enVista to Share Microsoft Dynamics Expertise at Dynamics AX/D365 User Group’s Focus Conference


enVista, a leading global software solutions and consulting services firm; announced today it will lead five training sessions during Focus, the annual conference held by the Dynamics AX/D365 User Groups (AXUG). Focus is the premier advanced-learning conference for Microsoft Dynamics users and will take place in Houston on March 11 and March 12. enVista’s Microsoft experts Tim Banks, Nigel Cox, David Kincaid, Ryan Kauzlick and Steven Gary will lead various Dynamics training sessions, including:

  • Demand Planning Best Practices
    • Date:Monday, March 11, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
    • Location:Royal Sonesta Houston, Legends VII
    • Speaker:Nigel Cox
    • Description:How does your team conduct its demand planning? Join this session as we delve into the questions and provide best practices surrounding demand planning for your sales and operations practice. We’ll have an open discussion around the following issues:
      • How do sales commissions impact planning?
      • Can you expose forecasts for certain items early and re-forecast “by exception”?
      • Are there differences for make to stock, configure to order, make to order and engineer to order businesses?
      • What about distributors rather than manufacturers?
  • Accounts Payables: A Deep-Dive into Advanced Techniques
    • Date:Monday, March 11, 10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
    • Location:Royal Sonesta Houston, Legends III
    • Speaker:Tim Banks
    • Description:For many organizations, finance departments are taking on an expanded role within enterprise operations and are considered a key opportunity for enterprise technology innovation. In this session, we will look at advanced techniques that can be used in Accounts Payable for D365FO, including: prepayments, payment schedules, vendor invoices with no purchase order, and an explanation of different journal types to help companies better utilize Microsoft’s D365 platform as a comprehensive suite.
  • Balancing Master Planning and Lean Manufacturing in AX and Beyond
    • Date:Monday, March 11, 10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
    • Location:Royal Sonesta Houston, Legends VII
    • Speaker:Nigel Cox
    • Description:The debate between Lean and “traditional” ways of managing the supply chain and manufacturing operations is one many business struggle to grasp. We will explore the pros and cons of MRP/MPS and Lean. Additionally, you’ll learn the difference between advanced Lean and advanced Traditional management, and the respective benefits. Within the scope of Dynamics AX and D365FO, this session will examine the functions of each and determine if both can be used simultaneously.
  • Cross-Functional Analytics? Using PowerQuery to Build a Data Mart
    • Date:Tuesday, March 12, 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
    • Location:Royal Sonesta Houston, Legends V
    • Speakers:David Kincaid & Ryan Kauzlick
    • Description:This session leverages PowerQuery to build a data mart directly on top of D365 data entities, enabling cross-functional analytics. We’ll show you how to extend and customize data entities using a combination of standard and custom data entities. Guidance will be provided on when it makes sense to use ODATA vs. Entity Store vs. BYOD vs. a hybrid approach. We’ll also review key takeaways from D3FO customers who are using these approaches.
  • 360-Degree View of Client Deployment and Implementation
    • Date:Tuesday, March 12, 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
    • Location:Royal Sonesta Houston, Legends I
    • Speaker:Steve Gary
    • Description:Whether you are a retailer, manufacturer, distributor or otherwise, your business faces various challenges with its ERP implementations. This interactive session will feature the experienced perspective of a customer, sub-contractor, and partner and will explore key project management principles, tips and tools that will better enable your success. If your implementation project is challenging you and you are wondering why; if your implementation didn’t go well; or, if you just want to know what you can improve for Phase 2, this session is for you!

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