Microsoft Dynamics 365
Disagree... material availability should not be considered as a driver to firm or not to firm planned production orders. That's a matter of production release. Very often we need to firm planned orders in advance, for many reasons (example firming a production plan MPS).
A straight forward way to check material availability at the planned production order stage would be helpful. It would make it managablel to drive the firming of orders when material is available to start production.
I agree with the request, shortage handling in general is not as good as I've seen in other systems.
What I'd really like to see in addition to this is a process that can also be used closer to the point of work order release. An interactive 'bulk trial kitting process', where you can make multiple selections against multiple orders helping to manage those with shortages to enable the best choice of orders for production, whilst the shortages are expedited in.
As part of this would be helpful to be able to filter on the available planned order lines.