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At Hannover Messe, Microsoft previewed Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for global organisations expected to be available in the third quarter of 2011.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 provides a manufacturing foundation that can be easily customised and extended for multiple vertical industries, such as industrial equipment, food and chemical manufacturing.

According to Microsoft, many ERP applications force discrete, lean and process manufacturing to be managed in separate systems.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 removes these limitations by supporting the ability to run all three processes on a single platform, simplifying operations and increasing flexibility in production planning and execution.

It also provides visibility across a unified resource pool, helping to optimise resource utilisation and increase responsiveness to customers’ needs.

To provide insight into the environmental impact of a manufacturer, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 includes an update to the Environmental Sustainability Dashboard for Microsoft Dynamics AX.

The dashboard is designed to track a company’s energy consumption, carbon footprint and related costs, and it supports a manufacturer’s ability to address increasing supply-chain requirements and government regulations.

New dashboard features include additional key performance indicators for waste and water usage, a graphical interface for ease of setup and management and a what-if analysis feature to help assess the impact of proposed changes.

Helping to increase user adoption across an organisation, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 takes advantage of Microsoft technology investments in user experiences.

Shop-floor machine operators without convenient keyboard access or experience using on-the-job business-application technology will benefit from its interactive touch-based capabilities.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 delivers Kanban visualisations for lean manufacturing, automating a typically manual replenishment process that saves people time.

The software provides a familiar Microsoft Office interface and interoperability with the latest Microsoft Office 2010 applications, such as Microsoft Word 2010 and Microsoft Excel 2010.

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