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Top Reasons To Purchase Dynamics NAV #2

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Apr 18, 2014 12:46:00 PM

A business solution from BMI and Microsoft—Helps you work better, faster, and smarter

Welcome back to the “Top Reasons to Purchase a Business Solution from BMI and Microsoft” blog series. Last week, we kicked off the discussion with a look at how a complete business solution from Microsoft goes beyond what stand-alone ERP or accounting software can do. Just a reminder, over the next several weeks we will be providing an overview of why Microsoft Dynamics is a great choice to help you gain greater insight into your business, so you can drive profit margins and ultimately grow your business.

If you missed last week’s posting, here are a summary of the top reasons to purchase a business solution from Microsoft, a link to the first blog (http://info.bmiusa.com/blog/bid/341875/Top-Reasons-To-Purchase-Microsoft-Dynamics-NAV), and this week’s featured content: Helps Your People Work Better, Faster, and Smarter.

 Top Reasons to Purchase a Business Solution from Microsoft and BMI: 

  • Helps You Work Better, Faster and Smarter    
  • Looks Forward, Not Backward   
  • Gets You Up and Running Quickly
  • Provides a Flexible Deployment Model    
  • Works the Way You Do   
  • Transforms the Way You Work and Connect   
  • Drives and Supports Your Business Growth   
  • Reduces Your Risk and Propels Your Business

Help You Work Better, Faster, and Smarter

When you think about the most successful businesses today, you’ll realize they all have something in common: passionate employees who are engaged, committed to their company’s success, and working at their maximum potential.

Microsoft Dynamics NAv / Navision is an innovative, flexible, end-to-end solution that helps makes your people more proactive and productive by giving them personalized, agile tools based on the familiar, interoperable Microsoft technologies, like SQL Server, Excel, etc that they work with every day.

The solution also features a RoleTailored user interface, designed to help your employees uncover the information and tasks relevant to their specific job functions, right on their home page. This interface maps tasks to key roles in your business, so your employees can take advantage of a tool that matches their preferences and work styles. As a result, they can work smarter, faster, and more efficiently than ever.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV / Navision has established a track record by meeting the needs of more than 100,000 customers and 1.5 million users worldwide. We’ve been serving small and midsize businesses for more than 25 years, winning customer references across many industries including manufacturing, distribution, retail, public sector, services, and more. In addition, working with BMI will enable you to get deep technical and industry expertise to help you address your specific needs.   

Take the Next Steps to Learn More

Visit us today at www.bmiusa.com or call 888-580-8382 to learn more about Microsoft Dynamics NAV / Navision for small and midsize businesses, chat with a BMI representative, take a product test drive, or view our online video library.

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Topics: distribution software, Navision, Dynamics NAV, Microsoft, Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013, MS Dynamics, Dynamics NAV 2013

Signs You've Outgrown Quickbooks #2

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Apr 11, 2014 12:44:00 PM

In this continuing blog series, we will address some of those common pains that will help you identify whether it’s time for a change.

You’ve Outgrown QuickBooks When… Your business insight isn’t very insightful.

Companies used to track and update general ledgers by hand in notebooks or in rudimentary spreadsheets on the computer.  Basic accounting software soon followed, and QuickBooks
was amongst the leaders to capture the accounting software marketplace.  While QuickBooks is great entry-level accounting software, it has its limitations and these limitations may now be hindering your overall business efficiency, profitability and growth.

Growing Pain #2: Limited Financial Insight

Financial data and cash flow is the lifeblood of your business and if you’re not sure it’s on track, then running everything else can get quite difficult. Although QuickBooks helps businesses move from manual calculations to automatic reconciliations, growing businesses need to know more
about their finances than what QuickBooks can provide.  You know you’ve outgrown QuickBooks when you have to manually combine cross-department or multiple business units’ financial
reports to figure out cash flow, budget and forecasting projections, and profitability. 

There comes a point when basic accounting software can’t provide the financial insight you need to support a growing business.  A business solution from BMI and Microsoft Dynamics NAV provides a complete solution for your business operations without the complexity of traditional enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. 

An end-to-end view of your business in a solution will make it easier to track cash flow and expenses, create realistic forecasts, and make the swift, confident decisions that drive business growth.  In-depth financial insight, such as real-time access to expected costs, cash flow, and accurate revenue reports, are essential when determining the profitability of the products or services you offer.  You simply can’t get 360 degree insight from basic accounting software. 

Join us next week when we explore the next growing pain:  Weak Audit Trails.

Check out Dynamics NAV / Navision customer testimonial videos here.

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Topics: Navision, Dynamics NAV, Microsoft, Quickbooks, Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics Training

Top Reasons To Purchase Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Apr 7, 2014 5:17:00 PM

A business solution from Microsoft and BMI—It’s more than just ERP

You’ve worked hard to build your small or midsize business, and when it comes to the
technology that helps you run it, there’s no reason to compromise. Whether you are outgrowing entry-level accounting software, rubber-banding a legacy solution, or simply tired of paying annual maintenance fees to a vendor that provides little to no value for your money—now is the time to take the next step and give your people the tools to propel your business forward.

If you’re on a journey to find the solution that is the best fit for your company, you will likely encounter multiple vendors to consider along the way. So, for the next severral weeks, we will be posting a series of blogs that cover why you should consider a business solution from Microsoft and BMI as your top choice.

Top Reasons to Purchase a Business Solution from Microsoft and BMI: 

  • Helps You Work Better, Faster and Smarter    
  • Looks Forward, Not Backward   
  • Gets You Up and Running Quickly
  • Provides a Flexible Deployment Model    
  • Works the Way You Do   
  • Transforms the Way You Work and Connect   
  • Drives and Supports Your Business Growth   
  • Reduces Your Risk and Propels Your Business

It’s More Than Just ERP

As you go through the process of evaluating technology vendors and solutions, you’ll probably find a long list of options, many of which can help you balance your books, manage your inventory, create a budget— all the things you’d expect a software package to do. As you
evaluate these options, it might be hard to tell the difference between many of them, but it will soon become clear that a business solution from Microsoft is more than just ERP.

That’s because the Microsoft vision for business applications goes beyond what a simple stand-alone ERP solution can do. The vision starts with a unique combination of business intelligence, collaboration, and communication tools embedded across your business processes. That combination creates a proactive, productive workforce, and it provides your business with a solution that connects your people and your company. This connected experience also blurs the lines between personal and professional applications, helping to transform the way you and
your people work. The results: a greater level of control over your business, increased profitability, higher employee and customer satisfaction, and new opportunities to grow your business. 

Take the Next Steps to Learn More

Visit us at www.bmiusa.com or call 888-580-8382 to learn more about Microsoft Dynamics NAV ERP for small and midsize businesses, chat with a BMI representative, take a product test drive, or view our on-line library of video demos and video testimonials.Navision

Topics: Navision, Dynamics NAV, Microsoft, Dynamics NAV 2013, Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Signs You Have Outgrown Quickbooks #1

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Apr 4, 2014 12:51:00 PM

In this blog series, we will address some of those common pains that will help you identify whether it’s time for a change.

QuickBooks is a great entry-level accounting solution, one that you’ve most likely had a good experience with. As your business grows, however, QuickBooks may not be able to keep up. 
There are telltale signs you've hit your limits with your current systems and when those signs start to show up, it’s likely your future growth is at risk. Growth means change and not many of us are keen on change, especially when it comes to changing your business software. But if your business success is at risk, then it’s extremely important to make a move before it’s too late.

Growing Pain #1:  Creating Multiple Workarounds

As your business grows, your financial data becomes more complex, your supply chain isn’t the fine-tuned machine it used to be, and setting up workarounds begins to feel like a full-time job.  When you find yourself using so many creative workarounds that managing your businesses seems more challenging and time consuming than it should be, it may be time to step up to a business management solution that is ready for the next stage of your growth. Comprehensive doesn’t have to mean complex.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV, formerly Navision, is a complete, yet easy to use solution to help manage your entire business from financials, people, supply chain and customer relationship management, and it provides powerful business intelligence right from the start so that workarounds can become a thing of the past. The important thing to remember is that your ERP software should work for you instead of make you work harder.

As a Microsoft Dynamics partner, BMI has helped many businesses that have outgrown their entry-level accounting software using the power of Microsoft Dynamics NAV / Navision to support the next phase of their business.

Join us next week when we explore the growing pain: Limited Financial Insight.

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Topics: Navision, Dynamics NAV, Microsoft, Quickbooks

Microsoft Convergence 2014 / Dynamics NAV

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Mar 6, 2014 12:45:00 PM

Very exciting Convergence conference featuring Microsoft Dynamics products. Over 12,000 people in attendance made up of Customers, Partners and Prospects. There were keynote speeches from Arianna Huffington (Owner/Editor-in-Chief Huffington Post), Biz Stone (Co-Founder Twitter) and Kirill Tartarinov (Executive VP Microsoft Business Solutions). They focused on doing business in a more digitally connected world. I thought Arianna was the best speaker, smart and funny. The big announcement was that Dynamics NAV / Navision has passed 100,000 implementations. Not many ERP packages can make that claim. Lots of focus and deep dives on NAV 2013 and the interaction with Excel and Office 365. All in all, great show with lots of happy and tired attendees. Tonight, they are closing the show with a concert from the group FUN at Philips Arena.

Topics: Navision, Dynamics NAV, MS Dynamics, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Convergence

Convergence 2014

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Feb 27, 2014 4:47:00 PM

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We're heading to Atlanta next week for Convergence 2014.  This is Microsoft's only event that is intended for Customers, Prospects and Partners like BMI.  Its a chance to network and to see what is going on with Microsoft and your business software.

Let us know if you are going.  We would love to see you there.

Dynamics NAV (Navision) and EDI

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Apr 15, 2013 4:23:00 PM

Microsoft Dynamics NAV (Navision) works extremely well with EDI.  BMI has many EDI customers working with Form 810, Form 830, Form 850 and Form 856. 

Once the mapping with your trading partners is complete, EDI integration is seamless with Dynamics NAV.  Whether you require EDI Purchase Orders, Invoices, Advanced Shipping Notices or Order Acknowledgements, using Dynamics NAV with EDI has never been easier.

Don't lose out on business because you can't transact EDI business for those business partners that require it.

Click here to learn more about Dynamics NAV (Navision) and EDI. 

Topics: EDI Form 810, EDI Form 830, EDI Form 850, EDI Form 856

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Feb 28, 2013 11:35:00 AM

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BMI has been enjoying our recent implementations of Dynamics NAV 2013. The Role Tailored Client (RTC) makes it easy for people to work with the functionality they need to perform their jobs. There are out-of-the-box roles available which can be customized and new roles can be created. The RTC features the "ribbon" which users of Office will be familiar with. The ribbon can also be customized.

Reporting has been an especially interesting aspect of NAV 2013 as the old report writer has gone away and Microsoft Visual Studio has taken its place. You can also use SQL Reporting Services and other third party reporting tools.

The RTC has a more visual feel than the "Classic Client" and various "parts" can be inserted on the user's home screen. Parts can be customer lists, vendor lists, Outlook email, sales graphs, etc. Each user can customize their own parts.

Click here to go to our Dynamics NAV page.

 

Topics: Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013, Dynamics NAV 2013

The Shifting Information Paradigm and The Effect On Dynamics NAV

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Sep 13, 2012 12:27:00 PM

What does the future of business computing and software look like?  So many things are changing and the pace of change is mind boggling.  Consider that Smartphones and Tablets currently outsell Desktops and Laptops.  This gap will continue to expand.  There will always be some need for larger displays and local computing power and storage but smarter, smaller devices are here to stay.  The younger generation of individuals coming out of college and into the workplace, known as "Generation Y", will only want to work with their Iphone or Android device.  It may take some time before mobile devices can serve all needed information that a person needs to do their job well but I believe it will get there.  Dynamics NAV ERP software is continually looking at the mobile revolution and bringing products to market that will address mobile needs.

Another shifting front, perhaps even more profound than mobile, is the shift to the "Cloud"  Traditional business software deployments, in use today and still being sold, follow the on-premises model.  That model worked pretty well for delivering information to the desktop.  However, the "Cloud" is challenging the on-premises model and continues to see rapid market growth.

Cloud computing deployment has many benefits:

  • Reduced initial Capital Outlay
  • Reduced management of:
    • Backups
    • Virus protection
  • Reduced risk of catastrophe due to:
    • Hardened facilities
    • Redundant power
    • Redundant internet access
    • Quicker disaster recovery

Some business owners are not comfortable having their data in the cloud.  They feel better if their data is in the room down the hall where they can see and touch it. However, owners and managers doing their due diligence will realize that their data is far safer in the Cloud than it is on-premises.

The technology for a full shift to cloud is out there.  Large and small cloud providers are building out facilities and driving down the cost per user and per GB.  The shift has started and it is undeniable and unstoppable.

We'd love to hear you feelings about this.

 

Topics: distribution software, Navision, Dynamics NAV

Be A Truly Independent Office Products Dealer

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Aug 10, 2012 6:15:00 PM

Does your business system software allow you to be truly independent?  Can your e-commerce site feature products from any wholesaler or supplier?  OP Revelation from BMI allows you to be truly independent.  Products, from any source, can be imported and/or created and then ranked appropriately by you on your e-commerce site.

Don't tie yourself down to a single wholesaler.  Call today to find out how OP Revelation can help you be truly competitive and find out why our dealers are reporting explosive growth.

Topics: OP Revelation, Office Products Software