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Directions EMEA 2017 Madrid - Day 1 Review

Directions EMEA Day 1 Overview

In a recent blog we discussed the reasons for going to Directions EMEA – now it is finally here! With Dynamics 365 bringing together Dynamics NAV/Dynamics 365 with Dynamics CRM, this event has grown massively, with a lot of sessions focussed on the integration of the two products, as well as their future together.

Here we will discuss an overview of what we learnt at today’s wide range of seminars.

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We are going to Directions EMEA 2017!

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22 September 2017

Directions EMEA Microsoft Product Update

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We are going to Directions EMEA 2017!

One of the ways Microsoft releases information is via big conferences and the main one for NAV partners is Directions. In July, they hold an event called Inspire, which is all about building awareness and showing the company ethos. This is then followed by Directions in October, which provides an in depth look at the new Business product releases. Traditionally this has been a Microsoft Dynamics NAV event, but with Dynamics 365 brings together the ERP and CRM worlds. 

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Practical Ways of Addressing GDPR Legislation

GDPR -  A Practical View

If you have read our previous blogs on what is GDPR and the ICO advice on GDPR, you will know that the General Data Protection Regulations apply to your business and need to be conformed to by May 2018. You will also know that there is a lot to take in and actioning all of the requirements is causing a lot of headaches! However, to help launch your GDPR journey we have split down tasks into some bitesize chunks so that you can start making headway.

Don’t let GDPR spiral out of control
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GDPR – Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulations

What on Earth is GDPR?!

We have been speaking to a lot of businesses about GDPR, and the response is one of two options:

  1. I have no idea what you are talking about, GDP-what?
  2. Oh don’t talk to me about GDPR, it is the bane of my life!

We read all sorts of figures about the high percentage of UK businesses, especially in the SMB space, that have no plan, willing or even awareness of the new regulations.

Confused about GDPR
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The Business Software Showcase 2016 was a success

Thank you for making the Business Software Showcase a success!

Last week saw the return of the Business Software Showcase, Dynamics Consultants’ event to bring the latest business management software and practices to the new and experienced alike. Supported by Microsoft, various solution providers and local industry, the event drew the largest crowd yet. So thank you to everyone who made it possible, from contributors to guests, and of course to our ever popular team of experts!

The results of the feedback are still coming in, but so far the day has scored 4.4 Stars!

The Business Software Showcase 2016 was a huge success
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Microsoft Align Pound Sterling Prices to Euro Value

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23 November 2016

Microsoft pound sterling price

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Microsoft Have Announced a Price Increase

To give us some early warning, Microsoft have announced that there will be a price increase, starting 1st January 2017. Although Microsoft pricing is generally very stable, they occasionally make adjustments based on currency fluctuations. Following the nose-dive in the value of the Pound, we have seen a lot of press regarding increasing price lists, such as the controversial argument between Unilever and Tesco. Now, in the name of continuity, we have been told that there will be a 13% increase for on-premise enterprise software, and a 22% increase on enterprise cloud prices. As a partner, we have been assured that all pricing will remain extremely competitive in the marketplace.

Download the update from Microsoft >

Microsoft pricing update for British pound

 

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Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 What’s New Features

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12 October 2016

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 New Features

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Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 New Features Announced

As Microsoft approved partners, our consultants are at Directions EMEA finding out all of the latest in the Dynamics world. The keynote speakers and Microsoft engineers presented a quick overview this morning of all of the new features of Dynamics NAV 2017, the next release for their business ERP software. Full details will be released as the week progresses, but for now here is an interesting overview.

Dynamics NAV 2017 whats new overview
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Configure Dynamics NAV for Microsoft Social Listening

What is Social Listening? 

With the ever growing world of social media, it is very often difficult for businesses to see the benefit as any more than a billboard for product announcements. Social listening allows you to take the data available on social media platforms and turn them into real business insights, not only to engage with customers, but also to gain trends in the market place. For example, if you knew that there was an increase in popularity of a product, your purchasers would be able to manage stock accordingly.

Social Listening for your Dynamics NAV ERP

Microsoft Social Listening

Microsoft provide this using Social CRM. Microsoft Social Engagement is a powerful CRM service that puts cutting edge tools in the hands of your sales, service and marketing teams. Connect on social media with customers, fans and critics to gain insight regarding how people really feel about your business.

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Microsoft Product Training, September October November

Upcoming Training Courses for Microsoft Products 

Our professional training courses are ideal for members of staff who need to learn more about creating reports, managing finances, setting up users in Microsoft Dynamics® NAV or managing your Microsoft SQL® Servers.

Our website now has details of courses running over the next few months, including:

Professional Microsoft training at our Southampton offices, Hampshire
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Microsoft SQL Server Case Study

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19 September 2016

Microsoft SQL Server Case Study

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Microsoft SQL Server

Microsoft SQL Server® is a market leading enterprise level database solution used by any a large number and variety of applications on which to host their databases and store their data.  Microsoft SQL Server is an incredibly powerful, scalable and robust solution, however it is it’s robustness that often leads customers into a false sense of security.

Microsoft SQL server - protect yourself from the issues

As with anything in life, things can go wrong, and this is true with SQL Server.  Your valuable data can be lost for a number of reasons such as hardware failure, theft, fire, flood, user error etc. and so it is worth planning for such events to make recovery as painless as possible.

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SQL Server 2016 General Release

Microsoft Announce General Release of SQL Server 2016

SQL has long been the go-to database platform providing market leading security and Business Intelligence (BI) capabilities. Now Microsoft have released SQL Server 2016, which is packed full of new features. As a company specialising in business management software (i.e. Microsoft Dynamics® NAV) with SQL databases at their core, our focus is on the real world benefits to people trying to manage their business systems. Here we will look at some of the key features. 

SQL Server 2016: Everything Built In

The reality of The Internet of Things

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Business Software Showcase Date Announced in Southampton

The Business Software Showcase is Back! 

We are excited to announce that the date has been set for the 2016 Business Software Showcase:

10th November 2016

Following the marked success last year, with presentations from representatives of Microsoft, specialist solution providers and our own directors, as well as break-out sessions giving all of the latest information in business management technologies, we are now preparing for an even bigger and better event for 2016.

The day is all about learning about what is available on the market, as well as getting lots of ideas of what can be achieved through collaboration and integration of your business software. Many of our customers come to the event to discuss with other users about ways of using their system, which also provides a great platform for people just starting out, to get some advice from experienced companies. And the best thing of all, the event is completely free!

Business Software Showcase Presentation
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Trainee Web Developer Passes Microsoft Exams

Microsoft Approved Staff

As a Microsoft specialist it is important to us to keep our staff trained and certified in the Microsoft products. As you will be aware from our other blogs, we do a lot of training of apprentices to bring new talent into the industry. Ed recently completed his Apprenticeship at Highbury College entitled “Level 3 Extended It & Telecoms”. But this is not the end of his journey!

Approved

Congratulations on Passing Your Microsoft Exams

Congratulations to Ed for passing the “98-361 Software Development Fundamentals Microsoft Certification exam”, which covers a wide range of general programming principles. We will continue to train him and he has a couple of other qualifications lined up already, all part of the development our employees. 

Ed Leeman

 

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Microsoft Office 365 General Release Planner tool

Organize Teams with Microsoft Planner

Microsoft have just put out a general release of a new tool as part of Office 365, Microsoft Planner. The preview has been available for a little while now and we have found this to be easy to use and potentially problem solving for a lot of our customers. This video explains how using a wide range of tools the files and conversations involved with a project are easily organised. Features include:

  • Planner hub with visual progress tracker
  • Project plans
  • Tasks and buckets
  • Easily assign people to tasks
  • Discussions and comments, attached to the task
  • Charts view with visual representation from graphs
  • Re-assign tasks
  • Works across devices and platforms
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July Microsoft Training in Hampshire

High Quality Training from the Experts

Many people have benefited from our scheduled training, which we hold in our offices near Southampton, Hampshire. From SQL Server training to use of Office 365 integration with Microsoft Dynamics® NAV, our expert consultants provide high quality training at our comfortable and modern offices. 

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Five ways to turn business data into insight

Put information to work

Knowledge is power. Put real-time, role-relevant information into your team’s hands and they'll make quick, confident, forward looking decisions for your business.

Put information to Work with cloud computing

 

Transform big data into your next big idea

Turn years of facts and figures – from sales performance to individual transactions – into insight you can easily analyze. Then use it to spot trends and make accurate projections about inventory levels, staffing requirements, or future product trends for years to come.

Factors driving interest in data analysis
Factors driving interest in data analysis

 

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Training Courses in Full Swing

Full Calendar of Training Courses Now Running

Having run a few scheduled training courses over the last year we have now have a full calendar. Our courses will now run regularly at a range of technical levels.

We provide high quality training from our team of experienced consultants. Snacks and lunch is provided and we cater for your dietary requirements.

Training in full swing

Next Month's Courses

We have a full line up for May with the following courses running:

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Office 365 May Update

Microsoft Office 365 Updates for May 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: 

Productivity

  • Excel Online Updates - in-browser updates 
    • Number formats now easier to use
    • Pivot Tables -
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Business Software Showcase - Guest Speaker!

Andrea Ely, Partner Technology Stategist from Microsoft

We are proud to announce that Andrea Ely, Partner Technology Strategist from Microsoft, will be attending our Business Software Showcase on the 20th November! As the guest speaker, Andrea will be opening the Showcase with a speech about IoT (Internet of Things) and MSFT Social Engagement. Register here now to join us!

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