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.

OFFICE 365 Content Delivery Network

Content Delivery Network:-

Content Delivery Network or CDN is a quick and easy way to boost your website’s performance. It provides the value to your business and the best experience for your users.
Businesses today need to focus on improved user experience in terms of speed. Website Performance is one of the key factors for determining the success of a business.
With every extra second delay in your site’s latency, you could be losing business as users today are busier and less patient.
A website can consist of static content such as images, .css files and .js files or it can be a mix of content that includes both static and dynamic content.

OFFICE 365 CDN:-

Now you can use the Office 365 content delivery network with SharePoint Online. Microsoft introduced this concept in Office 365 of public and private CDNs.
Office 365 allows you to serve content publically so that you could host your static content like images into a CDN. This content may consist of things such as images, CSS and JavaScript.
The CDN works as a geographically distributed caching proxy, by caching assets closer to the browsers requesting them.
You can easily set one up and start storing your static files in these CDNs.
1. Public CDNs can host basically any type of asset you want to store
2. Private CDNs can host
• IMG/LINK/CSS urls in classic publishing pages
• Content Search Webpart Display Templates + Images from Query results
• Picture Library Slideshow Webpart URLs
• Image Fields from REST API calls
• SharePoint Image Renditions

Summary
Office 365 CDN is a capability that can help you improve the performance of your Office 365 portal.
Using the Office 365 CDN, organizations that work across different geographies can improve the performance of their Office 365 portals.

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.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Enterprise edition

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Regular updates mark the availability of several upgraded applications every now and then incorporating many existing Dynamics 365 Cloud Services.

Let us consider the new Applications and capabilities, beginning with new deployment options for Finance and Operations.  Two additional deployment options for Dynamics 365 Operations Microsoft’s cloud ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) service were in the offing some time back.  The local business data deployment options for on-premises deployments are now a reality.

Additionally the option to deploy Finance & Operations as a Microsoft managed service running in Microsoft Azure, customers are now at liberty to deploy it in their own data center to help meet their business needs.

The on-premises deployment option or local business data provides a unique differentiator to enterprise customers in comparison to other ERP products by providing a choice as customers can start local business data and when they are ready, they could have the option to easily move their solution to the cloud. They will experience the cloud scale advantage and the rich analytic experiences it delivers. Moreover, the on-premises solution is based on a modern architecture that focuses on influencing Windows Server 2016 and SQL Server 2016 to present a deployment running in a customer’s data center.

Cloud Service is considered to be the best deployment option as the customers’ need to support business process execution in their data centers in some cases is increasing day by day.  However, they need not worry as help is at hand with on-premises deployments customers can resolve these essential business requirements.

Data Residency – This refers to the geographic location of an organization’s data information.  It is also the legal requirement imposed on data based in that particular region.  Some Government and industry regulations require customers to store business data locally and also mandated by our customer’s IT standards.

 Business Continuity – Regardless of a warehouse, service shop or production facility, your critical business processes can run locally in the facility even during lack of network consistency and cannot be relied upon for crucial business operations. On- premises deployments provide enhanced business continuity for scenarios that may require low latency integration with other on-premises systems.  It may even require deployments in regions where there are no options for a reliable network coverage infrastructure.  Local infrastructure issues can be addressed in some cases along with a financially backed SLA, with Azure Express Route.

Data Center Investments – Customers can influence hardware investments as well as their IT staff, particularly those already working with familiar Microsoft interfaces and tools viz., Windows 2016 and SQL Server 2016 to run their Finance and Operations instance locally. Moreover, customers have the option to life on-premises deployments to the cloud when it is time for a refresh.

Finance and Operations is unique in our ability to allow customers to deploy wherever and any format they want with the introduction of cloud plus edge deployment option, the best of on-premises and cloud deployments can be delivered.  Even cloud deployments in one option to help support our customers worldwide are also possible.

Let’snow move to new application features and updates to existing Cloud Services…

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance & Operations, Enterprise

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations is now Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance & Operations, Enterprise edition.  The edition is comprehensive and covers a whole range of both Operations and Finance.

There are two new purpose built applications in additions to updates to Finance and Operations.  They are Dynamics 365 Retail and Dynamics 365 for Talent.  The first is designed to keeping in mind the needs of a retailer.  It provides retailers with an integrated end-to-end view of their operations with centralized management with access and visibility across stores, employees including customers, financials and inventory.   On the other hand, the second one Dynamics 365 for Talent offers a 3600view of workforce from sourcing and recruiting to on boarding and retention. Dynamics 365 Insider Program gives a sneak preview of the two versatile applications.

Some of highlights of the major areas of investment for this update include feature embedded analytics, an improved and modern mobile experience, increased speed and predictability of implementations. Above all the new upgrade experience from Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

Analytics – embedded analytics integrated directly into the form and workspace; with drill down capabilities into transactions; 15 rich dashboards across the functional spectrum.  With end user in mind who will immensely benefit in their daily functions to assist them in making a better and faster decisions to achieve optimal result oriented outcomes.

Modern Mobile Experiences – For the staff at the warehouse, expense management including efficient time-keeping as well as a unified approvals mobile app that ushers the start of a new journey with our partners.

Faster & Predictable Implementations – The new and improved updates has a number of capabilities for rapid implementations process; it includes the ability to create company configurations that can be copied to create new ones based on existing companies.  In recent times, cost accounting has been modernized with great Getting Started guide and a simplified experience.  A new background validator has been added in order to help in keeping the system of record continually viable. The Getting Started and validation wizards are surely going to come in handy.

Upgrade From Dynamics 2012 is now in Preview –Even while keeping the abstractions and the use consistent, the changes are focused on simplifying the migration process.  You will observe that the new features contribute to simplified change management and improved support for the data governance needs of the organization and business requirement.

While continue to update and expand Finance & Operations, for new purpose-built applications the experience is thrilling.  The latest view on the full spectrum of work can be reviewed on road map site and regularly check out to see the ongoing updates that are available.

Microsoft Azure Business Benefits Made Easy – 10 in 1

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The success of an organization is dependent on technology in different states and there is no dispute about this fact for a long time.

But the scheme of things of adapting technology within business and the compelling demand to provide direct ROI (return on investment) behind every line of item needs to have justifiable value.

Ten various benefits of Microsoft Azure that companies of various sizes feel is of value to CXOs though it could be addressed in different ways for demonstration purpose.

Microsoft Azure Benefits – a sharp focus:-

Like any other commercial business activity, the number of organizations adopting cloud-based model is evolving significantly.  However, a little decisive debate before incorporating the concept, in the sense when going for anything new system; whether to implement a complete cloud in the business system or a hybrid migration as a pilot model.

Azure benefits are particularly being focused in this write-up. However, significantly there are a range of Cloud IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) providers available for business, which includes, among others, Rack space Hosting, Google Computer Engine and Amazon Web Services.  Cloud Service Provider’s guide will come in handy should you wish to conduct the above for other solutions.

All the same, our focus states that when it comes to practical business solutions, Microsoft Azure stands the test as it is a class apart.  It further states that it is purely based on more than just an increase in numbers including quantifiable services like analytics, computing, databases, mobile apps, networking, storage and websites.

Armed with these means of Azure business tools your competitors may get an opportunity to beat you to rise in rank.

So Are They Getting More Than You?

Let’s check this out:

  1. Microsoft Azure is Super Fast &Speed Matters:-

Even generally the matter of speed is important but in Azure framework the speed is perceptible; count this as a benefit:

  • Speed to maneuver strategically
  • Speed to deploy appropriately
  • Speed to scale & upgrade

This augurs well with the functionality of Azure which is unbeatable by other cloud providers or even with on-premises software.

  1. Microsoft Azure is Dexterity Personified:-

New and trending technologies are possible with Microsoft Azure where businesses could not only develop and test but also has the potential for feedback and retry when developing their applications. Significantly enough they have the capability of trying out new features and decide its applications and utility for your business even without expensive overhead outlay.  You could even get away with the setting up complex infrastructure. Innovation has taken the lead in modern business thereby setting off an enormous impact considerably.

Moreover, this type of swift action may not be important in terms of getting things executed, but the teams involved can do a lot more, grow quicker and fail faster.

  1. Microsoft Azure – Global Outreach:-

It is important for a business to have their different services operative in data centers on a global platform; that too effortlessly.

This is among the best benefit offered by Azure. This cloud computing service allows modifying the global footprint of an evolving business that needs their applications dynamically in line with performance and use in the business activity.

In fact from a user’s point of view, they enjoy great experience and they are not dependent on location.

More details could be gathered from the map of various Azure regions.

  1. Microsoft Azure – A Complete Development Environment:-

Visual Studio is another bonus from the Azure stable. This is considered to be the world’s leading development environment and the right tools required for building a fully loaded Azure solutions. It is also considered to be a real game changing advantage to soft designers and displays the business acumen of Microsoft Azure.

Examples:

  • IoT is integrated with Microsoft Azure essentially for the purpose of collating, visualizing and interpreting, where health data is taken from smart watches.
  • Many organizations completely depend on Excel to perform busy critical processes.

In order to increase its capability, we were able to build an engine that        exclusively     depends on the scalability of Azure.

  1. Microsoft Azure – A comprehensive Integrated Delivery Pipeline:-

Comparatively from an enterprise point of view, beyond mere storage the benefit elements churning out from Azure are tremendous.

A unified delivery pipeline is needed from an architecture perspective. Some of them are:

  • Source control
  • Integration testing
  • Unit testing
  • Delivery
  • Go live tools

Assigning specific workloads occasionally to different environments could be advantageous; nevertheless it is a debatable point. When all the tools are available under one roof, there is a great continuity, besides; it also reduces risk of integration set back.

In other words, in the case of product updates or any other changes, Azure can guarantee to a great extent that their pipeline is designed as per the demands of the business.

  1. Microsoft Azure – Disaster Recovery:-

It is very important for providers to have an in built sturdy backup system compatible enough to handle failure or scheduled down time and disaster recovery capabilities as the data being transferred globally.

Rest assured these short comings are taken care appropriately by Azure.

They have regional and global recovery options, besides having rolling reboot capabilities that work amazingly  well, it also has hot and cold standby models.  These matchless capabilities put them far beyond the plain commonplace storage option.

These are not something that may be happening routinely in a business.  But it is definitely something that you can confidently know is happening in the background.

  1. Microsoft Azure – Flexible Expenditure an Azure Benefit:-

Spend more to get more with Azure benefit.  However, Azure to put more resources to work comes in handy if they want to be done faster or with more volume.

Meaning, there is no restructure of infrastructure needed no matter whether it be seasonality where data experiences regular or predictable changes.

  1. Microsoft Azure Security

Business to business or even for individuals enjoys great experience of seamless and secure logon.  This is because the security in Azure enables such benefits.

Familiar accounts such as Facebook or LinkedIn can be used by their customers as they can login to services effortlessly. They are less likely to be hacked by not storing user credentials.

It is a well known fact that with a high data privileges, passwords are an every challenging issue for organizations.  The issue is addressed with the help of Azure Single Sign-on.

  1. Microsoft Azure – Accommodating & Complaint:-

When it comes to compliance, obviously all the organizations that are currently benefiting from Azure can blindly depend on Microsoft having done thorough ground work.

This will indeed enable great resource reallocation when certain industries like finance come under unwanted pressure than ever before due to business development.

  1. Microsoft Azure – Deployed Anywhere:-

Backed by such great tools such as Azure Stack organizations could use their data centre a if it’s Azure. They can use a single model to deploy on-premises and even to the cloud.

Exciting! Isn’t it?

In conclusion: If you afford to ignore these 10 Microsoft Azure business benefits here they are in a nutshell.

If you really want to experience the power of Microsoft Azure that can give to your organization, and the impacts that means, you should really access your Cloud options.  A great way to start is with our cloud service providers simple guide.

Let us know which Microsoft Azure business benefit the most. Write to us or download our guide.