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ABS Update

Advanced Business Systems personnel have returned to the office from a very successful 
User Group Summit 2019. We were happy to spend valuable time with many of our customers and it was very nice to catch up face to face. We were also able to network with many of the Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) that we represent and get up-to-date information on their products, releases and promotions. We had valuable meetings with Microsoft where we discussed many topics, including the importance of upgrading our NAV client base to Business Central and strategies on how best to work with our existing clients to take advantage of technologies like the Microsoft Power Platform. Our sponsor session was well attended and was where we introduced GP 2365, a packaged offering designed to help companies running Dynamics GP make the switch to Business Central. 

I cannot stress enough to our NAV customers that you need to budget for an upgrade in the near future. There are many aspects to consider in this decision including licensing, the method of hosting, how to handle your modifications and what version of Business Central you should upgrade to. There are critical windows that should not be missed from a licensing perspective. We're here and ready to assist you with expert advice on this topic so please reach out to us if you haven’t already and let’s get this planned out for your organization.

This newsletter is designed specifically for our customers, associates, and fellow NAV and Business Central travelers. If you wish to subscribe, you can do so here
 
All the best,

Chris Carrigee, PE, CPA

Employee Spotlight: Darin Rich
 
Every month we like to feature a member of the ABS team. This month we are pleased to introduce Darin Rich!
 
Darin Rich is a Project Manager for ABS and he joined the ABS team in January of 2019. In his role as a Project Manager Darin is responsible for, you guessed it, managing projects! This means monitoring budgets, identifying and resolving project related issues, and making sure everybody, both ABS and client side, are doing what they are supposed to be doing when they are supposed to be doing it. Ultimately it means ensuring that projects come in on time, on budget and meet expectations. Darin is typically managing twenty or so projects at any one time.

Alan Campbell, ABS Director of Project Teams, says of Rich “Besides being a great project manager, Darin is well respected by his fellow employees as a terrific guy with good work/life balance. Customers and employees alike enjoy working with Darin.”

Before joining ABS, Darin worked for another NAV partner where he performed a similar role. Prior to that he worked at a large technology distribution company where he oversaw an SAP implementation. He has also worked as an operations manager for a document management ISV and as an application manager for a large healthcare company. Darin received his undergraduate degree in information technology and MBA both from the University of Phoenix. He is is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and a Certified Product Owner (CSPO).

Darin was born in Newport Beach, CA, and grew up in Huntington Beach, CA. He now resides in Orange County, CA, with his wife of 23 years and three children ages one, four and seven. He loves to read, especially Stephen King, and is a classically trained pianist. He loves sushi, steak, and Indian food. In an alternate timeline where Darin was not managing projects, he could see himself selling snow cones on the beach in Hawaii!
 
NAV to Business Central – Important Things to Know

As mentioned in the introduction, if you are running NAV it is very important that you begin to develop a Business Central migration strategy. Two very real reasons why this is important include the NAV product support life cycle and the changes to the customization model. The good news is that once you move to Business Central complex and costly upgrades are a thing of the past.

To discuss your current situation contact us via the web or call us at (512) 829-4000.

 
ABS Customer Care Program
 
We are pleased to announce updates to our support offerings with the introduction of the ABS Customer Care plans.

The Customer Care plans make it easy to budget and manage your support needs. The Customer Care plans also include several benefits in addition to support case resolution, such as: 
  • Functional Assessments to help you optimize the efficiency of your business processes 
  • Performance Analysis to help you optimize the performance of your NAV/BC solution
  • Upgrade Analysis for on-premise NAV and BC installations
  • Managed Case Reviews for clients with a high number of active cases
You can learn more about our Customer Care Plans here. If you have any questions about these plans, contact us today!


Announcing GP 2365
 
GP 2365 is a combination of software tools, extensions and implementation know how designed to help customers effectively migrate from Dynamics GP to Business Central.
 
If you would like to learn more check out our introduction video or download the eBook. And better yet, if you have any friends running Dynamics GP, send them this newsletter so they can learn about GP 2365!
ISV Update

We are always on the lookout for new offerings for our clients. ABS has signed partnership agreements with several new Independent Software Vendor (ISV) solutions over the past couple of months. If you would like to learn more about these solutions, or any of the other ISV solutions we offer, contact us today!
 
 

Yaveon ProBatch extends NAV, and Business Central, offering a comprehensive suite of products suitable for batch manufacturers. Target industries include chemical, pharmaceutical and food manufacturing. In addition to its core batch manufacturing functionality, ProBatch also includes quality assurance, hazmat, scale integration, automated data collection (bar code/scanning) and labeling capabilities.
 
 
Tasklet Factory focuses on mobile warehouse management solutions. Their solutions work well for distributors and manufacturers and are compatible with both NAV and Business Central. 

 
  

Fastpath provides a suite of security access, segregation of duties, monitoring and compliance tools. If your auditors are giving you a hard time about any of these issues Fastpath can probably help!

 
 
 
Jet is not new to us and our clients. Far from it. That said, we have some exciting news and important information to share about Jet. 

Jet Reports is now part of Insight Software. The products you know aren’t going anywhere, Jet is just now part of a larger organization which should mean great things with regards to enhanced development resources. 
    
There are some changes we want you to be aware of regarding Jet’s current pricing and packaging:
  • Current pricing and packaging, including outstanding proposals, expires on December 31st, 2019.
  • From now until that time, you have the opportunity to get grandfathered into the existing licensing bundles that include unlimited Viewer users.
  • This allows everyone in your organization to run, refresh, and drill down on reports.
  • Customers purchasing on or after January 1st, 2020 will be required to purchase individual named user viewer licenses.


Jet Reports and Jet Analytics provide you with fast, flexible, and accurate data directly in Excel, exactly the way you want to see it. Please contact Darren Atkins at 818-823-6690 or darren@adv-usa.com to schedule a demo, obtain a quote, or place an order with your existing Jet proposal today.

Blog Update
 
The ABS blog is a great way to stay up to date with the latest happenings in the world of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.
 
Our development team has been busy recently with quite a few technical topics published:
 
When developing an AL table extension in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, here's a cross-keys workaround to make your life easier.
 
Sometimes you need to subscribe to an event, but you need to control when that method code must be run. This how-to takes you step-by-step.
 
This post explains in detail how to import BAI2 file formats into Business Central.
 
When developing in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, one of the biggest problems we encounter is that some events don’t carry all the necessary parameters in specific points in the application. This blog talks about ways to deal with this issue.


For the less tech savvy here are some great reads:

Business Central Resource Guide
As part of the Dynamics 365 branding Microsoft has shifted a lot of the support resources for the ERP products away from CustomerSource/PartnerSource and made them more accessible. User guides, eLearning, support forums, product suggestions and more are all easily accessible on the web. You just need to know where to go. 

Business Central Wave 2
In case you missed it, Business Central Wave 2 was released in October and once again there are many new features. One that is providing a lot of discussion and excitement is the end of the Windows client and the move to a 100% web-based user interface (UI).  Wave 2 introduces quite a few new features that finally make the web interface a worthy successor to the traditional desktop client.

Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics 365 Business Central: Better Together
The Microsoft Office 365 and Business Central integration leads businesses on a path to digital transformation. See why it's so important.

How to Use Excel in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
If you’ve been working with Excel for many years, you’ll be happy to know that Microsoft Dynamics offers a variety of ways to use it in combination with Business Central.

Topics scheduled for publication this month include ransomware, getting NAV ready for year end, reconciling your inventory to your general ledger and more technical topics. You can subscribe to our blog at the top of the blog page.


 



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