Dynamics AX 2012, Microsoft Dynamics Community, Dynamics 365, Certified EDI for AppSource, certified for Microsoft Dynamics 365

If you're considering a move to Dynamics 365 for Operations, are you prepared for the impact on your EDI integration strategy? 

Most organizations that process EDI in Dynamics AX utilize embedded code to handle EDI. Changes like the elimination of the AIF and the introduction of the public cloud option will raise critical new challenges for Dynamics 365 customers.

Watch this on-demand webcast, hosted by MSDynamicsWorld.com, as the experts at Data Masons share experiences successfully integrating EDI data into Dynamics 365 for Operations while streamlining related processes. Companies that do not yet have integrated EDI for Dynamics AX but are considering it for Dynamics 365 can also learn about best practices that have improved other companies’ deployments.

Glenn McPeak, Principal at Data Masons, discussed:

    • The expanded integration opportunities introduced in the Dynamics 365 for Operations platform can improve efficiency and open up new integration opportunities.
    • How the Dynamics 365 cloud-based, entity driven integration model perfectly fits the Data Masons integration framework.
    • How to manage the upgrade process including planning and budgeting for Dynamics AX Users running Vantage Point EDI.

Watch the On-Demand Webinar  "Upgrading from Dynamics AX to D365"  

EDI Expert Insights, Supply Chain EDI, EDI Articles, edi and ecommerce, Blockchain

Blockchain technology is poised to have a revolutionary impact on the way we transact business, particularly the exchange of business document transactions commonly referred to as EDI (Electronic Data Interchange).

Traditional accounts receivable processes result in vendors and customers having their own set of truths about the transactions that occurred. Reconciling those transactions from two independent ledgers does not always lead both parties to the same conclusion.

This is where blockchain technology, also referred to as "the block," comes in. Mistakes, misunderstandings and other problems that commonly require weeks and months to unwind are detected during the insertion of the transaction into the Block. Sounds great, doesn't it?

There are nuances to the technology but understanding its strengths, weaknesses and interoperability with EDI and ERP solutions is key.

Read "Blockchain Technology Impact on EDI and ERP Systems" to better understand this groundbreaking technology, why its the future of error-free transaction processing and how you may be able to leverage it.

Download the Blockchain for EDI Paper

Careers

When you love where you work, life seems more balanced.

It's not drudgery and it's not painful. Working at a company with a great culture allows you to put your skill set to work and know that you're making a difference, building strong relationships with colleagues, enjoying work-life-balance and in general, being professionally and personally fulfilled. Work should be more than just a place to earn a paycheck.

And Data Masons is just that.

Data Masons has built a culture where people want to work; a culture focused on professional and personal growth; an environment that is exciting and fun.

And with our new office in Amsterdam, an expanded support team in the Philippines, and sales and support in Australia, we are well poised for continued global growth. We expect 2018 to be a very healthy year for our business.

Watch this video and learn why joining our company would be a great investment in yourself. 

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Session Focused on Simplifying EDI Integration Without Embedded Customization

Amsterdam, Netherlands -Data Masons Software, LLC., a leading provider of integrated EDI and XML solutions for Microsoft Dynamics customers, is pleased to announce its sponsorship of eXtreme365, a forward-thinking event that brings end-users, partners, subject matter experts, and technologists together to network and explore trends and opportunities around the Microsoft Intelligent Business Cloud platform including Microsoft Dynamics 365. The event is 19-22 March 2018 in Dubvronik, Croatia.

Data Masons’ Vantage Point is an all-in-one EDI software solution for Microsoft Dynamics ERP software including Microsoft Dynamics 365. Vantage Point, the first of its kind to be listed on AppSource and is the only EDI solution Certified for Dynamics 365 (August 2017).

Data Masons will present “EDI Made Simple for Dynamics 365: Integration Without Embedded Customization”, and be available in the Exhibit Hall in Booth #15 where attendees can learn about their fully-automated, Microsoft Certified, Vantage Point EDI for Microsoft Dynamics 365. Read the full release here.

Dynamics AX EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration, edI for dynamics 365, Certified for Microsoft Dynamics

Partnership to Benefit Microsoft Dynamics Customers in Automotive, Manufacturing, Food, Distribution and Retail Industries.

Chesterfield, United Kingdom; Amsterdam, Netherlands

eBECS, a Microsoft Gold Partner in Delivering and Managing Microsoft Total Business Solutions and Data Masons, a Microsoft Gold Partner providing Microsoft Certified EDI solutions for Dynamics AX and Dynamics 365, are pleased to announce their strategic partnership for B2B business.

“We share a common goal to address the rapidly changing supply chain needs of our B2B customers. By combining Data Mason’s cutting-edge EDI solution with our skills and industry expertise in ERP, we enable ourselves to offer an all up service to customers in this space. We are very excited about the opportunity this partnership offers.” said Sam Dharmasiri, UK Sales Director, eBECS.

Read the complete press release here.

Advanced Ship Notice (ASN), Macola EDI

WiSys and Data Masons jointly presented, Accelerate Your Business with Streamlined Shipping and EDI for Macola.

 Watch the on-demand webinar and learn:

  • How to accelerate your business by leveraging EDI automation and streamlined shipping processes with your Macola solution
  • How to meet your partners' EDI requirements and improve accuracy and shipping speeds
  • How to grow your business with EDI without adding overhead
  • About the unique synergies between the WiSys and Data Masons' technologies and how they simplify the shipment building process and eliminate duplicate efforts and data entry.

Watch it now to see how this shipping system can improve your company’s performance!

Watch the On-Demand Recording  for the Macola Shipping and EDI Webinar

 

Dynamics ERP Integration, Dynamics 365, dynamics 365 for operations, Certified for Microsoft Dynamics, Certified EDI for AppSource

It’s the beginning of a new year and you may have either just gone live with your new Dynamics 365 environment or are well into your implementation. This implementation is just part of a corporate-wide initiative to improve operational efficiencies, maximize employee productivity and increase customer satisfaction. However, now it’s time to address your customer’s EDI mandates and requests, but you have no idea where to begin.

Selecting the right EDI solution can be a daunting task, especially when EDI is not a core competency within your company. Nothing can impact a new EDI project more aggressively than choosing a solution based on assumptions or “facts” not thoroughly researched, only to find out later that the solution you selected cannot support all your company’s needs and/or Trading Partner’s requirements. It’s an all too common occurrence, but by understanding some basic principles you can eliminate unexpected surprises, reduce risk, and maximize the overall performance of your new EDI solution.   

Here are a few items you should consider when selecting EDI software for Microsoft Dynamics 365 for full automation and integration:                                  

  1. Choose a provider that specializes in EDI for Microsoft Dynamics
  2. Choose a comprehensive EDI integration platform that is Microsoft Dynamics 365 Certified
  3. Consider future scalability and performance needs for potential new EDI Trading Partners
  4. Evaluate and understand automation needs to eliminate manual processes
  5. Consider the importance of having complete visibility into historical document lifecycles
  6. Consider future Dynamics 365 version upgrades and what impact that will have with EDI
  7. Understand the ongoing costs needed to customize a tool(s) to meet ongoing compliance requirements
  8. Understand the ongoing Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) when factoring in transactional fees

If you’re interested in learning more about EDI best practices and more detailed information to consider when selecting EDI software for Microsoft Dynamics 365, download this paper, “Dynamics 365 - A Radical Change for AX: Critical Information for Companies Upgrading Dynamics AX to Dynamics 365 for Operations”.

Download the "Dynamics 365 -   A Radical Change for AX" Brief

Dynamics GP EDI, Dynamics GP EDI Customers, Certified for Microsoft Dynamics, Dynamics GP

Vantage Point EDI Provides robust integration and outsourcing options for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 to support customers’ business and technology requirements.

With Data Masons’ Vantage Point EDI which is Certified for Microsoft Dynamics GP, users achieve full automation of their key EDI processes, while avoiding unnecessary ERP customizations and per document transaction fees to accommodate EDI. The solution provides out-of-the-box integration for over sixty document types and support for EDI, XML and multiple other electronic data formats.

“We want our customers focused on making their business more efficient and increasing profits from their supply chains, not on how they will support EDI requirements as new technologies are released. Our integration commitment to work seamlessly with the latest version of Dynamics GP, coupled with our solution’s Certification for Microsoft Dynamics GP, ensures that our customers’ business and technology requirements are continually met,” stated Dennis Bruce, Director of Business Development, Data Masons Software. Read the entire EDI for Dynamics GP 2018 press release here.

To learn more about Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018, read the Dynamic Communities’ GPUG post, written by Microsoft, to find out what’s new with GP 2018 and numerous blog posts about the product release.

Data Masons, in partnership with MSDynamicsWorld.com, hosted a webinar, “EDI Made Simple for Dynamics GP." Watch the on-demand webinar to learn more about how Data Masons' innovative EDI integration strategy helps Microsoft Dynamics GP clients avoid EDI transaction costs, lower their overall cost of ownership for EDI and achieve integration without ERP customization. See the Dietzgen EDI for Dynamics GP Customer Testimonial video or read EDI for Microsoft Dynamics GP customer success stories.

Dynamics NAV EDI, Certified for Microsoft Dynamics, Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018

Microsoft NAV 2018 is here!  Many firms will be excited about the tighter integration to Office365, Power BI, Microsoft Flow, Dynamics 365 for Sales, and many others.

Another important feature Microsoft is emphasizing to customers is lower implementation costs. Moving from one platform to another is always challenging, and lowering the barriers to make this change is critical in order for customers to migrate new platform versions. This is especially important for customers who want their employees to leverage office productivity tools within their ERP processes.

For example, an easy productivity gain that comes to mind is to automatically save customer emails on the account record, and store documents on a Sharepoint site or library for employees to collaborate on solutions for that customer. Doing this without the extra steps we all take today, should make an appealing future for Microsoft Dynamics ERP users. 

To get started, many firms have to plan and execute an ERP migration.  During the planning stage the firm needs to assess the risks of disrupting order to cash, procure to pay, warehousing and logistics, and others external business processes with trading partners. This risk includes the assessment of effort to reestablish electronic interfaces with trading partners that may include re-writing a lot of code inside the ERP. This effort alone can discourage firms from migrating given historical experiences, or just sheer volume.

To reduce effort and risk with trading partner relationships, the company should consider segmenting the project in 2 steps.

  1. Establish trading partner relationships on the current NAV platform without ERP software customization.  This will give the firm assurance that trading partner interfaces can run on the current ERP. Concurrently, the interfaces could be improved to increase transaction transparency, identify problems faster, reduce time to troubleshoot problems, and engage the line of business for day to day process support.
  2. Connect to NAV 2018 or future Dynamics ERP with confidence. You can set up NAV 2018 with adequate time to optimize your business processes with the new capabilities offered the in the new release, and run pilot adoption programs to get the whole team on board. Once these are ready, you can switch to the new NAV 2018, or a future Dynamics ERP, knowing that trading partner relationships will work, or problems could be more easily isolated for troubleshooting purposes.

Segmentation of tasks is a common approach to managing complex projects. Finding solutions to achieve this split will benefit companies that want to steadily extract more value out the Microsoft investments they have made. 

Learn more about evaluating an EDI solution that simplifies Microsoft Dynamics ERP migrations. Let us know what you think by commenting below, or reach out to us to learn more. Read our Dynamics NAV 2018 press release here and learn more about EDI Made Simple® for Dynamics NAV in this on-demand webinar.

Highlighted Customers, Manufacturing, Dynamics AX 2012, Dynamics ERP Integration, Dynamics AX EDI Customers, Supply Chain EDI

Algood Food, Dynamics AX customer, shares the business advantages of working with Data Masons.

Louisville, KY based, Algood Food understands the importance of a good EDI partnership. Manufacturing peanut butter, jams and preserves since 1995, this family-owned business first implemented web EDI in the 2000s. Kelly Kane, MIS Manager says that was a big deal back then, but it also came with some challenges.

Kelly shares, "Data Masons has really helped me bridge that [technology] gap and...help[s] us get data in an efficient manner. I can just pick up the phone and I am talking to Nick or Steve or one of the guys on the support team and they are helping me through the issues, right then and there!"

In this short video Kane shares that they have seen a great return on their Data Masons investment and that they look "forward to our continued work together as a team".