Avanade External Production enables production managers to plan and manage outsourced production in a centralized resource and track processes, materials, products, and product components centrally. They can use a delivery note specially designed for external production to expedite the dispatch and receipt of materials provided to or being returned by outsourced vendors. They can also use the solution when an equipment breakdown or sudden order spike necessitate immediate, unplanned outsourcing. The solution makes it easier for production planners to make delivery commitments to customers and communicate with them in a timely, accurate manner. Negotiations and communications with vendors can become more efficient.