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Manufacturing Matters - Pascoe International

An Interview with Richard Watson

Chief Executive of Pascoe International

The next instalment of our series Manufacturing Matters, running up to the report we commissioned from Decision Magazine, is now here. Richard Watson is the Chief Exec of Pascoe International, the world's leading manufacturer of luxury yacht tenders. Many of you will not have the bankroll to know what that is, so here is an explanation! Luxury yachts are often too large to bring into dock, or at least prefer the privacy of being anchored off-shore. This means that they rely on smaller vessels (tenders) to transfer anything from guests to delivery of supplies. Pascoe specialises in manufacturing tenders to a level that matches the mother ship, which requires a huge skill-set. 

Manufacturing Matters Interview with Pascoe International
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Microsoft Teams Announced for General Availability

General Availability for Microsoft Teams

In November 2016 we released a blog announcing Microsoft Teams. Satya Nadella announced the next big step in the Office 365 story for collaboration. This tool brings together a number of existing functionality, such as Skype for Business, Groups and SharePoint Online, to help people work together. Now, with a number of updates, including suggestions from users, the product has been released globally to 181 markets in 19 languages.

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Business Software and e-Commerce at The Business Show

We are Exhibiting at The Business Show

See us on Stand 7144 on 17th -18th May at the Excel

Dynamics Consultants are pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at the The Business Show. The free to attend exhibition will run from 17th to 18th May 2017 at the ExCel London and showcases hundreds of businesses and a range of seminars from industry experts. Included in the guest speakers is Dragon’s Den star Hilary Devey CBE, this show attracts a wide range of business owners and is a must do show for people managing growing businesses.

Business software experts at the Business Show, at the Excel
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Proud Sponsors of Nathan Cook Golf

Proud Sponsors of Nathan Cook Golf!

We are excited to announce that this year we will be sponsoring Nathan Cook Golf. Nathan is the Head Teaching Professional at Southampton Golf Club. As a PGA Qualified Coach, Nathan offers high quality training, as well as making his way around the competition circuit. Be sure to let us know if you see him on the course or out and about on the road with his new car livery! We will be blogging and posting on social media about special offers and competitions so keep an eye out for the latest news. 

Proud Sponsors of Nathan Cook Golf, Southampton Golf Trainer
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Manufacturing Matters - Morgan Contract Furniture

An Interview with Rodney McMahon

Managing Director of Morgan Contract Furniture

The second in our series of Manufacturing Matters Interviews, running up to the report we commissioned from Decision Magazine, is now here. We spoke with the MD of Morgan Contract Furniture, Rodney McMahon, about his views of the manufacturing industry, especially with regard to IT and technology and how it is landscaping the future of UK businesses. As the owner of the UK's foremost independent manufacturer of furniture for the leisure and corporate markets, he discusses 3D printing and the frustrations of IT when it doesn't work. 

Manufacturing Matters Interview with Morgan Contract Furniture
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Office 365 April 2017 Update

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for April 2017

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: 

Client Update Cadence

  • Updates are often mentioned that are in first release only
  • Consumer plans need to be on the Insider Program to get updates immediately
  • Business and Enterprise users need to meet a
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Manufacturing Matters An Industry Report ICS Cool Energy

Manufacturing Matters

A major report commissioned by Dynamics Consultants will demonstrate the worldclass attributes of manufacturers based in the south of England, with a consideration of  their particular qualities and their take on technology, globalisation, the supply chain, customer expectation, and the availability of the skillsets required now and in the future.

 

Each fortnight leading up to publication, the latest thought-provoking interview with a director of one of the companies to be included in the report will be available here for you to download. 

Manufacturing Industry report by the software experts

 

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eCommerce platform nopCommerce version 3.90 released

Announcing the New Release of nopCommerce - Version 3.90!

As experts in supplying both off-the-shelf and bespoke e-commerce solutions, the latest updates to nopCommerce are very exciting for us – and they should be for you too! The latest version, nopCommerce 3.90, focusses on updates to marketing and content management functionality. Improvements to the admin area have also been made, with simplifications making the user experience (UX) a lot better.

e-Commerce Webshop platform nopCommerce 3.90 has been released!

 

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Configuring profiles for NAV without Configuration Mode

Configuration Mode for Microsoft Dynamics® NAV

Users in Microsoft Dynamics NAV are set against profiles – profiles are typically grouped into job roles and help users get access to parts of the system that they need the most. For example, Sales people will access a completely different area of the system to the Warehouse team on a day to day basis.

To be able to edit the profiles the user must access NAV using the command prompt or a modified short cut. However, there are a number of reasons why this is not always possible.

Configuring Microsoft Dynamics NAV Profiles
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Office 365 March 2017 Update

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for March 2017

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: 

My Analytics

  • Set goals for time spent on tasks
  • Accessed via delve

Power BI

  • Removed 100 row limit for tables in the mobile app
  • New Table Features
  • Power BI Admin Role
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Business Software, MRP & WMS at Southern Manufacturing

We are Exhibiting at Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Show

See Dynamics Consultants at Stand E62!

Dynamics Consultants are pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at the Southern Manufacturing and Electronics show. The free to attend exhibition will run from 21st to 23rd March 2017 and showcases over 450 businesses and a range of seminars from industry experts. Based on the edge of the Farnborough airfield in Hampshire, this is the must do show for buyers, managers and business owners.

Southern Manufacturing and Electronics Exhibition Hampshire
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Embed Interactive Power BI Reports in SharePoint Online

17 February 2017

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Show Power BI Reports in SharePoint Online

Previously it has been difficult to put Power BI content into SharePoint Online, which is a key part of data communication in a business. Microsoft have now announced the first release of an out-of-the-box web part for the Modern Pages Infrastructure of SharePoint Online. This will allow you to embed Power BI reports directly on to SharePoint Online pages without the requirement for any coding. 

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Office 365 February 2017 Update

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for February 2017

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: 

OneDrive Updates

  • OneDrive Sync Clients now syncs with SharePoint Online
  • SharePoint on premises will need to continue to use the second sync app

LinkedIn Learning Courses

  • 60 New training courses
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Google Analytics in nopCommerce - Duplicate Transactions

Google Analytics Duplicate Transactions in nopCommerce

In the standard nopCommerce Google Analytics plugin, there can sometimes be a case where a user returns to a page, say a checkout completed page, and causes Google Analytics Transaction code to resubmit back to your Google Analytics reports. This issue causes Google Analytics to show you that you might have made more orders than you actually have, your number of sales and even your revenue figures may be effected. 

This sort of issue can occur in the following scenarios:

  • Returning to the page via emailed link or bookmark.
  • Refreshing the page.
  • Navigating to a different page and returning via back button.
  • Page restoring from a closed browser session or on a smartphone.
Google Shopping Transactions

Our Solution

We have come up with a solution to this. Our solution is to only fire the Google Analytics Tracking Code if the order has been created within 15 minutes of the users session. Google does not accept

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General Ledger Account Categories in Dynamics NAV 2017

Every accounts package is built around a Chart of Accounts which is used to record and analyse expenditure, income and balances. Microsoft Dynamics NAV® is no exception to this and as standard, it has a Chart of Accounts such as that in the picture.

This allows the accounts to be grouped and totals for individual accounts calculated (highlighted in red in the screenshot). There is also a distinction between Balance Sheet and Income Statement accounts (highlighted in yellow).

That’s OK as far as it goes, but accountants would want more analysis of their Chart of Accounts than that; for instance, identifying Liquid and Fixed Assets or Current and Long-term Liabilities. The individual account codes for these categories may not all be in one group but scattered around the Chart of Accounts so some other way of grouping individual accounts may be required.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV® 2017 has just such a mechanism, known as Account Categories and this article explores what this functionality does.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV indented Chart of Accounts

 

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Office 365 January 2017 Update

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for January 2017

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: 

Microsoft PowerPoint QuickStarter

  • Enter topic and choose slide and design as a start for PowerPoint
  • Focus on the presentation content

Excel Updates – Power Query updates

  • 10 new data transformation connectivity features
  • Get and Transform
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nopCommerce Google Merchant Center Plugin in Action

Sell more through Google Shopping

Google Merchant Center (American product, American spelling of centre!) is the tool used for including products on Google shopping. The requirement to be featured in Google searches is to keep stock and pricing up to date – which can be a very laborious task if you are doing it manually.

Sell your products on Google shopping using our merchant centre plug-in
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The latest nop templates available from pro nopcommerce

Two New Exciting Templates for nopCommerce!

Those of you who have followed our blog may be aware of the e-Commerce Essential solution, the easy way to sell online with a professional website, based on nopCommerce. This solution uses the Pro nopCommerce Themes, providing a responsive and attractive layout for your web shop. Two new themes have now been released nopElectro and nopHippie. As with the other themes, these are not just limited to our off the shelf solution; they can be used on any developed solution from the Dynamics Consultants web development team.

nopCommerce nopElectro template, ideal for selling electronic products

 

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Office 365 December 2016 Update

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for December 2016

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, which covers the following areas: 

Microsoft Teams Announced

  • Integration with Office 365 tools
  • Builds extra features

Scalable Vector Graphic Icons

  • Looks great at any size
    • No longer have any issues with pixelated images
  • Change features such as line and fill colour
  • 3D support coming soon
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Kitchen Sinks and Taps e-Commerce web store goes Live

The Kitchen Sinks and Taps
e-Commerce Site is now Live!

Kitchen Sinks and Taps sells within the kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms (KBB) industry. Their aim is to provide products quickly and at a trade level low price to both consumers (B2C) and businesses (B2B). This is achieved by only selling through an e-Commerce web shop which keeps the selling effort to a minimum and greatly reduces running costs. We have developed their new website on the nopCommerce platform, hosting a wide range of market leading features.

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