Here at WebSan Solutions, we’ve had a lot of hands-on experience when it comes to implementing Microsoft Dynamics Software. From our experience, we’ve gathered five major problems a company would want to avoid in order to succeed in implementing Business Central.
1. Don’t have the IT department and leadership executives make all the buying decisions. Include other employees that will be actively using Business Central from the finance, operations, manufacturing and warehouse departments. They can provide constructive feedback to make Business Central work best with your current business processes.
2. Give yourself time in the implementation process to go from the decision-making phase to the launch phase. If this process gets rushed, there's a high chance that the project won't be successful. Try implementing Business Central in smaller stages. Rushing the process would only create a lot of unnecessary problems and make employees feel overwhelmed.
3. Implementations, especially the more complex ones, can take up to half a year to be completed. Best practices would indicate that you need to come up with a plan. Putting a plan into effect will set the stage for where the business is headed, reduce any employee confusion and avoid running into problems.
4. If you don't invest in employee training, there's a risk of disrupting the implementation process. The process of upgrading to Business Central can be a frustrating time for employees. Keeping open communication about the implementation status and providing a substantial amount of training creates more involved employees. Make your employees feel more involved with this process and become more well-rounded when it comes to using Business Central.
5. Many companies neglect the importance of testing the newly installed software before the go-live date. Your employees need to test out Business Central before the go-live so they can bring attention to any technical problems and if everything is in working order. By missing this part of the implementation process, the system might not be ready for go-live and could result in an unsuccessful launch.
When it comes to implementing Business Central, there needs to be a plan put into place. If you avoid the five major problems listed above, your business will strive towards a successful implementation.
Microsoft’s newest update covers everything from compliance requirements, message encryption to Azure password protection.
Below is a list of Microsoft 365’s new updates:
Editor in PowerPoint
The editor in PowerPoint now has multi-language support. This update can support English, French, Spanish and German. The system will recognize which language is being used and suggests fixes and appropriate grammar and spelling rules in the correct language.
Brand New Icons in Office 365
There are nearly 350 new icons to choose from in Office 365. They include new categories like accessibility, holidays and process.
Microsoft Kaizala is an app created for large group communications and work management.
The new updates will enable you to access the app if you are a Microsoft 365 for Office 365 commercial customer. Kaizala features will also be available in Microsoft Teams over the next 12 to 18 months.
Power BI Web by Example Connector
It allows customers to scrape data from HTML pages. It supports ingesting any data element on the page, beyond just HTML tables. You provide sample values for what data you would like to be extracted, and it does the rest.
Compliance Manager makes it easy to manage your organization’s cloud compliance activities, from implementation to reporting.
This update will now allow you to create custom risk assessments of any application used in your business. These assessments enable your IT team to import their own security and compliance control into the Compliance Manager.
Office 365 Advanced Message Encryption allows admins to revoke or expire encrypted emails. Once an encrypted email has been revoked, the recipient attempting to open it will be notified that the message has been revoked by the sender and be unable to view it.
Multi-Geo in Office 365
SharePoint Online and Office 365 Groups will enable customers to control where sites are stored. Users will be able to work anywhere in the world as their data is stored in the location of your choosing.
Security Policy Advisor
Office Security Policy Advisor is a new intelligent service, now available in preview, that uses behaviour-based analysis to help IT admins to quantify the risks and benefits of applying a tailored policy and monitor policy health over time, for their Office clients.
Admins can now deploy policies with a single click and easily update, or even roll back policies. Once again, this service is now available as a preview for all organizations with Office 365 ProPlus.
Azure AD password protection
Azure AD Password Protection, now generally available, lowers the risk of a being compromised by what is commonly known as a password spray attack. This is when a malicious user attempts to use a single password against multiple accounts before moving to the next commonly used password.
The updated banned password algorithm uses both the Microsoft-defined global banned password list and the custom banned password list you define to help users avoid choosing weak and vulnerable passwords.
If you would like more information about Microsoft 365 update for April 2019, view this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmFxEy-HtlU&feature=youtu.be
In order to use the manufacturing module, you need to a Business Central premium license. The manufacturing module will help shorten the time it takes to create BOMs, routings, work centers, and machine centers. In this new era of digital manufacturing, it forces businesses to work quicker and smarter to beat out the competition. By utilizing this module in Business Central your company gains the competitive advantage of creating more goods in a more efficient manner.
1. Managing Inventory
When using the manufacturing module in Business Central, your company will be able to better manage inventory. Within seconds, a list can be displayed with all the different items that are in stock. It will show whether the item is currently in stock, how many are on hand and how many are on order.
2. Integrate Your Business Processes
One of the biggest benefits of using the manufacturing module is having all the data in one place. Production managers can make updates instantly to keep the system up-to-date with all its inventory. Users working in the front and in the back office will have access to the same information creating a more harmonized work dynamic.
3. Unify Production Data
Another one of the biggest benefits of using the manufacturing module in Business Central is analytics. This goes beyond just knowing what is in stock and what needs to order but analyzing trends within your business. Such trends can be spotted in the supply chain, production process, inventory management, sales, profit margins, and even customer behavior.
4. Improved Product Quality
The customer’s expectations for product quality is higher than it has ever been before. Using the manufacturing module will make it easier for production managers to meet these growing standards. Having a system in place that provides traceability and tracking enables a company to monitor the quality status of all its centers and products. This will provide real-time reports on machines, components, stations, shifts, and even operators that were involved in the production. Production Managers can then ensure only the best quality products are being sent out to customers.
5. Decreased Production Time
Innovative businesses who use the manufacturing module in Business Central can optimize assembly time. The module will make a more efficient process by decreasing the overall creation time and cost of each product. Tools are available to take a customer’s order on-the-spot and list any alterations that need to be made. Once the production manager receives this order it can be finalized and then sent into production. There is no need for days or weeks of back and forth emails which can delay the cycle time of an item. By lessening the time-to-market process, companies can save time and money and allocate these resources elsewhere.
Being able to manage inventory, collect data, improve product quality, and decrease production time creates a stronger competitive advantage. Want to learn more about the manufacturing module for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central? Click Here to register for our Business Central manufacturing courses at WebSan University for free and learn about all the different modules available to create a successful production.
This webinar is a continuation of the Dynamics 365 Business Central Manufacturing Series. In Part 4, we will define the terms Make to Order and Make to Stock and describe the scenarios where it's best to use each function. Topics that will be discussed in this webinar are:
•Define Make to Order and Make to Stock
•Recording Policies in Dynamics
•Present scenarios when it's best to use Make to Order and Make to Stock functions
•Review settings in Dynamics to drive planning for each scenario
Date: Wednesday June 5, 2019
Time: 2:00PM - 3:00PM EST
Over the last few years, Microsoft has been making significant investments in the cloud. Unfortunately, that means that Windows Server 2008 and SQL Service 2008 will reach the end of support. But don’t worry, Microsoft has created a pathway for companies ready to make the switch to the cloud.
Why should I make the switch to the cloud?
Moving to the cloud is no longer an intimidating transition. Companies of all sizes have made the switch to the cloud, and we don’t see that trend slowing down any time soon.
Here are a few trends that are noteworthy:
- In 2016, 16.1 ZB of data was generated. In 2025, 163 ZBs of data will be generated.
- More than 80% of organizations now adopt cloud-first strategies as part of an overall digital transformation
- Investment in AI, top of mind for many companies, increase by an astounding 300% in 2017
When is the deadline and what happens if I do nothing?
It’s better that you act now and not later, time is running out. Extended support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 ends on July 9, 2019 and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 ends on January 14, 2020. These deadlines are around the corner; you need to give yourself time to migrate and explore your options.
If you decide to do nothing, then be prepared for no security updates, compliance concerns and missed innovation opportunities.
What are your options?
You have options, for both on-premise and cloud migrations. If you plan to stay on-premise, you can upgrade to Windows Server 2016 and get cloud and DevOps ready. If you decide to move the cloud, you can migrate Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 workloads to Azure VM.
For more information about upgrade options across cloud and on-premise, visit: www.microsoft.com/lifecycle
1. IDC White Paper, Data Age 2025: The Evolution of Data to Life-Critical
2. Building Trust in a Cloudy Sky:https://www.mcafee.com/us/resources/reports/rp-building-trust-cloudy-sky.pdf
3. A Trillion-Dollar Boost: The Economic Impact of AI on Customer relationship Management: https://www.salesforce.com/content/dam/web/en_us/www/documents/white-papers/the-economic-impact-of-ai.pdf
Securing your company’s data is essential. Businesses are constantly avoiding cyber threats, security alerts, and maintaining infrastructure. With so many things going on, your IT team can sometimes miss vital security threats.
To combat this issue, Microsoft has introduced Microsoft Azure Sentinel. This SIEM tool is a cloud-native service that provides intelligent security analytics at cloud scale for your company.
Collect data across your enterprise easily
Azure Sentinel allows you to aggregate security data with built-in connectors, integration of Microsoft signals and industry log formats such as comment event format and syslog.
You’re able to import your Office 365 data at no cost to you and combined it with other security data.
Analyze and detect threats quickly with AI on your side
Azure Sentinel uses top-notch scalable machine learning algorithms to correlate alerts from different products manually or utilizing a correlation engine.
Automate common tasks and threat response
Microsoft’s SIEM tool provides built-in automation processes to respond to threats right away.
Learn more about Microsoft Azure Sentinel and how you can protect your company’s data through intelligent security analytics.
Dynamics GP continues to thrive, both for on-premise and cloud customers. Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mature solution with over 45,000 customers around the world, so it isn’t going away anytime soon. However, Dynamics GP isn’t immune from Microsoft’s consistent push towards the cloud.
So why move GP to the cloud?
Here are some reasons why GP customers move to the cloud:
- They need to invest in new hardware to support new versions of GP
- They are concerned about backups, recovery, security and 24/7 remote access
- They are not current with Microsoft on your maintenance and want to add users/capabilities to the system
- They are looking for better access to information/reporting (GP2018 required for Power BI)
So what can we expect in future releases of Dynamics GP?
First, Dynamics GP releases and development will continue from Microsoft. The current roadmap is projecting two additional version releases. This clearly indicates a commitment by Microsoft considering these are typically released every two years. Customers should expect various user community requested enhancements and fixes.
Second, the Intelligent Edge will continue to be a focus for Microsoft as they allow for experimentation with AI learning, Power Apps, and the Common Data Service options used within Dynamics 365.