Retail Software Powered by the Microsoft Cloud: Oh My

Retail Software Powered by the Microsoft Cloud: Oh My

Retailers delight!

You’re going to love the Microsoft Dynamics 365 ERP software solution for retail. It offers the functionality you need for your business to thrive, and it’s powered by the Microsoft cloud. It’s an end-to-end solution that helps retailers create amazing customer experiences, support their employees, optimize operations, and transform their products.

With Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Retail you will be able to:

  • Drive unified commerce - Increase revenue, customer satisfaction, and brand loyalty by delivering a consistent shopping experience.
  • Create a modern store experience - Manage stores efficiently, increase sales, and instantly adapt to the changing needs of your customers.
  • Effectively manage merchandising - Improve ROI and product demand by centrally managing merchandising, including product information, categories, assortment, and pricing.
  • Optimize operations through insights – Reduce fulfillment costs, improve inventory utilization, and efficiently manage your business by using customer and operational insights.
  • Innovate with a modern and adaptable platform – Drive innovation with an application that is easy to tailor, extend, and connect to other apps and services that you already use.

This video overview, albeit less than 3 minutes long, is worth 1,000 words about the benefits of Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Retail.

Watch now:

Now, take the next step.

Contact Bond Consulting Services, a national consulting firm that empowers organizations across the United States to thrive in a digitally transformed world. We operate out of Long Beach, California, where our expert team assists clients with their ERP and CRM needs. Visit us at www.BondConsultingServices.com or just pick up the phone and call 562.988.3451.


Our Top 5 Microsoft Dynamics Blogs

Our Top 5 Microsoft Dynamics Blogs

We love Microsoft Dynamics; it’s in our DNA. And we love blogging about it, too. So in case, you’ve missed some of our most popular posts, here’s our editor’s choice top 5.

  1. You Should Choose Microsoft Dynamics GP Because…

…with Microsoft Dynamics GP, you can manage your business, from financials to inventory and operations, on any device, from anywhere, at any time.

And because Dynamics GP is a crowd pleaser. GP will please your finance team because with Dynamics GP they can easily manage cash, assets, budgets, and banking with built-in analytics and account-level security. GP will please your accounting team because with Dynamics GP accounting departments of any size can easily track enterprise-wide data using Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). GP will please your operations team because with Dynamics GP they can easily track and manage production, inventory, orders, returns, and vendors. Read on…

  1. We Do Microsoft Dynamics! Do You?

When I think about the role that Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM have played in our clients’ businesses, all of the above are true. Microsoft Dynamics has absolutely been a force of positive change and progress for our clients. They rely on Dynamics software to run their businesses because it is not a static solution. It is constantly being updated to meet the changing demands of the economy and market imperatives. Dynamics help our clients scale as they grow. It helps them compete in increasingly competitive markets. It helps them gain critical business insights that translate into informed decisions.

That’s why we do Dynamics. How about you? Read on…

       3. You Should Choose Microsoft Dynamics Business Central Because…

…Business Central is the ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solution that will help you grow beyond the limits of your basic accounting software. Built and optimized for small and medium-sized businesses, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is a cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) application that can be paired with Office 365 and other Dynamics 365 components for a fully integrated experience. It’s called Business Central because it eliminates the silos that are often the root cause of complexity. Once you’ve seen what Business Central can do for your company, you’ll understand how it will become the power behind your business strategy. Read on…

  1. You Should Choose Microsoft Dynamics 365 Because…

…We believe that to accelerate your digital transformation; you need a new type of business application. One that breaks down the silos between CRM and ERP, that’s powered by data and intelligence and helps capture new business opportunities. That’s Microsoft Dynamics 365, powered by the Microsoft Cloud. Dynamics 365 consists of multiple applications that work together to provide an all-in-one solution. It’s extraordinarily flexible and scalable. And in terms of features and functionality, it’s beyond compare. Dynamics 365 has the functionality to meet not just your finance and operations requirements, but your sales, marketing, and customer service needs as well. Read on…

  1. But really…what IS Microsoft Dynamics 365

I bet you’ve heard this statement before: “There’s no such thing as a stupid question.” When it comes to Microsoft Dynamics 365, there was never a truer statement. Because if you are confused about Microsoft’s new business solution product lineup, you are definitely not alone. The names and branding for their Dynamics ERP and CRM solutions have changed so often since Dynamics 365 was released in 2016, it is hard to keep up. In fact, and in case you haven’t noticed, they don’t even use the terms ERP and CRM anymore. That’s why Bond Consulting Services (BCS) is so pleased to bring you this new, free white paper: “But really…what is Dynamics 365?” Read on…

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Bond Consulting Services is a national consulting firm that empowers organizations across the United States to thrive in a digitally transformed world. We operate out of Long Beach, California, where our expert team assists clients with their ERP and CRM needs. Visit us at www.BondConsultingServices.com or just pick up the phone and call 562.988.3451.


But really…what IS Microsoft Dynamics 365

But really…what IS Microsoft Dynamics 365

I bet you’ve heard this statement before: “There’s no such thing as a stupid question.”

When it comes to Microsoft Dynamics 365, there was never a truer statement. Because if you are confused about Microsoft’s new business solution product lineup, you are definitely not alone. The names and branding for their Dynamics ERP and CRM solutions have changed so often since Dynamics 365 was released in 2016, it is hard to keep up. In fact, and in case you haven’t noticed, they don’t even use the terms ERP and CRM anymore.

That’s why Bond Consulting Services (BCS) is so pleased to bring you this new, free white paper:
“But really…what is Dynamics 365?”

White Paper: But really…what is Dynamics 365

This white paper is short enough to be an easy read and long enough to answer all of your questions. It begins with a bird’s-eye view and Dynamics 365 and then moves on to answer questions such as: “…but wait, how about Dynamics 365 Business Central?” And then there’s an entire section dedicated to “Common questions about the other Dynamics solutions” followed by a chapter on “Which one do I need?” And we don’t mince words. We tell it like it is:

“Small to mid-market companies with moderate operational complexity will be well served by Business Central and overwhelmed by Finance & Operations. Business Central can be deployed rapidly with moderate costs and licensing is inexpensive relative to other solutions with similar capabilities. Larger midmarket to enterprise companies with significant operational complexity will benefit from Finance and Operations. It can be extended and customized to meet the requirements of most large organizations, but the implementation efforts are extensive.”

Nor do we shy away from providing pricing information in the white paper. In fact, we’ve published the monthly per-user pricing, effective January 2019, for both Dynamics 365 and Business Central.

The only question we have for you is: Are you ready to read all about it?

If your answer is yes, then just click here, enter your name and email, and the white paper is yours. Read it, share it with your team, and then contact us for more information. Or just “dial” (562) 988-3451.

Because if you still have questions, we’ve got answers.

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You Should Choose Microsoft Dynamics 365 Because…

You Should Choose Microsoft Dynamics 365 Because…

It would be so great if the choice of an ERP system was as
straight forward as the choice between and
apple and a sugar frosted donut. If only it was that easy. The reality is that
when choosing an ERP solution, you’re faced with a very crowded field. I’d even
bet that you could find an ERP software system for every letter of the
alphabet, maybe even 2 or 3 products per letter.

Separating
the wheat from the chaff

So what’s a person to do when faced with so many choices? A
good first step is to separate the wheat from the chaff. If you’re a small to medium-sized business, you can eliminate
high-end, highly costly solutions such as Oracle. If you’re a manufacturer, you
can eliminate solutions that are specifically designed for nonprofits, such as
Blackbaud. For you, as a small to medium manufacturing company, Oracle and
Blackbaud are the chaff, the options that you discard right off the bat.

Depending on your company size and industry sector, you can
start to narrow down your options.

Finding
“the one”

Still, you’ll be left with more choices than you could
possibly have the time or energy to look at. How do you find “the one,” the
solution that is the business equivalent of a soulmate?

“The one” is a pretty tall order. It’s rare to find an ERP
solution that’s perfect. Typically, even the best fit might only take you to
the 5-yard line out of the box, and you’ll need to do some configuring to get
to your ultimate goal.

But the more flexible, scalable, and feature/functionality
rich a solution is, the more likely it is to get you there.

You
should choose Microsoft Dynamics 365 because…

That’s why Bond Consulting Services (BCS)
is recommending Microsoft
Dynamics 365
as “the one.” We believe that to accelerate your
digital transformation, you need a new type of business application. One that
breaks down the silos between CRM and ERP, that’s powered by data and intelligence and helps capture new business
opportunities. That’s Microsoft Dynamics 365, powered by the Microsoft Cloud.

Dynamics 365 consists of multiple applications that work
together to provide an all-in-one solution. It’s extraordinarily flexible and
scalable. And in terms of features and functionality, it’s beyond compare.
Dynamics 365 has the functionality to meet not just your finance and operations
requirements, but your sales, marketing, and customer service needs as well.

Plus human resources, project service automation, field
service management (FSM), and omnichannel
management for retailers. It’s perfect for manufacturers and distributors, too.

Take the next step

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You Should Choose Microsoft Dynamics Business Central Because…

You Should Choose Microsoft Dynamics Business Central Because…

Your business is busy. It’s demanding,
complex, evolving. There are a lot of moving pieces. You need a sustainable
strategy for keeping it all together, for staying ahead of the curve and
managing complexity.

That’s why you should choose Microsoft
Dynamics 365 Business Central, because…

Business Central is the ERP
(Enterprise Resource Planning) solution that will help you grow beyond the limits
of your basic accounting software. Built and optimized for small and
medium-sized businesses, Microsoft
Dynamics 365 Business Central
is a cloud-based software as a service
(SaaS) application that can be paired with Office 365 and other Dynamics 365 components
for a fully integrated experience.

It’s called Business Central because
it eliminates the silos that are often the root cause of complexity. Once
you’ve seen what Business Central can do for your company, you’ll understand
how it will become the power behind your business strategy.

“Implementing
Dynamics 365 Business Central has helped us better define our
business processes by localizing all of our financial data into one tool …
and working with Bond Consulting Services has helped us
streamline and manage our business, end-to-end.”

Jeff Thorn, Owner,
and CEO, Worklogic HR

Business
Central is a cut above other ERP solutions

Some of the capabilities of Microsoft Dynamics Business
Central are so basic and so obvious that you will have to wonder why other ERP
solutions don’t offer the same functionality. For example…

·        
Multiple costing
methods
allow you to valuate your inventory with the method you like best:
FIFO, Average, Standard, LIFO, or Specific.

·        
CRM integration means that you
only have to create a customer once.

·        
Mobile apps, which are
available for both iOS and Android, make it easier than ever to manage your
finances anytime, anywhere, on any device.

And the list goes on.

Implementing Dynamics
365 Business Central with Bond Consulting Services (BCS)
is simple, too

Because Bond Consulting offers three levels of fixed-price
implementation packages.

Business
Central Base: 2-Day Implementation

Our Base Implementation package is perfect for
organizations that are interested in handling the implementation on their own
and have previous experience with configuring CRM systems in the Cloud.

Business Central Standard: 2-Week Implementation

Perfect for organizations with an experienced
Controller that has implemented financial systems in the past and only needs
minimal assistance and training.

Business
Central Preferred: 6-Week Implementation

Our Preferred Package builds upon the Standard
Implementation Package and is perfect for organizations with an experienced
bookkeeper or CFO/Controller that require core financial processing.

Get in Touch with Bond. Learn More about Business Central.

We operate out of Long Beach, California, and it’s from there that our expert team assists clients with their ERP and CRM needs. Visit us at www.BondConsultingServices.com or just pick up the phone and call 562-988-3451.

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We Do Microsoft Dynamics! Do You

We Do Microsoft Dynamics! Do You?

In the business world, Microsoft Dynamics is a household
name. As such, we rarely stop to think about how or why Microsoft chose the
name Dynamics for its suite of ERP and CRM software solutions. I was pondering
that question as I set about writing this blog. Is it related to terms like
fluid dynamics and aerodynamics? Perhaps it is.

According to the dictionary, as an adjective, “dynamic”
means:

  • (of a process or
    system) characterized by constant change, activity, or progress, as in “a
    dynamic economy.”
  • (of a person) positive in attitude and full of
    energy and new ideas

As a noun, it means: a force that stimulates change or progress within a system or process

What’s in a
name?

When I think about the role that Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM have played in our clients’ businesses, all of the above are true. Microsoft Dynamics has absolutely been a force of positive change and progress for our clients. They rely on Dynamics software to run their businesses because it is not a static solution. It is constantly being updated to meet the changing demands of the economy and market imperatives.

Dynamics help our
clients scale as they grow. It helps them compete in increasingly competitive
markets. It helps them gain critical business insights that translate into informed
decisions.

That’s why
we do Dynamics. How about you?

For your ERP needs, Bond Consulting Services (BCS) implements and supports:
Microsoft Dynamics GP
Microsoft Dynamics 365
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

For your CRM needs, BCS implements and supports:
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Marketing
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Customer Service

For all of you who are looking for tools to help you work better together so you can get more done – anytime, anywhere, BCS implements and supports:
Microsoft Office 365

And for those of you who want better business intelligence (BI), BCS implements and supports:
Microsoft Power BI

Ready to
grow your business?

Visit us at www.BondConsultingServices.com
or just pick up the phone and call 562.988.3451.


Looking for an ERP Solution that Can Handle Your Mobile Workforce Requirements? Read on…

Looking for an ERP Solution that Can Handle Your Mobile Workforce Requirements? Read on…

Is mobile workforce management (MWM) the same as field
service management (FSM)? Many people use the two terms interchangeably. Others
make a fine distinction between the two – mobile workforce management being the
scheduling and overall administration of people in the field while field
service management is focused on the scheduling of the installation, repair,
and maintenance of physical assets in the field.

You can’t
have one without the other

I respect that distinction and yet I see them as two sides
of the same coin because you really can’t
have one without the other. Scheduling the installation, repair, or maintenance
of physical assets in the field requires the scheduling of the field service
technicians who are going to conduct those services.

There’s another commonality between the two, which is the
fact that many ERP software solutions do not support either or both. Supporting
a mobile workforce and the assets they maintain requires specialized
functionality to optimize both.

In theory, you can take almost any ERP solution and bolt a
third party field service component onto it. But why would you want to do that
as opposed to purchasing an ERP software system that natively integrates MWM
and FSM?

Choose
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Field Service

Microsoft
Dynamics 365 for Field Service
is powered by the Microsoft cloud.
The top 3 business benefits are:

  1. Revolutionizing
    the customer experience
    by keeping your customers informed during every
    interaction of the service lifecycle to increase brand loyalty and advocacy.

  2. Increasing
    top line revenue growth
    by
    transforming your field service organization from a reactive to a proactive
    service model that improves customer satisfaction and drives revenue.

  3. Reducing
    the cost to service
    using automation, analytics, and intelligence to
    provide predictive maintenance and allow technicians to become more productive.

You’ll find that Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Field Service
will increase customer satisfaction with intelligent scheduling, native mobile
support, and remote asset monitoring to get the job done right the first time.
The solution also provides optimized vehicle routing, contract management,
inventory management, and a 360-degree view of customer and case history from
the field.

Just imagine how much happier your field service employees
will be with all of that at their fingertips.

Take
the next step

Contact us. We are Bond Consulting Service (BCS), a national consulting firm that empowers organizations across the United States to thrive in a digitally transformed world.

BCS operates
out of Long Beach, California, and it’s from there that our expert team assists
clients with their software needs, be it ERP, CRM, or Talent. Visit us at www.BondConsultingServices.com
or just pick up the phone and call Bond at 562-988-3451.

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Looking for an ERP Solution that Can Handle Your Field Service Requirements? Read on…


Moving Your ERP to the Cloud: One Step Further in Your Digital Journey

Moving Your ERP to the Cloud: One Step Further in Your Digital Journey

The “information superhighway,” which
was sometimes referred to as the infobahn, was a popular term used through the
1990s to refer to digital communication systems and the Internet
telecommunications network. It is associated with United States Senator and
later Vice-President Al Gore. Today, we mostly call it the digital highway. And
it’s the road on which digital transformation takes place.

Let’s
start by agreeing that your digital journey is a marathon versus a sprint.

Let’s also agree on the distinction
between digitization and
digitalization. The former, digitization, is simply the process of changing
from analog to digital form and could refer to something as common as
moving from hard copy documents to soft copy, i.e. going paperless. It’s a step
in the right direction, and perhaps it was once considered to be
transformational. But today, it’s merely a given, as in “who hasn’t done that?”

The latter, digitalization, is a giant
step beyond that first one. It’s defined as the use of digital technologies to change a business model and provide new
revenue and value-producing opportunities; it is the process of moving to a digital business.

Moving
your ERP to the cloud constitutes a new business model, and is therefore
transformational.

For many companies, cloud ERP has been a difficult choice. Running ERP software on-premise felt safe. Knowing exactly where your ERP software resided (often in a server closet) felt secure. Moving to an amorphous place called the cloud felt like you were relinquishing control. Let’s be honest. It was a little scary and it involved a leap of faith since you can no longer see the servers on which “your” software runs.

And beyond that, in most cases, it’s
not actually “your” software anymore. You don’t own it. You “lease” it on a
monthly subscription basis, like a magazine. Again, to be honest, you are in
fact relinquishing some control since
updates and patches and even upgrades are performed automatically. You need to
come to terms with relinquishing those kinds of controls is a good thing. It’s
more efficient and more cost-effective. And perhaps most importantly, it’s
actually more secure.

The cloud is actually a world-class
data center with far deeper pockets than yours. World-class data centers deploy
world-class security, above and beyond what you could possibly afford to deploy
in your server closet or your own data center.

Transformative change requires a new mindset and a new business model. That’s what
makes it transformational and that’s also what makes it a giant step in your
digital journey on that digital highway that we spoke about at the beginning of
this article.

Ready? Or Not?

Bond Consulting Services (BCS) understands that despite the advantages of
cloud ERP, some of you are not ready to make that move.  We implement and support both on-premise ERP software solutions like Microsoft
Dynamics GP
and cloud ERP systems like Microsoft
Dynamics 365
and Dynamics
365 Business Central.
And we’ll work with you to determine the
absolute best fit for your organization. 

Visit us at www.BondConsultingServices.com or just pick up the phone and call 562-988-3451.

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Looking for an ERP Solution that Can Handle Your Field Service Requirements? Read on…

Looking for an ERP Solution that Can Handle Your Field Service Requirements? Read on…

You don’t have to be in a green grass
field, or an oil field, in order to be a field services technician. Nor do you
even have to wear a hard hat. Indeed, although the phrase may conjure up those
images, a field services technician could just as easily work for a managed IT
services company that sends its employees out to client office locations where
they work on the client’s computers or
data center. Plumbers and electricians are field services people, too.

So what do all of these different kinds
of field services companies have in common? They all have technicians who work
routinely takes them out of the home office. And these road warriors need to be
scheduled. They need to take spare parts with them when they travel and those
spare parts have to be decremented from inventory. They need to plan an
efficient route that will cover their calls for the day.

And they need a way to access their
clients’ account information from “the field.”

All of which requires an ERP software
solution that can handle the unique requirements of field service.

If that’s what you’re looking for, then
let me introduce you to Microsoft Dynamics ERP. Specifically, Microsoft
Dynamics 365 for Field Service
, field service management (FSM) software
powered by the Microsoft Cloud. It’s got everything you need to get any job
done, and done right on the first visit: intelligent scheduling, native mobile
support, remote asset monitoring, and more. Improving your “first fix rate” is
just one way that FSM saves time and money.

Intelligent, optimized scheduling is another way to save time and money, so that your field service agents can go out on more calls per day, save money on gas, and reduce the wear and tear on your vehicles. Their route can be displayed on any device, be it a laptop, tablet, or phone. And they can make changes on the fly as necessary, too.

Has inventory
management been an issue for your field services business? Microsoft Dynamics
365 for Field Service has that covered as well. It allows you to manage
inventory updates and stock history across locations, including warehouses,
depots, and trucks.

Taking the next step

Contact us. We are Bond Consulting Service (BCS), a national consulting firm that empowers organizations across the United States to thrive in a digitally transformed world.

Our consultants possess more than 100 years of combined
business-software experience and industry knowledge to help your business
achieve more. With more than 17 years of industry experience, we are confident
in our ability to deliver on the solutions we provide. We are proud of our
extensive expertise and unparalleled understanding of Microsoft’s suite of
products and how they work together.

BCS operates
out of Long Beach, California, and it’s from there that our expert team assists
clients with their software needs, be it ERP, CRM, or Talent. Visit us at www.BondConsultingServices.com
or just pick up the phone and call Bond at 562-988-3451.

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You Should Choose Microsoft Dynamics GP Because

You Should Choose Microsoft Dynamics GP Because

…with Microsoft Dynamics GP, you can manage your business, from
financials to inventory and operations, on any device, from anywhere, at any time.

A very short history

Back in the day, when Microsoft
Dynamics GP
was known in accounting circles as Great Plains
Software, there weren’t many choices. Great Plains was the first of its kind in
1993. Today, the ERP market is crowded with competitors and selecting the best
option for your company can be a dizzying experience.

You’re under a lot of pressure to make the right choice, one that
will make everyone happy, across every department, from finance to operations,
sales and service, HR and IT. You want them all to give you an enthusiastic
thumbs up. Fortunately…

Dynamics GP is a crowd pleaser

Please your finance team, because with Dynamics GP they can
easily manage cash, assets, budgets, and
banking with built-in analytics and account-level security.

Please your accounting team, because with Dynamics GP accounting departments of any size can easily track enterprise-wide data using Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

Please your operations team, because with Dynamics GP they can easily track and manage production, inventory, orders, returns, and vendors.

Please your payroll and HR team,
because with Dynamics GP they can easily hire, train, and
manage payroll with the help of complete employee profiles and evaluation
tools.

Please your sales and service teams, because with Dynamics GP they can easily manage sales, service contracts, and field resources.

Please your analysts, because with the business
intelligence and reporting tools in Dynamics GP they will get real-time visibility and
analytics to easily track performance and act with insight.

Please your CEO, because with
Dynamics GP everyone in every department is happy and working productively.

Take the next step with Bond Consulting Services (BCS)

BCS can help you identify and purchase software that is a fit for you and your organization. We also assist companies to design, configure, and support their business-critical applications. And we're experts in connecting multiple applications and customizing them to meet your unique needs.

Our consultants offer more than 100 years of combined
business-software experience and industry knowledge to help your business
achieve more. With more than 17 years of industry experience, we are confident
in our ability to deliver on the solutions we provide and proud of our
extensive expertise and unparalleled understanding of Microsoft’s suite of
products and how they work together.

Weoperate
out of Long Beach, California, and it’s from there that our expert team assists
clients with their software needs, be it ERP, CRM, or Talent. Visit us at www.BondConsultingServices.com
or just pick up the phone and call 562-988-3451.

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