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How is Software Shaping Accountancy?

Is Software Replacing Accountants?

With business software solutions becoming more readily available for smaller businesses and Artificial Intelligence (AI) becoming a reality, the world of accountancy is really changing. We talked to our inhouse expert, Martin Coates, about how accountants can stay relevant and provide value to their customers.

Tablet – modern accountancy software
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Solving the issues of Sales and stock for online stores

Supply and Demand 

Supply and demand is the lifeblood of successful businesses. 

A  lack of stock can severely disrupt the operations of even the most established and loved brands, causing potentially irreversible damage to their brand power.

International fried chicken giant, KFC, caused a media storm in recent weeks when it ran out of stock causing them to close branches  up and down the country. While online memes and consumers trying out their own recipes at home quickly popped up, ensuring stock levels reflect demand and can be consistently maintained is crucial to a business's operations and image.  

integrating your back office with your online ecommerce web shop
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What is the Role of the Accountant in Today’s Market?

Getting Accountancy Right

Whether you are an in-house accountant or an accountancy firm, getting a company’s accounts right is more than just balancing the books. We spoke to our inhouse accountancy expert, Martin Coates, for open, honest and reliable advice on the accountant’s role. Martin worked for over 20 years as an accountant and an auditor before working a long career in business management software.

How to be a good Accountant
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Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is Launched

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is Launched!

Last November we discussed the future of Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations – Business Edition. The blog described the evolution of D365 for F&O to gain the functionality of NAV and with a new name, which has now been released – Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
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Courier Integration for Microsoft Dynamics NAV Released

The Release of Courier Integration for Dynamics NAV

We are excited to announce the release of DC Courier Integration. Our add-on solution allows you to manage calling in your couriers and printing labels whilst reducing the human error factor. Get the competitive advantage with a slick and efficient integrated system that gives you control over the shipping process.

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Power BI March Feature Update – Connectors and Bookmarking

Power BI March updates

March brings some exciting updates to Power BI, including several of the most popular connectors becoming generally available and the release of bookmarking which allows you to create bookmarks from scratch in the Power BI Service. They are also previewing report page tooltips, which lets you use visuals in your own customer designed tooltips.

Power BI March Update Tooltip Report
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How Virtual Reality Improves Customer Relationships, with Thomas Sanderson

An Interview with the Directors of Thomas Sanderson

Derek Bradbury and Andy Briggs joined us for our latest Manufacturing Matters interview.

Thomas Sanderson is the UK's largest manufacturer and supplier of conservatory and window blinds, and a leading manufacturer of wooden shutters

Located in Waterlooville, Portsmouth, the company believes that in today’s market, it is necessary to invest in technology. This is crucial not only as it helps Thomas Sanderson to sustain its position in the blinds and shutters marketplace, but most importantly, ensure because this investment positively impacts potential and existing customers while also benefitting its staff.

Interview with the directors of Thomas Sanderson
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There’s snow solution? Try Cloud Computing!

Is there snow solution?

I know what you are thinking, that is a great pun, but it doesn’t help the stress caused by the snow day. The fairytale concept of going out to play in the snow with the family and the dog who can’t get enough of this cold white powder is in fact a cause for many problems for businesses. Those problems are there for both employers and staff. If you are reading this on the day of posting, well done for being one of the ones that made it in. Wrap your hands around your hot beverage, and once you have finished enjoying the video of my puppy in the snow, read on to understand both sides and how we can actually solve a lot of the problems. 

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Power BI Desktop February Update: Providing a deeper analysis and performance improvements

Power BI Desktop updates

It’s an exciting time for Power BI as this month’s updates focus on modifications which have been in high demand Cloud and subscription- based products allow suppliers to respond to requests and issues – a concept that Microsoft is championing with the latest release. These updates include multi-selecting data points across multiple charts and syncing slicer values across multiple pages of a report.

Power BI updates in February 2018
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Overcome human errors with courier integration and barcode scanning

Human Errors and the Unhappy Customer

In the world of warehousing, human error can be very costly, and it is not just the direct cost that is the issue. Sending items to the wrong address may not only lose any profit on the sale, but repeated mistakes will lead to unhappy customers and a reputation for poor customer service . In the modern world where customers take to social media, your business’ reputation could be ruined by a few simple mistakes. Human error is defined as: 

“the propensity for certain common mistakes by people; the making of an error as a natural result of being human” – dictionary.com

Human errors in the warehouse
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How You can shape the future of Accounting Software - Accountex

Accountex – what is it and who is it for?

Held at the Excel in London, Accountex is the UK’s largest exhibition dedicated to accountancy and finance professionals. With exhibitors ranging from large finance software companies to training specialists, this show attracts thousands of accountants from both accountancy practices and businesses eager to learn more about the financial landscape and how they can best optimise their practices. The reason the show is so popular is not just the wide variety of exhibition stands – Accountex is packed with seminars as part of their education program. These provide useful information on legislation, best practices, industry insights, etc.

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Review of Southern Manufacturing and Electronics 2018

Review of Southern Manufacturing and Electronics 2018

This month I travelled with our MD, Tom Jenkins, to the Southern Manufacturing and Electronics Expo in Farnborough. I have exhibited at the show for many years, both at Dynamics Consultants and in previous roles, and Tom has a wide range of contacts in the industry. As such, this is an ideal place for DC as a knowledge hub for the manufacturing industry in the south coast to get a feel for the current climate.

Director Tom Jenkins at the Southern Manufacturing Show 2018
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Modifying Dynamics NAV Reports Keeps You Ahead of the Curve

Reports in Microsoft Dynamics NAV

One of the many benefits of Microsoft Dynamics NAV is it's reporting capability. From viewing lists as charts, to exporting to Excel and Power BI; there are a wide range of options available for improving productivity, simplifying processes and getting the most out of your day. 

By far the most popular feature of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, however, are standard NAV Reports.

Accessing Dynamics NAV Code for report writing
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How Industry 4.0 is changing the face of ERP for the manufacturing industry

What is Industry 4.0?

In recent years, the phrases ‘Industry 4.0’, ‘Internet of Things’ and ‘Big Data’ have been industry buzzwords. Although  key phrases in technical jargon, do we really understand what they mean? And, how can we best utilise them to engineer growth

Realistically,  most technology now has computers embedded within them, complete with measuring devices and interconnectivity.

The sheer amount of measurement that takes place creates a huge volume  of information (Big Data), which due to the internet and the availability of cloud storage, can be processed and stored. This cloud-stored information is then available for us, and other devices, to access and use – which today is more commonly known as the Internet of Things (IoT).

Industry 4.0 Technology
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Office 365 January 2018 Update

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for January 2018

One of the benefits of Office 365 is the continual updates that they are providing in functionality, be it user experience or administration tools. See the video with Jim Naroski, which covers the following areas: 

 

  • Whiteboard App Preview
    • Freeform canvas
    • People, ideas and content come together
    • Built for creative freeform thinking
    • Limitless surface
    • Freeform drawings turned to standard shapes
    • Free on Microsoft Appstore
  • PowerPoint
    • Export to video
    • Export to 4k Ultra HD
    • Record and time with voice and laser pointer
  • Sway
    • Refreshed user interface
    • Storyline and Design tabs
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Manufacturing Matters - Alfatronix

An Interview with Keith Reilly

Managing Director of Alfatronix

Keith Reilly, MD of Alfatronix, joined us for the latest in our Manufacturing Matters interviews.

With a strong £5m turnover, Keith shared his thoughts on staying lean and agile to maintain success, as well as giving his staff the freedom to get the job done. 

Alfatronix logo - Manufacturing Matters interview with Keith Reilly
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Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 New Features

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 Released

In a recent blog, we announced the general release of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018. In this blog we will look at the new features that have been announced in the latest release that will effect end users. For those that are interested in new  releases for developers, we will be releasing a follow up blog with information on this – sign up below to be kept up to date on all of the latest! On testing, it has been reported that there are a few minor bugs with specific features, but these are likely to be fixed before you decide to install or upgrade.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 Released

 

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nopCommerce 4.0 Released

nopCommerce 4.0 Now Available! 

On 9th November the NopCommerce team announced the release of version 4.0. Alongside some new features, some improvements and some bug fixes, the new version has been developed with ASP.NET Core.

From a non-technical perspective, the advantage to using ASP.NET Core is that it can be built upon .NET Standard instead of the .Net Framework. The difference is that .Net Framework has to sit in a Windows Operating System so by extension, your application that depends on it also has to be hosted in a Windows environment. With .Net Standard, it doesn’t rely on Windows libraries like .Net Framework, so it can be installed on both Linux and Mac environments. By extension this means that an ASP.Net Core application can also be run in those environments providing it targets .Net Standard.

nopCommerce 4.00 released with ASP.NET Core
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Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 is here

Dynamics NAV 2018 Has Been Released!

We are excited to announce that Microsoft’s ERP solution for the SMB market has been released today, Microsoft Dynamics NAV. As part of the ongoing journey of this product, we are excited to see the latest features. As is always the way with the release of the NAV products, information will slowly be released over the coming weeks. If you would like to be kept updated, please provide your details in the form below. In the mean time, here are the first pieces of released information, the Minimum operating requirements and the licencing guide!

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 Released
 
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Office 365 Monthly update – November 2017

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for November 2017

It is an exciting time for Office 365, with continual monthly updates allowing for the latest tools to bring new offerings as part of the Office 365 package. Here are this month’s highlights.

 

  • Ignite 2017
    • Empowering employees
    • Modernizing business processes
    • Advancing the enterprise cloud
  • A new vision of intelligent communications
    • Replacing Skype for Business client
    • Before meetings Teams will surface relevant information to help you prepare
    • During meeting, conversations can be captured, transcribed and time coded with closed captioning
    • Conversations, documents, notes and action items can be reviewed, indexed and searched by the entire team
  • Office.com app launcher
    • Makes it quicker to get to apps
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