Beyond Kanban Orders: How Big Is the Conceptual Leap from Traditional to Lean SCM Using Microsoft Dynamics AX?

Many  lean manufacturing practices -- such as work cells and the positioning of required material and resources at the work cells --  make common sense, whether you produce make-to-stock products (with a small finished goods inventory) or make-to-order products (from stocked or buy-to-order components).

The concept of kanban orders also makes good sense, but I've always wanted to "look under the hood" and fully understand how to make best use of the software capabilities in an integrated ERP system like Microsoft Dynamics AX to implement such concepts. Some questions about looking under the hood include:


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About Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton has consulted globally with several hundred manufacturing/distribution companies on SCM and ERP issues. His publications include multiple books about SCM using Dynamics AX as well as two textbooks about SCM/ERP, and his books have been translated into Portuguese, Russian, Chinese and Japanese. For more than 10 years, Scott has been a frequent speaker at Microsoft and AXUG conferences around the world, and a multi-year winner of the rarely given Microsoft MVP award for Dynamics AX. His regular column “The AX Solution Architect” is published in

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