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Azure Synapse – BI for petabytes of data

November 11th, 2019

Microsoft introduced Azure Synapse Analytics last week as , the “next evolution” of Azure SQL Data Warehouse.

It promises better performance and more capabilities, than Azure SQL Data Warehouse, and existing customers will “automatically benefit” from the enhancements that are now in preview.

Azure Synapse is a “limitless” analytics service, and accommodates all data warehouses, data lakes, machine learning, and BI needs, either with a serverless or provisioned resources approach.

Among the benefits of Synapse:
• The service can query both relational and non-relationship data using SQL
• It can “apply intelligence” over all data, including Dynamics 365, Office 365 and SaaS services that support the Open Data Initiative
• It offers a unified experience for data prep, data management, data warehousing, big data, and AI
• Privacy and security features include: automated threat detection, always-on data encryption, column level security, and dynamic data masking

In an Ignite demo, Rohan Kumar, Microsoft corporate vice president for Azure Data claimed a petabyte scale query across multiple data sources ran in Synapse in 9 seconds, versus over eleven minutes in Google’s BigQuery. He also claimed that both AWS Redshift and BigQuery degrade more as concurrent load increase

Enhanced HA and DR benefits for SQL Server Sofware Assurance from 1 November.

November 5th, 2019

The enhanced benefits to SQL licensing for high availability and disaster recovery that are listed below are now applicable to all releases of SQL Server for a customer with SQL Server licenses with Software Assurance. The updated benefits will be available in the next refresh of the Microsoft Licensing Terms.

Business continuity is a key requirement for planning, designing, and implementing any business-critical system. When you bring data into the mix, business continuity becomes mandatory. It’s an insurance policy that one hopes they never have to make a claim against in the foreseeable future. SQL Server brings intelligent performance, availability, and security to Windows, Linux, and containers and can tackle any data workload from BI to AI from online transaction processing (OLTP) to data warehousing. You get mission-critical high availability and disaster recovery features that allow you to implement various topologies to meet your business SLAs.

A customer with SQL Server licenses with Software Assurance has historically benefited from a free passive instance of SQL Server for their high availability configurations. That helps to lower the total cost of ownership (TCO) of an application using SQL Server. Today, this is enhanced for the existing Software Assurance benefits for SQL Server which further helps customers implement a holistic business continuity plan with SQL Server.

Starting Nov 1st, every Software Assurance customer of SQL Server will be able to use three enhanced benefits for any SQL Server release that is still supported by Microsoft:
• Failover servers for high availability – Allows customers to install and run passive SQL Server instances in a separate operating system environment (OSE) or server for high availability on-premises in anticipation of a failover event. Today, Software Assurance customers have one free passive instance for either high availability or DR
• Failover servers for disaster recovery NEW – Allows customers to install and run passive SQL Server instances in a separate OSE or server on-premises for disaster recovery in anticipation of a failover event
• Failover servers for disaster recovery in Azure NEW – Allows customers to install and run passive SQL Server instances in a separate OSE or server for disaster recovery in Azure in anticipation of a failover event

With these new benefits, Software Assurance customers can implement hybrid disaster recovery plans with SQL Server using features like Always On Availability Groups without incurring additional licensing costs for the passive replicas.

A setup can use SQL Server running on an Azure Virtual Machine that utilizes 12 cores as a disaster recovery replica for an on-premises SQL Server deployment using 12 cores. In the past, you would need to license 12 cores of SQL Server for the on-premises and the Azure Virtual Machine deployment. The new benefit offers passive replica benefits running on an Azure Virtual Machine. Now a customer need to only license 12 cores of SQL Server running on-premises as long as the disaster recovery criteria for the passive replica on Azure Virtual Machine is met.

If, the primary. or the active replica. uses 12 cores hosting two virtual machines and the topology has two secondary replicas: one sync replica for high availability supporting automatic failovers and one asynchronous replica for disaster recovery without automatic failover then . the number of SQL Server core licenses required to operate this topology will be only 12 cores as opposed to 24 cores in the past.

These high availability and disaster recovery benefits will be applicable to all releases of SQL Server. In addition to the high availability and disaster recovery benefits, the following operations are allowed on the passive replicas:
• Database consistency checks
• Log backups
• Full backups
• Monitoring resource usage data

SQL Server 2019 also provides a number of improvements for availability, performance, and security along with new capabilities like the integration of HDFS and Apache Spark™ with the SQL Server database engine.

SnapLogic iPasS integration as a service – from Synergy Software Systems.

October 20th, 2019

Business Intelligence Managers/Analysts, Data/ETL Engineers, and Information/Data Architects are tasked with empowering business users to make use of
data to drive smart decisions and innovations. Data-driven initiatives can be challenging considering the explosion of data volumes due to the proliferation of sensors, IoT, and mobile computing.

Moreover, a growing number of groups within the business want access to fresh data.

To fully harness their data, organizations must also have a cloud strategy for their digital transformation efforts, namely to migrate data from
on-premises environments to the cloud. Considering the tremendous business value of unlocking that data, it’s imperative to prioritize and streamline these
data integration and migration projects.

Gone are the days when IT needed hundreds of coders to build extract, transform, load (ETL) solutions and then maintain those by writing more code. Modern integration platforms eliminate the need for custom coding. Now, data integration projects deploy and scale, often as much as ten times faster.

iPaaS platforms ease the pain because they’re designed for flexibility and ease of deployment for any integration project. A drag-and-drop UX coupled with a powerful platform and hundreds of pre-built connectors out of the box.

The connectors are always up-to-date, so the IT organization doesn’t spend an inordinate amount of time maintaining every integration by hand. This saves an incredible amount of time, money, and frustration across the team and projects and greatly reduces risk.

Not all integration platforms are created equal. Some do simple point-to-point cloud app integrations while others transform large and complex data into a data lake for advanced analytics. Some stgill require extensive developer resources to hand-code APIs while others provide self-service, drag-and-drop offerings that can be used by IT and business leaders alike. Some are best for specific tactical projects while others provide a strategic, enterprise-wide platform for multi-year digital transformation projects.

Organizations must address four key steps during the data migration and integration process:
1. Capture data that supports both the known use cases as well as future undefined use cases (think IoT data to support a future machine learning
enabled use case).
2. Conform inbound data to corporate standards to ensure governance, quality, consistency, regulatory compliance, and accuracy for downstream
consumers.
3. Refine data for its eventual downstream application and/or use cases (once its been captured and conformed to corporate standards).
4. Delivery of data needs to be broad and prepared to support future unknown destinations.

For decades, IT has been tasked to manage integration projects by writing tons of custom code. This onerous task is even more complex with the proliferation of SaaS applications, the surge in big data, the emergence of IoT, and the rise of mobile devices. IT’s integration backlog has exploded. Not only is the deployment too much work, but there is a growing cost to maintain all of the integrations.

Deploying a tactical or departmental data warehouse solution should take days, not months. Moreover, enterprise-wide data transformation projects should take months, not years.

The best data integration platforms:
- Support multiple app and data integration use cases across cloud, on-premises, and hybrid deployments
- Offer the flexibility to be used in cloud, hybrid, or on-premises environments, regardless of the execution location
- Provide a self-service user experience aided by AI, machine learning, hundreds of pre-built connectors, and integration pipeline
templates (patterns) resulting in greater user productivity, and faster time-to-integration
- Have an underlying, scalable architecture to grow with evolving data and integration requirements
- Support different data modes such as streaming, event-driven, real-time or batch

The SnapLogic iPaaS offering is functionally rich and well-proven for a variety of use cases. It supports hybrid deployments and provides rich and differentiating features for analytics and big data integration (Hadooplex). Clients score SnapLogic as above average for cloud characteristics, functional completeness, ease of use and ability to meet SLAs.” Gartner

SnapLogic is a U.S.-based integration platform company. In mid-2013, it transitioned from a traditional software business to an iPaaS model with the release of the SnapLogic Elastic Integration Platform which provides a large set of native iPaaS capabilities that target the cloud service integration, analytics and big data integration use cases.

The flagship Enterprise Edition features a set of base adapters (Snaps), an unlimited number of connections and unlimited data volume.

Synergy Software Systems has been an Enterprise Solutions Integrator in the GCC since 1991. We are pleased to announce our formal partnership to represent Snap Logic in the MEA region.

Do you need to integrate with Azure? with SAP Data Warehouse Cloud? with Workday? With Odette compliant auto mamufacturers………..?.

To learn more call us on 009714 3365589

SQL Server 2016 SP2 CU10 – (it fixes CU 9)

October 10th, 2019

SQL Server 2016 SP2 CU10 is essentially a fixed version of CU9.

Microsoft added a note to the KB article to holdoff on CU9, and now…that CU9 KB article page has vanished altogether.

So CU9 is dead to Microsoft, Everything we said about CU9, is replaced by CU10.

Dynamics Ax 2012 and Ax 2009 -time for a Synergy Software Systems Health check?

October 8th, 2019

Many Dynamics Ax customers are still to make the transition to Dynamics 365.
Upgrading an Enterprise erp system needs planning, and executing across multiple companies and geographies needs time and resources. There may be extensive vertical solutions to upgrade from layered code to extensions and he company may already be involved with other projects.

Meanwhile its current systems need to be optimised, maintained and leveraged to support new disruptive challenges. Over time, experienced skilled staff from the initial implementation move on and new staff don’t get quite the same training.. That second phase project didn’t happen.
- Maintenance schedules slip.
- New System managers have not been trained.
- Critical patches and kernel updates have not been applied.
- System setting are no longer appropriate for the new data and transaction volumes and ways of working.
- System response seems slower, there are more problems with record locks and system hang.
- Users and managers get frustrated.
- Auditors question the data.
- Meanwhile cybercrime is at an all time high.

Ax 2009, Ax 2012 RTM, Ax 2012R1 and Ax 2012 R2 are already past end of Microsoft support.

Many Ax 2012 R3 will also not be upgrading for at least another year and need to get more from their system.

Your Dynamics AX ERP system is an important investment that is central to the efficiency and profitability of your business. Determining when and why it is appropriate for your organization to undergo a thorough system audit and health check can be complicated. In some instances, a business may not have the proper resources or expertise to conduct a system analysis.

Business decision makers and managers within an organization are susceptible to overlooking critical issues and process gaps because of their close proximity to the business operations. That is why our unbiased insights are so beneficial.

Our System Health Check for Dynamics AX consists of a thorough analysis of various process-related activities and system hardware and resources to identify the source of performance problems. These include: inadequate hardware, improperly configured resources, bad network architecture or poorly written system customizations.

System Health Check:
Evaluate system performance and resources
Review key configurations
Review the management of SQL, log files and history data.

System Audit:
identify process gaps within the system.
Identify unused features
Review how well the system configuration and account structure support the business needs.
Review user issues, and auditor comments.
Security

Development Audit:
Best practice code checks
Slow running reports and queries.
Batch case and workflow management and performance

User audit:
training level, use of system features, attitude /experience, access controls to do what is needed.
Data audit: errors, consistency checks, orphaned records, accounts balance with sub ledgers

In a few days we show you whether you can move forward with confidence, or how to recover a ‘distressed’ project. We deliver on time and on budget – don’t take our word for it ask our customers, ask Microsoft.

We have helped major companies audit struggling implementations, of Microsoft Dynamics Ax and taken them to the next level.

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Dynamics 365 release wave 2 October 2019

October 2nd, 2019

In August, Microsoft brought Dynamics 365 2019 release wave 2 to early access. Initially, 74 new capabilities were showcased, targeting various applications that are part of Microsoft’s enterprise resource planning suite of services. These applications include Dynamics 365 for Sales, Marketing, Customer Service, Field Service, Finance and Operations, and Retail, as well as the Power Platform which comprises of PowerApps, Flow, and Power BI.

We recently posted about new licensing changes.
At the same time this latest release wave is now generally availabile,

It brings over 400 new capabilities and feature updates to users – one of the largest ever update plans for Dynamics 365.

Microsoft has invested billions of dollars in AI research to bring insights to everyone in context of the task at hand—a key to transforming from a reactive to proactive organization. New AI-powered insights applications were also released last week, including: Dynamics 365 Product Insights, Commerce, and Connected Store.

Additional capabilities for already existing services were also introduced.

Moreover, Dynamics 365 Fraud Protection is also generally available starting today.

Power BI, gets new features every month. We now have a unified platform for enterprise BI, and self-service analytics for all.
•Unified platform for enterprise BI •Data Protection (Preview)
•Shared and Certified Datasets
•Data lineage capabilities (Preview)
•Open platform connectivity (XMLA Read/Write) (Preview)
•Datasets larger than 10GB in Power BI Premium (Preview)
•Admin usage metrics
•Unattended Power BI template app installation

•Self-service analytics for everyone •New experience for report consumption
•Home customization
•Mobile Home

Other apps on the Power Platform are also have updates, with AI Builder for Powerapps and Flow reaching general availability. Administrators benefit from richer tooling, such as PowerShell Command lets (cmdlets) and the new Power Platform Admin Center.

https://dynamics.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications/product-updates/

SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 2 SP2 CU9 release

October 1st, 2019

Cumulative Update package 9 (CU9) (build number: 13.0.5470.0) for Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 2 SP2 is now aavilablefor download. (It contains fixes that were released after the initial release of SQL Server 2016 SP2.)
SQL Server CUs are certified to the same levels as Service Packs, and should be installed at the same level of confidence. Historical data shows that a significant number of support cases involve an issue that has already been addressed in a released CU.

The CU provides the following fixes and improvements (Referenced from https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4100997/cumulative-update-9-for-sql-server-2016-sp1)

KB4099472 – PFS page round robin algorithm improvement in SQL Server 2016 SQL service
KB4133164 – FIX: Error when a SQL Server Agent job executes a PowerShell command to enumerate permissions of the database Management Tools
KB4086173 – FIX: Access violation occurs when executing a DAX query on a tabular model in SQL Server Analysis Services Analysis Services
KB4131193 – Performance issues occur in the form of PAGELATCH_EX and PAGELATCH_SH waits in TempDB when you use SQL Server 2016 SQL service
KB3028216 – FIX: A crash occurs when proactive caching is triggered for a dimension in SSAS Analysis Services
KB4135113 – FIX: Change tracking record is inconsistent during an update on a table which has a cluster/unique index in SQL Server SQL service
KB4293839 – FIX: TDE database goes offline during log flush operations when connectivity issues cause the EKM provider to become inaccessible in SQL Server SQL security
KB4230730 – FIX: A dead latch condition occurs when you perform an online index rebuild or execute a merge command in SQL Server SQL service
KB4163478 – FIX: An access violation occurs when incremental statistics are automatically updated on a table in SQL Server SQL performance
KB4230306 – FIX: Restore of a TDE compressed backup is unsuccessful when using the VDI client SQL service
KB4163087 – FIX: Performance is slow for an Always On AG when you process a read query in SQL Server SQL service
KB4164562 – FIX: Wrong user name appears when two users log on to MDS at different times in SQL Server Data Quality Services (DQS)
KB4094893 – FIX: Database cannot be dropped after its storage is disconnected and reconnected in SQL Server SQL service
KB4162814 – FIX: An internal exception access violation occurs and the SSAS server stops responding Analysis Services
KB4134541 – FIX: Error in the MDS Add-in for Excel when you use the German version of Excel in SQL Server Data Quality Services (DQS)
KB4132267 – FIX: Deploying a SSAS project in SSDT is frequently unsuccessful in SQL Server Analysis Services in Tabular mode Analysis Services
KB4101554 – FIX: Parallel redo in a secondary replica of an availability group that contains heap tables generates a runtime assert dump or the SQL Server crashes with an access violation error High Availability
KB4098762 – FIX: Hidden parameters are included in reports when the Browser role is used in SSRS 2016 Reporting Services
KB4134175 – FIX: Processing a cube with many partitions generates lots of concurrent data source connections in SSAS Analysis Services
KB4091245 – FIX: Access violation occurs when you query a table with an integer column in SQL Server 2017 and SQL Server 2016 SQL performance
KB4094706 – FIX: One worker thread seems to hang after another worker thread is aborted when you run a parallel query in SQL Server SQL service
KB4058175 – FIX: TDE enabled database backup and restore operations are slow when the encryption key is stored in an EKM provider in SQL Server SQL service
KB4131960 – FIX: An access violation occurs when you execute a nested select query against a columnstore index in SQL Server SQL Engine
KB4094858 – FIX: “An unexpected error occurred” when you use DAX measures in Power BI table visualizations in SQL Server Analysis Services
KB4101502 – FIX: TDE enabled database backup with compression causes database corruption in SQL Server 2016 SQL service

CUs also often include supportability, manageability, and reliability updates.

Before udpate:

- Check compaitbiltiy with your application.
- Test CUs before you deploy to production environments.

Dynamics 365 license changes 1 October 2019 – are you ready?

September 28th, 2019

October 1, 2019 is the effective date for the beginning of Microsoft’s new licensing program for Dynamics 365. While the new pricing model kicks in on October 1, for new customers, existing customers will also transition to the new model at their next annual renewal. For example, if you just completed the annual renewal of your licenses on August 1, your licensing fees will not change until August 1, 2020.

Dynamics 365 will no longer offer multi-application bundles, for Customer Engagement (CE) and Unified Operations (UO) plans. Instead, they will adopt an ‘a la carte’ menu from which to select the licenses of individual apps.

Part of the change involves separately licensing features as ‘base models’ e.g. for Dynamics Finance and Operations Enterprise the enterprise base licensing options will be Supply Chain, or Finance, or Retail. Users who need the functionality of more than one base license can add the same features to an existing base license as an “Attach’ license at a significantly lower cost for the additional attach license.


The licensing for: Talent. and Marketing and Customer Insights are also affected but are a little different;

Microsoft suggests the overall effect will be around a 10% price increase.
Note there are also significant changes to the Power apps licenses.
That of course also reflects their rising costs of providing hosted services and considerable increases in system enhancements. It is however important you carefully consider who needs to use which application and features to ensure your license cost is optimised.

This note only scratches the surface and every Dynamics 365 customer will have a different set of requirements. Don’t wait for your subscription, renewal work with us now to better understand the changes to prepare and budget accordingly.

At the moment no changes have been announced for on premise licensing.
Activity users. Sales Professional, Customer Service Professional, and Team Member licensing will remain unchanged.

There are licensing options for:
• Additional environments
• Additional database capacity
• Additional file storage

Dynamics 365 Add-ons
Subscription add-ons apply across a single tenant; they are not tied to a specific user.
Subscription add-ons can be purchased at any time and remain a part of the subscription for the remainder of the subscription term.

Microsoft Power BI in Dynamics 365 – Dynamics 365 Unified Operations Plan and Dynamics 365 Plan
Users are not provided with any standalone or general-purpose Power BI license or use rights. Customers who require Power BI Pro will need to license and pay for it separately.
The Dynamics 365 Unified Operations applications themselves may embed Power BI content within the service User Interfaces. This is simply a product feature and no Power BI licensing is required to access this content (e.g. view embedded tables and charts)

Additional Common Data Service Capacity Add-ons
Common Data Service platform capacity add-ons gives flexibility to increase the storage capacity associated with your PowerApps subscription in increments of 1GB per additional capacity add-on license.

Subscription storage
Storage corresponding to a customer subscription is tracked against all the Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement Plan application instances associated with the tenant.
The following add-on capacity licenses are available:
• Additional Common Data Service Capacity Add-on:
• Additional Common Data Service File Capacity Add-on
• Additional Common Data Service Log Capacity Add-on

Dynamics 365 for Marketing Additional Contacts Add-on
Dynamics 365 for Marketing is based only on the number of contacts intended to be used for marketing activity and not the total number of contacts in database. Minimum purchase quantities must be met to activate packs. Customers with Dynamics 365 for Marketing included with Customer Engagement Plan application (2K contacts included), are required to purchase the Additional Contacts 8K add-on pack before purchasing any of the other Additional Contacts packs.

Microsoft Social Engagement Additional Posts Add-on
The Additional Posts Add-on may be purchased in increments of 10,000, 100,000, or 1,000,000 posts per month. On the first day of the month, the number of purchased additional posts is added to the included quantity of 10,000 posts. All unused posts expire at the end of each month.

Portals and Page Views Add-on
The default Portal provided with Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement Plan application be extended by purchasing licenses for additional portals, for use as a non-production additional production portals. Customers may purchase additional page views.

Dynamics 365 Call Intelligence Add-on
Conversation Intelligence, included capacity for Sales Insights, help sales teams gain insights from conversations with customers. Dynamics 365 Call Intelligence is a capacity add-on for Sales Insights that enables organizations to analyze additional hours of call recordings. Customers may purchase additional capacity (1k hours/tenant/month)

Dynamics 365 for Customer Service Chat Add-on
Customer Service Chat is an add-on capability for the Dynamics 356 Customer Service Enterprise application that helps agents engage in real-time with customers and resolve issues faster. Customer Service Chat is licensed per user and ensures that support agents and end users can interact effectively.

Use of historical Supervisor reporting through Omnichannel Intraday Insights, Omnichannel Chat Insights and Omnichannel Sentiment Insights Dashboards requires Power BI Pro license or higher.

Dynamics 365 for Field Service – Resource Schedule Optimization Add-on
- Resource Scheduling Optimization is an add-on capability for the Dynamics 365 for Field Service application that enables customers to automatically create a schedule for the appropriate resource in SharePoint, while simultaneously optimizing appointment setting for travel time, mileage, and many other constraints.
-Resource Schedule Optimization is licensed per resource included in the optimization process and will typically be accessed by a scheduler or dispatcher user who will designate any number of resources to be included. Resources may be individuals, such as field technicians or other human resources.
- The add-on license allows for unlimited use of schedule optimization, which may be on a regular cadence such as daily or weekly, or ad-hoc.
-A Dynamics 365 for Field Service license is required for managing the Resource Schedule Optimization.

Dynamics 365 Unified Operations – Order Lines Add-on
The Dynamics 365 for Operations – Order Lines Add-on allows customers to extend the use of their
application by providing a transactional licensing mechanism for indirect access by partners, customers,
connected automated systems, loT devices and bots. Dynamics 365 Unified Operations – Order Lines

For qualifying transaction types, customers will be able to license indirect access on a transactional ‘order line’ basis rather than on a per user basis
• Avoid common multiplexing licensing issues.
• Supports a broader set of external user integrations.
• Enables licensing of automated systems and devices that do not include users (e.g. IoT scenarios)
• Improves licensing cost transparency and predictability
• Ties licensing cost more directly with business outcomes

To be eligible for ‘order lines’ licensing a transaction must:
(i) Be an indirect transaction that utilizes an OData or DIXF integration. Direct usage of the Dynamics application or integrations outside of OData or DIXF may not utilize ‘Order Lines’ licensing.
(ii) Only update data in the tables designated as qualifying for Order Lines.

VAT update Qatar, KSA

September 10th, 2019

On 23 May 2019, Qatar’s General Tax Authority (GTA) disclosed to tax advisors in Qatar a new online tax management system known as “Dhareeba.” The new system should be available to taxpayers near the end of 2019, with all taxpayers expected to be registered before 1 January 2020, at which time Dhareeba will replace the current Tax Administrative System (TAS). PwC Qatar was invited to go through its own registration as a ‘pilot’ exercise during the last week of July 2019.

The Qatar General Tax Authority (‘GTA’) has redesigned the Tax website, allowing it to be operational in both English and Arabic. The website aims to provide vital information regarding any new taxes which may be implemented, particularly emphasizing the Excise Tax which came into effect on January 2019.

VAT is widely expected to be introduced on 1 Jan 2020. Synergy support several companies in Qatar and has a local registered company there. If you need assistance with planning VAT implementation for Dynamics Ax./Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations, or Infor SunSystems then please contact us. we have already undertaken numerous VAT projects In the GCC.

You will find much useful advice in our previous blog posts.

Meanwhile today the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has suggested that the value-added tax (VAT) should be doubled from 5% to 10% in Saudi Arabia in consultation with the other Gulf countries. Analysts expect the hike in VAT rate will come only after 2021 once Kuwait and Oman will also be ready to implement it and as a customs union, the increase makes sense across the GCC countries.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia introduced the 5% value-added tax from January 2018 and both the countries surpassing their tax collection targets. So this proposed increase seems odd because it has already impacted businesses more than expected.

The Kingdom’s non-oil revenues last year increased by 59%, buoyed by the VAT, excises, expatriate levy, and proceeds from the settlement agreements. IMF estimated that the VAT rate increase will add 2.0% to the Kingdom’s GDP in 2024.

Of course, as a customs union, it is logical that GCC countries would seek to keep their VAT rates harmonized in order to prevent tax arbitrage opportunities emerging within the GCC.

Dynamics 365 rated highly by Nucleus Research for 2019

September 9th, 2019

Power BI wave 2 Oct 2019 – what’s new preview

August 18th, 2019

The 2019 release wave 2, 2019 release wave 2 -planned to release in the time frame October 2019-March 2020 – brings to market significant new capabilities to enable digital transformation for businesses. For Power BI, these new capabilities include:
Unified platform for enterprise BI
• Data Protection (Preview)
• Shared and Certified Datasets
• Data lineage capabilities (Preview)
• Open platform connectivity (XMLA Read/Write) (Preview)
• Datasets larger than 10GB in Power BI Premium (Preview)
• Admin usage metrics
• Unattended Power BI template app installation

Self-service analytics for everyone
• New experience for report consumption
• Home customization
• Mobile Home

Gartner recognized SnapLogic as a Visionary in its Data Integration Magic Quadrant

August 7th, 2019

Gartner recognized SnapLogic as a Visionary in its Data Integration Magic Quadrant! This comes on the heels of being recognized as a Leader in three top analyst reports for the best integration platform as a service (iPaaS) solutions – the Gartner Magic Quadrant, Forrester Wave, and G2 Crowd Grid.
We believe these collective recognitions testify to the fact that SnapLogic is unrivaled when it comes to integrating cloud applications and on-premises data in one unified platform.

Gartner commended SnapLogic for:
• Our powerful integration convergence and augmented data integration delivery
• Our easy accessibility to diverse user personas
• Our pricing model simplicity and trial version

Synergy Software Systems is a Middle East partner. . This solution speeds up deployment of complex solutions with multiple jntegrations and significantly improves and simplifies the management and maintenance of integrations.

Whether for EDi to Odette standards for the automotive sector, or for streaming high volumes of data, or for ETL processes to bring data from multiple, enterprise systems into a data lake or Enterprise BI or Corporate performance management system, Snap Logic provides a multitude of pre built “Snap integrations: for a low code, configuration approach to integration.

Synergy Software Systems has provided integrated solutions in the region. Digital revolution is proving new opportunities and challenges. Robotic Processes Automation, Predictive analytics, ML AI, IoT, RFID, cloud services, data lakes, and mobility are now standard components of any solution. However digital revolution also requires agility and rapid robust deployment and ease of update and maintenance. Integration ETL, and streaming data from multiple systems at enterprise scale needs a new ‘productized’ low code approach to integration.

Snaplogic is a key tool for successful agile deployment of Enterprise integration, Corporate Performance management, EDI, BI and RPA solutions.

There are already major clients deploying Snap Logic in the UAE.

To learn more . Call us on 00971 43365589

“Disbursements & Reimbursements’: U.A.E. – VAT clarification

July 31st, 2019

The Federal Tax Authority (‘FTA’) has released a Public Clarification on “Disbursements & Reimbursements” which addresses how to distinguish reimbursements and disbursements, and to clarify the applicable VAT treatment.

U.A.E. businesses incur expenses and subsequently recover such expenses from another party. The VAT treatment of the subsequent recovery of expenses depends on whether the recovery is a “disbursement” or a “reimbursement”.

The first step to determine whether a recovery is a disbursement or reimbursement is to establish whether you have acted as a principal or an agent in purchasing the goods or services

General principles to determine the VAT treatment of such recoveries:
Where a taxable person acts in the capacity of an agent, the recovery would generally amount to a disbursement.
A disbursement does not constitute a supply and is,therefore, not subject to VAT

Where a taxable person acts in the capacity of a principal, the recovery would generally amount to a reimbursement.
A reimbursement is part of consideration for the supply and follows the same VAT treatment as the main supply.

Principles

* The other party (from who you are recovering such expenses) should be the recipient of the goods or services;

* The other party should be responsible for making the payment to the supplier;

* The other party should have received an invoice or tax invoice in their own name from the supplier;

* The other party should have authorized you to make the payment on his behalf;

* The goods or services paid for should clearly be additional to the supplies you make to the other party;

* he payment should separately be shown on the invoice and you should recover the exact amount paid to the supplier, without a mark-up.

* You should have contracted for the supply of goods or services in your own name and capacity;

* You should have received the goods or services from the supplier;

* The supplier should have issued the invoice in your name;

* You have the legal obligation to make payment to the supplier;

* In case of goods, you should own the goods prior to making any onward supply.

Examples

Company A procured group medical insurance from a local insurance company and received an invoice directly from the insurance company.

* Company A requested Company B to make the payment on its behalf.

* The subsequent recovery of the amount by Company B from Company A will amount to a disbursement, and would not be subject to VAT.

* Company A should ensure that the Tax Invoice is addressed to it from the insurance company and should recover the input tax through its UAE VAT return, subject to the normal input tax recovery rules.

Company A entered into a contract with Company B to provide marketing services.

* The contract stipulated that Company A would be eligible to reimburse the expenses from Company B.

* Company A incurred the expenses in its own name and subsequently recovered the amounts from Company B as per the terms of the contract.

* The recovery of expenses from Company B would follow the same VAT treatment as that of the main supply.

We recommend;

* Identify the nature of your contract and agent/principal relationships (if any) based on the above principles;
* Ensure that all disbursements have proper authorizations (contracts); and
* Re-view all inter-company disbursements/ reimbursements (cross-charges).

Dynamics 365 license changes – from 1 October 2019

July 22nd, 2019

There was a lot of exciting product and technology news form Microsoft’s Inspire event in Las Vegas this month.
Not so inspiring for many of the audience was the announcement of changes in licensing to take effect as early as 1 October this year.

if you are an existing Dynamics 365 customer on the cloud for any app then you are affected, as are those intending to buy.

For now there is no change to on-premise licenses (some D365 apps are only available on the cloud).

Effective October 1 , 2019, Customer Engagement Plan, Unified Operations Plan, and Dynamics 365 Plan
SKUs will be removed from all price lists. Finance and Operations will be split into individual applications – one for Supply Chain Management, and one for Finance. This change will enable customers to purchase suitable core workload application(s) for individual user
needs going forward.

Core workload Business Applications are Sales, Customer Service, Field Service, Project Service Automation, Supply Chain Management, Finance, Retail, and Talent. The current plan offerings for :Customer Engagement Plan, Unified Operations Plan, and Dynamics 365 Plan be removed from all channels and for all licensing segments.

The new ‘ la carte’ approach is user license (USL) based.

Base license: the first Business Application purchased at the standard price.
Attach licenses are the additional USL application(s) at a flat price of:
$20 per Customer Engagement application
or
$30 per Unified Operations application.

• Each Attach license can only be assigned to a user with the prerequisite Base license.
• When purchasing multiple Business Applications, the Base license must be the higher priced license.
• Each user may only have one Base license.
• Attach license:USL application(s) incrementally purchased after the Base license. Users may have
as many Attach licenses as needed.
• Base and Attach licenses are identical in their core capabilities and are only differentiated in price. .

Business Applications that can’t be purchased as Attach licenses:
Core workload Business Applications:
• Project Service Automation
• Marketing
• Talent
Non-core workload applications:
• Customer Insights
• Microsoft Relationship Sales solution
• Sales Insights
• Marketing Additional Application
Customer Service Chat
• Resource Scheduling Optimization
• comprehensive hiring
• Order Lines
• Forms Pro
• All capacity add-ons

Customers seeking one Business Application per user should only purchase a Base license per user.
Single Business Applications priced between $50-$180 are less expensive than Customer Engagement Plan ($115) or Unified Operations Plan ($190) today.

For existing customers there is no immediate change to customers’ existing agreement. They can true up seats at the renewal anniversary as required. At renewal (after the beginning October 2019), customers must renew on the new Attach construct. They must have a qualified Base license for each user and assign the additional Attach licenses to their multiple application users as required. Its possible that someone will be able to use lower cost licenses.

Supply Chain Management, Finance, and Retail apps have a 20-user minimum purchase requirement. There is a difference between CE and CSA licensing in this respect..

There is no change in dual use rights. Dual use rights vary by application.

Power Bi new installers – be ready to change your upgrade scripts

July 20th, 2019

Currently, Microsoft builds and publish 84 different .msi files for installing Power BI – a 32-bit and a 64-bit one for each of the 42 languages it supports/

They have just completed work to wrap these into two installers (32- and 64-bit), which will give users the ability to change the language of the UI and model without having to install a new version.

An enterprise administrator who manages the rollout of Power BI Desktop to users in multiple languages will find this much easier.

You can get the new single installer at https://aka.ms/pbiSingleInstaller, and you still find the separate MSIs for each language at https://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=45331.

The MSIs will continue to be available (and updated each month) until the September update, after which only the new single installer will be available.

If you have scripts that pull new versions of Power BI Desktop from the Microsoft Download Center, need to be update to point to the new location before October 1st