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Dynamics 365 for Financials Has A New Name

Update: 3/27/18

Microsoft has replaced this solution with Dynamics NAV with a new user interface written in HTML 5.  The new name is now Dynamics 365 Business Central and is released on April 2, 2018.  Hopefully this is the last name change… see this article for more information: What’s New with Dynamics NAV: 365 Business Central

CAD to ERP Integration Video

CadLink Webinar: Integrating CAD to ERP 2017

Integrating Dynamics AX to CAD Video

Clients First Texas recently partnered with an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) with great references and a solution many of our manufacturers need; CADLink by Qbuild seamlessly integrates your ERP to CAD.  Qbuild’s program has documented return on investment by integrating CADLink with your ERP solution.  As a result, we recorded a video of the informative webinar. Click the graphic below to view the video.


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CADLink benefits Engineers and Manufacturer’s

CADLink was developed with engineering designers and manufacturers in mind, it enables users to:

  • Gain data generated before and during the design phase in your CAD system
  • Eliminate engineering clerical work
  • Avoid costly errors that may occur due to manual data entry

By bridging the gaps between CAD systems and ERP solutions, CADLink increases engineering productivity by minimizing the time and effort engineers must put into managing two separate systems. The system allows for less errors in that the data does not need to be reworked or transferred allowing for:

  • using less manpower
  • cutting out inefficienciencies
  • eliminating many cost overruns
  • reducing development costs
  • decreasing product design costs

By using CADLink, for instance, engineers can enter, view and update information automatically, including item master data and BOMs, without having to switch between two different software solutions. Not only will this eliminate ERP clerical work and the risk of error; it will also allow engineers to benefit from more streamlined product design and development processes.

What makes us so excited about QBuild’s CADLink solution is the ROI.  If your company employs 8 engineers, the software in labor alone can save your company $35,000 annually.  In our eyes, CADLink and Dynamics AX are necessities for SMB’s in the manufacturing industry that employ engineers.



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Sales & Support:
info@clientsfirst-ax.com
Dallas Fort Worth, Texas
800.331.8382
Minneapolis, Minnesota
877-428-7205

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Watch Dynamics ERP & CAD Integration Webinar Video

CAD to ERP Integration

I am pleased that we had so much interest in our presentation of CADLink to Dynamics AX.   Of course CADLink works with Dynamics NAV, Acumatica and most all ERP solutions even though the ones we represent are the best!  CADLink is important to us because the customers and prospects at Clients First are either a MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) in the aviation or heavy equipment industry or they are a complex discrete manufacturer.  Even our MRO clients have a CAD and BOM requirement since they often are re-engineering and re-manufacturing engines, turbines or other equipment.

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CAD to ERP Integration Video

CadLink Webinar: Integrating CAD to ERP

Integrating Dynamics AX to CAD Video

Clients First Texas recently partnered with an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) with great references and a solution many of our manufacturers need; CADLink by Qbuild seamlessly integrates your ERP to CAD.  Qbuild’s program has documented return on investment by integrating CADLink with your ERP solution.  As a result, we recorded a video of the informative webinar. Click the graphic below to view the video.


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CADLink benefits Engineers and Manufacturer’s

CADLink was developed with engineering designers and manufacturers in mind, it enables users to:

  • Gain data generated before and during the design phase in your CAD system
  • Eliminate engineering clerical work
  • Avoid costly errors that may occur due to manual data entry

By bridging the gaps between CAD systems and ERP solutions, CADLink increases engineering productivity by minimizing the time and effort engineers must put into managing two separate systems. The system allows for less errors in that the data does not need to be reworked or transferred allowing for:

  • using less manpower
  • cutting out inefficienciencies
  • eliminating many cost overruns
  • reducing development costs
  • decreasing product design costs

By using CADLink, for instance, engineers can enter, view and update information automatically, including item master data and BOMs, without having to switch between two different software solutions. Not only will this eliminate ERP clerical work and the risk of error; it will also allow engineers to benefit from more streamlined product design and development processes.

What makes us so excited about QBuild’s CADLink solution is the ROI.  If your company employs 8 engineers, the software in labor alone can save your company $35,000 annually.  In our eyes, CADLink and Dynamics AX are necessities for SMB’s in the manufacturing industry that employ engineers.



Contact Us for a Quote

Sales & Support:
info@clientsfirst-ax.com
Dallas Fort Worth, Texas
800.331.8382
Minneapolis, Minnesota
877-428-7205

TMAC Hosting Supply Chain Strategy Learn @ Lunch

TMAC Lunch and Learn TMAC and Arlington Chamber of Commerce Hosting Supply Chain Strategy Learn @ Lunch.

Supply Chain Optimization for Leaders featuring the Benefits and Approach to Optimizing Supply Chain on Wed., September 16, 2015 11:30 AM  – 1:30 pm.

The Supply Chain Optimization Initiative is based on establishing a comprehensive view of the Supply Chain and improving the visibility and responsiveness of all Tiers supporting the Supply Chain, whether it is supporting a small to mid-sized contract manufacturer or a large multi-national OEM … the concepts and tools are applicable.  Register now!

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Researching the Cost of Dynamics NAV?

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Dynamics NAV does not come in a box with a bar code, so it’s difficult to get a true definitive price before an actual quote or implementation.  Reason being, no two businesses are the same, the standard factors affecting ERP implementations are usually coupled with many different elements that drive different levels of customization and affect ERP implementation costs. However, there are several buying options that can help any CEO or CFO know NAV’s ballpark price before entering negotiations with any partner.  Even though the research can seem daunting, 110,000 businesses have already implemented this powerful business software.

In the “What’s my price?” e-book, Microsoft presents the factors a business person should take into account to determine the total cost of implementing Dynamics NAV.  Below find many of the factors that affect ERP implementation costs, including a few of those often overlooked: Read more

Dynamics NAV 110,000 Customers and Counting

With Microsoft Dynamics NAV now being utilized by more than 110,000 small and mid-sized businesses and organizations worldwide, the time couldn’t be better for the latest update offering, coinciding with the new release of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015. Designed with the purpose of helping these companies increase their productivity while reducing the costs and complexities associated with growing a business to its potential, business owners/managers are given simple-to-set-up and easy-to-use tools to help them optimize their business processes. Read more

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Is a Manufacturing ERP Right For Your Small Business?

“I don’t need a manufacturing ERP system to run my business.” Probably, this was the first thought that crossed your mind after reading the title above. But before making a final decision, you should read the rest of this post. Read more

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3D Printing and The Future of The MRO Industry

Manufacturing products without a factory would have seemed impossible a few years ago. However, the “impossible” is slowly taking shape thanks to additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing. This relatively new technology is ready to deliver a small, “mobile” factory to every OEM, MRO, and repair shop. In fact, a number of businesses are embracing additive manufacturing as a temporary or permanent manufacturing solution, as you read these lines.

3D Printing: The Future Is Just Around the Corner  

Although 3D printing technology can be used by anyone, from regular people to industry giants, sustainable growth is expected to come from industrial applications, especially in the OEM and MRO sectors. That’s simply because only a large company has the financial power to design, craft, and test multiple prototypes to finally develop a product that customers will want to buy. But this is only half of the OEM-MRO equation. The other half relates to the impact additive manufacturing will have on the MRO industry.

Additive manufacturing technologies deliver incredible flexibility. To begin with, a MRO company will be able to develop “instant” spare parts and complete maintenance and repair tasks within hours. Imagine an airline looking for a MRO able to repair an airplane that has broken down unexpectedly. Instead of waiting days or even weeks for parts to arrive, the MRO can manufacture the parts needed outright and fix the airplane within several hours.

3D Printing

Manufacturing parts for scheduled maintenance and repairs or, more importantly, for unplanned events, with virtually no wasted materials, will help MROs reduce downtime and operating costs. Another major motivator for additive manufacturing technology adoption is the ability to produce hard-to-find spare parts or components that aren’t manufactured anymore.

The International Space Station’s 3D Print project is one edifying example of spare parts production using additive manufacturing. The first 3D printer was launched to the space station in September 2014. On November 24, 2014, the first “space” object was successfully manufactured using 3D printing technology. According to NASA officials, additive manufacturing is useful especially when spare parts aren’t available or when inventory is extremely expensive to ship. This technology brings several performance and efficiency advantages, regardless of whether a maintenance company or department is located on Mars or on Earth.

Additive manufacturing may seem too futuristic to become standard. However, the acceptance of this technology as a source of spare parts will change the course of MRO history. A maintenance company will be able not only to manufacture simple or complex parts and difficult-to-achieve geometries, as required; it can also develop prototypes to modify equipment and achieve quicker repair times.

Undoubtedly, the ability to manufacture parts on demand will affect inventory and logistics. MROs will no longer have to order spare parts from manufacturers and keep dozens of “just-in-case” replacement components on hand until the right clients come along. Whenever they need a product, they can just make it. This will probably cause a collapse of the entire supply chain, making part suppliers and even manufacturers vulnerable to extinction.

By eliminating the need for high-volume production, 3D printing shows its worth in terms of reducing production costs. Additionally, it increases part availability at the point of use and decreases shipping-, inventory-, and labor-related expenses. Although this brings bad news for a number of businesses, additive manufacturing will add new efficiencies to the operations of MROs and their clients. In conclusion, what additive manufacturing does is to dissolve the global supply chain, which costs MROs billions of dollars every year, re-assembling it as a local system, at a much lower cost.

In the following years, additive manufacturing will radically change the OEM and MRO environment. Analysts predict that the additive manufacturing market will grow to $16 billion by 2018. More and more companies, especially MROs, are expected to invest in 3D printers to produce parts as needed. But to achieve the forecasted outcomes, digital design software must evolve and more advanced and affordable scanners must be developed. On the other side, manufacturers must find a way to protect themselves against the negative consequences of this technology. For sure, 3D printing will tip the scales in someone’s favor. Who will be the winner? Only time will tell.

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Do You Need An ERP Consultant?

Nowadays, a growing number of companies are facing the choice of whether to hire an ERP service provider or not. Some of them swing between ERP consultants and systems integrators, who could help them with the ERP implementation process. However, most business owners decide to launch an ERP initiative themselves, without considering the knowledge and skill set of a specialist.

What do you think? Do you really need a high-priced ERP consultant to help you plan a new ERP deployment or upgrade an existing solution? Probably, not. Then why should you hire him? Even more important, why should you choose an ERP consultant over a software integrator? Let’s take a quick look at some points you should consider.

ERP Consultant

  • Knowledge and experience: The job of an ERP consultant revolves around implementing and customizing ERP solutions. Thus, he has greater expertise than a regular systems integrator or in-house IT personnel. Additionally, an experienced consultant has managed many ERP projects. As an expert on all the aspects of ERP project management, he will be able to guide you in the selection of the right software solution for your company along with the modules and features you need for industry-specific operations. Above all these, a good consultant can tailor any ERP environment according to your needs, without disrupting your business operations. In tune with both the ERP solution he provides and your organization’s needs, the consultant can also offer your employees the training they need to exploit the system beyond its apparent potential.
  • Support: Frequently, ERP consultants develop proprietary code, hotfixes, work-arounds, and utilities that make ERP implementations go smoothly and quickly, while improving the entire IT infrastructure. Most of them also provide post-implementation support. Though you have to pay for support services, a reliable consultant will be there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, ready to help you avoid, address, and solve a series of issues that can “derail” your company. Compared to what you stand to lose in case of prolonged downtime, it’s worth spending money on support.
  • Biased decisions: Since most ERP consultants provide specific products and services, many of them will try to steer you into a specific product line. However, a true professional will analyze your business and tell you whether or not the ERP product he provides matches your needs. Some ERP consultants looking to build trust go even further. Putting customers’ interests above their own, they recommend the most appropriate ERP system for each company, even if this means sending customers to the competition.

Since we’re talking about trust, an honest ERP consultant will always explain the implications of a sizeable ERP initiative so that the business owner or the manager in charge of the project can allocate enough resources to ensure a successful system implementation. In addition, he will provide detailed information about the modules and features you can benefit from, indicating clearly what the system can and cannot do. He will also help project initiators decide what’s best for the company. In a nutshell, an honest consultant can help you get the right ERP system for your business instead of a “parasite” that will deplete your resources.

Most business owners and managers running day-to-day operations think they know their businesses. But what they don’t know is that choosing an ERP solution requires much more than understanding business processes. An ERP consultant, on the other hand, can accelerate the deployment process, minimize ERP risks, and offer a fresh vision that recognizes the complexity of process-oriented environments. All these points are extremely important for a company planning to adopt fully integrated business software and increase the value of its ERP undertaking. Though any ERP project requires a consultant’s input at some stage, careful research and consideration will help minimize your company’s exposure to potential drawbacks.

Given the above, it all boils down to one question: do you want a systems integrator who can help you implement a piece of software, or an ERP consultant who can turn a simple ERP implementation into an on-going success and positive revenue experience? The choice is yours, but don’t forget that choosing one over the other will make the difference between success and failure.

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