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Gary Feldman

Gary Feldman
A pioneer in the Cloud Services market, formed I-Business Network in 1999 as an outsourced application hosting service focusing on mid market ERP systems.

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User Interface Changes and User Impact

Jul 15, 2019 8:11:33 AM / by Gary Feldman posted in SMB ERP Software, Business Management Systems, SAP Business One Cloud, Sage 100 Cloud

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The way we interact with our computers and the software they run has been evolving since the rise of the internet and mobile computing.  As the technology has evolved we have seen web pages being built to act more like computers and computers being designed to work with the touch of your hand and the sound of your voice.  This evolution is leading to higher productivity and efficiency when implemented properly by the publisher and the end user organization.

  • Microsoft - As discussed in our previous blogpost, Microsoft has been moving online with its Office 365 and Dynamics 365.  Many of these changes have been evolutionary and productive such as the ongoing enhancement of SharePoint and Flow for extending ERP to the web.   However, some of the changes are more revolutionary like their recent April 2019 and upcoming October 2019 release wave of Microsoft Dynamics 365.  In this next release Business Central will support only the modern client and will only allow for development of customizations and solutions in AL through VS Code.   This means any customizations done by partners will need to be re-written and could cause some severe disruption to customers.
  • Sage - Sage is leveraging the positive aspects of the Office 365 enhancements building its "connected cloud" strategy into the Outlook client.  For example, Sage Contacts makes a variety of information about customers available as a sidebar for sales and customer service representatives without being in the Sage 100cloud system.  As the majority of Sage applications are built to work on-premise or in the cloud, their strategy is to move at a slower pace and more conservative in nature.   Sage Intacct is the only "true cloud" solution in its portfolio and Sage is developing more modules to expand this financial oriented product to appeal to a broader range of industries.
  • SAP - The SAP appears to be taking both approaches.  The SAP HANA Cloud is building interfaces similar to Microsoft Flow, the new version of SAP Business One being released in October will support the current Fiori user interface as well as a new web client for a sub-set of the core functionality.   Even more impressive are the "intelligent enterprise" advancements demonstrated at the recent SMB Innovation Summit.  Innovation such as the integration of Honeywell warehouse management system directs staff to specific locations to pick an order on their headset where they simply confirm information with their voice.

At I-Business Network, our goal is to Powerful  Business Technology Made Simple.  We do that by cloud enabling your business in a data center designed specifically for the ERP systems we host.   Whether the technology is "true cloud" or more traditional, we make the user interface easy to use for you via browser, cloud application, or hosted desktop.  Because we are experts in both the cloud and the business management software we host, we minimize business disruption caused by changes in technology.

For more information on how we can make your business more efficient contact one of our solution experts at 678-627-0646 x230 or sales@i-bn.net.

 

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Grow Your Business With SAP Business One

Apr 23, 2019 10:09:50 AM / by Gary Feldman posted in SAP Business One, Business Management Systems, Cloud, Outgrowing Quickbooks, SAP Business One Cloud

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When people think of SAP they typically think huge software for huge companies with huge budgets, and they would not be wrong!  However, SAP has grown and evolved into one of the leading cloud software companies and has developed products specifically designed for smaller businesses.  SAP Business One encompasses all of the learning from the Fortune 500, where SAP dominates, and rhas made it less complex and costly for Small to Mid-Sized companies.

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The Value of Time

Apr 8, 2019 11:14:51 PM / by Gary Feldman posted in small to mid-sized business, technology, tools for success, Cloud 3.0

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In the consulting industry there has been hot debate over time and materials versus value based billing.  Keeping track of time adds no value to the customer, and billing by the hour often creates an adversarial relationship.  So is there an intrinsic value to time?

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Software Publishers Raising Prices

Apr 3, 2019 1:56:54 PM / by Gary Feldman posted in Business Management Systems, consulting

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Major business management software developers Sage, SAP and Microsoft have all raised prices in recent months with more price increases going into effect in April and May.  The motivations for the price increases, other than an attempt to increase profitability, may vary, but the effect on the customer is the always the same.

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Technology Trends in the SMB Market for 2019

Feb 15, 2019 3:36:31 PM / by Gary Feldman

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In my role as leader of a Cloud ERP provider, I have the luxury and pleasure of research and learning fromm industry analysts such as Gartner, SMB Group and IDC along with leading publishers like Microsoft, SAP, Sage and Citrix. I listen to these companies and temper them with the experience of hundreds of customers to form opinions on products and services that will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of our clients.

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Running Your SAP-Based Business On the Cloud

Feb 4, 2019 10:41:17 AM / by Gary Feldman posted in SAP Business One, Cloud

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I have never disagreed with a mainstream media more than I do with the CEOworld Magazine Article by Tyler Constable. Whereas the article’s author claims that running SAP on the cloud “May be More Complex Than You Think,” he is actually making the argument of why you should run your SAP-Based Business on the Cloud!

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SAP Business One Tips and Tricks - Reconciling Aging Reports to the General Ledger

Dec 27, 2018 3:02:00 PM / by Gary Feldman posted in SAP Business One, Tips and Tricks

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SAP Business One allows users to easily provide a schedule from Aging Reports that supports the GL account balance(s) on the Balance Sheet as of any date.

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Sage Summit Returns in 2019

Dec 18, 2018 11:45:31 AM / by Gary Feldman posted in Sage, Sage Summit

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After a 1-year break where Sage focused on small regional events, Sage Summit is back! In 2019 Sage plans to hold 2 events; Sage Summit West will take place in San Diego from Feb. 13-15 and Sage Summit East will take place in Atlanta from May 13-15. With the goal of two events being the reduction of travel time and costs, the two Summits will likely be duplicates so most customers and partners will need only attend the one most convenient for them.

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Biz.One 2018 Recap

Nov 7, 2018 4:00:40 PM / by Gary Feldman posted in Biz.ONE, Cloud 3.0

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The annual SAP User Group meeting was held in Orlando on October 22-24. The conference was filled with great content, networking and learning. This was the second year the user conference was run by Eventful Conferences, a professional event planning group owned by ASUG, and the results showed.

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Building your agenda for Biz.One 2018

Oct 10, 2018 11:05:40 AM / by Gary Feldman posted in SAP Business One, Biz.ONE

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As the annual SAP Business One user’s conference approaches in just two weeks it is time to start planning your agenda. This year the Biz.One conference includes new ½ day workshops on Wednesday which are sure to provide more in-depth learning than ever before. There is also a demo theatre where you can get group presentations of the latest third party solutions. This makes Biz.One a greater value to companies looking to maximize the value of their ERP investment.

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