TEC Vendor and Product Highlight Report: Sunrise Technologies' Apparel & Footwear Template for Microsoft Dynamics AX

Product Background and Analyst View

Sunrise Technologies' Apparel & Footwear Template (AFT) for Microsoft Dynamics AX is an integrated solution for companies working in the soft-goods (clothing and other textile goods) industry. Sunrise has developed additional functionality on top of Dynamics AX to support the soft-goods industries, adding functionality for Product Information Management, Sales & Marketing, Procurement and Sourcing, and Production Control. The diagram below shows how this functionality is layered on top of and enhances the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 solution. (Sunrise also has Advanced Warehouse Management functionality, which is not covered in this report.)

 
 
Sunrise Technologies is vertically focused with deep knowledge of manufacturing, distribution, and retail. Sunrise is reported to have the largest textile-apparel-footwear Dynamics AX customer base in North America. The company has serviced businesses ranging from those with three to four users and with revenues of up to $10 million (USD) to organizations with thousands of users with hundreds of millions (USD) in revenues. However, the company's sweet spot is businesses with 50 to 1,500 users and revenues ranging from $200 to $5 billion (USD). Sunrise is able to provide its solutions globally due to its knowledge and experience with Dynamics AX, and now supports 36 localizations worldwide. Sunrise is also expanding into other markets, opening an office in Europe. Sunrise currently has three offices in the United States and a development center in Xi'an, China.

Sunrise Technologies shows a strong commitment to maintaining industry-leading qualifications and supporting its customers. It is the only CfMD (Certified for Microsoft Dynamics) apparel and footwear solution for Dynamics AX 2012, and currently has more than 50 active Dynamics AX customers. Sunrise maintains a qualified resource pool, with more than 120 Microsoft Dynamics AX certifications, and with more than 65% of its consultants being experienced in the textile-apparel-footwear industry.

The company's commitment has once again gained it some of the top honors as a Dynamics AX partner and solution provider. In 2012, Sunrise was named as a President's Club and Inner Circle recipient by Microsoft. The President's Club recognizes the top 5% of Dynamics partners worldwide. The Inner Circle for 2012 has only 51 members and recognizes partners that have “demonstrated consistent business leadership and strategic impact on the growth and success of the Dynamics business.” 

The AFT for Dynamics AX had additional functionality in Manufacturing Management, Inventory Management, and Sales Management modules, on top of the functionality provided by the core Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 solution, making the Sunrise offering a strong contender for any small to mid-size business in the soft-goods industry searching for a complete ERP solution.


Product Highlights

Sunrise Technologies' AFT for Dynamics AX has a number of enhancements to the core Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 ERP solution to support the soft-goods industry.

Some of the extended functionality available in AFT for Dynamics AX includes the following:

  • Color, size, and configuration masters & scales
  • Season codes
  • Item status code
  • Automated Universal Product Code (UPC) generation
  • Intelligent bill of materials (BOM) & route management
  • Master production order
  • Sales cancellation log with reason codes
  • Sales restrictions
  • Customer ship-to and mark-for addresses
  • Configurable item attributes per item group
AFT for Dynamics AX has added a very elegant and powerful feature dubbed the “style/color matrix view.” This view is available for sales orders, purchase orders, BOM, master production orders, and transfer orders. The style/color matrix view is shown here for a sales order. The line items explode into a matrix of the order line details, facilitating the order entry process. The items being ordered are logically sequenced by size and color. The matrix also uses colors to highlight item availability. This is a great feature and one that you look at and say to yourself, why doesn't every system have this capability?

 
Screenshot: Sales Order Matrix Review


AFT Solution Capability Highlights

AFT has added a number of significant capabilities to the Microsoft Dynamics Solution. Below are highlights of the Sunrise solution across key functional areas to support improved manufacturing, and inventory and sales management for an organization.

Discrete Manufacturing Management

Manufacturing Management covers discrete type of manufacturing and provides the ability to plan production at various scales —rolling high-level plans down into daily schedules of individual machines and workers, and tracing real-time situations in production shop floor and in planning to control manufacturing, thus ensuring manufacturing facilities follow production plans in an accurate and timely manner. It also provides the ability to alter manufacturing schedules and current operations as required. This functional area involves product configuring, work centers and machines dispatching, all aspects of work-inprogress management, along with comprehensive Product Costing functionality. It also provides a consolidated view of the production situation using extensive multilevel reporting capabilities.

AFT adds its matrix (size, color, season, etc.) concept to the BOM structure of the core Microsoft Dynamics AX functionality. Sunrise also adds master production order functionality (shown in the screenshot below), which provides the ability for a parent production order to contain and display many child production orders each as a one-line item. An example of this would be producing pants of two different sizes, which would be entered under one master production order. Without master production order functionality, three production orders would be needed: one for the finished goods and one for each of the two pant sizes. This functionality allows AFT to maintain a one-to-one relationship between a sales order and a production order. In standard Microsoft Dynamics AX, that link is fragmented on the manufacturing side. 

 
Screenshot: AFT for Microsoft Dynamics AX Master Production Order

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