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Microsoft Dynamics NAV ERP Continues to Evolve with NAV 2016

Microsoft Dynamics NAV – Formerly “Navision”

Microsoft Dynamics NAV evolved over the years as one of the leading ERP systems for growing businesses.  You may know of Microsoft Dynamics NAV more commonly as it’s former name “Navision.”  Originally, “Navision” was the name of a Danish accounting package that was founded in 1983. Microsoft acquired this system in 2002.  In a series of acquisitions, today Microsoft maintains 4 business management systems under the “Dynamics” branding that are part of a category of “Enterprise Resource Planning” systems or ERP.  An ERP system is a collection of business management software functions that are designed to connect many different business units under one system. 

Over the years, the Microsoft Marketing team have been busy rebranding the original “Navision”  with several name changes. You may have heard of it referred to as  “Navision Financials”, “Navision Solutions”, “Navision Attain”, and “Microsoft Business Solutions”.  Finally in 2005, Microsoft re-branded this ERP product and called it “Microsoft Dynamics NAV”.  People call this system “NAV” as it’s one word, however, the correct terminology is spelling out each of the words “N A V.” So now that you are prepared to chat about NAV with it’s new correct name, keep in mind old habits die slowly.  Despite all Microsoft’s efforts to maintain branding consistency, still users todaycontinure to call it “Navision.”

So what is Microsoft Dynamics NAV anyway? 

Microsoft Dynamics NAV is recognized as one of the leading global Enterprise level software for mid-sized businesses  designed to handle the complex interworking of a company’s financials, inventory, warehousing, sales, purchases, manufacturing, ect. Microsoft Dynamics NAV  streamlines supply chain operations and get a much better idea of trends and business data through advanced detailed reporting all under one system.  This makes real-time data readily available so businesses can make smart decisions keeping a daily pulse on the business rather than the traditional means of making decisions after month end reports are tediously gathered.

Through its history, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, has been released with many editions to help gain access to this vital business intelligence and to make it both easy-to-use and customizable to adapt to an organizations unique business needs.

Top 3 Enhancements to Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016

1. Business Intelligence: By utilizing a robust data base, such as Microsoft SQL reporting service, business data can be generated and shared for analysis across the enterprise.

2. User Interface:  A “RoleTailored” User interface was introduced in 2008 to increase productivity by having employees log onto their user interface screens that corresponds with their work title to access task that are most relevant to their position.  There are 21 “out-of-the” box roles such as Accounting Manager, Bookkeeper, IT Manager, Machine Operator, President, Purchasing Manager and Sales Manager to give some examples.  All of these RoleTailored Client or RTC roles are customizable and new roles can be added in addition.

3. Customization:  Also in 2008, part of the RoleTailored Client user interface design was part of a new ERP architecture called the Three-Tier Graphical User Interface or “GUI”. In this configuration, the data resides in the SQL data base (called the Data Tier), and the top tier accounts for the RTC User Interface called the Client Tier.  The middle tier, is called just that or sometimes the Server Tier.  This Middle Tier is a multi-tiered environment that is designed to host and execute all the business logic and makes a significant departure from the previous 2-tier ERP architecture. Having this additional layer makes NAV more scalable and customizable with the addition of NAV’s Web Services which makes it easy for other programs and systems to Integrate.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV continues to be updated and released on a more frequently basis.  You know when you invest in NAV that Microsoft will work on continuous improvements.  Since it’s creation in 1983, you can imagine there’s a lot of deep functionality to meet the needs of a variety of businesses and industries. The lastest version, called Dynamics NAV 2016, has improvements in financial management, document management, enhanced business insights, expanded cloud connectivity with other cloud-based services, plus integration with other Microsoft applications such as CRM, Office 365, and Mobile Technology.

Learn more about Microsoft Dynamics “Navision” NAV

Posted by iCepts Technology Group, Inc. An Accelos and Microsoft Dynamics NAV Partner in Pennsylvania

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Top 4 Small Business Management Software Apps for the Millennial Worker

Small Business Management Software Apps that Address the Needs of Millennials

One distinct quality of today’s Millennial worker is the need for independence and to feel like they are their own boss. Technology has granted this rising workforce with the tools of mobility to allow them the freedom to work when and where they want. There are several mobile apps that we will review that are used for business that give the modern worker access to information to be connected to their work. 

For the small business owner, it’s important to realize the needs of this growing Millennial workforce. In a publication released by Deloitte, in 10 years, Millennials will account for 75 percent of the workforce. This means SMBs across the world, will need to adapt to the needs of the modern worker since ethics, values and desires within this group are so drastically different than those of the previous generation. Before we review the popular small business management software apps, let’s first cover a few key qualities of the Millennial worker. These apps below address the following needs.

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Tags: business managment software, small business management software

The ROI: Inventory Optimization for Electrical Supply Companies

An electrical supply inventory optimization system is designed to bring order and control to the warehouse, directing the efficient movement of goods and labor, in turn reducing costs and improving customer service. Inventory accuracy is the key to maintaining an efficient warehouse and avoiding poor productivity, poor purchasing practices and poor customer service. An inventory optimization system offers a solution that ensures companies know what they have and where they have it in real time.

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Tags: Inventory Management, Electrical Supply Inventory Optimization, Electrical Supply, Inventory Optimization

10 Workflow Benefits of an Electrical Supply Inventory Optimization System

An effective electrical supply inventory optimization inventory optimization system is a complex piece of software comprised of various modules that integrate with each other and your accounting software.

Receiving and Putaway - Inventory can be received by a purchase order, product or container. Multiple vendors per container are supported. Wave receiving allows individual receivers to process multiple purchase orders at the same time, and multiple receivers to work on the same purchase order simultaneously. ASN Receiving handles check-in against manifests.

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Tags: Inventory Management, Electrical Supply Inventory Optimization, Electrical Supply, Inventory Optimization

Business Management Software: Examining Operations Management Software

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the term ‘business management software’? More confusion? Continue reading this blog article to understand what business management software means and all the software solutions it encompasses.

Business management software comprises of operations management software, CRM software, accounting software and business intelligence software.

In this article we will describe operations management software in detail. The next article in the blog series, will discuss CRM software, accounting software and business intelligence software in-depth.

What is Operations Management Software?

It is a vertical business management software application. Essentially it is focused on specific business processes and types of businesses vs. “horizontal applications” that apply to all businesses.

The software helps automate the day to day operations of the business. It helps plan and execute the businesses core and critical activities to manage products or services and generate revenue and expenses.

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Tags: Business Management Software, operations management software

Microsoft Dynamics NAV Consultant Reviews: Workflow and Document Templates in NAV 2016

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 Consultant Reviews How Workflow and Document Templates Help Increase Productivity

There have been so many new features in Enterprise Functionality for Small to Mid Sized Wholesale Distribution and Manufacturing companies in each release of Microsoft Dynamics NAV.  The beauty is that Microsoft NAV is quick to deploy, easy to use, and has the power to support the growth ambitions of SMBs worldwide.  One of the most exciting new functions in the latest release of Microsoft NAV 2106 are workflows and document templates.

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Tags: Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016, Microsoft dynamics NAV consultant

10 Automation Benefits of an Electrical Supply Inventory Optimization System

In today’s competitive marketplace, the primary focus of many electrical supply organizations is to reduce the costs associated with operations and customer service. To accomplish this, electrical supply companies are embarking on a wide range of process improvement initiatives. One proven method for increasing customer service without incurring additional long-term expenses is to take advantage of new technologies to improve a company’s supply chain efficiencies, including the implementation of an inventory optimization system. The inventory optimization concept has now matured into a collection of time-tested technologies that reduce inventory costs and increase overall inventory management efficiencies. By implementing electrical supply inventory optimization technology with an integrated back-office accounting system, organizations can achieve a higher return on their software dollars and provide the best possible service to their customers.

Electrical Distribution

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Tags: Inventory Management, Electrical Supply Inventory Optimization, Electrical Supply, Inventory Optimization

ERP Consultants Pick Top 4 Office 2016 Improvements

ERP Consultants Reviews: What’s New in Office 10

As ERP consultants, we get excited about technology and the improvements they make in our lives.  Actually, Office 10 has some excited features that we are happy to share with you!  We think you’ll find they will make a big impact on what you can do with your documents and email management.

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Sage X3 Consultant Tip: How To Add Action to the Field

Sage X3 Consultant Question: Action Field Options

I was working in the development tools in Sage X3 and I’ve been asked to update certain fields based on one field value. Is there a better way to handle this within the setup? 

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Tags: Sage X3 consultant, Sage x3 tips, Sage x3 Canada

Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) and Zone Picking Basics

Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) – Two Types of Zone Picking and the Basics

Today’s distribution centers (DC) understand the importance of maintaining accuracy while working to increase productivity Keeping up with this fulfillment challenges are two reliable constants. . As the Amazon affect begins to make just about every company a multi-channel fulfillment company, knowing if you are picking the right order or, more importantly, picking the order in the right way becomes an important determinant in the overall productivity of your operations.  Welcome to our series of blogs where we cover different picking methods and warehouse management systems (WMS) basic principles. In our previous warehouse management posts, we explored batch picking, wave picking and the basics of discrete picking.  In this blog, we will review the basics of zone picking as it relates to the assembly line part of the warehouse operations. 

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Tags: Warehouse Management, warehouse management system, warehouse automation

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