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Are You Mobile Ready - Google Changing Search Algorithm Today

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Apr 21, 2015 11:38:46 AM

Starting today, Google has changed its search algorithm to promote mobile-friendly websites above others.

In other words, if a website doesn’t double up as a good mobile website, companies may find themselves dropped rapidly down Google search rankings.

Why does this matter? For a start, Google estimates that 50% of all searches on its site are made through a mobile or smartphone device. Google said the change, which will affect mobile searches in all languages globally, will have a “significant impact” on its search results.

“Consequently, users will find it easier to get relevant, high-quality search results that are optimized for their devices,” the company stated in its blog announcement.

There is an important distinction, however, in that Google is looking to give a higher ranking to websites that are designed specifically for mobile, as opposed to those that merely look good on a mobile phone or tablet.

The BMI web site, www.bmiusa.com, is mobile ready and we also have a mobile version of our e-commerce site.  If you would like to discuss how we can help you get your www site or e-commerce site mobile-ready, please call today at 888-580-8382 X206.

Topics: smartphone, mobile, mobile e-commerce

Southwest School & Office Supply Goes Live

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Apr 20, 2015 12:45:15 PM

BMI is pleased to announce that Southwest School & Office Supply, located in Ontario, CA, has gone live with OP RevelationTM software from BMI on Monday April 13th, 2015. 

This is the culmination of many months of planning and hard work by the BMI and Southwest teams.  The result was an on-time and on-budget implementation of BMI's solution for Office Product dealers.

Based on Microsoft Dynamics NAV, formerly Navision, BMI’s software will handle all customer service, supply chain, logistics and financial operations and also provides an integrated e-commerce platform for Southwest’s customers to place orders.

Sande Stickler, the Owner at Southwest, wrote a very nice handwritten card, at the end of the go-live week, with the following message:

To The Team at BMI,

The Southwest Team would like to thank you all for your patience and for working so well under the pressure and craziness of ourselves and our customers. You all were calm before our storm and the hours you labored to make our moving ahead resulted in a Great Success. Thank you all.

Southwest School & Office Supply was established in 1976 in a small space in Culver City, CA. Catering to the school supply market, they have grown to 3 locations and have become the largest, privately owned school supplier in the state of California. 

Congratulations to everyone at Southwest.

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Topics: Dynamics NAV, OP Revelation, Office Product Dealer Software

Microsoft Convergence 2015

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Mar 13, 2015 11:35:07 AM

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Excited to be heading to Microsoft Convergence next week in Atlanta.  It will be great seeing all the new development work and features for Dynamics NAV / Navision.  This is one of Microsoft's best events because its so focused on their ERP products and how they impact our customers. Looking forward to seeing all our great friends and partners.  Hope to see you there.

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Topics: Navision, Dynamics NAV, Microsoft, Business Software, Convergence, Dynamics NAV 2015

United Stationers and BMI Announce Collaboration Agreement

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Feb 23, 2015 8:40:13 PM

United Stationers Supply Co. (United) and Business Management International, Inc. (BMI) have agreed to terms for ongoing collaboration that will bring United’s enhanced digital services to BMI clients. Under the terms of the agreement, United will offer its advanced digital services to customers utilizing the BMI ecommerce solutions, helping resellers succeed selling online.

Included in the collaboration roadmap is the suite of digital capabilities that United offers, including SmartSearch™, Premium Product Relationships, SmartMerchandising™ and advanced analytics capabilities. These tools greatly enhance the online shopping experience for independent resellers’ customers. BMI and United will also work together to develop capabilities that connect shoppers with additional product suggestions based on previous shopping patterns, browsing or cart abandonment. These initiatives lay the foundation for future efforts to optimize digital merchandising and marketing performance.

We are pleased to solidify our collaboration with BMI" said Girisha Chandraraj, vice president, digital at United. "Working together, we will improve our dealers’ access to best-in-class search and cross-selling capabilities on BMI’s ecommerce platform while developing additional enhancements over time to help resellers simply sell more online." Harry Dochelli, senior vice president, sales and customer care added "Helping our customers win online is incredibly important to us, and this collaboration is a solid move toward meeting our goals. Our significant investments in digital capabilities can be more-easily integrated by many of our customers."

"BMI is proud to provide industry-relevant ecommerce solutions, and the addition of United’s enhanced digital services will be well received by our customers," said Larry Schiff, CEO of BMI. "We are very excited to work with United to roll out additional winning solutions to our mutual customers."

About United Stationers

United Stationers Inc. is a leading supplier of business essentials, with 2013 net sales of $5.1 billion. The company stocks a broad assortment of over 140,000 items, including technology products, traditional office products, janitorial and breakroom supplies, office furniture, and industrial supplies. The Company's network of 77 distribution centers allows it to deliver these products to approximately 25,000 reseller customers. This network, combined with United's breadth and depth of inventory, enables the Company to ship most products overnight to more than ninety percent of the U.S. and major cities in Mexico and Canada.

For more information, visit unitedstationers.com. United Stationers common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol USTR.

About BMI

Business Management International (BMI) was founded in 1987 as an ERP provider, specializing in emerging business software technology. BMI OP Revelation® is a software solution based on Microsoft technologies and was designed for Independent Office Product dealers. It was first released in 2006 and is based upon best practices and designed in conjunction with the most successful dealers in the Office Product distribution industry. BMI is a 5-time Microsoft "Inner Circle" award winner, which represents the top one percent of software solution providers worldwide. BMI will be releasing significant new functionality this year including mobile, advanced ecommerce capabilities, significant United Stationers proprietary functionality and new back office features.

All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Topics: Navision, Dynamics NAV, OP Revelation, Office Products Software

Mobile E-Commerce

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Oct 28, 2014 4:34:00 PM

Don't lose customers to retailers that offer mobile e-commerce solutions.  Mobile/Smartphone devices are outselling desktops and laptops combined.  The current and future generation workforce will only want to work on these devices for both their social and business interactions.

Desktop sites aren’t going away anytime soon but as more and more young people enter the workforce, businesses that don’t offer mobile/smartphone ordering capability will surely lose market share.

Click here to checkout the BMI Mobile E-Commerce solution and stop losing sales.

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Top Reasons To Purchase Microsoft Dynamics NAV / Navision #4

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Jun 5, 2014 10:50:00 AM

A Dynamics NAV / Navision ERP business solution from Microsoft and BMI—Gets you up and running quickly

Buying a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution is a strategic investment for your business, so it’s well worth your time to examine your options carefully before you act. If you’ve been viewing the “Top Reasons to Purchase a Business Solution from Microsoft” blog series, thanks for following along. If you are just joining, welcome and we hope you tune in next week as well.

Get Up and Running Quickly

To run your business in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing world, you have to be able to quickly and easily deploy innovative technologies. Microsoft Dynamics NAV / Navision features rapid implementation tools that make the solution fast and simple to deploy. These tools simplify the configuration of your ERP solution to meet your specific requirements, and offer best practices and other guidance to find the perfect setup for your business.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV / Navision also combines comprehensive out-of-the-box financial and operations management capabilities with rapid, flexible deployment options designed to get you up and running quickly and affordably. With these tools, you can be working in days instead of weeks. You can speed time-to-value and get productive immediately.

Business Management International is there to help, with implementations that can help your business focus on what matters most to you now and easily modify or expand when your needs change in the future.

Take the Next Steps to Learn More

Visit us at our website to learn more about Microsoft Dynamics NAV / Navision for small and midsize businesses, chat with us live, view informative videos or contact us at 888-580-8382 or info@bmiusa.com for more information.

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Topics: distribution software, Dynamics NAV, Microsoft, Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013, MS Dynamics, Accounting Software, Business Software

You've Outgrown Quickbooks When..... #3

Posted by Craig Greitzer on May 2, 2014 11:38:00 AM

You’ve Outgrown QuickBooks When… Weak Audit Trails put you at risk

Mysterious changes in the books need to be accounted for, but many basic accounting programs, QuickBooks included, allow any user to login and edit data as needed, without any restrictions or an audit trail.  Unless you memorize every number in the books, these seemingly little changes can create a larger problem – inaccurate numbers and skewed data.  If you’re making decisions based on inaccurate data, there’s no telling which direction it can take you,
opening the door to extreme risk.

Growing Pain #3: Weak Audit Trails

If you can’t answer to the changes made in your QuickBooks program, then you may be putting your business at risk of being audited.  In addition, not having insight into certain decisions makes it difficult, if not impossible, to verify the reasons for thechanges or the integrity of the resulting data.  You know you’ve outgrown QuickBooks when you can’t trust your data or provide a complete financial audit trail.

Protecting your data and putting the right controls in place is possible, and easy, with a business solution from BMI and Microsoft.  You can restrict access to confidential or sensitive portions of your data, such as proprietary data or customer credit card information, to directors and managers.  You can also provide each of your users with access to the software features that pertain to their immediate job tasks and restrict access to the remainder of your data and functions. 

Electronic audit features within Microsoft business solutions will track data changes, as well as control them to create a complete trail of changes.  With the introduction of forms requiring approvals for certain types of data changes or by creating alerts to notify managers and directors with each occurrence, records maintain their integrity.  A record for all data changes can be maintained to protect data integrity, ensure compliance, and reduce the chance for human error. 

Please clcik here to visit the BMI Navision / Dynamics NAV page for information, brochures and testimonial videos.

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Topics: Navision, Dynamics NAV, Quickbooks, Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013, Accounting Software, Business Software

Top Reasons To Purchase Navision / Dynamics NAV #3

Posted by Craig Greitzer on Apr 30, 2014 11:36:00 AM

A business solution from Microsoft—Looks forward, not backward

Thanks for following along with our “Top Reasons to Purchase a Business Solution from BMI and Microsoft” blog series. We’re now up to week three of our nine-week series exploring how a business solution from Microsoft delivers more than just ERP. If you are just joining or perhaps missed last week’s blog post, here are a quick summary of the top reasons to purchase a business solution from Microsoft, links to the first two blog postings, and this week’s featured content: Looks forward, not backward.

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

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

Looks Forward, Not Backward

Is your business software hindering your ability to make sound business decisions? Is it
limiting your potential for growth? In today’s competitive environment, you need more than a backward-looking system of record to be successful.

Microsoft Dynamics / Navision ERP can address those challenges. It gives you a solution that’s
proactive and predictive, with built-in workflows that guide your employees forward through their work. It also provides your people with powerful embedded business intelligence tools that help transform data into insight. With those tools at their fingertips, your teams not only can solve problems, but they also can prevent them from occurring in the first place.

As an example, Microsoft Dynamics ERP, combined with the powerful features of Microsoft Excel,
can transform transactional data into predictive reports. These reports include shopping cart analysis that helps your people identify future cross-sell and up-sell opportunities as well as recommend items that are the most profitable for your business. Drill-down capabilities provide deeper visibility into transactions and more detailed audit trails. Microsoft Dynamics ERP gives you higher confidence that the right people are making the right decisions to grow your business.

Take the Next Steps to Learn More:

Visit us at http://www.bmiusa.com/product-solutions/microsoft-dynamics-nav to learn more about Microsoft Dynamics ERP for small and midsize businesses, hear more customer stories, chat with us live or call us at 888-580-8382.  

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Topics: Navision, Microsoft, MS Dynamics, Accounting Software, Business Software, Dynamics NAV 2013

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