Management as a knowledge area exists since the time, when people started to produce goods and services. However, it has been combined together with science only since Frederick Taylor’s concept of scientific management.
Major ideas by Taylor include:
A lot of economical publications have been created since that time, and these works significantly affected onto our current understanding of management.
These ideas contain conveyer and charts to reflect real and budget activities, economical order size, statistical methods of quality control, linear programming, modeling of manufacturing, theory of queues, networking project planning methods, material requirements planning (MRP), manufacturing resource planning (MRP II), manufacturing theory as a competitive activity, just-in-time (JIT) planning, total quality management (TQS), computer-aided manufacturing, synchronous production, renovation of production process, supplier chain management (SCM), etc.
As other ERP-systems, Microsoft Dynamics AX (Axapta) product appears to be the top of management achievements from the view of economic science and allows using the latest scientific concepts.
Relations between Management as a science and Dynamics AX (Axapta) model are shown in Figure 1.
In our opinion, major evolution trends of Microsoft Dynamics AX (Axapta) during these years can be defined as follows:
Therefore, we see a big prospect in development of scientific oriented Dynamics AX (Axapta) solutions.
On the application level, they are understandable to customers without special mathematical knowledge. There are some other non Dynamics AX (Axapta) tools offering similar features, but our solutions are based strongly on large data volume already existing in customer’s Dynamics AX (Axapta) database, and therefore provide deep integration into the standard product. Calculation results are accessible from Dynamics AX (Axapta) itself.
Considering this approach as well as various management aspects from the scientific view, we state that:
Unlike marketing and financial management, Operations management and Operations research contain a certain amount of scientific knowledge that could be successfully applied to standard Dynamics AX (Axapta).
Our first ideas of Business Optimization Solutions, that are either already available as working prototypes or being under development, are: