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How to Define Key Business Processes Globally

April 21, 2017 / 0 Comments / in Microsoft Dynamics AX / by Anita Smallwood

Task Guides Make Defining Key Business Processes Globally Easier 

Are you a manager or director of human resources, engineering, production, purchasing, or transportation and you are constantly taken away from your job to explain how to do business procedure "X"?  A feature called Task Recorder in Dynamics AX and Dynamics 365, can make your job more satisfying by being able to EASILY record and share the steps needed to perform a task. By using task recorder in Dynamics 365 or Dynamics AX, you are free to answer more pertinent questions; complete the actual functions required of your role instead of directing and training employees on how to perform day-to-day tasks.

This happens often to a purchasing manager I just met.  He is swamped with calls asking if he can add a vendor that costs 6K less than what is quoted in the approved vendor list?   When he replies no, a barrage of emails ensues, regarding Canada’s budget and bonus potential, nevermind why the vendor list exists in the first place.

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The Best E-commerce Solution for Manufacturing

April 14, 2017 / 0 Comments / in ISV / by Nancy Phillippi

Manufacturing is not glamorized even though the industry's multiplier effect is greater than any other industry; for every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.81 is added to the economy.  Manufacturing as an industry is more complex, not only do manufacturer's have to continually innovate and market products to remain at the top of the competition, but they have to incorporate buying, process planning, research and development, quality control, project management, manufacturing execution, selling the product, and shipping and warehousing. Then finally customer support has to be infused into the mix.  With all these ingredients it is important to get a break somewhere. Clients First found a one platform ecommerce solution that even integrates with your ERP system, as such we call it the best ecommerce solution for manufacturing.

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Yet Another Accolade for Dynamics 365

March 31, 2017 / 0 Comments / in Dynamics 365 for Operations / by Nancy Phillippi

The family of Dynamics 365 Cloud Apps has won the product of the year given by TMC, the writers of CUSTOMER, a quarterly magazine.

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IoT Easier for Manufacturers with Dynamics 365

March 23, 2017 / 0 Comments / in Dynamics 365 for Operations / by Anita Smallwood

IoT is made easier for manufacturer's with Dynamics 365; The Internet of Things, People, and Services enables manufacturers to go beyond improving existing products to adding predictive maintenance to their product portfolios. By using Dynamics 365 Azure IoT Suite, manufacturers can expand their business models to deliver service-based products: solutions that encompass both the product and the related complementary services instead of offering products only. This added benefit of Dynamics 365 with Azure IoT suite can help manufacturers take full advantage of opportunities available in the market today.

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Manufacturing problem solved: Costing Finished Goods

March 13, 2017 / 0 Comments / in Microsoft Dynamics AX, Dynamics 365 for Operations / by Anita Smallwood

In spite of some ERP promises, companies still struggle with obtaining precise numbers and with knowing the real cost of producing finished goods because of indirect costs involved with production. Our sales team hears this business problem almost daily from manufacturers whether they are in process, discreet, or mixed mode manufacturing. Dynamics 365 for Operations or Dynamics AX On Premise can solve this issue through proper setups.  

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations supports absorption costing by enabling indirect costs to be absorbed into the product cost. Examples of indirect costing or overhead expenses include:

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The Women Behind Clients First Texas

March 08, 2017 / 0 Comments / in Microsoft Gold ERP CSP Dynamics Partner / by Anita Smallwood

Today, I do not find it a coincidence that on International Women’s Day, I first glimpsed bluebonnets in bloom on my drive into work. Just like the bluebonnets in Texas, the women I work with supply a glimpse of raw beauty and an opportunity to witness professional and personal growth.  

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Next AXUG Dallas Meeting - Demo of Dynamics 365 for Operations

March 03, 2017 / 0 Comments / in Dynamics 365 for Operations / by Anita Smallwood

AXUG Dallas Chapter Meeting Featuring Dynamics 365 for Operations Overview: Showcasing the Path to Cloud ERP 

Dynamics 365 overview, the path to the cloud ERP and roadmap

During this meeting, the AXUG leaders will be demonstrating the new business application, Dynamics 365 for Operations, and explain what key advantages your company will have by migrating to the cloud. The discussion will include the key productivity enhancements to this new release as well as provide the audience with roadmap information about the future of the Dynamics 365 for Operations.

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Dynamics 365 for Operations Available On Premise

February 23, 2017 / 0 Comments / in Dynamics 365 for Operations / by Anita Smallwood

Dynamics 365 for Operations to Be Generally Available On-Premise in June 2017

In one of our last blog posts, "Dynamics 365 for Operations On-Premise Questions," Clients First speculated that Dynamics 365 for Operations would be available on premise.  Today is the day we can finally, announce that Dynamics 365 for Operations (AX 7) will be available on premise keeping your business data local.  As shown in the graphic above published by Sri Srinivasan on the week of 2/20/2017, Dynamics 365 for Operations will be generally available on premise in June 2017.

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Dynamics 365 Integrates with EDI

February 14, 2017 / 0 Comments / in Dynamics 365 for Operations / by Anita Smallwood

Dynamics 365 for Operations Integrates with EDI through Data Mason's Vantage Point software. 

Clients First is excited to partner with Data Masons, an Independent Software Vendor (ISV), who supplies electronic data interchange (EDI) between Dynamics 365 for Operations customers and their vendors with no customizations.   EDI allows the transfer of data from one computer system to another by using standardized message formatting, without the need for human intervention. EDI permits multiple companies -- possibly in different countries -- to exchange documents electronically.  The data can be exchanged through serial links and peer-to-peer networks.  The downside is that most exchanges  rely on the Internet for the exchange. The tight EDI integration between Dynamics 365 and Dynamics AX improves transaction speed and visibility while decreasing the amount of money you spend on manual processes. But cost savings is far from the only benefit of using EDI.

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Dynamics 365 Dynamics 365 for Operations: a Clear Winner

February 10, 2017 / 0 Comments / in Dynamics 365 for Operations / by Nancy Phillippi

Dynamics 365 for Operations has been named a leader in functionality and usability according to the Nucleus Research ERP Value Matrix. 

As a Microsoft Value Added Reseller (VAR) we are excited to share the findings of Nucleus Research. The research company provides case-based technology research. They deliver insights, benchmarks, and facts that allow clients to make the right technology decisions based on in-depth assessments of actual deployments allowing their analysts to provide technology advice built on real-world outcomes. In short, Nucleus reaffirms that Microsoft is living up to its mission statement with Dynamics 365: "To empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more,” by offering an end-to-end united cloud product suite. 

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