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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 SMB Innovation Summit - The Rise of the Intelligent Enterprise

Jun 20, 2019 10:24:03 AM / by I-BN posted in SMB ERP Software, ERP, SMB, Cloud, digital transformation, SAP Business One Cloud

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SAP has been a leader in business management software, and they have maintained their leadership by staying ahead of trends to meet customer needs.  The 2019 SAP SMB Innovation Summit held in Orlando June 18-20 was focused on how companies are starting to use big data, coupled with artificial intelligence to create the Intelligent Enterprise.  

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5 Key Trends that Impact Small to Mid-Sized Businesses

Feb 14, 2018 10:46:43 AM / by David James Johnson posted in SMB ERP Software, SMB, digital disruption, webinar, digital trends, small to mid-sized business

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Are you taking advantage of technology in the digital age to grow your company?

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Digital Disruption: Impact and Action for Small to Mid-sized Business

Feb 8, 2018 3:15:36 PM / by Gary Feldman posted in SMB ERP Software, SAP Business One, digital disruption, webinar

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When people think of digital disruption Uber is the most often quoted example of how a startup is changing an industry. Amazon and Uber are that superstar athlete like Michael Jordan who is immediately recognizable. The majority of high school athletes will not play in college and an even smaller percentage will become a professional. Almost none will achieve superstardom. That does not mean there is not value from joining the team, learning about working together and participating in a smaller way.

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SAP Business One - Implementation Project

Jul 3, 2017 2:09:25 PM / by I-BN posted in SMB ERP Software, SAP Business One

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Implementing a new business management software can be overwhelming to an organization,  Most companies undertake this endeavor once in a decade and are not experts in the process.  As the software has become more comprehensive and now impacts most everyone in the company, extensive coordination is necessary to get it right.

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SAP Certified in Hosting Services

Jun 30, 2017 9:16:24 AM / by I-BN posted in Cloud Computing, SMB ERP Software, SAP, SAP Business One

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I-BN recently completed the recertification for hosting services by SAP. The audit is not just about our data center and its capabilties, but our ability to provide a stable, secure and reliable hosting services specifically for SAP Business One.  The audit covers many areas beyond the data center and equipment used:

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Sage Summit US 2017

May 12, 2017 3:58:03 PM / by I-BN posted in ERP Partner, Cloud Computing, SMB ERP Software

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The Sage Summit US 2017 Tour has just concluded. The event is billed as an opportunity to empower your business for success in 2017 at the most personalized, interactive, and experiential learning place of its kind for start-up, scale-up, and enterprise business builders, and truly lived up to the billing. 

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Sage Summit Tour Comes to Atlanta!

May 8, 2017 11:23:06 AM / by I-BN posted in Partner, SMB ERP Software

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Sage Summit has grown and evolved, but sponsorship of the conference has remained a staple of I-Business Network.

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Is ERP Software Dead?

Mar 15, 2017 2:42:30 PM / by I-BN posted in SMB ERP Software

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We have all heard the horror stories of failed ERP implementations and the lamentations over the cost of ERP implementation. At the most recent Sage Summit customer conference, Sage Software announced that it was removing the letters ERP from its product names and is coming out with a new line of its software. So Sage 100 ERP is becoming Sage 100c with a new user interface and more cloud connected services. 

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SAP Business One vs. NetSuite (part 1)

Mar 15, 2017 2:42:14 PM / by I-BN posted in SMB ERP Software

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Whenever I see comparisons of products I think about the bias of the writer, and I-BN is an SAP partner, so yes we are biased.  However, NetSuite is a leader in Cloud ERP and we always need to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the competition from the customer’s viewpoint in order to know when to compete and how to win.

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