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)
In October 2019, Microsoft introduced the Modern Lifecycle Policy for Microsoft Dynamics GP before this update Dynamics GP was governed by the Fixed Lifecycle Policy which in comparison has fixed end dates for their support. The Modern Policy offers continuous support and servicing, including bug fixes, new features, and the latest tax updates. This highlights the fact that Dynamics GP is not going anywhere soon with the Lifecycle Roadmap showing dates well into 2028 and beyond.
Dynamics GP customers can stay current by choosing at least one of the three all-inclusive Dynamics GP updates, typically released in June, October, and December yearly . The October update normally provides new capabilities whereas the two other updates will typically consist of hotfixes, tax updates, and regulatory updates.
Microsoft Dynamics GP is a powerful on-premises application that has built a huge community over the last 30+ years of Partners and Customers that love the product. Microsoft intends to continue both enhancing and supporting the solution in the future. Upgrading your Dynamics GP system ensures that you have access to new features, in addition to a resolution to any system glitches. Upgrading regularly also provides you with tax compliance, improved security, and more predictable costs.
For users on older versions of Dynamics GP, these will be staying on the existing Fixed Policy Lifecycle. However, if you wish to retain your support, please find below the support end dates for the older versions:
Version Mainstream Support Extended Support
Dynamics GP 2013 and GP 2013 R2
Ended April 4, 2018
Ends April 11, 2023
Dynamics GP 2015 and GP 2015 R2
Ended April 14, 2020
Ends April 8, 2025
Dynamics GP 2016 and GP 2016 R2
Mainstream support ends July 13, 2021
Ends July 14, 2026
Dynamics GP 2018 and GP 2018 R2
Mainstream support ends January 10, 2023
Ends January 11, 2028
[Toronto, Ontario], [Canada] — July 8, 2021 — WebSan Solutions Inc. today announced it has won the Dynamics 365 Business Central 2021 Microsoft Partner of the Year Award. The company was honoured among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology.
“We are extremely honoured to be receiving such a renowned award, and we are earnestly grateful for the recognition. This has been our most successful year as a company, and it’s because of the hard work and dedication of our entire team.” stated Andrew King, Managing Director at WebSan Solutions Inc.
The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognize Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered outstanding Microsoft-based solutions during the past year. Awards were classified in various of categories, with honorees chosen from a set of more than 4,400 submitted nominations from more than 100 countries worldwide. WebSan Solutions Inc. was recognized for providing outstanding solutions and services for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.
The Dynamics 365 Business Central Partner of the Year Award recognizes a partner that excels at providing innovative and unique customer solutions centred on Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. The successful entrant for this award will have demonstrated consistent, high-quality; predictable service to Microsoft customers, helping to ensure significant business benefits from their Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central investments. The successful nominee will also demonstrate business leadership and consistent customer success, with strong growth in new customer additions and cloud revenue while maintaining and growing their existing customer base. Finally, the Award will recognize partners who have made significant progress in this cloud business. Winning solutions may also highlight opportunities where you’ve upgraded customers from on premise or migrated them from competitive solutions. Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central solutions/services qualify for this award.
“I am honoured to announce the winners and finalists of the 2021 Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards,” said Rodney Clark, corporate vice president, Global Partner Solutions, Channel Sales and Channel Chief, Microsoft. “These remarkable partners have displayed a deep commitment to building world-class solutions for customers—from cloud-to-edge—and represent some of the best and brightest our ecosystem has to offer.”
2021 Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards Announcement Details: https://partner.microsoft.com/cs-cz/inspire/awards
About WebSan Solutions Inc.
WebSan Solutions Inc. is a multi-award winning company recognized for its top-notch customer service and software solutions. With offices in Toronto, Canada, and Tennessee, USA, we are a premier Microsoft GOLD Dynamics Certified Partner and IT consulting and solutions provider.
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.
It's that time of the year again! The wave 1 release for Microsoft Dynamics 365 has been launched. The release includes hundreds of new features and innovations across the Dynamics 365 applications from April 2021 through September 2021.
Here is a highlight of a few top features that will offer new capabilities and added functionality for your business.
Dynamics 365 Sales
- The latest release wave of updates enables Dynamics 365 Sales users a new mobile experience for sellers that provides quick & easy real-time access to important customer information whenever or wherever they need it with the Dynamics 365 Sales Hub app
- Conversation intelligence will provide insights on top of video calls and calls with multiple participants. New filters in the deal manager workspace will allow sellers to easily find opportunities by searching, quickly setting a column filter, or choosing a time-based slicer.
- A new pipeline manager workspace now creates a personalized area for sellers to quickly view and interact with their sales pipeline bringing a more intuitive and streamlined way of working.
Dynamics 365 Marketing
- Updates to Dynamics 365 Marketing focuses on delivering deeper personalization and more channels to engage and reach your customers. Improved targeting using AI-generated segments allowing you to target high-value customers.
- With the 2021 release, Microsoft has improved the processes between Business Central and Microsoft Teams and has also strengthened the solution's Excel and Outlook plug-ins.
- Increased channels to reach your customers now include the ability to create and send SMS messages to any mobile phone.
- New built-in analytics dashboards and cross-journey insights In real-time allows you to monitor your customer journeys and channel KPIs.
Dynamics 365 Finance
- Dynamics 365 Finance continues to bring intelligent automation to users. This release brings an intelligent cash flow offering to public preview with automation based on predictive results. Microsoft has harnessed the power of AI into finance processes to help organizations make quick and informed business decisions.
- Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management expands on inventory and logistics scenarios providing a single, organization-wide source of truth for inventory quantity-on-hand with the Inventory Visibility Add-in
- Dynamics 365 Project Operations delivers rich new experiences with the ability to forecast, use, and invoice non-stocked materials on projects.
Dynamics 365 Customer Voice
- Dynamics 365 Customer Voice adds rich insights by feeding real-time survey data into customer records. Dynamics 365 Customer Voice provides an easy-to-use interface for creating surveys to generating actionable insights based on customer feedback, with minimal setup time.
We recommend reviewing the full release plan for applications that you use in detail: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365-release-plan/2021wave1/
Once you have gone live with Business Central it's important to start looking at additional modules and custom offerings that allow you to streamline your business processes. We will have a look at a selection of our own apps and third-party apps which can improve your user experience and increase company productivity. Utilizing these apps can assist your business by improving inventory management, facilitating transactions between trading partners, increasing employee productivity, and creating reports in real-time.
Our Barcode Scanning App for WMS is designed to help your business become more productive. This application will improve your inventory management, picking accuracy, and warehouse efficiency. Put an end to frequent overages, shortages, and stock-outs and improve your inventory control. We can also customize the app for customizations done in Business Central
Using an EDI connector will ensure that you can facilitate painless transactions amongst many trading partners. This tool is used by many businesses to carry out their business operations with efficiency in less time. EDI365 works to make transmitting standard business documents easy and simple. We have experience working with trading partners such as Wayfair, Walmart, Amazon, and Home Depot. With the help of our EDI365, business processes can be executed at a much faster rate compared to the traditional method of sending information through email.
Our Moniroo Time Management app for Dynamics 365 Business Central is here to increase your employees' productivity and your company's profitability. The app allows you to manage all your employee’s time in Dynamics 365 Business Central, while users use Moniroo to input their timesheets. We provide core PSA functions that include time management, expense management, and more. Moniroo was designed to help streamline business operations and optimize efficiency.
Jet Reports/ Jet Hub (Reporting)
Jet Reports is a business reporting solution built for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central which gives you the flexibility to create reports in real-time. This allows you to get the latest information from your database. Jet Reports integrates into excel allowing you to extract real-time data efficiently while also eliminating errors and risk. Our Team at WebSan can Integrate Jet Report for your business provides a package solution that has over 100+ Core Financial Reports along with the option for building customized reports.
Contact our experts as WebSan so that we can evaluate which additional apps/modules we would recommend specifically to meet your business needs. Whether you are a rapidly growing company looking to automate processes and improve decision making or you are simply looking to gain more control over your business and your information, WebSan Solutions can help you succeed.
As organizations figure out what to do with their infrastructure, many companies that currently have Dynamics GP are deciding whether they want to migrate to Dynamics 365 Business Central or stay On-premise. Moving to a cloud-based ERP solution gives your business the flexibility to scale up or down, increase collaboration, accessibility and cuts out the high cost of hardware.
The decision to migrate from GP to Business Central is based on several factors can that include accessibility, cost savings, add-ons, and an updated modern user interface. Here is a comparison of both ERP solutions based on the criteria mentioned above:
1. Cloud vs On-Premise
Business Central is a cloud-based solution, which means you can access the software anywhere, anytime, from any device. Upgrades are managed by Microsoft and rolled out automatically with no installation required. In comparison, Dynamics GP was designed to be an on-premise solution, and upgrades need to be done manually.
With a monthly subscription-based model, Business Central has a lower cost of entry than Dynamics GP. In comparison, Dynamics GP is purchased through perpetual licensing, with the software paid up-front, along with a yearly maintenance fee.
Business Central’s extended functionality and add-ons are closely equivalent to Dynamics GP, with the difference being a diverse range of third-party apps for immediate download via AppSource. The Dynamics GP base package includes core financial and distribution functionality. There are also three additional packages available to extend functionality for manufacturing, services, customizations, and advanced payroll/HR
4. Integrations and User Interface
Business Central is developed to integrate with Power BI to create robust, visual dashboards effortlessly. Dynamics GP can integrate with Power BI, but it requires a customized implementation that can be costly.
Our team of experts at WebSan can help your company make the right decision. We offer comprehensive planning, training and transition pricing for companies looking to migrate to Business Central from Dynamics GP.
Learn more: https://www.websan.com/microsoft-dynamics/dynamics-gp-to-business-central-migration
In this webinar, Andrew King and Ryan Bennett provide an introduction into Jet Reports and Jet Hub. The discussion features an overview of Jet Reports and Jet Hub, overview of our offering and an in-depth look into sample reports/demo of Jet Reports.
Jet Reports is a business reporting solution built for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central which gives you the flexibility to create reports in real-time. This allows for you to get the latest information from your database. Additionaly Jet Reports integrates into excel allowing you to extract real-time data efficiently while also eliminating errors and risk.
Jet Hub is an Information Management System that allows business users access to their business reports using virtually any device through a simple web interface. Jet Hub is a complete report management system that can quickly locate the report you are after and additionally allow you to share reports within a secured and governed way . There is also an option to automate the report distribution on a regular basis.
Integrating Jet Report for your business provides a package solution that has over 100+ Core Financial Reports along with the option for building customized reports. With Jet Reports, there are no hard-coding or programming skills required so your team can explore data and create or modify reports on their own. With controlled spreadsheets, organized workflows, and built-in collaboration, it is proven to enhance productivity company-wide.
For a detailed look at the Core Financial Jet Reports, click the link: https://www.websan.com/images/Implementation/Business-Central-Implementation-Reports.pdf
A popular question we often get from companies is; Can I implement Microsoft Dynamics Business Central on my own? Historically we often see companies having issues implementing the software to meet their customized business needs.
Today’s discussion features a recap of a virtual Interview with Andrew King, Managing Director at WebSan Solutions Inc., as he sits down with Sunil Kumar, Founder of The Amazing Chickpea, to discuss his experience trying to implement Business Central and working with WebSan.
Sunil was previously using QuickBooks for basic reporting but was looking for a business solution to manage the production, planning and financial reporting for his medium-size company. Dynamics 365 Business Central became the front runner as the best option for The Amazing Chickpea to manage inventory, production orders and financial records.
After signing up for Dynamics 365 Business Central a year ago, Sunil believed he could implement it entirely on his own because he has a background in IT. The interface seemed to be very user-friendly; however, he faced business challenges in retrieving necessary financial reporting that was critical to his business operations.
With these complications, Sunil decided to pursue a partner that could assist him in utilizing Dynamics 365 Business Central to its full potential. WebSan Solutions Inc. became the partner that Sunil decided to work with after learning about the expertise and support model provided. Sunil explains, “Have a partner map your business processes into Dynamics right from the beginning,” thereby allowing you to attain value and support your business needs.
Sunil recommends that you choose a partner with the knowledge base and support model that can solve your business challenges in a timely manner. He has now been able to utilize features Business Central that is focused on The Amazing Chickpeas business operations.
To watch the interview in full, click the video below: https://youtu.be/xnr3eahkXBE