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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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SAP Business One in 90 Seconds

Jul 11, 2019 1:18:00 PM / by I-BN posted in Business Management Systems, Outgrowing Quickbooks, SAP Business One Cloud

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Changing business management software is not something companies or their employees look forward to.   SAP Business One and the SAPDistribution Start Program provide clear benefits and rapid implementation

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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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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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7 Inventory Management Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Warehouse

Apr 20, 2018 11:58:47 AM / by Gary Feldman posted in Business Management Systems, Inventory Management, Warehouse management, WMS, tips

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Distributors know the importance of effective inventory management to meet customer demand and prevent dissatisfaction. As businesses grow, order volumes increase, and multiple warehouses emerge, inventory control becomes more difficult. If you are one of those managers who have to extract data from your accounting software into spreadsheets to manage your inventory, you need to consider upgrading to a platform like SAPDistribution.com powered by SAP Business One. If you don’t have tools that provide the kinds of answers listed below, you may want to consider a change.

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7 Inventory Management Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Warehouse

Jan 24, 2018 10:41:21 AM / by Gary Feldman posted in Business Management Systems, Inventory Management, Warehouse management, WMS, tips

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Distributors know the importance of effective inventory management to meet customer demand and prevent dissatisfaction. As businesses grow, order volumes increase, and multiple warehouses emerge, inventory control becomes more difficult. If you are one of those managers who have to extract data from your accounting software into spreadsheets to manage your inventory, you need to consider upgrading to a platform like SAPDistribution.com powered by SAP Business One. If you don’t have tools that provide the kinds of answers listed below, you may want to consider a change.

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Business Management Systems – The Evolution of Capturing Data (Part 2)

Jan 11, 2018 9:03:00 AM / by David James Johnson posted in evolution, EDI, Electronic Data Interchange, SMB, Business Management Systems

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In the first part of The Evolution of Capturing Data we discussed the transformation from paper to ERP. The mantra had become capture the data early and capture the data once, so the question became how to capture data from external systems?

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