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We've got a few weeks of EDI for Dynamics educational and product webinars on the calendars! Please join us to learn EDI best practices, ERP - specific information and Vantage Point EDI product demos. 

May 30, 2018 @12pm ET:  
Join the Dynamics GP Solution Showcase series from MSDynamicsWorld.com to discover new and innovative ISVs every month. Hear from thought leaders, watch demos, ask questions, and stay for a discussion of the month's top headlines with these sponsors:

  • Data Masons (EDI)
  • Dynamic Budgets (Budgeting)
  • ImageTag (AP Automation)
  • MineralTree (AP Automation)

Register for the MSDW GP Partner Showcase here.

May 31, 2018 @12pm ET:  
Join the Dynamics 365/AX Solution Showcase series from MSDynamicsWorld.com to discover new and innovative ISVs every month. Hear from thought leaders, watch demos, ask questions, and stay for a discussion of the month's top headlines with these sponsors: 

  • Data Masons (EDI)
  • eBridge Connections (EDI and E-commerce)
  • K-ecommerce (E-commerce)
  • Metafile (Paperless Automation)
  • PowerObjects (multiple AX/365 add-ons)

Register for the MSDW D365/AX Partner Showcase here.

June 5, 2018 @8:30am ET, 12:30 GMT, 14:30 CET:  
EDI Integration Best Practices for Dynamics 365/AX - Microsoft Dynamics AX and Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations customers have options when it comes to selecting and deploying EDI or XML integration solutions. But the effort can be riddled with avoidable errors. Understand the right questions to ask to make sure you're heading down the right integration path for your company. Register for the EMEA D365/AX webinar here.

June 6, 2018 @1:00pm ET:  
Build vs Buy – What’s your EDI strategy for D365 - Many organizations have built their own EDI solution by modifying their ERP system to import and export data from/to Translators and ETL solutions. If your company is now moving to Dynamics 365 for Operations or Business Central, it’s important to understand the pros and cons of leveraging tools such as Logic Apps and Boomi to tackle the unique challenges of integrated EDI with D365.

In this session you will learn the effort required to create EDI capabilities in D365 and how those embedded changes can pose obstacles to future platform updates. The session will include a presentation of a cloud based EDI platform that delivers broad and deep integration to D365 without embedded customizations. Register for the "Build vs Buy" webinar here.

June 18, 2018 @12pm ET:  
Join the Dynamics 365/AX Solution Showcase series from MSDynamicsWorld.com to discover new and innovative ISVs every month. Hear from thought leaders, watch demos, ask questions, and stay for a discussion of the month's top headlines. Register for the MSDW D365/AX Partner Showcase here.

June 21, 2018 @12pm ET:  
Join the Dynamics NAV/365 Business Central Solution Showcase series from MSDynamicsWorld.com to discover new and innovative ISVs every month. Hear from thought leaders, watch demos, ask questions, and stay for a discussion of the month's top headlines. Register for the NAV Partner Showcase here.

June 27, 2018 @11am ET:  
Join AXUG/D365UG and Data Masons as we share EDI Made Simple for D365/AX: Integration Without Customization. Dynamics 365/AX customers have options when it comes to EDI or XML integration solutions, but without the right preparation and expertise, the effort can be expensive and complicated.

Knowing the right questions to ask and best practices of successful implementations can help you decide on the right integration path for your company. Register for the EDI Made Simple for D365/AX webinar here.

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On the 24-26 April, over 1,300 people attended the annual Dynamics Communities user summit in Dublin, Ireland.

This was the first time the Microsoft Dynamics AX, D365, and CRM user community came together to network and partake in over 260 keynotes and sessions. Data Masons was a silver sponsor at the event with a stand and presented 2 sessions. (You can watch on-demand versions of the sessions here.)

The keynote sessions emphasized how Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM software accelerates digital transformation.  Several customer examples were provided, and the recent spring release of D365 is full of new features and functionality to enrich the transformation journey.  Microsoft announced that major software releases will occur in the spring of every year, followed by a minor release in the summer. A very popular demo was Power Apps, which allows companies to develop custom apps for mobile devices without any software development.

We really appreciate the ‘no software development’ statement because it’s what we do for EDI. This message seemed to resonate very well with nearly over 100 visitors to our sessions and sponsor stand at the event.

In our conversations, we learned about companies putting a lot of time and energy into planning, and execution of the AX to D365 migration. These companies are also aware that they need to rebuild the EDI interfaces because the solution used with AX will not work with D365. This is because Microsoft changed the interface to get data in and out of D365, and the ability to develop EDI functions in D365 are slim to none.

Companies from retail, chemical, food and agriculture, and various types of manufacturing were enquiring about a simpler and fast approach to EDI.  A great majority of the conversations were in the automotive sector that require planning and forecasting, and other logic that is not standard in AX or D365.  For example, a DELFOR planning forecast could be arrive daily, and from this forecast you need to decide what to ship, update the internal materials plan, and ensure the quantities shipped on either end is the same.  We also learned that Audi is asking companies to replace VD4905 to VDA4984 by the end of 2018.

It was a great experience to meet with so many like-minded people, and share with them our EDI Made Simple approach.  We’re looking forward to ongoing conversations with our new community contacts, and we hope that Irish Luck continues for the community with successful ERP and EDI implementations.

Finally, we’d like to invite the D365/AX community to join us for a live webinar held with MSDynamicsWorld.com on EDI Integration Best Practices for Dynamics 365/AX on 5 June, 2018 at 12:30 GMT/14:30 CET.  Register here.

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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.

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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

 

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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

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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.