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Be prepared for Potential Iranian Cyberattacks

January 10th, 2020

The drone attack as Suleimani was visiting Baghdad last week is widely expected to prompt counterattacks of some sort from Iran, with Iranian leaders vowing as much in recent days. One of the most rapid ways that Iran can respond is through attacks on computer systems of U.S. businesses and government agencies

The U.S. agency in charge of cybersecurity urges organizations in the United States to prepare for potential attacks from Iran in response to the American drone killing of General Qassim Suleimani.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued its warning, “Potential for Iranian Cyber Response to U.S. Military Strike in Baghdad,” on Monday afternoon. CISA is a federal agency created in 2018 to coordinate with other government entities and the private sector on cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection.

The drone attack as Suleimani was visiting Baghdad last week is widely expected to prompt counterattacks of some sort from Iran, with Iranian leaders vowing as much in recent days. One of the most rapid ways that Iran can respond is through attacks on computer systems of U.S. businesses and government agencies. However, proxy attack on perceived USA allies, or major USA technology firms also have to be considered.

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Dynamics HR, and Talent, recent updates- December 2019

December 7th, 2019

Microsoft will continue investing in operational HR solutions with the erp version with a Dynamics 365 Human Resources to be released early next year on February 3, 2020.

This builds on the current core HR capabilities that are in Dynamics 365 Talent today
. It’s a branding and marketing change for core HR capabilities.
Microsoft will also be incorporating the ‘Ax’ partner adds on from Dynamics partners Four Vision, and Elevate, to further enhance the offering within leave and absence, time and attendance, and benefits administration. These new capabilities will begin rolling out within Dynamics 365 Human Resources in early 2020.

Expected updated licensing.

Microsoft recently announced, via a blog post. the decision to retire the Dynamics 365 Talent: Attract and Dynamics 365 Talent: Onboard apps on February 1, 2022, They will transition Attract and Onboard customers to a solution of their choice. This does not affect those who only use the core Talent module.

To allow time to opt-in, Dynamics 365 customers that are entitled to but are not currently using Attract or Onboard will have until February 3, 2020 to notify Microsoft that they intend to implement Attract and/or Onboard. You can opt- at any point between December 6, 2019 and February 1, 2020. If you are not currently using Attract and/or Onboard and want to opt-in to ensure service availability until February 1, 2022, submit a support ticket before 1 Feb 2020.

Meanwhile Synergy Software Systems continues to implement and support its own GCC localised HR and Payroll module built inside both Dynamics Ax 2012 and Dynamics 365 , and proven with around 50 company implementations.

Power BI update -Gateway recovery key, move to .Net framework 4 – Ask Synergy Software Systems, Dubai’s Power App specialist.

December 5th, 2019

The November update for the On-premises data gateway (version 3000.14.39) is released.

Change Gateway Recovery Key
The recovery key provided by gateway admins during installation of on-premises data gateways in a standard mode could not be changed in the past. This key is used to create the symmetric key which in turn is used for encrypting credentials in data sources/connections using that gateway. With the November release of Data Gateways, you will now be able to rotate this key. More information about recovery keys, detailed description on how to perform this change and associated limitations can be found in the data gateway docs.

November version of the mashup engine
This month’s Gateway update also includes an updated version of the Mashup Engine. This will ensure that the reports that you publish to the Power BI Service and refresh via the Gateway will go through the same query execution logic/runtime as in the latest Power BI Desktop version.

Please note that this upcoming change may impact you:
PB1 will be using .NET 4.8 framework for gateways February 2020 version or higher hence some of the operating systems it used to support may no longer be supported. i.e. for many this change will also force a Windows update.

All .NET Framework versions since .NET Framework 4 are in-place updates, so only a single 4.x version can be present on a system.
In addition, particular versions of the .NET Framework are pre-installed on some versions of the Windows operating system. This means that:
• If there’s a later 4.x version installed on the machine already, then you can’t install a previous 4.x version.
• If the OS comes pre-installed with a particular .NET Framework version, then you can’t install a previous 4.x version on the same machine.
• If you install a later version, you don’t have to first uninstall the previous version.
• The .NET Framework requires administrator privileges for installation.

Revenue recogntion Dynamics 365 – ask Synergy Software Systems, Dubai

November 26th, 2019

The new revenue recognition standard is for compliance with ASC 606 and D365FO. it became available last month in generally release 10.0.5
To use this feature enable the module through license configuration when in maintenance mode.
System administration> Setup> License configuration. ( or go to the home page and use Advanced Search. Type “license configuration” and click on the “License Configuration” option.) Find the revenue recognition module under the General ledger node and select the module so that it is available for use.

To use the functionality set up schedules under Revenue recognition / Setup / Revenue schedules.
Set up five new posting types have been added to the inventory posting set up.

This video explains the basics of revenue recognition in Dynamics 365 Finance and how it’s used on sales orders. Customers will learn how different revenue schedules can be defined per item and how revenue schedule details are created upon invoicing a sales order.

Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 support will end January 14, 2020- ask Synergy Software Systems about options.

November 16th, 2019

On January 14, 2020, support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end. Only 2 months away
That means the end of regular security updates.

Don’t let your infrastructure and applications go unprotected.

We’re here to help you migrate to current versions for greater security, performance and innovation.
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Azure Arc in preview manage hybrid data across cloud platforms……

November 16th, 2019

Now in preview, Azure Arc helps simplify enterprise distributed environments by managing everything via Azure services (like Azure Resource Manager). Connecting hybrid infrastructure via Azure Arc improves security for users via automated patching, and provides improved governance, with everything ‘under one roof’. Azure Arc, a tool that lets organizations manage their data on: the Microsoft Azure cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform or any combination.

Microsoft says that deployments can be set up “in seconds” via Azure data services anywhere, a feature of Azure Arc.

Azure Arc also supports Kubernetes clusters and edge infrastructures, as well as on-premises Windows and Linux servers.
No final release date yet but there is a free preview of Azure Arc .


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………..?.

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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.

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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.