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How Dynamics 365 and Office 365 integration helps your business?

Businesses rely on many applications for seamless experience. When these applications are all centralized, you will get a seamless working experience that will also add to your productivity. Furthermore, with everything going on cloud, it has become important that you get access to your data and work on any device, at any time. Dynamics 365 is a cloud-based business solution with the combined capabilities of ERP and CRM while Office 365 is a subscription based package of productivity applications like Word, Excel, Outlook, etc. Hence, when you combine these two applications, the benefits become twofold. Dynamics 365 and Office 365 integration will:

  • Make your daily work easier with constant connectivity and easy access to the familiar applications
  • Track customer interactions and make sure you both are on the same page
  • Allow easy maintenance, better productivity, and more availability across various devices
  • Provide smarter insights to sales data

So how does combining Dynamics 365 and Office 365 benefit your business?

1. Excel and Dynamics 365microsoft excel logo

For most businesses, Excel is their go-to tool for calculations and analysis. But it is not just feasible to use Excel for all your business calculations when your business is large. You can integrate Excel with Dynamics 365 so that you can:

  • Use Excel Online directly in Dynamics 365 to update and analyse large amounts of records whenever needed
  • Save the updated information and analysis in Dynamics 365
  • View the up-to-date reporting data within Excel
  • Maintain user security role so you can control who can see which data

 

2. Word and Dynamics 365Image result for word

By integrating Word and Dynamics 365, you can access some features of Word right from Dynamics 365. Here’s how:

  • Get customer information from Dynamics 365 in quote or proposal template
  • Create sales documents in a jiffy
  • Easily merge and summarize customer data into Word templates

 

3. Outlook and Dynamics 365Image result for outlook

By integrating Dynamics 365 with Outlook, you can track customer interactions in a click. This combination is perfect for:

  • Tracking emails with ease
  • Creating new Dynamics 365 records from Outlook
  • Creating customer tasks quickly in Dynamics 365 and adding to the customer record
  • Viewing account information, sales activities, etc.
  • Tracking meetings and customer appointments
4. Skype for Business and Dynamics 365

Skype for Business is a trusted app for business meetings. By integrating this business meeting app to Dynamics 365, you can:

  • Call anyone directly from Dynamics 365
  • Get the details of all the call logs of a customer under its record
  • Conduct webinars or whiteboard discussions and send the recorded file to the participants
  • Keep a track of recipients of the recorded file under their respective customer record
5. OneNote and Dynamics 365Image result for onenote

OneNote is like a digital notebook for you to take notes on-the-go. Integrating it with Dynamics 365 (requires SharePoint integration) will help you:

  • Link your notes (OneNote files) including text notes, voice memos, spreadsheets, and images with CRM records
  • Make and edit notes within an activity wall record
6. SharePoint and Dynamics 365sharepoint

SharePoint is a document sharing and management tool by Microsoft. When integrated with Dynamics 365, it can help you:

  • Save database space and reduce your data storage
  • Access the documents in SharePoint within Dynamics 365 and vice versa
  • Collaborate with external users and even share documents
  • Source customer data from Dynamics 365 to SharePoint and those documents will get attached to the respective customer record

Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Office 365 are the business tools which have their own benefits, objectives and use. Thus, when you connect them together, they bring a new level of productivity, efficiency and ease of doing business. The integration is seamless, customer-oriented and empowers collaboration. For more information about this powerful combination, schedule a demo with us.

Dynamics NAV 2017: View Standard and Extension Objects Code in RTC

You can view Dynamics NAV Standard Objects Code and Extension code in RTC by following the below steps.

Prerequisite:

Code Viewer Control AddIn

 Dynamics NAV-Code Viewer Control AddIn

View Standard Objects Code in RTC

CAL Language is used in Dynamics NAV Objects. CAL is converted into C# at Compile Time. DotNet Framework then handles the converted C# code when object is ran and the appropriate result is displayed.
NAV saves this code in table 2000000071 Object Metadata.

2 Blob Fields:

  • User AL Code contains the C/Al code of the object.
  • User Code contains the C# code of the same object which is generated when the object is compiled.

This would also allow you to see code of objects which are not in your License range.
Create a simple Page “RTC Standard Objects Code” in NAV 2017 to see this code in RTC. Please see below snapshots for details.

1. View Standard Code Objects – C/AL
  • Select Object Type (Example – Table, Report, Codeunit, Page, Etc.)
  • Select Code Type (CAL, DotNet)
  • Enter Object Id
  • Click on Action – “View Standard Objects Code” You will see the Code in Code Tab.

 

2. View Standard Code Objects – DotNet

View Extension Code in RTC

Once the extension is installed for a tenant, you cannot see the objects in Developer environment. NAV stores these objects in table 2000000150 (Nav App Object Metadata).
Create a simple Page “RTC Extension Code” and “Nav App Object List” in NAV 2017 to see this code in RTC. Please see below snapshots for details.

3. NAV Installed Extensions

4. View Extension Code – C/AL
  • Select Code Type (CAL, DotNet)
  • Select Object Name from Nav APP Object List
  • Click on Action – “View Extension Code” You will see the Code in Code Tab.

 

 

5. View Extension Code – DotNet

 


You can download the Objects from here.
For more such tips and tricks about Dynamics NAV, check out my blog.

6 ways how Business Intelligence in manufacturing is revolutionizing the operations

Manufacturing companies are constantly finding ways to streamline their operations. With Big Data and Business Intelligence taking shape, manufacturing operations are improving at a faster pace. They are realizing that data and analytics can help immensely in improving the operational efficiencies and business processes. There was a time when examining a single process would take months of testing and re-testing the ideas and then implementing them. But today with the bloom of Business Intelligence, the situation is changing.
So, how does Business Intelligence help you improve manufacturing operations? Business intelligence can streamline your operations by giving you detailed and actionable insights that help you continuously fine-tune your production line. Here are six ways how business intelligence is revolutionizing the manufacturing operations.

1. Improve your supply chain management

Transportation costs, repair costs, various KPIs, maintenance trends etc. are to be measured for effective supply chain management. When you have a drill down insights, analysis and historical trends on your hands, you can make better decisions. This is all possible with business intelligence in manufacturing. If certain components are not working as they should be, analytics will help you spot them before they become an issue. Thus, analytics helps you become proactive.

2. Predictive Analytics Makes You Smarter 

What if you could predict future? You would make sure you are safe or rich or somewhere good. Business intelligence provides you with predictive analysis so that you can uncover trends, patterns and behaviours. With predictive analysis, you not only think about what happens every day on the shop floor but also can take actions to the operations. Service the machinery before it depreciates and lowers production.

3. Get alerts before any problem arises

Manufacturing process is constantly under operation and you can’t afford it to stop even for a short time. Still, the best you can do is waiting until issues arise and then fixing them. You can become proactive and prevent many such problems by incorporating big data analytics and business intelligence in manufacturing. It empowers systems to fix themselves in many cases and give you alerts if the situation is worse.

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4. Evaluate your machine’s effectiveness

Simply buying and installing a machine doesn’t ensure streamlined production. Many other factors such as poor installation, misuse, maintenance, more downtime, etc. are to be taken into consideration for better efficiency. By incorporating data analytics and business intelligence in manufacturing, you know how your machines are operating. You get real-time insight into how well their manufacturing lines are operating. This is helpful in streamlining workflows in a production center, and is becoming increasingly commonplace.

5. Demand forecasting made easy

According to a survey LNS Research and MESA International, better forecasts of product demand and production is made easy with big data analytics. Demand forecast is utmost necessary for any business as it guides your production line, inventory, supply chain and customer service. Though historical data is used as a base by many companies, data analytics can give you a real picture on more actionable forward-looking data. This is based on how well operations are aligned, thus leading to smarter risk management and less production waste.

6. Manage Your Warehouse Better
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Managing inventory is one of the most important aspects for manufacturers. If you can’t manage it efficiently, you might end up making losses. It is more than just storing. Building efficient arrangement structures and planning products’ flow can improve operations as well as your bottom line. Business intelligence makes it easier to manage your inventory and warehouses better.
All the industries and sectors of businesses and their processes are shifting for betterment. With Industrial Revolution 4.0, big data, data analytics, business intelligence and IoT (Internet of Things) are changing traditional business models. They are adding to the bottom line and help you streamline the business processes.
If you have still not evaluated any of these new technologies, now is the time to join the revolution. To figure out how your business will benefit from advanced analytics and business intelligence, get in touch with us.

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