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

Reasons to Upgrade from AX 2009

Mainstream Support Ends April 10 – AX 2009

Dynamics AX 2009 customers please note that Mainstream support ends on 4/10/18. Extended support ends 10/12/21. It is time to start making plans to migrate to Dynamics 365 Enterprise or even Dynamics AX 2012 R3. If you need help deciding which option is best for your business, please reach out to our team or your Dynamics Partner.  Since there is an on-premise version along with several hundred companies on the SaaS version, even the most cautious company can be confident that this Nov 2016 release is mature and ready for prime time.

We have more information on our Dynamics AX 2009 support and services here: http://clientsfirst-ax.com/services/support-axapta-dynamics-ax-365/.

What is mainstream support?

Customers who remain current on the Microsoft Dynamics Enhancement Plan will continue to receive all of the valued benefits of the Enhancement Plan, including regulatory updates and hotfixes, except for some exceptions for Brazil.  Contact you local Brazilian Microsoft office for more information.

What is extended support?

Customers who remain current on the Microsoft Dynamics Enhancement Plan will continue to receives all paid support options, as well as security-related hotfix support which is provided at no charge.

View the Microsoft official details on this topic here:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17140/general-lifecycle-policy-questions

If you want more information on the software and our services, we invite you to get in touch with our friendly advisers at Clients First Business Solutions.  We are a Gold ERP and CSP (Cloud Service Provider).  We focus on manufacturing, supply chain and MRO industries and implement Dynamics 365, AX, NAV and Acumatica.

Email: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas , or call at 800.331.8382.

Reasons to Upgrade from AX 2009

Skip the Pain with Acumatica ERP

Start and End with Acumatica

This article is going to try to sell you something and I do hope that if you are a small to mid-sized company you don’t let that turn you off and read the rest of this article.  I have been selling business software to manufacturers and distributors for 20 years.  If I am selling into the small to mid-sized companies, I often find that the reason they need new software is because they can’t function on their old legacy system. These systems can range from a custom database for operations, and QuickBooks for accounting, or software that even I have never heard of.  The focus of the business has been developing a customer base and ensuring plant equipment and inventory as the top priority.  They are talking to me because they are in pain due to the lack of the tools needed to do business in today’s world.  Why not start with a decent software solution at the before your huge growth cycle?  This really has not been possible until now with the cloud ERP solutions like Acumatica a FULL featured business software that can be used on ANY device.  Please read on… Read more

Microsoft Dynamics NAV

What’s New in Dynamics NAV 2018

Microsoft Dynamics NAV is a complete enterprise resource planning (ERP) with over 110,000 companies using this business software solution. Built for mid-sized organizations, it is fast to implement, easy to configure, and simple to use. Right from the start, simplicity has guided, and continues to guide, innovations in product design, development, implementation, and usability. Here is a brief explanation of what’s new in NAV 2018 since the NAV 2017 release. Read more