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Cover Yourself in the Security of Dynamics 365

January 19, 2017 / 0 Comments / in Cloud ERP SaaS, Dynamics 365 for Operations / by Anita Smallwood

Dynamics 365 guards your data by employing Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security protecting your company, your employees, and your data.

To help companies avoid the problems of phishing, and other corporate crimes, Dynamics 365 includes Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) protecting you even if using single sign on log-in. As if phishing, worms, and viruses didn’t cause enough problems for any CIO or CFO, in manufacturing protecting your digital assets is more complicated as there are so many different digital records from engineering to customer service, and as such the data is more voluminous. To make matters worse, now, manufacturers and job shops must protect themselves from ransomware.  The stories have been blasted all over the headlines during the last few months; The Week Magazine's January 13th edition distilled the news reporting that 300+ executives admitted to being affected by ransomware.  And of those 300 executives, 70% said their companies relinquished between $20 thousand and $40 thousand dollars to unlock their data to evade losing 100s of thousands of dollars in business information. However, there is help in the constant battle of protecting your data in the cloud.  Security is made easier in the cloud with Dynamics 365 that includes EMS.  To show how this is facilitated we have broken down the most common acronyms, and the components included. 

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Best Kept Secrets to Help Finance Your New ERP Solution

December 16, 2016 / 0 Comments / in Microsoft Dynamics AX, ERP Software, Cloud ERP SaaS, ERP Implementation, Microsoft Gold ERP CSP Dynamics Partner, Dynamics 365 for Operations / by Jennise Streaty

You know your business needs a better software that can be seamlessly used in every department. You may even have a good idea of what software you want to be implemented. Unfortunately, none of that matters when your company doesn’t have the right finances for the software you want. Before you hit the snooze button on your new ERP dreams finish reading this article, because we are going to let you in on a couple of secrets that could help you finance the project. 

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6 Reasons to Choose An On-Premise ERP like Dynamics AX

November 22, 2016 / 0 Comments / in Microsoft Dynamics AX, ERP Software, Cloud ERP SaaS, Dynamics 365 for Operations / by Anita Smallwood

Updated 023/01/2017: John F. Kennedy once said, "Change is the law of life."  This law is not being broken in the ERP world, especially since the release of Microsoft's Cloud ERP solution called Dynamics 365.  Even though Dynamics 365 is the newest release; the purpose of this blog, "6 Reasons to Choose On-Premise ERP" is to examine why it may be preferable to implement Dynamics AX On-Premise.  We have compared and contrasted Microsoft's On-Premise software versus the Cloud solution, as well as delineated how to purchase any of the Microsoft Products below. 

While there is convenience and flexibility that comes with cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) technology in particular Dynamics 365, the technology requires applications or apps to deliver some of the functionality once given by Value Added Resellers.  Let me explain further, if your business needs customizations, the code could be changed in AX by your VAR or Microsoft Partner.  Dynamics 365 on the other hand is encapsulated, and any desired changes are made through apps. Even though the cloud platform bounds with connectivity given by Microsoft Dynamics 365 common data model, doubters continue to worry about the vulnerabilities inherent in Cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT). Like discussed briefly earlier, on-premise ERP platforms, offer a higher ability to customize specific features tailored just for your business.

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Payments Made Easier With Dynamics 365

November 18, 2016 / 0 Comments / in Microsoft Dynamics AX, Cloud ERP SaaS, Dynamics 365 for Operations / by Anita Smallwood

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations now includes easy-to-implement payments, ideal for customers with e-commerce, call center operations, or a subscription-based business model.   The payment processing functionality is built upon MasterCard’s secure and incredibly straightforward cloud-based "Simplify Commerce" payments platform, and your company can accept payments from all major brands.

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Need Help With Drug Supply Chain Security Act Compliance?

November 03, 2016 / 0 Comments / in Microsoft Dynamics AX, Cloud ERP SaaS, Dynamics 365 for Operations / by Nancy Phillippi

If you are a manufacturer or re-packager of life science drugs, you are not new to the drug supply chain security act time-line as a result of the New England Compounding Center meningitis outbreak incident in 2012.  But what you may be new to is trying to actually meet the arduous detailed mandates by November 27, 2017.  

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No More Getting Lost in Tabs with New Dynamics AX Cloud ERP

June 30, 2016 / 0 Comments / in Microsoft Dynamics AX, ERP Software, Cloud ERP SaaS / by Anita Smallwood

No more getting lost in cloud ERP software with new Dynamics AX (7) Workspaces.  While I love cloud technology and not having to worry about IT Infrastructure or system requirements though sometimes in my job function my browser becomes a clogged up window of tabs, tabs, tabs. My browser’s tab bar looks like a bottom row of teeth that are overcrowded. Not to mention that I forget what tab I was on. Then when I do find the tab, I get distracted by the content. “Look, there is a squirrel!” Finally, I get back to what I was supposed to be doing. . .five minutes ago. 

New Dynamics AX feature: Workspaces

Workspaces in the new Dynamics AX are designed to remove this stop and start process in productivity in that the new feature keeps the top 5 functions related to a user’s job function always accessible in a single window.

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5 Ways Predictive Maintenance With ERP Can Save Your Company Money

September 18, 2015 / 0 Comments / in ERP Software, Cloud ERP SaaS / by Anita Smallwood

Who would need a predictive maintenance strategy? As surprising as it may seem, everyone, including homeowners, small businesses, and industry giants. When it comes to the industries that use heavy equipment, such as industrial generators, compressors, turbines, elevators, and the like, it’s time to throw out the old ideas on machine maintenance and shift from reactive and preventive to predictive maintenance. Why? Simply because predictive maintenance can save industries of all sizes millions of dollars a year.

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7 Reasons Azure preferred as cloud computing solution for fortune 500 Companies.

August 21, 2015 / 0 Comments / in Cloud ERP SaaS / by Anita Smallwood

 

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Most technology experts define Microsoft Azure as an open-source Windows Server-based cloud computing platform. But Azure is actually much more than that. Over the years Microsoft has been improving all its business solutions; Azure is no exception.  

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Smart Home, Smart Office, Smart Warehouse. Thanks Windows 10!

July 14, 2015 / 0 Comments / in Cloud ERP SaaS / by Anita Smallwood

Do you remember when plug and play meant nothing else than plugging a Pac-Man cartridge into your Atari console to get your game to play? We have to admit that things have changed a lot since then. In fact, things started to change 20 years ago, when Microsoft introduced plug-and-play functionality in Windows 95 to give users the ability to connect different peripheral devices, such as monitors and printers, to their computers, without having to configure the system manually. Plug and Play with Windows 10 and AllJoyn will bring you a Smart Home, Smart Office, or even a Smart Warehouse.

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Manufacturing ERP: The Industry Gap And The Millennial Solution

February 23, 2015 / 0 Comments / in Microsoft Dynamics AX, Manufacturing ERP Software, ERP Software, Cloud ERP SaaS / by Chandler Hutchison

Over the past few years, organizations have been struggling to fill manufacturing jobs because they cannot find qualified applicants. To close the skills gap, there is a need to address both demand and supply sides of the equation.

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