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Office 365 January 2018 Update

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for January 2018

One of the benefits of Office 365 is the continual updates that they are providing in functionality, be it user experience or administration tools. See the video with Jim Naroski, which covers the following areas: 

 

  • Whiteboard App Preview
    • Freeform canvas
    • People, ideas and content come together
    • Built for creative freeform thinking
    • Limitless surface
    • Freeform drawings turned to standard shapes
    • Free on Microsoft Appstore
  • PowerPoint
    • Export to video
    • Export to 4k Ultra HD
    • Record and time with voice and laser pointer
  • Sway
    • Refreshed user interface
    • Storyline and Design tabs
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Manufacturing Matters - Alfatronix

An Interview with Keith Reilly

Managing Director of Alfatronix

Keith Reilly, MD of Alfatronix, joined us for the latest in our Manufacturing Matters interviews.

With a strong £5m turnover, Keith shared his thoughts on staying lean and agile to maintain success, as well as giving his staff the freedom to get the job done. 

Alfatronix logo - Manufacturing Matters interview with Keith Reilly
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Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 New Features

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 Released

In a recent blog, we announced the general release of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018. In this blog we will look at the new features that have been announced in the latest release that will effect end users. For those that are interested in new  releases for developers, we will be releasing a follow up blog with information on this – sign up below to be kept up to date on all of the latest! On testing, it has been reported that there are a few minor bugs with specific features, but these are likely to be fixed before you decide to install or upgrade.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 Released

 

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nopCommerce 4.0 Released

nopCommerce 4.0 Now Available! 

On 9th November the NopCommerce team announced the release of version 4.0. Alongside some new features, some improvements and some bug fixes, the new version has been developed with ASP.NET Core.

From a non-technical perspective, the advantage to using ASP.NET Core is that it can be built upon .NET Standard instead of the .Net Framework. The difference is that .Net Framework has to sit in a Windows Operating System so by extension, your application that depends on it also has to be hosted in a Windows environment. With .Net Standard, it doesn’t rely on Windows libraries like .Net Framework, so it can be installed on both Linux and Mac environments. By extension this means that an ASP.Net Core application can also be run in those environments providing it targets .Net Standard.

nopCommerce 4.00 released with ASP.NET Core
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Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 is here

Dynamics NAV 2018 Has Been Released!

We are excited to announce that Microsoft’s ERP solution for the SMB market has been released today, Microsoft Dynamics NAV. As part of the ongoing journey of this product, we are excited to see the latest features. As is always the way with the release of the NAV products, information will slowly be released over the coming weeks. If you would like to be kept updated, please provide your details in the form below. In the mean time, here are the first pieces of released information, the Minimum operating requirements and the licencing guide!

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 Released
 
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Office 365 Monthly update – November 2017

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for November 2017

It is an exciting time for Office 365, with continual monthly updates allowing for the latest tools to bring new offerings as part of the Office 365 package. Here are this month’s highlights.

 

  • Ignite 2017
    • Empowering employees
    • Modernizing business processes
    • Advancing the enterprise cloud
  • A new vision of intelligent communications
    • Replacing Skype for Business client
    • Before meetings Teams will surface relevant information to help you prepare
    • During meeting, conversations can be captured, transcribed and time coded with closed captioning
    • Conversations, documents, notes and action items can be reviewed, indexed and searched by the entire team
  • Office.com app launcher
    • Makes it quicker to get to apps
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Is Dynamics NAV Coming to an End? No!

Is Dynamics NAV Coming to an End?

We have had a number of new prospects and existing customers coming to us with this very question. With Microsoft’s marketing it is not surprising either – you really have to search to find the NAV (formerly Navision) pages. However, over the last two months, Microsoft have been working on clarifying the brand and its offerings, which is why the marketing is in a state of flux, but the quick and easy answer is that NAV is here to stay – it might just be called something else!

Is Microsoft Dynamics NAV coming to an End? The answer is no!
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Dynamics NAV Data Usage from Azure

Data Transfer for NAV in Azure

A customer recently approached me asking about putting their Dynamics NAV database into Azure but they were concerned about their connection speeds in their office (a contended broadband line).

Having looked at the available information from Microsoft the only information I could find was on blogs dating back to NAV 2009, which were quite generic. They did however make the useful point that if you’ve got high latency then it does have a major impact on the speed of the system (go figure).

How Quick does your internet need to be to run Dynamics NAV in the cloud?
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Manufacturing Matters - TDSi

An Interview with John Davies

Managing Director of TDSi

In the latest of our Manufacturing Matters interviews, we spoke to the MD of TDSi about his pragmatic approach to the current climate, not just politically but also with regard to ever evolving technologies. Currently running an integrated system, hosted in the cloud, John discussed with us the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it is changing business models from that of a product supplier to service suppliers. John also spoke about the holes in UK education meaning that not enough young talent is coming through - with Brexit approaching he is open to the idea of moving more of the business into Europe to satisfy their export business, if required.  

Interview with John Davies, MD of TDSi
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Directions EMEA 2017 Madrid - Day 1 Review

Directions EMEA Day 1 Overview

In a recent blog we discussed the reasons for going to Directions EMEA – now it is finally here! With Dynamics 365 bringing together Dynamics NAV/Dynamics 365 with Dynamics CRM, this event has grown massively, with a lot of sessions focussed on the integration of the two products, as well as their future together.

Here we will discuss an overview of what we learnt at today’s wide range of seminars.

Directions EMEA 2017 Madrid Day 1 Overview
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Manufacturing Matters - Commercial Lighting Systems

An Interview with Phil Cutting

Chief Executive of Commercial Lighting Systems

In previous interviews for Manufacturing Matters we have discussed the UK focus on bespoke solutions rather than competing on a like-for-like basis. Phil Cutting says that Commercial Lighting Systems is no different; rather than competing with cheap Chinese supply they are focussed on supplying customised manufactured products. Focussed on improving the quality and energy consumption of lighting in the commercial industry, the company looks for alternative services to stay competitive, such as refurbishing existing lamps to modern technologies.

Interview with Phil Cutting, chief exec of Manufacturing company Commercial Lighting Systems
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Business Software at the Southampton Business Expo 2017

Dynamics Consultants at the Southampton Business Expo 2017

Stand 50 - 2nd November

We are excited to announce that we will be attending the Southampton Business Expo, which is being held at the Ageas Bowl (formerly the Rose Bowl). The show attracts thousands of visitors from the area to see the products and services in a compact 1 day event.

Find out more about the show and how to get there on the B2Bexpos website >

Dynamics Consultants are going to the Southampton Business Show 2017
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We are going to Directions EMEA 2017!

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Directions EMEA Microsoft Product Update

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We are going to Directions EMEA 2017!

One of the ways Microsoft releases information is via big conferences and the main one for NAV partners is Directions. In July, they hold an event called Inspire, which is all about building awareness and showing the company ethos. This is then followed by Directions in October, which provides an in depth look at the new Business product releases. Traditionally this has been a Microsoft Dynamics NAV event, but with Dynamics 365 brings together the ERP and CRM worlds. 

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How does Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Licensing Work?

Dynamics 365 for Business Licences Explained

In previous blogs we were excited about the release of Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Financials (Business edition) in the UK. Now that you can buy it, what is it that you need? Although Microsoft licensing is traditionally very complicated, the subscription model of D365 is a lot easier to fathom. However, if you are new to licensing it can still be fairly confusing. This blog is a quick guide to what is available and what is included in the different types of licence. 

Choosing the right Microsoft Dynamics 365 Licences

 

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Manufacturing Matters - BVM Embedded Intelligence

An Interview with Rod Clarke

Managing Director of BVM Embedded Intelligence 

BVM Embedded Intelligence are a UK Manufacturer of industrial computing solutions, from motherboards to touch screen panel PCs. We spoke to Rod Clarke, MD, about how a UK manufacturer can be competitive in the world of electronic components. As with much of the UK Manufacturing industry, it is the bespoke nature of the made-to-order business that sets BVM apart from Far Eastern suppliers. Rather than competing with high quality Taiwanese components, the business buys in these components to provide tailored solutions to suit industry applications. 

Manufacturing Matters interview with Rod Clarke of BVM Embedded Intelligence
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Archie Does IT Work Experience at Dynamics Consultants

Work Experience at Dynamics Consultants

Archie wants to be a programmer, so he came to our offices to see what it is like working for an IT company. Everyone associates work experience with making cups of tea, which is just as common at our office as anywhere else! But we wanted to give Archie a real feel of working at a company such as DC, so we had him sit with Consultants, Developers, Support, Admin and Marketing. Some of his tasks included finding out about fixing customer accounting systems, programming in C# and uploading web content. 

Watch the video to see what he got up to! 

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Manufacturing Matters - BOFA International

An Interview with Tony Lockwood

Managing Director of BOFA International

BOFA International are a leading supplier of fume extraction technology. Tony Lockwood, MD, talks about the huge growth that the company has experienced, whilst fighting to keep the core values of flexibility and innovation in the products that they provide. With significant investments in IT and R&D, such as implementing an ERP system, the willing to spend and adjust to achieve growth stems from a common mindset in the management team.

As a UK manufacturer, Tony recognises the value behind the flag. With 90% of sales going overseas, BOFA are investing in subsidiary offices as part of their growth plan. 

“To be part of a manufacturing story is wonderful."

Manufacturing Matters interview with Tony Lockwood of BOFA International
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Microsoft Power BI Desktop August Feature Summary

Power BI Desktop Update - August 2017

Microsoft’s use of subscription based applications means that they can provide us with exciting new updates, including improvements based on suggestions from the user community. Power BI provides interactive reporting for true business insights.

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Office 365 August 2017 Update

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for August 2017

One of the benefits of Office 365 is the continual updates that they are providing in functionality, be it user experience or administration tools. See the video with Jim Naroski, which covers the following areas: 

Excel Co-Authoring

  • Excel for Windows desktop
  • Works for Documents on SharePoint and OneDrive or OneDrive for Business
  • See who is working with you and see their changes in seconds

AutoSave for Desktop

  • PowerPoint, Word and Excel options for
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Manufacturing Matters Aqua Cooling Systems

An Interview with Kevin Lancaster

Founder and Director of Aqua Cooling Systems

Aqua Cooling is a global supplier of process cooling equipment. With a head office in Fareham, the company currently buys in standard or made to order units, modifying them for bespoke orders. With the current high levels of growth, Kevin discusses the pros and cons of manufacturing in the UK, as well as staff adapting to change with new systems.

Please fill in the form below and we will send you the full Interview, produced for us by Decision Magazine.

Manufacturing Matters Interview with Kevin Lancaster
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