our solutions. Luciano brings his insight to the marketing group to make sure the company’s communications resonate with customers and speak directly to their experience.
“I’m awed by customers’ innovative spirit in taking business management technology past its limits and by their generosity in letting us participate and empower them. I hope to transform our organization to become even more customer-centric than we are today. That means making more resources available to spend productive time with both our customers and partners, so we can ensure that we place into customer businesses effective solutions that fit the evolutionary stage of their operation and the way their people and processes work.”
Empowering a Global Channel
Because To-Increase only sells through partners, readying the channel to be successful in helping customers is a business-critical effort. Luciano aims to meet partners where their interests are. Partners who consider the relationship with To-Increase strategic can rely on our industry specialists to work with them as they plan their growth and serve customers. If partners prefer a less collaborative relationship, they still receive the rich To-Increase expertise and resources to ensure they win the business, perform a successful deployment, and retain a satisfied customer. In working with partners and their customers, Luciano brings to bear his experience of many years of creating successful, customer-focused business development and marketing strategies in many of the world’s countries and regions.
Enabling Customer Success in Challenging Business Environments
Looking into the near future, Luciano expects that customers will continue to expect To-Increase to help them make business sense of unfolding trends and technologies. For example, the internet of things (IoT) will thoroughly revolutionize manufacturing, engineering, and supply chains. Big data will be meaningful and valuable when decision-makers can use technology solutions to transform it into actionable business intelligence that supports key roles and business processes. Mobility will help companies become digital enterprises and move business processes forward from any location, at any time. Team To-Increase harnesses innovation to help customers translate the promise of these technologies into business results.
Before his current role, Luciano for several years was one of To-Increase’s global industry directors, responsible for our industry solutions. His experience also spans more than 17 years in IT and manufacturing management roles. These positions took him into various areas at IBM Brazil, serving as product manager for several software development companies, and included working in senior management at a manufacturing organization in the U.S.
Luciano is married with two young children. Away from work, he enjoys participating in a soccer class together with his son and daughter as well as taking relaxing walks in natural environments with his family.

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