The ‘Edge’ of Dynamics 365

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Edge Computing &Edge Technologies
‘Edge Computing’ is a common expression in the Cloud computing lexicon. In other words, it isa distributed IT architecture to reduce the movement of data. The ‘edge’ has great implications for business applications, both in its purest definition and also in its appropriate term to define the ‘Edge Technologies’ which transforms the traditional ERP and CRM market. It is a method of optimizing cloud computing systems. New things often happen in Microsoft Dynamics.

What Could PowerApps Do?
For those who came in late, PowerApps is an enterprise service for innovators that could be connected everywhere and also facilitates to create and share business apps with your team on any available device instantly. Additionally, PowerApps helps anyone in your organization create new business swiftly.

Since its initial release it has not changed, but interestingly on examination of the upcoming release of Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, it is revealed that it can be used to extend functionality for Finance and Operations. In fact your users can build PowerApps without having to be expert developers to extend ERP functionality. PowerApps developed by yourself or your organization can now be used to augment ERP features by incorporating them within the Finance and Operations client. Additionally, your users will find it easy to add PowerApps to pages in Finance and Operations. Thereafter, these customized changes can be shared with others in your organization.
We envisage a huge benefit to our customers. They can implement their own apps to extend the Dynamics 365 advantages in the data in Dynamics 365 or the Common Data Service.

We envisage a huge benefit to our customers. They can design and connect their own apps to extend the Dynamics 365 imprints in order to scale up the Common Data Service or data in Dynamics 365. In the past, this would require knowledge of the programming language of Dynamics 365 applications or expensive integrations to tap into this data. Nevertheless, things have changed of late.
Cortana Intelligence Suite

One of the fundamental ‘edge technologies’ is undoubtedly the Cortana Intelligence Suite. Azure, Machine Learning, Cognitive Services and the Bot Framework. A whole lot of practical application of this technology in the field of Customer Service, where we are able to detect sentiment, key phrases, topics and even language from the text found in Dynamics 365 data. Cases involving high customer satisfaction can be swiftly resolved by service representative who are presented with relevant information of the customers. Business organizations can set up service case analysis to automatically provide support staff with relevant solutions from knowledge articles, by using the Microsoft Cognitive Services Text Analytics service with Microsoft Dynamics 365. They will spend less time searching for answers and more time providing the correct response. This feature comes with support for custom entities and system configured entities.

Inventory Adjustments in Microsoft Dynamics AX

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Quite often one would come across that inventory of a specific item that does not appear in the system.  The reasons could be many.  It could be that a vendor may send the wrong item and upon discovery may instruct to keep it instead of returning or some items may reappear during a usual cycle count later when it was actually written off. Possibly, the sales personnel may also provide sample items to the engineering department, which eventually can be moved into usable inventory.  The reasons can be many but you wish to incorporate the system even without having to create a purchase order and purchase order receipt. One of the easiest ways to do is to perform inventory adjustments.   Nevertheless, some simple updates need to be performed before making the adjustments.

  1. Checking the Records: At the outset check the records to ensure whether the item is included. In case the item does not figure in the records, it could just be dumped than keep placing it in the inventory.  In fact, if the demand for an item is lost and currently there is no method to market, it could become a white elephant consuming valuable space without any future prospect.  Such items, irrespective of its value must be disposed post haste.
  2. Ascertain Cost Record: Secondly, ensure cost record for the item is in place. A cost showing zero will misrepresent the total value of all the products available.
  3. Updating Quantity: When your item record is found to be accurate, go ahead and include the quantity into your inventory.
  4. Updating Released Products: Next step is navigating to Product Information Management, Released Products and select your product from the list. You can also go to the Released Products Maintenance Tile. Now select Release Products to go to the list page and at the list page, select the product to your inventory.
  5. For adding to your physical inventory, highlight or select the item
  6. At the top of the form, select the Manage Inventory tab
  7. On-Hand Inventory Menu in the upper right hand portion of the form opens up a blank form when selected
  8. Next click on the Quantity Adjustment tab

Again a blank Counting form will appear

  1. Now click on the New button

The counting form opens up with filled in item number

  1. Enter the Site
  2. Enter the Warehouse
  3. Location for item can be entered now
  4. Next quantity can be entered

By clicking OK at the bottom of the form completes the process.  The forms could have more columns but by selecting the inventory dimension the configuration, size, style and color can be concealed.  Moreover, by clicking the personalization the catch weight columns gets hidden.

At last, your item has now been added to the system for use. Sounds simple isn’t it.

OneNote Web App To Manage Notes

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OneNote users who do not own or presently have access to the desktop version of the app, is by far the most functional version. OneNote web App is the overall solution available through Office 365.

Make New Notes With OneNote Web App

It is easy to create a new note, section or even notebook in OneNote web App.

Creating New Notebook

It is necessary to get logged into SkyDrive.com to create a new notebook for use in OneNote web App.

The Method:

  1. Select Create OneNote Notebook from top of the screen while logged into SkyDrive.com. Next for the selected Notebook, a pop-up menu appears with a text field and a default name.
  2. Tap or Click on Create after typing a name for the selected notebook. Your new Notebook appears in the OneNote web App.

Creating a New Section

In order to create a new section, select the insert tab and clip the New Section button. An Untitled Section will appear which can be renamed accordingly.

Creating A New Note

Click or tap the plus symbol to the right of the section name that you want the note to fall under in the bar at the left side. By default the new page will be Untitled Page which can be renamed later as desired.

Existing Notes Open With OneNote Web App

It is simple to open a Notebook, section, or page.  However, the process depends on which one you intend opening. It is advisable to open notebook in the SkyDrive.com interface, whereas sections and pages must be opened in the OneNote web App.

Opening a Notebook

Open a Notebook in the SkyDrive.com interface to use OneNote web App to edit a note.  The following steps would help to open a Notebook:

  1. Log in to SkyDrive.com and if necessary, navigate to the folder containing the Notebook.

You will observe that the cursor turns into a hand, unless you are floating over the check box in the upper-right corner.

  1. Click or tap the item.      The file opens in OneNote web App.

Opening A Section or Page

While viewing the notebook containing the section or page, select the name of the section you want to see to open a section or page.   Bingo! It opens in the pane at the right as you select the name of the page with the section containing the chosen note.

Rename Notes in OneNote Web App

In OneNote web App, you have the provision to rename notebooks, sections or notes which is not possible with the mobile versions of OneNote.

Method to Rename a Notebook

  1. The folder containing the Notebook must be opened after logging on to SkyDrive.com interface, if required can also navigate.

Moreover, your cursor turns into a hand unless you are hovering over the check box on the corner to the upper-right side.

  1. Click to select the Notebook and choose Rename from the Manage menu which is on the top of the page. A field appears with the selected name of the Notebook.
  2. To rename the file, type the new name and then click anywhere outside the field.

Method to Rename a Section or Note Page

Follow this simple method to rename a section or Note page:

  1. First log in to SkyDrive.com and open the Notebook containing the section or note page you wish to open. The Notebook will appear in OneNote web App.
  2. In the sidebar at the left from the context menu choose Rename by pressing or right-clicking and holding on the name of a note or section.

With the name selected, a field appears around the name of the section or page.

  1. Type the new name to rename the section or page and then click or tap anywhere outside the field.

How to Delete Notes:

There is a little difference in the process of deleting notes in OneNote web App depending on what you are deleting.

How to Delete a Notebook:

Notebook should be deleted In the SkyDrive.com interface, in the following method:

  1. Log in to SkyDrive.com and navigate, only if you find it necessary, to the folder that contains Notebook that you wish to delete.

By default, your cursor turns into a hand, unless you are hovering over the check box in the upper-right corner.

  1. In order to select the Notebook click or tap and choose Delete from the Manage menu at the top of the screen. The file is deleted and SkyDrive notifies you via a pop-up menu with an Undo button that you can press if you don’t want to delete the Notebook.

How to Delete Sections or Pages

It is easy to delete a section or page.  Right-click or press and hold on the name of a section or page and choose Delete.

How to Salvage Deleted Notebooks From SkyDrive’s Recycle Bin

Normally, deleting sections and pages is done at the final stage, deleting a Notebook or any other file from SkyDrive.com dumps those files into the Recycle Bin which is accessible at the bottom of the left sidebar.  In order to retrieve a previously deleted Notebook, which may have been inadvertently the following methods would help:

  1. Click or tap the Recycle Bin link near the bottom of the left sidebar even while you are logged in to SkyDrive.com. You will come across a list of your deleted files.
  2. You need to select the check box which is next to the Notebook that you wish to restore.  Then click or tap Restore at the top of the page. Your         file gets restored at the same position where it was previously deleted.

 

Benefits Of Microsoft Dynamics 365

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Dynamics 365 ensures consistency and interoperability by using a common data model and consistent application platform. They also use extensibility to design and process XML schemas especially for e-businesses. They offer to customers a familiar experience with all new built-in insights, intelligence and workflow.

Facilitation of Businesses:

Dynamics 365 makes it possible for business to start with pertinent apps befitting industries and businesses.  In other words the customers can launch with what they need at that moment and upgrade as they develop the business, to the next level in the cloud, at their desirable pace.

Greater productivity can be achieved when required by connecting structured workflow of business applications and processes mainly with the collaboration of unstructured work of productivity.  This in turn allows employees to utilize productivity tools in relationship to their business processes and further development.

In order to unify departments and to empower across different units a flexible solution combines ERP and CRM functionality into one solution.

With Dynamics 365, data are transformed into action for intelligence and accessed according to requirement. Business applications that introduces large data and advanced analytics into processes and proactively guide employees and customers for the desired results with built-in Business Intelligence such as (Power BI, Cortana Intelligence, Azure Machine Learning)

Get set for augmentation through consistent, adaptable and responsive applications. With Dynamic 365 in tow, business users get a fillip to change and adapt without too much intervention or assistance from IT department.

Small & Mid Business (SMB) Gain from Dynamic 365

Finance and Operations, Business Edition, is a comprehensive accounting and business management solution for SMBs included in Dynamic365.

Large Business Enterprise Gain from Dynamic 365

The Enterprise edition of Microsoft Dynamics 365 has been created by the Dynamics AX & Dynamics CRM duo.

Benefits of Power BI in Dynamics 365

Now BI tools are part of business management solutions.

As embedded Power BI acts as a protection on contextual information on the role based work spaces and dashboard in Dynamics 365,it provides the best recommendation on the discovered analysis. This results in two main benefits. Productivity gets increased rapidly and ensures best practice in a time bound manner. Power BI or Business Intelligence in Dynamics amplifies your business intelligence by collecting appropriate data which is visible to the entire business unit leading to better decision making with the help of well-crafted analytical reports.

Business Grow With Dynamics 365

Customers can now pay for the functional apps which they would need in the short to medium term.  Later if required, they may then extend the functionality or even add more users as their business develops. All these are possible via the ecosystem of Microsoft AppSource.  The business applications share a common but robust data model, which is extremely accessible tool to connect with and users experience a consistency with the apps that work seamlessly.

How to Navigate the Application’s Main Areas Social Engagement

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Only with the permission of the System administrator, you could see the assigned pages that are relevant to your business.  You could use the bar at the top of the page to move between all of the different areas of Social Engagement.

Carefully observe the navigation controls below:

  • App launcher: Go to you Office 365 portal and select from your available services.
  • Open Default Page: Start a fresh analysis on Analytics >Overview and reset all active filters.
  • Navigation: Now you could click this button to see the application areas and promptly switch to the area that you are looking for.
  • Sign Out/Change Profile: You could either change your profile by clicking the View Office 365 profile option or Sign Out from Social Engagement and your Office 365 user account.
  • User Option: My Preferences area access is just a click away. Further information about Social Engagement can be seen and gathered.
  • Help Options: View context-sensitive help topics that apply to the area you are working in. In the same breath, you could even swiftly access the Social Engagement forums and support contracts, if desired.
  • Application Areas: The main areas to work in Social Engagement
  • Search Setup: Create and edit search topics, thereby defining the posts that Social Engagement acquires. You could get a general outline of your solution’s data acquisition status and its progress towards the post quota. In order to optimize the quality of your data learn to maintain lists of blocked content.

 

  • Analytics: Widgets show the data in your solution. Switch between different pages in Analytics for getting to see more detailed information about the areas that are most relevant to your business. Moreover, you may even add filters to slice and dice your business needs.
  • Private Messages: With a single click you can view all private messages in the solution. This is a shortcut to view on the post list with the filter for private message enabled; it may nevertheless appear as an application.
  • Social Center: Streams of posts matching a selected data set can be created and managed in real-time. You can even share streams with other users of your solution depending on your user role and license type.
  • Activity Maps: Real-time visualizations of posts with location information can be created and managed. Show this on a wider screen so that your audience knows where in the world your topics are discussed.
  • Social Selling: Get connected and work directly with the Social Selling Assistant from within Social Engagement and get recommendations on relevant and shareable content that are pertinent to your business.
  • Message Center: You can create and manage alerts to access the most recent posts or even significant changes delivered by email to particular recipients.
  • Settings: Now it is easy for all users to define how the application displays for them.  Even the administrators can manage user roles, set system-wide settings and configure many more preferences.
  • Help: To see the latest help topics, visit the Microsoft Social Engagement Help Center (Opens a new website)