Dynamics 365 ERP Cloud vs. On Premise: An Installers Perspective

Ben BasomAs the lead in installations for Dynamics AX, NAV, and now Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, over the last 15 years I have provided advice to many customers, with the bulk in manufacturing and services, regarding their infrastructure needed to support ERP.   Speaking to today’s business owners there is a lot of confusion around the installation or deployment of Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations.   Here is my perspective at a high level the pros and cons of deploying Dynamics 365 in the cloud, or on premise. Read more

Modern ERP Manufacturing Leaders

How Modern ERP Creates Leaders in the Manufacturing Industry

Manufacturers have long used enterprise resource planning to manage their finances, take control of payments, and gain visibility into processes. With nearly every manufacturer using ERP software, the difference between leaders and followers isn’t whether or not they have embraced ERP, it’s how they are leveraging it.

According to the recent Aberdeen Group report on the current state of ERP in manufacturing, leading manufacturers (top 35%) are only slightly more likely to use ERP software than their peers, embracing the software at 97% compared to 88% among followers. This means that the leaders are using the software differently. How so? Read on to find out. Read more

Best of Acumatica Summit 2018 Lunch & Learn Dallas

best of summit acumatica-1Acumatica, the leading cloud ERP software solution and recently ranked at the top of the Nucleus ERP Value Matrix is hosting a Lunch and Learn on April 12th.  This event is a follow-up to the January 2018 Acumatica Summit in Nashville; Lunch and Learn, the Best of Summit.  You must register to attend!   It’s free to attend, however hotel reservations,etc. are not covered by Acumatica or Clients First.

Thu, April 12, 2018
11:30 AM to 2:00 PM (CDT)

Register here

Westin Dallas / Fort Worth Airport Hotel
4545 West John Carpenter Freeway
Irving, TX 75063

Agenda:

11:30am – 12:30pm: Registration, Lunch & Networking

12:30 – 1:00pm: Acumatica Overview

1:00 – 1:25pm: 2018 R1 Functionality & Demos

1:25 – 2:00pm: Customer Panel or Video

One of our customers Ron Fairchild will be speaking at this event.  Ron is the CFO at Texas Scenic in San Antonio.  Texas Scenic is a theatrical equipment and systems integrator.  They are a recent Acumatica customer and a pleasure to work with.

Here’s what Ron has to say about Acumatica:

We had been using a legacy construction accounting software package when we found Acumatica Construction Edition, and it is  a perfect fit.  It’s a modern cloud solution that handles our manufacturing, service, distribution and construction business in one cohesive integrated solution allowing a seamless flow of data.  We expect this to provide significantly better business insights and improve overall efficiency”  Ron Fairchild, CFO

Register quickly since space is limited.

Clients First is an Acumatica Cloud ERP Partner located in the Dallas Fort Worth area of Texas.  We specialize in manufacturing, projects and MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul).  Call us to find out more:  800.331.8382 or email info@cfbs-us.com.

SAP Anywhere Customers Replace with Acumatica or Dynamics

SAP Anywhere did not go far.  In a prepared statement, a SAP representative said  it evaluates its current solution portfolio from time to time and makes changes based on its overall cloud ERP strategy.  “As such, we have decided to sunset the SAP Anywhere solution,” said SAP. “We will be working closely with our customers to help them transition off the product and to find a new SAP solution that best fits their needs.” Read more

What’s New with Dynamics NAV: 365 Business Central

365 Business Central MobileFinally!  The much anticipated release of the SaaS version of Dynamics NAV now named Dynamics 365 Business Central will be available April 2, 2018.  We are very excited by this release since we have a large NAV customer base and we are also a CSP or Cloud Service Provider.  This means that Clients First can sell you Business Central or the Dynamics 365 Enterprise Edition.  Both solutions are great for finance, distribution and manufacturing, but as you can imagine Dynamics 365 Enterprise is for companies that have a larger employee count, and most importantly complex business requirements. Read more

Modern ERP Manufacturing

How Modern ERP Helps Manufacturers Make a Successful Move to Industry 4.0

With cloud computing now a mainstream concept, analysts have moved on to a new term that is going to change the way manufacturers do business. The term, Industry 4.0, refers to the next “Industrial Revolution” and refers to new collaboration and data exchange between people, processes, technologies and things. However, without a stable foundation, the push towards Industry 4.0 will fail to get out of the starting gate. Read more

Dallas Hosts Dynamics 365 Saturday

If you have been curious about Dynamics 365 Enterprise or you are a customer that wants to learn more about the product then join us for the Dynamics Saturday at the Irving, TX Microsoft office.   Time to register is limited so drop those plans you have to work in the yard and sign up for a casual day of education and sharing of ideas. This is the first  and only U.S. event based on the schedule.  The events started in Europe and have now extended worldwide with upcoming events in Portugal and Australia so far.  Per the 365saturday.com website:

“Dynamics 365 Saturday is a free Technical & Strategy Event Organised by the Microsoft Dynamics Community MVP’s For CRM and ERP professionals, technical consultants & developers. Learn & share new skills whilst promoting best practices, helping organisations overcome the challenges of implementing a successful digital transformation strategy with Microsoft Dynamics 365.”

There are three tracks:

  1. Customer Engagement (CRM)
  2. Financials and Operations (Dynamics 365 Enterprise)
  3. Productivity and Strategy (Latest in Microsoft products that work with Dynamics, adoption, insights, etc.)

Microsoft executive Chris Koenig is delivering the keynote and some of the sessions in track 3.  Microsoft Dynamics MVPs and Consultants will present the rest of the sessions.

Clear your Saturday and register now. 

Microsoft Dallas
7000 State Highway 161,
Building LC1
Irving, TX 75039

Contact Clients First if you have any questions:  800.331.8382 x108.  Clients First is a Gold Dynamics ERP Partner with Dynamics AX and 365 Enterprise experience  in manufacturing, supply chain, projects and finance.Dynamics 365 Enterprise Buying Guides

Manufacturing ERP Software

What Manufacturers Need to get from Manufacturing ERP Software

So many options available, so many stakeholders affected, and so little room for error—the selection of enterprise resource planning presents a unique challenge. From the point when you realize that the status quo isn’t cutting it to the decision, implementation, and deployment, you will hear a lot of advice—some good, some bad. Read more

What do Manufacturers look for in an ERP

Whitepaper: What Do Manufacturers Look for in ERP Software?

Choosing new manufacturing ERP software that includes great general ledger, accounts payable, cash management, etc., is fairly easy. Decision makers should look for features like easy inter-company transactions perhaps for a complicated process, great reporting and drill-down capabilities. The manufacturer has a much greater challenge. In the last 20 years I have been selling manufacturing solutions and nine times out of ten, the business leaders are not concerned with how the GL or any of the financial modules work. They ask if the software has financial modules and do they work. Often our demonstrations end with financials, or we schedule them for another day, since really what the prospect wants to see is how the software will handle their manufacturing operations.

I came across this whitepaper by Nick Castellina, the VP and Research Group Director at the Aberdeen Group and thought I would share some of the results of a survey focused on manufacturing leaders: What do Manufacturers Look For in an ERP Solution? I have been following Nick’s work for a long time. He provides insightful information for the manufacturing and distribution industries. Read more

Acumatica-Summit-2018-Cloud ERP

Acumatica New Release for 2018

At this week’s annual Acumatica Summit in Nashville attendees got a sneak peek at Acumatica 2018 R1.  Acumatica continues to add new features and functionality to its easy to use interface.  Typically the publisher has a major release every 6 months.  (Nucleus Research was right Acumatica is easy to use and will continue to add functionality in 2018!) Read more