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Azure AD Connect – Take Action!
What is it? Azure AD Connect is a Microsoft identity tool used by organizations with on-premise Active Directory infrastructure and Microsoft 365 environments. It makes sure that identity data such as passwords and user accounts are in sync – which generally improves your productivity all around! Your organization may be using this in a situation commonly referred to as a ‘hybrid model.' If you are in a hybrid model and have Azure AD Connect installed as an in-between, this software is critical to keep both on-premise and Microsoft 365 linked together . . . oftentimes going unnoticed until something goes wrong and suddenly your password for Outlook is no longer accepted by your laptop to sign-in or you keep having to remember two separate passwords for what is supposed to be one unified ecosystem. What a pain . . . has this happened to you? What do you have to […]
Dynamics GP Disaster Recovery Planning
While setting up and upgrading Dynamics GP for clients, I often find disaster recovery planning is something that is overlooked. Often, only the databases are backed up and newly created companies have not been added to the backup plan. In light of this, I want to walk you through what you’ll need to have ready to bring up your GP system quickly in the event of a disaster or data loss. For the purposes of this blog, we will assume that only the SQL Server needs to be recovered. In this case, no software will need to be reinstalled unless it was installed on the SQL server itself. Since all our other servers are still up and running, but are pointed to the SQL server, the software on these servers would be safe in this case. 1. Capture Logins It is important to capture SQL logins from the SQL server […]
Is Your Redundancy Safe Enough?
Redundancy is not a new concept, but not all redundancy is equal. The value of redundancy depends on how closely (or broadly) you look at it. Hardware Redundancy If you have five storage devices working in RAID 5 you may have one of those storage devices fail, but all of your data would remain intact due to the support of the redundant drives. To use an analogy, if you have five warehouses and they are all are filled to 80% capacity, you can move some of the contents into the extra space left in all the other warehouses in the event that one experiences a flood. Normally, this means each warehouse uses less than 100% of the available capacity, so in the event of a flood, you can redistribute the contents of the flooded warehouse into the undamaged warehouses. This redistribution allows you to keep working on cleaning up the […]
Tips for Submitting a Support Case to FMT Customer Care
FMT’s dedicated Customer Care team offers support services for a wide range of applications and IT solutions, including Microsoft Dynamics GP, Dynamics CRM, Office 365, SharePoint, NetSuite and SAP Business ByDesign. Our Customer Care is here to assist you with any issues that arise with your technology solutions. Based on your FMT customer care agreement, we will prioritize our timely response to your issues anywhere from 1 to 3 hours upon receiving your request. Don’t have a Customer Care agreement with FMT? Not a problem. We are happy to help you, however, you will wait up to an entire business day and pay a diagnosis fee of $175 for us to look into your issue. Here are 4 ways you can reach the FMT Customer Care team Email (Preferred): CustomerCare@fmtconsultants.com Phone: (760) 930-6400 option 1 Toll Free: (877) 245-6423 Web: https://www.fmtconsultants.com/training-support/ Help Us Help You… Faster! In order to help […]
Perks of a SharePoint IT Assessment
  Many business owners and technology stakeholders have ideas on the benefits of Microsoft SharePoint but don’t know how to start a project or what to expect during it. To help ensure the success of a new SharePoint implementation or a new project to an existing system, it is recommended to complete a full SharePoint IT assessment. An upfront assessment provides the client with the most control over cost, delivery time and scope. This two-step approach provides stakeholders with the following benefits: A more accurate project scope, cost and timeline An opportunity to work with a vendor on a small but strategic project before inking a larger opportunity. This blog will provide information on what to expect in a SharePoint IT assessment. What’s included in a SharePoint IT Assessment? Not all SharePoint consultants offer or approach assessments the same way. The following outline provides the general framework for a SharePoint assessment, which is […]
FMT Consultants Achieves a Microsoft Gold Customer Relationship Management Competency
FMT Consultants demonstrates best-in-class capability and market leadership through demonstrated technology success and customer commitment. San Diego, CA, August 21st, 2014 - FMT Consultants, a leading San Diego and Los Angeles-based provider of technology solutions, today announced it has attained a Gold Customer Relationship Management competency, demonstrating a “best-in-class” ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment and distinguishing itself within the top 1 percent of Microsoft’s partner ecosystem. To earn a Microsoft gold competency, partners must successfully complete exams, resulting in Microsoft Certified Professionals, to prove their level of technology expertise, and then designate these certified professionals uniquely to one Microsoft competency, ensuring a certain level of staffing capacity. In addition, these partners must submit customer references that demonstrate successful projects along with implementing a yearly customer satisfaction study, meet a revenue commitment and pass technology and sales assessments. Founded in 1995, FMT […]
FMT Consultants Announces nVerge 2014 - a One-Day Technology Conference Focusing on Microsoft Dynamics GP, Dynamics CRM, Dynamics Marketing, SharePoint, Office 365 and IT Environments  
nVerge 2014 takes place on September 25th in San Diego, CA and offers a combination of keynotes, breakout sessions, learning labs, ongoing exhibition with software developers and IT service providers, networking sessions and a post-conference cocktail reception. San Diego, CA, July 29, 2014 - FMT Consultants, a leading San Diego and Los Angeles-based provider of technology solutions, announces nVerge 2014. nVerge 2014 is a one-day technology conference focusing on the latest feature updates and trends for Microsoft Dynamics GP, Dynamics CRM, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Office 365, Business Intelligence, Corporate Performance Management (CPM) solutions, third party software applications for the Microsoft Dynamics product line, hardware solutions and IT services. The one-day conference offers a combination of keynote and breakout sessions, presentations by premiere San Diego businesses, ongoing learning labs, exhibition with IT service providers and independent software vendors, networking sessions, breakfast, lunch featuring a special presentation by Dale Carnegie of San […]
Should I Upgrade to SQL 2012?
Microsoft recently released the latest version of SQL Server (“Denali”) 2012. With every new SQL Server release, hundreds of new features and improvements are added, and this is a major one! Enhancements can be found throughout the product, across all components including the Database Engine, Analysis Service, SSIS, Reporting and Master Data Services. Like previous releases, SQL 2012 brings along faster performance, great availability, improved data exploration, more consistent data, and optimized productivity. So what does all this mean? And more importantly, should you upgrade? The new release of SQL Server comes with many new and cool features. So many that it is outside the scope of this article to go through them all, but here are a few highlights: Always On: A new feature that improves database mirroring allowing you to fail over multiple databases instead of individually.  SQL Server Data Tools: SQL Server Management Studio now runs in […]
FMT Consultants, LLC Named to 2012 Microsoft Dynamics President’s Club
We are proud to announce that FMT Consultants has been named to the 2012 Microsoft Dynamics President’s Club. This achievement is a direct result of FMT Consultants’ outstanding dedication to customer satisfaction through the delivery of innovative business solutions. The Microsoft Dynamics President’s Club honors high-performing Microsoft Dynamics partners with commitments to customers that are reflected in their business success and growth. This prestigious group represents the top 5 percent of Microsoft Dynamics partners worldwide. Membership is granted based on their continual, committed efforts aimed at offering solutions that meet the needs of their customers. This acknowledgment came during the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), the company’s annual premier partner event, which took place this year in Toronto. WPC provides Microsoft Corp.’s partner community with the largest opportunity to learn about the company’s road map for the upcoming year, establish connections, share best practices, experience the latest product innovations and […]
FMT Consultants Chairman of the Board, Tom Gildred, Awarded Entrepreneur of the Year 2012
San Diego, California, June 25, 2012 - Ernst & Young LLP recently announced that Tom Gildred, Founder and Chairman of the Board of FMT Consultants, received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Award. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Gildred was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala on June 13, 2012 at The Hyatt Regency Aventine, La Jolla, CA. “I would like to congratulate all the winners and thank them for their contributions to the city of San Diego and our economy. I’m very pleased to be part of this group of highly regarded CEOs who are focused on the success of their businesses and giving back to our community” said Tom Gildred. “It is an honor to be […]
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