05 October 2017
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.
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.
24 July 2017
If you have read our previous blogs on what is GDPR and the ICO advice on GDPR, you will know that the General Data Protection Regulations apply to your business and need to be conformed to by May 2018. You will also know that there is a lot to take in and actioning all of the requirements is causing a lot of headaches! However, to help launch your GDPR journey we have split down tasks into some bitesize chunks so that you can start making headway.
12 July 2017
We have been speaking to a lot of businesses about GDPR, and the response is one of two options:
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.
Last week saw the return of the Business Software Showcase, Dynamics Consultants’ event to bring the latest business management software and practices to the new and experienced alike. Supported by Microsoft, various solution providers and local industry, the event drew the largest crowd yet. So thank you to everyone who made it possible, from contributors to guests, and of course to our ever popular team of experts!
The results of the feedback are still coming in, but so far the day has scored 4.4 Stars!
To give us some early warning, Microsoft have announced that there will be a price increase, starting 1st January 2017. Although Microsoft pricing is generally very stable, they occasionally make adjustments based on currency fluctuations. Following the nose-dive in the value of the Pound, we have seen a lot of press regarding increasing price lists, such as the controversial argument between Unilever and Tesco. Now, in the name of continuity, we have been told that there will be a 13% increase for on-premise enterprise software, and a 22% increase on enterprise cloud prices. As a partner, we have been assured that all pricing will remain extremely competitive in the marketplace.
As Microsoft approved partners, our consultants are at Directions EMEA finding out all of the latest in the Dynamics world. The keynote speakers and Microsoft engineers presented a quick overview this morning of all of the new features of Dynamics NAV 2017, the next release for their business ERP software. Full details will be released as the week progresses, but for now here is an interesting overview.
04 October 2016
With the ever growing world of social media, it is very often difficult for businesses to see the benefit as any more than a billboard for product announcements. Social listening allows you to take the data available on social media platforms and turn them into real business insights, not only to engage with customers, but also to gain trends in the market place. For example, if you knew that there was an increase in popularity of a product, your purchasers would be able to manage stock accordingly.
Microsoft provide this using Social CRM. Microsoft Social Engagement is a powerful CRM service that puts cutting edge tools in the hands of your sales, service and marketing teams. Connect on social media with customers, fans and critics to gain insight regarding how people really feel about your business.
19 September 2016
Our professional training courses are ideal for members of staff who need to learn more about creating reports, managing finances, setting up users in Microsoft Dynamics® NAV or managing your Microsoft SQL® Servers.
Our website now has details of courses running over the next few months, including:
Microsoft SQL Server® is a market leading enterprise level database solution used by any a large number and variety of applications on which to host their databases and store their data. Microsoft SQL Server is an incredibly powerful, scalable and robust solution, however it is it’s robustness that often leads customers into a false sense of security.
As with anything in life, things can go wrong, and this is true with SQL Server. Your valuable data can be lost for a number of reasons such as hardware failure, theft, fire, flood, user error etc. and so it is worth planning for such events to make recovery as painless as possible.
27 July 2016
SQL has long been the go-to database platform providing market leading security and Business Intelligence (BI) capabilities. Now Microsoft have released SQL Server 2016, which is packed full of new features. As a company specialising in business management software (i.e. Microsoft Dynamics® NAV) with SQL databases at their core, our focus is on the real world benefits to people trying to manage their business systems. Here we will look at some of the key features.
The reality of The Internet of Things
19 July 2016
We are excited to announce that the date has been set for the 2016 Business Software Showcase:
10th November 2016
Following the marked success last year, with presentations from representatives of Microsoft, specialist solution providers and our own directors, as well as break-out sessions giving all of the latest information in business management technologies, we are now preparing for an even bigger and better event for 2016.
The day is all about learning about what is available on the market, as well as getting lots of ideas of what can be achieved through collaboration and integration of your business software. Many of our customers come to the event to discuss with other users about ways of using their system, which also provides a great platform for people just starting out, to get some advice from experienced companies. And the best thing of all, the event is completely free!
06 July 2016
As a Microsoft specialist it is important to us to keep our staff trained and certified in the Microsoft products. As you will be aware from our other blogs, we do a lot of training of apprentices to bring new talent into the industry. Ed recently completed his Apprenticeship at Highbury College entitled “Level 3 Extended It & Telecoms”. But this is not the end of his journey!
Congratulations to Ed for passing the “98-361 Software Development Fundamentals Microsoft Certification exam”, which covers a wide range of general programming principles. We will continue to train him and he has a couple of other qualifications lined up already, all part of the development our employees.
06 July 2016
Microsoft have just put out a general release of a new tool as part of Office 365, Microsoft Planner. The preview has been available for a little while now and we have found this to be easy to use and potentially problem solving for a lot of our customers. This video explains how using a wide range of tools the files and conversations involved with a project are easily organised. Features include:
30 June 2016
Many people have benefited from our scheduled training, which we hold in our offices near Southampton, Hampshire. From SQL Server training to use of Office 365 integration with Microsoft Dynamics® NAV, our expert consultants provide high quality training at our comfortable and modern offices.
14 June 2016
Knowledge is power. Put real-time, role-relevant information into your team’s hands and they'll make quick, confident, forward looking decisions for your business.
Turn years of facts and figures – from sales performance to individual transactions – into insight you can easily analyze. Then use it to spot trends and make accurate projections about inventory levels, staffing requirements, or future product trends for years to come.
03 May 2016
Having run a few scheduled training courses over the last year we have now have a full calendar. Our courses will now run regularly at a range of technical levels.
We provide high quality training from our team of experienced consultants. Snacks and lunch is provided and we cater for your dietary requirements.
We have a full line up for May with the following courses running:
03 May 2016
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, which covers the following areas:
We are proud to announce that Andrea Ely, Partner Technology Strategist from Microsoft, will be attending our Business Software Showcase on the 20th November! As the guest speaker, Andrea will be opening the Showcase with a speech about IoT (Internet of Things) and MSFT Social Engagement. Register here now to join us!