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Wednesday, 06 January 2016 00:00

Bob Scott’s VAR Stars 2015 Announced

WebSan Solutions Inc. has been selected as a member of the Bob Scott’s VAR Stars for 2015, a group of 100 organizations honored for their accomplishments in the field of midmarket financial software.

Members of the VAR Stars were selected based on factors such as growth, industry leadership and recognition, and innovation. Selection is not based on revenue and the chosen firms represent a wide range of size and many different software publishers of accounting software.

“Each year, 100 VAR Stars are picked from the best organizations that market financial software. It is always an honor to recognize those who contribute to the development of our business,” Bob Scott said.

“We are delighted to once again be included in Bob Scott’s roster of VAR Stars and be recognized for our continuous growth and commitment towards providing the highest standards of customer service and delivering top quality solutions for our clients,” said Andrew King, Managing Director of WebSan Solutions Inc.

About WebSan Solutions Inc.

WebSan Solutions Inc. is a multi-award winning company recognized for its top-notch customer service and software solutions. WebSan Solutions is a Microsoft Dynamics Certified Partner and IT consulting and solutions provider. As the Largest Hosting Provider for Microsoft Dynamics in Canada with over a decade of experience in Enterprise Software solutions, online business and financial accounting software, the experts at WebSan Solutions know how to help you transform your business.

About Bob Scott

Bob Scott has been informing and entertaining the mid-market financial software community via his email newsletters for 16 years. He has published this information via the “Bob Scott’s Insights” newsletter and website since 2009. He has covered this market for 24 years through print and electronic publications, first as technology editor of Accounting Today and then as the Editor of Accounting Technology from 1997 through 2009. He has covered the traditional tax and accounting profession during the same time and has continued to address that market as executive editor of the Progressive Accountant since 2009.

About Progressive Media Group, Inc.

Progressive Media Group (PMG) www.PMGB2B.com is a leading online media company that provides business-to-business (B2B) marketers and media planners unparalleled access to a highly qualified and engaged audience through their portfolio of lead generation programs, industry-specific Web sites, email newsletters, Web seminars, live events, podcasts, content/reviews, custom publishing and direct marketing databases focusing on the nonprofit, healthcare and accounting professionals.

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Implementing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software and projects are no easy tasks. With many moving parts and personnel involved in the mix, the process becomes all the more daunting. To help avoid common pitfalls and offer some considerations, Software Advice, a trusted resource and advisory firm for ERP software buyers, recently conducted an analysis of 22 failed implementation projects and looked into the most common reasons for failure in this e-book.

The e-book notes that ERP implementation failure can often be attributed when one or more of the following key goals are not met:

  • On-time implementation
  • On- or under-budget implementation costs
  • Minimal disruption to business operations
  • Improved organizational efficiency
  • Reduced operating costs
  • Increased sales or revenue

One main takeaway from these is that “ERP implementation rarely fails because of the software itself,” as only 18 percent of the failures included in the study were due to buggy software.

To avoid implementation failure, it’s best if the organization take the time to do due diligence and fully research the ERP system, have personnel, particularly consultants completely understand the client’s needs and have a trusted vendor give you a realistic view of the system’s capabilities.

Implementing an ERP solution takes time, so it’s worthwhile to test drive the software and plan ahead for your IT team to prepare for the implementation and additional customizations and decisions that may need to be made at a later date.

Forrest Burnson, Software Advice’s Market Research Associate puts it best: “Regardless of the platform you select, the principles of a proper implementation remain the same: Know what you need and know what you're buying; get buy-in from all of the relevant stakeholders in your organization; make sure to actively involve your IT team in the implementation and listen to their concerns; understand that the software alone will not fix your business's problems—often your business will have to adapt to the software, not the other way around.”

To learn more about how WebSan Solutions can help your ERP implementation process, download our free ERP Whitepaper or take our ERP Assessment.

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 Linz Tan, Web Marketing Assistant, WebSan Solutions Inc. a 2014 Ontario Business Achievement Award Winner for Service Excellence

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Part 2 is a continuation of the series of blog posts that will profile different customer’s unique approach to using Dynamics CRM and provide real-life examples of how the software is used to help improve business processes.

An engineering, construction, service and maintenance company that provides services for infrastructure companies approached WebSan to implement Dynamics CRM and maximize the Dashboards feature of the software.

Using the Workload Reporting of Dashboards allowed the company to do the following:

  • Break down by user the current status of Open Projects
  • Access the number of projects that have been created in a specific timeframe by Users and the status of those projects
  • Create a list view that depicts total number of created, cancelled and completed projects by user
  • Create a pie chart to show the number of open projects and order them by status

To add, an active activities Dashboard breaks down the many activities (tasks, emails, appointments, etc.) that are being tackled “this month” by all users.

Dashboards in Dynamics CRM act as a tool to provide a fast and easy way to view and communicate business data. It also acts as your homepage upon logging into your environment. Serving as a one stop shop to quickly get a peek at your data, Dashboards allow you to spot trends and monitor valuable metrics, while dynamically updating based on new data that is being derived.  

To learn more about how Dynamics CRM can help improve your business processes, visit our “Top 10 Questions Answered about Microsoft Dynamics CRM” page.     

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Linz Tan, Web Marketing Assistant, WebSan Solutions Inc. a 2014 Ontario Business Achievement Award Winner for Sevice Excellence

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Microsoft has announced general availability of its first update for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2015. The update promises to offer intelligent customer engagement that delivers enhancements. These changes will enable employees to efficiently collaborate across sales, service, and marketing departments, to allow them to better engage with customers. Below, we outline the features which make this update noteworthy:

1. A makeover for Dynamics CRM’s User Interface enables the user to do more with less including ease of navigation through less scrolling and fewer clicks. The new User Interface and navigation bar gives the ability to find information easier and faster.

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2. If you're working in a complex form with lots of fields, the new form navigation drop-down list makes it easy to get to just the data you need. Choose the drop-down list next to the form title, and then select the section of the form you want to go to.

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3. The new navigation User Interface contains the Recently Viewed Items icon, allowing you to quickly get back to the record you were working with.

New UI

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 Recently Viewed UI

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4.You can add a logo or change the color scheme to stay in sync with your organization’s theme


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5. Improvements were also made to the Outlook Integration

a. Track Exchange email activities automatically with folder tracking

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b. Track incoming email wherever you are with the new CRM app for Outlook

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6. New Operators added for Advanced Find - "older than" operators was added.

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 7. Calculated fields can now calculate the difference in days because the NOW() function was added. DateDiff will support differences in minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years.                                                                         

To learn more about Microsoft Dynamics CRM and its new features, download our free demo!

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Linz Tan, Web Marketing Assistant, WebSan Solutions Inc. a 2014 Ontario Business Achievement Award Winner for Sevice Excellence

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When investing in an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, cost is always one of the first considerations that comes to mind. According to a study conducted by Software Advice, which helps buyers connect with software vendors, a number of factors come into play which influence the final price of an ERP system.

Number of Users and Customization Requirements

The study points out that larger businesses would typically have more users who need access to the system, requiring more applications and functionality, calling for a higher-priced system.

Customizations can increase the price as some businesses have more specialized processes, and in turn, need specific customizations that will support these.

Deployment Model

Pricing structures vary depending on the deployment model—whether on-premise or hosted. The bottom line: “the choice boils down to a high, upfront cost and lower recurring costs with an on-premise system, or a lower upfront cost with higher recurring costs when choosing a cloud-based system. Over time, these costs tend to converge,” the study notes.

Similarly, WebSan’s Microsoft Dynamics GP offering supports both an on-premise and hosted option, providing a simple and robust solution for your business.

Depending on the size of your business and how much you’re willing to spend, there’s an ERP software solution that can meet your needs! 

Click here to learn more about Hosted Dynamics GP!

 

 Linz Tan, Web Marketing Assistant, WebSan Solutions Inc. a 2014 Ontario Business Achievement Award Winner for Service Excellence

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Contemplating the security of your company’s data or server backups may make you want to just keep your head in the clouds. When deciding between going hosted or on-premise for your ERP system, there is much to be considered. However, going hosted offers some crucial benefits that cannot be overlooked. Here are the top three reasons why switching to a hosted ERP system is worth the effort:

1. Security

Going hosted means that you no longer need to worry about the state and security of your data. Your hosting provider’s data center can ensure that data is consistently backed up. You can go about your day knowing that you’ll always have access to your data when you need it.

2. Technical Know-How

Securing your data in the cloud and having a hosting vendor means that you can leave all the technical terms to those who know them best. You no longer have to think of “customizations,” “compliance” or “rebooting” and instead, you can focus on the data at hand and performing your day-to-day tasks.

3. Adaptable

Hosted Dynamics GP caters to all businesses. Whether you’re working for a small company that’s just starting out, a mid-sized company looking to reach new heights, or a large company delivering services across multiple cities, hosted Dynamics GP scales and grows according to your business’ needs.

Click here to find out more about hosted Dynamics GP!

 

 Linz Tan, Web Marketing Assistant, WebSan Solutions Inc. a 2014 Ontario Business Achievement Award Winner for Service Excellence

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 Join us in part one of a free webinar series on customizing Dynamics CRM 2015! The webinar is tailored for those new to Dynamics CRM who are responsible for the customization and upkeep of their organization’s CRM environment.

The webinar will offer a behind the scenes look at the Customizations area and discuss the different components that make up an entity and how one can interact with each of them. The session will wrap up with a sneak peek of customizations in action.

This webinar will serve as a preview of part two, where attendees can submit questions specific to customizations that will be addressed by the webinar speaker.

Previously, our Dynamics CRM webinars have received extremely positive feedback and proved to have given valuable insights to help during CRM implementations.

Part one of the customization for Dynamics CRM 2015 webinar will be held on Thursday, July 30, 2015, from 11:00-11:30 AM EST.

Click here to register for Customizing Dynamics CRM 2015 webinar

 Linz Tan, Web Marketing Assistant, WebSan Solutions Inc. a 2014 Ontario Business Achievement Award Winner for Service Excellence

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With over 4.4 million users working at 40,000 companies, Microsoft Dynamics CRM has long been used in a variety of sales, marketing and operational functions. For some, Dynamics CRM serves as an out-of-the-box tool to simplify operations, while others use the software to track client feedback, manage schedules and projects, and collect purchase information.

This series of blog posts will profile different customers’ unique approach to using Dynamics CRM and provide real-life examples of how the software is used to help improve business processes.

The first is a company that specializes in managing a loyalty card program and partnering with different retailers to offer students discounts and deals utilizes Dynamics CRM’s Inventory Management. This feature allows the company to use the newly released Rollup fields to create a running total for each product offering that has been sold.

Using the Business Management feature gives the company the ability to populate, change, show or hide a field based on the value of another field. Business Rules enabled the company to dynamically update Quantity on Hand for a product when a replenishment value is entered, while creating a workflow prompts members of the sales team of a reduced Quantity on Hand when a product is sold.

Dynamics CRM continues to benefit the company by giving the sales team a full view of their inventory and manage products on hand.

To find out more about how Dynamics CRM can help your business, download our free interactive demo!

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Linz Tan, Web Marketing Assistant, WebSan Solutions Inc. a 2014 Ontario Business Achievement Award Winner for Sevice Excellence

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With vacation season nearing, the last thing you want to worry about is the state of your company’s ERP system. Switch your focus to enjoying your downtime instead of thinking about a time consuming month end or gaining a competitive edge. A robust, simple, stand-alone ERP solution like Microsoft Dynamics GP allows you to kick back and relax on your vacation time.

Whether you need to manage your staff’s vacation pay by making changes to Payroll, schedule an advanced Distribution, or want access to Electronic Banking, Dynamics GP is a multi-functional system that’s cost effective, and easily caters to your growing business needs. On top of all that, the Human Resources module in Dynamics GP presents the Vacation Calendar option, which gives the user a calendar view that lists employees that have taken time off for each day.

WebSan Solutions’ hosted Dynamics GP offering gives you access and ownership of your data, and eliminates upkeep with software maintenance, upgrades, and back-ups. Compared to an on-premise offering, hosted Dynamics GP also gives you the option of faster deployment. Moreover, it’s one of the most notable accounting and ERP software solutions on the market today!

To learn more about Dynamics GP and to gain access to additional ERP resources, visit our hosted Dynamics GP page! 

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 Linz Tan, Web Marketing Assistant, WebSan Solutions Inc. a 2014 Ontario Business Achievement Award Winner for Service Excellence

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WebSan Solutions’ Microsoft Dynamics GP and CRM interactive demos help evaluate the two software’s capabilities within minutes and gives an overview of each system’s look, features and functionality. The demos serve to give a preview of the software before deciding to purchase and insight into the additional functionality for those who have experience using the systems. With over 200 downloads, our demos have given businesses an inside look into what Dynamics GP and CRM can offer.

An updated version of our Dynamics GP and CRM demos are now available. The demos’ interactive functionality allow the user to click through and type in data, making for an engaging experience.

The Dynamics GP demo now features common business issues faced such as poor project management and limited project visibility and addresses how Dynamics GP’s modules and functionality can solve these issues.

The Dynamics CRM demo presents new features available in the newly released CRM 2015 version. The demo gives a sneak peek into Dynamics CRM’s top features including Global Search and Nested Quick Create Forms.

Get started and download our free interactive Dynamics GP and CRM demos to see the systems’ capabilities today! 

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 Linz Tan, Web Marketing Assistant, WebSan Solutions Inc. a 2014 Ontario Business Achievement Award Winner for Service Excellence

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