Every year, Microsoft Canada recognizes Microsoft partners who demonstrate excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology. Each of these partners plays 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.
"We are inspired and powered by our partners, with over 95% of Microsoft's commercial revenue coming through our partners. These annual awards are our opportunity to recognize all Microsoft partners that are making that possible by bringing cutting-edge solutions to complex business challenges and are helping customers overcome disruption and lead transformation in their industries across Canada," said Suzanne Gagliese, VP One Commerical Partner at Microsoft Canada.
This award recognizes a Regional Services Partner who is a Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Direct Reseller or CSP Indirect Reseller focused on Small, Medium, and Corporate customer segments in a specific region of Canada (i.e., East, Central, West) driving impactful CSP growth.
"We are honoured to be recognized by Microsoft. We are proud to deliver a positive and unforgettable service experience to our clients. We understand the value of exceptional service is intended to set and consistently raise the standard of what is attainable. We couldn't have won this award without the help of our amazing team." Stated Andrew King, Managing Director at WebSan Solutions Inc.
Microsoft Canada presented these awards in 27 categories on July 15, 2021 as part of Microsoft's second virtual Inspire conference. Winners were selected based on the outstanding work the companies provided to their customers and community.
Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are complete, integrated systems that manage all aspects of a production-based or distribution business, aligning financial management, human resources, supply chain management, and manufacturing. An ERP suite is a substantial investment for any business, and best practices demand that the ERP software selection process be rigorous and thorough. However, there are so many factors in play when choosing an ERP system that it can be daunting to choose the right one.
If you feel a bit confused about the variety of ERP vendors and many software products on the market today, you are not alone. We’ve come up with a comparative chart showing the difference between two popular ERP systems: Dynamics 365 Business Central and NetSuite.
In this month's webinar, we address a topic that many businesses seem to be on the fence about: can they self-implement Business Central on their own, or would it be best to work with a partner? There are pros and cons to both, and this webinar explores your options. We cover the good parts, the bad parts and everything in between.
Join our webinar to learn about the following:
- Top things to consider when implementing Business Central
- You don't know what you don't know
- What does a partner bring to the table?
By the end of this webinar, we hope that you will understand the benefits and risks involved. Our goal is to ensure that you're armed with enough information to make the right decision.
Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020
TIme: 2:00 - 3:00 PM EST
Microsoft recently released a ton of new financials, distribution, human resources & payroll and system enhancements in their recent October release of Microsoft Dynamics GP. One of the most anticipated features is being able to schedule check links. Users can now set up a schedule to run check links outside of regular business hours. Users will be able to run the processes without having to select the Check Links process manually.
This process uses Report Scheduler setup and functionality as long as Microsoft Dynamics GP is open, and you’re logged into the correct company. To learn more about this feature, click here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics-gp/whats-new/schedule-check-links
WebSan Solutions Inc. is pleased to announce it placed No. 291 on the 2020 Report on Business ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies.
Canada’s Top Growing Companies ranks Canadian companies on three-year revenue growth. WebSan Solutions Inc. earned its spot with three-year growth of 121%.
“To be among such great company and to be ranked #291 is such a great honour. It validates the hard work and tireless efforts of our team at WebSan.” said Andrew King, Managing Director at WebSan Solutions Inc.
Launched in 2019, the Canada’s Top Growing Companies editorial ranking aims to celebrate entrepreneurial achievement in Canada by identifying and amplifying the success of growth-minded, independent businesses in Canada. It is a voluntary program; companies had to complete an in-depth application process in order to qualify. In total, 400 companies earned a spot on this year’s ranking.
The full list of 2020 winners, and accompanying editorial coverage, is published in the October issue of Report on Business magazine—out now—and online at tgam.ca/TopGrowing.
“The stories of Canada’s Top Growing Companies are worth telling at any time, but are especially relevant in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic,” says James Cowan, Editor of Report on Business magazine. “As businesses work to rebuild the economy, their resilience and innovation make for essential reading.”
“Any business leader seeking inspiration should look no further than the 400 businesses on this year’s Report on Business ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies,” says Phillip Crawley, Publisher and CEO of The Globe and Mail. “Their growth helps to make Canada a better place, and we are proud to bring their stories to our readers.”
About The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail is Canada’s foremost news media company, leading the national discussion and causing policy change through brave and independent journalism since 1844. With award-winning coverage of business, politics and national affairs, The Globe and Mail newspaper reaches 5.9 million readers every week in print or digital formats, and Report on Business magazine reaches 2.1 million readers in print and digital every issue. The Globe and Mail’s investment in innovative data science means that as the world continues to change, so does The Globe. The Globe and Mail is owned by Woodbridge, the investment arm of the Thomson family.
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Message from our President,
As the impact of COVID-19 increases across the globe, I wanted to explain the steps we’re taking to ensure continuity of customer service during the coming weeks.We aim to maintain the level of service that our customers expect from WebSan, as well as ensure that we keep our people safe. Additionally, we want to make sure our offices aren't helping to spread the virus.We’ve taken several steps to minimize the disruption over the coming period including restricting business travel, encouraging best hygiene practices and ensuring that people across all areas of our business are set up to work from outside the office.
Fortunately, we are a global business that is experienced in working with our customers remotely, over the phone or email, rather than in person, and as a result, we expect little disruption to your experience with us. We’ve built a business over the last 20 years that largely interacts with customers virtually – whether to implement our products, get support or get any assistance you might need from WebSan.
Like many organizations, we have had to change some of our plans. We won’t be running some of the face-to-face events that we had planned for the coming months, nor entertain onsite meetings, instead were using virtual events so our customers can still get access to resources and hear from our teams. This is a worrying time for everyone, but we hope with these measures in place that WebSan can be a company you can rely on during this pandemic.
Thank you for using WebSan.
President and Chief Technology Officer
What we’re doing to help businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.
We understand that we’re in unprecedented times and many businesses are operating remotely for the time being.
During these times of self-isolation or working from home, is one of the most important factors that will help our economy weather the turbulent months ahead.
WebSan Solutions wants to help businesses who are currently being affected by COVID-19. As a supportive measure against COVID-19, we are offering the following deals:
- 10% off your Office 365 licenses that will last a total of six months
- 20% off all WebSan University courses by using the offer code: COVID
- Free 1 Hr Assessment to discuss moving GP to the cloud
What Microsoft is doing to help deal with the COVID-19 crisis.
Microsoft has created a crisis communication app. The Crisis Communication app provides a user-friendly experience to connect users with information about a crisis. Quickly get updates on internal company news, get answers to frequently asked questions, and get access to important information like links and emergency contacts.
Resources and support for our global customers impacted by COVID-19
Over the past weeks, Microsoft has mobilized global teams to support communities and organizations affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform teams are working closely with organizations on the front lines of the crisis—including governments, healthcare providers, nonprofits, and schools and universities.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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
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
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
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