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
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
Happy Canada Day!
For those enjoying a little R&R today, imagine this was your every day! To get achieve that, you would need to start building some automation into your business processes. The first step you can take is by ensuring your reporting is easily & readily available.
Homepage Metrics offer out-of-the-box reporting that covers all GP modules. There exists an extensive list of potential reports one can use. These are automatically integrated to ones Homepage for easy & quick viewing.
Try adding some Metrics to your Homepage today by selecting the pencil icon / edit button on the Metrics heading.
Adam MacIntosh is a Senior Project Manager at WebSan Solutions Inc, a Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner offering implementation & support services for large & small firms in a variety of industries.
We are still accepting resumes for our Application Specialist position. Hurry & forward your resume before its too late!
We are accepting applications from recent university graduates as well as current GP users looking to broaden their knowledge. Work for a young & vibrant company in uptown Toronto!
WebSan has continued its growth by expanding its office facilities. We have recently taken over additional office space, doubling our office size. We are also expanding our workforce. If you have the proper blend of technical capabilities & a knack for business, applying to one of our openings at the link below:
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
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