The Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically affected businesses over the past 18 months, especially in the distribution and manufacturing industry. A number of these unprecedented challenges include supply chain issues, fluctuating costs, and commodity pricing.
In the distribution industry, supply chain uncertainties have cause inconsistent visibility, scheduling delays, and vendor lead times have also increased during the pandemic. In addition, the fluctuating cost of materials has dramatically changed, whereas competition from e-commerce chains such as Amazon has made it hard to compete. This has changed the way companies manage their warehouse as they look to keep up with the competition. Customers are also expecting real-time communication and instant access to information which makes sales pipeline visibility critical.
To overcome these new challenges in distribution, customers are looking for an all-in-one solution for their technology needs. Dynamics 365 Business Central has vendor scoring and landed cost features to help resolve supply chain issues. E-commerce integrations within Business Central such as Shopify make it easier for companies to compete with plugs-ins right out of the box. In addition, using features such as Dynamics 365 for Sales & Customer Engagement has become even more integral for distribution companies, and add-on solutions such as Jet Reports allow companies to generate real-time financial reports seamlessly.
The manufacturing industry also has similar challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The prices of commodities such as wood and metal have gone up significantly and are fluctuating daily. In addition, the availability of inventory and freight charges are constantly changing. Managing backorders have also become critical to the supply chain for manufacturing companies.
A diverse offering of solutions from Dynamics 365 Business Central can overcome these new challenges by utilizing production order costing, visual production scheduling, MRP/planning worksheets, and automatic backorder allocation. Planning worksheets have become vital in allowing manufacturing companies to automate that process. A reporting solution such as Jet Reports and Power BI has been critical for manufacturing and distribution companies. We offer a reporting package that includes the most integral reports (80+) a business would need. (https://www.websan.com/images/Implementation/Business-Central-Implementation-Reports.pdf)
Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is the exchange of business documents, such as purchase orders, invoices, inventory adjustment, or acknowledgment and shipments between business partners in a standard format. We understand that suppliers and clients have specific business requirements and that manual processes can be cumbersome and time-consuming. Using an EDI connector will ensure that you can facilitate painless transactions amongst many trading partners. This application also reduces errors because no human interaction is involved, so there are minimal chances of error or delays.
EDI365 is a user-friendly EDI connector for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central used by many businesses to efficiently carry out their business operations. EDI365 maximizes communication exchanges between a wide range of business-to-business networks to make transmitting standard business documents easy and straightforward. The benefits of implementing EDI365 include accelerated transmission of information, automated data entry, reduced errors, and faster processing time compared to sending via email.
Our EDI365 Connector App can support all document types, including X12, EDIFACT, XML, and FLAT. We deal with your trading partners in advance, so onboarding, mapping, testing, and validation are included in the setup. Additional features include Dropship Packaging slips, Customer, Vendor, and 3PL integrations. The app supports the Essential and Premium Editions of Microsoft Dynamics 365 and is available in Canada, United States, and Mexico.
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are complete, integrated systems that manage all aspects of a production-based or distribution business, aligning financial management, human resources, supply chain management, and manufacturing. An ERP suite is a substantial investment for any business, and best practices demand that the ERP software selection process be rigorous and thorough. However, there are so many factors in play when choosing an ERP system that it can be daunting to choose the right one.
If you feel a bit confused about the variety of ERP vendors and many software products on the market today, you are not alone. We’ve come up with a comparative chart showing the difference between two popular ERP systems: Dynamics 365 Business Central and NetSuite.
Dynamics GP Migration to Business Central – is now the time?
This month's webinar will be about the number one most asked question regarding Dynamics GP. Is this the right time to move your data to the cloud? This webinar is for companies that currently have GP but are looking for a cloud solution and would like to know more about the Dynamics GP to Business Central migration process. Join this webinar to learn about the following:
● What is the future of Dynamics GP look like?
● Is it time to move to Business Central?
● What is involved in a migration to Business Central?
● What's the cost?
- Migration Services
Date: Wednesday September 23, 2020
Time: 1:00PM - 1:30PM EST
Top 10 Tips and Tricks for Dynamics 365 Business Central
This month's webinar is titled the "Top 10 Tips and Tricks for Dynamics 365 Business Central." Any business owner who uses Business Central won't want to miss this webinar! Learn from the pros as take a deep dive into the heart of Business Central. Watch as they demonstrate the top 10 tips and tricks that all businesses should be utilizing! Join this webinar to learn more about some tips such as:
● Multi-company access made easy
● Personalizing the system (custom fields, columns)
● Saving filtered list views
● and more
Date: Wednesday August 26, 2020
Time: 1:00PM - 1:30PM EST
How to Select a Marketing Automation Solution for Microsoft Dynamics 365
Companies of all shapes and sizes have one thing in common: a marketing department. The marketing mangers who run these departments all agree on the importance of a Marketing Automation Solution. One of the more popular marketing automation solutions that is available is Click Dimensions. Any company using Dynamics 365 for Sales (CRM) will be able to ingrate with Click Dimensions seamlessly. Join this webinar to learn more about how Click Dimensions can strengthen your marketing processes. Register for this webinar to learn more about the additional marketing features that come with this software. In this webinar the following topics will be covered:
● What is marketing automation?
● Why is marketing automation important today?
● Selecting the right marketing automation solution
Date: Wednesday August 12, 2020
Time: 2:00PM - 2:45PM
Business Central Jobs Webinar Series 107:
Reporting and Dashboards
The Business Central Jobs Webinar Series is coming to an end. This month's webinar will be the final webinar for this series. Register for the Business Central Jobs Webinar Series 107: Reporting and Dashboards. Learn how to take data from inside Business Central and add it to a reporting model. Build a Power BI or JetReports dashboard to view relevant project information. Join this webinar to learn about the following topics:
● Business Central Native Reporting
● Power BI reporting for jobs
● Jet Reports (excel) reporting for Jobs
Date: Wednesday July 29, 2020
Time: 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Business Central Jobs Webinar Series Jobs 106:
Posting Setup and Control
Project mangers who are using Business Central should attend this month's webinar! Register today for our Business Central webinar series, Jobs 106: Posting Setup and Control. Learn all about the general ledger setup by joining this webinar. Watch as we go into a deep dive of the general ledger, transaction posting flow and more. Register for this webinar today to learn about the following topics:
● Review G/L setup and transaction posting flow
• Fixed fee
• Time and materials
Date: Thursday June 25, 2020
Time: 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Jobs 105: Billing and Expenses
The Business Central Jobs Webinar Series has already covered a wide range of features. Some of these include tasks, planning lines, time, expenses, inventory, and purchase transactions. The fifth installment of this series will be covering Billing and Work in Process (WIP). Using WIP will help users determine the financial value of an on-going job. The costs and sales of this job can be calculated, invoiced, then posted into the general ledger. Join the Jobs 105 Webinar: Billing and WIP to learn more about the following:
• Deep dive into Invoicing for Jobs
• How WIP is calculated for various WIP Methods
• How Deferred Revenue, WIP, Actual Costs and Earned Revenue are calculated
Date: Thursday May 28, 2020
Time: 2:00PM - 3:00PM EST
Jobs 103: Setting up a Job in Business Central
Project Managers that are currently using Business Central should register for this webinar! Join the Dynamics 365 Business Central Jobs Webinar Series, Jobs 103: Setting up a Job in Business Central. This webinar will be taking a deep dive into the actual project setup. The webinar will be going into great depth about the different variables and settings that are available right out of the box. Learn a few practical applications that any Project Manager can apply to their business. This webinar will be taking place on Thursday March 26, 2020, and demonstrating the following:
• Best practices for project setup (time/materials and fixed fee)
• Setting up WSB elements and task breakdowns for best reporting
• Impact of planning lines setup on budget, costs and revenue
Date: Thursday March 26, 2020
Time: 2:00PM - 3:00PM EST