Step into Azure from Windows Server 2019 to the Cloud

The Bond Consulting Services (BCS) team has decades of combined experience working with and implementing Microsoft Azure. Windows Server 2008/2008 R2 has reached end of support as of January 2020, but new ways of working with Windows Server 2019 and Microsoft Azure are just beginning. When you upgrade, you will get the best of on-premises technology with an easy path to the cloud features that matter to your business.

Windows Server 2019 is the operating system that bridges on-premises environments with Azure, adding even more layers of security while helping you modernize your apps and infrastructure. It’s ideal for hybrid environments, which means you do not have to run anything in the cloud that you do not want to. But for those workloads that are suited for the cloud, it’s an ideal solution; it’s fast, flexible, and—because you don’t need to purchase additional hardware and pay only for what you use—surprisingly cost effective.

Benefits of Windows Server 2019 + Azure

1. Safeguard your data. With Windows Server 2019, you will get immediate access to Azure Backup, a simple and reliable way to keep your data safe and protected.

  • Completely automate backup in just a few steps.
  • Safeguard critical data with extra layers of security and meet compliance goals.
  • Protect data and apps across platforms, whether on-premises or in the cloud.
  • View reports, notifications, and backup history in one location.
  • Reduce costs by eliminating the need for more hardware and site resources and play only for what you use.

2. Recover from disaster. With Windows Server 2019, it is simple to put a robust disaster recovery plan in place. Azure Site Recovery is a flexible solution that increases your business continuity at very cost-effective rates, so you can protect all your applications and data from severe weather shutdowns, server facility damage, power outages, and more.

  • Fully automate your disaster recovery solution, complete with one-click recovery.
  • Reduce the complexity of disaster recovery, with consistent recovery of apps and workloads, on-premises or in public and private clouds.
  • Increase compliance with Azure’s industry-leading certification portfolio—and easily increase coverage when needed.
  • Eliminate additionally hardware and software expenditures.

3. Take control of user identities. When you upgrade to Windows Server 2019, security starts the instant you do, helping to protect all your user identities. Azure Active Directory is a comprehensive identity and access management solution that doesn’t just protect internal and external users—but also helps your business grow and thrive through a better user experience that leads to far higher productivity.

  • Connect your users to any app with seamless single sign-on and secure access from any location—all with a self-service portal.
  • Safeguard user credentials with strong, multi-factor authentication (MFA) and intelligent conditional access policies.
  • Fully integrate with your identity system so you can connect and collaborate more effectively with customers and partners.
  • Collaborate more effectively with customers and partners.

Now that you are ready to start using Windows Server 2019, you will have full access to a wealth of Microsoft Azure features that can help you modernize your business and ensure you stay agile. It’s the best of on-premises technology with an easy path to the cloud features that matter to your business. BCS knows that Windows Server 2019 + Azure will be a valuable tool for our clients and our BCS team will help you make the switch quickly and easily.

For more information about the power of Windows Server 2019 + Azure, please visit our BCS website or schedule a free consultation.


What is Microsoft Ignite?

At the end of July 2020, Microsoft held its annual partner conference known as Microsoft Inspire. The virtual conference consisted of live sessions, breakout activities, and keynote speeches from Microsoft executives and other featured speakers. The purpose of Microsoft Inspire is to connect Microsoft partners from all over the world to build a connected, extensive Microsoft community, as well as to communicate Microsoft’s new updates and features for the upcoming year. Throughout the conference, partners, as well as Bond Consulting Services’ (BCS) Team members, were encouraged to share their best practices, learn new skills and techniques, and expand their partner network.

Microsoft’s other annual conference, known as Microsoft Ignite, is just around the corner! Microsoft Ignite is a conference for developers and IT professionals to collaborate and network while also learning about Microsoft’s newest enterprise and services. The BCS Team is very excited to expand our IT network and our knowledge about Microsoft’s products and services at this year’s conference.

Microsoft Ignite 2020 will kick-off on September 22nd with a keynote speech from Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella. The digital event experience will consist of various live sessions, breakout activities, technical demonstrations, and speeches from other Microsoft executives and featured speakers.

BCS encourages anyone who is motivated to be on the frontier of technology and innovation to attend the upcoming virtual conference. To register or sign-in, visit the Microsoft Ignite website. For more information, visit our BCS website or schedule a free consultation. BCS will continue to share important updates from the Microsoft Inspire Conference on our social media platforms and in our blog.


Mekorma and Nvoicepay Partner to Offer an Integrated Electronic Payment Solution for Dynamics GP

Mekorma has been a trusted and reliable partner to Bond Consulting Services (BCS) for many years. Mekorma provides check printing enhancements, which is incorporated directly into Microsoft Dynamics GP windows and process flow. Mekorma recently announced a new strategic partnership with Nvoicepay, a FLEETCOR company. Mekorma’s Payment Hub, which streamlines the payments process for Dynamics GP users, will connect directly with Nvoicepay’s payment automation solution for a comprehensive, end-to-end payment experience. Clients will be able to select and approve payments within Mekorma’s integrated software. Upon approval, payments will be optimized for payment modality and executed using Nvoicepay’s extensive vendor network. Supported payment methods will include virtual credit cards, ACH capabilities, outsourced checks, and foreign wire transfer.

“More than ever, accounts payable departments need ways to maintain business continuity,” says Ora Goldman, CEO at Mekorma. “We’re here to help our customers transition from the resource and labor-intensive printing of paper checks to the ease and efficiency of paying vendors electronically without sacrificing any security rules.”

Nvoicepay President, Josh Cyphers, says of the partnership, “We’ve seen a dramatic increase in businesses searching for back-office automation solutions this year. Our partnership with Mekorma ensures that we can support an even broader range of companies in their goal to alleviate their outdated and bottlenecked processes through our cloud-based software, which is scalable, secure, and easy to deploy.”

Primary benefits of this new partnership include:

  • Reduced dependency on paper checks as a primary payment method—82% of Nvoicepay payments are made electronically.
  • Continuous vendor outreach and record maintenance by Nvoicepay, which lifts the time-consuming burden from customers.
  • Added cashflow by way of virtual credit card rebate opportunities.
  • Payment fraud mitigation, in which Nvoicepay assumes liability for payments issued through their software.
  • Complete AP control and visibility of payments from any location.
  • Seamless integration between customer ERP, Mekorma, and Nvoicepay.

About Mekorma® Enterprises Colorado, Inc.

Mekorma has helped thousands of Accounts Payable teams streamline their vendor payment processing in Dynamics GP. Our integrated software helps customers work efficiently, reduce unnecessary manual tasks and maintain a transparent, secure process. Founded in 1990, we continue to evolve, offering automation, modern business applications and consultation services that take AP to the next level. Find us at www.mekorma.com.

About Nvoicepay

Nvoicepay transforms the way firms pay their domestic and international vendors. For over 500 customers across 2,700 entities, the company optimizes electronic invoice payments for enterprises with intuitive cloud-based software and comprehensive services. Only Nvoicepay offers an intelligence-driven payment automation solution purpose-built for the most complex firms. By automating all payments, finance teams win through dynamic vendor activation, superior vendor services, and remarkable results, unlocking value in the payments process.

We, the BCS team, know that Mekorma’s new partnership with Nvoicepay will be very valuable for our clients. For more information, visit www.mekorma.com or www.nvoicepay.com  and on Twitter at @Nvoicepay.


Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM | Configuration to Synchronize Emails to Dynamics CRM

By: Eduardo Haro – Business Analyst

Dynamics CRM allows users the capability to integrate their Outlook with CRM to allow for emails to be received and sent out through the use of a single platform. The instructions below demonstrate how to setup individual mailboxes to be synchronized with Dynamics CRM through sever-side synchronization. Please note that only users with the System Administrator security role will be able to execute the following steps below.

    1. Click the settings icon and select Advanced Settings.
    2. Click the Settings drop-down arrow and select Email Configuration.
    3. Select the Mailboxes icon.
    4. Select the mailbox from the appropriate view which you would like to be synchronized with the system.
    5. Scroll down to the Synchronization Method header within the user’s window and set the field(s) to Server-Side Synchronization or Email Router if you would like it to synchronize with the CRM.
      1. Per the example below, Incoming Emails, Outgoing Emails, Appointments, Contacts, and Tasks would be synchronized with the system.
    6. Once the configuration has been set, click the Save icon to save the changes. Then, select the Test & Enable Mailbox icon to Enable the mailbox with the CRM system.
    7. After the mailbox Test has been executed, the results will appear like below to indicate a successful synchronization. If any have failed the user’s mailbox will need to be troubleshooted per the error message(s) and the mailbox will have to be tested & enabled again.

 

Please note that synchronizing a user’s email to CRM does not make CRM the only system where the user will be able to locate an email as the user will still be able to receive and send emails normally through their normal platform (Ex: Outlook, Outlook Online, etc.).


Mekorma and AvidXchange Partner to Offer Integrated Electronic Payment Solutions for Microsoft Dynamics GP

Innovation for Accounts Payable and Payments

Mekorma has been a trusted and reliable partner to Bond Consulting Services (BCS) for many years. Mekorma provides check printing enhancements, which is incorporated directly into Microsoft Dynamics GP windows and process flow. Mekorma recently announced a new strategic partnership with AvidXchange, the leading provider of accounts payable (AP) and payment automation solutions for the middle market. Mekorma’s Payment Hub for Microsoft Dynamics GP will directly connect with AvidPay, AvidXchange’s full-service payment automation solution. Clients will be able to select and approve payments before sending them out to be paid, with their ERP as the system of record. Supported payment methods will now include MICR processing, virtual cards, EFT/ ACH, outsourced checks, and AvidPay Direct (APD), AvidXchange’s enhanced ACH option, giving businesses multiple electronic payment methods to help eliminate paper checks.

“Right now, Accounts Payable departments need electronic payment options more than ever,” says Ora Goldman, CEO at Mekorma. “We’re here to help our customers maintain business continuity and transition from the resource and labor-intensive printing of paper checks to the ease and efficiency of paying vendors electronically, without sacrificing any security rules.”

“Today’s environment has changed the way businesses think about payments as they look for ways to make improvements and build more efficiency into core processes,” said Dan Drees, Chief Growth Officer at AvidXchange. “By partnering with Mekorma, we’re helping more companies pay bills electronically through the AvidPay Network so they can stop wasting time and money mailing paper checks, and instead realign resources to initiatives that support company growth.”

Primary benefits of this new partnership include:

  • Access to the AvidPay Network of more than 680,000 suppliers, enabling increased security and visibility into payments with multiple payment options.
  • Reduction of the paper-waste and costliness of paying vendors by paper check.
  • Substantial time-savings – customers do not need to perform vendor outreach or maintain vendor payment method preferences thanks to AvidXchange’s 400-person supplier services team.
  • The opportunity to receive rebates on payments made via virtual card and AvidPay Direct.
  • Remote capabilities for AP teams to work from any location.

About Mekorma® Enterprises Colorado, Inc.

Mekorma has helped thousands of Accounts Payable teams streamline their vendor payment processing in Dynamics GP. Our integrated software helps customers work efficiently, reduce unnecessary manual tasks and maintain a transparent, secure process. Founded in 1990, we continue to evolve, offering automation, modern business applications and consultation services that take AP to the next level.

About AvidXchange™

AvidXchange is the industry leader in automating invoice and payment processes for mid-market businesses. Founded in the year 2000, AvidXchange processes over $140 billion transactions annually across its network of more than 680,000 suppliers, transforming the way 6,000 customers in North America pay their bills. AvidXchange is distinguished as a global fintech unicorn and one of the fastest  growing technology companies in the U.S. with 1,500 employees supporting customers across seven office locations.

We, the BCS team, know that Mekorma’s new partnership with AvidXchange will be very valuable for our clients. For more information, visit www.mekorma.com or www.AvidXchange.com.


Microsoft Predicted to Overtake Salesforce Within the Next Three Years

As a trusted and reliable Microsoft partner, Bond Consulting Services is thrilled by the growing evidence that suggests that Microsoft will overtake Salesforce within the next few years. For those who are unfamiliar, Salesforce is a cloud-based software company that sells a suite of enterprise applications and provides customer relationship management services.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 (D365) and Salesforce are in direct competition. Over the past eight quarters, D365 has averaged 45% revenue growth which has surpassed Salesforce’s 28% revenue growth. In that same period, Microsoft’s stock-market value has doubled from $800 billion to a shocking $1.6 trillion. Comparatively, Salesforce’s stock-market value has only increased from $109 billion to $172 billion.

One possible reason for the shift from Salesforce to Microsoft is Microsoft’s vast enterprise reach. Microsoft has over a billion enterprise users, signifying that Microsoft can be found in nearly every enterprise around the world. Another explanation could be Microsoft’s hybrid approach to IT. By combining cloud technology with on-premise work, Microsoft ensures that all data sources and all apps are built to work together seamlessly.

Microsoft truly has it all. With its Platform and Software as a Service (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS), its public cloud and hybrid cloud offerings, its massive enterprise footprint, and its AI, Machine Learning, IoT and Edge computing capabilities, Microsoft offers the complete package for its customers. On the other hand, Salesforce is still working on integrating Tableau (a Business Intelligence vendor) and hybrid IT with its business model. This major difference caused Coco-Cola, BNY Mellon, Walgreens Boots, and Siebel Systems to choose Microsoft Dynamics 365 over Salesforce.

Salesforce customers are quickly making the switch to Microsoft Dynamics 365 due to Microsoft’s simple and seamless integrations. Salesforce is not able to keep up with Microsoft’s rapid pace of innovation which will significantly impact its future market leadership. Daniel Newman, the principal analyst at Futurum Research, recently shared to the IT community: “I believe Microsoft will be No. 1 by market share in this segment within three years”.

To read the full story, check out the article by Daniel Newman. To learn more about the power of Microsoft Dynamics 365, visit our BCS website or schedule a free consultation.


Free Warehouse Management App Available for Dynamics 365 Business Central Cloud

Here at Bond Consulting Services, we work with many great Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) in an effort to provide our customers with solutions that work for them and deliver value. Case in point: We’re excited to share with you a free app for Dynamics 365 Business Central Cloud thanks to our trusted partner, Insight Works.

The app is called WMS Express, and it represents a warehouse management system for Business Central Cloud that brings mobile device integration to the warehouse floor. Why is this such a big deal? For one, the app is free, but there are also three versions to choose from depending on your type of business. Each version is designed to help businesses streamline their warehouse or retail environment.

These versions include:

WMS Express Standard – Ideal for organizations that use purchase and sales orders but don’t utilize warehouse documents such as picks and put-aways.

WMS Express Basic Warehouse – A solid option for those who run a simple warehouse and have enabled inventory put-aways and inventory picks.

WMS Express Warehouse – A good choice for those using the warehouse document features of Dynamics 365 Business Central.

Click here for a complete comparison of the different versions available.

Key Features

WMS Express seamlessly integrates with Dynamics 365 Business Central Cloud, and configuring the app is simple, requiring less than five minutes by simply scanning a barcode; by scanning a barcode generated by a customer’s specific version of Business Central, WMS Express will actually configure itself. What’s more, both Android and Windows operating systems on mobile devices are supported, in addition to a variety of handheld devices such as mobile computers, tablets, smartphones, wearables and others.

Multi-dimensional barcodes are also supported by WMS Express (i.e. both 1D and 2D types), and for those adopting 2D data matrix barcodes, the compact size and large data capacity are definite benefits, enabling users to store more information and collect more information in a single scan.

What it all Boils Down To

Effectively, WMS Express from our partner, Insight Works, saves those working in the warehouse sector a great deal of time while increasing accuracy. This is achieved by scanning barcodes to manage different warehouse operations, so whether you run a simple operation wherein purchase and sales orders are used or run a more complex warehouse, WMS Express will help streamline processes.

Further, because it was built specifically for Business Central, WMS Express works seamlessly with your cloud implementation of Business Central, irrespective of your warehouse configuration – so, unlike bolt-on solutions, you won’t experience integration issues or need to learn a new interface.

By combining WMS Express with the warehousing management functions in Dynamics 365 Business Central Cloud, you can effectively manage the movement of inventory and more efficiently control your supply chain.

This short video highlights everything Insight Works has put into WMS Express, and is a great way to begin getting your feet wet with the product. For more information about this innovative release, visit http://www.wmsexpress.com/ or reach out to the team here at Bond Consulting Services.


Man fixing a Positive Pay Export Error within Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central | Reverse a Posted Purchase Order Receipt

Man fixing a Positive Pay Export Error within Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

By: Lupe Haro – Microsoft Dynamics ERP Consultant

When a purchase receipt is made in error or the wrong quantity is received, you can use the steps below in order to reverse the incorrect receipt.

  1. Open the Purchase Order for which you posted the incorrect receipt.
  2. Under Navigate > Receipts you can see the receipts that have been made against a Purchase Order.
  3. Select the Receipt that you need to reverse.
  4. In the Lines section, select the receipt lines that you would like to reverse and then click on Functions > Undo Receipt
  5. Confirm the Receipt reversal.   
  6. The reverse lines will be added to the Lines section of the receipt.
  7. Click on the back arrow to return to the Purchase Order.
  8. The quantities will be updated in the PO to allow to record a new receipt when needed.

Empower Your Business with the Power Connector for Dynamics 365 Business Central

Bond Consulting Services (BCS) is extremely excited to announce the publication of the Power Connector for Dynamics 365 Business Central (or Power Connector for short) to Microsoft’s AppSource. The Power Connector is a seamless integration between Dynamics 365 for Sales and Business Central using Power Automate.

Now you can truly have the best of both worlds – Dynamics 365 for Sales with extensive sales automation, business process flows and pipeline management fully integrated with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Business Central).  Power Connector for Dynamics 365 provides you with the tools you need to automate your sales processes linked to your critical accounting and inventory management information to sell and fill your customer demand faster.

Power Connector for Dynamics 365 Business Central includes 19 integration points and can be extended to include additional integration points and custom fields.  Power Automate is the engine for this powerful integration, which makes it ideal for synchronizing Business Central and Dynamics 365 for Sales.

Download the Power Connector for Dynamics 365 Business Central today to empower your team and boost business performance.

For more information about the Power Connector, please visit our BCS website, watch the Power Connector Overview video, or contact our BCS Support Team.


Top 5 Features of Microsoft Teams

What is Microsoft Teams?

Microsoft Teams (Teams) is a fully integrated and powerful collaboration tool that is now included as part of Office 365 subscription. Teams is used for video conferencing, workplace chat, file storage, application integration, and telephony. Bond Consulting Services (BCS) recently transitioned from the Skype for Business VoIP phone system to the new phone system within Teams. Teams has enabled BCS team members to continue providing excellent support for our customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Top 5 Features of Teams

  1. Teams has its own Mobile App. Teams has its own mobile app as well as a separate desktop app, for quick and easy accessibility.
  2. Teams includes a built-in Bot Directory. Bots are AI applications that can complete tasks through chat-based communication. Teams users can communicate with bots and add them to a team to quickly and efficiently complete tasks.
  3. Teams incorporates Channels. Channels are extremely important to increase business efficiency as they improve transparency and communication and decrease silos within a team.
  4. Teams allows for Guest Access. An Office 365 subscription is not required to gain access to Microsoft Teams. If you have a consumer or business email account, you can join chats, view files and participate in meetings.
  5. Teams uses Analytics and BI to improve user experience. Teams uses Analytics and BI to create usage reports that explain how employees are interacting with the platform. These Teams reports include information on adoption rates, most used features and user feedback.

You can use Teams for free today! Simply start a free trial, create an account, and viola! Excellent quality video conferences are now at your fingertips.

Please click these links to find out more about the power of Teams and Microsoft Phone System, or visit our BCS website to schedule a free consultation.