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With so many software solutions out in the market, we know it’s not always easy to decide on which Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software is right for you. To offer a suggestion and help answer questions on which Microsoft Dynamics product would be best suited for you, we’ve come up with a handy chart (included below) that outlines the features and modules included in each software solution.

While we outline the modules and features that each software is best known for, this chart merely serves as a guide. Contact us today for any additional questions or for more tips on which Microsoft Dynamics product can best suit your business’ needs. 

Which Microsoft Product is Right for Me

 

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

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Nowadays, technologies change so quickly that it becomes challenging for executives to keep a pulse on the different things going on in the tech industry and sometimes even manage so many options out in the market. From on-premise to cloud, from desktop to mobile – it may be hard to believe, but those significant shifts happened with ERP software just in the past couple of years. Here are 3 trends that we’re forecasting will change the ERP software industry in the next 5 years.

Consumerization

As 75% of the global workforce will consist of millennials by 2025, ERP vendors should be prepared. ERP solutions will likely become easier and more intuitive to use as well as reflect the experience of the most popular social media platforms. Millennials like to get access to technology immediately, so it’s likely that ERP systems will become accessible from any smartphone.

Step into the future with Microsoft Dynamics NAV, which is already available on smartphones and tablets. Download our free Microsoft Dynamics NAV trial right now!

Business Intelligence and Data

Data is just a bunch of numbers if you can’t get any insights from it. That’s why future ERP systems will continue to improve business intelligence modules to make them process more detailed and deeper reports, which can turn data into a competitive advantage.

Fragmentation

We can already catch the change in ERP implementation – companies more often give a preference to multiple point ERP solutions (e.g. warehouse management system) over full ERP systems. The reasons behind this preference are lower costs, lower risks and shorter period of implementation. So, in the nearest future we will see more fragmented ERP systems that will simplify business processes for companies.

Get to know whether you’re on track with all ERP trends by downloading our free ERP assessment.


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

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With ERP software, redundant and repetitive tasks can be greatly reduced thereby improving overall organizational management and employee productivity. With Microsoft Dynamics GP, here are 3 ways that ERP software can help your company maximize its potential and improve overall efficiency: 

Payroll Management

With certain employees undertaking various roles within your company, it can be difficult to track their time and expenses. Employee Accounts and Splits organizes employee cost and expense distribution, allowing companies to manually control how an employee’s time and expenses will be divided based on department, position, pay code, or general ledger account.

Manage Employee Absences

Whether it be due to vacation time, sick leave, or administrative leave, employee absence can disrupt work flow and result in extra work for payroll to manage absences. Moniroo, a time and expense system integrated with Microsoft Dynamics GP, helps to streamline this process by calculating accruals and managing employee absences through pre-configured leave plan details. Additionally, Moniroo allows companies to track employee expenses and generate automated expense reports and reimbursements.

Provide Workflow Solutions for Employees

To make the life of employees easier, workflow solutions can be implemented. These aid employees in managing their work loads and assigned tasks. Workflows can be customized and tailored for specific departments within your company, allowing employees to transfer reports and customer requests through the appropriate channels for review and/or approval.

Still wondering if Microsoft Dynamics GP is a good fit for your company? Click here for more information on how you can benefit from an ERP system, as well as receive a free ERP assessment along with webinars, training catalogues and additional resources.

 

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

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ERP implementation is a quite an expensive and difficult process not only for small companies but for some multinational giants as well. However, with full preparation and thorough research to manage expectations, a successful ERP implementation can be achieved. Below, we outline the 3 biggest failure cases of ERP implementation and offer tips on what you can do to avoid the same mistakes.

Nike and a $400 Million “Glitch”

In 2000, Nike decided to upgrade their ERP system and invested $400 million dollars into the software called i2, where their initial goal was to manage supply chain and forecast the demand for products. This decision became a disaster for shoe giant with $100 million in sales loss and 20% stock price decrease because of a software glitch, which in turn, made stores unable to fill orders for the Air Jordans.

To avoid the same mistake, be sure to set realistic goals for your ERP implementation process early on and ensure that you take enough time to test the system for any kinks that need to be ironed out before moving forward with implementation.  

Hershey and a Halloween Disaster

July of 1999 is a month which everybody in Hershey would rather want to forget because of the new ERP system launch that proved to be unsuccessful. A total of $112 million in investments were supposed to create an integrated ERP environment. However, this decision led to delivery problems of $100 million worth candies for Halloween 1999.

To make sure that your ERP implementation will go smoothly, set enough time to train the employees on a new software and don’t skip any steps in the testing process recommended by your ERP system provider.

Hewlett Packard and Lost Orders

In 2004, ERP implementation in HP was supposed to result in saved costs, shorter delivery time and development of a world-wide distribution network but brought $160 million of losses instead. A failure in migration resulted in 20% of orders to be trapped in the old ERP system

If you don’t want to be in HP’s shoes, plan the internal implementation process very carefully, otherwise it may lead to a lot of small mistakes and ultimately, a big failure in the end.

For more tips and techniques on how to save your company from an ERP implementation disaster, download our free ERP whitepaper.

 

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

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Last October 2016, Microsoft released an update for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 that boasts notable features particularly within the finance module, items, jobs, workflow templates and integration with Office 365. To dive deeper into the features and functionalities of this new update, WebSan Solutions is offering “What’s New in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017” webinar on Thursday, April 20th, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST.

The free 30-minute webinar will not only discuss the new features of Dynamics NAV 2017, it will also offer some tips and techniques for best practice. Some of the new features that will be discussed include:

  • New financial reports and workflow templates
  • Updates to inventory items, the finance module and Jobs feature
  • Interconnectivity with Office 365 and Power BI
  • Smarter sales and purchase documents
  • And more

Register today to reserve your spot!

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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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QuickBooks Online is one of the most well-known accounting software out in the market. On the other hand, since its release back in Fall 2016, Dynamics 365 for Financials has showcased strong capabilities in accounting and financial management targeted for small to medium sized businesses. To see a side by side comparison of both systems, WebSan Solutions has recently conducted a webinar that highlighted the notable features of both Dynamics 365 for Financials and QuickBooks Online.

The half-hour webinar generated a lot of interest not only from the Microsoft Dynamics community but also from those seeking to learn more about the features and functionalities of both systems. The webinar focused on the comparing five aspects of the two systems particularly reporting, business intelligence, integration to other systems, multi-currency and the mobile app.

The webinar sought not to parlay which system is better but more so to showcase a fair head to head comparison of both systems. While QuickBooks Online is notable for its strong integrations to other systems, there’s no doubt that Dynamics 365 for Financials will continue to improve as the system continues to grow in the coming months.

To learn more about how Dynamics 365 for Financials compares to QuickBooks Online, watch the recording below.

 

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

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Since Dynamics 365 for Financials’ release back in Fall 2016, one of the most asked about topics is how the software compares to QuickBooks. Dynamics 365 for Financials has been promoted by Microsoft as its offering for small to medium-sized businesses looking for software that can not only handle business financials but also has the ability to grow with their company as their business needs change over time. To address one of the most popular questions asked within the Dynamics 365 community, WebSan Solutions is offering the “5 Head to Head Comparisons of Dynamics 365 for Financials and QuickBooks Online” webinar.

The free 30-minute webinar will be held on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM EST. The main objective of the webinar is to showcase a head-to-head comparison of Dynamics 365 for Financials and QuickBooks Online, specifically each software’s features and functionalities of reporting, business intelligence, integration to other systems, multi-currency and the mobile app.

While attendees can expect to gain more insight into the features of Dynamics 365 for Financials and QuickBooks Online, it’s worth noting that this webinar serves as an overview of the two systems. Register today to reserve you spot!

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