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According to World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Rank, Canada ranked the 2nd country in the world for starting a business (New Zealand took the 1st place if you're curious). Vancouver and Toronto always make the lists of the best cities for startups. So, what makes Canada so attractive for entrepreneurs?

Access to Governmental Funding

Canadian government encourages people to start a new business through providing a variety of grants, loans, and tax credits. You can find a financial support program “for every taste” -  it can be regional, industry-specific or just general business support. For example, you can get up to 50% of a tax credit for your R&D investments with the help of SR&ED. This has attracted a number of tech geniuses to launch their startups in Canada.

Great Talent

Canada is famous for its variety of quality education programs, which attract "the best of the best". The University of Toronto was ranked 32nd in the list of over 700 the best universities in the world. So, there’s definitely no shortage of young talent that can help you grow your business.

Lower Bottom Line

The costs of operating a business in Canada are 2nd lowest among ten countries in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific and 15% lower than in the USA, according to a KPMG study. Also, you're getting an opportunity to work with one of the world's most stable banking systems, one of the world's freest economies and the most cost competitive mature market countries in the world.

Make sure, that your accounting system is fully prepared for your new business in Canada - try Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Financials for free.

Alina Hura, Digital Content Creator, WebSan Solutions Inc., a 2017 Canadian Business Award Winner

Inefficient organizational software can negatively impact how your manufacturing business is run. Whether it be due to complications with understanding manufacturing variances or failure to effectively track time and materials for a job, having an efficient and easy to use operating system will help to relieve some of the most troubling aspects of manufacturing that affects the productivity of your business. Here are three ways in which ERP software can help improve your manufacturing operations:

Automating business operations

If you’re preparing your business for further growth in the future, you may be considering how to help your operations grow with it. With an ERP system, manufacturing companies are able to automate all business operations, allowing you the flexibility to configure the system to suit your company’s changing needs. ERP systems are not one-size-fits-all, but instead they are configured, so allow for personal customization.

Maintaining your customer base

With increasing competition swaying customers with lower prices or claiming to have the best available products, it’s become even more imperative to find new ways to stand out and deliver exceptional service for your customers. Gain real time information on your company’s operations to help prevent disruptions and delays, as well as break up informational logjams to help both your staff and users make decisions more quickly and effectively.

Reducing Operational Costs

Inventory costs alone affect 20% - 35% of a manufacturing company’s operational budget. Factoring in pricing errors, congested warehouse floors and production shortages, it becomes important to consider how you plan on managing your inventory to reduce additional expenses caused by poor inventory management. ERP systems are comprehensive, which mean that they eliminate the need for separate programs across all departments and help save money on hardware, software and labour. The added benefit of implementing an ERP system however, is that you’ll also be able to proactively manage operations, and reduce the possibility of human error in inventory management.

ERP systems are dynamic and can fit in with almost any industry. Click here to find out if an ERP system can help you grow your business today.

Heimdall Sham, Digital Content Creator, WebSan Solutions Inc., a 2014 Ontario Business Achievement Award Winner for Service Excellence

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According to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, there are 1.1 million small companies (1-99 employees) in the country. However, 60% of small businesses fail within the first five years, so there's a big concern for entrepreneurs on how to stay competitive. Here are three ways you can stay ahead of your competitors if you run a small business.

1. Be passionate

Usually, small business owners started their business because of passion. Passion drives motivation, which makes small business owners the busiest people in the world. They don't finish their work when it's 5 o clock and rarely think about vacation. This drive and passion are factors that make them successful.

Convert your passion into hard work, and you’ll be one step ahead of the pack.

2. Use CRM

You may think that Excel is the perfect place to store your clients' data. It may be true if you have only 20 of them. Once you reach 50 customers, it will be challenging to track them. You'll need a tool, which will help you generate reports and identify insights.

Try Dynamics 365 for Sales for free to see if it fits your business’ needs. We bet you won't go back to Excel after it!

3. Partner with other small businesses

If you’ve ever wanted to make your business more reputable and competitive, there’s one more thing that can help you with it: collaboration. Working collaboratively with small businesses allows for you to share your experience and knowledge as well as create new products or services that will bring additional value to your customers.

Find a local small business that shares the same values as you do, and come up with a creative project, that you can implement together. Your customers will love it.

Alina Hura, Digital Content Creator, WebSan Solutions Inc., a 2014 Ontario Business Achievement Award Winner for Service Excellence

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 13:41

Employees Quit Management, Not Companies

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Out of the many reasons employees choose to leave a company, majority are likely to point back to a problem with how a company decides to manage their employees. According to Forbes, three common reasons that have motivated employees to quit is if the employee feels intellectually stifled, they lack autonomy, and/or they feel as if though their work is unrecognized and unappreciated. If you’re worried about losing your best and brightest, see how ERP software implementation can help you address some of these concerns.

Dealing with unchallenged employees

Repetitive tasks such as entering order entries or entering General Ledger Reconciliation and Collections can be labour intensive, creating unmotivated and unhappy employees. With built in automation functions however, these tasks can be completed in minutes, allowing your employee to use their time more productively and apply their efforts to more worthwhile tasks.

Lack of autonomy

To micromanage or to establish various security protocols that hinders your employee’s ability to do their jobs can easily make an employee feel as if they aren’t trusted to make basic decisions in their work. ERP software such as Dynamics GP resolves this issue through employee portals, which allows employees rights to access necessary information and to communicate with other members of the team for help or assistance.

Failure to Recognize Good Work

Commending an employee for a job well done can go a long way. Instead of neglecting the work that employees have put in, managers should acknowledge when an employee has gone above and beyond to complete their assigned tasks. Now with ERP software, managers and supervisors can track the progress of every phase of a project and establish benchmarks. By tracking a project step by step, managers can review when specific tasks have been completed and by which employee, allowing them to appropriately praise or reprimand an employee for the quality of their work.

WebSan is a multi-award winning Microsoft Partner with over 15 years of experience. If you’re unsure as to whether you’re ready to have us as your Microsoft Dynamics cloud hosting partner, why not click here and see what our clients have to say about us?

Heimdall Sham, Digital Content Creator, WebSan Solutions Inc., a 2014 Ontario Business Achievement Award Winner for Service Excellence

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In December 2016, the world got to know that Microsoft acquired LinkedIn. Now we can see the first results of this deal – Microsoft has announced that Dynamics 365 for Sales is integrated with the LinkedIn Sales Navigator.

The new LinkedIn solution is a widget, which integrates into your dashboard and consists of 2 parts – a member profile and a company profile.

A LinkedIn member profile allows you to get general information and some insights about your prospect. It also helps you to find the best ways to get introduced to your prospect as well as proposes a list of related leads based on your target audience.

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 A LinkedIn company profile provides information on recommended leads, connections and latest news. 

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Seems like a nice feature, huh? But what does it mean for salespeople?

More quality information about prospects

With the help of the LinkedIn Sales Navigator, you can see all recent activities of your prospects – what they posted, liked or discussed. This feature makes a research on your target much easier and faster. It gives you all necessary information to start a conversation with the prospect, which, as we all know, may lead to the desired close.

Save time spent on researching prospects

You can get all of the LinkedIn benefits without leaving your Dynamics 365 for Sales environment. No more switching from D365 to a browser – you can get access to the information right from your dashboard.

Easier access to prospects

A feature called TeamLink allows you to discover the best ways to get introduced to your prospect. For example, it can show you who among your existing LinkedIn network has connections with your target. This can be a good start for building successful business relationships.

The new LinkedIn Sales Navigator will be available in July. Contact us to make sure that you have the latest Dynamics 365 for Sales version to get all the benefits from this Microsoft-LinkedIn partnership. 

Alina Hura, Digital Content Creator, WebSan Solutions Inc., a 2014 Ontario Business Achievement Award Winner for Service Excellence

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Deciding whether to invest in an ERP software can be difficult. The price of the software can be discouraging, let alone navigating the learning curve required to properly integrate the software with your company’s day-to-day activities. With more and more businesses turning to ERP to manage their operations however, can you afford to miss out? Ask yourself the following questions and see if now is the time to switch over to an ERP system:

1. Are you using multiple systems to accommodate the needs of each individual department?

Communication and transparency are essential for a company’s operations to run smoothly. When various systems are running separately and the data received from each department isn’t synchronized, then issues involving processing errors and information logjams are all the more likely to occur.

2. Do you or your staff spend more than 3 hours to complete repetitive tasks?

As a business grows, so too does the amount of data and information that will need to be dealt with. This can mean hours upon hours spent on managing invoices, inputting sales orders, updating inventory, etc. and using time that could have been spent on more lucrative or productive activities.

3. Are you spending too much on individual turnkey software?

Purchasing various software types and having to update each of them individually can slowly build and increase the operating costs of your company. Meanwhile, ERP software can combine all of your financial and operational needs in a single software, and provide you with the flexibility needed to expand your operations and even alter your business model without having to purchase new systems.

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Heimdall Sham, Digital Content Creator, WebSan Solutions Inc., a 2014 Ontario Business Achievement Award Winner for Service Excellence

Microsoft Canada has announced today 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 2017 Microsoft IMPACT Awards.

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

This year’s group of finalists are recognized for using modern marketing practices to effectively and efficiently acquire, convert and retain customers where this year’s theme focuses on the impact and value of digital transformation.

Microsoft IMPACT Award winners and finalists will be recognized at the IMPACT Awards Finalist Dinner of the Microsoft Inspire event on July 9, 2017 in Washington, D.C. A listing of all winners and finalists will be posted 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,” says Andrew King, Managing Director at WebSan Solutions Inc. “Being on this list is a testament to the hard work we bring not only to our strategic and unique marketing efforts but also towards understanding how digital content impacts lead generation and product perception.”

Microsoft Impact Award Finalist