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GDPR – Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulations

What on Earth is GDPR?!

We have been speaking to a lot of businesses about GDPR, and the response is one of two options:

  1. I have no idea what you are talking about, GDP-what?
  2. Oh don’t talk to me about GDPR, it is the bane of my life!

We read all sorts of figures about the high percentage of UK businesses, especially in the SMB space, that have no plan, willing or even awareness of the new regulations.

Confused about GDPR
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Microsoft Power BI Desktop July Feature Summary

Power BI Desktop Update - July 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. Check out this month's updates in their July update video. 

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Microsoft Announce Dynamics 365 Launches in the UK

Microsoft Announce the Launch of Dynamics 365 in the UK!

The small business community has been eagerly anticipating Microsoft’s latest offering of Microsoft Dynamics® 365 business edition. Released in October in the US, this financial management package aimed at the SMB market provides an off-the-shelf cloud solution to compliment the customisable Dynamics NAV product

Get started with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Edition in the UK
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Sterling Effort! – Dynamics 365 Business GBP Price Released

Sterling Price for Dynamics 365 Business Released

With the release of Dynamics 365 Business Edition to the United Kingdom this month, the new UK pricing in Pound Sterling has been released on the Dynamics 365 website. At this stage, the only business edition app to be released is the Financials app (soon to be rebranded as Finance and Operations), with sales and marketing apps due later this year. The low-cost licences are at a level to provide a cloud only, subscription only licenced product to Small and Medium businesses:

 

 

Full User

£30.20

Per user/month

 

 

Team Member User

£3.80

Per user/month

 

 

External Accountant

License

Free with full user

 

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Inis Online Use Feefo Reviews nopCommerce Plugin

Inis Online Use Feefo Reviews nopCommerce Plugin

Inis Online are a fashion brand providing clothes that are “Inspired by the Hebrides”. Selling online using the nopCommerce platform, they have installed our plugin to integrate Feefo Reviews. Now, their service reviews as well as individual product reviews show across the site. Feefo state that “Businesses using Feefo have reported up to a 25% rise in sales after integrating reviews onto product pages.” Check out the video and see the features that they are using.

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Reducing Duplication of Effort and Errors with NAV ERP

Disparate Systems the Driving Force

Microsoft Dynamics NAV has gone through a huge amount of development over the years, bringing new functionality, as well as meeting requirements for hot topics such as data security and cloud hosting, Internet of Things (IoT), etc.

However, it is still the same things that make people really want a new ERP solution. One of the first things that gets mentioned in any conversation with a prospect is “we have a lot of different systems and we want everything to be integrated on one system”. Here is why.

Disparate systems causing a headache for businesses
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Which Microsoft Dynamics Product is for Me?

Microsoft Dynamics® – Which Product is Right for You?

The Microsoft Dynamics range of business software products are market leading, in terms of both functionality and popularity. Because of my position in the company, I tend to see most of the sales enquiries that come into the business and for the last few years I have seen confusion over which product people are after. Now that Microsoft are leading with their Microsoft Dynamics 365 brand, people are confused over the existing products as well as the new ones! To help out, I thought I would put together this little guide.

Which Microsoft Dynamics product suits my business?
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Office 365 June 2017 Update

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for June 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: 

OneNote App

  • Changes to layout
  • Better for people with disabilities
  • Available for everything other than the Windows Desktop client

Office 365 Pro Plus

  • System Requirements
  • Changes to update model
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Mobile search is the new priority for Google

Google is Going Mobile First

Although it isn’t unexpected, the big news from Google at the end of last year is that they are splitting their search index – prioritising mobile indexing over desktop websites to better provide information to the end user.

This is big news as the decision made by Google will affect all of us. If your website does not conform to the mobile standards set by Google, you may find that your website gets left behind.

Google are going mobile first with their split index
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Reconciling Inventory in Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Reconciling Inventory

Microsoft Dynamics NAV® maintains an accounting ledger for recording all financial transactions and a separate ledger to record the stock and movements of inventory items, together with their inventory value.  This should of course reconcile to the corresponding general ledger accounts but how do you ensure that it does?  This blog explains the process you use to do this.  The blog assumes you have some knowledge of Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Please click on the images to enlarge them. 

Reconciling Inventory in Microsoft Dynamics NAV
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The Business Show 2017 Review

The Business Show 2017

The Business Show is a long and busy two days at the Excel in London, aimed at start-ups and small businesses who are looking for solutions that will help them to grow With a large number of seminars and exhibitors, from marketing to financial services, to technology, this is a fantastic environment for smaller businesses that need some guidance on making the next big push.

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Manufacturing Matters Austin Hughes

An Interview with Martin Hennessey

Managing Director of Austin Hughes Europe

The latest in our series of Manufacturing Matters interviews features Martin Hennessey of Austin Hughes Europe. As a leading manufacturer and supplier of Data Centre management and administration solutions, we spoke to their MD to find out about their balance between UK and overseas manufacture. Their fast turnaround of supply to demand is a Unique Selling Point (USP) against American competitors utilising a UK assembly team. With Brexit making the future unclear, Austin Hughes are confident that they can shift their focus as is required to continue their steady growth. 

Manufacturing Matters interview with Austin Hughes
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Dynamics 365 for Financials on Public Preview

Dynamics 365 for Financials on Public Preview

We are excited to announce that Dynamics 365 for Financials has now been released for Public Preview in the UK. Financials is the ERP module for Dynamics 365 for Business. Having been released in the US in October, the UK is the first European market to get a localised solution of Dynamics 365. This preview marks the build up to the release of the product later in the month.

Try now for free >

Dynamics 365 Business Edition for Financials on public preview in the uk
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Manufacturing Matters - Pascoe International

An Interview with Richard Watson

Chief Executive of Pascoe International

The next instalment of our series Manufacturing Matters, running up to the report we commissioned from Decision Magazine, is now here. Richard Watson is the Chief Exec of Pascoe International, the world's leading manufacturer of luxury yacht tenders. Many of you will not have the bankroll to know what that is, so here is an explanation! Luxury yachts are often too large to bring into dock, or at least prefer the privacy of being anchored off-shore. This means that they rely on smaller vessels (tenders) to transfer anything from guests to delivery of supplies. Pascoe specialises in manufacturing tenders to a level that matches the mother ship, which requires a huge skill-set. 

Manufacturing Matters Interview with Pascoe International
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Microsoft Teams Announced for General Availability

General Availability for Microsoft Teams

In November 2016 we released a blog announcing Microsoft Teams. Satya Nadella announced the next big step in the Office 365 story for collaboration. This tool brings together a number of existing functionality, such as Skype for Business, Groups and SharePoint Online, to help people work together. Now, with a number of updates, including suggestions from users, the product has been released globally to 181 markets in 19 languages.

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Business Software and e-Commerce at The Business Show

We are Exhibiting at The Business Show

See us on Stand 7144 on 17th -18th May at the Excel

Dynamics Consultants are pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at the The Business Show. The free to attend exhibition will run from 17th to 18th May 2017 at the ExCel London and showcases hundreds of businesses and a range of seminars from industry experts. Included in the guest speakers is Dragon’s Den star Hilary Devey CBE, this show attracts a wide range of business owners and is a must do show for people managing growing businesses.

Business software experts at the Business Show, at the Excel
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Proud Sponsors of Nathan Cook Golf

Proud Sponsors of Nathan Cook Golf!

We are excited to announce that this year we will be sponsoring Nathan Cook Golf. Nathan is the Head Teaching Professional at Southampton Golf Club. As a PGA Qualified Coach, Nathan offers high quality training, as well as making his way around the competition circuit. Be sure to let us know if you see him on the course or out and about on the road with his new car livery! We will be blogging and posting on social media about special offers and competitions so keep an eye out for the latest news. 

Proud Sponsors of Nathan Cook Golf, Southampton Golf Trainer
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Manufacturing Matters - Morgan Contract Furniture

An Interview with Rodney McMahon

Managing Director of Morgan Contract Furniture

The second in our series of Manufacturing Matters Interviews, running up to the report we commissioned from Decision Magazine, is now here. We spoke with the MD of Morgan Contract Furniture, Rodney McMahon, about his views of the manufacturing industry, especially with regard to IT and technology and how it is landscaping the future of UK businesses. As the owner of the UK's foremost independent manufacturer of furniture for the leisure and corporate markets, he discusses 3D printing and the frustrations of IT when it doesn't work. 

Manufacturing Matters Interview with Morgan Contract Furniture
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Office 365 April 2017 Update

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for April 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: 

Client Update Cadence

  • Updates are often mentioned that are in first release only
  • Consumer plans need to be on the Insider Program to get updates immediately
  • Business and Enterprise users need to meet a
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Manufacturing Matters An Industry Report ICS Cool Energy

Manufacturing Matters

A major report commissioned by Dynamics Consultants will demonstrate the worldclass attributes of manufacturers based in the south of England, with a consideration of  their particular qualities and their take on technology, globalisation, the supply chain, customer expectation, and the availability of the skillsets required now and in the future.

 

Each fortnight leading up to publication, the latest thought-provoking interview with a director of one of the companies to be included in the report will be available here for you to download. 

Manufacturing Industry report by the software experts

 

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