Dynamics AX EDI, Dynamics GP EDI, Dynamics NAV EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration

Simplicity.jpgThe translation of raw data formats to meet EDI requirements is commonly part of an EDI solution provider’s offering, but how they deliver this function varies from one vendor to another. You may not put a priority on understanding how this function is implemented, but it is a critical component when selecting an EDI provider.

Some EDI providers rely on legacy translators such as Gentran® to manage data reformatting and mapping of EDI data.

This might be a challenge-filled proposition for your business.

Using 3rd party EDI translators introduces a separate point of failure and divided responsibility to your EDI system. This will possibly inhibit your ability to manage EDI efficiently and cost-effectively.

Doubling the number of technology vendors supporting EDI can create a lot of confusion regarding who owns what when issues arise and who is responsible for the issue. This will often delay resolution and put the accurate and timely execution of EDI at risk.

Your EDI solution should also work seamlessly with your ERP system. Making changes to your ERP system to overcome the limitations of your EDI Translator creates the risk of compromising upgrades, service pack installations, etc.

What’s the alternative to using an EDI solution with a 3rd-party translator... Read the Complete Article on goERPcloud.

Dynamics AX EDI, Dynamics GP EDI, Dynamics NAV EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration, Supply Chain EDI

supplier_side_edi.jpgWhile many businesses are leveraging EDI with customers, organizations that also use EDI to trade with suppliers, 3rd party warehouse, carriers, etc. may have an advantage over competitors.

Automating procedure-to-pay processes such as PO, PO Acknowledgments, ASNS, invoices, and payment remittance will streamline processes and communication, improving accuracy between your business and key suppliers. 

While many SMBs are aware of the ability to implement EDI with suppliers, many figure if no one is forcing them to do it, then why should they... Read the Full Article

Dynamics AX EDI, Dynamics GP EDI, Dynamics NAV EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration

EDI_Challenges_and_Successes_sm.jpgEDI is constantly changing, evolving, and growing much like every other information technology, making it difficult to stay on top of the latest trends and best practices. To help minimize these challenges, the experts at MSDynamicsWorld along with the leader in Dynamics EDI, Data Masons, undertook a reader survey with the results presented in a webinar and summarized in this paper.
This paper will help you understand:
 
  • How well EDI is working for customers using Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions
  • How customers are selecting which EDI solutions to invest in, and how well their selections have performed
  • How do Microsoft Dynamics ERP professionals approach EDI projects 

Get the "EDI for Dynamics:  Success and Challenges" Paper

 

 

Dynamics AX EDI, Dynamics GP EDI, Dynamics NAV EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration

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Congratulations to all of the partners awarded with the 2016 Microsoft Partner of the Year accreditation! These awards celebrate successes and innovations related to partner competencies, cloud technology, entrepreneurial spirit and sales excellence, as well as highlighting the great work done by partners in the public sector and in citizenship arenas. We're especially pleased to see our Microsoft Dynamics EDI partners make the winner list, including:

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Partner of the Year:
Winner: Columbus
Finalist: K3 Software Solutions
Finalist: mcaConnect LLC
Finalist: UXC Eclipse

Country Partners of the Year:
United Kingdom: eBECS

For a complete list of winners, click here.

We congratulate each partner on their accomplishments and look forward to seeing many of you at WPC 2016, July 10 - 14, in Toronto!

Dynamics AX EDI, Dynamics GP EDI, Dynamics NAV EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration

success.jpgIn a recent webinar series, we took a new look at how EDI technology is impacting Microsoft Dynamics AX, GP and NAV customers and reviewed the results of a MSDynamicsWorld.com survey on EDI. 

Many companies are looking to turn EDI into a competitive advantage for their business, and so during this event we focused on:  

  • The types of trading partners that businesses plan to support in the future;
  • How customers can make more educated decisions about EDI purchase options; 
  • The greatest challenges companies face in managing their EDI solutions; 
  • Factors of EDI ownership that relate to the overall affordability like integration and customization; and
  • What EDI solution owners would do differently next time for a better outcome.

Watch a recorded webinar, "EDI and Dynamics ERP in 2016 - Customer Successes and Challenges."

EDI and Dynamics AX in 2016

EDI and Dynamics GP in 2016

EDI and Dynamics NAV in 2016

 

Dynamics GP EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration

EDImadeSimple_blue-tagline.jpgWe're excited to offer Microsoft Dyamics GP customers with DayOne EDI integration for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016. As Microsoft continues its six-month product release schedule, we continue our commitment to providing customers with DayOne EDI integration for the latest Dynamics ERP releases. 

DayOne support affords our customers the highest level of confidence in knowing that their EDI processes and trading partner relationships will operate as needed even though their businesses’ may be implementing or evaluating Microsoft technology updates. We want our customers focused on driving more efficiency and profits from their supply chains, not on how they will support EDI requirements as new technologies are released...

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Dynamics GP EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration

bannergpugamplify_175.jpgGPUG and Microsoft are collaborating to present Amplify, May 23rd-25th in Anaheim, CA, the latest event for the Microsoft Dynamics GP end user community. Hosted by GPUG, this event will offer a Convergence-like lineup of educational sessions including a deep-dive into Dynamics GP 2016, led by the Microsoft GP team. End-users attending Amplify will discover the latest solution innovations and new product updates, and will have the opportunity to connect with the Microsoft team to learn about product roadmaps and the future direction of the Dynamics GP product.

I will be attending and look forward to sharing with you the business and financial benefits of implementing EDI Made Simple® for Microsoft Dynamics GP.  If you're looking to simplify your EDI integration, eliminate unnecessary ERP customizations, and avoid per document transaction fees, then let's connect to talk about your specific EDI project and how Data Masons can help. Planning an upgrade or implementation of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016?  Data Masons provides DayOne integration with the latest Microsoft Dynamics ERP releases. Contact me directly to schedule a meeting.  

I also invite you to listen to the Podcast, "Controlling the Cost of EDI for Dynamics GP." If your company could benefit from streamlining relationships with your own trading partners, then you'll want to make sure that the EDI solutions integrate with an enterprise resource planning (ERP) application like Microsoft Dynamics GP and will truly deliver the capabilities you need. If you'd rather read the content, download the Executive Brief.

Get the "Selecting EDI  for Dynamics GP" Brief

 

Dynamics AX EDI, Dynamics GP EDI, Dynamics NAV EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration

success.jpgJoin Data Masons and MSDynamicsWorld.com (MSDW) for a new look at how EDI technology is impacting Microsoft Dynamics customers. We will review the results of a new MSDW reader survey on EDI, discuss industry trends, challenges, and best practices, and take audience questions.

Specific survey findings and topics to be discussed during this online event will include:

  • The types of trading partners that businesses plan to support in the future;
  • How customers can make more educated decisions about EDI purchase options; 
  • The greatest challenges companies face in managing their EDI solutions; 
  • Factors of EDI ownership that relate to the overall affordability like integration and customization; and
  • What EDI solution owners would do differently next time for a better outcome.

    I'll also provide an update on how Dynamics customers can overcome the most common challenges of deploying EDI technology and build an efficient and effective network of trading partners. I hope you'll join us!

Register for one of three webinars: April 26th, 27th or 28th

 

Dynamics AX EDI, Dynamics GP EDI, Exact Software Integration, Dynamics NAV EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration

WMS.jpgAs ERP releases rollout more frequently, and more organizations edge closer to an upgrade project, they are evaluating the integration of disparate best of breed WMS solutions to their ERP platforms. While the integration of these critical technologies was once mainly driven by economic and project requirements, today the most common reason is simple – the WMS system is working well, but the company’s ERP platform needs to be replaced or upgraded.

In those cases, integration poses a major challenge and a project risk, especially when no native integration exists and it must be architected. While the optimal WMS to ERP integration is seamless real-time communication, in many cases it’s not a viable option due to technology limitations or simply because it’s not worth the expense of building a real-time interface.

If integrating your ERP with WMS is causing you anxiety, read our white paper to learn how we've helped other companies create seamless integration.

Data Masons has a large degree of success integrating WMS platforms to ERP systems, such as to Microsoft Dynamics or Exact Macola, by utilizing the same approach we use for public warehouse (third-party logistics or 3PL’s). This integration model is mature and relatively standardized in the 3PL industry. These process flows, including the EDI X.12 document description, are as follows:

  • Warehouse Shipping Order - Used to enable the depositor (ERP system) to advise a warehouse (WMS System) to make a shipment, confirm a shipment, or modify or cancel a previously transmitted shipping order, make a shipment, confirm a shipment, or modify or cancel a previously transmitted shipping order.
  • Warehouse Stock Transfer Shipment Advice - Used by the warehouse to advise the depositor that shipment was made. Also used to reconcile order quantities with shipment quantities.
  • Warehouse Stock Transfer Shipment Advice - Used by a depositor or an agent of the depositor to advise the recipient that a transfer shipment has been made. Also provides a receiving location with detailed information concerning product being shipped to that location.
  • Warehouse Stock Transfer Receipt Advice - Used by a receiving location to advise a depositor or an agent of the depositor that a transfer shipment has been received. Also provides the depositor or the depositor's agent with detailed information concerning product that has been received.
  • Warehouse Inventory Adjustment Advice - Used to inform a warehouse/depositor of a quantity or status change to inventory records. Also provides detailed information concerning the internal adjustments which occur between a warehouse and a depositor.
  • Inventory Product Synchronization (Item Maintenance) – Pushed by the ERP to the WMS that includes item dimensions and weights, which is essential for WMS and Transportation Management System (TMS) functionality).
  • Inventory Inquiry – This document is commonly used to communicate inventory status and quantity information from a seller to a customer. This information can be used to compare and reconcile inventory levels between the ERP and WMS systems.

Integrating WMS systems is a little different than 3PL’s as far as process flow and information needs go, but it’s possible to reduce the challenges utilizing existing integration patterns and specifications that are tried and proven in the world of EDI. The format of the data itself is secondary to the concept – flat files, XML files and virtually any data format can deliver the same result – X.12 EDI flows simply provide an established template that has considered virtually all data requirements.

Understanding this concept will allow organizations to integrate disparate WMS and ERP systems utilizing existing EDI design models, which is a proven way to reduce design time, project risk and cost when integrating EDI to WMS solutions without native integration. Read how our customers are successfully integrating EDI with their ERP and WMS systems. Many of them have overcome challenges and found success with our EDI solution, which can take the headache out of integrating WMS systems and assist with other business processes. Read our white paper to learn more.

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Dynamics AX EDI, Dynamics GP EDI, Dynamics NAV EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration

Microsoft_EnvisionData Masons Software, a leading provider of Integrated EDI and XML solutions for Microsoft Dynamics customers, announces its sponsorship of Microsoft Envision 2016, April 4-7, 2016 in New Orleans, LA. Microsoft designed Envision to provide business leaders with the opportunity to discover business insights, gain technology expertise and learn successful strategies to help their businesses achieve more.

"Having been a long-time supporter of Microsoft’s Convergence events, Data Masons is proud to continue its support of the community as a sponsor of this inaugural event. While the audience may have shifted to target the business executive, our involvement and focus will remain the same, which is sharing our expertise on building and executing a successful EDI strategy,” said Dennis Bruce, Director, Business Development at Data Masons. “Regardless of the role or industry attendees represent, we know that every business can benefit from improved organizational productivity, automated business processes, and increased security and compliance safeguards. We look forward to discussing how integrated EDI solutions can help them succeed with these goals as they relate to their specific businesses," added Bruce.

Data Masons’ Vantage Point EDI solution delivers an all-in-one approach to integrated EDI for Microsoft Dynamics AX, GP and NAV customers. By leveraging the latest technology and taking advantage of specific functionality built into the ERP platforms, Data Masons delivers a tightly-integrated EDI solution that enables customers to integrate their entire supply chain activities into the ERP without invasive customizations... 

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Dynamics AX EDI, Dynamics GP EDI, Dynamics NAV EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration

Microsoft_EnvisionHaving satisfied our ‘technical fix’ at the recent Microsoft Industry Summit and Technical Conference, we’re ready to take on Envision 2016, April 4th – 6th in New Orleans.  While Envision introduces a huge shift away from the more product-focused Convergence events, like it or not, we’re looking forward to the camaraderie that awaits as we all attend as first-time goers. Despite our products or industries of interest, whether customer or partner, or our years of Convergence history, we’re starting the Envision journey together.

With the session catalog published late last week, we’re now getting a better look at Microsoft’s content strategy to kickoff this journey for the targeted business, sales and technology leader audeince. Envision’s agenda offers State of the Industry, Business-challenge specific, Leadership, Industry specific and Product specific sessions (including the entire Dynamics portfolio, but also Azure IoT Suite, Delve, Bing, Skype for Business, Power BI, etc.). 

Data Masons is proud to be a sponsor of this inaugural event and we’re excited to complement the educational track with our expertise on building and executing a successful EDI strategy. We’ll be on-hand in the Envision expo to help you explore Dynamics EDI solutions that can help you improve organizational productivity, automate critical business processes, and ensure security and compliance for your organization. Visit Data Masons during the expo hours and evening reception on Monday, April 4th, 11:00 – 7:00PM and on Tuesday April 5th, 10:00AM – 7:00PM.

If you would like to schedule a meeting with the Data Masons team at Envision, please email or call us at 866-575-1631. We look forward to talking with you about the operational and financial advantages of implementing a Certified for Microsoft Dynamics EDI solution and how your organization can execute a winning EDI strategy.

We also invite you to read the the executive brief, "Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Selecting an EDI solution," for an in-depth discussion on which mistakes can derail an EDI implementation.

Get the "Top 10 Mistakes When   Selecting an EDI Solution" Brief

Dynamics AX EDI, Dynamics GP EDI, Exact Software Integration, Dynamics NAV EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration, Vendor EDI, Supply Chain EDI, EDI Articles

trucking_supplier_side_EDI_smWhen most SMBs think about implementing EDI with suppliers there is a common belief that you need to be forced into EDI by enterprise customers or other changes to business requirements.  However, EDI is gaining momentum in becoming a non-mandated technology, delivering significant ROI for both customers and suppliers.

Implementing EDI with suppliers will minimize error-related costs.  By opting to transact electronically with suppliers, carriers or public warehouses, SMBs can eliminate unnecessary labor and paperwork. Take for example ASN management and integration: vendors can send you an ASN at the time of shipment that is integrated into your purchasing, inventory and billing applications.

Large enterprises often mandate their suppliers to do EDI because it saves money, which goes straight to the bottom line.  The same can be said for SMBs and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.

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