Using Microsoft Dynamics AX Product Configurator in an engineer-to-order environment

As the world has changed from Henry Ford's mass production model where a customer could have a car painted any color that he wanted so long as it was black to a mass customization production model where customers now expect to have anything they want, the line between configure-to-order (CTO) and engineer-to-order (ETO) is blurring. This creates some complexity as the worlds of ERP and ETO companies has never really gotten along.

The ERP world, with a large portion of its value in a production environment coming from materials resource planning (MRP), relies on accurately defined production routings, bills of materials (BoMs), and lead times. These don't exist in most ETO environments. When every item you build has never been built before, how can you leverage the value of an ERP system?

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About Stephen Wilson
Stephen Wilson is Chief Marketing Officer, eBECS Founder and Member of the AXpact Management Committee. eBECS is a specialist in total Microsoft Business Solutions, designing and delivering lean and agile solutions globally. eBECS' solutions draw on the full Microsoft Business stack, including Microsoft Dynamics AX and NAV, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, SharePoint®, Dynamics 365, Microsoft BI and Power BI, Power Apps and Microsoft AzureTM. You may reach Stephen at swilson@ebecs.com.

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