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Spyware and how to remove it

October 3rd, 2019

A useful guide on this site

https://blokt.com/guides/what-is-spyware

Some commion sense advice from the post:
Have anti-malware software installed and running on all your devices.
Avoid downloading software from unofficial sources. While this isn’t a perfect guarantee of safety, if you only download software from places like an official app store, or the site of a major publisher, you will greatly reduce the chance of getting your device infected.
Don’t open an email from unknown individuals. And don’t open any files attached to such emails.
Don’t click on pop-up ads that suddenly start appearing on your device.
Keep your anti-malware software, operating system (OS), and your browser updated at all times. When a new spyware app starts hitting targets, you’ll want to be able to install the fixed version as soon as possible.
Make sure any browser extensions are current and look for options to enhance the security of the browser.
Activate your device’s Firewall (for those devices that have the option). A Firewall can block suspicious applications from getting installed on the device.

Note:
The most popular application to block ads on the Internet is still AdBlock Plus

uBlock Origin turns on the EasyPrivacy list by default. Adblock Plus does not.
The AdBlock Plus interface is noticeably larger and more detailed

The default configuration for Adblock Plus is good for blocking oannoying ads, but does let through some third-party scripts and tracking through. The user has to go in to the configuration and turn the EasyPrivacy list on, and many don’t.

Adblock Plus has an “Acceptable Ads” program. So firms with questionable privacy practicesare able to pay to have their ads allowed as “Acceptable” (Google, Microsoft, and Amazon apparently pay Adblock Plus huge fees to get their ads unblocked). The “Acceptable Ads” program aenforces no standards on malware or fraud—it’s all about how annoying is an ad.

So with Adblock Plus you have to take two additional steps to get protected after installing:
•Turn off “Allow some nonintrusive advertising” (the “Acceptable Ads” paid whitelisting scheme)
•Turn on EasyPrivacy.

https://www.maketecheasier.com/ultimate-ublock-origin-superusers-guide/

uBlock Origin is completely unrelated to the site “ublock.org”.

See wikpedia for the history of how these apps forked form each other https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UBlock_Origin

Power BI recent enhancements – export to PDF and to Powerpoint

February 28th, 2019

Users can now export Power BI reports to either PDF or PowerPoint and have their selections on screen be respected in the exported document. This feature was still rolling out to all regions in February and should be available everywhere by now,

When you export to either PDF or PowerPoint, you’ll see a pop-up window.

By default, export the current report values, along with any other changes made across the report during your session. For your quick reference, when change any of the following for the current report page, you’ll see it in your export –
•Filters
•Slicers, including slicer type (for example, dropdown or list) and slicer state
•Visual selection state (such as cross-highlight filters)
•Sort order
•Drill location
•Visibility (of an object, using the Selection pane)
•The focus or Spotlight modes of any visible object

For pages in your report that you’re not viewing when you export your report, it’ll respect the same items respected with Persistent Filters, and those changes will also be shown in your exported report.

If you’d prefer NOT to have any of your changes in your exported document and continue to have it work as it did prior to today in the service, then change the dropdown to “Default Values”, and it will export the report as it was originally authored.

An additional enhancement is the ability to exclude any hidden report tabs from the exported report. Until now, all the report tabs, including those the author had hidden, were included in the export. This unnecessarily increased the size of your export, and users asked to exclude those in certain cases. Now, check the box to “Exclude hidden report tabs” and they will not be included in your export. If your report doesn’t have any hidden report tabs, then the box will be grayed out and unavailable to select.

Power Bi a leader again in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for BI and Analytics

February 28th, 2019

Microsoft is a Leader yet again in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Analytics and BI Platforms for the 12th consecutive years.

Synergy Software Systems has delivered many training courses on Power BI to enable companies to get actionable insights from their date,

For companies that use Dynamics Ax/365 Finance and operations, we build advances business models that make it easy for authorised users to slice and dice their data and to build numerous reports of their own.

(This graphic was published by Gartner, Inc. as part of a larger research document and should be evaluated in the context of the entire document. The Gartner document is available upon request from Microsoft. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.)

GDPR are you ready?

March 10th, 2018

As mentioned in previous Synergy posts if your organization operates within the European Union (EU) or trades with the EU, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will affect your operations.

Only 6% of surveyed organizations say they are “completely prepared” ahead of the mandate’s May 25 effective date, according to the 2018 State of Data Governance Report.

17% of organizations believe GDPR does not affect them. Their organizations are misguided because any company in any industry is within GDPR’s reach. Even if only one EU citizen’s data is included within an organization’s database(s), compliance is mandatory.

So it’s important for organizations to understand exactly what they need to do before the deadline and the potential fines of up to €20 million or 4% of annual turnover, whichever is greater.

Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
According to the GDPR directive, personal data is any information related to a person such as: a name, a photo, an email address, bank details, updates on social networking websites, location details, medical information, or a computer IP address.

Personal data also comes in many forms and extends to the combination of different data elements that individually are not PII, but contribute to PII status when consolidated.

Active Consent, Data Processing and the Right to Be Forgotten

GDPR also strengthens the conditions for consent, which must:
- be clear and distinguishable from other matters
- and provided in an intelligible and easily accessible form,
- using clear and plain language.
- it must be as easy to withdraw consent as it is to give it.​

Data subjects also have the right to obtain confirmation as to whether their personal data is being processed, where and for what purpose. The data controller must provide a copy of the said personal data in an electronic format free of charge. This change is a dramatic shift in data transparency and consumer empowerment.

The right to be forgotten entitles the data subject to have the data controller erase his/her personal data, cease further dissemination of the data, and potentially have third parties halt processing of the data.

Documenting Compliance and Data Breaches

GDPR also looks to curb data breaches that have become more extensive and frequent in recent years. Data’s value has sky-rocketed, and data-driven businesses are major targets of cyber threats.

Organizations must:
– document what data they have,
– where it resides,
- the controls in place to protect it,
- the measures that will be taken to address mistakes/breaches.

In fact, data breach notification is mandatory within 72 hours if that breach is likely to “result in risk for the rights and freedoms of individuals.”

Data Governance and GDPR:

Data governance and GDPR go hand in hand. A strong data governance program is critical to the data visibility and categorization needed for GDPR compliance, and it will help in assessing and prioritizing data risks and enable easier verification of compliance with GDPR auditors.

Data governance enables an organization to discover, understand, govern and socialize its data assets – not just within IT but across the entire organization. Not only does it encompass data’s current iteration but also its entire lineage and connections through the data ecosystem.

Understanding data lineage is absolutely necessary in the context of GDPR. Take the right to be forgotten, for example. Such compliance requires an organization to locate all an individual’s PII and any information that can be cross-referenced with other data points to become PII.

With the right data governance approach and supporting technology, organizations can ensure GDPR compliance with their current, as-is architecture and data assets – and ensure new data sources and/or changes to the to-be architecture incorporate the appropriate controls.

Stakeholders across the enterprise need to be GDPR aware and enabled so that compliance is built in,

U.A.E. reverse charge mechanism

December 17th, 2017

In a normal supply transaction, an organization is required to pay value added tax (VAT) to the government on the supplies made to its customers.

In the context of the UAE, reverse charge is only applicable when purchases are made outside the UAE.

If all purchases are made locally, the reverse charge mechanism is not applicable. it applies when imports are made from outside UAE and the seller is from another country, which may or may not have a business in the UAE.

Since a seller does not have business in UAE, it will be difficult for the tax authorities to track these sellers or suppliers. Reverse Charge Mechanism eliminates the obligation for the overseas seller to register for VAT in the UAE. Hence, the buyers who are residents of UAE are made responsible to charge VAT on a reverse charge basis.

In the UAE VAT, the Reverse Charge Mechanism is applicable while importing goods or services from outside the GCC countries. Under this, the businesses will not have to physically pay VAT at the point of import.

The responsibility for reporting of a VAT transaction is shifted from the seller to the buyer; under Reverse Charge Mechanism. Here the buyer reports the Input VAT (VAT on purchases) as well as the output VAT (VAT on sales) in their VAT return for the same quarter.

The reverse charge is the amount of VAT one would have paid on that goods or services if one had bought it in the UAE. The importer has to disclose the amount of VAT under both Input VAT as well as Output VAT categories of the VAT return of that quarter.

So, this is the mechanism under which the recipient of goods or services is required to pay VAT instead of the supplier, when the supplier is not a taxable person in the member state where the supply has been made. The Reverse Charge moves the responsibility for the recording of a VAT transaction from the seller to the buyer of a good or service. Normally, the supplier pays the tax on supply (i.e.it is a sale order for the supplier) however in certain cases (IMPORTS), the receiver becomes liable to pay the tax, i.e., the chargeability gets reversed, which is why it is called reverse charge. The receiver (I,e, the buyer, will later sell on the goods to the end customer and will charge VAT on that sales value and will reclaim the VAT is has paid on import.

U.A.E. Draft VAT regulations – Synergy Software Systems summary

November 20th, 2017

The UAE Ministry of Finance announced the Executive Regulation for the Federal Decree-Law No. (8) of 2017 on Value Added Tax at a Cabinet meeting on 7 November 2017, headed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai.

The Regulation defines VAT as the 5% tax imposed on the import and supply of goods and services at each stage of production and distribution, including:
- what is a deemed supply, with the exception of specific supplies subject to the zero rate
– what is exempted as specified in the Decree-Law.

Before reviewing the individual titles of the registration this is summary of the salient points:

VAT Registrations
It is important to note that the draft VAT executive regulations state that businesses are required to register in accordance with the timelines previously announced by the Federal Tax Authority. As a consequence, if taxpayers have not registered within these timelines, it may potentially result in late registration penalties which are AED 20,000.

The UAE’s Federal Tax Authority is urging companies subject to the value-added tax to register before December 4 to avoid paying the tax from their own pockets.

The Federal Tax Authority (FTA) requires by law 20 working days to access and process their applications, said Khalid Al Bustani at a media briefing in Dubai. Companies submitting applications after that date are not guaranteed to get their formalities completed, will not be able to charge 5 per cent VAT to their customers and may have to pay the tax from their pocket until their registrations are finished, according to FTA officials at the briefing.

– Businesses providing taxable supplies may apply for a voluntary VAT registration if their sales exceed AED 187,500 per annum
- Businesses providing exclusively zero-rated supplies may apply for an exemption from the obligation to VAT register
- The mandatory VAT registration threshold is AED 375,000 sales per annum
- A registration application must be submitted within 30 days of being obliged to register
- Tax Groups may be formed for multiple, related parties businesses to register under one number – one taxable party, the ‘representatives’, takes on the responsibility to prepare and submit the consolidated return
- De-registrations are permitted on the cessation of the taxable supplies, or on the tax authorities decision

Tax point
VAT becomes due on the earlier of:
-The invoice date
- The delivery of the goods or performance of the service
- The payment date

Place of supply rules
- For real estate, a supply is deemed to take place in UAE where the services is directly connected with UAE real estate
– Domestic transport services are deemed to be supplied from the place where the transport commences
- For goods transported to another GCC State which has implemented VAT (‘implementing state), the place of supply is the destination provided adequate proof of transportation can be obtained

Zero rating
The following goods and services shall be zero-rated for VAT purposes (note: all foods will be standard rated):
- Goods physically exported to other VAT registered businesses outside of the UAE or other implementing state provided commercial evidence of the transport is retained by the vendor
- when supplied to a customer that does not have a establishment in UAE and is outside of the country at the time of supply. The exception is real estate in UAE.
- Supply of international transportation services for passengers and goods
- The supply or import of precious metals
- New residential property supplies
- Education services if supplied by an accredited government body
- Healthcare services provided by a body linked to the state
- Approved pharmaceuticals

Exempt supplies

The following services will be exempted from VAT:
- Financial services related to dealing in money (e.g. FX, debt securities, loans, bank accounts, derivatives or similar, issuing shares and life insurance)
- Other financial services attracting a fee or commission are liable to VAT
- Residential buildings with a lease longer than 6 months
- Bare land
- Local passenger transport

VAT Free Designated Zones

Special geographical areas within the UAE, but outside of the UAE VAT regime. These are created upon a decision by the Cabinet. They have security measures and customs controls to monitor the movement of goods. The transfer of goods or provision of services within the Zones will not be subject to VAT – similar to the bonded warehouse concept.
Import VAT becomes payable when any goods leave the Zone.

Non-recoverable VAT

The following VAT is not recoverable against VAT on taxable supplies:
- Entertainment for non-employees
- Personal use vehicles and other goods for employees
- Employee-use goods not directly associated with the provision of taxable supplies

VAT invoices
VAT invoices must include the following details:
- Name and address of supplier
- VAT Number
- Unique VAT invoice number
- Date of invoice, and date of supply if different
- Description of the goods/services provided
- Unit prices, quantity or volumes of the supplies
- Any discount offered
- VAT calculation and gross amount due in AED (any rate of exchange used)

Simplified invoices may be issued to non-tax payers or when the consideration is below AED 10,000.

Electronic invoices may be issued if the vendor has secure storage facilities, and the authenticity of the invoice can be guaranteed

VAT reporting
The standard VAT reporting period is 3 months
VAT returns must be received by the 28th of the month following the reporting period.

The VAT return includes:
- Name, address and tax registration number of the tax payers
- The tax period
- Submission date
- Values of taxable supplies made, and output VAT charged
- Values of zero rated supplies made
- Values of exempt supplies made
- Value of taxable supplies consumed, and input VAT claimed
- Total value of VAT due

Transitional rules
- Goods or services provided before the implementation of VAT will be treated as having been provided on the implementation date
- A payment for the services prior to the implementation date will be disregarded for determining the time of supply after the implementation date
- The value prior to VAT implementation of any goods or services will be treated as exclusive of VAT

The Value Added Tax (VAT) to be launched on January 1 in UAE will bring many changes in the price structure of the goods and services in the country. While some basic things like school fees will be exempt from tax, many other essential items such as: water, food, and jewelry may be included in the VAT.

The VAT in UAE will be levied at a fixed rate of 5 per cent on all applicable items.

The tax will also be levied from the tourists visiting the country, however, the tax paid by tourists in the UAE will be refunded back to them at the airport.

Check out below the list of goods/services we understand will be taxed under VAT
◾Food
◾Electricity bills (Power)
◾Jewellery
◾Car rentals
◾Smartphones
◾Dining out
◾Commercial rents (Renting out for commercial purposes)
◾Plastic surgery
◾Uniforms of private and public schools
◾Water bills
◾Cars
◾Electronics
◾Watches
◾Entertainment
◾Tenancy contracts
◾Hotel
◾Service apartment
◾Private school books

Goods/services we understand to be exempt from VAT
The following items/services will be VAT exempt:
◾Medical fees
◾Air travel
◾Medicines
◾Basic and preventive surgery
◾Exam fees
◾Local transport
◾Residential rents
◾Public school books

The VAT will also be applicable to the free zone companies making supplies outside the zone. This might increase pre-financing cost for such companies.

Draft Regulation Titles:

The first title of the Regulation includes the definitions of terms used.

The second title deals with supply, which includes:
- articles regulating the supply of goods and services,
- supplies that consist of more than one component
- the exceptions related to deemed supplies.

The third title of the document tackles the subject of registration, such as:
– mandatory and voluntary registration,
– related parties,
– conditions to be met to register tax groups
– appointing a representative member,
– deregistration,
– exception from registration,
– registration on law coming into effect
– obligations to be met before deregistration.

The fourth title looks into rules relating to supply, including:
– articles on the date of supply,
– place of supply for goods,
– place of supply of services for real estate,
– transport services,
– telecommunications and electronic services,
– intra-GCC supplies,
– the market value,
– prices to be inclusive of: tax, discounts, subsidies and vouchers.

The fifth title discusses profit margins, and also explains how to calculate VAT based on profit margins,

The sixth title addresses zero-rated goods and services, including:
- telecommunications,
- international transportation of passengers or goods,
- investment grade precious metals,
- new and converted residential buildings,
- healthcare,
- education
- buildings earmarked for charity.

The seventh title clarifies provisions relating to products and services exempt from value added tax, namely:
- the supply of certain financial services as specified in the Executive Regulation,
- the supply of residential (non-zero-rated) buildings either by sale orby lease,
- the supply of bare land,
- the supply of local passenger transport.

The eighth title addresses accounting for tax on:
- specific supplies and includes articles relating to supplies with more than one component,
– general provisions in relation to import of goods
– applying a reverse charge on goods and services,
– moving goods to implementing states
– imports by non-registered persons.

The ninth title address Designated Zones in article (51),

The tenth 10 provides further detail on:
- calculating due tax,
- recovery of input tax relating to exempt supplies,
- input tax not recoverable, a
- special cases for input tax.

The eleventh includes:
- article (55) on apportioning input tax
- article (56) on adjusting input tax after recovery,

The twelfth title addresses:
- the capital asset scheme in article (57)
- adjustments within the capital asset scheme in article (58).

The thirteenth title includes:
- article (59) on tax invoices,
- article (60) on tax credit notes
- article (61) on fractions of the fils.

The fourteenth title discusses Tax Periods and Tax Returns,

The fifteenth title 15 goes into recovery of excess tax in article (65).

The sixteenth title 16 tackles recovery in other cases and includes:
- article (66) on new housing for nationals,
- article (67) on business visitors,
- article (68) on tourists
- article (69) on foreign governments.

The seventeenth title includes:
- article (70) on Transitional Rules,
- article (71) on record-keeping requirements
- article (72) on keeping records of supplies made.

The eighteenth title discusses closing provisions.

The draft text of the Executive Regulation for Federal Decree-Law No. (8) of 2017 on Value Added Tax, is to be published on the UAE Ministry of Finance’s website www.mof.gov.ae – https://www.mof.gov.ae/en/budget/pages/vatquestions.aspx
and the Federal Tax Authority’s website www.tax.gov.ae​​

https://www.tax.gov.ae/pdf/VAT-Decree-Law-No-8-of-2017.pdf

Some comments:
The Executive Regulation is clear that prices must be expressed inclusive of VAT unless something is being supplied for export or where the customer is registered for VAT i.e. for B2C retail sales

This will prevent preventing businesses from misleading consumers by adding 5 per cent to the price at the till, but it s gives rise to complexity where businesses are supplying to a combination of consumers, non-registered businesses and registered businesses, and where they make both domestic and international supplies.

There is reference to “Designated Zones” being treated as outside the UAE in the Decree-Law, but the Executive Regulation makes it clear these must be “a specific fenced geographic area [which] has security measures and customs controls in place to monitor entry and exit of individuals and movements of goods to and from the area”. It simply wasn’t permissible under the GCC Framework Agreement, or the design of VAT generally, to treat the Dubai International Financial Centre differently from anywhere else in the UAE.

Banks, will need to work through Article (42) of the Executive Regulation to determine which of their supplies are exempt and which are standard rated. For example, supplies cannot be exempt if they are “conducted in return for an explicit fee, discount, commission, and rebate or similar”.
Furthermore, in relation to Islamic finance products, the drafting is currently unclear on whether each separate part of a product will need to be certified as Sharia compliant, or whether only a product generally has to have been certified.

Challenges remain for certain sectors. Healthcare services, which are generally zero rated, are defined as a supply “that is generally accepted in the medical professions as being necessary for the treatment of the recipient of the supply including preventive treatment”. That’s not just a question for a tax lawyer. That’s a question for a doctor.

The UAE Executive Regulation now takes a more considered approach than the simpler but ultimately unsatisfactory approach taken in the Saudi legislation with regard to existing contracts. Under the Executive Regulation, when a contract is silent on VAT, the consideration will be treated as exclusive of VAT, and the recipient will be required to pay VAT in addition if, broadly speaking,
(i) the recipient of the supply is registered for VAT;
(ii) the recipient of the supply has the right to recover the VAT charged in full, or in part.

It is still unclear regarding VAT on supplies to government entities – for example, whether an entity is in fact a government entity, whether a government entity is required to be registered, and whether it has the right to recover VAT?

October 2017 updates for Dynamics 365 for Field Service.

October 24th, 2017

Field Service (v 7.1.0.33) Enhancements enabled for this upgrade release:
• Added a new view that shows only Field Service based Quotes and Field Service based Orders and link it to sitemap in Field Service.
• Added switch to turn off address suggestions at Field Service settings.
• Handled querying Service Territory offline to improve performance.

Share the schedule board:
You can now share the schedule board with specific people, everyone, or yourself only.
Just me – Only the owner of schedule board settings record sees it. This must be a Dynamics 365 user.
Specific people – Only users with read access to that schedule board settings record see this. This can be based on having higher security rights, or if the record is shared using Dynamics 365 Share functionality.
Everyone – If the user has access to use the schedule board, they will see these boards.

Dim unavailable resources: When searching for availability on the schedule board, resources that are unavailable in the search can either be dimmed, or removed from the schedule board. A user who only wants to see a specific set of resources can choose to dim unavailable resources instead of removing resources that are not a match while a user without this requirement can have unavailable resources completely removed from the board. This setting can be changed in the schedule board tab settings.

Fixes for this upgrade release:
•Schedule assistant is not displaying resources as per Requirement Resource Preference (Restricted/Preferred) on IE11 Browser.

NOTE: This upgrade release can only be installed/upgraded for Dynamics 365 9.0+ org.

Universal Resource Scheduling Enhancements

Fixes for this upgrade release
•Schedule board error when time zone set to GMT-3
•Schedule board shows no resources available until switching from Hours view to Day view.
•Map pins are not refreshed when moving to next page of resources while in RM.
•Requirement map pin loses focus when searching for availability.
•Handle escaping requirement name on Schedule Board.
•Maintain Bookings not opening in the correct view.
•Cancel bookings route also showing in the mini map in schedule board.
•Hide inactive resource characteristics from resource fly out.
•Booking duration and percentage is not changing when cancel the booking after the moved bookings to different day.Cannot sort or filter fields added to requirement view on schedule board from other entities.
•Changing territory filter on board does not take immediate effect on the requirement tabs when Apply Territory Filter is enabled.
•On Schedule board, inconsistency in calculating the available capacity between hourly and daily view.
•Duration value is not updated when the requirement detail is deleted.
•Incorrect duration time on view details tooltip template in RM mode.
•On click of “Load Default filter” not clearing all controls in Filter control.
•Resource driving directions print window, print icon is missing next to print label.
•Add Fulfilled/Remaining Duration fields to the Requirement form.

NOTE: Enhancements and bug fixes for Universal Resource Scheduling apply for Field Service and Project Service Automation as well as other schedulable entities.
Documentation site at https://docs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/, and then choose the What’s new tile.

KSA new taxes 2017

February 14th, 2017

In addition to support for the introduction of VAT at 5% in January 2018, Saudi Arabia announced at the end of 2016 a timeline for implementation of a tax on harmful products. The Fiscal Balance Program 2020 report, published by the Saudi government , said the kingdom would impose a 50 percent tax on soft drinks and a 100 percent tax on tobacco and energy drinks from the second quarter of 2017.

The taxes were proposed by the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in December 2015, but Saudi Arabia’s Finance Ministry only signed the agreement this month, the report said.

No other Gulf country has yet announced a date for implementation of such taxes, although they have been mulling them since 2012. Studies in the GCC have found regional beverage prices to be the lowest when compared to the rest of the world and a key factor behind high rates of childhood obesity and diabetes. For example, soft drinks are priced at around AED1 (US0.27) in the UAE.

In November, the World Health Organization (WHO) suggested retail prices of sugar-sweetened drinks be increased by 20 percent through taxation, to bring about a proportional decline in consumption. The Saudi government’s Program 2020 document revealed that the country was working on plans to include “sugary snacks and drinks” in the tax segment, to fight obesity and diabetes among its population, especially children, and that this tax would be introduced from the second quarter of 2017. “The excise tax is a special tax that will be implemented on specific products with harmful health effects to disincentivise consumption of such products,” it said.

The document also said the kingdom would increase the “expat levy” payable by sponsors from the third quarter of 2017, with the fee rising every year to up to $213.30 (SR800) per worker by 2020. At present, companies pay a levy of $53.33 (SR200) per month per expat in cases where expat employees exceed the number of Saudi employees.

A new fee on expat workers’ dependents will come into effect from July 2017, the document said.

Happy Christmas

December 25th, 2016

Christmas morning at Meadow Farm.

As we approach the year end seasonal greetings to all.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 now available in the U.A.E. – ask Synergy Software Systems

November 1st, 2016

Microsoft Dynamics 365 is a suite of cloud services to help companies to accelerate their digital transformation with purpose-built apps to address specific business needs.

Dynamics 365 unifies CRM and ERP functions into applications that work smoothly together across all divisions: sales, customer service, field service, operations, financials, marketing, and project service automation. These apps can be easily and independently deployed and scaled on demand.

Start with what you need the most.

All apps are delivered through easy-to-use, mobile experiences and feature offline capabilities.  

Users can rely on Power BI, Cortana Intelligence and Azure IoT functions which are natively embedded.

In addition to that, Dynamics 365 and Office 365 are deeply integrated.  Since Dynamics 365 uses a new common data servicel, customers can extend functionality and build custom apps using PowerApps, Microsoft Flow (News: PowerApps and Flow available) as well as professional developer solutions.

To find out more call us now on 00971 43365589.

SQL Server 2014 SP1 CU6 is released

April 23rd, 2016

Cumulative Update #6 for SQL Server 2014 SP1

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3144524

Management Reporter – Updated budget control integration for AX2012 in CU14

February 22nd, 2016

(This capability is also available for AX 2012 R2 and requires a hotfix KB 3091042 similarly there will be a hotfix for Ax 2012 RTM)

Management Reporter CU14, introduced a new method of integration for budget control related data. Previously budget control category data was integrated as book codes; for instance, FY2015 – ConfirmedEncumbrances or FY2015 – ConfirmedPreencubrances.

Management Reporter CU14, has a single budget control book code per budget model (ex. FY2015-BudgetControl) and the budget control categories (ex. Original budget, Draft Encumbrances, Encumbrances, etc) integrate as attributes allowing for greater flexibility and consistency in regards to report design.

Budget reservations for draft actual expenditures is incorporated into the new design.

Below is an example of how to create a budget funds available column definition using a single budget control related scenario (book code) and filtering columns for specific budget control categories. Notice that the Book code = FY2015BudgetControl (where FY2015 is the name of the budget model). The attribute filter is set to the budget control category to display in this column.

BudgetFundsAvailCol1A
Addi columns for actual expenditures, encumbrances, and Pre-encumbrances in the same manner:

BudgetFundsAvailCol2

When using this column definition within a report definition, mark “Posted and unposted activity” in the Provisional field if to include any draft amounts for budget control categories.

BudgetFundsAvailReportDef

Future CUs will provide a budget funds available report by default to use as a starting point for your report designs.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM On-Premises Price Increase December 2015

December 14th, 2015

Note from December 1st, 2015, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server and Device CALs are subject to a 10% price increase and User CALs to a 25% price increase.

Convergence EMEA 2015 – Chris Capossela

December 1st, 2015

For the full record of the remarks made by Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela at Convergence EMEA 2015 in Barcelona on Nov. 30, 2015 see this Microsoft news page.

https://news.microsoft.com/2015/11/30/chris-capossela-convergence-emea-2015/

it reiterates and builds on the messages from WPC
- Millennials work in a different way
– Mobility, cloud, Cortana. Windows 10, Predictive Analytics and rich visuals, Surface Hub, Skype Business, Office 365, an integrated way of working, cross platform, with scalability and new insights and agility.

U.A.E. Shows solidarity with France

November 18th, 2015

The recent terrorist actions in France do not seem so far away when we read about the regional troubles in our daily newspapers.
I felt proud of the UAE when I visited the Burj Khalifa yesterday and saw it lit up with the colours of the Tricolore echoing the display at the Eiffel tower.