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It's Budgeting Time!

November 09, 2017 / 0 Comments / in Microsoft Dynamics AX, ERP Software, Dynamics 365 for Operations, Dynamics 365 Enterprise, Budgeting / by Courtney Collum

The phrase “It’s budget time” generally produces a groan from everyone who participates in this time consuming, often misunderstood process. I have heard all the arguments on budgets: “It’s just a guessing game,” “How can I possibly know what is going to happen next week let alone 6 months from now,” “I have to add extra expenses because I know management is going to reduce what I submit,” “I don’t understand budgets,” “I don’t have hours to spend coming up with ‘fake’ numbers that are going to be ignored,” and “why do we need a budget if it is not always accurate?”

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Inventory Requirements and ERP Selection

August 07, 2017 / 0 Comments / in ERP Software, ERP Implementation, Process Manufacturing ERP / by Nancy Phillippi

Mike Conti has over 20 years experience with helping companies work with business software or ERP (enterprise resource planning).  He took a few minutes and documented some very important issues regarding inventory that should be considered when a business begins evaluating ERP.   As Mike states in his white paper, I have also have heard from prospects numerous times focusing on how long is the field name length of our inventory master file during discovery sales calls.  This is really a mute point since more ERP software solutions have expanded their field lengths or you can extend them easily.   Consider instead the points in Mike's document.  

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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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Attend The After Party at Dynamics Summit 2016

October 06, 2016 / 0 Comments / in Microsoft Dynamics AX, ERP Software, ERP Implementation, AXUG Summit / by Nancy Phillippi

Going to the 2016 Dynamics AXUG Summit in Tampa?  Clients First and Data Masons want to personally invite you to an after party of  Summit 2016.  The event called the "Taste of Tampa" will feature:

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Dynamics AX7 versus Dynamics 365 Enterprise Edition

September 07, 2016 / 0 Comments / in Microsoft Dynamics AX, ERP Software, Dynamics 365 for Operations / by Anita Smallwood

Executive Summary: Dynamics 365 Enterprise Edition is the souped up version of Dynamics AX available in the Cloud, or in a Hybrid model giving your company flexibility to do business from almost any device, at any time as long as a WI-FI connection is available.  The package deal simply called Dynamics 365 includes:

 If your business demands an on-premise version, connected apps listed above will not benefit from Power BI, Azure IoT and Cortana without your data being processed in the cloud. 

Updated 04/19/2017: The ERP world is shifting to the cloud causing rifts in this space because of the difference in cloud and on-premise installations; this blog Dynamics 365 for Operations, aka Dynamics AX(7), versus Dynamics 365 Enterprise Edition hopes to explain the new functions, terms, and how Dynamics 365 relates to the new Dynamics AX (7). 

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LCS Assures ROI of ERP Investment

August 30, 2016 / 0 Comments / in Microsoft Dynamics AX, ERP Software, ERP Implementation, Dynamics 365 for Operations / by Nancy Phillippi

Microsoft's Life-Cycle Services (LCS) helps assure ROI of  your Dynamics AX software investment.  The real benefit of LCS is the visibility it gives your team into the implementation process. 

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Advice to Mfg. C-Levels Who Need Raw Material Traceability

August 04, 2016 / 0 Comments / in Microsoft Dynamics AX, Manufacturing ERP Software, ERP Software / by Anita Smallwood

Evidenced by five major stories about food contamination in the last month alone, there is no doubt that a need for raw material and finished good traceability during the manufacturing process exists.  The traceability needed should allow for easier product recalls and aid in quality controls.  

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Lean Manufacturing Movement

July 20, 2016 / 0 Comments / in Microsoft Dynamics AX, Manufacturing ERP Software, ERP Software / by Nancy Phillippi

If you’re a manufacturer in the MRO sector or job shop, you can cut down on wasted costs and create a lean manufacturing environment by adopting lean maufacturing tools and lean manufacturing principles.  Your company can begin this process by making small, but high level changes, that will make your company more productive. In this blog we will be discussing, the lean concept of Movement.

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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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