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Time zone conversion in Xamarin Forms XAML using NodaTime

When developing mobile applications for multiple platforms it can be important to understand how to implement time zones conversion in elegant manner.

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[White Paper] Microsoft Dynamics 365 vs SAP

Because an ERP system is the vital backbone of the business, an organization needs a solution that provides the necessary functionality, is easy and convenient to use, and enables a competitive advantage. If a company’s ERP system isn’t meeting these goals, it’s time to look for one that will.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 and SAP are two of the most commonly shortlisted, and ultimately selected, ERP platforms in market today. Today we release our comparison white paper of the two: Microsoft Dynamics 365 vs SAP.

The white paper evaluates the two systems using the most commonly used ERP evaluation criteria as found by the Aberdeen Group. The top five criteria are: Functionality, Ease of Use, Total Cost of Ownership, Must Be An Integrated Suite, and Ease and Speed of Implementation.

Download the white paper: Microsoft Dynamics 365 vs SAP.


[Webinar] Going Live with Dynamics 365 in 120 Days

As finance departments continue to evolve in the "Industry 4.0" era, many executives are considering if and how they can embrace the digital future. And one question drives their decisions: How can I spend less to grow more?

Join presenters from Microsoft Corporation and Merit Solutions on Tuesday, March 6th at 2pm EST / 11am PST for our webinar: Going Live with Microsoft Dynamics 365 in 120 Days.

During this webinar, you will:

  • Learn how to build an internal financial organization that is a differentiator in the digital future.
  • Redefine your expectations for the time and money it takes to implement a cloud-based enterprise platform.
  • See a demo of Microsoft Dynamics 365’s financial management capabilities.
  • Explore Power BI and financial reporting capabilities that are delivered out-of-the-box.
  • See a demo of the pre-configured, rapid deployment offering from Merit Solutions – Rapid365.

This webinar will be recorded and provided to registrants following the webinar.



Industry 4.0 and Digital Manufacturing: A Primer

Humans have always been engaged in some type of manufacturing, from the days when the first prehistoric hunters and gatherers created tools to make their jobs easier. Today, the way we manufacture goods has changed enormously.

Manufacturing in the 21st century is now automated and has the lowest levels of human involvement in history. What does this mean for you? Read on to learn how Industry 4.0 and digital manufacturing will impact your organization and how you can weather these changes to stay agile and competitive.

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 Upgrade Assessment

Assess the upgrade readiness of your business and quantify the time, effort, and cost required to move from Microsoft Dynamics AX to Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations with our Upgrade365 2-Day (Remote or On-Site) Assessment.

The goal of the 2-Day Microsoft Dynamics 365 upgrade assessment is to provide your team with all the information you need to evaluate and plan your organization's path to Microsoft's next generation business platform.

(Note: This infographic lists the Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Move to Dynamics 365.)

Day 1 of the assessment is a joint working session to uncover all of the critical factors with the existing system in order to then spend Day 2 working on the summary, recommendations and estimate for proceeding with a Microsoft Dynamics 365 upgrade.

Day 1 – Functional and Technical Assessment

  • Functional Assessment
    • Review company culture and implementation background
      • What does the company make / offer / sell? How do they make it?
      • What is the history of your AX system?
      • What is the organization structure?
      • Who owns AX – IT, Finance, other?
      • Why was AX initially implemented? Have those goals been met?
    • Review existing business uses of Microsoft Dynamics AX:
      • What work streams and corresponding AX modules are in scope?
      • What major customizations / integrations exist?
      • What are the critical outputs (reports, printed forms, etc…)?
      • What manual processes currently exist outside the system?
      • What compliance mandates exist (SOX, FDA, etc…)?
      • What data retention requirements exist?

Day 2 – Summary, Analysis, and Recommendations

  • Summary of collected assessment information provided.
  • Licensing and Pricing Analysis provided.
  • Assumptions and recommendation approach document provided.
  • Estimates and Assumptions provided:
    • Includes Azure Cloud Infrastructure, Data Migration, Code Migration, Integrations and 3rd Party Solutions, Security/Compliance, and BI considerations.

How Do You Find the Best ERP Vendor Based on RFP Responses?

You’ve written the RFP, and vendor responses are starting to roll in. Choosing the right vendor should be easy, you think. It’s a matter of picking the best one, right?

Here’s the problem: what you think is the best is subjective. Your colleagues may well believe that Vendor B is much better suited than Vendor A to provide your ERP system. How do you choose? This post will explore how you can create an evaluation system so the vendor selection process is smooth and headache-free.

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What You Should Expect from Your ERP Vendors in Your RFP, and Why It Matters

At many firms, RFPs are overlooked opportunities. These documents give companies the chance to tell vendors what they want out of an ERP system. It’s also the time for businesses to share what their expectations of the vendor are. After all, how can you expect a vendor to do something if you never share that information?

Read on to learn about what you should reasonably expect from your vendors when writing your RFP and why those expectations are important.

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The One Step You Need to Complete Before You Submit an RFP for an ERP System

What is the one thing you need to do before you submit your RFP for an ERP system? Some people might say, “Finding a person to write the RFP,” or “Setting a deadline for when it has to be completed.” Those things are important, but they can be figured out along the way. When it comes to writing an RFP for an ERP system, there’s one thing that’s absolutely crucial: setting internal requirements for what you want and need out of an ERP system.

Read on to learn why setting internal requirements is so vital, and why you can’t submit an RFP without this step.

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What Are Best Practices for ERP RFPs?

The RFP for your ERP system might not seem like it’s important. In fact, you might be tempted not to invest much time or effort into it – you just want to get the process over with, start using your ERP system, and become more efficient and agile. That would be a mistake.

You want the best RFP possible, because your RFP provides vital guidance for your vendors. To write the best RFP possible, you need to follow a set of best practices to achieve success. Read on to learn what these best practices are so you can incorporate them into your RFP.

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Creating an RFP for Your ERP System: A Primer

What is one of the most crucial parts of the ERP system purchase process? It might surprise you, but it’s actually creating the RFP. The RFP is a critical document. If you don’t get it right, you could wind up with an ERP system that doesn’t meet your needs.

Read on to learn what you should do when creating an RFP for your ERP system and what mistakes to avoid so you don’t waste time or money, and you purchase the right ERP solution.

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