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The release is almost here! Business is growing and so is technology so look no further! Microsoft Dynamics GP is committed to helping you do this by delivering a widespread vision and solution for your business. In part 1 of this blog I will be talking about 3 features that you can look forward to in the upcoming release.

Take command of your business

 

Have access to Dynamics GP virtually everywhere. There will be a new web client so you can use and contribute to Dynamics GP anywhere, anytime. The business analyzer dashboard helps you gain access to key performance indicators, reports and important information.

What’s new about business intelligence is it now offers both full service and self-service users have more of an “out-of-the-box” Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services and Microsoft Excel Reports.

 

Drive efficiency up while you drive costs down.

 

The new Dynamics GP will decrease operating expenses and improve cash flow more than ever. The sub-ledger reconciliation identifies discrepancies between your general ledger and sub-ledgers, eliminating time-intensive, manual inventory and bank reconciliation processes. Microsoft has improved on their purchasing module because it’s now able to enter quantity overages and automatically close purchase orders left open due to quantity shortages.

Position your business on a platform for growth.

 

This new version will have the security and flexibility to adapt and grow while saving you on IT costs.

You can now integrate your enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), and productivity solutions on one platform to connect your business.

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

WebSan Solutions Inc. announced that it has been selected as a finalist in the ERP Partner of the Year category for the 2012 Microsoft Partner Network IMPACT Awards. The tenth annual IMPACT Awards recognize excellence within the Microsoft technology partner community in Canada.

 “This year, we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the IMPACT Awards, which recognizes the outstanding achievements of Canadian Technology Partners, such as WebSan Solutions Inc.,” said Mark Dodds, Vice-President of Small Business, Midmarket Solutions & Partners, Microsoft Canada Inc.  “Microsoft depends on our Partners now more than ever before as we enter a new era of cloud-based computing. Our partnership is pivotal to growth and success and we look forward to celebrating the commitments of our Partners this year at the IMPACT Awards gala.”

WebSan was chosen as a finalist in the ERP Partner of the Year for its Dynamics GP implementation of an Electronic Bank Reconciliation solution for Cash 4 You, a Canadian Retail Financial Services provider.

“We are pleased to receive this recognition for our efforts. We always focus on delivering tremendous value to our Clients through the implementation of the Microsoft suite of products, including Cloud and On-Premise Dynamics GP, CRM and Office”, states Andrew King, Managing Director.

WebSan, along with other technology partner winners and finalists in each of the award categories, will be honored at an awards ceremony at the new Four Seasons Hotel located in Yorkville, Toronto on November 13, 2012.

 About the Microsoft Partner Network IMPACT Awards  

In 2003, Microsoft Canada Inc. launched the IMPACT Awards, a program to recognize the numerous achievements within its technology Partner community.   This year, Microsoft celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the program with 25 award categories designed to recognize innovation across Microsoft Partner Network Competencies, Emerging Technologies, and Marketing, Relationships & Partnering Excellence.

The IMPACT Awards are open to Active Canadian members of the Microsoft Partner Network.

For a list of all 2012 finalists, and more information on the Microsoft Partner Network IMPACT Awards, please visit http://www.microsoft.ca/IMPACT.

Monday, 01 October 2012 09:00

Modern day time and expense management

Employees can work from home, the office or on the beach. Because of the IT cloud movement you no longer have to be confined to your desk. That doesn’t mean that less work gets done, it just means you have more of a flexible environment to work from. This can make you more efficient and manage your time better because you now have options. Generation Y is all about “multi-tasking” and being technology driven.  So it’s only logical to have employees enter their time and expense via internet/remotely.

According to Forrester Research , as of 2011, about 34 million people work from their residence occasionally. Forrester Research also predicts that the number of people who work remotely will nearly double -- to approximately 63 million people -- by the year 2016.With that said, the modern day time and expense management needs to keep up with this growing movement.

A benefit from an employee’s perspective is being worry-free about forgetting to enter an expense or time worked. If you come home and realized you forgot to enter your time, you can now go on the internet and enter it right away. Being able to enter your time or expenses as they occur increases accuracy.

A benefit from an employer’s view is that work can get done regardless of where their employee is. It’s now easier to capture your employees’ time and expenses. No more paper!

We recently attended the CDN Channel Elite Awards Gala, and even though we didn’t win, were a top finalist. CDN Canada’s number one IT channel publication recognizes Canadian solution providers in ten categories. WebSan Solutions Inc. was nominated for “Best Small Business Solution”. This award honours partners that have created the most innovative and problem solving hardware, networking, cloud or software-based solution for an organization or department with up to 100 seats or less using the solution. “The Channel Elite Award program demonstrates that Canada has a growing number of talented, innovative Solutions Providers that are capable of delivering solutions that help businesses of all sizes.” said Paolo Del Nibletto, editor of CDN.

We are very honoured to be nominated. Being recognized for our talents in this industry drives us to work harder and to continue to keep our customers satisfied.

CDN recognizes IT Solution Providers for their innovation, leadership and commitment to creating value for their customers.

WebSan Solutions Inc. has been named a finalist in the Best Small Business Solution category for this year’s CDN Channel Elite Awards. http://www.itbusiness.ca/cea/home.html

This award honors the partner that has created the most innovative and problem solving hardware, networking, cloud or software-based solution for an organization or department with up to 100 seats or less using the solution.

CDN’s Channel Elite Awards recognizes IT Solution Providers for their innovation, leadership and commitment to creating value for their customers.

As a finalist, we will be judged by a panel of CIO or IT director level executives. Category winners will be chosen based on the following criteria:

Innovation - originality in the application of the IT solution to the business problem

Improved Sales or Revenue - evidence that the solution benefited the customer with improvement in sales, revenue or cost reduction measured in dollars or percent

Improved efficiency - evidence that the solution benefited the customer with increased efficiency

Customer service - evidence that the solution benefited the client with improved internal and/or external customer service

X-Factor - in what way(s) did the solution provider and/or the solution go above and beyond industry norms

“We are pleased and honored to be a finalist in the CDN Channel Elite Awards. We specialize in helping small to medium businesses streamline their business operations and it’s always nice to be recognized for our efforts.” stated Andrew King, Managing Director.

About WebSan Solutions Inc.

We are a Cloud Microsoft Dynamics Certified Partner and IT consulting and solutions provider. With over a decade of experience in Enterprise Software solutions, business and financial accounting software, EDI Integration, implementation and design, we will show you how we can help transform your business.

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Monday, 23 July 2012 09:15

SmartList Builder Webinar

On July 19th WebSan held a SmartList Builder Webinar. We discussed how to link tables and calculate fields, create defaults for more user-friendly environment and create summary SmartLists. To be kept up to date with our latest webinars, send us a message or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can view the recorded webinar and other Microsoft Dynamics GP training videos at our YouTube Channel.

If you are thinking of starting a new business, or getting a new software system, what company do you choose? How do you know that the company that you decide to go with fulfills your needs? It’s time that you do your own research and be in charge of your business financial system. Here are some questions that you should ask before you make a decision:

1.       Will the accounting software grow with your business?

You want to make sure that you don’t outgrow your system. It’s better to get a system that has the capacity to grow with your business.

2.       Can access be restricted for some users?

Having the power to monitor who uses particular functions is very important to a company. Having control is very important for senior level employees to keep certain information confidential and private.

3.       Do you want to go towards cloud hosting or stay on premise?

Even though moving to the cloud would be less money and more current with what today’s businesses are doing, some people don’t feel comfortable choosing the cloud. But at least there are options to choose from.

4.       Can I afford this software?

Sometimes it takes money to make money. But if this decision will put you deep in debt then it’s not worth it. Be sure of the software you choose and thoroughly access the situation for the right budget.

5.       Ask for referrals from other business, clients and/or family.

If you don’t know where to start, ask around about the different accounting software people you know are using. Also, start to search on Google. If you have read this blog on our website then I just have given you an accounting software to look into, Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains.

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

Wednesday, 04 July 2012 09:15

My interview with Jon Rivers

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

Monday, 18 June 2012 09:15

What is an ERP Consultant?

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

Monday, 11 June 2012 09:15

SQL Reporting Webinar

On May 29th WebSan held a SQL Reporting Services Webinar. We discussed the ability to export reports to any other formats like Word, Excel, PDF etc. and we toured of the most popular SQL Reports. To be kept up to date latest webinars, send us a message or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can view the recorded webinar and other Microsoft Dynamics GP training videos at our YouTube Channel.

Join us for our upcoming June webinars!

-          Move from QuickBooks to Microsoft Dynamics GP on June 21 @ 2:00 p.m. EST

-          10 Tricks in 30 minutes – The Top 10 Features of Dynamics  GP You’re Not Using and Should Be! On June 19 @ 11:00 a.m. EST

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