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ERP for Manufacturing - SMB Competitor Rating Analysis for Dynamics AX (2009) by Microsoft, Dynamics NAV (2009) by Microsoft, SAP Business All-in-One (ERP 6.0 EHP5) by SAP
The graphs below were developed as a high-level competitive rating analysis of Dynamics AX (2009) by Microsoft, Dynamics NAV (2009) by Microsoft, SAP Business All-in-One (ERP 6.0 EHP5) by SAP. They display the standard scores of the vendor's solution, as determined through TEC's default ERP for Manufacturing - SMB model. The graphs reflect 2632 functional, technical, and business criteria. This comparison is based on average weights and priorities. For a detailed comparison based on your specific requirements click the "Detailed Analysis" button above.

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Financials Human Resources Manufacturing Management Process Manufacturing Management Inventory Management Purchasing Management Quality Management Sales Management

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Dynamics AX by Microsoft Total Criteria FINANCIALS Includes:General Ledger; Accounts Payable (A/P); Fixed Assets; Cost Accounting; Cash Management; Accounts Receivable; and others HUMAN RESOURCES Includes:Personnel Management; Benefits; Payroll; Health and Safety; Workforce Management; MANUFACTURING MANAGEMENT Includes:Product Costing; Shop Floor Control; Field Service and Repairs; Production Planning; Product Data Management (PDM); Product/Item Configurator; and others PROCESS MANUFACTURING MANAGEMENT Includes:Formulas/Recipes; Process Model (Formulas + Routings); Process Batch Control and Reporting; Conformance Reporting; Process Manufacturing Costing; Material Management; and others INVENTORY MANAGEMENT Includes:Inventory Management--Online Requirements; Processing Requirements; Data Requirements; Locations and Lot Control; Forecasting; Reservations and Allocations; and others PURCHASING MANAGEMENT Includes:Profile of Suppliers; Rating of Suppliers; Requisitions and Quotations; Purchase Orders (POs); Pricing; Vendor Contracts and Agreements; and others QUALITY MANAGEMENT Includes:Production Quality Management; Non Production Quality Management; Inventory Quality Management; SALES MANAGEMENT Includes:Online Requirements (Sales Management); Reporting and Interfacing Requirements (Sales Management); Available-to-Promise (ATP); Pricing and Module Rating Dynamics NAV by Microsoft Module Rating SAP Business All-in-One by SAP Module Rating

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Module

798

95.5

97.41

99.87

145

90.76

92.83

98.14

527

97.98

97.71

97.89

181

88.15

88.56

96.35

97

94.59

93.81

97.73

171

96.29

90.82

99.82

62

42.74

37.9

99.52

169

89.23

89.94

99.23

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Discounting; Customer Service and Returned Goods Handling; Customer Relationship Management (CRM); and others PRODUCT TECHNOLOGY Includes:Architecture; User Interface; Platforms; Reporting; SaaS and Hosting Options;

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74.1

57.97

89.85

Financials
Financial system modules for bookkeeping and ensuring accounts are paid or received on time.

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Dynamics AX by Microsoft Total Criteria GENERAL LEDGER Includes:Parameters and Structuring; Chart of Accounts Structure; Ledger Development and Management; Journal Entry and Reporting; Journal Vouchers; Controls for Ledgers; and others ACCOUNTS PAYABLE (A/P) Includes:Policies and Procedures; Supplier Master Data; Invoice Process and Aging; Journal Invoice Process; A/P Ledger Posting; Control of Payments; and others FIXED ASSETS Includes:Records for Fixed Assets; Asset Transactions; Depreciation of Assets; Depreciation Books; Tax Reports; COST ACCOUNTING Includes:Cost Data; Cost Allocations; Cost Allocation Processing; Management of Costs; CASH MANAGEMENT Includes:Up-to-date cash balance report; Projects cash resources from sales, A/R, field services, and miscellaneous cash; Projects cash utilization from purchasing, A/P, and miscellaneous cash; Checks committed funds against cash reserves or availability; Updates and maintains pay date schedule; Reports cash projections; and others ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE Includes:On-line Requirements; Processing Requirements; Data Requirements; Interfacing Requirements; Credit and Collections Management; Reporting Requirements; and others FINANCIAL REPORTING Includes:Online Requirements; Miscellaneous; Module Rating Dynamics NAV by Microsoft Module Rating SAP Business All-in-One by SAP Module Rating

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Module

294

96.8

98.84

100

227

96.56

95.33

100

76

94.74

97.11

100

48

100

95.73

100

16

98.12

98.75

100

102

88.04

99.02

100

35

93.71

96.57

97.14

Human Resources
Human Resources encompasses all the applications necessary for handling personnel-related tasks for corporate managers and individual employees. Modules will include Personnel Management, Benefit Management, Payroll Management, Employee Self Service, Data Warehousing, Health and Safety, Workforce Management, Training, and Product Technology

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Dynamics AX by Microsoft Total Criteria PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT Includes:Profile of Personnel; Job Position 20 Module Rating 100 Dynamics NAV by Microsoft Module Rating 97 SAP Business All-in-One by SAP Module Rating 100

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and Wage Profiles; Track Discipline Actions; BENEFITS Includes:Standard Benefits; Profile for Employee Benefit Plan; Administering Benefits; PAYROLL Includes:Profile for Employee Payroll; Earnings and Deductions; Eligibility Parameters; User Balances; Automated Time Sheet; Security and Audit; and others HEALTH AND SAFETY Includes:Report and investigate incidents of injury and illness for employees and contractors; Initiation of corrective actions related to an incident; Logging of first aid records and reports; Manage occupational injury and illness claims; Report incidents involving vehicles and equipment; Detect and monitor hazardous conditions (areas) and materials, and exporting them via an interface for further processing; and others WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT Includes:Time Tracking; Expense Tracking; Contract Management;

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100

70

100

98

100

11

65.45

80

100

20

100

93

86.5

Manufacturing Management
Kanban is a method of Just-in-Time production that uses standard containers or lot sizes with a single card attached to each. It is a pull system in which work centers signal with a card or other device that they wish to withdraw parts from feeding operations or suppliers. The Japanese word kanban, loosely translated, means card, billboard, or sign, but other signaling devices such as colored golf balls have also been used. The term is often used synonymously for the specific scheduling system developed and used by the Toyota Corporation in Japan. Point-of-use storage/floor stockkeeping inventory in specified locations on a plant floor near the operation where it is to be used.

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Dynamics AX by Microsoft Total Criteria PRODUCT COSTING Includes:Item Costing; Costing Activity; Purchase Costing; Costing Calculations; Cost Report and Inventory Accounting; Cost Accounting Variance and Analysis; and others SHOP FLOOR CONTROL Includes:Flow Manufacturing; Company Calendar; Work Centers and Machines; Orders Dispatching; Production Orders Control and Reporting; WIP Management; and others FIELD SERVICE AND REPAIRS Includes:Call Management; Service Order Management; Field Service Management; Service Contracts Management; Processing and Statusing; PRODUCTION PLANNING Includes:Master Production Scheduling (MPS); Material Requirements Planning (MRP); Capacity Requirements Planning (CRP) and Work Center Scheduling; PRODUCT DATA MANAGEMENT (PDM) Includes:BOMs structured in a tree chart can be edited and modified; Validates data before it is added to a file or database; Integrates with a CAD or PDM system so part numbers can be added directly into a BOM; Rules to ensure that only available parts are added to a BOM; Uses effectivity logic by date, lot, order number, or must-beused-by date; Uses effective dates to Module Rating Dynamics NAV by Microsoft Module Rating SAP Business All-in-One by SAP Module Rating

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Module

59

97.46

95.17

100

246

97.76

98.62

97.93

74

98.11

98.11

99.59

93

99.3

98.92

97.1

28

94.29

97.14

92.5

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exclude or include items from MRP calculations; and others PRODUCT/ITEM CONFIGURATOR Includes:Product variability; Menu selections; Selection constraints; Conditions; Option types; Design change control; and others

27

100

90.37

96.67

Process Manufacturing Management

Process Manufacturing Management covers specifics that are applicable to process type of manufacturing. Formulas and recipes, modeling of process using formulas and routings, process batch control and reporting, conformance reporting, process manufacturing costing, process manufacturing-related material management are the major functional areas of this module. It also provides a consolidated view of the production situation using extensive multi-level reporting capabilities.
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Dynamics AX by Microsoft Total Criteria FORMULAS/RECIPES Includes:Alternative batch assignment; Calculates ingredient quantities for simulations; Set total costs is used as a criteria to change ingredients; Measures ingredients using percentages and totals; Calculates or recalculates the total weight or volume or ingredients; Uses what-if scenarios to determine if a work order or PO can be fulfilled; and others PROCESS MODEL (FORMULAS + ROUTINGS) Includes:Process model (formulas + routings) includes by-products, co-products, recycles, and waste; Multiple process models for the same item; Direct consumption or production of all resources (for example, electricity, water, steam, and waste); Automatically calculates or recalculate the total component weights and volume; Dynamic recipe adjustment based on the actual characteristics of ingredients; Yield percentages are defined and calculated cumulatively for each operation; and others PROCESS BATCH CONTROL AND REPORTING Includes:Scarp yield percentages are adjusted based on actual operation yields; Expired ingredients are automatically deducted as unused lot balance; Determines batches through lists and classifications; Maintains batch history in a file; Produces batch tickets by date; Rate based production (for long batches); and others CONFORMANCE REPORTING Includes:Hazardous Material Reporting; Quality Testing and Regulatory Compliance; PROCESS MANUFACTURING COSTING Includes:Costing and analysis for coproducts or by-products and allows negative number values to represent the cost of their removal; Allocates cost to a by-product or co-product by cost distribution percentage and assigned costs; Uses assigned cost costing method; Uses accumulation of rollup costing method; NRV costing method; Yield planning and tracking (standard versus actual); and others MATERIAL MANAGEMENT Includes:Order weight and cubic footage allocated for shipping; Uses weights and volume of individual units to calculate the volume of a package; Multiple quantities of measures of items including catch weight, pallets, bricks, bales, totes, tank cars, and stubs; Product attributes searching and matching at order entry; Tracks variations in Module Rating Dynamics NAV by Microsoft Module Rating SAP Business All-in-One by SAP Module Rating

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96

84.92

93.85

22

98.18

89.09

100

25

100

92.8

93.6

20

36

82.5

95

100

91.11

100

40

85.88

94

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chemical and physical properties of a product without changing numbers; Available-to-promise (ATP) reflects the realities of inventory coming out of inspection and shelf life expiration; and others

Inventory Management
Solutions for inventory management are used for the record-keeping of goods that are warehoused, and managing the movement of these goods to, from, and through warehouses.

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Dynamics AX by Microsoft Total Criteria INVENTORY MANAGEMENT--ONLINE REQUIREMENTS Includes:Provide inquiry and reporting capability for inventory transactions by item number, location, and transaction type.; Provide reporting capability by item number (all transactions since last cycle count); Provide inquiry and reporting capability for inventory transaction summary by from and to dates; Provide inquiry and reporting capability for inventory status by item number and serial number; Provide inquiry and reporting capability for slow moving and obsolete inventory; Provide inquiry and reporting capability for shortages and backorders; and others PROCESSING REQUIREMENTS Includes:Provide for non-nettable inventory locations; Provide for ABC classification of parts, based on order activity, historic usage/cost, or projected usage/cost; Provide capability to receive, stock, disburse, and report on inventory by part number and location utilizing bar code; Provide audit trail of all transactions by document number and part number; Provide capability to cycle count including printing supporting worksheets; Provide capability to cycle count including on-line display and reporting of transactions; and others DATA REQUIREMENTS Includes:Provide item number information on the inventory master file; Provide item description information on the inventory master file; Provide unit of measure information on the inventory master file; Provide effectivity information on the inventory master file (absolute date effectivity may be assigned via item number); Provide lead time information on the inventory master file; Provide source of supply information on the inventory master file; and others LOCATIONS AND LOT CONTROL Includes:A given finished item can be listed simultaneously in multiple stocking places in one site; Users define types to classify storage locations, such as warehouse, store, branch, truck, consigned, return, repair, inspection, department, bulk, or category; Standard locations for stocking items; Indicates if item is stored in a temporary or permanent location; Establish a crossreference of a stored item's lot or serial number and its physical location; Calculates available volume and dimensions in a given storage location; and others FORECASTING Includes:Analyzes performance by comparing forecasted demand to actual demand by period or product aggregate specified by user; Imports forecast data from spreadsheet; User-defined analysis periods; User-defined data aggregation, grouping by sales region, product line, or customer; Module Rating Dynamics NAV by Microsoft Module Rating SAP Business All-in-One by SAP Module Rating

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99.69

98.75

93.75

11

95.45

96.36

100

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79.09

81.82

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100

100

100

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98.33

87.78

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Compares forecast demand performance to historical sales data; Uses statistics to forecast trended demand, seasonal demand changes, and increase in demand during promotions; and others RESERVATIONS AND ALLOCATIONS Includes:Reservation days--time fence between soft and hard allocations; Displays online and in real time resources and inventory that are available in a specific location; Item balances maintained by grade specifications and lot number; Available inventory reduced at time of sales order entry; Customizable rules for reallocating inventory across open orders; Immediate allocation of inventory quantities to backorders; and others ADJUSTING INVENTORY Includes:Manual adjustments to inventory values; User specifies reason codes for adjusting inventory, such as cycle count or poor quality; Secure access via control number to modify inventory transactions; Displays inventory balance information before and after adjustments; Inventory adjustments tracked for reporting purposes; Generates automatic reorders; and others

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91.92

96.54

95.38

100

95

100

Purchasing Management
Purchasing management encompasses a group of applications that controls purchasing of raw materials needed to build products and that manages inventory stocks. It also involves creating purchase orders/contracts, supplier tracking, goods receipt and payment, and regulatory compliance analysis and reporting.

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Dynamics AX by Microsoft Total Criteria PROFILE OF SUPPLIERS Includes:Fields for supplier data such as shipping methods, item references, and conditions; Suppliers may have more than one address; Store e-mail addresses, web sites, and fax numbers in vendor profiles; Associate items with vendors' descriptions; Bill-to-entity information including currency, bank, account number, and mode of payment; Data related to bank, accounts, payment methods, currency, etc., are included in the payment profile; and others RATING OF SUPPLIERS Includes:Goods delivery times are maintained as statistics for each supplier; Twenty-four month statistical performance data; Average of early days and late days delivery; Analyzes suppliers' PO fulfillment performance based on significant data points such as cost or price and quality; Maintains quality ratings of supplier products and performance; Vendor rating statistics are automatically updated and reported; and others REQUISITIONS AND QUOTATIONS Includes:Users can manually enter requisitions, which update along with automatic entries; Procurement system allows multiple line items and delivery schedules; Quality codes included on purchase requisitions; Requisitions can be approved in real time; Processes requests for quotation (RFQ); Manage and update supplier's quotes for particular items; and others PURCHASE ORDERS (POS) Includes:MRP requisition converts to a purchase order; Manually enter and send purchase order; Assigns sequential PO numbers automatically; Purchase order types including standard PO, blanket/contract, subcontract Module Rating Dynamics NAV by Microsoft Module Rating SAP Business All-in-One by SAP Module Rating

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97.27

100

100

84.29

74.29

100

12

97.5

95

100

38

96.05

93.95

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order/operation, purchase request, and return-from-stock; Quotation entry includes data fields for effectivity dates, and pricing discounts and percentages; POs include the vendor's quotation number; and others PRICING Includes:Price and discount table corresponds to individual suppliers and items; Automatic update of an item's record based on the item's most recent purchase price; Orders may be discounted manually or automatically based on the order line; Price adjustments such as quantity discounts are determined from a grade table; Vendor price may be changed for a product class in multiple vendor agreements; Pricing and discounting tables include effectivity dates; and others VENDOR CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS Includes:Agreements with suppliers may be discounted at different levels including the product level, product class level, and a level for general terms; Agreement number designating common terms; Defines normal contract and special contract types; Contract effectivity dates (start and end); Users may enter agreement start dates (a signal date); Contract terms may specify ranges for delivery dates and quantities; and others MANAGEMENT OF POS Includes:Products classified within a purchase class default to a main vendor; Verifies (and holds if necessary) receiving transactions on the basis of controls defined during purchasing; Retain PO data for audit purposes (PO with electronic approval); Forecasts the product reorder date (determined by stock estimates); Purchase suggestion field contains products identified

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94.55

100

100

10

97.5

88

100

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97.69

97.69

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from available stock or reorder points; Users may issue stock replenishment orders based on predefined terms; and others PROCUREMENT REPORTING AND ONLINE REPORTING Includes:Purchase order report and query for planned POs and released POs; Purchase order status and follow-up reporting or querying; Released purchase orders traced by part number; PO commitments may be traced by accounting time period (30, 60, and 90 days); Runs reports or queries on purchase orders based on parameters determined by users such as alphabetical supplier, due date, PO number, or part number; Committed POs may be reported or queried based on contracts; and others REPEAT PROCUREMENT Includes:Users (with proper authorization) may issue blanket POs for specified items, quantities, and time periods; Tracks quantity or dollar value ranges for contracts; PO line items maintain information pertaining to allocation, delivery, and purchase; Users (with proper authorization) may chart activity in the receiving calendar; Queries on POs collected to the present date, and display according to user-selected parameters; Reports an item's pricing history by supplier; and others RECEIPTS FOR PROCUREMENT Includes:Reports information on goods reception; Multiple POs may be grouped as a single receipt for one shipment; Automatically numbers receipts in sequence; Calls up PO receipts in real time and updates inventory data; Flags and updates using conversion factors when received unit of measure is different from ordered unit of measure; Issues a claim note when the packing slip differs in quantity from the receipt; and others ONLINE REQUIREMENTS FOR PURCHASING MANAGEMENT Includes:Create and use blanket purchase orders; Provides a reference to a contract or master agreement; Multiple release capability at the line item level; Provides a reference to the blanket purchase order that yielded a particular PO; Manual instigation of purchase requisitions; Creates a new requisition similar to an existing requisition using a copy function; and others REPORTING AND INTERFACING REQUIREMENTS FOR PURCHASING MANAGEMENT Includes:Print open PO detail information by vendor, item number, due date, or dollar value; Generate past due reports by vendor or item number in due date sequence; Automatic reminder for overdue shipments sent to vendors via fax or e-mail; Print a vendor performance report based on shipment and purchasing history; Print a vendor performance report based on showing late deliveries (days late); Print a vendor performance report based on orders placed; and others

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99.64

97.86

100

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98.64

77.27

100

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93.95

83.68

100

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96.82

85.45

97.27

14

97.86

85.71

100

Quality Management
Quality management refers to the set of actions taken by an organization to ensure that it creates and delivers high-quality products. In order to do so, organizations must comply to national and international rules and regulations related to product quality, but they often also create and use internal requirements for quality control. Specific procedures need to be set up in order to ensure that the end products comply to internal or external quality standards. All these activities need to be well documented in order to provide the information needed when customers are not satisfied with the quality of the products received. Government agencies may also require this information for control and verification.

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Total Criteria PRODUCTION QUALITY MANAGEMENT Includes:Defective or excess material return processing must update on-hand; Damaged material--corrective action and failure analysis available to vendor on-line; Flags need to perform inspection of a specific item or a supplier's items; Receives items and records as inventory on hold when quality inspection is pending; Identifies items awaiting or in process of inspection through an online query; Validates inspection disposition using criteria that specify inspection process; and others NON PRODUCTION QUALITY MANAGEMENT Includes:Document control; Web-based routing and approval, including support for personnel outside your organization; Corrective Actions linked to Return Authorizations; Engineering Change Orders linked to part numbers and bills of materials; Built in Control Plan, management and reporting; Quick Inspections for fast, easy, accurate data entry; and others INVENTORY QUALITY MANAGEMENT Includes:Excisable items - Definition and Chapter allocation; Material Requisition from different requirement areas; Receiving material against material requirement, gate pass and production requisition Landed Rate of Items; Quality Control based on QC checks; Rejected material dispatch to vendor; Gate pass - returnable/non returnable; and others

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27

98.15

87.04

98.89

19

100

16

100

Sales Management
Sales Management encompasses a group of applications that automates the data entry process of customer orders and keeps track of the status of orders. It involves order entry, order tracing and status reporting, pricing, invoicing, etc. It also provides a basic functionality for lead tracking, customer information, quote processing, pricing & rebates, etc.

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Dynamics AX by Microsoft Total Criteria ONLINE REQUIREMENTS (SALES MANAGEMENT) Includes:Accommodate an order type for a new order or quote; Status field for new quotes or orders (specifies whether it's a new order or quote); Creates order from quote and retains quote reference identification (for all new orders or quotes); Create an order from only selected lines of the quote; Decrease the amount quoted; Allow for customer account and sales order status on-line by customer name or number or by sales order number; and others REPORTING AND INTERFACING REQUIREMENTS (SALES MANAGEMENT) Includes:Accommodate processing and printing of invoices, reports, and shipping; Print billing reports by product, invoice number, and customer; Report daily unit and dollar bookings, by item number, by customer and customer type, with month to date (MTD) totals.; Report booking history (units) by month, displaying each of the twelve months with a total; Report billing and shipment history (units) by month, displaying each of the twelve months with a total; Report unit and dollar backlog (bookings for future delivery); and others Module Rating Dynamics NAV by Microsoft Module Rating SAP Business All-in-One by SAP Module Rating

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27

96.3

94.07

100

31

89.35

91.61

99.03

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AVAILABLE-TO-PROMISE (ATP) Includes:Allocation reports specify total demand, and on-hand stock, as well as sales order sequencing; Imports availableto-promise quantities and dates into sales order; Available-to-promise items are specified automatically by the system; Models available-to-promise production in the context of existing orders; Calculates quantity that can be supplied by due date; PRICING AND DISCOUNTING Includes:Manual discount entry for single items or for invoice as a whole; Discount templates by product family; Discounts are based on amount, applied by header, or associated with contract lines; Promotion discounts can be associated with products or product groupings; Assigns begin-by and end-by dates for promotional discounts; Discount cascade rules; and others CUSTOMER SERVICE AND RETURNED GOODS HANDLING Includes:Provides real-time product inventory and delivery status; Order inquiry link to manufacturing status, capacity, ATP yield, and inventory status; Access of customer and customer order information through a single screen, including open orders; order details, status, and history; invoicing, credit details, and payment application; Invoices can be viewed or modified online; Partial shipment against purchase order; Reports shipment via line item, order, or pick slip numbers; and others CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT (CRM) Includes:Provide a period by period trend report of historical sales and salesperson activity based on past performance; Automatically generate a call or mail list based on a selection of any combination of database elements in the list database; Provide call history for the customer; Provide hot key access to customer account information; Maintain a base of product information about company products and services by hierarchically arranging this information under specific headings; Maintain a base of product information about company products and services that records product-to-product relationships or product-to-customer relationships for crossselling; and others ORDER ENTRY Includes:Electronic Order Entry Methods;

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100

100

61

98.52

80.98

100

21

97.62

100

100

11

95.45

100

100

13

7.69

90.77

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Order Validation Process;

Product Technology

This group of criteria defines the technical architecture of the product as well as the technological environment in which the product can run successfully. Criteria include product and application architecture, software usability and administration, platform and database support, application standards support, communications and protocol support and integration capabilities. Relative to the other evaluation criteria, best practice selections place a lower relative importance on the product technology criterion. This apparently lower importance is deceptive because the product technology usually houses the majority of the selecting organization's mandatory criteria, which generally include server, client, protocol and database support, application scalability, and other architectural capabilities. The definition of mandatory criteria within this set often allows the client to quickly narrow the long list of potential vendors to a short list of applicable solutions that pass muster relative to the most basic mandatory selection criteria.
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Dynamics AX by Microsoft Total Criteria ARCHITECTURE Includes:Data Integration Technologies; Messaging Protocols; Device Interfaces; Architectural Foundation; Web Enablement; Mobile Options; and others USER INTERFACE Includes:Configurable menus; Drag-andplace menus per user; Configurable user screens; One-time only screen configuration; Configuration can be saved as user default screen; Configurable browse toolbars and options; and others PLATFORMS Includes:Database; Server OS; Workstation OS; Mobile; REPORTING Includes:Reports available online; Local report printing (not centralized printing and distribution); Ad hoc inquiry capability from within the ERP product; Active or inactive status; Automatically rank search results in order of relevance based on required or optional criteria and weighting factors; Natural-language queries/search; and others SAAS AND HOSTING OPTIONS Includes:Automatic system deployment and maintenance; Vendor addresses customization requirements for business functionality, data security, user interface, etc.; Secure application and data access via vendor's provisioning; Secure application and data access via administration; Secure application and data access via LDAP provisioning or single sign-on; Secure application and data access via management tools; and others Module Rating Dynamics NAV by Microsoft Module Rating SAP Business All-in-One by SAP Module Rating

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232

88.64

67.33

93.64

95.71

100

100

27

11.11

18.52

69.44

44.44

37.78

44.44

21

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