Change is good and change it was at AXUG Focus 2015. Several out-of-the-gate announcements at the Manufacturing and Supply Chain conference alerted attendees that there’s a good deal to look forward to regarding the future of Dynamics AX.
Sarasota, FL – May 13, 2015 – Data Masons Software, LLC., a leading provider of Integrated EDI and XML solutions for Microsoft Dynamics® customers, announces its participation in Dynamic Communities’ AXUG Focus 2015 Manufacturing and Supply Chain Conference, May 18-19, 2015 in Orlando, FL. The Manufacturing and Supply Chain conference is designed for Microsoft Dynamics AX users to take a deep dive into the functional areas of manufacturing-related issues within Microsoft Dynamics AX.
In just one week, AXUG FOCUS 2015 commences at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel in Orlando, FL. As part of the overall event, AXUG has designed three individual, two-day conferences, including Manufacturing and Supply Chain, May 18th – 19th. This conference will focus completely on equipping the AX community with the tools required to successfully navigate manufacturing-related issues in Microsoft Dynamics AX.
It’s been 7 months since we convened in St. Louis for a fantastic AXUG Summit event, meaning in just 5 short months we’ll have the opportunity to reconvene in Reno, NV, Oct. 13th-16th, for AXUG Summit 2015. If you haven’t already registered, hopefully hearing what other attendees have to say about their previous experiences can help make your decision easier.
We look forward to seeing all of our Exact Macola customers again as we sponsor Exact Macola Evolve 2015 in beautiful Boca Raton, FL.
Dare To Be Bold! This year’s event theme challenges customer to focus on new ways to compete in an evolving world, using technology to reinvent themselves, affect change, and provide dynamic customer experiences. And this is exactly what Data Masons does for our customers. By streamlining the supply chain with EDI for Exact Macola, our customers accelerate their processes, changing the way they do business and securing a competitive advantage.
If you’re attending Exact Macola Evolve, we invite you to stop by the Data Masons booth to learn more about integrated EDI for Exact Macola and the benefits of connecting your entire supply chain, including customers, suppliers, banks and logistics organizations. A fully-connected supply chain, tight ERP integration and complete automation, has proven to deliver increased profits and more streamline supply chain operations to Exact Macola users.
For those companies considering an upgrade to Exact Macola 10, we’d love to share how an integrated EDI solution can simplify your Exact Macola 10 upgrade and provide uninterrupted EDI processing during the migration process.
Join Glenn McPeak of Data Masons at booth #6 at Exact Macola Evolve 2015 to learn more or read more about EDI for Exact Macola Solutions here.
Understanding how key ISV companion products are to improving the processes of Microsoft Dynamics GP-based organizations, GPUG hosted an ISV Compatibility Series last week to showcase ISV products and solutions that are compatible with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015. Data Masons joined GPUG to discuss Dynamics GP 2015 EDI integration best practices.
If you’re looking for an EDI for Microsoft Dynamics solution, one of the most critical conversations you can have is with existing EDI customers to understand what they did right, what they’d change if they started the project over again, and how their EDI integration project has ultimately (and hopefully continues to) benefit their company, their customers and trading partners.
This year at Microsoft Convergence 2015 we had the unique pleasure of having two well respected customers in their industries join me on stage. Tom Hicks and Cara Renfroe presented their experiences and thoughts on best practices necessary in the successful deployment of integrated EDI with Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Dynamics AX respectively.
EDI Integration with Dynamics NAV: Steiner Enterprises/Mitchell Fabrics
During his presentation, Tom Hicks, President of Steiner Enterprises, emphasized the importance of first selecting an organization that is 100% focused on EDI integration for Microsoft Dynamics. During the evaluation process he learned that in business models where multiple organizations participate in the support of EDI compliance, translation and integration of EDI data, basic questions required multiple parties to be respond. Tom said, that when speaking to Data Masons he received answers immediately and did not require involvement of multiple parties to get those answers”. He felt that a single source provider model provides the best outcome since that provider understands the end-to-end business process and can implement more efficiently and provide better long-term support.
Tom also shared his research into the true cost of ownership when evaluating different technology models. He noted that some providers had seemingly low upfront costs, but when looking at transaction fees, support costs, customizations and future costs for upgrading Dynamics NAV these could add significant increases in cost and time resources, therefore had to be carefully considered when calculating ROI.
Finally, Tom discussed the pros and cons of embedded solutions that introduce customizations into NAV that are at odds with Microsoft’s push to the cloud and continuous product releases (Cumulative Updates) that make customizations very difficult to support.
Omni-Channel EDI Integration with Dynamics AX: Blackhawk Networks
Cara Renfroe, Blackhawk’s ERP Functional Director shared the importance of flexibility and the ability to support changing business models on a Global Scale. Blackhawk Networks is delivering groundbreaking prepaid gift cards, cell phones, call cards and technology solutions through omni-channel distribution. The nature of Blackhawk’s market defining products and groundbreaking technology solutions require the definition of new business processes with their retail and online partners.
Cara noted that trying to create an embedded EDI solution would have been quite cumbersome and difficult to meet the emerging business practices being defined during and after implementation. “Much of the business process logic we needed was handled by Vantage Point which could be implemented quickly due to its design.” Trying to manage the varied needs of our global retailers, third party logistics and display contractor suppliers embedded within AX would have taken much more time with much more risk. Additionally those customizations would be a significant impediment and expense to future AX upgrades. Staying current and on supported releases of Dynamics AX without downtime is crucial to Blackhawk’s success.
Companion products are key to improving the processes of organizations; an average Dynamics GP user has 5 solutions! On April 7th & 8th, Microsoft Dynamics GP ISV partners are hosting 20-minute presentations covering the products and solutions which are compatible with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015.
As Convergence 2015 wrapped, we learned that the next two events are on the calendar: Convergence 2015 EMEA, November 30 - December 3 and Convergence 2016, April 4 - 7, 2016 in New Orleans. We also understood that our attendance plans may shift to adapt to the evolution of Convergence. Microsoft’s go-forward strategy will position the event for business with a broad view of Microsoft product in the context of larger trends in technology, business and economics.