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Microsoft Dynamics GP Roadmap - GP 2018 to be released 2017 H2!

Posted by Samantha DeLaire

Sep 8, 2017

Microsoft announced that Dynamics GP 2018 will be released the second half of 2017!

 

Stay tuned for new updates… 

 

Dynamics GP 2018 New Features:

  • Power BI Suite
  • Workflow 4.0
  • Document Attach Functionality
  • Financial and HR Optimization
  • Top Features Requested by GP Customers
    • Integration Improvements
    • Power BI Enhancements

 

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Topics: Microsoft Dynamics GP, Dynamics Great Plains, GP version updates

Mobile Access: Getting Data From Your Financial Accounting Software On The Go

Posted by Samantha DeLaire

May 15, 2017

Life for financial workers at start-ups and other small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) is already hectic. They’re overworked, overtired, overstressed and, well, you get the idea.

There simply isn’t enough time, staff or money to get everything done during normal working hours. (An 8-hour workday — what’s that?) It’s also not feasible to clock any additional time in the office. At some point, life outside of work must be lived.

This is why mobile access to the company’s financial accounting software is so critical for SMBs. By tapping into financial data on the go, financial workers have the freedom to leave the office and still take care of work when necessary.

Consider these two scenarios:

  1. You’re at your 9-year-old’s soccer game and you get an email that an expense report needs to be updated. No problem. Click a few keys on your smartphone and it’s done. You never left the bleachers.
  2. Say an invoice, check or payroll needs the go-ahead from the CFO. But he just left on his first vacation in months and the check can’t get cut unless he signs off. Again, that’s not a problem. Once the plane lands, the CFO gets notified on his iPad and takes care of the approvals before his luggage reaches the carousel.

What do these two scenarios demonstrate? Having the ability to allow tactical activity-based tasks in a mobile world is critical. You need to be able to do these tasks outside of the office. It’s essential to increasing productivity and giving you the freedom to leave the office.

Yet many companies don’t take the leap into allowing mobile access of their financial information. They’re afraid that the data will get lost, stolen or hacked. They ask, “Do I really want my financial data on smartphones? Am I putting my company at risk just for the sake of a little convenience?”

For those concerned about putting their information on their phone, it’s important to remember that data is just as safe on a mobile device as it is on a desktop computer.

Just because you can do your work on your phone and carry it around doesn’t make it any less secure than a desktop computer. Sure, it’s possible to accidently forget a tablet or smartphone at the park, but remote data wipes are simple and efficient. Besides, if you leave a desktop computer at work, what’s to keep someone from entering your office and turning it on? In reality security is not about where your device is located; it’s about protective passwords, firewalls and appropriate encryption.

Your company can control the data on any device — a smartphone, laptop or tablet — because you’re monitoring them as users access the financial systems. There is no security difference from device to device. Just because it’s easier for you to carry the data around with you doesn't mean it’s easier for someone to access it. It’s just as secure.

Your life is already busy, but business doesn’t stop for soccer games or beach vacations. Give yourself the freedom to leave the office and still access your financial accounting software on the go. The programs can be just as secure as they are on your desktop and you won’t miss dance recitals, dinner with the family or a little extra sunshine.

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Topics: Microsoft Dynamics GP, ERP in the Cloud, GP Cloud Subscription, financial accounting software

Part Three: Love Great Plains But Want to Move to the Cloud?

Posted by David Greer

Mar 28, 2017

This is part three of a three part series where we consider the perspective of an existing customer on traditional Great Plains, and the benefits of using Great Plains with SMB Suite as an alternative to having to learn another cloud ERP system.

The challenge every business faces today is finding a user friendly way of getting a clearer picture of what’s happening in their business. Many businesses rely on Excel for analysis, but it’s hard to get valuable business intelligence because Excel is not designed to do this by itself. The ideal solution would be an easy-to-use solution like Excel that makes it easy to access the right data.

SMB Suite makes achieving this goal much easier because the business intelligence function is built in. The reporting and planning tool is based on Excel with seamless integration into Microsoft Dynamics. The drag and drop reporting design makes it easy to find the data needed with full visibility of the Dynamics data tables built in. The analytics tools help to better understand the financial data by transforming it into easy-to-understand graphs and charts. The results? Employees are more productive, less reliant on IT, and they’re able to build customized reports of the data needed, thus empowering them to make better decisions.

Today employees are connected to the office by mobile devices. However, if the answers they are looking for can only be accessed from the office, it causes the “when I get back to the office I’ll get you that” syndrome.  This can put your business at a competitive disadvantage and at best reduces productivity for everyone. Running Microsoft Dynamics in the cloud helps to solve this problem because information access is no longer confirmed within the walls of the business. The cloud makes it possible for employees to securely access company information using a web browser from anywhere. Of course, just like the on-premise version of Microsoft Dynamics GP, users can only access the data they have permission to see.  The cloud also eliminates the fear of data falling into the wrong hands, because the data is not stored on their device. Moving to the cloud makes the system more accessible, helping to improve customer service and employee productivity. 

As discussed earlier, moving Great Plains to the cloud with SMB Suite also has the added benefit of automatically upgrading your business to the latest version of Dynamics GP. Running on the latest version of the software gives you access to the latest features and capabilities, plus it eliminates the need for application of security service packs and patches.

Compared to traditional on-premise applications, cloud application are easier to upgrade. Unfortunately, many cloud providers can make upgrades problematic. This is because many providers force a mass upgrade on a rigid schedule, which may not be ideal for everyone. For example, your business could be forced to upgrade during the busiest time of the year.

SMB Suite upgrades are less disruptive to business. New version upgrades are scheduled by working closely with the customer to determine the best time for the upgrade. In addition, SMB Suite provides the upgrade in a new instance with a backup copy of the company’s data. Customers can then test drive the new environment before going live. This allows for any customizations to be tested and gives extra time to learn new features. Once the tests are complete and the customer has signed off, everything is moved to new environment. Businesses are much happier with this design because they are able to control the upgrade schedule themselves.

The final benefit of moving Great Plains to the SMB Suite cloud is perhaps the most overlooked: support. Many cloud providers make business application support optional and it is often outsourced. SMB Suite’s Business Success Desk believes critical application support is the key to success. Support for mission critical solutions such as Dynamics ERP are included in the basic subscription price. The support is provided by local Business Success Concierges, with unlimited cases, who are available 24 X 7.

This concludes the three part series examining the benefits of moving from an on-premise Great Plains solution to cloud based Microsoft Dynamics GP. The benefits of the cloud are many -- including accessibility from anywhere, plus elimination of IT support and hardware costs.  It’s even more affordable and predictable with subscription pricing.  SMB Suite has the advantage of a fully integrated Microsoft solution with a single monthly subscription that includes all of the benefits of the cloud, plus the implementation, support, and upgrades.
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Topics: cloud ERP, Microsoft Dynamics GP, GP Cloud Subscription, Dynamics Great Plains

Love Great Plains, but want to move to the cloud?

Posted by David Greer

Mar 15, 2017

Great Plains customers are moving to cloud solutions. However, to take advantage of a cloud offering, these customers don’t have to move off of Great Plains and be forced to learn an entirely new system - one that could slow their business down.  
 
SMB Suite provides the same benefits of the cloud, while allowing customers to continue using Great Plains. With SMB Suite, customers can upgrade to the latest version of Dynamics GP, and experience the benefits of a modern cloud solution without the time and expense of learning a completely different ERP solution, all for one low monthly subscription.
 
In this three part series we will take a look from the perspective of an existing customer on traditional Great Plains, and the benefits of using Great Plains with the SMB Suite cloud as alternative to having to learn another ERP system.
 
If you have an existing outdated Great Plains on-premise solution, the first benefit of moving to the SMB Suite is that you can keep Great Plains, the solution you know and love. Great Plains, now called Microsoft Dynamics GP, is one of the most widely used ERP solutions in North America. If your business isn’t on the latest version, your company could be missing out on improved productivity and greater efficiencies.  To date, Microsoft has made significant investments in Dynamics GP, adding deeper more robust functionality, while improving the user experience with streamlined and personalized home pages. In addition, you can gain greater insight on your business with easy to use reporting, greater integration to Microsoft Excel, plus advanced business intelligence. Perhaps you have been holding off on upgrading to the latest version of Dynamics GP because your annual renewal plan has long since expired, and the cost of updating is cost prohibitive. This is not a problem with SMB Suite - because when you move to the cloud, SMB Suite will automatically update your business to the latest version.
 
Another benefit of the SMB Suite cloud is that it is a fully integrated solution that cuts costs and greatly reduces errors. Our cloud offering features an integrated suite of products that will increase your productivity, reduce cost, and save time. As many traditionally deployed businesses know, the cost of implementation, integration, and on-going application maintenance of typical on-premise environments can be many times the cost of the software itself. However, with SMB Suite you’ll never have to worry about an approach that requires costly integration to get your different applications to work together. Each application of the SMB Suite works together seamlessly.  Gone are the days of separate on premise software packages—one for accounting, one for sales force management and automation, one for ecommerce, one for service management, and perhaps one for warehousing.  SMB Suite has combined Microsoft Dynamics with solutions that add value, all designed to take advantage of the proven Microsoft platform. These fully integrated solutions include customer relationship management with sales automation, service and marketing solutions, ecommerce for both business to business and business to consumer transactions, human resource and payroll solutions, service management, job costing, distribution and warehousing, plus unique Excel based business intelligence.
 
A great benefit of moving to the cloud is the elimination of on-premise IT costs. The cost of using on-premise software includes the buying and maintaining of computer hardware, operating systems, software upgrades, service packs, virus protection, plus daily backup and recovery. For most small to medium businesses, having an IT department is an expensive luxury - yet without at least one IT person there is a very real risk of costly viruses, loss of data, and downtime. Using a modern cloud based solution such as SMB Suite eliminates this concern. All of the hardware and software maintenance is taken care of by SMB Suite. We constantly work to keep virus protection up to date, applying all required service packs, and providing daily backups. Additionally, your business won’t be tying up funds in server hardware and/or paying for additional hardware upgrades as your business grows. This greatly reduces the risk and allows businesses more time to focus on what they do best.
 
In part three we’ll explore how you can move to the cloud for one monthly subscription, how Microsoft Dynamics works seamlessly with Excel and Outlook, and how to gain greater visibility into your company with business intelligence.

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Topics: cloud ERP, Microsoft Dynamics GP, GP Cloud Subscription, Dynamics Great Plains

Want to use Microsoft Dynamics GP in the Cloud?

Posted by Samantha DeLaire

Mar 8, 2017

Leading ERP companies would like you to believe that they are the best cloud ERP option for your business. However, to take advantage of their cloud offering, you’ll have to make some tradeoffs -  including giving up much of the Microsoft platform. SMB Suite has a better solution. Enjoy all of the benefits of a modern cloud solution with a proven Microsoft based platform, all for one low monthly subscription.

In this three part series, we will take a look at the benefits of using SMB Suite solutions as an alternative to other cloud ERP offerings. We’ll examine the benefits of using a cloud based solution, discussing what to look for when reviewing Cloud ERP offering, and why SMB Suite offers the most value.

A major advantage of the cloud offering of SMB Suite is that it is built on the proven Microsoft platform. Microsoft is widely used by professionals worldwide, as it is the most predominant business productivity application. Microsoft has made extensive on-going investments in the Microsoft platform, including Dynamics ERP, to add more robust functionality.  At the same time, they have improved the user experience with streamlined and personalized menus, role based home pages, and tools to help businesses gain greater insight with easy-to-use reporting and advanced business intelligence. It is important to look for one publisher for all of the critical foundation components of a cloud solution, because this helps to ensure seamless integration. With SMB Suite, the database is Microsoft SQL Server, the productivity apps are Microsoft Office, the document storage is Microsoft SharePoint or Microsoft SQL Server based, reporting tools include Microsoft SQL Reporting Services as well as Excel, and the ERP and CRM solutions are built on Microsoft Dynamics. By design these solutions work together better than components assembled from different publishers. Compare the Microsoft platform with cloud ERP solutions that piecemeal together their solution with Google docs, BoxNet, and a database from another publisher.

Another consideration to look for is fully integrated applications. This will greatly reduce the duplication of data and the risk of errors. SMB Suite features a fully integrated suite of products that will increase your productivity, reduce cost, and save time. As many traditionally deployed businesses know, the cost of implementation, integration, and on-going application maintenance of typical on-premise environments can be many times the cost of the software itself. However, with SMB Suite you’ll never have to worry about an approach that requires costly integration to get different applications to work together. Each application of the SMB Suite works together.  Gone are the days of separate on-premise software packages—one for accounting, one for sales force management and automation, one for ecommerce, one for service management, and perhaps one for warehousing.  SMB Suite has combined Microsoft Dynamics with solutions that add value, all designed to take advantage of the proven Microsoft platform. These fully integrated solutions include customer relationship management with sales automation, service and marketing solutions, ecommerce for both business to business and business to consumer transactions, human resource and payroll solutions, service management, job costing, distribution and warehousing, plus unique Excel based business intelligence.

A great benefit of moving to the cloud is the elimination of on-premise IT costs. The cost of using on-premise software includes purchasing and maintaining of computer hardware, operating systems, software upgrades, service packs, virus protection, plus daily backup and recovery. Not to mention taking care of equipment breaks, password resets, and training employees. For most small to medium businesses, having an IT department is an expensive luxury. Yet without at least one IT person, there is a very real risk of costly viruses, loss of data, and downtime. Using a modern cloud based solution eliminates this concern. All of the purchasing and maintenance of the hardware and software is taken care of by SMB Suite. SMB Suite keeps your data secure by protecting your business from viruses, maintaining required service packs, and performing daily backups. Additionally, your business won’t be tying up funds in server hardware or paying for charges for additional hardware upgrades as your business grows. This greatly reduces risk, gives more bandwidth to IT for strategic projects, and allows your business more time to focus on what you do best to serve your customers. 

In part two we’ll explore how you can move to the cloud for one monthly subscription, how Microsoft Dynamics works seamlessly with Excel, and how to gain greater visibility into your company with business intelligence.

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Topics: cloud ERP, Microsoft Dynamics GP, accounting solutions

Creating a Budget in Dynamics GP

Posted by Samantha DeLaire

Oct 4, 2016

Creating a Budget in GP

Importing/Exporting from Budgets 

To Create a Blank Budget from GP

1) Open the budges window in GP: Financial >> Cards >> Budgets 

2) Click NEW, and select “using Budget Wizard for Excel”. 

3) This will open the Budget Wizard. Click NEXT: 

4) Enter an ID for this budget. Enter a description and select how to base the budge and the date range/year. Click NEXT. 

5) Select “BLANK BUDGET”. Click NEXT. 

6) Select actual amounts. If you do not want to pull any actual amounts, don’t make a selection in this window. Click NEXT. 

7) Select the account types you want to include. Click NEXT. 

8) Select which accounts you want to include from those account types: all or specific accounts. GP will allow you to be specific in this window. Click NEXT. 

9) Verify the accounts you want to include in your budget. 

10) Select if you want to use a new workbook, or an existing workbook. If existing, navigate out to the workbook you want to use. Click NEXT. 

11) GP will give you a snapshot of your options. Verify they are correct. Click FINISH.

12) The wizard will now have you set up your budget file name. Enter a file name and click OPEN. 

13) GP will now send the file to excel, and it will open when completed. 

14) Enter your budget information into the blank budget and save the file. 

 

To Export an Existing Budget:

You can export an existing budget that is already created into excel in order to update and re-import to GP. 

1) Open the budges window in GP: Financial >> Cards >> Budgets 

2) Select the budget you want to import from, then click EXCEL. 

3) Click on Export to Excel. 

4) GP will allow you to create this file as a new workbook or select an existing workbook. If exporting to an existing workbook, browse out the file name and select it. Click OK. 

5) Name the new file name if you are creating a new workbook. 

6) GP will export the file to your new workbook. 

7) Once completed, the spreadsheet will open up. Enter/change your figures for the new budget. 

8) Save the file.

 

To Import a Budget file into GP: 

1) Go back into Financial >> Cards >> Budget. Click on Excel and select IMPORT FROM EXCEL. 

10) The budget wizard will open for the import: 

11) Select your option for what type of file you are importing: new or an existing. If existing, search out to find the file. Click NEXT. 

12) Enter an ID for the new budget. Fill in a description if needed and select your base and date. Click NEXT. 

13) Select your file with the new budget information by clicking on BROWSE, then selecting the file and clicking OPEN. 

14) GP will ask you to select the worksheet that has your budget information.   Highlight and click NEXT. 

15) The wizard will give you a snapshot of your options to review. If correct, click FINISH. 

16) GP will import the file. 

17) Once the file is imported, you will see it in your listing. 

18) Select the budget file you just imported, and click OPEN. You can open in GP or in Excel. 

19) In GP, you can select an account within your budget and see your changes/entries.

 

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Topics: cloud ERP, Microsoft Dynamics GP, budget, forecast

4 Important Trends Microsoft Dynamics Users Should Know

Posted by Michael MacDonald

Feb 24, 2015

465986029As technologies continue to advance exponentially, savvy business owners, executives and decision-makers must begin to look toward the future and recognize emerging trends before they become mainstream. Your strategic planning process starts with your business management system, and those using the powerful Microsoft Dynamics suite should keep a keen eye on a few important trends:

#1 - The Internet Of Things

The internet today is not a tool for just desktop computers and mobile devices. Technology grows exponentially, and this explosive growth opens up new avenues for technology vendors – even cars and televisions are slated for internet access in the near future.

There are four basic usage models for emerging technologies: Manage, Monetize, Operate and Extend. In order to seize opportunities as they arise, you need to be organizationally and operationally ready to apply these models to the Internet of Things (including people, information, devices, objects and places).

#2 - Mobile Device Management

In the workplace, the B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Device) trend has had enormous implications for security, productivity and accessibility – and it's not even in full swing yet. Within the next few years, the mobile workforce is expected to double or triple as a result of this mobile growth.

Microsoft Dynamics users already expect the same functionality on their mobile devices as on their desktop computers, an expectation that continues to rise. This trend means that instead of relegating employees to your office space during normal office hours, you should embrace the mobile trend and invite them to access your business management system from anywhere, anytime to increase productivity. Make sure your IT department is well prepared to set your business as a B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Device) front runner and balance your business security and productivity against the growing need for employee flexibility.

#3 - Personal Cloud

The cloud isn't just ideal for business software. Personal cloud technologies are trending upward, shifting toward services over devices. Devices ruled the roost for a long time – only certain mobile devices were even available, and those that offered a wide range of connectivity were still further limited. Now, almost every smart phone, tablet and laptop comes equipped with the same basic capabilities, so the device itself is simply not as important as the services it provides. 

All versions of Microsoft Dynamics are already accessible through multiple mobile devices. As the personal cloud continues to grow in popularity, it's essential that the version of Dynamics you employ is optimized and delivered through a model that accommodates all devices, providing a streamlined experience and the same user functionality regardless of the device and location of the user.

#4 - “As A Service", What It Should Mean

Building on the personal cloud trend, it's becoming essential for businesses to combine personal and external private cloud services. This hybrid approach requires that enterprises start designing and delivering their cloud platforms with integration and inter-operability in mind – and it all starts with the Cloud ERP

Microsoft has already shifted toward Dynamics in the cloud. The issue is that many Microsoft VAR's rushed into providing Dynamics platforms in the cloud, and simply partnered with random “hosting providers” to throw their client application licenses in their data center, or on Microsoft’s cloud, Azure.

Of course, nothing is wrong necessarily with the data centers themselves, it’s more on the afterthought, or lack thereof, on how the partner can properly manage and support that application. It creates more complexities than if your application/ Dynamics ERP license stayed with you on premises. 

So the answer is a true cloud subscription with an all-inclusive subscription model (all support and services monthly, not upfront), and when I say “support” I mean full application (how-to) support as well as the IT/ Infrastructure stuff

Conclusion

Many businesses foster a reactive environment, not a proactive one. They're not considering or preparing for how their products, services and assets will be shared through newly opened mediums or in light of these new technological trends. The key is in perspective: Rather than looking at these trends as daunting overhauls of a system you're used to, see them as incredible opportunities to propel your business toward success in an exciting future. Now is the time to think strategically about these new technologies and evaluate how they shape your business today and in the future. 

Ready to trend toward a better business management system? Learn how to receive a free version upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 with SMB Suite's Dynamics-Powered Cloud ERP.

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Topics: cloud ERP, Microsoft Dynamics GP, business management solutions

3 Mistakes To Avoid When Evaluating A Cloud ERP Solution

Posted by Michael MacDonald

Feb 2, 2015


Mistakes to avoid when evaluating cloud erp solutionsWhen it comes to choosing between an array of business software, options have traditionally been limited. Businesses today have far more options, but few recognize or seize them.  

Avoid these three (3) common mistakes when evaluating your next Cloud ERP solution, and you'll be well on your way to reaping the maximum benefit from your investment.

The days of software service “estimates” are over, and the cost and risk presented to you, the Business Owner, went with it.

The process of traditional ERP implementation is incredibly invasive – it's very expensive financially, but it also takes a significant toll on your time and resources.  Whether you have a fully staffed IT department or just a handful of tech-savvy employees, your staff's time is dedicated almost exclusively to setting up your new business software and having to maintain and support it. 

Avoid the hassles of infrastructure management and hardware investment by looking to cloud ERP.  It is not only easy to deploy, because all the setup is done "behind the scenes" while your business runs as usual, but a true cloud subscription should also include the support and set-up for the application as well.  As your partner takes care of it all with application management tools at their finger-tips, it frees you up to focus on more important things like running your business.

Improperly calculating the cost of the new system.

To accurately calculate the overall cost of your business software, you have a few things to consider: implementation, training, setup, upgrades, licenses, equipment, maintenance, add-ons/ integration, configuration and support.  Fees and payment plans are oftentimes unpredictable “estimates”, changing year after year, and usually inaccurate (not usually to your favor). 

With a true cloud subscription, everything you need is rolled into one all-inclusive monthly fee.  You don't need to worry about added costs for business software upgrades and system maintenance, and the subscription plan is billed in fixed monthly installments protecting you from inflation.  This essentially turns a crippling upfront capital expense into a manageable operational expense, so the cost you agreed to upfront is the same number you see on your bill each month.

Misunderstanding the lifetime of the software.

Traditionally, business software was generic and limited in its functionality and stability.  Many businesses were forced to use one system, simply because it was the only one developed for their respective industries.  When companies settle for sub par business software because it's cheap, niche, regional, entry-level or new, they feel – often immediately – the constraints of missing functionality and proper support.  This often leads them to an emergency switch that is costly and detrimental to productivity, and any momentum expected or gained is completely lost by a halt in operations. 

Avoid this costly mistake by choosing a cloud ERP solution that leverages the best, most proven business software technologies available, such as Microsoft Dynamics. These solutions have virtually infinite lifetimes, friendly integration capability, and the only augmentation you may need comes in the form of ready-to-use functionality or additional user profiles as you simply “turn-on” or “turn-off” as you see fit along the way.  A true cloud subscription offering should relieve you from being “forced” into system changes or alterations that don’t entirely support your business.

In the competitive SMB market, any solution that helps you avoid the mistakes your competitors are making is a solution that propels you forward.

Ready to learn more about the cost-effective benefits of deploying cloud-based ERP software? Download our free eBook, An Insider’s Guide To The Best Cloud-Based ERP Software, by clicking below.

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Topics: cloud ERP, Microsoft Dynamics GP, business software

C-Suite Executives And Dynamics In The Cloud: A Love Affair For The Ages

Posted by Matt Woodward

Aug 4, 2014

dynamics in the cloudThe flame between C-suite and Microsoft Dynamics has been burning for years, but Dynamics in the cloud is the newer, better version of a tried-and-true classic. Savvy business owners and strategic decision-makers have seen the immense benefits of transitioning their ERP software into the cloud; the blossoming relationship enables small and mid-sized businesses to grow and thrive. Here's how:

Cloud-based Dynamics offer more elucidative business insights.

In order for small and mid-sized companies to thrive in today’s market, they need access to better business insights and advanced reporting. C-suite professionals – especially those in decision-making roles – need to maximize the value of their data. Ordinary data is either worthless confusion or a competitive edge, depending on how it's utilized.

Traditional business management solutions feature spreadsheets as the main reporting tool. On-premise ERP software solves the spreadsheet problem, but Excel is simply not equipped to deliver business insights. By placing Dynamics in the cloud, business insights are built into daily operations. In-depth analytics and easily digestible graphs make it easy for your C-suite executives to assess your business performance, understand complex data and develop effective strategies that propel your enterprise forward. 

Unlike on-premise ERP, the cost of Dynamics in the cloud is predictable.

Small and mid-sized business executives know all too well that budgets are restrictive. It's not easy to accommodate the expensive, unpredictable cost of on-premise ERP software – payment plans are usually rife with hidden fees and surcharges.

Dynamics in the cloud is available through a subscription model that's both consistent and predictable. This helps your C-suite decision-makers precisely predict your software costs and forecast accurately.

Cloud ERP is better with financial management.

Accounts payable and receivable are the most elementary functions of financial accounting software, so it's surprising that many small and mid-sized businesses are still using business management solutions with functionality barely surpassing AR/AP management.

Dynamics in the cloud features historical data and predictive analytics – the tools your C-suite executives need to gain in-depth business insights and high-level planning. Your decision-makers want to estimate your future revenues, predict risks and forecast opportunities in the short and long terms. With Dynamics in the cloud, they have access to everything they need – and more.

In the cloud, Dynamics helps your employees and executives collaborate.

By automating everyday operations and keeping all employees on the same page (in the same software), Dynamics in the cloud offers unprecedented streamlining. Everyone in your enterprise – C-suite and hourly employees – is able to focus their time on more valuable business tasks.

Inefficient processes waste staff time with tedium and redundancy, and as companies expand, it becomes more important to eliminate inefficiencies. Manual tasks are always riddled with errors and always take longer than automated processes. Automation reduces the amount of time these tasks take and increases the accuracy of the end result. The result is better cash flow management and optimization of personnel time.

With a focus on increased efficiency and higher productivity, it's no wonder why business executives have become so enamored with Dynamics in the cloud. Growth and expansion are keys to success, and it’s simply impossible to propel your enterprise forward without streamlining your operations, embracing your analytics and maximizing your business insights. The time has come to invest in a powerful, cloud-based business management system – one that enables your decision-makers to be more strategic in their forecasting, smarter with their cash flow management and more informed in their overall planning.

Ready to fall in love with a better business management system? Learn more about SMB Suite's Dynamics-powered ERP software packages – click the link below for a free quote!

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Topics: Microsoft Dynamics GP, business management solutions, erp software

Convergence 2014 Highlights For Microsoft Dynamics GP

Posted by Dale Schlagel

Mar 31, 2014

Convergence is one of Microsoft’s largest and most popular conventions. This year, the annual event was held in Atlanta, Georgia, in early March. Over 12,000 people, made up of Microsoft Dynamics customers and partners as well as Microsoft employees, attended Convergence this year.Microsoft-Dynamics-GP-Convergence-Highlights

Convergence offers Microsoft Dynamics community members an opportunity to come together for a chance to network and share ideas with other Dynamics users. The conference also provides attendees with a chance to see new products for the first time, learn about the latest product features and updates, get answers to tough questions from Microsoft Product Experts and discover new ways to stay ahead of their competition.

If you weren’t able to attend Convergence this year, below are some of the highlights for Microsoft Dynamics GP.

New Features For Microsoft Dynamics GP Unveiled

During the Dynamics GP keynote, a number of new customer-requested enhancements were announced for the upcoming release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2, targeted for general availability in early summer. Most of the features to be included with this new release came from Microsoft’s product suggestion tool, Microsoft Connect, proving that Microsoft takes its customers concerns seriously.

The product presentation portion of the Dynamics GP Keynote was focused on the new features, and, by popular request, was presented by two dueling MVP Microsoft partners.

Some of our new favorite features include the following:
  • User enhancements designed to provide greater flexibility and ease of use when creating and sending emails. This includes multiple email address fields for different types of sales order documents, plus the ability to print and email multiple documents in one step.

  • The new document attach feature that was introduced with Dynamics GP 2013 is further enhanced with the ability to email attachments linked to a record.

  • A new design in the Bank Reconciliation module eliminates the time-consuming task of having to mark off each check individually. This is especially needed by businesses that process large numbers of checks.

  • A new vendor function that allows vendor information to be modified and even combined together. Before, this function required the professional tool kit or customized software.

  • The ability for a user to assign an inventory item during setup to multiple sites at once on a single screen.

  • Enhancements to the General Ledger module to allow reversing of the GL year-end close for multiple years, supporting auditor recommended changes. Before, this required Microsoft services to make the changes.

  • Copy and paste support from Excel to journal entries in the General Ledger.

  • A new Smart List designer that allows tables to be easily linked together. In addition, users can create new Smart Lists from an existing Smart List.
Also demonstrated were several new apps that will be released as part of the R2 offering. All of the apps will be supported across phones, tablets and traditional form factors.
  • Replacing applications in the Business Portal are new mobile apps for purchase order requisition and approval, plus time entry.

  • A new Dynamics GP Office 365 dashboard app called “Workspace” that will support drill down to Dynamics GP from Excel.

Featured Convergence Customer

The featured customer was Batteries + Bulbs, a fast-growing company. The company’s employees attended live and described their amazing experience working with Microsoft Dynamics GP. 

Batteries + Bulbs started by selling batteries and recently expanded to include light bulbs. The company announced its plans to add mobile device repairs to its offerings. Batteries + Bulbs’ employees discussed how Microsoft Dynamics GP continued to meet the company’s needs and grow with them, even through changes and expansion in their business. 

Other Microsoft Convergence Highlights

It was also announced that the popular Windows store app for Microsoft Dynamics GP, Business Analyzer, will be supported on additional tablet platforms in the near future. The app is currently available in the Windows Store for Windows 8 tablet and PC users. 

A fun part of the event was when Errol Schoenfish from Microsoft talked about the future direction of Dynamics GP. Microsoft’s vision for Dynamics GP is to provide access to information across multiple devices with the right functionality that businesses need and to deliver the solution in multiple ways. At the backbone of this is Microsoft‘s ability to provide the business logic functionality in the form of a service.

By applying business logic to the cloud, it’s possible for businesses, partners and Microsoft to extend Dynamics GP into different form factors and user experiences. The benefit of this change is that users will be able to consume and interact with the information in new ways.

Also announced was the next major release, Dynamics GP 2015. Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 is targeted for general availability by the end of this calendar year. More details will be announced in the coming months.

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Topics: Microsoft Dynamics GP