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Understanding the importance of sales and marketing alignment

Generating leads consistently is only work half done. In the traditional marketing strategy, the two departments – sales and marketing working independently of each other might have worked because this alignment was tedious. However, with B2B marketing shifting to account-based marketing, aligning sales and marketing have become one of the most important factors to ensure consistent and efficient sales funnel optimization.
According to Blend, highly aligned organizations can achieve 38% lead to sales conversion rates while misaligned organizations, meanwhile, fail to follow up on 50% of marketing leads, and 79% of them never turn into sales.

What happens when sales and marketing are not in sync?

Marketing and sales departments often set their strategies, and goals, separately from each other. This creates tension amongst the personnel at the very basic level and potential revenue loss on the extreme. In fact, sales and marketing misalignment is the number one reason why an organization’s annual revenue stagnates or, worse, declines.
One of the most common proofs of this misalignment is when you hear your sales reps complaining about the lead quality and in return, marketing reps accusing sales of poor follow-up. This means you are wasting your time and budget without understanding the underlying problem.

Why should aligning sales and marketing be your top priority?

The traditional buyer journey is seeing a drastic change due to the easy availability of information online. Potential buyers now prefer scouting for the information online rather than engaging with salespeople. This changing buyer behavior has driven a shift in sales and marketing strategies at all levels of the funnel.
This demands that both the departments need to be ready to respond to the leads at any stage, any time, and of course, satisfactorily.
According to their CMO’s Agenda report, Aberdeen Group found that by effectively lining up sales and marketing, you can:

  • Generate 32% higher revenue
  • Retain 36% more customers
  • Achieve 38% higher win rates

When sales and marketing are in alignment, they know more and better, which in turn will reflect in the overall revenue numbers. Not only that, but it can also:

  • Streamline fragmented or distorted customer journey
  • Make segmentation and nurturing efficient
  • Improve the quality of the leads for sales to follow
  • Give insights into which leads to market to
  • Show potential of leads turning into opportunities and then to closures
  • Offer insights into the performance of sources and content
  • Share historical data about leads at different stages

Conclusion

Sales and marketing alignment is so vital now that there is a new term for it – Smarketing. HubSpot defines Smarketing as “an alignment between your sales and marketing teams created through frequent and direct communication between the two”. Syncing sales and marketing will help you uncover unique insights into the sales process, optimize your sales and marketing strategies, close better deals faster, and boost up revenues.
Ready to align your sales and marketing teams? With Microsoft Dynamics 365 Marketing, you can start now. Contact us to learn how you can bring sales and marketing together at your organization.

What’s new in Microsoft Teams?

Remote working has become the priority of every organization and school for the safety and well-being of employees as well as students. In this pandemic situation, Microsoft Teams is a breeze of relief. Microsoft Teams is moreover, playing a critical role in helping them stay connected through video meetings, calls, and chats. In this blog, we will have just a peek of the new capabilities of Microsoft Teams released in April 2020.

Microsoft Teams

Every new additional feature will make Microsoft Teams most trusted solution.

Read the full blog here.

To know more about Microsoft 365 (Office 365) and Microsoft Teams, contact us today!

Integrating QuickBooks with Dynamics 365

Sales and accounting are the two different but necessary department of any organization. To maintain the transparency across, both the department s is linked with each other by an app or an integrating software. While being synced, management leaders need to secure data integrity. Moreover, a lumpsum amount of funds and resources are spent while maintaining 2 systems.
Such kind of tool which effortlessly integrates with other CRM solutions is QuickBooks. QuickBooks is an accounting software providing methods to manage customers, vendors, clients, inventory as well as finances. It is available on-premise and on the cloud. While this is cost-effective for small and medium scale business, it has some limitations.

Customized Dashboards:

It creates reports, but it does not provide interactive, analytic, and customized dashboards or reports for detailed inspection. It produces only financial and general management reporting.

Slack Security:

As said earlier, data integrity and security are essential for any organization. With QuickBooks, there are no terms to grant different benefits to different users. That intends all can view everything without any constraints. The aforementioned can create an issue in large organizations.

Foreign Currencies:

The solution offers functionality only for certain currencies. When a multinational company transacts in various countries, QuickBooks faces difficulty in maintaining the ledger in multiple currencies.

Data Scalability:

As the size of files increases, it slowdowns the QuickBooks speed for functioning accurately. Therefore, it raises the risk of data loss which is irretrievable.
These limitations can strike business operations in multiple ways. Therefore, it is necessary and a must for switching to the scalable solution. Microsoft Dynamics 365 offers all the functionalities of an ERP furthermore seamlessly integrates with QuickBooks.

Why integration with Dynamics 365 is essential?

Integrating with QuickBooks with Microsoft Dynamics 365 keeps business run smoothly while the sales and customer service teams have a 360-degree view of everything happening behind the scenes.
While QuickBooks help to streamline the operations, inventory control, resource management, invoicing customers and monitoring overall performance. On the other hand, Dynamics 365 provides real-time intelligence, therefore, be a boon for the Sales, and Accounting team who can interact smoothly.
Let’s see how Dynamics 365 can leverage the capabilities of QuickBooks:

360-degree customer view:

Integrating with Dynamics 365, all the accounting information of the customers is directly visible from CRM. This boosts the sales team to have an enhanced view of customers. The information is updated on a real-time basis therefore, the sales team can make informed decisions and implement high customer service.

Data Integrity:

Synchronization among the solutions makes the data available at the same place. When both the solutions are working separately, it becomes the daunting task to eliminate the duplicate data.

Data Security:

Integrating QuickBooks with Dynamics 365, one can control access to information. It helps to prevent unauthorized access to information thereby advancing data security.

Business Process:

The integration between QuickBooks and Dynamics 365 makes the business process smooth and running without any roadblocks. It eliminates duplicate data and ensures data uniformity across all functions of a business. It also extricates maximum business interests and returns to customers with the result. With the help of Power BI, users can create more interactive dashboards and have a complete view of the current transactions. Thus, the integration of a QuickBooks with Dynamics 365 CRM can bring a steady growth to your business and helps you manage your Sales and Accounts better.

Final Words

The combination of QuickBooks and Dynamics 365 makes a complete robust solution. This is employed by many organizations globally.  This proves to be a very cost-effective solution having capabilities of full-fledged ERP.  Intech Systems has helped many organizations integrate QuickBooks with Dynamics 365. So, what are you waiting for? Call us today!

Maintaining business continuity with Azure Windows Virtual Desktop

Today, many people are bound to work from home due to the prevailing pandemic situation around the globe. In this crunch time, it is similarly essential to maintain the business continuity plan real and running. Now is the time to consider introducing or migrating to virtual computing to your business. Microsoft Azure Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) is a service on Azure that could be one part of a response plan.

Introduction to Windows Virtual Desktop

Approximately 90% of businesses are using cloud services and as of 2019, 60% of business workloads were based in the cloud. Cloud solutions have served many small and medium scale businesses to reap the benefit by lowering the operational cost and increasing the capabilities. Fully virtual businesses are also growing, thanks to cloud capabilities allowing entrepreneurs to realize their goals without a large cash outgo needed for office space.
Moreover, the Office 365 cloud platform has over 200 million active monthly users. Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) is a cloud-hosted Windows desktop that can be accessed by any device and holds all the information (files, software, settings) that are usually being on the mechanical system.  
Virtualization and virtual desktops are around for a few years, but recently Microsoft entered the field with WVD, which promises to lead the movement to complete office technology virtualization.

How WVD will help to enable Business Continuity?

Windows Virtual Desktop is the cloud-base service that delivers a multi-user Windows 10 experience, optimized for Office 365 ProPlus. This means you can deliver a virtual desktop experience and remote apps to any device with cost advantages previously only possible with server-based virtualization.

 

Azure WVD

 

Deploy and scale your Windows desktops and apps on Azure in minutes, and get built-in security and compliance features. Thinking about switching to virtual desktop from the physical ones? Here are the few benefits of migrating to Windows Virtual Desktop.

Access from anywhere

As it hosted on the cloud, you and your team can access all your data from the main computer workstation from any device and have all the necessary data and programs whenever they need them.

Improve business continuity

When major disaster strikes such as complete lockdown, flood, or a fire at the office, there can be lose of all the workstation and the data they hold. The backup is ready, but it will take time in restoring the data into your new device. Using virtual desktops, the workstation stay intact with no interruption in the event of physical damage. Windows Virtual Desktop allows keeping the business operations running from alternate locations during the restoration process without worrying about data replacement.

Enhanced Security

Virtual Desktops is pack with advance security. As said earlier, due to being on cloud all business information are safe on the remote server. There are zero chances of data hampering or risk of stealing computer hardware.
Deploying company wide security policies across all WVDs is simple, and you can ensure consistency. Things like security patches and updates are applied regularly.

Low cost investment

When you have to purchase extra storage capacity for multiple computers, a business has to pay a hefty amount. With WVD you do not have to worry about the storage as all your information is on Azure cloud. Therefore, the actual amount spent on the hardware cost less to the pockets.

Why trust Windows Virtual Desktop?

 

 

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Windows Virtual Desktop is not only saving money, but also provides more efficient as well as secure ways to access all business operations virtually. Moreover, the best way to implement, maintain, and get the best of Windows Virtual Desktop is to work with the Azure experts. Intech Systems can help you and guide to your requirements. Contact our experts today: sales@intech-systems.com

e-invoicing and ERP

As you all are aware the Government of India is proposing to introduce an e-invoicing system under GST for B2B transactions from 1st April 2020. Under such a system, the ERP system of businesses beyond a turnover of INR 100 crore would be linked to the Government portal mandatorily for the generation of a unique number that is required to include on issued invoices. Concept note describes e-invoice application for the invoice, debit note, credit note and ‘other relevant documents required by law.
The government released an e-invoice standard template. This standard is based on globally accepted standards. As per Government, upcoming e-invoice system consists of the following parts:

  1. Generation of invoice in a standard format
  2. Upload invoice JSON to IRP
    • Through GSP/third party
    • Supplier self
  3. E-invoice registration – Add IRN & QR code to JSON
  4. GST system update automatically – ANX-1/ANX-2 update, E-way invoice update.
  5. Buyer-Receive invoice from IRP
Change Required in ERP:
  • As per GSTN, no need for immediate changes to be made in an invoice
  • Add certain mandatory fields not readily available in ERP/not required under the existing return
  • The requirement only to mention IRN and QR code on the invoice (which is still under consideration) and issue invoice with this information
  • The supplier should be able to push the mandatory fields to IRP for generation/validation of IRN
Microsoft Roadmap:

Microsoft will provide a configurable e-invoice feature through Electronic Reporting to ​create JSON files/configurable business documents in Excel/Word by March 1st​.

e-invoice supported  versions of Finance would be:

 

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The above plan is subject to change. Adjustment is possible as per change in organizational business priorities or any specific directives regarding e-invoicing solution implementation from the government side.

Intech Roadmap:

Intech Systems is committed to ensuring that e-Invoicing compliance requirements are met through our ERP solutions. We have tied up with an ASP “Microvista Technologies Pvt. Ltd.” and working towards integrating with their e-Invoice solution. This solution will have the following features:

  • Generate/cancel/re-generate E-Invoice from the ERP
  • The 64-digit Invoice Reference Number (IRN) generated on the Invoice Registration Portal (IRP) can also be fetched in the ERP
  • QR code generates after IRN populates, if necessary, it can be printed on Invoice

There will not be any manual intervention in the entire process. Therefore, all the activities will be complete without the user ever leaving the ERP screen.
Moreover, we are planning to have a working solution ready by the end of February which will provide our customers enough time to test the solution. Certainly, we shall keep the solution updated with regular changes made by the Government.
If you still have any questions or queries related to e-invoicing, please feel free to contacts us. For a live demo, register yourself by filling this form and we will arrange a demo for you and your team.

Protect your data against ransomware with Azure

It is not a novel secret about an organization being under a ransom attack. In fact, a business is hit with ransomware every 40 seconds, according to some reports. However, If ransomware gets hold of an organization data, they may have to pay a large sum of money or the bitcoins to get the data back. Whether an organization pays the ransom or not, they lose a hefty amount of time and resources dealing with the aftermath. Microsoft invests in several ways to help you mitigate the effects of ransomware. Azure Backup is one of those several ways.
With Azure Backup, Microsoft is changing the ransom story. It has implemented a new and proactive mechanism to protect an organization and its data in Azure and on-premise from these deliberate attacks.

Azure Backup Security Features

 

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Retention of deleted data

If your on-premise data is compromised, you can still retrieve the data from Azure services vault for 14 days after data deletion. This gives you the flexibility to restore the data to a specific time without hampering your business.

Multilayer Security

You can directly set up a six-digit pin directly from Azure Portal and protect your backup. Only people with the Azure credentials can receive and create a security PIN required to enter before performing any backup operations.

Minimum retention range checks

If there is a requirement for going ahead the time ere the infection, this feature helps to restore the data from more than one recovery point.

Just-in-time notifications

Azure Backup warns you about potential ransomware attacks. If there is an attempt of any unusual activity out of any human engagement, you will receive a notification.
To start leveraging these features, navigate to recovery services vault in the Azure portal and enable them.
Azure Backup is cost-effective and less complex than the other cloud solutions. It also decreases data recovery time and security challenges associated with the line.

Final Thoughts

If you’re one of the many organizations worrying about the everlasting threat about the ransomware attack, then you shall prefer Microsoft security tools for you and your business. Are you ready to take the first step? Contact Us! We can assist you in taking your first step towards protecting your data.

Need for Azure for Business Continuity in 2020

Microsoft Azure is usually described as an ‘Unlimited Potential’ with limitless possibilities but what azure can do for you to maintain your business continuity plan upright in 2020?
In this blog, we will see the four concrete ways Azure can be helpful in your business and offer you great benefits.

What is Microsoft Azure?

As Microsoft states – Azure is an expanding set of cloud computing services to help the organization meet its business challenges. It gives them the freedom to develop, deploy, and manage the application on the massive global network with the help of preferred tools and frameworks.
Here are some numerical facts about Azure you should know to trust your cloud

azure features

Azure tends to be less expensive, reliable, flexible, and more secure than on-premise servers. With the Azure cloud, maintenance downtime, theft, or damage is almost next to existent. One can scale up or down the resources as per the need. Also, you typically pay only for the services you use, which provides a level of ease and cost-control that’s almost impossible to achieve with on-site infrastructure.
Now let’s review how it can work for you?

Security and Backup

Cloud means security. And, Azure offers a proactive approach to security, compliance, and unparalleled privacy measures. As an organization, you need to choose a BCDR strategy that keeps your data safe, your apps and workloads run properly when unwanted downtime occurs.
BCDR strategy contributes to two services namely Azure Site Recovery and Azure backup which protects the data at both VM level and Site level.
Azure Site Recovery: When an outage occurs you are required to run your site, services or applications on Azure or a secondary location
Azure Backup: Restore your data or infrastructure to the existing or a new location when you have a loss or corrupted data

 

BCDR Strategy

Host and develop apps

Build, develop, and deploy your favorite web as well as mobile apps on a highly secure cloud platform. With Azure app service, you not only get the power of Azure but, it also makes those apps load balance, auto scale, and automated management.
It also provides robust capabilities such as built-in development operations, continuous integration with Visual Studio Online, GitHub, staging, production support, and automatic patching. With App Service, you pay for the Azure compute resources you use.

 

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Azure global infrastructure

You can increase the reach of your on-premise datacentre with the most scalable, trusted, and reliable cloud. Azure lets you deliver services at the scale you need to reach your customers and partners, wherever they are.
Also, keep your data safeguard with the Azure Active Directory, a universal platform to manage and secure identities. It helps protect your business from 99.9% cybersecurity attacks with single sign-on and multifactor authentication methods.

 

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Azure with IoT

With Microsoft Azure IoT services, you can monitor assets to improve efficiencies, drive operational performance to enable innovation, and leverage advanced data analytics to transform your company with new business models and revenue streams.
Moreover, with the help of Azure IoT hub, you can transfer some of your cloud workloads such as AI, Azure, third party services or even your business logic to IoT edge device. This will enable your device to spend lesser time communicating with the cloud, react more quickly to local changes, and operate reliably even in extended offline periods.

 

Azure IoT

Conclusion

These four features are just a glimpse of what Azure can do for you and your business. You can use the cloud service with less costing and more possibilities. To know more about Azure Site/Disaster Recovery or Azure Backup service, feel free to contact us at sales@intech-systems.com

Our Top 10 Dynamics 365 blog post in 2019

2019 has been great. We have seen strong growth in our traffic throughout the year in 2019. We are at the end of this wonderful year and we plan to list out our top 10 Dynamics 365 blog post.

 

Leading our chart is this blog, where we focused on organizations issues while handling and developing custom reports which must be interactive as well as printable. We showcased how our dedicated Dynamics CRM team has developed some custom reports using SSRS a tool given by Microsoft

 

In view length of spring release 2019, Business Event is one of the major feature updates in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations. Our 2nd most successful blog of the year which compiles what is Business Events and its prerequisite

 

Being an implementation partner, our technical consultant team often comes across the question by our clients related to limiting the access in NAV/Business Central. Therefore, one of our technical team members decided to make a step-to-step guide on how security filters can be used. This post became the third most viewed post of 2019

 

To stay on-premise or to move on cloud is completely a decision of the organization. Many companies plan to move on-cloud but get stuck due to a lack of knowledge and experience. Thus, we chose to write a blog on migration where we have covered full instructions on migration

 

Data visualization and analytics tools play a crucial role in any business. With the presence of many advanced tools such as Power BI and Tableau, it becomes hard to choose from. To ease the trouble, we made a comparison study between both reporting tools. This post is our 5th highest engaged blog post of this year

 

There has been a lot of discussion about what solution a business should choose between Dynamics 365 Business Central or Dynamics GP? While both solutions have their characteristics, however, one always is a step ahead. In this blog, we attempted to list out the major variations between both the solutions that can reduce the selection process

 

Digital Transformation has kept not only the packaging industry but all the industry on its toes. Before choosing an ERP solution it is advisable to check your available options. While helping the packaging industry, we understand a few points base on that we made a checklist the packaging industry always weighs on

 

Here, we have a brief walkthrough on four main aspects of migration – What, How, Why and When. Also, based on this blog we organized a webinar where we discussed in brief about the GP to BC migration with our global partners

 

In this article, we have a quick overview of how a built-in toolbar in Microsoft Dynamics 365 F&O can be utilized to navigate, download furthermore to print the document using the locally connected device.

 

Our year started with the introductory blog on PowerApps, and we are glad it made it to our top 10 list. As time passes by, we have seen this solution evolve and gain much more traction helping the business to build an app.
We are sincerely thankful to our readers who have visited our blog in 2019. We look forward to sharing more useful content in the coming New Year!

Payment Gateway with Dynamics 365 for Marketing

In our previous blog, we have a brief introduction to Event Management in Dynamics 365, and how payment gateway is enabled based on how you host your event website. In this blog, we will learn the significance of integrating a payment gateway to your events.

Why Payment Gateway?

When hosting multiple events where users have to purchase a pass, it is quite advisable to integrate a secure payment gateway with your event website. People are digitally live now, so they relish to have a simple online payment method rather than being in a queue to reserve the passes.
It can process payments promptly, securely, and efficiently. Payment gateways with Dynamics 365 also allow you to process your credit card hassle-free. Beyond this, it benefits from payment automation, capturing customer data, issue receipts, and can integrate with various banking services. This makes it a convincing feature of Microsoft Dynamics 365.

Features of Payment Gateway

 

Features of payment gateway

 

  1. Time-Saving

As the payment is processed automatically, this saves plenty of time of workers and makes them available to be utilized in some different tasks without enough bothering about the payment. As the manual entry lessens, it also decreases errors.

  1. Manages cash-flow

For any organization, irrespective of small or medium size, it is essential to be aware of the incoming cash flow. With the help of payment gateway, you can have real-time information on the amount of cash you have, which in the manual transaction chances of mis-calculation increases.

  1. Third-party integration

You can easily connect with a third-party payment provider (such as Authorize.net) to authenticate and capture payment details. You can also customize and can use the payment provider for a single event or for multiple events depending upon your requirement.

  1. Easy Currency Conversion

Often, your customers mistake about the pricing based on the currency. The by default feature of payment gateway will help your customers by providing the facility to set the currency preference as per their convenience and reduce the confusion with the real-time conversion.

  1. Swift check-out

While it promotes a rapid check-out by saving payment card information, it is likewise completely PCI compliant. Customer’s sensitive details are entirely secure, and the system never shares that with anyone. Hence, it is a reliable solution.
These were the few simple yet significant features of integrating payment gateway with Dynamics 365 for Marketing. How you host your event is totally your choice but make sure you provide the best service to the customers. To know more about event management and payment gateway integration, feel free to contact us at sales@intech-systems.com

Top 7 Features of Email Marketing with Dynamics 365

Driving an email marketing campaign is one of the significant marketing activities a business supports. Basic email marketing solutions offer the ability to build a mailing list, quickly create emails from templates, and send emails at scale. These solutions provide limited information such as bounces, opens, and click-through rates, but these are just the inception of what’s possible.
Basic email marketing solutions are just that—basic. If you want to increase the influence of your email marketing campaigns, you need to choose a solution that delivers the information you need, when and how you need it. That is when Email Marketing with Dynamics 365 comes in.
Below are the benefits which make this solution defeat the other third-party solutions:

Ready to use:

Like many email marketing service providers, Dynamics 365 for Marketing also has the facility to drag and drop design tools to simplify the content creation. Moreover, this tool also gives you the collection of in-built templates for your campaign to choose from with less time and designing efforts. In short, It is a simple, no-coder, easy drag-and-drops content designer.

HTML Editor:

What if you want some unique field in your campaign? Here is when HTML editor comes for your rescue. With the help of an in-built HTML editor, you can design your template as per your need hassle-free.

Each message is essential:

Emailers aren’t the standard messages which include To and Bcc fields. The long list of recipients is often difficult to manage and seldom end up in the Spam box. In Dynamics 365 for Marketing, you can personalize each message for each recipient which is designed for the entire marketing segment. It is easy and delivers the message one at a time.

Email Preview:

Previews and test send works great when you want to check how your email looks like after sending it. In Dynamics 365 for Marketing, you can have 2 types of previews:

  1. Basic Preview: Which helps you to see how your email looks like in various devices such as mobiles, tablets, and desktops.
  2. Inbox Preview: This advanced preview option helps you to check how your email exactly looks in a wide variety of target email clients and platforms.

This feature holds significance because you can work on your emails before sending it to the target audience.

Analyze Result:

Analyzing results is not only confined to check the bounce rate and failed delivery address. But it is important to know how many of your contacts have open, click, and forward your mail.
This facility is available in Dynamics 365 for Marketing where you can know the result and analyze your mail. Moreover, one of the unique features it has is forward-to-a-friend. The forward-to-a-friend form helps to track all the email interactions of your message.
Moreover, it is possible to create your own custom analytics and reports from your Dynamics 365 Marketing data by using Power BI.

Customer Journey with target segments:

Once your email is live, it is active for the customer journey. The customer journey sets a target segment (i.e., a group of customers strategically selected) and works with that segment. You can set a trigger in a regular interval of time based on your requirements.
For example, you run an event campaign for the customer based in Mumbai. The customer journey then applies and triggers that separates contacts who sign-up for the event from who doesn’t. The people who have signed-up will move further in the customer journey such as receiving thank you emails or event details mail. But, for the people who have not opened the mail till the considerate time, they will receive a follow-up email for the registration. By this, you can keep track of your contacts in a more detail manner until they are qualified as a lead.
This is the major characteristic that makes this solution distinguish.

A/B Testing:

You create a pleasing design with great content, but it does not hit the correct chords of your customer, worth the hard work? No! You should always A/B test your mail with one or more designs on a small segment and check which email is worth sending to the rest of the customers. Moreover, a marketing team is also able to determine and optimize the email engagement rate by evaluating key performance factors.
These are the features that make Email Marketing in Dynamics 365 for Marketing to stand-out from other email service providers. From making your message go live before mailing, so segmenting your customers, and to perform A/B test, all aspects are included in this solution making your marketing crew loaf.
Feel free to contact us to know more about Dynamics 365 for Marketing at sales@intech-systems.com.

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