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Microsoft Dynamics GP – What Future Holds?

When Microsoft released their newest solution Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central everyone had the same question – What Future holds for Dynamics GP? The new cloud ERP software targets the same small and medium business as Dynamics GP. To avoid further confusion Microsoft also released the road map of Dynamics GP for customers and partners to be transparent.
The latest Dynamics GP road map highlights the new version every year with the new capabilities, features, and improvements but at present scenario, Dynamics GP customers are left out for not possessing full cloud capabilities and holds no chance in future as well (maybe). Even community support is increasing day by day for D365. Due to these reasons some of the partners and customers are switching to Dynamics 365.

Below are the top 3 reasons for the switch

Scalability:

Scalability is so important for the growing organization, and it’s being vital for the companies to opt for cloud implementation. With Microsoft GP, with SaaS architecture providing a ‘Private Cloud’ an organization can only utilize the cloud benefits when they are internet connectivity.
As a result,
Microsoft GP on-premise solution comes into the picture, which needs to be installed at a customer site or hosted at a data-center. While in Dynamics 365 organization can work from any device, any location and that’s what everyone wants today.

Flexibility:

In Dynamics GP, it requires a third-party tool and some roundabout reporting efforts to produce a dimensional report. This is the second reason for the organization to switch over to Dynamics 365. It uses the dimensional reporting structure and can define a default dimension.

Upgrade Path:

The ready to start approach for Dynamics GP has been a little cumbersome. The solution is old, and it requires regular upgrades. Many organizations due to time constraints skip the upgrades, new release and choose to use the older version of the software.
While in Dynamics 365 upgrades are for certain intervals and are driven with some minor testing via a sandbox environment.

Conclusion:

It is essential for any partner or customer to understand the difference between the Dynamics 365 and Dynamics GP. Both are Microsoft Product, serving SME’s the only difference is the features they persist. While Microsoft continues to invest in GP, they are trying to make it easier for the GP users to move to the cloud. By opening the doors to Dynamics 365, businesses will have a chance to see if actionable analytics, enhancement in collaboration, and instant accessibility are enough to make the switch.
Dynamics GP has its unique advantages and quality. However, plenty of reasons are there for preferring Dynamics 365. If you are still not sure which solution to choose, contact our expert today.

Using Security Filters in NAV/Business Central to Limit Access

I want to restrict what my user can see in a listing page, or I want to restrict the user from accessing some type of documents, is it possible? This is the first and foremost question I have received from my NAV/BC clients over my career. The answer I give is ‘Yes, You Can!’. Limitation can be set by setting Security Filters in NAV/Business Central on the Permission Page.
Let’s emphasize and learn this function by taking one case of my client.

Client’s Case

“They have three different units in Bangalore, Ahmedabad, and Delhi and unit wise different users are there. In current systems, if their Ahmedabad user is making Purchase Order, then all unit’s PO user can see and execute.
User should not access or see another unit’s PO. The same way they want to restrict other documents to restrict if particular documents are not of their units.”
For this requirement generally, consultants are doing user setup-based development. But if the client’s company is organized and if they have an ERP manager who is controlling permission then we can give this standard functionality to them.

How to do?

Make unit wise different permission set.
First – Purchase Bangalore
Second – Purchase Ahmedabad
Third – Purchase Delhi

security filters 1

 

Now go in the “Permissions” by selecting the permission set.

Security Filters 2

 

Now select an advance filter and just filter on “Object ID” or “Object Name”.
In our case, we want to filter Purchase Order so select “Purchase Header” Object name.
And click on “Security Filter”

Security Filters 3

Now select the field by which you want to filter the documents and enter a value in Field Filter.
Since Shortcut dimension 1 is my Unit code I will select it and in filed filter enter “Ahmedabad” as this permission set is for Purchase Ahmedabad.

Security Filters 4

Security filter is applied now.
Now you can assign this permission set to users or user group.
After that Ahmedabad use can see only those Purchase Order in which unit is “Ahmedabad”

purchase security filter

As this was just a user case, we can still limit the access of the users as per the requirement and need of the client. The following can be the use case scenarios:

  1. Export Sales Person can see only export documents
  2. Restrict the users to view the employee type vendors or their associated documents. When Purchasing is made in NAV and employee are listed as a vendor in NAV.
  3. A specific group of users has access to only mechanical purchase items or consumable items.

Conclusion:
Advice is to make a copy of the permission set before applying the restrictions to the users. This step is essential because there is the possibility that all users with this permission will be stuck with this restriction.
If you want to have further assistance then, contact us or if you to wish to know NAV tips and tricks then click here.

5 technology trends impacting packaging industry

Technological shifts are a blessing for the packaging industry. These following 5 technology trends have made packaging a cost-effective and less time-consuming task. How have these trends become a significant table-turner in the packaging industry you ask? Let’s have a look.

An impact of Digital Transformation

The year 2018, was the year of changes and innovations in the packaging industry.

  1. Flex packing are outdone by the digital printing machines
  2. Barcode and QR code scanner became the alternative of the stickers.

These changes not only reduce the cost but also improves the performance and minimizes the product packaging time. Digitalization not only sways single machines and technological processes, but it can also change complete production lines with artificial intelligence.
With new business comes risks and challenges. Hence, the packaging manufacturers need to keep up with competitors and meet the growing needs of the market.

Growth in E-Commerce Sector

Who does not enjoy the online shopping experience? As more and more customers are welcoming online shopping, packaging plays a central role in both brand and consumer experience. With every online purchase, there is a need for the companies to be more adaptive towards the change.
Apart from speed, efficiency and, versatility – Automation plays a significant role in e-commerce and packaging. For the strong and distribution of e-commerce products, this could include machines that monitor when the heavy material stock has fallen to a pre-defined level and automatically send out a new order. With industry 4.0, there is also the possibility of intelligent monitoring of machine components, providing users with real-time information as to the status of the machine.

Analytics and Business Intelligence

With the more adaptation of digitalization, the packaging industry will look forward to having more benefits of machine learnings, analytics and BI tools which enables the manufactures to operate from an integrated data model and take over a legacy system.
Using analytical tools not only will affect the growth but also will help the manufactures in the production process. The most relevant aspect of machine learning is, it will allow the companies to address the problems which they were inadequate to identify and rectify previously. So, it is the analytics which will produce valuable data in multiple feasible ways.

According to The Future Of Manufacturing Technologies, 2018, Investment in the Internet of
Things (IoT) solutions is predicted to grow from $737B in 2016 to $1.521B in 2021, attaining
a 15.6% CAGR.

Moving with IoT and Cloud

The two essential elements are IoT and Cloud Computing. With IoT, packaging industries manage to get real-time analysis of product quality, machine performance, machine yields, etc.
With Cloud-based solution, packaging industries will witness the decline in Total Cost Ownership (TCO) and integration the advantages. As with other trends across the larger industrial sector, the benefits from Cloud are considered to evolve from a more various benefit set.

Recognizing the Partnership

It is difficult for any organization to undertake the challenges alone. They require a strategic partner with a reliable solution such as Dynamics 365 which understands how to integrate emerging technologies to address core business methods. Identifying a dependable organization, the packaging industry can surely reinvent themselves for a digitally driven world.
These trends have opened a world of opportunities for packaging industries to increase operational efficiency, product innovation, speed, etc. If you yearn to learn how Dynamics 365 can assist your industry, then Contact Us today.

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