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The Evolution of Managed Services

When it comes to managing IT for your business, you can never have too much help.

The shift to the cloud and outsourced IT functions (and even entire IT departments) has massively increased over the past several years. Executives now expect even higher productivity – at lower costs – from their IT investments. They are determined to find ways that will enable the organization to get out of the Data Center business and instead focus on their core competencies and strategic goals.

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Microsoft Dynamics 365: What You Need to Know

Microsoft Dynamics 365 is an application for businesses that combines CRM and ERP capabilities and other features to break down data silos and make your business more efficient and productive. It runs in the cloud, lowering your total cost of ownership and making it an excellent complement to Microsoft’s other cloud solutions.

Moreover, Dynamics 365 isn’t just for the marketing or finance department – its functionality spans teams across the company. Read on to learn what Dynamics 365 does and what advantages it has over its competitors.

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IoT: Shoring up Your Competitive Advantage

In the past 10 years, we’ve seen the forces that shape the manufacturing industry – such as regulation, global competition and emerging markets – increasingly shrink profit margins. With so little room to maneuver, companies had to increasingly focus on cutting cost to maximize their ability to stay competitive. The perceived solution to this issue was for a long time seen in offshoring. Cheaper labor costs in South America and Asia allowed US manufacturers to continue their growth at the expected rates over the first two decades of the 21st century.

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6 Tips for a Successful ERP Implementation

An enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is a major proposition for any organization. In addition to the monetary investment and maintenance, there are also costs in terms of dedicated resources and time. A new solution is not deployed overnight and all too often we hear about failed ERP implementations.

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How Can Microsoft Help You with Your Digital Transformation?

There are many people in the enterprise who scoff at the term “digital transformation.” However, they ignore the fact that digital transformation is already taking place. They’ll be left behind if they don’t embrace technological changes that enable them to be more efficient and productive.

Microsoft offers a number of services that will help you undergo a digital transformation so that you can remain competitive in the marketplace – read on to learn which offerings might be right for you.

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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.