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I just got back from the Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, where I attended Directions North America. The Directions North America conference, held May 5-9, 2019, is the premier Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central event driven by Partners – for Partners, and had over 900 attendees. logo

What originally started as a Dynamics NAV-focused conference 15 years ago has now become a unique event where Dynamics GP, NAV, and Business Central partners from across the US gather. The event offered over 150 sessions, focused on capturing the interest of various audiences. It featured technical workshops, new partner onboarding sessions, product roadmap overviews, and even business building discussions. While Directions is primarily attended by Microsoft partners from across the US, there is extensive representation globally as it’s become a truly an international event.

There were several key takeaways, including:

  1. Microsoft is doubling down on its commitment to the Dynamics 365 Business Central marketplace. In April 2019, Microsoft announced plans to update Dynamics 365 twice a year, which they reinforced at the Directions conference. The Microsoft team was represented and was the largest single partner attendee at the event,. Over 60 resources conducted meetings, support efforts, and planning sessions for the partners in attendance. 
  2. Partners are energized with the direction of Dynamics 365 Business Central. Microsoft announced 100 new improvements to its latest version of Dynamics 365 Business Central, based on direct feedback from both partners and customers. The next release in October 2019 will focus on driving reduced friction with ISV integration, improved UI focus, and enhanced migration tools. Microsoft is listening to what the channel needs and is building out a platform for success that the partners are excited about. 
  3. The partners are really seeing success with a focus on leveraging ISVs to fill gaps. Microsoft Dynamics NAV has historically been a solution that encouraged customization directly within the ERP. With the new architecture of Dynamics 365 Business Central and its focus on being a cloud-based solution, partners are leveraging ISV solutions to fill in functionality/capability gaps. The trend is to now move away from highly customized ERP deployments, and to instead take advantage of best of breed solutions that can complement the already extensive functionality available in the system.

All 3 of these trends are great news for Data Masons Software and its Vantage Point EDI solution.  The marketplace is ripe for customers who are now anxiously investing in Microsoft technology. The Dynamics partner community is seeing success and investing even more in driving solutions into the Business Central solution set. And with the need for a highly flexible and scalable solution that can offer world-class EDI capabilities built specifically for the Microsoft Dynamics community, Data Masons Software is well prepared for success.

If you're a Dynamics partner, please get in touch with us to learn how we make EDI simple for Microsoft Dynamics clients.

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Dynamics AX, Dynamics 365, Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018, AXUG, Dynamics 365 Business Central, Webinars, D365UG

We've had a few weeks of EDI for Dynamics educational and product webinars on the calendars! You can now watch the on-demand webinars to learn EDI best practices, ERP - specific information and Vantage Point EDI product demos. 

Watch 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 hear a discussion of the month's top headlines with these sponsors:

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

Watch the MSDW GP Partner Showcase here.

Watch 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 hear 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)

Watch the MSDW D365/AX Partner Showcase here.

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. Watch the On-Demand webinar for EMEA D365/AX here.

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. Watch the On-Demand "Build vs Buy" webinar here.

Watch 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 hear a discussion of the month's top headlines. Watch the On-Demand NAV Partner Showcase webinar 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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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.