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Microsoft Convergence 2015 is slated for March 16-19, 2015. It's  Microsoft's premiere business event, where Microsoft team members, industry experts, and visionary leaders come together to learn, share, and connect. It's where you can experience first-hand how to get the most out of Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions such as Microsoft Dynamics GP, and get energized, inspired, and ready to take your business to new heights.
Posted: 12/15/2014 10:23:54 AM by MIG & Co
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Microsoft Convergence 2015 is slated for March 16-19, 2015, in Atlanta, where you can experience first-hand how to get the most out of Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions such as Microsoft Dynamics SL. Microsoft has published their catalog of sessions for the event, and they'll be adding to that list going forward.
Posted: 12/12/2014 9:20:52 AM by MIG & Co
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In our last entry, we were discussing Business Rules enhancements found in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015. Business Rules were introduced a year ago, and the feature provides a great way to achieve the most common and simple validations without coding skills. Analysts can easily create advanced business logic through a declarative point-and-click interface to perform actions within Microsoft Dynamics CRM.
Posted: 12/10/2014 8:20:05 AM by MIG & Co
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Last month, Microsoft Dynamics GP team member Pam Misialek published a handy blog entry that covered timesheet best practices for Microsoft Dynamics GP. As noted in the blog, any organization with ongoing projects should have their employees track their time and expenses on a per-project basis for the purpose of project accounting. This enables organizations to see the true performance of each project. The following is a brief summary: for more details, see the linked blog entry.
Posted: 12/8/2014 8:06:08 AM by MIG & Co
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MSDynamicsWorld.com recently hosted a webinar on the document attachment feature for Microsoft Dynamics GP, and you can see a recording of the session here. It was hosted by Microsoft Dynamics GP program manager Jodi Christiansen, and covered adding attachments to master records and transactions, sending attachments via email, adding attachments while scanning records, and migrating OLE notes into document attachments.
Posted: 12/5/2014 10:02:33 AM by MIG & Co
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM already delivers powerful tools that enable you to tailor the solution to meet your unique business needs and an agile framework that can be easily configured. The Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform provides a declarative paradigm that ranges from defining the data model to providing integrated persistence, security, API access, user experience, and programming paradigms based on modern open architecture. And Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 comes through with a bunch of new investments in their platform capabilities to further their commitment to an open, customizable, and extensible product and online service.
Posted: 12/3/2014 9:15:40 AM by MIG & Co
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Collaborate More Effectively With Microsoft Dynamics SL and Microsoft SharePoint Server Part 2
In our last entry, we talked about how you can make your internal communication process more efficient with Microsoft Dynamics SL and Microsoft SharePoint Server. Microsoft Dynamics SL is the project-focused business management solution designed specifically for project-driven organizations, and SharePoint is a platform for intranet, content management, and document management. You can easily create a SharePoint site to share project information and reports with all users that have the appropriate permissions.
Posted: 12/1/2014 8:09:56 AM by MIG & Co
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Microsoft Dynamics GP delivers over 300 charts, graphs, and reports through Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services. The reports can be customized to meet unique needs, and new reports can be created easily without the aid of a developer. You can reduce the time it takes to create reports and take full advantage of your data with Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services and Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Posted: 11/26/2014 6:48:41 AM by MIG & Co
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Keep your customers happy by delivering what they want, when they want it, and maximize the return on your inventory investment. The Inventory module that comes with Microsoft Dynamics SL can help you manage every aspect of your inventory: outgoing orders, incoming stock, returns, back orders, surplus inventory, and dead stock.
Posted: 11/25/2014 8:25:57 AM by MIG & Co.
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You can put perfect precision into your cash accounting, get instant access to your cash balance, and automate bank reconciliation processes with the Cash Manager module for Microsoft Dynamics SL. Cash Manager comes with the Advanced Management edition of Microsoft Dynamics SL, or a la carte. It is tightly integrated with the other modules in Microsoft Dynamics SL, and it is automatically updated when other modules are.
Posted: 11/24/2014 8:51:42 AM by MIG & Co.
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Bank account reconciliation is a tedious process, but it is necessary, like going to the dentist. A good dentist works efficiently and with as little pain as possible, and at a reasonable cost. So should your bank reconciliation solution. Think of Microsoft Dynamics SL as a great dentist, making a tedious task easier and faster.
Posted: 11/21/2014 2:08:26 PM by MIG & Co.
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As Sarah Purdy writes in her Microsoft Dynamics GP blog, the 2014 U.S. Year End Update is available for both Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 and Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013, and she includes greatly detailed tips for installation and upgrade in the blog. The year-end update is a key annual component to the year-end process, and a big part of what makes Microsoft Dynamics GP such a great solution to be driving when you're closing the year.
Posted: 11/19/2014 8:33:25 AM by MIG & Co
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Last time out, we were discussing getting the most of Microsoft Dynamics SL with Quick Query, a powerful search feature that includes more than 50 predefined views of Microsoft Dynamics SL data. Even if you're a non-technical user, you can use Quick Query to easily and quickly locate and present ERP data. As discussed last time, you can just as easily add a filter to a search to get the specific data you are looking for, and you can also add, remove, or rearrange columns.
Posted: 11/17/2014 8:32:22 AM by MIG & Co
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Microsoft doled out some sneak peeks at a lot of what is to come for Microsoft Dynamics GP at the reIMAGINE 2014 event this week in Fargo, the birthplace of what was once called Great Plains software. Long ago, the event was known as Stampede, and then it was called the Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Airlift, and now it has been re-imagined as reIMAGINE.
Posted: 11/16/2014 8:30:44 AM by MIG & Co
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To get the most out of all the data your ERP solution holds, you need a quick and easy way to mine and present that data. Microsoft Dynamics SL, the project-focused ERP solution for project-driven organizations, delivers the perfect search tool with Quick Query. Quick Query is a powerful search feature that includes more than 50 predefined views of Microsoft Dynamics SL data. Even if you're a non-technical user, you can use Quick Query to easily and quickly locate specific ERP data.
Posted: 11/14/2014 8:29:43 AM by MIG & Co
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Continuing the new era of a major release every six months, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 is slated for a December 1st release. Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2 was released earlier this year. Business Analyzer for both iPad and Android was released in September. The next two releases of Microsoft Dynamics GP, due next year, are planned to be named Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 R1 and Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 R2.
Posted: 11/13/2014 8:27:42 AM by MIG & Co
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We've been going over some of the many new features in Microsoft Dynamics 2015, because there are so many, it takes quite a few blog entries to cover them all! So here's another one with even more new features. Microsoft is focusing on helping you deliver outstanding customer experiences, and all these new features are designed to enable you to boost customer engagement and drive sales success.
Posted: 11/12/2014 8:48:30 AM by MIG & Co
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Previously, we have written about the Microsoft Dynamics SL Connector for Microsoft Project Server, which adds functionality to Microsoft Project Server to reduce redundant data entry and for the synchronization of data for projects, accounting, budgeting, and net profit. As noted previously, creating budgets can normally be a lengthy and error-laden process, but here you can do it accurately with the click of a button. And after budgets are created, you can update them too, even at just a specific task level. Managers can look at detailed project and task net profit data as well.
Posted: 11/11/2014 8:37:36 AM by MIG & Co
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Most organizations that deploy Microsoft Dynamics GP leave the customization of their new solution to the partner/reseller that is handling their deployment. But with a bit of tech know-how, you can make many customizations yourself with the Modifier with Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). This module comes with the Starter Pack edition of Microsoft Dynamics GP, and it enables you to modify the appearance and functionality of any Microsoft Dynamics GP window or Dexterity-based third-party window, add new fields, change global resources to affect the entire application, and attach VBA code for less complex business logic.
Posted: 11/7/2014 8:50:30 AM by MIG & Co
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Would you buy a car without test driving it first? You like the way it looks, you've read good reviews, the price is right. But how will it fit you? A test drive will give you a good idea on that, but unfortunately a test drive for a mile or two around the dealership won't really tell you how that car will fit you in the long run. In traffic jams, on camping trips, ferrying the kids around to their activities, or across the country for college. You'll just have to buy it and find out.
Posted: 10/30/2014 5:21:39 PM by MIG & Co.
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The Customization Manager module for Microsoft Dynamics SL enables users with no technical background to make screen customizations to Microsoft Dynamics SL. Users can quickly and easily modify any screen in any Microsoft Dynamics module without changing the underlying source code, and update screens as often as desired. This is the easy way to customize Microsoft Dynamics SL to the specific needs of your organization and the specific preferences of your users.
Posted: 10/27/2014 5:57:55 PM by MIG & Co.
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Microsoft has been busy migrating its thousands of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online customers to the new 2013 version. How is it going so far? Jason Gumpert, editor at MSDynamicsWorld.com, reports this month that so far, the process appears to be relatively smooth and free of major problems.
Posted: 10/27/2014 4:32:29 PM by MIG & Co.
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Dynamics SL delivers project-focused accounting and business management software for project-driven organizations. Its field service management tools are fully integrated with its financial management modules, and they give businesses in the service industry a comprehensive solution that automates many aspects of service delivery and accounting.
Posted: 10/26/2014 5:47:53 PM by MIG & Co.
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Microsoft Dynamics GP delivers business intelligence (BI) solutions that mine actionable insights from your mountains of ERP data. Get role-specific charts, graphs, and analysis tools that enable your people to effectively monitor, analyze, and plan.
Posted: 10/20/2014 1:38:46 PM by MIG & Co.
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Naturally, you would like to grow your business, and naturally, you'll need a business management solution that not only helps you do that, but that naturally scales and grows along with your organization. Microsoft Dynamics SL, the project-focused business management solution for project-driven organizations, works with technology systems you already have to deliver long-term value without a complex and costly implementation.
Posted: 10/14/2014 10:28:40 AM by MIG & Co
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The Personal Time Off (PTO) Manager, which comes with the Extended Human Resources and Payroll Pack for Microsoft Dynamics GP, enables you to manage complex and changing vacation and sick time policies quickly and accurately with an automated process.
Posted: 10/10/2014 9:30:39 AM by MIG & Co
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 is slated for release in the fourth quarter of this year, and we've been going over some of the many new features that will be added for this release. Microsoft is focusing on helping you deliver outstanding customer experiences, and the new features are designed to enable you to boost customer engagement and drive sales success.
Posted: 10/7/2014 9:21:07 AM by MIG & Co
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The Payroll Direct Deposit module, which comes with the Starter Pack edition of Microsoft Dynamics GP, enables you to add payroll funds to employees' bank, savings and loan, or credit union accounts through an automated clearing house (ACH) file.
Posted: 10/1/2014 9:18:02 AM by MIG & Co
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 is slated for release before the year is up, and Microsoft is doling out more and more details about the new features to be included in the release. These will be available for both the on-premises and online versions of the solution. There will be enhancements to sales, marketing, and customer service functionality, and there will be brand new features to facilitate marketing and sales team collaboration.
Posted: 9/30/2014 8:22:07 AM by MIG & Co
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Microsoft Dynamics SL delivers project-focused business management software for project-driven organizations, and amongst the many things it also delivers is greater control over your organization. What does greater control mean? It means getting clear visibility into how your organization is performing now, at this minute, and not just how it performed after the fact. It means knowing for a fact that your business management system is driving better and more efficient decision-making processes and enabling your people to be more proactive and productive.
Posted: 9/29/2014 8:29:06 AM by MIG & Co
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A bunch of new features are coming with the release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015 later this year. One of these new features is the ability to customize the default Microsoft Dynamics CRM Help content and extend it to cover all the custom developments you've added for your organization. You can replace the default Help system at a global level or at an entity (record type) level. Replacing at a global level can prove useful if you have a highly customized system and you want to completely replace Help. The implementation is very simple in either case.
Posted: 9/26/2014 8:23:13 AM by MIG & Co
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The Payroll Connect module, which comes with the Starter Pack edition of Microsoft Dynamics GP, enables you to automate data transfer from ADP (Automatic Data Processing)/PC Payroll for Windows into the General Ledger, using a turnkey solution that eliminates the need to reenter data. The module is installed with the Microsoft Dynamics GP installation process, so you don't need a separate installation for it. You just have to enter the Payroll Connect registration keys, and click to select the Payroll Connect check box in the registration window.
Posted: 9/25/2014 8:25:57 AM by MIG & Co
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You can reduce paperwork and manual data entry by moving your benefit processes online, including yearly benefits, change of status, and more. The Benefit Self Service Suite, which comes with the Extended Human Resources and Payroll Pack for Microsoft Dynamics GP, delivers the tools you need to deploy web-based benefits enrollment for any size company. Your organization gains efficiency and control, and your employees can evaluate and enroll in their benefits conveniently.
Posted: 9/24/2014 8:43:51 AM by MIG & Co
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The Payroll module, which comes with the Starter Pack edition of Microsoft Dynamics GP, enables you to automate payroll processing, equip staff to handle complex payroll requirements, and offer better service to your employees while reducing necessary overhead costs. It is all the payroll management most small to mid-sized organizations require. However, if you are in need of advanced or specialized payroll management tools, Microsoft Dynamics GP also offers Payroll—Advanced with the Extended Human Resources and Payroll Pack.
Posted: 9/17/2014 7:11:11 AM by MIG & Co
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For more than 25 years, Microsoft Dynamics SL has been delivering powerful project and financial management capabilities designed to meet the unique needs of project-driven organizations. It gives you role-tailored activities and insight into your project data. Its functionality, performance, and ease of use power diverse businesses worldwide. From financials and distribution to services and projects, Microsoft Dynamics SL brings people together to help you run your business more efficiently.
Posted: 9/17/2014 7:06:01 AM by MIG & Co
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The Payroll module, which is available a la carte for both the Business Essentials and Advanced Management editions of Microsoft Dynamics SL, makes payroll and benefits administration a smooth, predictable, and timely process. It gives you powerful and flexible capabilities that enable you to operate faster, smarter, and more profitably, and it is all the payroll management most small to mid-sized organizations require. However, if you are in need of advanced or specialized payroll management tools, Microsoft Dynamics SL also offers Payroll—Advanced, similarly available a la carte for both the Business Essentials and Advanced Management editions.
Posted: 9/15/2014 7:10:01 AM by MIG & Co
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The Human Resources module, which comes with the Starter Pack edition of Microsoft Dynamics GP, enables you to attract and retain top talent and to offer employees better services. It delivers customizable hiring processes, scheduling, pay rates, and performance evaluation tools. It is all the human resources (HR) management most small to mid-sized organizations require. However, if you are in need of advanced or specialized HR management tools, Microsoft Dynamics GP also offers Human Resources—Advanced with the Extended Human Resources and Payroll Pack.
Posted: 9/11/2014 8:22:42 AM by MIG & Co
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM delivers a big package of customer relationship management tools, and more are on the way all the time with biannual releases of new and improved features, but its functionality can be extended even more by independent software vendor (ISV) solutions that have been developed for use with it. One example is Pocketstop's Broadcast API (application programming interface), which enables you to integrate the latest notification technology into new or existing applications your team is using. Pocketstop recently announced that it will be integrating Broadcast API and other digital marketing capabilities with Microsoft Dynamics CRM.
Posted: 8/29/2014 9:18:02 AM by MIG & Co
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The Service Call Management module and the Preventive Maintenance module are two of four field service management modules that come with the Extended Pack edition of Microsoft Dynamics GP. The Service Call Management module enables you to track and update new and historical service calls against a contract, service warranty, and current inventory. The Preventive Maintenance module enables you to forecast purchasing and scheduling requirements based on time in service or product usage.
Posted: 8/28/2014 11:19:01 AM by MIG & Co
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Microsoft Dynamics SL delivers project-focused accounting and business management software for project-driven organizations. For organizations that provide field service, Microsoft Dynamics SL also offers several modules for field service management, all available a la carte with the Advanced Management edition of Microsoft Dynamics SL. One of these is the Equipment Maintenance module, which enables you to track and control every aspect of both routine and unscheduled equipment maintenance.
Posted: 8/26/2014 8:52:43 AM by MIG & Co
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The Depot Management module is one of four field service management modules that come with the Extended Pack edition of Microsoft Dynamics GP. The Depot Management module enables you to track parts, labor, and expense details, create a parts usage report, and manage spare parts and truck-and-lot-tracked stock inventory.
Posted: 8/25/2014 8:54:46 AM by MIG & Co
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The Contract Administration module is one of four field service management modules that come with the Extended Pack edition of Microsoft Dynamics GP. The Contract Administration module enables you to maintain an unlimited number of contracts with customers, each providing varying terms and services. The module offers flexible functionality for contracts, including price books, profitability against service calls, and revenue recognition through five different methods.
Posted: 8/19/2014 9:14:03 AM by MIG & Co
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Microsoft Dynamics SL delivers project-focused accounting and business management software for project-driven organizations. The base project management functionality found in the Business Essentials edition of Microsoft Dynamics SL is all the project management most organizations will need, but if you are looking for unique or advanced project management tools, Microsoft Dynamics SL also offers a number of specialized project management solutions.
Posted: 8/18/2014 9:14:49 AM by MIG & Co
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM delivers a big package of customer relationship management tools, and more are on the way all the time with biannual releases of new and improved features, but its functionality can be extended even more by independent software vendor (ISV) solutions that have been developed for use with it. One example is TinderBox, which recently announced a new integration of its web-based sales automation solution with Microsoft Dynamics CRM.
Posted: 8/8/2014 11:28:54 AM by MIG & Co
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The Extended Pack edition of Microsoft Dynamics GP delivers powerful manufacturing management solutions, including the Material Requirements Planning module. This module enables you to adjust procurement and production with more precision. It delivers greater visibility into material requirements, detailed vendor information, and flexible planning and analysis tools, all of which helps ensure proactive planning, smart procurement decisions, and precise adjustments to production. Make sure your supplies flow in when and where they are needed, helping to reduce stock outages, drive down inventory costs, and streamline your production process.
Posted: 8/4/2014 10:32:37 AM by MIG & Co
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Microsoft Dynamics SL delivers project-focused accounting and business management software for project-driven organizations. The base project management functionality found in the Business Essentials edition of Microsoft Dynamics SL is all the project management most organizations will need, but if you are looking for unique or advanced project management tools, Microsoft Dynamics SL also offers a number of specialized project management solutions.
Posted: 8/1/2014 9:30:48 AM by MIG & Co
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At the recent Worldwide Partner Conference 2014 in Washington DC, Microsoft shared a lot of spoilers for what's coming to Microsoft Dynamics CRM over the rest of this year. Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online revenue has doubled in the last year, and Microsoft wants to keep growth exponential. New and improved features are coming for social listening, marketing, and customer service.
Posted: 7/31/2014 9:55:07 AM by MIG & Co
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The Extended Pack edition of Microsoft Dynamics GP delivers powerful manufacturing management solutions, including sales forecasting and master production scheduling. Bridge communication gaps between your sales teams and manufacturing managers and promote effective, efficient product delivery. Maintain an unlimited number of forecasts so both sales and manufacturing managers can gauge the impact of a variety of economic or environmental forces on production and prepare for possible scenarios ahead of time.
Posted: 7/21/2014 7:27:26 AM by MIG & Co
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The big Spring update for Microsoft Dynamics CRM included the exciting new tool Microsoft Social Listening, a powerful analytics service that enables organizations to monitor social media channels like Twitter and Facebook. With Microsoft Social Listening, sales, marketing, and service professionals can tap into social conversations on the web to get real-time feedback on their brand, products, competitors, campaigns, and issues that might become relevant to the business.
Posted: 7/18/2014 7:53:11 AM by MIG & Co
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Microsoft Dynamics SL delivers project-focused accounting and business management software for project-driven companies. The base project management functionality found in the Business Essentials edition of Microsoft Dynamics SL is all the project management most organizations will need, but if you are looking for unique, specialized, or advanced project management tools, Microsoft Dynamics SL also offers a number of specialized project management solutions.
Posted: 7/16/2014 8:58:50 AM by MIG & Co
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Microsoft Dynamics SL delivers project-focused accounting and business management software for project-driven organizations. The base project management functionality found in the Business Essentials edition of Microsoft Dynamics SL is all the project management most organizations will need, but if you are looking for unique or advanced project management tools, Microsoft Dynamics SL also offers a number of specialized project management solutions.
Posted: 7/14/2014 7:23:20 AM by MIG & Co
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In a recent blog post, Microsoft's Curt Kolcun, Vice President, U.S. Public Sector, announced a new Microsoft Dynamics CRM service for government users. Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online for government will be a separate cloud instance for use by U.S. governmental agencies, whether federal, state, or local. The service expands Microsoft's already existent governmental cloud offerings, and integrates with the Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365 government clouds.
Posted: 7/11/2014 7:21:02 AM by MIG & Co
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The Extended Pack edition of Microsoft Dynamics GP includes powerful manufacturing management solutions, the heart of which is the Manufacturing Suite. Microsoft Dynamics GP is best known for its discrete manufacturing capabilities, meeting the requirements of discrete manufacturers in the mid-market to enterprise level. The Manufacturing Suite includes tools for capacity requirements planning, engineering change management, job costing, quality assurance, sales configuration, and sales forecasting.
Posted: 7/9/2014 7:54:19 AM by MIG & Co
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Microsoft Dynamics SL delivers project-focused accounting and business management software for project-driven organizations. The base project management functionality found in the Business Essentials edition of Microsoft Dynamics SL is all the project management most organizations will need, but if you are looking for unique or advanced project management tools, Microsoft Dynamics SL also offers a number of specialized project management solutions.
Posted: 7/7/2014 8:01:21 AM by MIG & Co
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Microsoft Dynamics SL delivers project-focused accounting and business management software for project-driven companies. The base project management functionality found in the Business Essentials edition of Microsoft Dynamics SL is all the project management most organizations will need, but if you are looking for unique or advanced project management tools, Microsoft Dynamics SL also offers a number of specialized project management solutions.
Posted: 7/3/2014 7:55:29 AM by MIG & Co
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Businesses get a lot out of Microsoft Dynamics CRM for customer relationship management, but governmental agencies also get a lot out of Microsoft Dynamics CRM for what we might call citizen relationship management. Governmental agencies of all sizes are turning to Microsoft Dynamics CRM to increase efficiency and to save tax dollars. In an article published at OnWindows.com, writer Amber Rose reports that the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) has deployed Microsoft Dynamics CRM for case management.
Posted: 6/30/2014 8:56:58 AM by MIG & Co
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The Returns Management module for Microsoft Dynamics GP enables you to meet customer and vendor demands for product and part returns by streamlining tasks and improving your responsiveness to customer queries and complaints. Generate returns from historical customer invoices, service calls, or manually. Return an item to a vendor to fix it within your company and automatically transfer items from the returns warehouse to the main warehouse. Give your customers up-to-date information about the status of their returned items. The Returns Management module comes with the Extended Pack edition of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Posted: 6/27/2014 9:00:07 AM by MIG & Co
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Microsoft Dynamics SL already delivers a huge toolbox of business management solutions that are specifically designed for project-driven organizations, but its functionality is extended even further by thousands of independent software vendor (ISV) solutions that have been developed for use with SL. Whatever unique business management needs you might have, now or in the future, if Microsoft Dynamics SL doesn't cover them already, chances are there are ISVs out there that do, integrated to work seamlessly with SL.
Posted: 6/25/2014 6:41:10 AM by MIG & Co
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The advanced distribution capabilities available for Microsoft Dynamics GP enable you to maintain tight, efficient control over your distribution channels by harnessing sales fulfillment workflow, reducing data entry, and providing better access to information. Streamline your distribution cycle, speed up your processes, and increase accuracy. The advanced distribution tools come with the Extended Pack edition of Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Posted: 6/17/2014 11:54:31 AM by MIG & Co
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Citi Private Bank is not your average banking service. A subsidiary of Citigroup, Citi Private Bank markets private banking services for wealthy clients, including entrepreneurs and senior corporate executives. To qualify for an account, a client must have a net worth of $25 million. Three years ago, the company launched an initiative to optimize client experiences. Their solution? Microsoft Dynamics CRM.
Posted: 6/16/2014 10:51:36 AM by MIG & Co
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The Work Order module for Microsoft Dynamics SL helps you to control costs and maximize profits by streamlining the planning and handling of your work orders. It enables easy tracking of product item costs and helps you to keep general ledger accounts and inventory quantities seamlessly integrated and in balance. The Work Order module is available a la carte for both the Business Essentials and the Advanced Management editions of Microsoft Dynamics SL.
Posted: 6/12/2014 9:52:28 AM by MIG & Co
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The Spring wave of updates for Microsoft Dynamics CRM are now globally available: 54 markets, 42 languages. Organizations are already benefitting from the new features, which are rather significant. Bob Stutz, corporate vice president, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, says, "We focused our development efforts on understanding what our customers need to deliver amazing customer experiences. We redesigned our user interface, implemented a six-month release cycle, made three acquisitions, and built many new features—all culminating in the wave of releases we are bringing to market today."
Posted: 6/10/2014 3:54:37 PM by MIG & Co
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Take advantage of the benefits of conducting business electronically with Microsoft Dynamics SL eCommerce Gateway—EDI Edition. This module works with the Order Management module in Microsoft Dynamics SL to help integrate and automate electronic business transactions with customers, vendors, and remote warehouses. Ecommerce Gateway—EDI Edition is available a la carte for both the Business Essentials and the Advanced Management editions of Microsoft Dynamics SL.
Posted: 6/9/2014 8:04:34 AM by MIG & Co
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The best ERP solution for small to midsize organizations just keeps getting better. Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2 is now available, and though it is not considered to be a "major release," it delivers substantial updates to Microsoft Dynamics GP. Among the new features are new requisitions capabilities, a new workflow framework, and the first phase of updated identity management. In his announcement of the release, Microsoft's Gordon MacDonald particularly touted Microsoft Office 365 integration and cloud backup with Microsoft Azure.
Posted: 6/2/2014 9:11:25 AM by MIG & Co
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Spring is a time for rebirth, renewal, and growth, so how appropriate it is that Spring brings big updates for Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Many new features await in the new release, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Spring '14 (for on-premises deployments, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Service Pack 1). The new functionality enhances customer service and delivers "social listening" capabilities.
Posted: 5/30/2014 12:53:13 PM by MIG & Co
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The Order to Purchase module for Microsoft Dynamics SL enables you to promise customers the goods they want, when they want them, balancing inventory carrying costs with customer service levels so your staff can fulfill customers' requests even when stock is short. The Order to Purchase module is available a la carte for the Advanced Management edition of Microsoft Dynamics SL.
Posted: 5/27/2014 9:31:09 AM by MIG & Co
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Microsoft Dynamics GP delivers a huge world of business management tools, but its capabilities are extended exponentially by the vast sea of independent software vendor (ISV) solutions that have been developed for use with GP. As one example, Solver's BI360 is a business intelligence (BI) solution that integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Dynamics GP out of the box, and bills itself as the most complete BI solution of its kind. Solver, Inc. recently announced the release of version 4.0 of BI360, delivering reports and dashboards in web browsers and on mobile devices.
Posted: 5/20/2014 9:06:22 AM by MIG & Co
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM makes it easy for your staff to access the solution on the go and from the device they choose to use. In addition to applications (apps) for mobile phones, Microsoft provides free apps for using Microsoft Dynamics CRM on tablets. A CRM tablet app enables your employees to use tablets to easily look up records, edit them, create new ones, and keep in touch with their colleagues.
Posted: 5/19/2014 8:07:55 AM by MIG & Co
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The Purchase Order Generator for Microsoft Dynamics GP enables you to automate purchasing processes by generating a suggested purchase order (PO), with order point or minimum/maximum settings that determine quantities needed based on purchasing, sales, and inventory data. The Purchase Order Generator is seamlessly integrated with the rest of Microsoft Dynamics GP, including the General Ledger, Inventory Control, Receivables Management, and Purchase Order Processing modules.
Posted: 5/14/2014 8:19:12 AM by MIG & Co
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The Inventory Replenishment module for Microsoft Dynamics SL gives you integrated tools that optimize inventory stocking levels and automate purchasing so that you can maintain favorable customer service levels and inventory balances. The Inventory Replenishment module is available a la carte for the Advanced Management edition of Microsoft Dynamics SL.
Posted: 5/12/2014 8:16:04 AM by MIG & Co
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Purchase Order Processing for Microsoft Dynamics GP enables you to manage commitments and build lasting vendor relationships with automated purchasing and approval processes, flexible extended pricing, and blanket purchase orders. You can receive partial shipments with discounts, landed costs, and prepayments, and with tolerance handling, you can receive items within a threshold percentage of a purchase order for more flexible receiving and better purchase order management.
Posted: 5/9/2014 9:52:28 AM by MIG & Co
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Microsoft has recently introduced web applications (apps) for Microsoft Dynamics SL that enable users to access the solution from any device that supports HTML5, such as desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. The initial release, Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 Web Apps CU1 (cumulative update 1), available now, is aimed at Microsoft Dynamics SL Project functionality. But Microsoft plans to release more apps for Microsoft Dynamics SL every few months.
Posted: 5/7/2014 9:51:36 AM by MIG & Co
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In a recent article at destinationCRM.com, U.S. lead for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Connor Marsden talked about CRM (customer relationship management) software as a business planning tool. A CRM solution is used to manage customer relationships, as the name suggests, giving organizations insights into customer buying preferences and aiding case management for existing customers. But as Connor Marsden asserts, today's CRM can do so much more: "It can become the core technology for business planning of all types."
Posted: 5/5/2014 11:57:28 AM by MIG & Co
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The Requisitions module for Microsoft Dynamics SL enables your employees to enter purchase requisitions online for manager approval and automatic transfer to processing in the Purchasing module. It increases control and decreases paperwork, and it is flexible enough to meet your unique procurement needs. The Requisitions module comes with the Advanced Management edition of Microsoft Dynamics SL, and it is also available a la carte for the Business Essentials edition.
Posted: 4/30/2014 6:49:29 AM by MIG & Co
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Most of what you read about customer relationship management (CRM) software focuses on what it can do for large-scale businesses, but small businesses have as much to gain from a CRM solution as large businesses do. Really, any business that has customers at all could use a CRM solution. Recently, Business News Daily published an excellent interview with Microsoft Dynamics CRM lead Connor Marsden that focused on what CRM can do for small businesses.
Posted: 4/25/2014 4:17:47 PM by MIG & Co
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Microsoft Dynamics Business Analyzer is a free application (app) that gives you a dashboard for reports, charts, or key performance indicators (KPIs) from Microsoft Dynamics SL. You can use it in the office or on the go, and you can collaborate with others through real-time communication or by sharing a snapshot. The solution is easy to use and is tailored for specific roles, but you can also personalize it to suit your needs.
Posted: 4/23/2014 8:45:09 AM by MIG & Co
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Executives and decision makers need quick and easy access to key business metrics so they can monitor the health of the organization and take action when conditions change. Microsoft Dynamics GP delivers key performance indicators (KPIs) via Business Portal, and organizations can define and set up instant access to personalized views of the KPIs that matter most to them, such as profitability, debt-to-equity, and gross margin.
Posted: 4/16/2014 8:35:01 AM by MIG & Co
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The SmartList tool for Microsoft Dynamics GP is very popular because it is so easy to use. You can create ad-hoc reports and data queries without knowing how to use more advanced tools like SQL Reporting Services and Crystal Reports. Well, the SmartList Builder for Microsoft Dynamics GP dramatically increases the power and range of the SmartList tool, enabling you to query more data in more ways. SmartList Builder gives you access to all the data that you capture, so you can create your own custom SmartLists.
Posted: 4/11/2014 8:27:00 AM by MIG & Co
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM team member Jarrod Williams announced this month in a blog entry that Yammer, the "Facebook for business," has made some improvements to its JavaScript and embedded feeds. The Microsoft Dynamics CRM team has updated the Yammer integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM to accommodate these changes, but anyone who wants to use the Yammer integration with an on-premises deployment of Microsoft Dynamics CRM must apply the latest updates. On-premises CRM users that do not update their CRM systems will no longer be able to use the Yammer integration.
Posted: 4/7/2014 8:10:18 AM by MIG & Co
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The Order Management module for Microsoft Dynamics SL delivers comprehensive order management capabilities for a range of industries, including distribution, professional services, and manufacturing. Improve efficiency and customer satisfaction by keeping order management staff on task and on top of the entire sales order process, now and as your business grows.
Posted: 4/4/2014 9:49:42 AM by MIG & Co
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Microsoft support for Windows XP will be ending within hours of these words being written, and by the time you are reading these words, it will all be over. Retirement. April 8 was the big day, after which there will be no more security updates. If your organization is still running on Windows XP, security and privacy risks will be more of a concern with each passing week, as your PCs will become more vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software that can steal or damage your business data and information.
Posted: 4/2/2014 9:47:11 AM by MIG & Co
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM delivers a big package of customer relationship management tools, and more are on the way in the upcoming release, but its functionality can be extended even more by independent software vendor (ISV) solutions that have been developed for use with it. As an example, SAVO has recently released CRM Opportunity Pro, which enables users to access SAVO's analytics capabilities directly inside their CRM systems.
Posted: 3/25/2014 9:46:23 AM by MIG & Co.
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We're all human, and as humans, we all make mistakes. Post enough journal entries, and at some point, you post an entry only to later say "Whoops." Maybe figures are wrong, maybe the date, maybe the account number. But if you're using Microsoft Dynamics GP for your accounting, luckily for you, correcting journal entries is pretty easy to do.
Posted: 3/24/2014 8:25:08 AM by MIG & Co.
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM delivers a big package of customer relationship management tools, and more are on the way in the upcoming release, but its functionality can be extended even more by independent software vendor (ISV) solutions that have been developed for use with it. Recently we've been taking a look at some of these ISVs, and today we're looking at InsideView for Marketing, which enables Microsoft Dynamics CRM users to more easily build and maintain a clean database, enrich new leads in real time, and build marketing campaigns that produce more leads and a greater marketing return on investment (ROI).
Posted: 3/17/2014 8:47:16 AM by MIG & Co.
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Microsoft Dynamics GP delivers a complete business management solution that goes well beyond financial accounting software, including supply chain management, manufacturing, project management, field service management, human resource management, banking, and business intelligence. But financial management is the heart of any ERP solution, and Microsoft Dynamics GP has a big, big heart.
Posted: 3/10/2014 9:36:13 AM by MIG & Co.
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In his keynote address to kick off Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2014, Kirill Tatarinov, executive vice president of Microsoft Business Solutions, highlighted the recent and still-to-come new features that are making Microsoft Dynamics CRM such an important solution in the "era of the customer." The presentation, delivered to an audience of 12,000, featured Microsoft Dynamics customers such as Delta Airlines, New Belgium Brewing, City Harvest, and Weight Watchers International, and it included demonstrations of new features.
Posted: 3/7/2014 2:17:33 PM by MIG & Co.
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Microsoft Dynamics SL delivers a big package of business management tools specifically designed for project-driven organizations, but its functionality is extended exponentially by the great number of independent software vendor (ISV) solutions that have been developed for use with SL. Whatever unique business needs you might have, now or in the future, if Microsoft Dynamics SL doesn't cover them already, chances are there are ISVs out there that do, integrated to work seamlessly with SL.
Posted: 3/5/2014 1:29:11 PM by MIG & Co.
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When you've outgrown your antiquated business management systems and switch to a new solution, or upgrade your solution to the latest version, you need to ensure that your historical data makes the move with you. During the time that you have been using your old business management software, you have recorded and saved a great deal of information, such as account details and invoices. All that data needs to be migrated into the new system so that your organization can proceed seamlessly.
Posted: 3/3/2014 3:25:48 PM by MIG & Co.
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Jason Gumpert has reported at MSDynamicsWorld.com that the next release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 now has a target release date of May 2014. The name of this release has recently been shifted from Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP3 to Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2. Among the new features will be new requisitions capabilities, a new workflow framework, the first phase of updated identity management, and a new procurement companion application (app).
Posted: 3/1/2014 9:58:12 AM by MIG & Co.
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On Tuesday, February 18th, Microsoft unveiled a comprehensive set of new capabilities for Microsoft Dynamics CRM. The new release is slated for the second quarter of 2014, and it will add new functionality for marketing campaigns, effective selling, and customer care and engagement. The update will also deliver social listening capabilities.
Posted: 2/24/2014 3:36:34 PM by MIG & Co.
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Last Fall, Microsoft unveiled what it called the four "big rocks," or major updates, that would be coming with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2 (slated for a May release). The "big rocks" are major updates to requisition, workflow, identity management, and procurement. These updates represent a first phase in Microsoft Dynamics GP separating itself from Business Portal and SharePoint, which will lower costs and simplify processes.
Posted: 2/19/2014 8:53:25 AM by MIG & Co.
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Microsoft Dynamics SL delivers a big package of business management tools, but its functionality is extended exponentially by the great number of independent software vendor (ISV) solutions that have been developed for use with SL. We've written about Vicinity Manufacturing before, the hosts of the recent ISV Leadership Summit. Vicinity produces process manufacturing solutions for Microsoft Dynamics SL and GP, and they will be exhibiting for the 12th year at Convergence 2014 (booth 746).
Posted: 2/19/2014 8:49:02 AM by MIG & Co.
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In January, Microsoft announced that it had reached an agreement to acquire Parature, a leading provider of cloud-based customer service solutions. This month, veteran Microsoft Dynamics CRM team member Bill Patterson announced that he's leaving Washington and moving to Washington—D. C., that is—to take a leadership position at Parature (as Senior Director, Customer Self Service Solutions).
Posted: 2/18/2014 5:46:25 PM by MIG & Co.
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The Microsoft Dynamics GP team is in the middle of their Microsoft Dynamics GP Now & Next Tour, slated for eight cities. They're meeting with partners, the value added resellers (VAR) who sell, implement, and customize Microsoft Dynamics GP. The team dropped by Dallas in late January, and the second stop was Wednesday, February 11th in Tampa. There they shared some incredibly strong sales numbers for the end of 2013 and the first month of 2014.
Posted: 2/18/2014 9:50:03 AM by MIG & Co.
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Microsoft recently shared a timeline and some details on future releases for Microsoft Dynamics GP. The next major release, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2, is still slated for May, but the real news is that the tail end of this year will see the release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015. Microsoft's GP team is now committed to a biannual release cycle, so that the solution's users will see a steady and regular increase in value.
Posted: 2/14/2014 5:48:54 PM by MIG & Co.
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The Microsoft Dynamics Independent Software Vendors (ISV) Leadership Summit was held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in late January. ISVs in the Microsoft Dynamics channel met to discuss and share business strategies on topics from sales and marketing to leadership and business development. It was also an opportunity for ISVs to brainstorm for future collaboration to enrich the Microsoft Dynamics community.
Posted: 2/10/2014 12:12:34 PM by MIG & Co.
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Mobility is a hot topic in business management software, and surely will be at Convergence 2014. Resco, who makes the market-leading mobile client for Microsoft Dynamics CRM, has a lot planned for Convergence. They'll be exhibiting, of course, with live demonstrations, personal consulting, and examples of implemented solutions. They're also going to be introducing a new product at Convergence, and they've got a workshop running the Monday before Convergence.
Posted: 2/5/2014 12:07:30 PM by MIG & Co.
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A fully integrated and comprehensive field service management solution is offered by Microsoft Dynamics GP. This set of tools will help you improve customer satisfaction, efficiently schedule field technicians, and better manage your field costs. You'll manage your field operations with more profitability by increasing technician productivity and reducing overhead.
Posted: 1/31/2014 2:10:55 PM by MIG & Co.
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As Microsoft Dynamics CRM team member Uma Maheswari Anbazhagan reminded us recently, Microsoft is currently offering free storage and a free non-production instance for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online 2013. Microsoft is doling out 2.5 GB of free storage for every 20 professional User Subscription Licenses (USL), up to a storage capacity of 50 GB. The free non-production instance of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online 2013 is granted for 25 USLs or more.
Posted: 1/27/2014 8:19:17 AM by MIG & Co.
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The Accounts Receivable component of Microsoft Dynamics SL is designed to help you effectively manage your customer accounts and identify problems before they become problems. Flexible and integrated tools give you detailed information and reporting so you can monitor receivables and do what you need to maximize your cash flow and bottom line.
Posted: 1/20/2014 10:07:40 AM by MIG & Co.
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Lonely Planet, the world's largest publisher of travel guidebooks, recently turned to NetSuite for its business management software, replacing SAP and Salesforce with one integrated solution. Lonely Planet had been facing a costly and time-consuming upgrade, and they decided that they wanted to move to a more flexible, cloud-based IT operation, saving a lot of money in the bargain. They found that NetSuite's all-in-one solution could better manage their financials, customer relationship management (CRM), demand planning, project management, warehousing, and manufacturing.
Posted: 1/16/2014 9:02:11 AM by MIG & Co.
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Microsoft unveiled Power BI for Office 365 and Power Query for Excel last summer, and both are still in preview mode. Power BI for Office 365 is a cloud-based solution that makes it easy to deploy a self-service business intelligence (BI) environment for sharing live Excel based reports and data queries, and it enables data discovery and information access from anywhere and from any device. Power Query for Excel is an Excel add-in that enhances the self-service BI experience in Excel by simplifying data discovery and access.
Posted: 1/15/2014 9:12:02 AM by MIG & Co.
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We just heard that CONVERGENCE 2014 IS GOING TO BE AMAZING! Well, okay, to be specific, we heard that from the official website. Convergence 2014 is converging on the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta this year, March 4th through March 7th. Some of the activities, including the keynotes and the Thursday night party (March 6th), will be held at nearby Philips Arena.
Posted: 1/14/2014 2:51:46 PM by MIG & Co.
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On January 7th, Microsoft announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Parature, a leading provider of cloud-based customer service solutions. The acquisition will strengthen Microsoft Dynamics CRM by extending its ability to deliver amazing customer experiences.
Posted: 1/9/2014 11:04:03 AM by MIG & Co.
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The Wall Street Journal's Michael Hickins recently reported that NetSuite is accelerating the construction of data centers in Europe as a result of concerns about the National Security Agency's (NSA) spying activities. Data privacy concerns first arose in the United States after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked top-secret documents revealing the NSA's eavesdropping on domestic phone and email traffic.
Posted: 1/6/2014 10:54:13 AM by MIG & Co.
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Earlier this year, NetSuite commissioned research firm YouGov to conduct a survey of 531 ERP decision makers for organizations that are using on-premise ERP software, to get their thoughts on their ERP systems and how they're working out for them.
Posted: 12/26/2013 4:20:42 PM by MIG & Co.
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Microsoft Dynamics GP delivers fully integrated supply chain management (SCM) solutions that increase efficiency, reduce time-to-market, and improve control of the supply chain. The SCM features in Microsoft Dynamics GP can help you connect customer requirements with product design, work better with business partners, and better track workflow across manufacturing, purchasing, finance, sales, and distribution.
Posted: 12/26/2013 4:14:19 PM by MIG & Co.
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NetSuite is the world's leading cloud business management suite, a single web-based solution that delivers fully integrated ERP, professional services automation (PSA), customer relationship management (CRM), and ecommerce. We've been taking a look at all of these parts in more detail, covering all but the ecommerce solution, so today it's time to wrap up by taking a closer look at ecommerce... and SuiteCommerce.
Posted: 12/19/2013 4:08:23 PM by MIG & Co.
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In late November, POS Remarketing Group, Inc., announced that they have deployed Microsoft Dynamics CRM as an integrated customer relationship management (CRM) solution. Modernizing their sales, service, marketing, and operations tools will enable them to provide customers with the best possible experience and also give the company room to keep growing.
Posted: 12/19/2013 3:22:51 PM by MIG & Co.
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The Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 team launched its free phone apps for Windows, iPhone, and Android in late October, increasing the device options for CRM 2013 customers to access and use the solution soon after its release.
Posted: 12/17/2013 2:48:30 PM by MIG & Co.
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NetSuite is the world's leading cloud business management suite, a single web-based solution that delivers fully integrated ERP, professional services automation (PSA), customer relationship management (CRM), and ecommerce. We've been taking a look at all of these parts in more detail, and today we're leaving NetSuite's ERP and PSA functionality behind and turning to its CRM solution.
Posted: 12/5/2013 1:49:22 PM by MIG & Co.
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The Intercompany module for Microsoft Dynamics GP enables you to set up, enter, and maintain relationships between companies so that revenues and expenses attributable to one company (the originating company) and be tracked as "due to" or "due from" accounts in other companies (destination companies).
Posted: 11/26/2013 9:34:10 AM by MIG & Co.
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NetSuite is the world's leading cloud business management suite, a single web-based solution that delivers fully integrated ERP, CRM, professional services automation, and ecommerce. We're taking a look at all of these parts in more detail, starting with some of the ERP functionality delivered by NetSuite covered in our last entry, and continuing today with some of the other financial management capabilities of NetSuite's ERP component.
Posted: 11/21/2013 8:28:47 AM by MIG & Co.
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With the recent release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, Microsoft has introduced a new multi-tiered licensing model. The new model increases the licensing flexibility available to on-premises users and offers the same level of flexibility to online users. You can purchase different licenses for different roles to accommodate the specific needs of your organization, lowering the cost of your CRM solution.
Posted: 11/19/2013 8:25:43 AM by MIG & Co.
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Microsoft Dynamics SL delivers project-focused accounting and business management software for project-driven companies. The base project management functionality found in the Business Essentials edition of Microsoft Dynamics SL is all the project management most organizations will need, but if you are looking for unique, specialized, or advanced project management tools, Microsoft Dynamics SL also offers a number of specialized project management solutions.
Posted: 11/14/2013 8:14:08 AM by MIG & Co.
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NetSuite is the world's leading cloud business management suite, a single web-based solution that delivers fully integrated ERP, professional services automation, CRM, and ecommerce. We've been taking a look at all of these parts in more detail, but today we're leaving NetSuite's ERP functionality behind and taking a look at their professional services management tools.
Posted: 11/12/2013 8:10:59 AM by MIG & Co.
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With each release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Microsoft finds new ways to save you time and to help you work more efficiently. One of the many new features in the new release, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013, is the ability to create or filter activities right in the activity feed, so you don't have to switch screens. You can access email, appointments, or any custom-created activity directly from the activity feed.
Posted: 11/8/2013 8:08:49 AM by MIG & Co.
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NetSuite is the world's leading cloud business management suite, a single web-based solution that delivers fully integrated ERP, CRM, professional services automation, and ecommerce. Let's take a look at all of these parts in more detail, starting today with the financial management capabilities of NetSuite's ERP component.
Posted: 11/4/2013 5:43:24 PM by MIG & Co.
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Microsoft Dynamics SL delivers project-focused accounting and business management software for project-driven companies. Its supply chain management (SCM) solutions streamline and give you more control over manufacturing and distribution processes.
Posted: 10/30/2013 3:06:59 PM by MIG & Co.
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On October 21st, Microsoft announced a strategic original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement with InsideView, Inc. that will integrate InsideView's social intelligence capabilities with Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Microsoft also announced a new set of industry-specific business process templates. Both will be available to Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 users by the end of the month.
Posted: 10/28/2013 12:35:44 PM by MIG & Co.
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On October 22nd, NetSuite announced that it would purchase TribeHR, a four-year old Canadian company that delivers human capital management (HCM) solutions to 450 customers in 50 countries. NetSuite bills itself as an "all-in-one" business management solution, offering ERP, CRM, and Ecommerce through the cloud, and all tightly integrated, but there is actually one piece missing from the "all": HCM.
Posted: 10/17/2013 1:17:33 PM by MIG & Co.
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Access teams are a handy new feature, a new type of team introduced by Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. We've touched on this new feature before, but today let's look at it in a little more detail.
Posted: 10/15/2013 5:40:43 PM by MIG & Co.
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The Receivables Management module in Microsoft Dynamics GP enables you to automate processes for invoices, receipts, finance charges, and statements. You can analyze customer activity, and set up and maintain customer records including credit limit, contact names, aging balances, and much more. Manage sales made on accounts more effectively while lowering your overhead costs.
Posted: 10/9/2013 5:18:25 PM by MIG & Co.
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If you're attending the Technology Services World (TSW) 2013 Service Transformations conference, and you've been wondering what NetSuite's cloud-based ERP software can do for you, and particularly its Professional Services Automation (PSA) software, stop by booth #3 on the exhibition floor. In addition, NetSuite, in conjunction with customer Kronos, will deliver a presentation on its PSA capabilities at a special session.
Posted: 10/7/2013 4:30:32 PM by MIG & Co.
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM's Yammer integration enables users to quickly and easily collaborate, commenting on posts or starting contextual conversations from within Microsoft Dynamics CRM, on-premises or online. Yammer enables your entire organization to join the conversation, including Yammer users who aren't licensed CRM users. Users can join conversations directly from Microsoft Dynamics CRM, through Yammer web or desktop applications, or via applications running on mobile devices.
Posted: 10/3/2013 1:17:43 PM by MIG & Co.
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The Payables Management module in Microsoft Dynamics GP enables you to automate routine and complex accounts payable tasks with real-time statistical history, account control, payment scheduling, easy reconciliation, and check printing. Keep accurate and up-to-date information about money owed, due dates, and available discounts at your fingertips. Track vendors including multiple ship to addresses, payment terms, credit limits, vendor items, and much more.
Posted: 10/1/2013 12:55:55 PM by MIG & Co.
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Guided processes are automated workflows, progressive checklists that keep employees on task and not having to ponder the next step in a process, such as a sales or customer service process. Employees get a clear view of what steps have been completed, where they are at in the process, and what steps still need to be taken. Users can move forward or backward in a process flow, and at each stage they will be presented with a different suggested list of steps to be taken. As Microsoft puts it, guided processes are "a deliberate move to focus on outcomes rather than transactions."
Posted: 9/26/2013 5:29:17 PM by MIG & Co.
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Encumbrance Management in Microsoft Dynamics GP was specifically designed for not-for-profit and public sector organizations. It is integrated with purchase order processing in Microsoft Dynamics GP, enabling easy location and tracking of budget information and streamlined period-end and year-end reporting. Budgetary and encumbrance accounting help ensure that your expenditures and monetary commitments do not exceed available funds.
Posted: 9/24/2013 5:42:05 PM by MIG & Co.
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Have you noticed more bicycles at the office and on the street lately, even when it isn't Bike to Work Day/Week/Month? Whether for health or environmental reasons, more and more people are biking these days, and that translates to 6.1 billion dollars for the bicycle industry in 2012, as well as an estimated 19% increase in used bicycle sales from 2011.
Posted: 9/19/2013 5:36:37 PM by MIG & Co.
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Data entry has been simplified with Quick Create. As the name suggests, the tool enables users to quickly create any record by capturing key data points for the record being entered. You can add and edit Product line items to your opportunities, quotes, orders, and invoices with inline editable grids, and you can insert product details such as price, quantity, and discount directly in the grid on the form.
Posted: 9/17/2013 5:38:10 PM by MIG & Co.
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The Quick Query tool in Microsoft Dynamics SL enables even nontechnical users to easily and quickly find, review, and store ERP data. Microsoft Dynamics SL comes with over 100 predefined views of financial data, organized by series/modules, such as orders, inventory, field service information, project details, and much more. Any SQL view can be tapped to fetch data in a Quick Query.
Posted: 9/11/2013 5:45:34 PM by MIG & Co.
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Australia's Port of Portland recently streamlined their business management in a big way by replacing four different on-premise and outdated software solutions with a single instance of cloud-based NetSuite. In replacing those systems, NetSuite now handles the company's financial management, project management, asset management, payroll, and shipping scheules, and all of it fully and seamlessly integrated.
Posted: 9/9/2013 5:44:13 PM by MIG & Co.
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Process automation leads to increased productivity, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM's guided sales process can help optimize your organization's sales efforts. You can create automated workflows that standardize and simplify the sales process. A highly intuitive interface and embedded Microsoft Office functionality chip in to help you shorten your sales cycles and increase close rates.
Posted: 9/5/2013 1:18:11 PM by MIG & Co.
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If you find that one of your customers has become one of your vendors, or a vendor has become a customer, Microsoft Dynamics GP's Customer/Vendor Consolidation functionality can save you time creating records and give you a consolidated or combined view of the customer/vendor relationship. This tool enables you to quickly transfer information between Receivables Management and Payables Management, creating a new vendor record that uses information already available in a customer record, and vice versa.
Posted: 9/2/2013 1:25:18 PM by MIG & Co.
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You can make calls to leads, contacts, and accounts directly from Microsoft Dynamics CRM with Skype and Lync integration. Install Skype or Lync, enable the Click to Call (CTC) feature, and your phone numbers in forms will be hyperlinks. Then you can simply click a number to place a call to it.
Posted: 8/30/2013 11:56:19 AM by MIG & Co.
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Microsoft Dynamics SL makes it easy to take control of your organization's future. Microsoft Forecaster, included with the Advanced Management Edition of Dynamics SL, is a fully integrated budgeting and planning application designed to help organizations create and execute accurate and realistic budgets. It is the fast and affordable way for midsize and larger businesses to reap the benefits of a dedicated budgeting and planning application.
Posted: 8/29/2013 11:01:20 AM by MIG & Co.
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If you've already decided you're going to the cloud for your company's ERP solution, then obviously NetSuite will make your short list of options, being the industry leader and all. But perhaps you're not yet sure. An organization that has decided to deploy an ERP system will be facing a great many decisions, and one of the first and most important is whether or not you want your ERP software to be deployed in the cloud or on-site. There is no simple answer to that question, but let's look at the advantages of each.
Posted: 8/26/2013 10:48:29 AM by MIG & Co.
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If you prefer using an iPad to a laptop, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online has a feature for you. The Apple iPad is not supported by the on-premises deployment of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, but Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online does support the iPad for those CRM Online users who choose to install the product updates. This feature was designed for iPad users who need to get work done on the road, such as sales representatives on sales calls.
Posted: 8/23/2013 11:01:12 AM by MIG & Co.
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Microsoft Dynamics SL includes more than 900 standard reports, but if you want to customize them or write your own reports, you've also got Crystal Reports, the industry leading report writer that is included with Microsoft Dynamics SL System Manager. Crystal Reports gives both novice and experienced users powerful reporting and query capabilities, enabling them to modify any existing report or write an unlimited number of custom reports that best suit their needs.
Posted: 8/20/2013 9:55:13 AM by MIG & Co.
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Welcome to the inaugural entry of our brand new NetSuite blog. As a first issue, this is sure to be a hot collector's item in coming years, so feel free to print it out and encase it in protective plastic. Here we'll be talking about all things NetSuite, its capabilities and features big and small, as well as stories and news. But first, in case you are unacquainted with the world's top cloud-based ERP software, an introduction is in order. What is NetSuite?
Posted: 8/16/2013 4:11:44 PM by MIG & Co.
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How can you reach your customers and prospects? Depending on your target market, most people now prefer to receive e-mails. The only problem now is keeping track of who is opening those emails and clicking through to your website. There are many tools out there available, but not all of them will integrate with your CRM database. One tool that does integrate with many of the e-mail marketing automation software out there is Microsoft Dynamics CRM.
Posted: 8/12/2013 9:53:39 AM by MIG & Co.
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Microsoft Dynamics GP provides several types of security. The solution has many features and collects a great deal of data necessary to run a business, but most users do not need access to all the data, reports, and tools in Microsoft GP. Therefore, the security features are designed so that users have access to just the data and tools they need to do their jobs, keeping sensitive business data as secure as possible while still enabling users to work efficiently.
Posted: 8/3/2013 1:15:29 PM by MIG & Co.
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If you like to store and edit home videos, it can really slow your PC down. You can upgrade to a new machine, but like a lot of people, maybe you use an external hard drive instead. It can be a simpler and less expensive solution.
Posted: 7/30/2013 4:11:23 PM by MIG & Co.
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The Microsoft Dynamics CRM team recently published an article entitled "How to Synchronize CRM Online with your Active Directory" on their blog. Why would you want to synchronize it with your Active Directory (AD)? Well, doing so enables you to manage all of your users in one place and control access to multiple CRM organizations with AD. If single sign-on (SSO) is set up, users can sign in to Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online with their existing credentials.
Posted: 7/29/2013 4:06:49 PM by MIG & Co.
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Document attachment is a new feature in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 (www.mig.com/DynamicsGP2013) that enables you to easily and efficiently attach electronic files to purchasing or sales transactions or to purchasing, sales, or inventory master records. You can attach digital photographs, images, contracts, copies of invoices, or any related information.
Posted: 7/26/2013 4:03:37 PM by MIG & Co.
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Are you about to launch a direct mail marketing campaign? Direct Mail campaigns are a lot of work, and it can get a bit hectic. With the mail merge feature in Microsoft Dynamics CRM you can easily print a marketing list out as mailing labels. The feature merges your Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online data into a label template in Microsoft Word 2010.
Posted: 7/24/2013 3:58:35 PM by MIG & Co.
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Professional services organizations (PSOs) thrive by maintaining profitability for client services, ensuring that projects are completed on time and that their services meet or exceed customer expectations. Microsoft Dynamics SL is a comprehensive business solution that is designed specifically for project-driven organizations, and it is the perfect ERP toolbox for PSOs. Microsoft Dynamics SL helps PSOs improve profitability, efficiency, and customer service.
Posted: 7/19/2013 3:51:21 PM by MIG & Co.
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Good, up-to-date marketing lists are often the core of successful marketing campaigns, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM enables you to quickly and easily create marketing lists. Microsoft Dynamics CRM has search features for managing and filtering accounts, contacts, and leads, and you can use these features to set up targeted marketing lists. You set up the list with the criteria you define, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM does the rest.
Posted: 7/17/2013 3:45:38 PM by MIG & Co.
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We all know that banking can be tedious work. Now what if you could have a system that could help you organize all those transactions? Microsoft Dynamics GP contains several modules that streamline your banking and checkbook management tasks.
Posted: 7/15/2013 3:38:38 PM by MIG & Co.
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Savvy businesses are shifting their emphasis off of themselves and onto their customers and prospects. Customers and prospects, empowered by the Web and social tools, have more control over the brand than ever; delivering hyper personalized campaign interactions to them is today's challenge.
Posted: 7/10/2013 3:31:04 PM by MIG & Co.
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Let’s start with what exactly marketing automation is. It is a tool that allows you to effectively develop and analyze marketing campaigns and organize customer data. Marketing Automation software will allow you to keep track of your campaigns as well as any e-mail/ phone/ in-person interactions.
Posted: 4/9/2013 11:15:00 AM by MIG & Co
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The following guide describes how to set up a 13th period in Microsoft Dynamics GP:
1. Open the Fiscal Periods Setup window: Microsoft Dynamics GP menu >> Tools >> Setup >> Company >> Fiscal Periods
2. Enter the year.
3. Enter the first day and last day of the fiscal year.
Posted: 4/1/2013 7:39:00 PM by MIG & Co
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Sometimes you may have separate Dynamics CRM installations or instances to help better run your organization. Different departments use CRM software for different reasons. For example, your marketing and sales departments will use it for your customers, suspects and prospects. In order to manage the payroll side for your sales department, Human Resources may use it for your employees to calculate their commission on sales.
Posted: 3/27/2013 1:55:07 PM by MIG & Co
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After the much awaited launch of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 last December, we were thrilled to test the product and experience the new features of this highly acclaimed ERP software. According to Microsoft, the motto of Dynamics GP 2013 is to “think forward, increase productivity and stay ahead,” and we agree with them. Now, let’s talk about new features and user productivity.
Posted: 3/20/2013 9:10:11 PM by MIG & Co
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One of the many cool new features in the recent update to Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2012 is embedded Bing maps. Address fields are already a part of many of your Customer Relationship Management records, and with Bing maps, you can now easily take advantage of this geo-data for visualization. Of course, it had been possible to generate Bing maps in MS Dynamics CRM before, but it generally required some coding or else purchasing 3rd-party packages.
Posted: 3/13/2013 3:06:33 PM by MIG & Co
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The other day I was speaking with one of our sales guys about some fears new prospects may have. Among those fears was whether users would be able to adopt Microsoft Dynamics GP or Microsoft Dynamics SL. These are some technical accounting systems that will enable your team to use familiar tools. Microsoft Dynamics GP and Dynamics SL have a similar interface to Microsoft Office products.
Posted: 3/6/2013 7:37:01 PM by MIG & Co
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The last news we’ve heard on the long awaited CRM 2012 upgrade is that its general availability has been pushed to January 2013. One of the features we’re very excited about in this newest Dynamics CRM is the native Yammer integration. According to Microsoft, though, you’ll have to wait a little longer—it will be ready in February.
Posted: 2/28/2013 5:00:00 PM by MIG & Co
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As Microsoft Dynamics GP is poised to offer a cloud-based solution, it’s interesting to look at some of the reasons companies give for not implementing an ERP solution. According to the Aberdeen Group, cost is one of the most important factors when manufacturers decide to forgo ERP software. In a study completed in 2011, Aberdeen notes that while total-cost-of-ownership is important, it’s not the only factor.
Posted: 2/22/2013 10:10:00 AM by MIG & Co
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One of the enhancements hinted at for the pending update to Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2012 is improved integration with Microsoft Office. While Dynamics CRM support for Outlook is already solid, some are expecting new capabilities for working with CRM records in Excel and possibly Word. Obviously this will be welcome news, but many Dynamics CRM users overlook some of the powerful existing capabilities for viewing and editing CRM records using Excel spreadsheets.
Posted: 2/18/2013 4:50:00 PM by MIG & Co
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Are you looking to quickly reduce purchasing transaction costs and rein in maverick spending? If so, you won’t want to miss our upcoming webinar; now’s the time to register! MIG will review best practices for your Requisition and PO Systems in Microsoft Dynamics and how to completely automate the procure-to-pay cycle.

Posted: 2/13/2013 11:05:35 AM by MIG & Co
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM has always bundled in some templates and other workflows. For the update to Dynamics CRM 2012, there are powerful pre-defined workflows for sales processes. Specifically, the Dynamics team has included three workflows for lead, opportunity, and sales management.
Posted: 1/25/2013 12:01:00 PM by MIG & Co
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It’s the beginning of the year, and you are saying to yourself where did the time go? Well folks, Year End is fast approaching and your departments need to start close out procedures. The question now is, where you do start first? With Microsoft Dynamics GP, you can simplify your Year End Closing Procedures. All your transactions including payments, orders, and invoices are recorded within one system.
Posted: 1/16/2013 1:44:00 PM by MIG & Co
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Buried in the Release Preview Guide for the December Update, there’s a table showing all the operating systems that the online version of Dynamics CRM will be compatible with. There’s a row devoted to Windows 8, along with all the browsers Dynamics CRM will run on: IE, Chrome, and Firefox.
Posted: 1/9/2013 4:38:20 PM by MIG & Co
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As everyone now knows, Microsoft will make Dynamics GP 2013 generally available in December. Beta releases have been around since the summer, and the word is out that the Web Client is one of the major new features in this release. With this MS GP web client, anyone can access the full power of GP from their browser.
The Microsoft Dynamics GP team has done a great job in making the web experience similar to their standard rich client. You can see for yourself in this video.

Posted: 1/2/2013 9:55:55 AM by MIG & Co
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Back in July, the Microsoft Dynamics CRM team had an important announcement on cloud security that may have flown under the radar for many of us. Microsoft had registered CRM Online with the Cloud Security Alliances’ STAR (Security, Trust, & Assurance Registry) program. That’s a mouthful. Translation: Dynamics CRM Online has met certain data security and privacy standards, as well as being aligned with the overall STAR framework, which encompasses areas such as facilities security, data governance, and even regulatory obligations.
Posted: 12/26/2012 8:50:30 PM by MIG & Co
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Want to avoid slow software updates? With Microsoft Dynamics GP you can speed up installations with Dynamics GP chunk files.

When updating Microsoft GP software with a service pack or a new feature, there’s a neat trick that lets you avoid having to manually re-install all those third-party apps. This short-cut hinges on using on what is called a Chunk file. You may have seen file names with a .cnk suffix in your GP directory. They are one and the same.

Posted: 12/20/2012 11:02:50 AM by MIG & Co
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Microsoft has done a great job talking up the social aspects of their pending upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2012. Building on its Activity Feeds foundation, Dynamics CRM 2012 will support Facebook-style liking and unliking of posts, along with the ability to filter a “time-line” view based on Twitter-style hashtags (#) or other criteria. This is just a start though. Later in the year, Microsoft CRM will also deliver even more social capabilities that connect it with external social sites such as LinkedIn.
Posted: 12/14/2012 12:10:33 PM by MIG & Co
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Encumbrance is an accounting technique that protects budgets from being overspent. The Microsoft Dynamics GP Encumbrance Management module is designed primarily for not-for-profit and governmental organizations. It is easy to set up and well-suited to control budgets in situations where there are distributed spending entities.
Posted: 12/8/2012 3:16:06 PM by MIG & Co
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One important thing to bear in mind while choosing software is to make sure you will have the capability of customizing it later. Microsoft Dynamics CRM is programmable and changeable at a core level and it will come in handy when you need to do modifications to help the everyday users. For example: the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Ribbon – which is the central area for control –can actually be configured and customized to your liking.
Posted: 11/30/2012 12:03:43 PM by MIG & Co
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To refresh your memory, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013, which is scheduled for release in Q4, will support a cloud-based architecture. There will be a Web Client for giving users browser access to GP functions, and the Client will complement (but not replace) the desktop app. Think of the Dynamics GP Web Client as similar in scope to the browser app currently available in Dynamics CRM 2012.
Posted: 11/22/2012 10:55:08 AM by MIG & Co
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In a previous post, we wrote about the new mobility capabilities planned for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2012 Update. To refresh your memory, the 2012 Update would be executed on the Dynamics team’s “CRM Anywhere” strategy. The goal was to offer cross-browser access (Safari – Firefox – Chrome) for Dynamics CRM, as well as a native app, CRM Mobile, which would be available on IOS, Android, and Windows 7 devices.

Posted: 11/14/2012 1:11:33 PM by MIG & Co
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It’s natural to leave many settings in Microsoft Dynamics GP as is. This is especially true in “high traffic” areas that we pass through every day. I’m talking about menu and navigation links that are often kept at their default settings. Many users are surprised to learn that they can change the “Quick Links” area on the Home page of Dynamics GP and the buttons on the menu bar.
Posted: 11/6/2012 4:44:46 PM by MIG & Co
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With the release of Dynamics CRM 2011, Microsoft provides an out-of-the-box integration with SharePoint. Even if you don’t take full advantage of the complete capabilities of a SharePoint integration, you’ll certainly want to turn this feature on. At a minimum, you’ll be able to share your CRM documents across your organization.

Posted: 10/29/2012 4:12:50 PM by MIG & Co
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The Connector for Microsoft Dynamics, which has been available for about two years, provides integration between Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Microsoft Dynamics GP (previously Great Plains), as well as NAV and AX. The Connector is to be able to pull information between the transactional world of GP and CRM’s customer-centric records. Earlier this month Microsoft released a new suite of out-of-the-box Connector integrations and workflows for Accounts Receivable, Credit Applications, and Invoicing.
Posted: 10/22/2012 11:30:16 AM by MIG & Co
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The release of Activity Feeds in late 2011 marked the first true introduction of powerful social networking capabilities into Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Activity Feeds let users see a stream of real-time updates to users, Account records, Leads, and other entities. It’s a great way to get a quick feel for what’s going on in the network of Dynamics CRM records and users that you care about.
Posted: 10/15/2012 3:10:45 PM by MIG & Co
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There is much to be excited about with Dynamics GP 2013, scheduled for release later this year. The most significant enhancement is of course the move to the cloud. However, there are a few things that won’t be supported in this new release.

If you are planning on upgrading, make sure your organization is ready to support Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013.

Posted: 10/2/2012 10:30:50 AM by MIG & Co
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The Connector for Microsoft Dynamics, which has been available for about two years, provides integration between Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Microsoft Dynamics GP (previously Great Plains), as well as NAV and AX. The Connector is to be able to pull information between the transactional world of GP and CRM’s customer-centric records. Earlier this month Microsoft released a new suite of out-of-the-box Connector integrations and workflows for Accounts Receivable, Credit Applications, and Invoicing.
Posted: 9/24/2012 8:30:20 AM by MIG & Co
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One of the more eye-opening demos at Convergence 2012 in Houston a few months back was the use of Microsoft Kinect with Dynamics GP. While Kinect is more associated with consumer electronics, Microsoft has been signaling that this sophisticated gesture-reading hardware and software has serious business applications.

In case you've been completely focused on business technology, Kinect is a peripheral for Microsoft Xbox gaming that bathes a room in infra-red beams and reads the reflections–ask your kids to see the applications.
Posted: 9/15/2012 11:46:22 AM by MIG & Co
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With the big (but expected) announcement that Microsoft will purchase Yammer, Microsoft Dynamics CRM users can expect to see more social communications functions in the coming years. Yammer will find a home in the Microsoft Office Division, and according to the press release, Redmond “plans to accelerate Yammer’s adoption alongside complementary offerings from Microsoft SharePoint, Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics and Skype.”

Yammer, of course, is an enterprise microblogging service – think Twitter for the business world – that has over 200,000 corporate subscribers and 5 million users. Using Yammer to add more collaboration and social communications to Dynamics CRM is a no brainer for Microsoft.

Posted: 9/7/2012 8:22:55 AM by MIG & Co.
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The Business Portal is a powerful Dynamics GP service that allows non-GP users access to important dashboards and other business metrics through their browsers. Within the Business Portal, the Executive Center is especially appealing to high-level executives. It provides “big picture” views of financial and sales data, including graphs & charts on receivables, customer sales, cash positions, and total revenue.

One of the selling points of the Business Portal is that it is less costly per user seat than a Microsoft Dynamics GP license.
Posted: 8/28/2012 3:50:02 PM by MIG & Co.
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In our last post, we discussed how Connections introduced aspects of social networking into Dynamics CRM. Using Connections, it’s possible to create follow-follower relationships between Contacts–a feature we’ve all gotten used to with Facebook and Twitter. But Connections can create links to entities besides Contact records.

“Contacts” was the most natural place to begin the exploration of Connections. And Microsoft Dynamics CRM conveniently provides a “Connect to Me” button on the ribbon bar to quickly join Contacts.

Posted: 8/20/2012 11:20:01 AM by MIG & Co.
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Available in the R2 version of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010, Business Analyzer is an effective way to deliver access to a business intelligence solution anywhere within your organization. With just your Internet Explorer browser, general users can view important business metrics in reports, charts or graphical forms, along with the ability to drill down for more detailed information. The important point is that users don’t have to log into Microsoft Dynamics GP to gain access to its power.

Business Analyzer was meant for users who need a business intelligence tool without requiring full access to Dynamics GP accounting software.

Posted: 8/10/2012 10:47:44 AM by MIG & Co
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Anyone who’s ever joined a social network quickly realizes that one of the most valuable features are the relationships created in the community. You friend someone, and then you’ll show up in your new buddy’s friends list, and vice-versa.  Connections, a feature in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011, takes this concept and applies it to related records in the database.

Dynamics CRM provides several out-of-the-box Connections that are useful and will satisfy a lot of users. There’s also, of course, a way to create custom Connections between any two records, but we will save that for another post.
Posted: 8/2/2012 3:57:35 PM by MIG & Co.
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Outlook IntegrationWith the introduction of a native Microsoft Outlook integration back in CRM 4.0, the Dynamics team provided a convenient option for email centric marketing and sales folks. They can add leads, track emails, and access CRM records without ever having to leave Outlook. In Dynamics CRM 2011, the Outlook integration was given even more productivity powers.

The big concept behind this native integration was eliminating time wasting “alt-tabs” by bringing CRM capabilities directly into Outlook. This integration--available here—lets your front-line sales team see the familiar Outlook tree navigation pane but with new branches set up for access to Dynamics CRM Sales, Marketing, and Service modules.
Posted: 7/24/2012 3:28:46 PM by MIG & Co.
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Microsoft Dynamics GP provides extensive reporting and, with Microsoft Dynamics SmartList, interactive list building capabilities. However, managers often need to be able to react in real-time when responding to financial events. Dynamics GP provides a very simple, but powerful, feature called Business Alert that notifies key decision makers when records in Microsoft GP’s database tables meet certain conditions.

Business Alert is tucked away in the main Dynamics GP menu—found in the upper-left corner—under Tools>Setup>System. It is well worth taking a few minutes to learn about.
 
Posted: 7/17/2012 10:47:59 AM by MIG & Co.
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In the non-profit world, heavy donor involvement and volunteerism is just part of the way these organizations operate. Announced last March by Microsoft, the Customer Portal solution lets non-profits engage more deeply with their constituents by providing them with web access to key Dynamics CRM internal functions.
 
The relatively new and highly popular Customer Portal Solution provides non-profit's do-it-yourself membership with the ability to manage profiles, search for answers, and register for events.
Posted: 7/10/2012 10:27:32 AM by MIG & Co.
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Big data has clearly become a big topic in the last year. Interestingly some of those same techniques and approaches cross over nicely to the CRM realm. Take visualization of data. With so many dataset possibilities both within Microsoft Dynamics, as well as importable data in your own organization, finding data is not the issue it used to be. To complete the picture, so to speak, Microsoft Dynamic’s flagship customer relationship management software also provides a rich set of built-in graphing and charting capabilities.
Posted: 6/19/2012 10:22:19 AM by MIG & Co.
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Microsoft provides several ways to pull in data from other databases or apps into Microsoft Dynamics GP (formerly Microsoft Great Plains). Microsoft Integration Manager, which is a separate module for Microsoft Dynamics, is one of the easiest options. It gives users a lot of power to import and map external data to the appropriate fields in Dynamics' own database.

Why would you need to bring data into Dynamics Great Plains? Many companies use external payroll service such as ADP or Paychex. With Microsoft Integration Manager, you can bring key payroll fields into Dynamics' General Ledger.
Posted: 6/5/2012 9:39:03 AM by MIG & Co.
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Those who already use Microsoft Dynamics GP SmartList Builder usually can’t imagine doing their work without it. For those new to it, SmartList Builder is a powerful report generator feature that makes it easy to find information within Dynamics.

SmartList Builder is an add-on for your Great Plains software.  It is quite simple to configure, and it starts by letting you choose your data source from a list of all the tables within Dynamics GP. There is even the ability to include external SQL Server tables.
Posted: 5/22/2012 10:50:15 AM by Global Administrator
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In March, Microsoft announced new mobile capabilities for Dynamics CRM as part of a planned upgrade scheduled for Q2 2012. There’s been a lot of excitement generated by this new mobile feature, which will support native MS CRM apps on all your favorite devices, including iPhone, Windows Phone 7, BlackBerry, and Android. We’ve gone through the pre-release Microsoft roadmaps, and put together some key points on Microsoft Dynamics CRM Mobile.
Posted: 5/15/2012 10:36:55 AM by Global Administrator
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Managers generally are not fond of planning yearly budgets or engaging in other forecasting exercises since it’s viewed as time taken away from their real jobs. But with Microsoft Forecaster 7.0, the budget process doesn’t have to trigger instant headaches.
Posted: 5/1/2012 2:24:26 PM by Global Administrator
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Microsoft Dynamics CRMIn setting up a Microsoft Dynamics CRM project, data quality can take a backseat to other business concerns. That is pretty understandable in most get-it-done-yesterday sales environments. But Microsoft CRM makes one data quality issue, data duplication, so easy to implement you’ll probably want to do this sooner rather than later.

Duplicate account, prospect or other contact-related records are an annoyance at best. It quickly leads to wasted emails, phone calls, and more recently tweets to the same person. And ultimately a sales and marketing staff bumping into each other as they unknowingly chase identical deals.
Posted: 4/30/2012 11:11:50 AM by MIG & Co.
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Instant messaging has been a mainstream part of business communications for years. And Microsoft has made great efforts to integrate real-time text communication into such enterprise stalwarts as Sharepoint and Outlook. So why aren’t you using the built-in IM feature of Microsoft Dynamics GP to communicate and collaborate within your non-profit organization?
Posted: 4/17/2012 11:45:23 AM by Global Administrator
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At Microsoft Convergence 2012 held in Houston, Kirill Tatarinov, president of Microsoft Business Solutions Division, sketched out more details of the cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) plans for its Dynamics software. In the works for almost a year, the cloud initiative for Dynamics GP (formerly Great Plains) and NAV will be similar to what has been done with Microsoft CRM.
Posted: 4/3/2012 11:24:39 AM by Global Administrator
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Are you bringing your iPad or favorite Android gadget to work? You are not alone. According to most analysts, bring-your-own-device or BYOD is happening right now.  Enterprise workers are quite dependent on their personal smartphones and tablet computers, constantly finding new applications for them in a business setting.
Posted: 3/27/2012 5:06:15 PM by Global Administrator
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At Microsoft Convergence 2012 there were many new features that will soon become available to all of you. There were many sessions available from “What’s new in Management Reporter” to Microsoft Dynamics SL enhancements and of course the best tips for Microsoft Dynamics GP.
Posted: 3/21/2012 10:48:06 AM by Global Administrator
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Customer Relationship Management Software allows your marketing and sales departments to reach out to prospects, develop relationships, and turn them into loyal customers.  Many salespeople may be reluctant to use a CRM system.  Instead of selling them with product stats, you need to show them how a CRMS will enable them to increase productivity.
Posted: 2/29/2012 2:22:28 PM by Global Administrator
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Having your business software solutions working together helps your employees share and find data increasing their productivity.  Well now there is a way to connect Microsoft Dynamics CRM and your Microsoft Dynamics ERP Solution, whether it is Dynamics AX Axapta, Dynamics GP Great Plains, or Dynamics NAV Navision.
Posted: 2/15/2012 2:33:07 PM by Global Administrator
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If you are on the never ending search for a new CRM solution, you may be going to site after site and end up being more confused than when you started. Well here you will learn the important features in Microsoft Dynamics CRM and SugarCRM to help you make your decision.
Posted: 1/27/2012 1:44:57 PM by Global Administrator
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Are your payments secure?

Like many organizations, you are constantly sending out checks to pay vendors, employees, and many other people who you do work with.  Unfortunately not everyone has good intentions and sometimes mistakes can happen.
Posted: 1/13/2012 10:30:00 AM by Global Administrator
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Whether you are in sales or marketing, the big question is always which CRM software do you prefer? You usually get down to about two choices: Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Salesforce.com.
Posted: 12/21/2011 2:07:08 PM by Global Administrator
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Instant connectivity is imperative whether you are working in sales, marketing or customer service. If you cannot use your systems seamlessly, time will be lost and could hurt you in the future. Skype is a tool that many have used as an inexpensive phone and video chat service.
Posted: 12/19/2011 2:16:53 PM by Global Administrator
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Some of the many features that come with the Business Essentials and Advanced Management Edition of your Microsoft Dynamics GP software include Multicurrency Management, National Accounts, Process Server, Receivables Management, and Payables Management.
 
Posted: 12/12/2011 12:04:51 PM by
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Being a Marketing Manager takes a lot of multitasking and running around – between Sales and Customer Service, every department needs a piece of you!  Sometimes you juggle so many roles that targeted e-mails are sent out late or planning tasks fall off your radar.
Posted: 11/22/2011 11:36:15 AM by Global Administrator
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In our last blog post you learned about a few available features in Microsoft Dynamics GP that can be useful for your employees. Why not take advantage of what is out there? Here are a few features that come with the Business Essentials and Advanced Management Edition of your Microsoft Dynamics GP software, uncluding Field Level Security and Fixed Asset Management.
Posted: 11/15/2011 12:01:45 PM by
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In order to create a flowing business, all your business software products should integrate seamlessly.  So why don’t all companies do this? With Microsoft Dynamics GP you will be able to seamlessly integrate CRM in order to aid your business in your daily tasks.
Posted: 11/1/2011 10:18:40 AM by Global Administrator
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Learn about a few features will come with the Business Essentials and Advanced Management Edition of your Microsoft Dynamics GP software, including Concur Expense Integrator and Electronic Bank Management.
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It’s getting closer to the end of the quarter and your boss is asking you how much money needs to be allocated to marketing for the next quarter.  The only problem is, you haven’t added up your numbers. Invoices are scattered all over your desk and you just can’t seem to remember which charges were for the last quarter and which are for this quarter.
Posted: 10/13/2011 2:01:30 PM by Global Administrator
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If you are a Microsoft Dynamics GP user, there are many options that are available to your employees but they may not be aware of.  Why not take advantage of what is out there?

Here are a few features that are part of your Business Essentials and Advanced Management Edition of your Microsoft Dynamics GP software
Posted: 10/6/2011 2:25:08 PM by Global Administrator
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Microsoft Dynamics CRM combines everyday Microsoft Office applications with powerful customer relationship management (CRM) software to rapidly improve relationships with donors, volunteers, and clients. Microsoft Community Affairs has worked with the Dynamics product team to create Donation Management, a solution that turns a powerful sales and marketing tool into a robust CRM tailored to non-profit needs.
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Many corporations start off using accounting software such as QuickBooks or Peachtree to accomplish their goals. As your business starts growing, such proprietary software can only grow so much. This is when your employees begin getting frustrated with the software and are not able to accomplish their tasks on time.
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