Manage Multiple Companies With Ease Using Business Central

Are you looking for a solution to make managing multiple businesses easier? Look no further than Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.

What Is Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central?

Business Central is a modern, state of the art ERP and Accounting solution designed specifically for small to medium-sized businesses. Previously known as Microsoft Dynamics NAV (or NAVISION), it has a long-established pedigree whilst still being a modern, up to date cloud ERP solution. It features everything a small to medium-sized organisation needs to manage their back-end business processes and is designed to be moulded for every industry.

Flexible in its very nature, it’s perfect for organisations who don’t want to own any infrastructure but still want the option of full customisation of their ERP solution or those who want a local installation. Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Cloud is also available with two different hosting options: the public Azure cloud or your own private cloud. We can help you choose the best solution for your specific business needs. The choice is yours.

Can It Help Me Run Multiple Companies Easily?

Many organisations support multiple companies and there hasn’t always been a simple, easy solution for organisations to manage their different companies. Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central allows you to create multiple environments and companies within a single solution, supplying you with the tools to easily manage workload across all of them.

It’s easy to segment your companies, too. Environments in Business Central allows you to separate companies by geographic locations, or any other defining factor. If a user has access to multiple companies across different environments, it’s quick and easy to switch between them.

You can also consolidate the general ledger entries of two or more separate companies into a consolidated company. You can import data into the consolidated company from other companies in the same Business Central tenant, from other tenants, or from files. 

You can consolidate:

  • Across companies that have different charts of accounts
  • Companies that use fiscal years and different currencies
  • Either the full amount or a percentage of a company’s financial information
  • Using different currency exchange rates in individual G/L accounts
  • Companies in other accounting and business management programmes

A quick and easy way to see which companies you have access to is on the Company Hub page. This page shows users a list of all the companies they have access to, including information about KPI data, and links to open each company. It also gives you an overview of any assigned tasks you have relating to each individual company.

Want to know more? Get in touch with a member of our team here.

Business Central Is Helping To Transform Professional Services Businesses

If your professional services business is using an existing software solution to connect financials, project management capabilities and productivity tools, you may be asking yourself whether you now need an end-to-end business solution – specifically one that can grow and evolve to support your growth ambitions.

The good news is Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central does exactly that – and more.

Today’s Professional Services Businesses Challenges

There are plenty of challenges that Professional Services businesses face every single day, some of which are below.

  • Saleable Expertise – Maintain client relationships, deliver on commitments and build the firm’s reputation building pipeline and essential cash flows
  • Knowledge – Capture and retain knowledge and relationships – even as the employees themselves eventually move on
  • Service Delivery – Where the right team of experts need to come together virtually or in person to execute projects and collaborate on deliverables
  • Financial Results – Looking at their books of business from many different angles, identifying concerns before they become problems and taking early corrective action
  • Processes – Professional Services companies must deliver consistent experiences at every stage in each client relationship
  • Human Capital  – Manage the human capital supply chain that is at the heart of professional services operations
  • Productivity Tools – Help individuals work smarter, streamlining and accelerating project execution and firm operations

The Solution?

Familiar with some of the challenges listed above? Not to worry – In our experience, there are four core board-level benefits sought from a Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central solution:

  • Productivity – time-saving integration, with swift access to all business data, in a single solution
  • Financial Control – enabling cost control and smarter buying decisions, opportunities for growth and investment
  • Business Insight – built-in business intelligence and reporting features, putting data into context for swift decision making
  • Mobility – Connected anytime, anywhere, on any device with real-time reporting and collaboration tools

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is a trusted, multi-language, multi-currency, business management solution, that helps small to mid-sized companies manage their finances, supply chain, operations, projects, sales, marketing and more.

Start with what you need now, and easily adapt as your business needs change. In the Microsoft cloud or your on-premise servers – the choice is yours.

Key capabilities of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central include:

  • Manage Your Financials Better – accelerate financial close and report with accuracy while ensuring complete compliance
  • Automate and Secure Your Supply Chain – increase visibility across your supply chain and gain greater control over your purchasing process
  • Sell Smarter and Improve Customer Service – maximise revenue opportunities and better serve customers with built-in recommendations
  • Keep Projects On Time and Under Budget – manage budgets and monitor the progress of your projects with real-time data on available resources
  • Optimise Your Operations – streamline your manufacturing and warehousing operations to deliver products on time and reduce costs

Keen to know more? Get in touch here to have any questions you might have answered by one of the team.

Azzure IT x Content+Cloud Announcement

One of the UK’s leading Microsoft-focused Cloud Services and Digital Transformation providers, Content+Cloud, has today announced its latest acquisition of Microsoft Dynamics partner, Azzure IT, which helps clients transform how they work by unifying business processes and systems.

Azzure IT leverages the power of Dynamics Business Central and Dynamics 365 Sales (CRM) alongside its proprietary IP including order processing, procure-to-pay, stock control, distribution, manufacturing, and time & billing solutions to help its clients innovate and improve the way they work. By leveraging the newly increased scale of the Content+Cloud group’s Dynamics capabilities, together with C+C’s extensive Modern Workplace, Azure, Power Apps and Teams Voice and Teams App services and solutions, C+C brings the whole power of the Microsoft Cloud to its clients at scale.

Craig Such, CEO, Azzure IT, says: “There is no shortage of demand or opportunity in the Dynamics space today. The evolution of the Dynamics proposition has underpinned Azzure IT’s strong growth, supported by our incredible team of Dynamics professionals. Content+Cloud’s reputation in the Microsoft ecosystem is second-to-none and we are delighted to become part of C+C and the Advania Group.”

The acquisition establishes Content+Cloud as one of the largest Microsoft Dynamics Business Central providers in the UK, alongside its leading Microsoft Cloud practices, including Modern Work, Azure, Cyber Security, Employee Experience (Viva & Fresh Intranet), PowerApps, and Teams voice solutions and services.

Peter Sweetbaum, CEO, Content+Cloud, says: “We would like to welcome the whole of the Azzure IT team to Content+Cloud. Together with Azzure IT, C+C is able to truly lead across the whole of the Microsoft ecosystem. While Dynamics has always been an important part of our capability we have now fundamentally changed the scale at which we can deliver and lead in the Dynamics solution implementation, integration and IP development space.”

With the benefit of the Advania Dynamics practice across the Nordics, the combined group will now have more than 225 Dynamics professionals able to deliver Dynamics 365 (often referred to as “F&O”), Dynamics Business Central and Dynamics 365 Sales to its clients.

Heimir Fannar Gunnlaugsson, Executive Director for Business Solutions, Advania Iceland, says: “I’m delighted to see the growth in the Microsoft Dynamics platform across the Advania group. A sincere welcome to the Azzure IT team, the addition of which means we are one of the largest Dynamics Business Central partners across Northern Europe with a powerful range of offerings around Dynamics 365 F&O, Supply Chain, Customer Engagement and Power Platform.”

Peter Sweetbaum adds: “We are very conscious of the resource and skills constraints in the UK, and also globally. With Advania and C+C’s combined scale, the ability to invest in up-and-coming talent, optimise ways of working to increase delivery capacity, and invest in IP, is truly exciting. Meeting the market demand for Dynamics-related solutions is a challenge for all of us in this industry, including

Microsoft. At C+C we look forward to working with Microsoft and others in the industry to identify innovative ways to increase market capacity, to meet client demand and create opportunities for younger professionals looking to make an impact.”

Advania is a portfolio company of Goldman Sachs Asset Management.

About Content+Cloud (Advania UK)

Content+Cloud is the UK’s leading Microsoft focused digital transformation and managed services provider, which counts among the UK’s top technology services, solutions and support partners, with a passion for helping ambitious organisations and their people to succeed. C+C helps clients transform the way they do business; helps them optimise the way their people work and provides flexible and secure platforms on which to operate.

Recognising Content+Cloud is one of the most accredited and awarded Microsoft partners globally with just under 1000 FTE’s with more than 1800 Microsoft total certifications; 8 Advanced Specialisations; 16 Gold certifications; 4 X MVP’s and winner and/or finalist in 17 Microsoft partner awards, what truly sets Content+Cloud apart is our long track record of success, delivering truly transformational solutions and services for our clients.

About Azzure IT

Azzure IT is a leading Microsoft-focused Dynamics Business Central and Dynamics 365 Sales (CRM) provider based in Sheffield, which helps its clients transform how they work by unifying business processes and systems. With 60 Dynamics professionals and a history of successful solution development and implementation, Azzure IT is one of the larger Dynamics practices in the UK.

Azzure IT leverages Dynamics Business Central and Dynamics 365 Sales (CRM) alongside its proprietary IP including order processing, procure-to-pay, stock control, distribution, manufacturing, and time & billing solutions to help its clients innovate and improve the way they work to deliver improved ways of working.

For more information, please visit www.azzure-IT.com

About Advania

Advania is a Northern European IT-services company, with roots back to 1939, operating in Sweden, Norway, UK, Iceland, Finland and Denmark with more than 3,700 employees. The company focuses on helping customers to improve their performance and be a partner in their digital journey, with innovative use of best available IT platforms and services. Advania serves thousands of corporate customers, multinational enterprises, governments and public institutions, large, small and medium-sized companies in all aspects of society. For further information, please visit www.advania.com.

While business will remain the same, if you do have any questions regarding this announcement, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team here.

Tell-Tale Signs You Have Outgrown Sage 50

As your business evolves, so should the tools you use to run your business. While you may have considered hiring more people, recruiting a consultant, or finding another accounting add-on, upgrading your accounting software will offer you a faster, more affordable solution to integrate and manage your business now and in the future.

Are you wondering whether or not you’ve outgrown your Sage 50 accounting solution? Here are some tell-tale signs that it’s time to upgrade:

  • Systems are disconnected and information is siloed – having disparate systems that do not talk to one another, can result in data gaps, data manipulation in spreadsheets and critical man dependencies.
  • Multiple data sets without a single source of truth – different databases can lead to inconsistencies and a lack of trust in data, making supporting strategic decision-making and allocating resources more difficult.
  • Accurate reporting and forecasting are challenging – gathering data from different sources is time-consuming and results in overly complex and lengthy month-end processes.
  • Lack of workflows – this opens you up to inconsistent processes, and difficulty in understanding the progress of tasks and workloads.
  • Moving data outside secure systems without security roles – this could result in GDPR issues, and employees having access to restricted/confidential data.

If you recognise some of these issues above, now is a great time to consider upgrading to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. Take a look at the table below to compare some of the key features in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and Sage 50.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is an affordable all-in-one business management solution that provides the opportunity for businesses to stabilise finance and operations quickly and adapt easily as users become familiar with the modern user interfaces. It is an adaptable solution that can start as small as you need, but critically, can scale as your organisation grows. The quality, flexibility and speed of Business Central results in employees being able to undertake more valuable work by focusing on root cause analysis, rather than putting more focus on labour-intensive tasks.

Employees can learn new and increasingly important skills, resulting in more proficient work practices, growth in performance and an overall reduction in operating costs.

Ready to take the next steps in upgrading to Business Central or perhaps need some more information? Get in touch here.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Release Wave 1 2022

In 2022 release wave 1, we will see further investments centring on helping users get to productive usage faster, by providing in-app improvements to help them get started. Microsoft is expanding on the capabilities of the Help pane and making it the go-to resource for helping both new and existing users. The new version will continue to improve performance and usability by focusing on easier navigation in menus.

A key for the ‘enabled‘ column is as follows:

  • Users, automatically: These features include changes to the user experience and are enabled automatically.
  • Admins, makers, marketers, or analysts, automatically: These features are meant to be used by administrators, makers, marketers, or business analysts and are enabled automatically.
  • Users by admins, makers, or analysts: These features must be enabled or configured by the administrators, makers, or business analysts to be available for their users.

In the General Availability column, the feature will be delivered within the month listed, on any day within that month. The orange checkmark shows which features have been released for public preview, early access, and general availability.

Application

In 2022 release wave 1, Microsoft will deliver updates based on the most popular requests for improvement. They will invest in better reporting and several improvements to the supply chain area.

Better with Microsoft 365

In 2022 release wave 1, Microsoft improve the efficiency of collaborative business processes in Microsoft Teams and will harden the Excel and Outlook add-ins.

Country and Regional

More locations are added to bring Business Central to more than 70 countries.

Development

As Business Central has moved to Visual Studio Code, Microsoft continue to invest in areas that enhance productivity for developers. Additionally, they introduce GitHub Go for partners to set up CI/CD for their apps without any prior knowledge about pipelines, Docker, or PowerShell.

Governance and Administration

Business Central 2022 release wave 1 delivers a set of admin and governance capabilities to help admins and IT pros set up, secure, manage, govern, and monitor customer environments.

Microsoft Power Platform

Improved Power Automate capabilities, making it much easier to set up workflows for the specific needs of an organisation.

Modern Clients

In 2022 release wave 1, Microsoft makes improvements to their extensive portfolio of clients with the focus on better usability, accessibility, performance, and stability.

Onboarding

In 2022 release wave 1, customers can get to productive usage faster using the new modern Help pane.

Reporting

Reporting is top-of-mind for many business users, both as a way to get insight into new growth opportunities and also as a way to share data as a foundation for business planning discussions.

Service and Platform

No matter the industry type of an SMB, business users expect dependable service and a platform that they can run their business on.

If you have any queries surrounding the latest release wave or anything else, get in touch with the team here.

Wholesale Businesses Are Selling More And Operating Faster With Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

The Wholesale and Supply Chain industry is constantly evolving, and it’s crucial to ensure your business is keeping up with the times. Fortunately, with the help of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, it’s easier than ever to stay ahead of the curve.

On top of growing expectations from customers, supply chains are constantly evolving and becoming more complex, leading to organisational processes and requirements that are also changing at increasingly rapid rates.

You’ll need to be able to make quick decisions based on accurate data, as well as real-time visibility into operations and open flexibility.

Maximise Profit and Growth

Faster, further and cheaper – the demands of customers are increasingly testing the operational capabilities of today’s wholesale and distribution businesses.

As the sector grows even more global and digital, Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Wholesale and Distribution addresses the industry’s major challenges with the warehouse management and distribution software for improved fulfilment outcomes, streamlines and integrated logistics, and greater insight over all aspects of your operations – in particular, customer engagement.

Strengthen Customer Satisfaction

At its core, Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Distribution is a powerful and customisable set of digital tools aimed at drastically improving the general efficiency of your operations.

As a warehouse management and logistics software, D365 empowers distribution and wholesale firms by centralising data in a single, intelligent database for complete visibility and control over your products and services. Deliver orderly, omnichannel engagement for customers. Enjoy real-time insights and analytics over product performance and supply chains.

Intuitive Control

As an unrivalled software solution for warehousing, transportation, logistics and customer service, Microsoft Dynamics 365 addresses the major challenges facing firms of all shapes and sizes in a digitised, globalised world.

For operations across currencies, borders and brands, Dynamics 365 for Wholesale and Distribution unifies data and processes into a single interface. It empowers your agents to deliver superior customer engagement and streamlines processes aimed at ensuring precise control over stock and daily operations.

Manage Stock with Greater Insight

Multiple, disconnected systems fuel data silos that weaken your capacity to manage stock and optimise customer engagement. This is a particular challenge for wholesale and distribution firms operating across sites, warehouses and even borders. Dynamics 365 for Wholesale and Distribution provides a single view of stock and customer behaviour. Agents can make better decisions in real-time and develop stronger predictions of customer demand, while also enjoying greater precision and control for improved warehouse replenishment.

Automate Key Aspects of Your Business

Dynamics 365 empowers distribution firms with tools to automate key aspects of their business, including procure-to-pay and prospect-to-cash processes, as well as warehouse replenishment.

Automation improves efficiency and cuts costs by freeing customer service agents to focus on high-value interactions and empowering sales with automated product recommendations and buyer profiling.

Boost Productivity and Profitability

In today’s economy, price is no longer the go-to solution for improved profitability. Digitisation has led to the creation of powerful wholesale and distribution software which can easily diversify your financial and commerce strategies.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Wholesale and Distribution connects purchases, inventory and production for cost-cutting and smarter decision-making at all levels of the supply chain.

For more information, get in touch here.

Cloud VS On-Premise: Which Is Right For You?

One of the major choices facing any company evaluating a new piece of ERP software is what type of deployment model they should choose. Should they rely on traditional on-premise style, or put their solution all into the cloud? The decision ultimately comes down to a business’s personal circumstances and preferences, however, here’s a rundown of comparisons between the two options to help inform your decision.

Deployment

Cloud – While there are different forms of cloud computing (such as public cloud, private cloud, and a hybrid cloud), resources are hosted on the premises of the service provider but businesses are able to access those resources and use as much as they want at any given time.

On-Premise – In an on-premise environment, resources are deployed in-house and within a business’ own IT infrastructure. A business is responsible for maintaining the solution and all its related processes.

Cost

Cloud – Businesses that elect to use a cloud computing model only need to pay for the resources that they use, with none of the maintenance and upkeep costs, and the price adjusts up or down depending on how much is consumed.

On-Premise – For businesses that deploy software on-premise, they are responsible for the ongoing costs of the server hardware, power consumption and space.

Control

Public Cloud – All updates are deployed centrally to all customers. All customers share the same platform so there are some limitations with integration/customisation to protect the performance of other customers.

Private Cloud – You are in control of when updates are applied. However, the solution is managed by us, so we ensure it is running for you.

On-Premise – You are in total control of when updates are applied, and changes made. However, you are also responsible for making sure the infrastructure is running correctly.

Security

Cloud – Security concerns remain the number one barrier to a cloud computing deployment. There have been many publicised cloud breaches and IT departments around the world are concerned. From personal information employees such as login credentials to a loss of intellectual property, the security threats are real.

On-Premise – Companies that have extra sensitive information, such as government and banking industries must have a certain level of security and privacy that an on-premise environment provides. Despite the promise of the cloud, security is the primary concern for many industries, so an on-premise environment, despite some of its drawbacks and price tags, makes more sense.

Compliance

Cloud – Enterprises that do choose a cloud computing model must do their due diligence and ensure that their third-party provider is up to code and in fact compliant with all of the different regulatory mandates within their industry. Sensitive data must be secured, and customers, partners, and employees must have their privacy ensured.

On-Premise – Many companies these days operate under some form of regulatory control, regardless of their industry. One common example is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) for private health information. For companies that are subject to such regulations, it is imperative that they remain compliant and know where their data is at all times.

If you’d like more information on this topic, or on anything else, get in touch here.

Don’t Let Your Business Management System Hold You Back This Year

Start 2022 on the right foot with a reliable business management system to take your business to the next level. Discover the benefits of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central below.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is a modern, state of the art ERP and Accounting solution designed specifically for small to medium-sized businesses. Previously known as Microsoft Dynamics NAV, it has a long-established pedigree whilst still being a modern, up to date cloud ERP solution. It features everything SMBs need to manage their back-end business processes and is designed to be moulded for every industry. 

Low Cost of Ownership

With a monthly subscription model available, there’s no need for a large investment to get up and running. The option of Cloud hosting means lower infrastructure costs, too.

Seamless Integrations

Integrations with Microsoft Office, including Outlook, reduce time spent on creating invoices and sending them out to customers. Other applications such as Power BI also work alongside Business Central, making it easier to transfer and export data across applications, saving time and increasing productivity.

Flexible and Easy to Scale

Business Central can be accessed anywhere, anytime, regardless of location or device. It is also completely scalable, allowing it to grow alongside your business.

ERP Meets CRM

Although Business Central is a full ERP solution, it also hosts certain CRM functions allowing you to track customer interactions and get insights on opportunities and with easy native integration into Dynamics 365 Sales and other CRM solutions, managing your customers and prospects has never been easier. 

Artificial Intelligence

Business Central has built-in AI capabilities that are there to save time and resources by presenting information and updates on tasks.

Add-On Apps

If you’re looking for even more, Business Central allows users to develop their own applications to further cater for their business’s requirements.

Cloud-Based

Save money on infrastructure costs as well as being safe in the knowledge that your data is being stored safely and securely.

Discover more about the benefits of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, here.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central For Finance

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central has features that can benefit every department, and that includes finance and accounting.

The financial management capability of Dynamics 365 Business Central does not just include financial accounting functions but also combines various aspects of finance, cost and activity accounting, as well as external reporting.

The current data of all company areas such as purchasing, sales, warehouse and wages/salaries are merged in the financial management of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.

Increase Visibility

Business Central for finance allows you to make informed decisions with connected data across accounting, sales, purchasing, stock, and customer transactions. Accelerate financial close and reporting and maintain compliance with quick, accurate, and streamlined sales ledger and accounts payable.

Furthermore, Business Central also improves forecasting accuracy with comprehensive data modelling and analysis. Users can chart financial performance in real-time with built-in dashboards, allowing them to identify patterns and trends and gain new insights with in-depth analysis and unlimited dimensions. You can customize and share reports with other users with the help of seamless Excel integration, too.

Be in Control

Financial accounting is the central element in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, all data regarding financial accounting are processed, evaluated and saved here. The daily processes in financial accounting are supported by various modules including:

Material asset accounting, accounts receivable, accounts payable

Inter-company postings

XBRL support (exporting the data as required by tax authorities)

Account schedules (creating balance sheets and profit and loss statements)

Budgeting functions

Cost Accounting

Business Central allows you to define cost types, cost centres, and cost objects to analyse what the costs are, where they come from, and who should bear them. In addition, users can transfer the general ledger income statement accounts or create their own chart of cost types, which is simple to do with the help of a guided process. Key benefits include:

Analyse the end-to-end business cash flow

Allocate costs based on the cost rates or consumers

Easy-to-use and flexible cost allocation schemes

Ability to perform different versions of cost analysis for actual, simulated, projected, or future periods of strategies

Helps to fulfil reporting requirements for both consolidated and analytical reporting

To find out more about how Business Central can benefit your company, get in touch here.

What Is Digital Transformation?

Digital Transformation – a phrase that is thrown around more and more in our world. Ultimately, the movement is here to stay, so it is important we familiarise ourselves with the concept of digital transformation, as well as how it might affect our day to day lives both inside and outside of work.

By definition, digital transformation is ‘the adoption of digital technology by a company to improve business processes, value for customers, and innovation.’ This, however, isn’t always the clearest description to act upon for every business, since digital transformation will look different for everyone.

Digitisation is happening more and more every day, affecting our day to day lives without us even realising it. Companies’ adoption of digital technologies has sped up by three to seven years in just months, the effects of the recent COVID-19 epidemic has greatly impacted this, highlighting the importance and necessity of moving forward in a digital world and the benefits this will have.

Because of this, it leaves companies and businesses across the world with no choice but to adapt to the current trends and changes that the world and its consumers are a part of. For many companies that sell traditional goods in stores, digital transformation for this group will include providing an online way for customers to shop with them through an e-commerce platform.

Other takes on digital transformation include:

  • IT modernisation (cloud computing)
  • reskilling employees for new software/digital platforms
  • Implementing digital tools like AI to free more time for employees to deal with creativity & problem-solving tasks
  • Adjusting processes in person and online to adapt to customers’ needs

For many companies, it can be difficult to know where to start with their digital transformation journey. There are three main points of digital transformation: People, Process & Technology. By breaking down each step thoroughly, it allows businesses to create a clear, simple and effective plan to follow in order to take steps towards digital transformation.

Firstly, it is important to consider exactly who will be affected by potential changes within your business. Highlighting who will experience changes and in what way allows companies to communicate with their employees and have an open and transparent conversation about upcoming changes.

Secondly, having an in-depth understanding of your customers’ needs makes creating an effective process for change easier. It’s important to understand your customer and exactly what they need from you. This in turn helps you to develop an efficient process to deliver products or services in the most effective way.

Finally, investing in high-quality technology that can withstand the test of time as well as scale and adapt to changes in progression is key to being successful with your digital transformation process. Taking the time to build a reliable plan and having the backing of all necessary stakeholders is important but will ultimately be worthless without the investment of the correct technology. Research and understanding of what technology your business needs is one of the most important steps of the process.

Digital transformation can be a long, time-consuming process, but it is necessary to keep your business moving forward. By focusing on your customer and understanding how to better fulfil their needs, it will ultimately make your digital transformation journey easier, as well as more successful in the long run.

Upgrading from NAV to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

If you’re currently running Microsoft Dynamics NAV and are considering upgrading to Business Central, there’s never been a better time than now. With enhanced features and an extended level of functionality, upgrading has never delivered so much.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is the latest evolution of the Dynamics NAV product that is trusted and used by over 160,000+ businesses, and more than 2.7 million users. Business Central brings a slick new interface to the old Dynamics NAV system that has been in use the past few years, making it easier to use, and adding in a range of new productivity tools to make sure the systems helps you, rather than hinders you.

There are two hosting options when it comes to Business Central: Cloud and On-Premise. Public Cloud hosting provides you with a solution that is automatically updated, similar to Private Cloud hosting, however this option gives you control of what updates you want to receive and the resources available to your solution. On-Premise hosting may be the better option for customers who have invested heavily in their own on-premise infrastructure. The choice is entirely yours, allowing you to pick the option that best suits your business.

Another major benefit to upgrading from Microsoft NAV to Business Central is the difference in licensing. With any previous versions of NAV, your business would have had to purchase concurrent licenses. With Business Central, Microsoft has opted for named user licenses, making granting your team members access that little bit easier.

Furthermore, Business Central lets you easily tailor the features of the system to meet your business’ requirements. This is done through the use of extendable applications which can be built by partners to complete a number of different tasks including finances, sales, and more.

Not only does Business Central have an increase in functionality, but it is also the perfect middle ground between C/AL modifications and the new Business Central extension-based platform. If your business has a lot of customisation built into its solution, then upgrading to Business Central is the easiest way to enhance your system, rather than having to spend time re-doing previous customisations on a new system.

Staying up to date in today’s modern climate is essential to keeping your bus8iness on track. By being on the most recent version of Dynamics 365, you receive all the benefits of Microsoft’s latest research and development breakthroughs. These are not always compatible with older versions of NAV, however, being on Business Central means you’ll never miss out on the latest technologies.

If you’d like to learn more about upgrading to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, get in touch with a member of our team today, here.

Which Power BI License Is Right For You?

Power BI allows you to visualise and analyse your Microsoft Dynamics data like never before. It is a cloud-based business analytics service that lets you gain insights into your sales pipeline, discover your most promising leads, and uncover your top opportunities.

You can monitor the health of your business using a live dashboard, a creative interactive dashboard with the Power BI Desktop and access your data on the go with native mobile apps. With one click, users can explore the data behind their dashboard using intuitive tools that make finding answers easy.

Power BI is a tool for everyone. Whether you’re a business analyst or developer, in your home office or on the go, Power BI is designed to help you create rich and detailed data reports to assist in key business decisions.

Each Power BI service has either a free license, a Pro license, or a Premium per-user license. Take a look at our breakdown of each license to help decide which is the right fit for you.

Power BI Desktop / Free

Power BI Desktop is a free license that allows users to connect to data sources, analyse data, and create reports. This license is ideal for users who intend to create reports for personal use, without the need to share this content with other users via a cloud service.

Features include:

  • Integration of hundreds of data sources
  • Building reports in Power BI Desktop
  • Storing data and reports in the dedicated workspace on the cloud within Power BI (in My Workspace – max 1GB per user)
  • Export reports and data to Excel, PowerPoint or .pdf file
  • Employment of Python
  • Building visualisation with R language

Power BI Pro

The Power BI Pro license is a per-user license. Its capabilities are ideal for small-to-medium-sized businesses where users need to create, share and view other reports. If you are a larger company, this license is often paired with a Power BI Premium Subscription.

Building on the free license, Power BI Pro expands capabilities by allowing users to:

  • Share data with other users with a Pro license
  • Store datasets – max 10GB per user
  • Export reports onto a website or a SharePoint site

Power BI Premium per User

This new licensing option combines the advantages of the Power BI Pro license and the Power BI Premium subscription. This means that some Premium features, such as large data models, frequently scheduled refreshes, Painted Reports or AI Scripts are available to you on a license per user basis.

 Power BI Premium

Different to the previous license options, Power BI Premium is subscription-based, allowing it to be assigned to businesses as a whole rather than individual users being given licenses. There are two versions of the Power BI Premium subscription: standard and premium.

A Standard Power BI subscription is assigned to a Power BI Pro License. This subscription uses the workspaces in ‘’shared capacity’’, meaning it is not possible to share a report published to a ‘’shared capacity’’ with a person that does not have a Power BI Pro License. A standard subscription cost is included in the Power BI Pro license price.

  • Max dataset – 1GB
  • Max storage – 10GB
  • Max no. of scheduled refreshed – 8 per day

A Premium subscription comes with a dedicated Premium capacity including 100TB of storage and 8 virtual cores for optimal processing power.

  • Max dataset – 10GB
  • Max storage – 100TB
  • Max no. of scheduled refreshes – 48 per day

For a full breakdown of prices, please get in touch with our team who will be more than happy to assist you. Get in touch here.

Simplifying Dynamics with Jet Reports

Having the ability to make quick, informed decisions is essential to a business. Jet Reports is the original Microsoft Dynamics Excel add-in that allows Business Central users to pull together fast, financial and business reporting inside of Microsoft Excel from all live Microsoft Dynamics operational data, in the format that works for you.

No matter where you are, Jet Reports functionality can pull extensive business reports and financial statements with ease. It can also help automate your manual processes and open the door to new avenues of data management and financial reporting. This helps minimise time spent on data management and financial reporting.

Jet Reports allows your management team to view key performance metrics across all areas of your company in real-time with live updates. Your sales team can easily build product sheets that allow the company to instantly update current prices and specifications.

Among an extensive list of benefits that come with Jet Reports is the ability to eliminate errors. Jet Reports pulls data directly into Excel, so you feel confident you’re getting the right data and workbook. Furthermore, it’s quick and easy to begin building reports immediately in a collaboration and publishing platform.

In addition, Jet Reports also helps maximise your business’ ROI. With pre-built templates and data warehouse dashboards, you can create your reports quickly, saving time and giving you valuable business insights within minutes.

Jet Reports has a low cost of ownership with a customisation platform that is 5x faster than manual coding. It also has complete Data Warehouse Automation and is built specifically for Microsoft Dynamics, connecting seamlessly to Microsoft SQL database.

Jet Reports is designed specifically for Business Users. You can view data inside Excel or Microsoft Power BI for analytics in a familiar environment, as well as being able to access dashboards and reports on the go from a mobile device. It’s the ideal solution to achieve advanced operational and financial reporting inside of Excel with integration into your existing solutions.

Discover more about how Jet Reports can help your business, here.

Why Clean and Organised Data Is So Important for Your Business’ Growth

When it comes to business growth, there are a number of aspects that will contribute to the rate that your business will expand. One of the key areas that will impact this is the way your business organises its data.

Although the task can be time-consuming, ensuring your company’s data is clean and organised can have a significant impact on the growth. If, for example, the data your company is storing is of poor quality, the decisions made based on that data can have a negative impact further down the line. This can happen across all sectors of a business from finance to service.

Inaccurate data can have a negative impact on businesses, especially when it comes to customer relationships. Low-quality data can often result in customers and prospects receiving information that isn’t relevant or of interest to them, which can lead to your business being flagged as spam.

Data cleansing can help businesses minimise the amount of low-quality data that they store. By removing or modifying any incorrect, inaccurate, duplicated or unnecessary data, you are achieving higher data integrity which is key for staff members when they make decisions or take actions based on the data to hand.

High-quality data must be accurate, consistent, valid and complete. Ensuring phone numbers are the same across multiple sets of data is important, as well as cross-referencing this with names, email addresses and any other information you have stored for a particular account.

The use of high-quality data can drive faster customer acquisition. Having accurate data on prospects and current customers can help businesses target marketing to specific groups and build stronger relationships that ultimately result in a higher volume of sales.

Decision-making is improved when staff members are supplied with accurate, high-quality data. There is less room for error when data is accurate, as well as a higher chance of decisions and tasks that are a result of looking at data being a success.

Furthermore, high-quality data can save resources. Having a regular data cleanse and removing any incorrect or unwanted data can speed up processing times and also save memory space. Not only this, but it also saves staff members time and boosts productivity. Fewer minutes are spent searching through large amounts of meaningless data, meaning more time can be spent on tasks that will benefit the growth and success of your business.

Why Project Planning Is Crucial To Success

Having a detailed and robust plan is often the backbone that carries you to success when it comes to campaigns. It can often be a time-consuming task, and many project managers may skip over the step to save time. However, You shouldn’t overlook the importance of having a structured plan.

The main benefit of project planning is the increase in quality of performance and the likelihood of success. One of the biggest reasons for the failure of projects is team members not doing their jobs properly, which can be to do with confusion of roles and responsibilities. If staff members aren’t given clear instructions before the project launch, wires can often get crossed, resulting in poor performance. Having a clear project plan lowers the likelihood of team members being unsure of their responsibilities or unclear on deadlines, increasing the chances of success in the long run.

Furthermore, planning increases the quality of communication across the team. Not only does it allow staff to understand their roles and responsibilities appropriately, but it also allows them to understand the importance of everybody’s contribution. If one person may be falling behind on their part, other team members will be able to give them a helping hand with their workload if needed.

Project planning doesn’t just benefit team members knowing their tasks, it also allows you to have a clear outline of costs and materials required for the project. By having this information already mapped out, it stops you from overspending in areas where it’s unnecessary, as well as going over budget on tools and resources you don’t need. This contributes to the overall success of the project by ensuring you are set to profit as much as possible without excessive spends.

Similarly, planning allows you to conduct a full risk assessment of your project. By doing this, you are preparing yourself and your team with the knowledge on how to overcome any risks or issues that may occur during the project. This saves time in the long run and increases productivity among team members as they are already equipped with the information on how to solve any problems and keep the project on track for success.

Planning also gives you the option to set milestones for team members to aim for throughout the project. By identifying these points in the planning and preparation stage, team members have clear goals to aim for that will help to keep everybody on track towards delivering a successful project.

In conclusion, having a solid plan is a crucial element when it comes to success. It provides clear direction for team members and eliminates the risk of unclear objectives, poor management, and wasting valuable resources.

Quality Management Software by Azzure IT for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Azzure IT‘s Quality Management Software app provides customers with a fully configurable application within their Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central solution, to create and manage inspection checklists, assign inspections based on user or teams, and manage failed products through a quarantine and non-conformance process. These inspections can be applied to operations in process, goods inward, goods out, quality auditing and documentation checking.

Our Quality Management Software app for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central has a variety of features designed specifically to enhance the performance of your business and reduce the time spent on each task, while still ensuring high-quality performance. This app shows you pass or fail inspections, which are based on inspection questionnaires or checklists, and allow you to automate your inspection process. To streamline the process, any failed items are automatically highlighted during these inspections and are assigned to a quarantine area.

To further provide your staff with detailed insights to help enhance business processes, reports are also provided on any outstanding stock items, in the quarantine area, which require further testing. Creating these reports gives you and your business increased visibility, and lets you know which stock items still require more testing before being ready.

Any reports that get created are not posted until inspection records are completed. Preventing this process from being completed until after the inspection records are completed reduces room for error and thus, leads to less time wasted on fixing any mistakes that can be easily avoided.

Azzure IT’s Quality Management Software app is fully built within and designed specifically for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and is a fully configurable system for your business. It allows your business to control and manage quality across a range of modules. Quality Management ensures that only the highest quality products will reach your customers, and it will automatically detect and remove any items that aren’t up to scratch.

If you’re looking to save time, money and resources, Azzure IT’s Quality Management Software application for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is the ideal choice to integrate seamlessly into your existing system to further enhance the way your business works.

Our Quality Management Software application for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is available on Microsoft AppSource, here.

Get in touch here to discover more about how our solution can benefit your business.

ERP On A Tight Budget – The QuickStart Approach To Microsoft Dynamics 365

The world of ERP can seem daunting. With so many factors to consider when choosing the solution that best fits your business, it isn’t easy to know where to start, especially if you’re running on a tight budget.

ERP solutions can cost hundreds of thousands of pounds, which isn’t within every business price range. At Azzure, we believe that ERP doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Quickstart from Azzure IT gives small businesses an easy entry point into the world of ERP. Instead of spending months implementing and investing tens of thousands of pounds, you can get up and running with an industry-leading solution to tie all your departments and processes together in days and weeks, rather than months and years, at a fraction of the price.

Quickstart is ideal for smaller, growing businesses where employees are working across multiple sectors of the company. Business Central allows employees to do more with fewer resources. It provides a flexible, scalable platform designed to grow with your business and cater to increased duties.

Your Quickstart journey begins with an initial phone call with one of our consultants. From this call, they’ll be able to suggest the right Quickstart solution for your business and get the ball rolling.

From there, a member of our team will walk you through a remote 30–90-minute demonstration of Microsoft Dynamics Business Central. This demonstration will show you all key aspects of the solution and anything specifically relevant to your business that had been identified in the initial phone call.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. Previously known as NAV Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is a modern, state of the are ERP and Accounting solution, designed specifically for small to medium-sized businesses.

Moving forward, a 30-day free trial will be offered to you. You can skip this step if you choose to, but it’s a great way to get a feel for the system and see whether it’s the right fit for you. You will have the full support of our consultants throughout this stage to help with any queries you may have.

Moving forward, a 30-day free trial will be offered to you. You can skip this step if you choose to, but it’s a great way to get a feel for the system and see whether it’s the right fit for you. You will have the full support of our consultants throughout this stage to help with any queries you may have.

Implementation times can be as quick as 7 to 10 days from the initial consultation to your go-live date, depending on the solution you require, as well as the amount of additional training you feel your team needs.

We understand that small businesses don’t always have the budget to spend on additional training from our consultants, so Azzure IT offers our customers regular free training sessions throughout the year. We have also created a portal with training videos and resources so that you can get the most out of your system in the shortest amount of time.

If you have a tight budget and timescale and need a high-quality ERP system implemented in your business quickly, Quickstart is the solution for you.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch here and begin your Quickstart journey.

What Makes Azzure IT Different to Other Microsoft Partners

At Azzure IT, we strive to set ourselves apart from other businesses in our industry. We take pride in the high level of customer service we provide and the thought and care that goes into every project we undertake. Our client success rates are high because we take a different approach to what you may typically find.

Unlike a lot of Microsoft Partners out there, we are open, honest and want the best for your business. We never overcomplicate any scenario as an excuse to upsell. We are transparent from start to finish and work hard to maximise the return you will see from working with us.

Nobody else has quite the level of Microsoft Dynamics expertise we do, from the sales team right through to the delivery team. Our knowledge and commitment to your success give you peace of mind that you are in safe hands, and your Microsoft Dynamics project will be delivered to the highest standard by the people who know best.

We only employ the best-in-class consultants to handle your project, which we trust to deliver our services in line with our ISO:9001 Quality Standard.

On top of that, our flexible finance options can help you build the cost of projects into operating expenses instead of justifying a CAPEX investment.

Our UK-based support team are there for you whenever you need, working from 8 AM-6 PM on weekdays, as well as out of hours upon request. Our customer success department also works as an extension of your team to meet your business objectives. Your success is just as important to us as it is to you.

We like to put the people first. Whether it is the internal employee benefits scheme, extra birthday annual leave, or any other exciting perks that come within the package of working at Azzure, we pride ourselves on the company culture we have.

The Azzure IT Senior Management team have cultivated a ‘people-first’ approach to building the business. This can be seen in the supportive day-to-day interaction between the leadership team and the company and the Management Teams’ response to the COVID crisis when the UK government brought in measures in March 2020. We ensured all staff members were equipped to work from home, accompanied by a considerable focus on staff mental health and wellbeing in these uncertain times.

With over 3,000 delivered days equating to near 25,000 hours of consultancy along with an industry-leading +55 Net Promoter Score within our sector, it is a testament to our customers being pleased with the world-class service we strive to provide.

It is clear to our associates and customers that staff members here are continuously supported and praised for their efforts in contributing to the thriving market leader of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central that is Azzure IT.

For a free demonstration of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central from the leading Microsoft Partner, or to discuss your requirements in further detail with one of our experienced consultants, get in touch today.

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