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Wednesday, 04 April 2012 09:36

A Look Into Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013

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This year’s Microsoft convergence in Houston announced that Dynamics GP 2013 is due to be released Q4 of this year. With over 150 new features that will help organizations with their functionality, the WebSan team is quite excited! Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 will transform the way your organization is run by helping you become more connected, provide support for growth, increase efficiency, and lower your IT costs through the new features that are available.

Here are a few features that we’re looking forward to upon its release:

  • Web Access – Employees will gain easier, convenient access to information and will be able to better collaborate with the new web client from their PC or mobile device.
  • Business Analyzer – Delegate tasks, track KPI’s, forecast potential opportunities, and take informed action by having better role-specific insight in to your business.
  • Business Intelligence – Enhanced SQL Reporting offers better visibility to key business metrics.
  • Office 365 Integration – Integration will provide better collaboration and communication within your organization.
  • Word templates – Templates can be applied and reports can be created for anything in GP 2013.
  • Document attachment – Capability to apply related documents into each transaction.
  • Printing – Conveniently choose a printer at the time of printing a report or document

With the increased functionality Dynamics GP 2013 offers, you can be sure that you will have more control over your organization, allowing you to transform and improve the way you conduct business.

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By: Mabelle Gonzales, Marketing Coordinator at WebSan Solutions Inc, a Canadian Certified Microsoft Dynamics Partner.

Friday, 13 April 2012 14:24

Cloud Accounting

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The Cloud has virtually changed the way businesses handle financial transactions. Gone are the days when companies must rely on old-fashioned and outdated approaches to document transactions, like pen and paper or Excel spreadsheets. These methods are not only more time consuming and extremely faulty, but they are not a realistic way to run a business in the 21st century. Moving into a new, innovative, and integrated system like Microsoft Dynamics GP can prove to be beneficial for a company of any size for the following reasons:

Time Saving - With a system that automatically inputs customer, vendor, and employee entered data into your system and easily connects all information into one platform, the tasks of manually entering the same data into various spreadsheets and software can greatly reduce the time consuming tasks of data entry. In addition, errors in data entry can simply be eliminated with all clients, employees, and vendors entering data into one system.

Save More Money - Cloud accounting lowers your IT costs because you no longer need to update software each time a new version is released or worry about large, one-time licensing fees. The software costs are spread out over a predictable, smaller, monthly fee. Updates and maintenance are carried out by the cloud provider. With cloud accounting, you can ensure that your system is consistent and up to date.

Easily Create Automated Reports -Microsoft Dynamics GP has tools which simplify accounting processes.  Since all data needed to create reports is stored in one system, creating reports is easy as a few clicks.

Safe & Secure -You have the peace of mind that your data will always be backed up no matter what obstacle your company faces – hardware issues, lost data, or even natural disasters.

Great Payoff for You - Integrating a cloud system provides you with greater scalability – you don’t need to find another accounting solution to match your needs as a growing company.  With Dynamics GP, you can add additional tools or storage space to adjust to their needs.

Moving into a cloud based system like Cloud Microsoft Dynamics GP, can help your company be more productive, efficient, and profitable. To learn more, visit our website or contact us to learn more.

By: Mabelle Gonzales, Marketing Coordinator at WebSan Solutions Inc, a Canadian Certified Microsoft Dynamics Partner.

I had the opportunity to interview Victoria Yudin, a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for Microsoft Dynamics GP and founder of Flexible Solutions Inc., as well as a well-known professional in the Dynamics GP community. I wanted to interview her to get an insider's insight on Dynamics GP - to find out her perspective on GP modules, Microsoft's partner channel, and what the future holds for Dynamics GP. As I'd hoped, her answers tell a lot about her success with the product and the direction of the GP ecosystem.

1.       What do you most love about your job? 

I love the feeling I get when I am able to help someone learn how to do something that saves them a lot of time or fix an issue they are having.  There is this tangible relief you can see (or hear if you’re on the phone), that is very gratifying.

2.       In 2010, you wrote the book “Microsoft GP 2010 Implementation” what were your inspirations for writing it? 

This may sound a bit corny, but Dynamics GP as well as the GP community were both inspirations for me.  Dynamics GP because I think it an amazing product and the community for being so dedicated and friendly.

3.       Was there anything that you found particularly challenging when you were writing your book?

 I don’t really consider myself a good writer, and as hard as it may be to believe, after all the writing I have done, I do not particularly enjoy writing.  The incredibly positive feedback I have received on my blog, as well as to my online GP community posts, have convinced me that writing is actually something I can do fairly well, but that is definitely a challenge I had to overcome while writing my book.  Finding quiet time to concentrate on writing was another challenge.  I did not take time off to write my book, so all the time had to be carved out around an already hectic schedule.  The staff at the Packt Publishing really helped with this by providing a schedule and guidelines while being flexible at the same time.

4.       Are there features or modules that you wish Microsoft Dynamics GP has but doesn’t have currently?

Of course, the short answer to this is “yes”.  I don’t know if it is ever possible to be 100% satisfied with any piece of software, there is always something more that can make it better, some feature that can save time or better address common requests.  One thing that comes to mind from a recent customer question is the ability to enter prepayments against Purchase Orders.  I believe that would add some nice functionality for a lot of users.

5.       How do you think the partner channel will have to change over the coming years?

I am concerned about the direction that the Dynamics GP partner channel has taken with all of the recent changes.  My belief is that the best way to address a mix of small and large customers is with a mix of small and large partners because a company like Microsoft simply cannot directly support a product like Dynamics GP without the help of the partner channel.  While I understand that at some level this is a revenue game and that decisions have to be made for all partners and customers as a whole, what I see is that smaller GP partner companies being systematically phased out or forced to merge with other companies to continue to do business.  This as a move in the wrong direction and if it continues, it would be a big loss to the Dynamics GP partner channel and community.  Hopefully, Microsoft will realize that a partner channel comprised of only large companies is not the right approach for a product like Dynamics GP and what may mean more revenue short term could easily translate into less customer satisfaction and thus less revenue long term. 

 6.       What do you think the future holds for Dynamics GP? 

I think that Dynamics GP as a product will continue to be a great solution for many businesses.  We’re seeing a lot of new functionalities talked about, especially with the web client announcement for the next version.  It will be exciting to see what the future brings. 

You can visit Victoria Yudin website here: http://victoriayudin.com/

Natalie Williams, Marketing Coordinator, WebSan Solutions Inc., a Canadian Certified Microsoft Dynamics Partner

Technology is shifting to the clouds. Whether its phone apps like the Apple iCloud or email like Hotmail’s SkyDrive, many firms are transitioning there.  It makes sense to move your ERP system from on-premise to hosted instead. Using Hosted Microsoft Dynamics GP still means that your software application is in a data center. You can still access your information where ever you are 24/7. You can rest assured of the security and reliability of your business. These are some reasons why you should use Hosted Dynamics GP:

  • Superior security, availability and control of your data
  • Lower Hardware Cost
  • Reduced Maintenance cost and improved ROI
  • Built – in disaster recovery and repair
  • Gain access to your data from anywhere

To learn more about Hosted Dynamics GP, visit http://www.websan.com/solutions/hosted-microsoft-dynamics-gp/.  We are a cloud Microsoft Dynamics Certified Partner and IT consulting and solutions provider. We have over a decade of experience in Enterprise Software solutions, business and financial accounting software, implementation and design.

Natalie Williams, Marketing Coordinator, WebSan Solutions Inc., a Canadian Certified Microsoft Dynamics Partner

Move to the cloud or stay on premise? What do you choose? Some firms are very skeptical about moving to the cloud while others welcome it. If you are a company that thinks it’s time for a change, then using Hosted ERP System will be for you. Read the following list that I wrote about benefits of Hosted ERP System below:

  • Do you prefer to pay for what you use? Hosted Dynamics GP uses a subscription-based licensing model, where you pay for the number of user licenses.
  • Trying to keep your cost low? Licensing fees are very predictable and can be known in advance.
  • Looking to get a quick start on things? Hosted Dynamic GP guarantees faster deployment and implementation than choosing to be on premise.
  • Do you want to save energy costs?  You don’t have to have a server; you just need an internet connection.
  • Still want to be in control of your data and business? Don’t worry, you also have 24/7 access to your data. You have the options of adding and removing users if you choose.

Are you still undecided? If you want to learn more information about Hosted Dynamics GP, visit our website www.websan.com At WebSan Solutions Inc. we help you unlock your systems potential.

By: Natalie Williams, Marketing Coordinator, WebSan Solutions Inc., a Canadian Certified Microsoft Dynamics Partner

Monday, 18 June 2012 09:15

What is an ERP Consultant?

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An Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Consultant is either a contract employee or an employee that’s part of a company that is hired to do either of the following: implement, upgrade or support an ERP system.

The main function of the ERP consultant is to help organizations move to ERP software. A successful ERP consultant is able to adjust to a client business process, to determine where ERP systems would be most useful.

ERP Consultants relevant fields of study are information technology, business information systems or management information systems. You have the option of letting a consultant help out with the full implementation of an ERP project, from matching your business requirements with the right software to managing change within the organization as a result of the software.

You know you have a good consultant when he/she is capable of communicating with users at all levels of the organization.

If you are looking for an ERP Consultant, contact WebSan Solutions Inc. we've got the experience and expertise you need to help lead you in the right direction. We ensure your new integrated ERP system will meet all your management, reporting, financial and accounting needs while also helping you to streamline processes and improve your overall business.

By: Natalie Williams, Marketing Coordinator, WebSan Solutions Inc., a Canadian Certified Microsoft Dynamics Partner

Wednesday, 04 July 2012 09:15

My interview with Jon Rivers

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Recently I had the opportunity to interview Jon Rivers. In this interview he discusses his book, current projects and his views on user problems.

In a short summary what do you describe your job is?

I am currently the Channel Partner Manager at Data Masons Software an EDI ISV solution provider who helps to solve the EDI needs of clients who are running Dynamics GP, AX or NAV. When I am not helping the partners I am managing all of our Social Media outlets if that be our Blog, Twitter or LinkedIn accounts.

You can also find me presenting at Dynamics-focused conferences, educational forums and Web events, including the annual GPUG Summit, AXUG Summit, NAVUG Forum, Microsoft Convergence and numerous regional user groups.

How long have you’ve been in the Microsoft Dynamics GP Industry?

I have been in the Microsoft Dynamics GP space now for over two years but I have been in the Dynamics ERP ecosystem for over seven years working with both Dynamics AX and NAV.

What’s the message in your book “Solving the Social Media Puzzle for Microsoft Dynamics End Users” that you want readers to grasp?

Social Media can be confusing to people as there is expectation that you should be pushing content through various channels, but that’s not true you can be just a consumer of information. Actually that is where I started and with all the useful information out there, I wanted to bring that to the attention of the End User who uses Dynamics GP on daily basis. With blogs show how to resolve issue to YouTube videos give you snippets of how to training to content being pushed my Microsoft themselves.

Now-a-days social media has become the everyday norm, how much of an impact do you think Dynamics GP will have attracting new customers using marketing efforts through social media?

I believe Social Media is already having an impact out there especially when I see the efforts that Microsoft is putting behind it. Take for example when Microsoft released Dynamics AX 2012 they use Social Media a lot to drive traffic to the virtual release event. Now if I also take my role at Data Masons we have certainly seen an increased in awareness of our solution using these channels. 

What does it take to expand to packages like NAV, AX, and SL?

Making sure you fully understand the packages and the verticals/client base you will be taking them into.

How do you think the Partner Channel will have to change over the coming years?

End Users are getting more and more savvy on how they do they research and evaluation of solutions so the Partner Channel community will have to adjust as necessary to this.

What customization tool would you create to meet the needs of users that are facing a common problem?

A portal that would scan every possible place within out there to see if that problem has been already been answer by other in the Dynamics Community via maybe a blog or tweet or maybe a video and of course search Microsoft’s KB’s as well. If there is no answer then it would post it and push it out to the Community.

We have a webinar coming up called 10 tricks in 30 minutes The Top 10 Features of Dynamics GP You’re Not Using and Should Be! What would be one of your tricks?

As I am not a physical user of Dynamics GP on a daily basis as I am more focused on solving EDI requirements for clients I am not sure I can recommend one.

What are your current projects now? Are you planning on speaking at a public event?

New projects… if you call it a project that is, I just became the Communications Chair for the IAMCP DC Chapter so excited about that new opportunity. From a speaking standpoint I will be speaking at the GPUG Summit in October this year “Where Do the Experts Turn for Answers? The Power of Social Media”. It should be exciting as I also get to work with Mariano Gomez for first time and it’s always an honor to work with the MVP’s in Dynamics GP ecosystem. There are also some others as well in the works so watch my twitter feed for updates.

What do you like most about your job?

The people I get to work with on a daily basis. The whole Dynamics Community is a great bunch of people to work with. It’s what drives me to be at my desk every morning.

By: Natalie Williams, Marketing Coordinator, WebSan Solutions Inc. a Canadian Certified Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner