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For a business to be successful, it has to be able to analyze data immediately in real time, and handle the market changes while ensuring that different departments are in communication with each other.

Microsoft has developed a convenient and affordable platform that connects your business processes through Dynamic 365 and office productivity tools.

What is Dynamics 365?

Dynamics 365 is a product line of enterprise resources planning and customer relationship management applications.

Dynamic 365 is a Microsoft-based technology solution that is bringing together all aspects of your business to improve existing workflow, recognize and pursue potential and viable business opportunities and manage the current market to stay ahead of the competition.

Unprecedented levels of efficiency and communication sharing among employees

Dynamic 365 allows you to link Office 365 with other Microsoft apps like Exchange, Office Lens, One Drive, Microsoft Team, One Note, Power BI and SharePoint effectively.

For example, if you want to share a proposal you’re working on, all you do is create your proposal on Microsoft Word this way you can give the appropriate people access to edit it and collaborate on it together. Microsoft Word also allows you to share it on SharePoint or with other team member’s computer with OneDrive.

You can also take pictures with Office Lens (it allows you to take photos of business cards, whiteboard and other visual settings that might be difficult with regular applications).

It also allows you to create a communication channel for team members working together on a project through Microsoft Teams allowing team members share documents, notes, and ideas without missing the critical steps in a project.

Business productivity and communication tool

In any business, success depends on the communication flow between the finance and sales team. Unlike other application and software that are hard to program or synchronize, Dynamic 365 has a multitude of applications that allow team members to communicate effectively, increasing the flow channel and making documentation easy.

Due to the flawless flow of information using Dynamic 365, the different departments in a business are able to perform their function properly, without limiting another department.

Improved customer service

With Dynamic 365, you can streamline your customer service system through Microsoft’s AI service and support system to improve interaction with a customer, delivering fast and useful feedback, social listening and ability to empower your staff with the necessary tools to become effective problem solvers.

Other Microsoft Dynamics 365 features

As your business changes and customers needs evolve; Dynamic 365 allows companies and employees to deliver excellent customer service on the go with improved mobile experiences using ERP core functions that are capable of syncing on various mobile devices.

Microsoft’s interactive data visualization add on, Power BI allows you to improve your business by providing planning and analytical tools that are tailored for your business to transform and analyze your data.

Conclusion

This technology was available in the past, but it was expensive to get the systems to talk to each other. But with Dynamic 365 + Office productivity, you are able to unify your business from data to people to processes.

Watch our video below to see how you can integrate sales with Dynamics 365 Business Central & Office 365.

Wednesday, 22 May 2019 15:41

Microsoft 365 Update for April 2019

Microsoft 365 update for April 2019

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

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

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.

Message Encryption

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

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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

 

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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

 

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Sources:

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.

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View the video: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/resources/videos/microsoft-azure-sentinel-overview/

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WebSan Solutions Inc. is proud to announce that our team has won the 2018 Microsoft Canada Modern Marketing Innovation award.  These annual awards recognize Microsoft partners who demonstrate excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology. Microsoft prides on having the largest partner ecosystem in the industry, with over 14,000 partners across Canada. Each of these partners play an integral role in unlocking new opportunities for Canadian companies and Microsoft is committed to helping their partner ecosystem build profitable businesses and successfully take their solutions to market.

Microsoft Canada presented these awards in 16 categories on July 16, 2018 at the Microsoft Inspire conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Winners were selected based on the outstanding work the companies provided to their customers and community.

“This year’s IMPACT award winners represent the best and most forward-thinking innovators coming out of our partner community in Canada,” said Suzanne Gagliese, Vice President, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft Canada. “Microsoft’s partner ecosystem plays a fundamental role in driving Canada’s innovation agenda forward, and ultimately strengthening our position as a globally competitive and prosperous country. We congratulate all of the winners on this amazing achievement and their continued dedication to bringing cutting-edge solutions to complex business challenges and providing digital transformation opportunities for our shared customers.”

“To be among great company and win the Modern Marketing Innovation award is such a great honour. For me, it validates the hard work and tireless efforts of our marketing team to achieve outstanding results.

Our accomplishment illustrates our ability to stay ahead of the curve and serves as a testament to all our marketing efforts.” stated Andrew King, Managing Director at WebSan Solutions Inc.

For additional information:

About WebSan Solutions Inc.:

Located in the Greater Toronto Area, WebSan Solutions Inc. is a Microsoft Dynamics Gold Certified Partner and IT consulting and solutions provider. As the Largest Hosting Provider for Microsoft Dynamics in Canada and with over a decade of experience in Enterprise Software solutions, online business and financial accounting software, the experts at WebSan know how to help you transform your business.

About Microsoft Inspire:

Microsoft Inspire is an annual, global convergence of Microsoft’s top partners. It’s where we come together to network, drive business growth and identify new profitability opportunities. This year at Inspire, we will continue to focus on key trends that represent the most profitable models for partners.

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WebSan Solutions Inc. is proud to announce that our team has won the 2018 Microsoft Canada Modern Marketing Innovation award.  These annual awards recognize Microsoft partners who demonstrate excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology. Microsoft prides on having the largest partner ecosystem in the industry, with over 14,000 partners across Canada. Each of these partners play an integral role in unlocking new opportunities for Canadian companies and Microsoft is committed to helping their partner ecosystem build profitable businesses and successfully take their solutions to market.

Microsoft Canada presented these awards in 16 categories on July 16, 2018 at the Microsoft Inspire conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Winners were selected based on the outstanding work the companies provided to their customers and community.

“This year’s IMPACT award winners represent the best and most forward-thinking innovators coming out of our partner community in Canada,” said Suzanne Gagliese, Vice President, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft Canada. “Microsoft’s partner ecosystem plays a fundamental role in driving Canada’s innovation agenda forward, and ultimately strengthening our position as a globally competitive and prosperous country. We congratulate all of the winners on this amazing achievement and their continued dedication to bringing cutting-edge solutions to complex business challenges and providing digital transformation opportunities for our shared customers.”

“To be among great company and win the Modern Marketing Innovation award is such a great honour. For me, it validates the hard work and tireless efforts of our marketing team to achieve outstanding results.

Our accomplishment illustrates our ability to stay ahead of the curve and serves as a testament to all our marketing efforts.” stated Andrew King, Managing Director at WebSan Solutions Inc.

For additional information:

About WebSan Solutions Inc.:

Located in the Greater Toronto Area, WebSan Solutions Inc. is a Microsoft Dynamics Gold Certified Partner and IT consulting and solutions provider. As the Largest Hosting Provider for Microsoft Dynamics in Canada and with over a decade of experience in Enterprise Software solutions, online business and financial accounting software, the experts at WebSan know how to help you transform your business.

About Microsoft Inspire:

Microsoft Inspire is an annual, global convergence of Microsoft’s top partners. It’s where we come together to network, drive business growth and identify new profitability opportunities. This year at Inspire, we will continue to focus on key trends that represent the most profitable models for partners.

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Microsoft Canada has announced that it has named WebSan Solutions Inc., a cloud Microsoft Dynamics Certified Partner and IT consulting and solutions provider, a finalist for the Modern Marketing Innovation Award of the 2018 Microsoft IMPACT Awards for the second consecutive year.

Each year, Microsoft Canada hosts the IMPACT Awards to celebrate innovation in technology recognizing the outstanding work our partners do to deliver virtually seamless solutions to customers. The IMPACT Awards showcase the excellence and innovation within our Canadian Partner community.

The Modern Marketing Partner of the Year Award recognizes a partner who is using modern/digital marketing practices to acquire, convert and retain customers. The Modern Marketing Innovation Award recognizes an exceptional partner who excels at developing and delivering the use of campaigns using SEO, SEM, Search, Content Marketing or Social and demonstrates their Impact to drive leads and opportunities.

Microsoft IMPACT Award winners and finalists will be recognized at the IMPACT Awards Finalist Dinner of the Microsoft Inspire event on July 15, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A listing of all winners and finalists are on www.microsoft.com/en-ca/sites/impact-awards.

“We are thrilled to be recognized as one of the finalists of the Microsoft Modern Marketing Innovation Award for the second year in a row,” says Andrew King, Managing Director at WebSan Solutions Inc. “WebSan Solutions’ digital marketing solutions have always achieved the goal of making Microsoft Dynamics products easily accessible and readily available to both customers and prospects through our unique marketing efforts.”

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Microsoft Dynamics NAV is a complete enterprise resource planning (ERP) software solution for mid-sized organizations that is fast to implement, easy to configure and simple to use.

With each new Dynamics NAV release, Microsoft introduces the latest and greatest feature sets, offering us more ways to customize and administer our environment “out of the box.” Sign up today to reserve your seat.

The webinar will focus on the following topics:

  • Employees Tasks
  • Power BI Reporting
  • New Posting Setup
  • Bulk posting of orders, invoices and credit memos

Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018

Time: 11:00 am – 11:30 am EST

View the webinar here!

 

As an added bonus, here are some more features that are available in Dynamics NAV 2018:

Preconfigured Excel Reports

The Business and Accountant Role Centers have a new option in the ribbon for Excel Templates. From the Excel Templates list, users can choose a pre-configured report that is ready to print from Excel.

Setup and Extensions

From the list of actions, you can open setup pages, either assisted or manual, and you can open setup pages for service connections and extensions. Third party extension providers can add actions to the list.

Posting directly to general ledger accounts from documents

If you need to add an additional fee or service of some kind to a sales or purchase document, but the item isn’t in your item catalog, you can now add it on the fly in the document and post the revenue to the correct general ledger accounting from the document lines.

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Natalie Williams, Marketing Manager, WebSan Solutions Inc.,a 2017 Microsoft Modern Marketing Innovation Award Winner

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 16:40

Bob Scott’s VAR Stars 2017 Announced

WebSan Solutions Inc. has been selected as a member of the Bob Scott’s VAR Stars for 2017 for the fourth consecutive year. The group of 100 organizations are honored for their accomplishments in the field of midmarket financial software.

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

“To be amongst such great company and to be a member of VAR Stars for the fourth year is an honour. For me, it validates the hard work and effort our business puts into achieving great results.” Said Andrew King, Managing Director of WebSan Solutions Inc.

“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.

About WebSan Solutions Inc.

WebSan Solutions Inc. is a multi-award winning company recognized for its top-notch customer service and software solutions. With both offices in both Toronto, Canada, and Indiana, USA, we are a premier Microsoft Dynamics Certified Partner and IT consulting and solutions provider. As the Largest Hosting Provider for Microsoft Dynamics in Canada and with over a decade of experience in Enterprise Software solutions, online business and financial accounting software, the experts at WebSan 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 17 years. He has published this information via the “Bob Scott’s Insights” newsletter and website since 2009. He has covered this market for more than 25 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 PMG360, Inc.

Bob Scott’s Insights and the Progressive Accountant are published by PMG360. PMG370 (www.pmg360.com) is a leading online media company. We provide 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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