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Virtual Conference on Microsoft Dynamics AX Will Examine Best Ways to Maximize the ERP Investment

by Jason Gumpert

How can users of Microsoft Dynamics AX maximize their financial investments in ERP in the current difficult economic climate?

The Dynamics community will hear ideas and suggestions tomorrow (Wednesday) at AX Decisions 2009, a virtual conference featuring top Microsoft ERP executives and industry experts about how to improve the financial return on their software investments.

A panel of Microsoft executives, led by Dynamics ERP general manager Crispin Read, will consider the seven best approaches for planning ERP investments over the coming years.
A variety of other ERP experts, including consultants Ray Wang, Cindy Jutras, Dane Koepke, and Scott Hamilton will be providing input as well, including the following:

* The top three challenges in Enterprise...including the shift in power away from the CIO;
* How to use regulatory compliance requirements-traditionally a cash drain-to actually pay for future investments;
* Four strategies to plan for the future-for example, how to leverage the short term for the sake of the longer term.
* The business case for upgrading AX - 9 reasons to keep current;
* Ten things to like in Dynamics AX 2009 SP1;
* Three paths to upgrading, with the advantages and down sides of each.
* The best policies for creating a fixed purchasing and fixed manufacturing kanban;
* Examples galore of kanban forms and cycles;
* Understanding "Black hole" warehouses for floor stock;
* Step by step comparisons of lean vs traditional manufacturing approaches;
* Six variations in lean scenarios...and how to manage them.

"This virtual conference is a first for the Dynamics community," says Adam Berezin, chief executive of "The content is designed to provide decision makers with strategic level information and guidance, and to provide sponsors with an opportunity to ...

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Prior to co-founding, Jason was a Principal Software Consultant at Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC), where he implemented solutions, trained customers, managed software development, and spent some time in the pre-sales engineering organization. He has also held consulting positions at CSC Consulting and Monitor Group.

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