Dynamics 365 manufacturing accelerator or how to take care of your suppliers

The Dynamics 365 manufacturing accelerator release enables manufacturers to quickly develop solutions or extend sample applications tailored to business needs. This accelerator helps facilitate intelligent supplier relationship management and onboarding.

We provide a manufacturing data model, sample power portal, sample apps, automated templates, and Power BI dashboards. This creates a seamless role-based supplier qualification, API onboarding, and supplier management console experience. This accelerator helps manufacturing organizations to digitize this process within hours using our low-code, no-code platform capabilities.

The accelerator includes the following features via Power Apps portals:

  • Enable new suppliers to contact a manufacturer.
  • Qualify a new supplier.
  • Enable API data integration onboarding.
  • Maintain and provide ongoing visibility into supplier transactions.
  • Maintain and provide ongoing visibility into API data exchange.

The accelerator includes the following features via a model-driven app:

  • Manage and approve access requests.
  • Manage and approve supplier requests.
  • Manage and track supplier health.

The supplier relationship-management scenario as part of the manufacturing accelerator puts the full strength of Microsoft Power Platform to use, helping manufacturing organizations to optimize their supplier and sales relationships and enabling them to more effectively manage those important supplier relationships.

Site-map extensions

You can use the manufacturing accelerator with a model-driven app for Microsoft Dynamics 365, or independently using the core solution layer that is not dependent on Dynamics 365. You can use the independent solution layer to build model-driven and canvas-based Power Apps applications.

When the accelerator is installed into a model-driven app for Dynamics 365, it enables you to optimize supplier operational processes including purchase orders (POs), expected receipts, and invoicing based on the IATI standard. You can also leverage the entire solution within the Dynamics 365 app.

The manufacturing data model is developed in collaboration with partners, industry experts, and open initiatives to ensure interoperability and to accelerate supplier impact.

Entities and workflows

This accelerator includes these entities to support the supplier relationship management scenario:

Supplier onboardingQuestionnaire frameworkElectronic communicationWorkflowProcessPower Automate
AccountQuestionAccount Communication ConfigurationAssign Supplier Web RoleApproval processAdd External User
ContactQuestionnaire QuestionPopulate decision fields
Access RequestQuestionnaire Template
Access Request ApprovalQuestionnaire Template Question
Capability TypeVendor Questionnaire
Certification Type
Credit Rating
Department
Identifier
Product Classification
Vendor Capability
Vendor Certification

Forms and dashboards

The Dynamics 365 manufacturing accelerator combines standard Dynamics 365 entities with customized entities to make it easier to build solutions. This section describes some of the forms, views, and dashboards that demonstrate the new entities and the data model.

The initial access request from a registration form is to initiate the conversation with a manufacturing organization regarding the intent to be a new supplier of parts or products. The accelerator includes an extensible model for a manufacturing organization to enable Azure Active Directory authentication or replace this with any other authentication type.

The portal experience focuses on supporting two personas, a business development manager from a potential new supplier and the supplier’s IT administration team. If you are seeking to be a new supplier, then you start a new registration process. However, if you are currently an existing supplier and would like to get your development team connected, you can do so via API data integration through the portal.

The model-driven experience focuses on the manufacturer’s administrative needs and the procurement department largely manages the suppliers.

This section provides examples of the forms and dashboards that demonstrate the entities in the data model for this accelerator.

New supplier registration

The supplier management functionality of the portal will allow new suppliers to access the site. To apply as a new supplier and to proceed with the approval process, the supplier selects Register.

Supplier management screen

After they select Register, they fill out the basic information on a registration form to begin the approval process.

Supplier information screen

Model-driven app

The manufacturing organization reviews the form, and can approve or reject the new supplier’s request.

Supplier request screen

Upon approval, the supplier receives an invitation link in email to complete the onboarding process.

Supplier invitation screen

Dashboard

Here is some of the available standard, predefined dashboard information. This view shows the status of a specific supplier’s functions.

Supplier dashboard screen

Supplier qualification

Once approved, the supplier can easily onboard within the portal. They select Supplier Onboarding, and then select Continue.

Getting started screen

Now, the newly approved supplier can add additional information about their company. They can also update their information later.

Supplier detail screen

API onboarding

When the supplier selects API Onboarding from the drop-down menu on the main screen, they can add their technical team for EDI transactions and setup.

Developer onboarding screen

Once the developers have been approved, they will be able to enter the EDI interface information and the testing of transactions both inbound and outbound.

Developer onboarding screen - select EDI

The basic information that the developer or supplier IT team needs to provide and the information they need to send a message securely to the right API end point. There are multiple tabs, as in the view below.

Developer EDI details screen

Business partner dashboard

The supplier has a management experience with two dashboards included in the accelerator. This helps them understand the health of the relationship. These dashboards show open purchase orders and KPIs around the health of the supplier’s relationship with the manufacturer.

Business partner dashboard