Top Takeaways from D365UG/AXUG Summit ‘17

D365UG/AXUG Summit 17

“Blame it all on my roots, I showed up in boots” – Sorry, we’re having a bit of trouble getting back into the groove of things after this year’s D365UG/AXUG Summit in Nashville. With over 200 session and a record breaking attendance number, this year’s Summit HAS to go down as one of the best…

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Using Rebates to Drive Revenue in Plastics Manufacturing

Using Rebates to Drive Revenue in Plastics Manufacturing

If you don’t care about driving profitable Plastics Manufacturing revenue, you can stop reading right now. Rebates are an incredibly fair way to discount products since the rebate (discount) is based upon actual sales, not projected. And, you control the complexity or simplicity of the program dependent on your sales requirements. The goal of rebates…

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Purchase Order Lead Times in the Field

Purchase order lead times in field operations

What could be worse than one of your field workers arriving on a customer’s site without the parts they need to complete the task?  Especially if it’s a regularly scheduled, routine task.  With all of this talk about ‘just in time’ inventory as a way to improve cash flow, most don’t realize that without carefully…

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How To True Up User Licenses in Dynamics AX 2012

Dynamics AX 2012 User Count Report

The inquiries related to management of user licenses in Dynamics AX seem to periodically resurface among our Dynamics AX 2012 Help Desk customers.  Here is a quick rundown on how to master the “Named user license count” report in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. This report analyzes the roles and privileges assigned to each user and…

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LCS Update: September 2017, Release 2

LCS Update Release 2

Microsoft’s Lifecycle Services tool has been given a few new tools and features this September. LCS continues to be an outstanding mechanism for managing application lifecycles, and Microsoft now plans to have new releases every two weeks! Updates in LCS Release 2 includes a few new features including: Security updates to Remote desktop and Windows…

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Digital Transformation in the Field

Field Operations Worker Using Mobile Tablet

The economist Thomas Friedman made a very prescient observation in his column today: “…we’re going through a change in the “climate” of technology and work. We’re moving into a world where computers and algorithms can analyze (reveal previously hidden patterns); optimize (tell a plane which altitude to fly each mile to get the best fuel…

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A Taste of Sales Forecasting Using Azure Machine Learning

Azure Machine Learning Predictions

The concept of Machine Learning is not all that new, though better tools and technology have opened the door to new use cases and applications. It can be daunting, but the best place to start is with an abundance of data. While some data may not seem particularly important, if it is easily accessible it…

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Resin Price Visibility Protection in Plastics Manufacturing

What did you pay for the resin (PP, PS, PE, PET, PVC, etc.)? It’s like something out of a James Bond movie… Whether it’s for competitive reasons or some sales guy who’s trying to negotiate a better deal, pricing is a sensitive subject and what you’re paying for a raw material that makes up a…

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Why ‘Internet of Things’ is Important in the Field, Really

Internet of Things Field Operations

We hear it all the time, the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT), and after a while our ears become dulled to the repetition. One acronym after another from the tech folks, when will it end? This time however, it applies. Especially to people who depend on a work force in the field to serve their customers…

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