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Controlling Your Data: Build a Customer Insight Platform for Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Posted: Sun, 20 Jan 2013 17:44:57 -0800

In the first article of this series, we introduced the phrase "data is the new oil". While the analogies may seem obvious in some ways, there is also a big difference: oil is something we are running out of, while the amount of stored data continues to explode. So while oil companies are endeavoring on the greatest adventures in the most inhospitable places to find more of this precious resource, the challenge in the world of data seems to be how to control the flow.

We are drowning in an ocean of data, looking for ways to escape the full force of the currents while still harnessing the right insights. In this article, we will foc...

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Microsoft Dynamics Partner Roundup: AX POS App for iPod, iPhone; LS Hospitality; Flintfox Becomes Global ISV; Kova Homebuilding for AX
Posted: Sun, 20 Jan 2013 11:32:12 -0800

In this week's Microsoft Dynamics partner news roundup:
CGS Launches Mobile POS App for Dynamics AX;
LS Retail Launches LS Hospitality for Microsoft Dynamics AX;
Flintfox International and Microsoft Sign Global ISV Partnership;
SBS Group, Kova Solutions Launch Integrated Microsoft Dynamics AX Solution

Computer Generated Solutions Rolls Out Mobile Point of Sale (Application for Microsoft Dynamics AX Retail with Full Apple iOS Integration

Technology solutions provider Computer Generated Solutions (CGS), has rolled out a new mobile Point of Sale (POS) application for Microsoft Dynamics AX Retail. The app will support Apple iPod and iPh...

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Selecting the Right Labor Management System (LMS)
Posted: Thu, 17 Jan 2013 18:36:38 -0800

Ask the typical warehouse manager to reveal his or her wish list and "better labor productivity" will probably be at or near the top of that agenda. Constrained by four walls and charged with managing a long list of monotonous, repetitive tasks on a daily basis, these professionals revel in being able to squeeze additional productivity from their labor forces. To achieve that goal, some are turning to Labor Management Systems (LMS).

Used primarily by manufacturers and distributors, LMSs report on all labor activity and then compare that activity both to historical data and established labor standards. Utilizing that data, a company can more accurately forecast the number of workers it needs to handle seasonal business fluctuations, for example, or to be...

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At NRF 2013, Microsoft Dynamics for Retail Broadens Its Omnichannel Story
Posted: Wed, 16 Jan 2013 11:21:01 -0800

Microsoft came to the National Retail Foundation's 2013 annual conference, which wraps up today, with a new brand name for its Dynamics-based solution, a vision for a "complete shopping experience" focusing on a broad range of retail requirements, and an updated "omnichannel" commerce engine driven by Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 technology that connects improved e-commerce, mobile, clientelling, and point of sale capabilities Windows 8 devices.

Microsoft has updated the branding of its latest retail offering based on Dynamics AX 2012, putting the focus on the broadening range of capabilities and workloads, supported by other Microsoft products, including Windows 8 and ShareP...

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Licensing Model Changes for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013, Part 3: Limited User License vs. Light User License
Posted: Tue, 15 Jan 2013 19:14:45 -0800

Last fall we discussed the Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 perpetual licensing model from two perspectives: an overview of the model and an analysis of Microsoft's possible strategy with the new model. Let's take a look at the final aspect of the new model, the limited user license, which changes the licensing landscape significantly, opening a range of new scenarios not possible earlier. The changes also create the possibility for dangerous risk for companies in the Dynamics NAV partner channel, as well as existing custo...

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Update Rollup 12 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Joins Withdrawn List Due to Potential Database Issues
Posted: Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:18:02 -0800

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Update Rollup 12 (UR12), which was readied for availability on January 10 and made available on January 12, has been withdrawn by Microsoft, citing " an issue that could potentially impact a customer's database".

Writing in a blog post on the Microsoft Dynamics community site, CVP for Dynamics CRM Bob Stutz explained that an issue discovered in the "UR12 Server bits" could impact customer databases, so the software download...

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How S&OP Performed for the B2C Supply Chain During the Holiday Selling Season
Posted: Tue, 15 Jan 2013 10:46:32 -0800

In November, Bob Ferrari was skeptical of companies' fulfillment capabilities for the 2012 holiday season. This vice president and managing director for The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group LLC in Boston, expressed his concerns in this blog post, High Stress Period for S&OP and Supply Chain Planning Teams in B2C Supply Chains, where he explained why sales and operations planning (S&OP) and supply chain planning teams within B2C and retail-focused supply chains were expected to be "especially challenged" during the 2012 holiday buying season.
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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and Tablets: Where is Business Analyzer?
Posted: Tue, 15 Jan 2013 06:25:06 -0800

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 is out. Users are past the holidays and deep into year end, after which, I expect to see a much bigger push to GP 2013. This is a great release and it's generated a lot of excitement. But I find myself already asking "What's next?"

There is more to come with Dynamics GP 2013 including its release on Windows Azure, an updated Business Portal and the continued roll out of the web client to more areas of the system. Bu...

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Forecasting Stocked Components for S&OP in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012
Posted: Tue, 15 Jan 2013 06:01:55 -0800

Editor's note: During January, Dr. Hamilton will be publishing a series of deep-dive articles about different aspects of S&OP in his column The AX Solution Architect. The first of these articles was published last week. These articles reflect new insights gained from multiple sources, including discussions with S&OP experts in the global AX community, sessions at the recent AXUG Summit and R2 Technical Conference, and hands-on testing of AX 2012 capabilities.

Stocked components can support shorter delivery lead times with make-to-order production strategies, whether the end-i...

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7 Steps to Implementing Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 in Your Life
Posted: Mon, 14 Jan 2013 13:19:10 -0800

The question that will be introduced now is: How can I implement Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 in my life? Is it feasible or even a valid question? Ok, it is clear to all of us that we can implement Microsoft Dynamics AX for clients who need to accelerate and improve their business processes, but how can we implement Dynamics AX in life?

If I were to suggest that you implement Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 in your life, you might give me a strange look. But if you have experience implementing Dynamics AX, and especially AX 2012, for clients or your own company, and you consider the types of improvements it aims to bring, maybe my suggestion won't seem so strange.

First you have to know that AX 2012 introduces huge changes to Microsoft Dynamics AX. Fo...

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