What's new: Master planning features


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Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

We have changed and added functionality in the Master planning area for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. For more information, see the tables that apply to your version of the product.

What’s new in AX 2012

What’s new


Forecast items on any level in the product structure.

You can now forecast items at both the final product level and the subassembly level. Therefore, subassemblies can be produced based on forecasts, and the final product assembly can be produced based on customer orders. Forecast reduction also occurs at the appropriate level in the product.

For more information, see Set up a forecast model.

What’s new in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3

What’s new


Demand forecasting

Demand forecasting is a set of tools that enable you to estimate future demand and create demand forecasts based on historical transaction data. The demand forecasting process includes the following tasks:

The AX 2012 R3 demand forecasting features are fully integrated with Microsoft Dynamics AX and the existing forecast functionality. These features include:

Forecast reduction for a customer or customer group

You can specify whether a customer forecast is included in the overall forecast. This setting determines how actual demand reduces the forecasted demand. You can use this setting to ensure that master planning covers the supply of items that are purchased by specific customers.

  • If a customer forecast is included in the overall forecast, actual customer demand reduces both the customer forecast and the overall forecast. Master planning generates planned orders to cover only the overall forecast quantity.

  • If a customer forecast is not included in the overall forecast, actual customer demand reduces only the customer forecast. Master planning generates planned orders to cover both the overall forecast quantity and the forecast for each customer quantity.

The Include customer forecast in the demand forecast check box is located in the Coverage groups form.

Start time for production scheduling

You can select the start time to schedule production orders. The start time can be the start of the calendar work day or the current time. The current time option is used with the delivery date control and capable to promise (CTP) feature.

The Scheduling start time field is located in the Master planning parameters form.