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Dynamics GP – Did You Know: IRP
Targeted Industries: Distribution and Distribution with Assembly Work Orders (Manufacturing Light) Solution: Dynamics GP 2018 Build 18.4 Modules: Purchase Order Processing & Inventory Inventory management can be a key component for the balance sheet and should be managed to be lean as possible. Inventory needs to be managed so that we don’t carry too much inventory on the balance sheet and we don’t run out when fulfilling orders or when manufacturing assembly workorders. What is the right amount of inventory to have on-hand ready to sell or use? A question many companies ponder and experiment with so they can become more operational efficient and with less carrying costs. Microsoft Dynamics GP offers advanced tools with the Distribution series. The distribution series includes Sales Order/Invoicing, Purchase Order Management, Inventory Control and Light Duty Manufacturing. This article will focus on the inventory module and the purchasing module. Our goal will be to […]
Think a 4-day Work Week is Possible?
California is starting to think so and that is why the state is pushing forward legislation to make many employee’s dreams a reality.  According to this CNBC article, “Legislation is now working its way through the state legislature that would make the standard workweek 32 hours for companies with more than 500 workers. There would be no cut in pay, and those who work more would be compensated at a rate of no less than 1.5 times the employee’s regular rate of pay.” How is that possible you ask?  Those 32 hours you do have with employees have to be efficient and focused.  For many companies, the real question should be, “If this legislation passes, are we prepared?” Many may answer with an overwhelming “NO!” but this doesn’t have to be the case – Microsoft is there for you, ready to assist!  Through their Modern Collaboration Architecture (MOCA), they enable […]
Should You Get Tested?
If we are talking about your Microsoft 365 environment, absolutely! But what sort of test? We recommend an evaluation of where you stand relative to your business goals using industry-proven benchmarks. Is your business healthy? Are you positive? Are you negative? What does that even mean? Remember, you don’t know what you don’t know! FMT Consultants performs tests, or assessments, to help you measure your current Microsoft 365 profile. We split Microsoft’s cloud services into security and infrastructure components. Together, we identify gaps in your company’s security posture, help you map out the next steps along the path of your digital transformation journey, and – if needed—walk you through a plan of action to improve your results. (Trust me. It’s needed). It’s a big world out there full of Microsoft technologies, applications, and solutions. Large or small, your business has plenty to build with! In order to prioritize and address […]
Microsoft’s “New Commerce Experience”
Big changes are coming to Microsoft 365 licensing, and while licensing isn’t anyone’s favorite topic to spend a lot of time thinking about, the upcoming changes Microsoft announced are significant to the way your business uses Microsoft online services. The changes are a part of Microsoft’s “New Commerce Experience” that will apply across the board to all Microsoft seat-based licenses (Office 365, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, etc.) and will apply to every license channel and every way your organization can obtain these licenses, whether via the Microsoft 365 Portal (aka Web Direct), via Cloud Solution Provider (a CSP, like FMT), or via Enterprise Agreement. There are several benefits to NCE, including: Multiple term options for more flexibility Predictable licensing payments Promotions Multi-year plans to lock in pricing The benefits come along with additional changes that are important to understand from both a planning and operational perspective, including: Enforced 72-hour cancellation […]
You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know?
We’ve all heard this saying before. Here at FMT we hear it almost daily when we speak with our clients about making the most of their tech investments. It’s common, right? Maybe your business is laser focused trying to make it through the quarter, maybe your IT staff is tasked with keeping the lights on…maybe you don’t have IT staff? Wherever you are in your digital transformation, there are areas out there that you simply haven’t explored for your business. This is especially true in today’s digital workplace where, if you don’t know what you don’t know, how do you know how you can improve? And, if you don’t know the right technology to improve your business, what opportunities will you miss? Do you know security? Do you implement Zero Trust? Do you know what that is? If you don’t know, you probably also don’t know who is trying to […]
Zoom on over to Microsoft Teams!
According to ZoomMeetingsClassAction.com the popular video conferencing software giant, Zoom Video Communications, Inc., recently settled a class action lawsuit for a cool (preliminary!) $85 million dollars. Without admitting liability and while refuting allegations of damages, Zoom apparently felt a settlement would be the most advisable path forward. Why? Because privacy and security remain one of the highest priorities for people working and collaborating online. According to the lawsuit, Zoom's previous approach to securing access to the Zoom Meetings Application lacked sufficient encryption and privacy controls resulting in unauthorized information sharing and meeting disruptions by third parties. Meeting disruptions alone led the FBI to issue a warning about ‘Zoom-bombing’. What? Yes, Zoom-bombing involves unidentified and uninvited individuals popping into Zoom meetings at schools and businesses shouting profanity, disrupting the meetings, and displaying inappropriate images/videos. Throughout the Covid pandemic Zoom-bombing happened regularly in virtual classrooms and boardrooms across the country. What a nightmare! […]
Microsoft VIVA Connections
Introduction Working remotely has been on a steady upward trend and the COVID 19 pandemic pushed that trend into overdrive!  Government mandated office closures forced employers to make an immediate pivot to change operations to remote work.  Microsoft has been following the remote worker trend for some time and has conducted a substantial amount of research into how employees can better collaborate in this environment.  Due to the ramifications of the global pandemic, Microsoft has accelerated its timelines for online collaboration features and has extended its focus to the empowerment and engagement of remote workers. Enter the Employee Experience Platform (EXP):  “An EXP is a digital platform that puts people at the center by bringing together systems of work with systems of support into an integrated employee experience.” The graphic below illustrates typical areas that an employee needs to manage. Source:Employee Experience Platform: A New Catagory Arrives Microsoft has addressed this concept […]
Improve your Cyber Security! That’s a Presidential order!
Yes, you read that right, the President of the United States signed an Executive Order stating that the Federal government has to review and improve its Cyber Security – it’s a security journey if you will.   While that may seem like a huge undertaking for the likes of the United States, there are key takeaways that every business should apply - and you do not have to have the budget of the government to do so! Let’s look at a subset of this rather long, but truly important order: “To keep pace with today’s dynamic and increasingly sophisticated cyber threat environment, the Federal Government must take decisive steps to modernize its approach to cybersecurity, including by increasing the Federal Government’s visibility into threats, while protecting privacy and civil liberties.  The Federal Government must adopt security best practices; advance toward Zero Trust Architecture; accelerate movement to secure cloud services, including Software […]
How to Publicly Share a Microsoft Stream Video with the "New" Stream
In the first half of 2021, Microsoft made changes to the way that Microsoft Teams recordings are stored and shared. Meeting recordings used to be stored within Microsoft Stream, but they are now stored in your OneDrive for Business or a SharePoint Online site (which is good news if you want to publicly share a Microsoft Stream video!). These changes are a part of the “New” Microsoft Stream or Stream (on SharePoint) that was announced last year and covered in depth during Ignite 2020. For more information: The new version of Microsoft Stream - Microsoft Stream | Microsoft Docs. This change introduces the following benefits: Easy to set permissions and sharing Ability to share recordings with guests and external users Provides direct OneDrive and SharePoint links to videos Meeting recordings are available faster The biggest improvement and benefit is the ability to share recordings easily with external users who are […]
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, […]
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