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Give Your Legacy Apps New Life with Azure App Service 
Legacy applications – those business-critical apps that keep IT people up at night fighting fires – leave employees frustrated with their lack of dependability and, worse, provide poor customer experiences all around. Essential to any business, they may have been developed years ago, and when they work, ‘they just work.’ But because all of your processes and procedures were created around the app, you don’t want to invest in a whole new platform.  Sound familiar? Does that mean you have to live with the app’s shortcomings or keep buying new server hardware to ensure long-term, stable usage? Thanks to Microsoft, the answer may be a surprising ‘NO!’  How?  Modernize existing .NET web apps using Azure App Service. What is Azure App Service?  Azure App Service is a fully managed Microsoft cloud-based platform for building, deploying, and scaling your web apps. The Microsoft platform has the following key features: Fully managed platform Utilize bult-in infrastructure maintenance, security patching, and scaling. Built-in CI/CD integration CI/CD integration provides zero-downtime deployments. Virtual network integration Run […]
Microsoft Search – The Ultimate Guide
During my long tenure as a SharePoint consultant, one of the most common complaints regarding SharePoint is “I can’t find what I need.” There are probably several reasons this may be the case that are unrelated to the platform itself (lack of search training, search optimizations, etc.). But Microsoft has listened and introduced Microsoft Search. Not only does this provide an enhanced search experience for SharePoint, but it is also designed to be a global search aggregator for all Microsoft 365 workloads. Currently supported applications include: SharePoint Outlook OneDrive Word PowerPoint Office 365 With Microsoft Search, each search result is scoped to the application where the search was originated. For example, Outlook will return emails, Word will return Word documents, etc. In addition to the expanded search options, the results are unique per user. Microsoft’s AI engine delivers links that are targeted to user activity as well as content that […]
How to Empower Your Chief Procurement Officer
2020 has been a year like no other in recent history, and the US manufacturing industry has felt the impact. Declines in production, forced shutdowns and inconsistent value chain behavior during the ‘peak’ of the pandemic will likely drive industry behavior for years to come. In what could become a permanent change for the industry, most manufacturing leaders are reevaluating the role of their workforce. One way to enhance digital capabilities in the workforce is to develop an ecosystem comprised of today’s top manufacturing talent (like your Chief Procurement Officer, or CPO) built on the back of a world-class Customer Relationship Management system. Data-Driven Decisions There are a few common themes we are seeing more and more in the manufacturing world nowadays. The need for agility and accuracy in data management, customer centricity and the ability to make data-driven decisions seems to have taken over and remodeled company cultures. Furthermore, […]
Free (yes free!) Microsoft Teams Audio Conferencing
Host meetings through Microsoft Teams? What about one of the many other inadequate competitor platforms? Zoom through this post and let me tell you what Microsoft has in store for you (hint: it includes a year of free Microsoft Teams Audio Conferencing)! We all know that Microsoft Teams is the all-encompassing unified communications and collaboration platform Leader (backed by Gartner!) that enables businesses across the globe to get work done quickly and efficiently. Chat – check. File collaboration backed by best-in-class SharePoint – check. Integrations with business-critical processes and systems – check. All these capabilities for both internal employees and external customers at the same time – check, check, check! You may even be hosting meetings through this essential tool right now, but did you know that Microsoft is also giving customers free use of dial-in capabilities for your meetings? They sure are! From now through the end of June […]
The Importance of Data in Manufacturing
In a world where data consolidation and analysis are becoming ever more vital to business, it can be difficult to know how to best set up your organization’s data strategy to meet future demands. Furthermore, in the business of manufacturing, where there are so many proverbial moving parts and areas to focus on, it can be challenging to note the advantages and cost savings associated with a coherent data strategy when compared to other areas of the organization (i.e. sales, operations, research and development, procurement, quality assurance, etc.). However, having access to well-defined and accurate data can lead to insights and cost savings that propel a manufacturer to the next level of their business as well as outperform competitors, for several simple and powerful reasons cited by Kevin Snook, author of Make It Right: 5 Steps to Align Your Manufacturing Business from the Frontline to the Bottom Line. If you […]
Warehouse Cycle Counting with Business Central
What is cycle counting? Let’s be honest, setting up and processing inventory counts on a regular basis is one of the least exciting parts of running a distribution business. In reality, there is no one who enjoys undertaking this tedious activity. In fact, rather than addressing this need, many choose to ignore it, especially if they have a lack of resources and time. However, performing cycle counts on a frequent basis and aligning them correctly within your warehouse(s) is critical in achieving better metrics for inventory accuracy, turnover ratio, lead times and delivery dates. In this blog, we’ll explain how all of this can be accomplished using Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (BC) with its ease of processing a count. Warehouse cycle counting is a perpetual counting system where a small subset of inventory, in a specified location, is counted on a specified day. By performing cycle counts, you are […]
Read This Before Importing Contacts to Business Central
With the recent “Edit in Excel” and enhancements to Configuration Packages, importing data into a new Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (BC) Company is more streamlined than ever before. But I recently encountered issues with the Business Central Contact List during the data migration phase of a project. The issue: thousands of Contact records that were not intended to be there. What made matters worse? At first attempt, it seemed near impossible to delete the records. One more tick in my daily grind where I scream to the BC gods, “Bring back my Object Designer!” Normally, a little bit of research on the Microsoft Partner Portal, forums or Microsoft documentation will give some good tips and tricks for handling this massive amount of records. There is some great intro training on Marketing and Business Central Contacts in the MS documentation here. Sadly, there is nothing on my current dilemma. But, […]
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