Dynamics User Groups, Dynamics AX, Dynamics 365, Dynamics NAV, Dynamics GP, Dynamics 365 Business Central, ERP

The inaugural Summit Australia 2019, focusing across all Dynamic Communities User Groups, attracted a very impressive number of attendees. With over 70 sponsor attendees, 140 partner attendees, and over 400 users, it was great to see that the Dynamics Users in Australia embraced this event to interact with their peers and ISV’s like Data Masons EDI. Summit Australia offered education on all versions of Dynamics 365, AX, CRM, GP, NAV, Power BI, PowerApps, and Microsoft Flow. This event provided focused learning and networking as users gained instrumental solutions for their everyday system challenges and larger organizational goals. Summit is well known as a premier user-centric experience with credible peer-to-peer knowledge exchange at its core, and Australia was no exception.

At the Keynote on Wednesday, August 21, the Business Applications Lead for Australia, Michael O’Keefe, shared information about the strategy and roadmap for Microsoft Business applications and innovations coming with the 2019 Wave 2 release of Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform. Microsoft business applications are transforming the customers’ business by delivering intelligent insights of every aspect of their organizations, putting AI into the hands of their employees and helping them take control of their experiences and applications to support their core business processes. shutterstock_633513077_conferenceaudience

This showed a great parallel with how we at Data Masons empower the Dynamics business users to only focus on critical EDI related issues using our Management by Exception functionality as well as providing business users access to EDI information inside of D365 using our Transaction Lifecyle Explorer (TLE).


What we take away from Summit

For ISV’s like Data Masons, it was great to speak with customers and to hear about the challenges they face with their day-to-day business processes. Over the years we’ve seen an increase in the use of ISV’s by Dynamics users, especially the ISV solutions that are tightly integrated with the ERP. Users realize that limiting the number of customizations they have embedded in the ERP will make ERP upgrades less difficult. With Microsoft One Version initiative, it’s important to minimize the impact ISV code will have on D365 updates.

The overall conclusion from the partners, ISV sponsors, and most importantly the Dynamics users is that this was a great event. With over 100+ sessions across the different Microsoft Dynamics ERP systems, Summit Australia brought together the largest gathering of Microsoft Business Applications users and partners for education and networking. Technical experts shared their specific knowledge and expertise to help Dynamics Users make the most of their current Microsoft Business Applications software.

If you missed us at Summit Australia 2019 and want to know more about how Data Masons empowers Dynamics users, please ask for a consultation by clicking the button below, or emailing us at dmsales@datamasons.com.

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Manufacturing, Dynamics NAV EDI Customers, Dynamics NAV EDI, Dynamics User Groups, Supply Chain EDI

NAVUG As a member of NAVUG, Data Masons was pleased to present to the NAVUG community on EDI integration.

Recorded Webinar: Vantage Point EDI Solution for Dynamics NAV

Data Masons offers exceptional EDI and Dynamics NAV integration, without the need to customize Dynamics NAV. This unique approach to EDI allows our customers a robust integration tool and the freedom to upgrade to the latest versions of NAV, all without the expense and complexity of modifying the ERP.

In this recording by NAVUG, Data Masons' Senior EDI Specialist, Glenn McPeak, takes Dynamics NAV customers through a brief presentation and product demonstration of the Vantage Point EDI solution. Take a moment to watch this robust tool in action, or contact us to schedule a 1:1 product demonstration and discuss how Data Masons can help with your Dynamics NAV and EDI integration needs.


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

Big events, big savings for the Microsoft Dynamics user communities and for Microsoft Dynamics GP partners! Mark your calendars for:

June_2015_Early_Bird_DeadlinesJune 19th: reIMAGINE 2015 Early Bird Registration Deadline – Save $200

Microsoft is partnering with Dynamic Partner Connections (DPC) again to deliver the second annual reIMAGINE conference for Dynamics GP partners on September 21-23, 2015, in Fargo, ND. reIMAGINE offers:

  • 60+ expert-led educational sessions designed for in-depth knowledge-sharing no matter your experience level;
  • Training for every role in your organization, including executives, developers, consultants, sales and marketing; and
  • A preview of the future of Dynamics GP from Microsoft experts.

Take advantage of early bird pricing and register for reIMAGINE 2015 today!

A new and improved agenda is in the works and your input is needed! DPC requests your help in designing the best possible educational agenda. Please take part in this brief short survey.

June 30th: Dynamic Communities’ User Group Summits – Save $200

As a Premier Sponsor, we hope you’ll join us at Dynamic Communities’ AXUG Summit, CRMUG Summit, GPUG Summit and NAVUG Summit in Reno, NV, October 13–16, 2015. The Summit events offer:

  • Three-and-a-half days of incomparable learning, sharing and networking;
  • 200+ in-depth breakout sessions and group discussions;
  • Opportunities for you to share feedback with Microsoft experts about Dynamics and suggestions for future releases; and
  • An abundance of networking opportunities with nearly 1,000+ attendees across a range of Dynamics roles, experience and organizations.

Register to attend a Summit event today to receive your early bird discount!

We look forward to seeing you at these events and discussing #EDImadeSimple for Microsoft Dynamics

Dynamics AX EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration, Dynamics User Groups

ax7-roadmapChange 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.

To begin, AXUG announced that Paul Vaughan has joined the team as AXUG Program Director, taking over for Frank Vukovits who has transitioned to International Program Director. Vaughan has extensive experience with Dynamics AX, most recently as the Enterprise Manager of Information Systems for Stupp Bros, Inc., and he also serves as the Chapter Leader for the AXUG Missouri Chapter.  Welcome to the team Paul!

On the technical side, Dan Brown, Microsoft’s AX R&D general manager, announced during the keynote general sessions that the latest version of Microsoft Dynamics AX, codenamed AX 7, is set to be released at the end of the year. It will be released exclusively on the Microsoft Azure platform first with an on-premise version available six months after the release.

Brown also stated that Microsoft wants at least 50 ISVs to have AX 7 compatible products at the time of the launch. I’m excited to share that Data Masons is one of these ISVs and will have integrated EDI for Microsoft Dynamics AX ready to support new and upgrading AX 7 customers on day one!

For those AX 2009 customers looking to upgrade, there’s good news. Brown announced that customer support has been extended until 2018.  There’s good news too for AX 2012 customers, as the upgrade to AX 7 on Azure has been designed to be simpler and more efficient than past upgrade processes.

It was reassuring to hear that Microsoft will continue its momentum around increasing the speed of delivering new updates to its user community. When working with our customers, we see the impact of simplified technology updates and/or upgrades on a company’s daily operations and bottom line.

With EDI for Dynamics AX specifically, we support Microsoft’s implementation and technology direction with an integration approach that eliminates ERP customizations to accommodate EDI.  For our customers, this means that they can continue to invest in Dynamics AX knowing that their EDI solutions will deliver dependable, uninterrupted service during their technology updates.  Not only does this approach simply matters for the customer, but it ultimately saves them a significant amount of time and money that they otherwise would have spent to customize an EDI integration. Hopefully, this customer benefit will drive more and more Microsoft Dynamics ISVs to have compatible products ready to go at the time of a technology launch.

While AXUG Focus may have passed, registration is open for AXUG Summit 2015, October 13th – 16th in Reno, NV.  Hope to see you there! 

Dynamics AX EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration, Dynamics User Groups


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.

“AXUG Focus events were formed by the members of the Microsoft Dynamics AX User Community who desired to engage in intensive, hands-on workshops in order to learn more about the ERP and optimizing it to maximize the benefits to their businesses. We are delighted that Data Masons continues to be a true partner to the User Community and will support the Manufacturing and Supply Chain conference by sharing their EDI expertise,” stated Andy Hafer, CEO at Dynamic Communities, Inc.

Data Masons will present, “Integrating Your Supply Chain Electronically with Microsoft Dynamics AX – Best Practice Discussion,” on Monday, May 18th at 4:15PM. During this session, Brian Lynch of Data Masons will discuss the cost of ownership for EDI for Dynamics AX and how users can avoid unnecessary AX customizations to accommodate EDI requirements. Lynch will also explore additional EDI integration opportunities, such as with third-party logistics providers and banks, that can significantly influence supply chain operations and profits.

“Today’s competitive manufacturing industry demands… Read the Complete Press Release

Dynamics AX EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration, Dynamics User Groups

AXUG FOCUS 2015In 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.

Data Masons is looking forward to joining other industry leaders, Microsoft MVPs and subject matter experts in providing quality education and training. Attendees have access to an extensive educational agenda with over 35 manufacturing-focused sessions, including Microsoft MVP, Murray Fife’s session, “Everything Your Grandmother Didn’t Tell You About Manufacturing and Dynamics AX.” Knowing Murray, this session will be a “must do” for all in attendance.

On Monday, May 18th at 4:15PM, Data Masons will host a session on best practices for electronically integrating the supply chain with Dynamics AX. During this session, attendees will:

  • Learn how to avoid unnecessary AX customizations to support EDI;
  • Understand the cost of ownership for EDI;
  • Explore additional EDI opportunities with 3PLs, banks and more; and
  • Discuss specifics such as 3-way match in A/P and 2012 WMS Implementation with EDI.

Complementing the educational agenda, attendees will also have numerous networking opportunities with other users in the manufacturing industry. These networking opportunities are an invaluable way to share conversations about the possibilities, solutions and ideas that can save you time and energy in your own experience.

Register to attend AXUG Focus 2015: Manufacturing and Supply Chain.

Hope to see you in Orlando!

Dynamics AX EDI, Microsoft Dynamics Community, Dynamics ERP Integration, Dynamics User Groups

ImINaxugsummitIt’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.

In the most recent edition of the AXUG Magazine, AXUG provided two different attendee perspectives, one from an end user and one from an ISV sponsor (pg 66). I was excited to offer my two cents regarding the value of the conference, especially since I’ve been attending from its inception and in the past 5 years, have been supporting Data Masons’ role as a Premiere sponsor.

AXUG Mag 2015 Q1

Last year there was so much to discuss around Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 and how Data Masons’ Dynamics AX EDI solutions can support the evolving landscape of the ERP, especially as Microsoft commits to a more frequent product roll-out schedule. It was also the first time that we asked our customers to share their Microsoft Dynamics AX EDI integration experiences with attendees during our partner showcases. It’s part of what makes Summit so valuable for customers, when they can hear stories by other users who may have a similar requirement, and be able to hear the good, the bad and ask unscripted questions and get real answers.

Having partners and end users work together to share knowledge and experiences with the community is a significant benefit of attending the Summits. That’s why it’s critical we share our Summit experiences and help build a stronger, broader network of community members working together.

“I’M IN” at AXUG Summit 2015 and hope to see you there! Checkout the 2015 Q1 AXUG Magazine online edition for more of my perspective and read an end user’s perspective on the event.

>> Register to Attend AXUG Summit

Dynamics GP EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration, Dynamics User Groups

Dynamics GP 2015 EDI IntegrationUnderstanding 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.

Providing Day One integration with the latest Microsoft Dynamics GP releases, Data Masons' showcased Vantage Point EDI for Microsoft Dynamics GP, which supports GP v9, v10, GP 2010, GP 2013 and GP 2015. With EDI often the lifeblood of organizations electronically transacting with their trading partner community, it's a critical component for consideration as part of a Dynamics GP upgrade decision. During the session, Data Masons discussed Dynamics GP 2015 EDI integration considerations, including:

  • Eliminating customizations;
  • Preparing for a hosted or virtual deployment model;
  • Getting the desired level of operational support;
  • Reducing or eliminating document fees options;
  • Integrating additional document types; and
  • Insuring future upgrades are easier and more cost-effective.

View Data Masons' 20-Minute Session on "Integrated EDI that Simplifies GP 2015 Upgrades"

The event recordings are available to the entire GP community regardless of your GPUG membership status.

GPUG has numerous other resources available to help users with their GP 2015 decisions, including a comprehensive list of compatible ISV solutions. See which GPUG ISV Partners are compatible with existing versions of Dynamics GP.

Dynamics GP EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration, Dynamics User Groups

prepare for gp2015_LICompanion 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.

Join Brian Lynch of Data Masons Software for:
Integrated EDI that Simplifies GP 2015 Upgrades

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 4:00 PM - 4:30PM (Eastern Time)

EDI is often the lifeblood of organizations electronically transacting with their trading partner community, making it a critical component for consideration as part of your Dynamics GP upgrade decision. Join this session to learn more about these EDI considerations, including:

  • Eliminating customizations;
  • Preparing for a hosted or virtual deployment model;
  • Getting the desired level of operational support;
  • Reducing or eliminating document fees options;
  • Integrating additional document types; and
  • Insuring future upgrades are easier and more cost-effective.

Data Masons provides an easily-integrated, flexible Dynamics GP EDI solution that can support a customer’s business and technology requirements regardless of which GP version they are running. Data Masons' commitment is to offer Day One integration to the latest Dynamics GP releases, allowing clients to make a one-time EDI investment that provides the technology and support required to manage their businesses both today and tomorrow.

Read How Microsoft Dynamics GP EDI Customer Thirstystone Upgraded in a Snap.

Dynamics GP EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration, Dynamics User Groups

doc typesFrom yesterday’s EDI Shootout at the GPUG Summit, it’s apparent that EDI users are trending towards expanding the EDI document types that they integrate with Microsoft Dynamics GP. While common document types – Invoices, PO’s, ASNs – will continue to be a standard requirement, users are now looking to integrate more EDI documents, such as the 852, 753/754, etc.

Unfortunately it sounds as if many Microsoft Dynamics GP EDI users are finding that they can no longer get by simply by receiving these documents. Evolving trading partner requirements dictate that EDI users now have more robust integration of these document types with the ERP.

But because these document types are outside the scope of what a traditional EDI integration approach would entail, many EDI providers cannot support the integration without taxing the ERP with heavy customizations. It’s critical in the world of EDI that you engage a provider that can quickly and easily meet your EDI requirements, from the most common to the most complex scenarios.

Data Masons’ offers integration of 50+ document types out-of-the-box, without any customizations to Microsoft Dynamics GP required. We’ll be on-hand in the Expo Hall at booth 835 to keep this conversation going. Please stop by to discuss your EDI requirements and how our innovative integration approach may be the answer to your company’s EDI needs.

Dynamics NAV EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration, Dynamics User Groups

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The NAVUG Summit HUB is ready and waiting for you to kick back and relax, grab a coffee, charge your mobile devices, gather for an impromptu meeting - pretty much whatever you would like! Wi-fi access is available.

While you're in the HUB, grab a thought bubble, take a selfie, tweet it out using the hashtag #NAVUGSUMMIT and you could win a $100 AMEX gift card!

And if you are stuck at the office, follow #NAV

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

Someone tweeted it best: "#TPCE14 is over but that doesn't mean we are done. Who is staying for the Summit?"

The Partner Connections Event (TPCE) wrapped up yesterday while across the street the Summit expo hall was in full swing setting up for last night's opening Expo Hall reception.

There was an abundance of great information presented at TPCE and I look forward to being able to share those presentations with you. I especially enjoyed learning more about the use of video in the community from Peter Matejcek, a pioneer in the world of interactive video that's now full steam ahead in helping Dynamics partners leverage this channel.

Two great keynotes as TPCE this year... The opening keynote featuring Bonnie Robertson and Pam McGee provided an inspiring, educational, and extremely interesting presentation about becoming a “Magnetic Company” and asking all the right questions, such as- “can we really have it all?” You can read more details on the keynote on the Microsoft Dynamics Community Blog.

On the other end of the event, Hal Howard took the stage to closeout the events. Hal captured the theme "Partnering for Success" with: 1) Expertise (Technical, Functional, Industry); 2) Scheduling & Logistics; 3) Budgeting; 4)Vision; 5) Coach & Counseling; 6) Training & Enablement; 7) Recommendation for Add-ons & Enhancements and 8) Quality control. A great theme to close out the event and as we head into the User Group Summits.

Thanks to all that headed out last night for the AXUG, GPUG, NAVUG and CRMUG Opening Expo Reception! We'll see you again today at Booth 835 for tonight's Expo Reception.

And one of the highlights every year for the Data Masons team is joining our fellow AXUG Summit Premier Sponsor, RFSmart, to host the AXUG Summit Premier Party. Thanks to everyone who joined us last night for the Gateway to Summit party! We truly enjoy kicking off AXUG Summit in a fun, casual atmosphere!

So let’s get going! We will see you at 8AM for the opening keynote with Steve Rizzo!

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