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Top 3 Benefits in Moving Dynamics CRM On-Premise to D365
You might be wondering: Is your organization getting enough out of its CRM system? There are a couple reoccurring themes that we as FMT Consultants often encounter when working with our customers in moving Dynamics CRM On-Premise to D365. If you are considering the move for your CRM environment, you might want to pay attention to some of these factors as they are real opportunities for you to effectively modernize your business processes: 1. Customizations From Custom Entities to Workflows to Plugins to ISVs to XRM, chances are, you’ve got some level of customization going on in your CRM system. As long as you have CRM 2013 or later, cross your fingers, you’ll be able to upgrade customizations without issue: Version compatibility Solutions exported from an earlier version of Dynamics 365 can be imported into later versions as shown in the following chart. Upgrading without issue, unfortunately, is oftentimes not […]
FMT Consultants Achieves Silver Cloud Customer Relationship Management Competency from Microsoft
Southern California based technology provider, FMT Consultants, continues to demonstrate best-in-class capability and market leadership by achieving Microsoft Silver Cloud CRM Competency.   SAN DIEGO, CA FEBRUARY 24, 2017 FMT Consultants, a leading provider of integrated business management solutions and information technology services based in San Diego and Los Angeles, has announced that it has earned the Microsoft Silver Cloud Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Competency, bringing the firm’s total number of competencies from Microsoft to eight.   Achieving the Microsoft Silver Cloud CRM Competency validates FMT as a premier provider of Microsoft Dynamics 365 (formerly Dynamics CRM Online)—Microsoft’s cloud-based customer relationship management solution.   To achieve the Silver Cloud CRM Competency, FMT team members successfully completed exams and are now recognized Microsoft Certified Professionals. Additionally, FMT demonstrated its ability to deliver successful projects and assessments by exceeding several software revenue goals, and providing multiple customer references.   “As a leading […]
How Collaboration and Visibility Lead to Higher-End and Higher-Margin Work
While many businesses are quick to laud the benefits of cloud computing, file-sharing, and data analytics, the fact remains that so many businesses and organizations are unable to take full advantage. Though ERP and cloud solutions are transformative tools to reshape the way you do business, too many companies are still limited--fighting through data silos, hampered by structural confines, or simply hindered by growing pains. “Although the power of analytics is common currency, it’s spoken of far more often than it’s practiced,” according to Edd Wilder-James at the Harvard Business Review. Wilder-James’ quote here can extend beyond just data analytics, but to the transparency and visibility that’s at the core of effective resource planning. Usually, managers don’t simply neglect resource planning, but instead, it stems from a result of simply growing fast, trying to manage the growing tension between scaling internal processes to meet a growing demand. Symptoms Behind Silos […]
Azure AD Connect Pass-Through Authentication
Have you ever wanted a simple Single Sign-On (SSO) solution for Office 365 without having to manage and maintain SSL certificates or ADFS? Microsoft has deployed a preview version of their “pass-through authentication” to the latest version of the Azure AD Connect (AAD Connect) tool. What this means is a simple, but effective SSO solution for the end user on a corporate domain joined machine. Another benefit of the pass-through authentication provided by the Azure AD Connect tool is the integration with self-service password reset (SSPR) functionality that enables the end user to reset their password without the need of helpdesk support. From a high level, the authentication process is depicted by the diagram below. Many security related questions arise whenever a new SSO solution is presented. Microsoft has confirmed all usernames and passwords are passed to the on-premises connector, then passed back to Azure AD over an encrypted HTTPS […]
Explore New Features and Stay Current with Windows Server 2016
At the Ignite conference in September, Microsoft released an evaluation version for IT professionals to get a look at what the RTM or “Release to Manufacturing” version of Windows Server 2016 will look like. The final version was generally released on October 12th. Like many Microsoft releases, Windows Server 2016 brought a lot of new and expanded features to the flagship server OS software. However, it’s important to keep in mind another important reason to begin planning for your deployment of Server 2016: staying current. Out with the old … In with the new As you probably know, extended support for Server 2003 has ended, and with it comes the end of patches and security updates. I’m sure we all have a few 2003 servers left that are running legacy applications or non-production workloads. While these servers should definitely be addressed, let’s also talk about Server 2008 and 2008 R2. […]
Office 365 or Google Apps? What’s the Best Cloud Productivity Suite?
Choosing between Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365 for your productivity suite can be one of the most difficult decisions you make for your company. After all, with the emotion that goes into the Google versus Microsoft debate, something as simple as choosing a cloud-based productivity suite can quickly cause rifts between co-workers the size of the Grand Canyon. In this blog, we’ll take a look at the pros and cons of these products to help uncover the answer to the question, "Office 365 or Google Apps?" 1. Pricing Both Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps have pretty straightforward pricing plans. However, the two products begin to differentiate themselves when you look closer at what you’ll get for your money. Office 365 offers several different business and enterprise plans, but we’ll look at the 3 most standard options: Business Essentials for $5 per month, Business for $10 per month, and […]
6 Things You Need to Know Before Building No Code Solutions in SharePoint
It is said that you shouldn’t write code until you have to write code. Whether you are a power user, a decision maker, an administrator, or developer, if you have a strong belief that you should not write any code unless it’s required, Office365 Sites and SharePoint can make this dream a reality. In order to make no code solutions in SharePoint, you will need to understand some key concepts. In this post, I will walk you through the 6 basic tools you’ll need to understand to develop your own no code solution with SharePoint. What is SharePoint? Defining SharePoint is a difficult thing to do. You can find many definitions for SharePoint on the internet, many of which were provided by Microsoft, but I would define it as the following: A platform to present business data, increase collaboration, manage content and business processes, that increases productivity while providing users […]
Simplify Dynamics GP Mobility and Eliminate VPN Costs with Awingu
Would you like to access Microsoft Dynamics GP applications from any browser using any device? Are you tired of the headache and cost of traditional VPN and managing client devices? With Awingu, you can leverage the power of web technology to access all your GP applications from any HTML5-capable device without having to install software on the end user’s device. Why Awingu? Awingu is a web-based interface that simplifies enterprise mobility, remote access, real-time collaboration and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Today, your business likely combines SaaS, Web, Windows Server, Windows Desktop and legacy applications. Analyst firm Gartner categorizes Awingu software as a “Workspace Aggregator” because Awingu software aggregates all these applications -- whether on-premise or in the cloud – into a single, online workspace that can be accessed from any browser, device or OS. All you need is an internet connection. What Are the Benefits of the Switch? Some […]
Break Up with Your On-Premise Server, Fall in Love with Azure!
Dear on-premise server: It’s not you, it’s me. I need more stability, the ability to grow, and I want more money in my wallet! I’m breaking up with you and moving on… While some breakups are difficult, some breakups are needed. The computing world is moving on, and if you don’t break up with your on-premise server, it might soon break up with you. On-premise servers suffer from failing software and hardware, inability to provide services to meet your customer’s demands, and more. Don’t wait for your server to break up with you, move on to Microsoft Azure. Why Azure? Microsoft Azure provides an enterprise-grade cloud platform that you can use to get up and running quickly, thus immediately improving your bottom line. Your ability to easily and quickly spin up new projects, move old infrastructure, and be dynamic in your decision making can give you a powerful tool at your disposal. With […]
Highlights and Comparison of SharePoint 2016 with Earlier Versions
With the new additions in SharePoint Server 2016, Microsoft brings the best of its cloud functionality to its on-premises systems. These new features allow organizations who haven't taken the advantage of Office 365 functionality, to now utilize it despite being in an on-premise environment. In this truly effective Hybrid model, organizations are able to have the best of the Cloud, while keeping all their important information and data stored on-premise. Microsoft's goal with this version of SharePoint is to introduce hybrid capabilities between Office 365's cloud-based SharePoint Online and the on-premises version so many enterprises have in production. SharePoint 2016 boasts incredible performance and simple maintenance procedures. The latest version also has reduced feature activation overheads and uses the copy operation at the content database level to improve the site collection creation performance. You can also take advantage of faster upload times, increased list view thresholds, and enhanced security compliance. […]
Revolutionize Your Business Processes with Microsoft Dynamics 365
Microsoft wants to help you transform your business. In the recent months, we’ve been getting excited about Microsoft’s plans for the future of its Dynamics business solutions. Today, we’d like to share that excitement with you. At Microsoft’s World Partner Conference this past month we gained a lot of valuable information about Dynamics 365, formerly Project Madeira, and how it will help organizations streamline finances and operations in an integrated business solution. In this blog post, we’ll go over what we know about Dynamics 365, how your business can benefit from it, and how Microsoft plans to revolutionize the way your business operates. What is Microsoft Dynamics 365? Dynamics 365 is Microsoft’s way of helping you manage all your business operations from finances to marketing in one affordable, easy to use, cloud-based system. Bringing together the best of Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM cloud services, along with a wealth of […]
How to Take Your Office to the Cloud with Office 365
We know that living in today’s world you need to be able to do business whenever and wherever you are. From checking email to collaborating on projects, today’s professional is constantly juggling a work-life balance. The good news is that Microsoft’s Office 365 is here to help! Why should I make the switch to Office 365? You can provide your team with the tools they need to work anytime, anywhere, on any device by moving your familiar Office productivity applications to the cloud. Whether you’re working online or off, from your computer, tablet, or phone, Office 365 has you covered. You can access your files, email, calendar, and more from anywhere you can access the internet. Office 365 also keeps itself up to date, so you can be positive you’re always working with the latest and greatest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more. What’s included in Office 365? Office […]
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