By Joe Bailey, Food and Beverage Product Lifecycle Management Subject Matter Expert.
New Product Development in the food and beverage industry is increasingly becoming more challenging to manage product data at all levels from the raw and packaging material through to formulas and finished goods. Visibility and traceability at the right time and place at all stages of a product’s lifecycle are essential to achieve success in meeting internal, regulatory and customer demands. Regulations are constantly changing, and consumers are demanding more transparency requiring organizations to adapt, capturing new information quickly and making it accessible, where applicable, across their supply chain. Many companies find their product data in silos managed in spreadsheets, emails and/or other systems owned by disconnected teams and users. This creates inefficiencies for finding information quickly, limiting the ability to proactively prevent long-term quality and regulatory issues and gain insights into key performance indicator (KPI) opportunities to achieve company success.
Food and beverage manufacturers need a comprehensive product lifecycle management (PLM) solution designed for them to meet industry internal, regulatory and customer requirements. Dynamic FRM™ fills that gap facilitating cross-collaboration and efficient communication across users and departments throughout the company. Built for the food and beverage industry, it provides flexibility to meet both today and tomorrow’s changing landscape of capturing and reporting product data requirements throughout the product lifecycle from ideation to end of life.
Dynamic FRM™ supplies a platform for collaboration where all product items, suppliers, formulas, bill of materials (BOMs), specifications, and product attributes are accessible in a central location as a single source of truth. Built-in connections come out of the box with other product information systems such as USDA FoodData Central and Genesis R&D® providing seamless integration to improve efficiencies. Dynamic FRM™ can also integrate with popular Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems such as Microsoft Dynamics Finance & Operations, Microsoft Business Central, Oracle, SAP, Infor, and others. New Dynamic works with your team to define the required connections to utilize Dynamic FRM™ as a complete end-to-end PLM solution. In addition, food and beverage manufacturers are able to setup, two-way communication on a secure, single sign-on portal connecting Dynamic FRM™ with co-manufacturers, cross-dock locations and/or suppliers to send or receive product specifications, requirements and facility documents on a centralized platform.
One of the many other benefits of Dynamic FRM™ is it is built on the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Sales platform creating seamless integration with other Microsoft Dynamics and Microsoft 365 solutions enabling a more holistic approach to overall supply chain management. Dynamic FRM™ has a Microsoft Office look and feel facilitating a simple and comfortable user-interface experience providing quick and easy training for new users coming into your organization. Dynamic FRM™ utilizes out-of-the-box integrations with other Microsoft Office solutions such as SharePoint for document management and Outlook for tracking email communications directly to products being developed.
Dynamic FRM™ also has powerful reporting capabilities where custom eye-popping visual dashboards can be created to track and trend KPI and other requirements for all users and/or specific user needs. Companies can take advantage as well of existing interoperability between PowerBI and Dynamics 365 to enhance and provide additional reporting and analytic insights. Information can be downloaded into Excel or Word as needed without custom coding and/or configuration.
Dynamic FRM™ has many other benefits some of which include:
- All data is housed in the client’s environment, meaning the client owns the data.
- Mass changes can be made with a single request to multiple product data attributes across product lines simultaneously.
- Change/audit tracking provides visibility into which changes are made, who is making those changes and why are they being made. With the Microsoft look and feel it makes it simple to research fields within the change log to analyze the audit trail.
- Role-based security ensuring users have access to what is needed, but also provides tailored information access controls for a successful product launch.
- Workflows can be setup and the application supports every phase of the new product development stage-gate process allowing it to be configured to meet unique organization needs.
- Native integration with Microsoft Dynamics 365 applications provides organizations more flexibility to connect customer feedback, complaints and manage customer relationships allowing a more complete picture and insight into products and trends that other traditional PLM software cannot easily offer.
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About the Author
Joe Bailey, Food and Beverage Product Lifecycle Management Subject Matter Expert.
Joe has spent the last two decades in both retail and food manufacturing in various capacities including: R&D, regulatory management, food labeling, quality assurance, manufacturing and operations, I.T., retail pricing, marketing, sales, and customer service. He has experience working with multiple PLM and ERP solutions at various companies and managing the business process interaction between the systems working with departments across the organization throughout the product lifecycle. His background in lean training and six sigma has helped him gain vital experience in how organizations improve processes and reduce waste across the supply chain.