Archive for June, 2015

Microsoft – what’s behind the changes?

June 29th, 2015

The last major senior management shake-up at Microsoft was a couple of years ago and was initiated by Ballmer. His reorganization involved doing away with several product divisions and folding the remains of the old units into larger, “flatter” groups to allow for improved communications among formerly disparate factions.

Nadella’s recent exec changes, particularly the ouster of Elop, whose former unit has been integrated into a new group called Windows and Devices Group (WDG), which includes Xbox, smartphones, and Surface tablets, among others, along with the Windows division. This change stands out because it undoes at least part of Ballmer’s reorg from two years past and puts even more of Nadella’s stamp on the “new” Microsoft.

More importantly, Microsoft’s recent exec changes better align it with the first pillar of Nadella’s “mobile-first, cloud-first” initiative. Nadella’s mobile strategy has always been more than simply building Lumia smartphones or selling more Xbox units: though some may still look at quarterly sales and believe Microsoft is dropping the mobile ball. But there’s more to it than that.

There seems to be a move to technology rather than marketing in the management changes

Mobile-first: more than devices
If there was any doubt about Nadella’s vision for mobile, even after (finally) announcing Microsoft’s wildly successful Office solution is now compatible with Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS, those should have been dispelled with the introduction of its Windows for iOS and Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) dominant Android OS. The pending Windows 10 OS is said to provide an even better integration experience for users, regardless of device .

Similar to Google’s strategy behind its free Android OS, getting Windows into as many devices as possible — regardless of manufacturer — accomplishes several things. Microsoft’s Bing will be the default search engine, and with last quarter’s 21% jump in search ad revenues, Bing is quickly becoming more than an afterthought.

More devices running Windows should help maintain, the growing number of consumer Microsoft Office 365 users — a figure that increased a whopping 35% last quarter sequentially. integrating Windows into as many devices as possible ramps up Office 365 usage and boosts other app sales like Dynamics CRM.

Nadella’s new WDG division headed up by Terry Myerson better aligns Microsoft with its plans for a more holistic approach to mobile.

With Office 365, Microsoft is placing more emphasis on tools that enhance the entire online platform instead of focusing exclusively on content management

Rather than a “big bang” release every few years, Microsoft is becoming more nimble and shifting toward smaller, more frequent releases whether for Dynamcis, or Office 365

Work is not where we go, but what we do. The workplace is changing and so is the workforce. The enterprise must adapt to new ways of working—whether employees are at the office, working from a café, or from the lobby before a big presentation. Employees expect to be just as productive no matter where they’re at or what device they’re using. VPN clients, intranet access, or home office productivity, or Office 365 in the cloud.

Security has to be rock solid in order for all of this mobile, BYOD, and sharing functionality with partners and customers to work. Microsoft made a point to highlight security in the Ignite keynote. Office 365 has been verified to meet requirements specified in ISO 27001, EU model clauses, HIPAA BAA, and FISMA. It can also support the most complex scenarios around eDiscovery, device management, and DLP.

Social functionality within the workplace is now proven. It provides more effective and time-efficient methods for your employees to work together than traditional methods that require that employees know who to go to for help (e.g., sending an email to a specific recipient vs. posting a question on a forum that anyone can respond to). New functionality in Office 365 is heavily focused on leveraging this model e.g Yammer

BI, big data predictive analytics and dashboards, which highlight cross-team interaction and provide data on how and when you work to help maintain work-life balance. Understanding all of this usage data is key to ensuring effective use of technology, as well as staying attuned to your users’ needs. See the Office telemetry dashboard.

Office Graph is the next iteration of search + cloud + Azure machine learning. It is the “brain” behind features such as Clutter and Delve. To work effectively, it is important for organizational details (e.g., role, hierarchy, team name, location) to be up to date in Active Directory to be able to find:
1) content without query;
2) content trending around you;
3) content you didn’t know existed;
4) colleagues by expertise or interest.
In addition, Microsoft will expose Graph via an API to develop custom apps directly against it.

SharePoint is now positioned as one function of the Office 365 platform. The platform has evolved. With Office 365, Microsoft is placing more emphasis on tools that enhance the entire online platform instead of focusing exclusively on content management. With this broader focus, there is more choice, and with that the need to clearly define business cases for each technology.

What does this all mean?

Groups, Delve, Microsites, Team Sites, OneDrive, and Yammer, do you know which provides the best fit and value for how your team works?

The emphasis on mobile underscores the importance of responsive, fast user experiences. Many core elements of an on-premise solution (e.g., structured navigation, content query web parts) have implications on performance that are magnified in the cloud. In addition, heavily customized user experiences often leverage custom master pages. By using custom master pages, we can miss out on new experiences and features being rolled out on the Office 365 platform

A move to the cloud provides an opportunity to reassess current information architecture. Has your business remained static since you first deployed SharePoint? Take advantage of the opportunity to ensure that all of the assumptions, process definitions, and changes since are reflected in a manner that provide an experience that supports and enhances how your employees work.

In an age of social collaboration and online productivity, new roles are required to ensure an organization is working in the best possible way. Site or community ownership is no longer a passive role. Site owners will evolve into community managers and shift their focus from governance to content curation.

New technology also spawns new roles, such as machine-learning engineers and data experts who strive to garner knowledge from new ways of looking at data that were not possible in the past.

Microsoft’s increased focus on social collaboration and dashboards, which highlight cross-team interaction and provide data on how and when you work to help maintain work-life balance. Understanding all of this usage data is key to ensuring effective use of technology, as well as staying attuned to your users’ needs.

when you’re deploying a new solution for a client, individual users resist changing the way they get their work done and their performance suffers, making them a drag on workgroup productivity and profitability.

Customer-business transitions to cloud-based and hybrid cloud and on-premises solutions are making the “people” side of adoption and change even more important. At the same time, increased use of cloud and mobile applications means upgrade-time cycles are becoming extremely quick. Microsoft is adjusting the previously stately pace of Windows upgrades to accommodate the accelerated expectations of the market.

Change management is important. Agile powerful and simple is the Dynamics Ax mantra and is major factor in user adoption . Some of the basic keys to starting a good Adoption and Change Management (ACM) project are:

•Situation Awareness: a clear, broad, and deep awareness of the way the people in the company do business today, how they’ll be doing business in the future, and what the gaps are between those two scenarios.

•Sponsorship: Understand the power structure in your organization, and determin who is for and against the changes being planned.

•Resistance: Find out whether there are individuals or groups that will be resisting the planned changes and what the root causes are for their feelings.

•Incentives: Determining what employee incentives are in use in the client company. WIFM “What’s in it for me” for many it is fear of the unknown rather than belief in a better future .

•Training: Understand how new and existing employees are to be trained on new business tools and processes.

•Communications: Survey how client management communicates with employees across the company and within workgroups.

•Expertise: A change management team leader who’s trained, knowledgeable and, experienced in change management.

One benefit of using consultants is their exposure to change management every day. Its easy to pinpoint the need but it takes time and conscious effort to out theory into practice and manager also need to go through a change process.

SQL Server Management Studio 2015 – new version (June) – with Check for Updates!

June 27th, 2015

Today, Microsoft announced a new standalone SQL Server Management Studio download

“This is our first effort to release SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) in a mechanism outside of the SQL Engine releases. Our goal is to update this frequently with new features, fixes and support for the newest SQL Server features in SQL Server Engine and Azure SQL Database.”

Microsoft might start shipping updates to SSMS outside of the regular SQL Server Service Pack scenario! This telegraphs a couple of interesting things: first, surely they have to do it because Azure SQL Database ships updates much faster than SQL Server does. So this gives Microsoft a way to enable those updates in SSMS without releasing a separate service pack.

This implies that SQL Server Management Studio is now considered The Way to Manage Azure SQL Database. There isn’t a separate tool coming, nor will designer/developer tools like Visual Studio become a management tool. That sounds good news.

Microsoft Office on Android – 24 June 2015

June 27th, 2015

Microsoft has announced that their line of Office applications has made its way to Android smartphones. With the latest release, Microsoft now supports essentially every Android device. Whether your screen is big or small, and your processor ARM or Intel, you’ll be able to use Office on your Android device.

Microsoft’s partnerships with phone manufacturers mean that these apps will also come preloaded on many future smartphones and tablets.

After launching the first touch-optimized version of Office on the iPad, Microsoft has gradually been building out support for Android. It began with Office for Android first launching as a preview for ARM based tablets running KitKat, with the final release working on Lollipop. Shortly after, Microsoft began supporting Android tablets that use Intel processors, like the Dell Venue 8. Throughout all this, support for Android phones was still absent. With some Android devices having screens that are 6″ or even larger, creating a version of Office for those devices makes a lot of sense.

Using Office 360 gives access to additional features: https://products.office.com/en-us/office-resources…
The default assumes you will sgn onto the Mcorsft cloud but for clarification, you can click the “skip” option at the bottom of the first screen after installing it to bypass signing in. and proceed to the app

‘Non selected’ countries may find that many of the Microsoft apps have to be side-loaded – the link says that they are available from Galaxy Apps worldwide. You can also try Google Playstore.

SQL Server 2014 – Latest Builds end June 2015

June 27th, 2015

Since Service Pack 1
Regardless of your branch or patch level, be sure to check KB #2964518 : Recommended updates and configuration options for SQL Server 2012 / 2014, which is full of useful advice. Please always perform full regression testing before installing any SQL Server update in production. It’s becoming more and more clear that you might find an issue Microsoft missed.

SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 1 was re-released after being pulled on April 15th due to an issue described in this post. The initial build number was 12.0.4050 but that has been updated to 12.0.4100. The official knowledge base article has been moved to KB #3058865,

Service Pack 1 includes a number of enhancements; these were the most interesting to us:
•The behavior of trace flags 1236 (see KB #2926217) and 9024 (see KB #2809338) will now be enabled by default.
•Several fixes for buffer pool extensions, including the ability to use instant file initialization.
•Improvements in columnstore performance and new extended event coverage for columnstore inserts.

SP1 Cumulative Update #1 includes 141 fixes, including all of the fixes from the RTM Cumulative Updates published up to and after SP1 was released (CU #6, CU #7, and CU #8 – One of the more important fixes is one that involves partial (and thus incorrect) results from a clustered columnstore index with a corrupted rowgroup (more gory details in this blog post and KB #3067257).

Recommendation: Install this Cumulative Update.

Service Pack 1 12.0.4100 KB #3058865 2015-05-15 29 (29)
Service Pack 1 (pulled) 12.0.4050 N/A

RTM Branch

If you are on the RTM branch, SQL Server 2014 is now at Cumulative Update #8 (including well over 400 fixes and enhancements). If you are applying Cumulative Updates at all, or want any of the interim fixes, we highly recommend using the latest update
The Build is 12.0.2546. This cumulative update has 38 public hotfixes . This CU may be less attractive now that Microsoft has also released SQL Server 2014 SP1 CU1. I because many people may get onto the SP1 branch, now that the first CU on top of SP1 has been released, and the branches are back in synch.

Build Name

Build #

KB Article

Date

New fixes (public)

Cumulative fixes (public)

RTM Cumulative Update #8 12.0.2546 KB #3067836 2015-06-22 40 (38) 486 (432)


One of the more important fixes here is one that involves partial (and thus incorrect) results from a clustered columnstore index with a corrupted rowgroup (more gory details in this blog post and KB #3067257).

Recommendation: Install this Cumulative Update.

COD Hotfix for Azure Premium Storage Support 12.0.2506 KB #3063054 2015-05-19 1 (1) 450 (398)
COD Hotfix for intraquery parallel deadlock 12.0.2505 KB #3052167 2015-05-19 1 (1) 449 (397)
COD Hotfixes for SSIS / CCI 12.0.2504 KB #3058512 2015-05-05 2 (2) 448 (396)


A hotfix has been issued to address two completely different issues: (1) a problem with the Unpivot transformation task in SSIS (for more info, see KB #3058512), and (2) a problem with join performance when using a clustered columnstore index (see KB #2999809 for more details).

Recommendation: Install this hotfix only if you are using SSIS with Unpivot or clustered columnstore indexes.

RTM Cumulative Update #7 12.0.2495 KB #3046038 2015-04-23 47 (41) 446 (394)
COD Hotfix for Parallel Batch-Mode Deadlock 12.0.2488 KB #3048751 2015-04-01 1 (1) 401 (355)


A hotfix has been issued to address a potential problem where a parallel, batch-mode scan may lead to a deadlock, and the deadlock cannot be automatically resolved. This should only affect customers using Columnstore indexes. The hotfix can be downloaded from KB #3048751. It is included in Cumulative Update #7 (under a slightly different KB article: KB #3048752).

Recommendation: Install the latest cumulative update above, which includes this fix.

COD Hotfix for Availability Groups with CLR UDTs 12.0.2485 KB #3042370 2015-03-16 1 (1) 400 (354)


A hotfix has been issued to address a problem with CLR UDTs in Availability Group databases. The hotfix can be downloaded from KB #3043788 and is described in KB #3042370.

Recommendation: Install the latest cumulative update above, which includes this fix.

RTM Cumulative Update #6 12.0.2480 KB #3031407 2015-02-16 64 (55) 399 (353)
COD Hotfix for Availability Groups NOT SYNCHRONIZING 12.0.2474 KB #3034679 2015-02-04 1 (1) 338 (301)


A hotfix has been issued to fix Availability Groups reporting as NOT SYNCHRONIZING, an issue caused by CU #5 below. That issue is documented in KB #3033492 and explained further in this SQL Server blog post.

Recommendation: Install the latest cumulative update above, which includes this fix.

COD Hotfix for SSMS (Azure SQL Database) 12.0.2472 KB #3032087 2015-01-28 1 (1) 337 (300)
COD Hotfix for query compile waits 12.0.2464 KB #3024815 2015-01-05 1 (1) 336 (299)


A hotfix has been released that helps alleviate RESOURCE_SEMAPHORE_QUERY_COMPILE waits during concurrent compilation of large queries. A trace flag is also required (-T6498).

Recommendation: Install the latest cumulative update above, which includes this fix. The trace flag is required whether you apply the COD hotfix or the Cumulative Update.

RTM Cumulative Update #5 12.0.2456 KB #3011055 2014-12-17 54 (48) 335 (298)


Cumulative Update #5 has a known issue with Availability Groups reporting as NOT SYNCHRONIZING.

Recommendation: Avoid this update if you use Availability Groups. Apply the latest cumulative update above instead.

COD Hotfix for Availability Groups remote hardening 12.0.2436 KB #3014867 2014-11-27 1 (1) 282 (251)


A hotfix for an issue involving exception handling for remote hardening issues in Availability Groups was released on November 27, 2014.

Recommendation: Install the latest cumulative update above, which includes this hotfix. Install this specific hotfix only if you are using Availability Groups and your applications use OLEDB or JDBC (ODBC / SNAC are unaffected) and you don’t want any of the additional fixes in more recent CUs.

RTM Cumulative Update #4 12.0.2430 KB #2999197 2014-10-21 66 (54) 281 (250)
RTM Cumulative Update #3 12.0.2402 KB #2984923 2014-08-18 40 (32) 215 (196)
MS14-044 QFE Security Update 12.0.2381 KB #2984340 2014-08-12 1 (1) 175 (164)


A denial of service / privilege escalation vulnerability was identified and patched August 12, 2014.

It is described in Security Bulletin MS14-044 and KB #2984340.

Recommendation: Install the latest cumulative update above, which includes this QFE update.

RTM Cumulative Update #2 12.0.2370 KB #2967546 2014-06-27 52 (48) 174 (163)
RTM Cumulative Update #1 12.0.2342 KB #2931693 2014-04-21 121 (114) 122 (115)
MS14-044 GDR Security Update 12.0.2254 KB #2984340 2014-08-12 1 (1) 1 (1)


A denial of service / privilege escalation vulnerability was identified and patched August 12, 2014.

It is described in Security Bulletin MS14-044 and KB #2984340.

Recommendation: Install this GDR update only if you are at a build less than 12.0.2254 and only if you *don’t* want all of the fixes from the latest cumulative update above.

RTM 12.0.2000 2014-04-01 – –

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Management Reporter Updates and tips – Synergy Software Systems, Dubai

June 18th, 2015

This video describes how to create side by side reports with Management Reporter

Management Reporter offers a variety of formatting tools to automate reporting and to quickly put reports in the hands of stakeholders. This video introduces the ability to add dynamic report headers to calculated columns to avoid having to manually edit report headers prior to generating a report. Especially useful for consolidated information and rolling fiscal reports

This video describes how to suppress drill down on specific lines of a report in Management Reporter.for example you may not want to allow drilldown on salary details.

MR CU12 was initially released for the USA in April and is now available for all regions.
It contains all of the enhancements and bug fixes from hotfixes 1-4, including:
• Indication of currently active reporting tree node
• Added the ability to use BASE+1:12 in the column definition
• Report generation performance improvements
• Additional fixes for product defects

HF1, HF2, HF3, HF4
As well as the additional fixes that were added post-HF4:
•Ability to exclude NP rows from exporting to Excel by disabling the export of formulas
•Ability to export NP rows at the Account and Transaction detail levels
•Additional fixes for exporting to Excel where you would receive an operand error when exporting with formulas enabled
•Additional fixes for product defects
Version Information: Management Reporter CU12 RTM – 2.1.12000.26

Management Reporter bugs are now visible in Lifecycle Services (LCS) Issue search. Issue search is another great tool within LCS to help with troubleshooting. Currently both Microsoft Dynamics AX and Management Reporter bugs are searchable.

For Management Reporter, bugs will be visible through LCS when they are triaged to be fixed. Additional updates in LCS will occur when either a cumulative update or hotfix is available to fix the issue. To see a list of current known issues, you can search for “known issue” and restrict the product to Management Reporter 2012.

In order to access Issue search, you can do the following:

1. Navigate to http://lcs.dynamics.com

2. Click Sign in

Note: You must use the same credentials that you use to access CustomerSource or PartnerSource. If you don’t have access to CustomerSource, then you will only have access to an evaluation version of LCS, which does not include Issue search

3. Accept the Microsoft Online Services Agreement if you haven’t already signed in before

4. Create a project

5. Click the + button under Recent projects to create a new project

6. Fill out the project details including Name, Product name, Product version, Industry, and Methodology. Any settings should be fine as long as you don’t select a pre-sales type of project

7. Scroll to the right and select Issue search

8. Begin searching

Asset Management and Tracking in the U.A.E.

June 18th, 2015

It is no secret that Synergy Software Systems and Deyafa Systems work closely together in the hospitality sector.
One of the key technologies used is mobile tracking of assets with RFID and bar code.

Our solutions are implemented and supported by us for major groups in the region. This includes both the physical and financial asset lifecycle management

Track5000
The Real Asset Management’s (RAM( asset tracking application form allows your customers to perform regular audits and to keep a central, up to date register of their assets at all times.

The mobile app can use existing iOS, Android or Windows mobile devices to track and count assets, quickly and accurately at lower cost.

This app is an ideal solution for finance teams where routine asset tracking, or regular physical audits are often delegated to other department staff..

The mobile app integrates fully with RAM’s fixed asset accounting module for a financial asset register with comprehensive management of depreciation and asset values There is no need to purchase expensive scanning equipment.

Find out how you can :
• Minimise the number of lost assets
• Improve asset utilisation
• Quickly build a central asset register of all valuable or roaming assets
• Keep an up to date register for insurance purposes, warranty, and manufacturer details
• Manage the transfer, issue and return of assets to record accurate asset lending and location
• Flag items as transferred, located, missing
• Upload audited data to the central asset register
• Streamline your annual asset count and financial year end close and audit.

Synergy Software Systems, Dubai – in top 5% of Microsoft Enterprise Resource Partners

June 17th, 2015

We received confirmation from Microsoft of our attainment of the new Enterprise Resource Competency which has been by less than 5% of Microsoft Global Partner Network.

That ‘s why you can be assured of a successful, Synergy Software Systems Implementation – a 100% track record of successful projects with Dynamics Ax since we started the practice in 2003. Its also why the Highest Customer Satisfaction Award for 2014 also has Synergy’s name on it.

We are proud of our professionals.

We receive similar accolades across our solutions- for years the word in the hospitality industry is “go with Synergy and sleep a night” and why many of our Sunsystems customers have been loyal for over 15 years.

Value ultimately comes from competence and attitude and the results consistently shows that the right partner will give the right solution, service, support and price and deliver the right value.

Dynamics Ax – Synergy Software Systems – GCC Localised HR and Payroll

June 16th, 2015



Fraxion Expense Management – Synergy Software Systems, Dubai

June 15th, 2015

As specialists in financial software solutions we are aware that this is an aspect of business that is essential to control for all industries However many stand alone financial packages, or erp systems lack effective spend control polices and workflow approval. Fraxion is easy to use, with wide features and is both web based user friendly and cost competitive.

Adoption of Basel Regulatory Framework 8th progress report

June 14th, 2015

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS) has updated and published its eighth progress report on adoption of the Basel regulatory framework as of end-March 2015.
BCBS’ monitoring reports have been published semi-annually since 2011 and focus on the status of domestic rule-making processes to ensure that the Committee’s capital standards are implemented in jurisdictions according to internationally agreed timeframes.
The Basel III framework builds on and enhances the regulatory framework set out under Basel II and Basel 2.5.

Leverage ratio: In January 2014, the Basel Committee issued the Basel III leverage ratio framework and disclosure requirements following endorsement by its governing body, the Group of Central Bank Governors and Heads of Supervision (GHOS). Implementation of the leverage ratio requirements has begun with bank-level reporting to national supervisors and public disclosure on 1 January 2015.

Net stable funding ratio: In October 2014, the Basel Committee issued the final standard for the net stable funding ratio (NSFR). In line with the timeline specified in the 2010 publication of the liquidity risk framework, the NSFR will become a minimum standard by 1 January 2018. The monitoring of the status of adoption of the NSFR is planned to start with the next progress report in October 2015.

The only GCC company reviewed in the report was Saudi Arabia.
SAMA through its Circular # 351000133367 on 25 August 2014 issued its final guidance document on the Leverage Ratio disclosure requirements. The
aforementioned SAMA Circular is effective from January 2015.
The D-SIB framework has been finalised and the relevant regulation has
been issued for implementation by January 2016 through SAMA Circular # 351000138356 (issued in September 2014).

Bitlog WMS seminar 15 June 2015- fully booked

June 14th, 2015

We look forward to meeting all registrants tomorrow at Microsoft Gulf. The seminar is fully booked.

If you are unable to attend or were too late to register then please contact us.

2015 WMS Trends
Pharma

New regulations -FDA Drug Quality Security Act (DQSA) – manufacturers to serialize all pharmaceutical inventory for human consumption – to counteract counterfeit pharmaceuticals
How BITLOG WMS helps:
• Serialization allows for more accurate ingredient traceability throughout the supply chain.
• End-to-end audit trail by serial number helps manufacturers to recall more efficiently and effectively.
Decreased profit margins and competition
- Patents Expiring losing major revenue streams, seeking cost savings.
- Generic Drugs Patents expiry more generic products – , reduces the profit margins for all manufacturers.

Pharmaceutical companies search for SCM cost savings to maintain profit margins.
How BITLOG WMS helps:
- Real-time data capture and inquiry – accurately track inventory and raw materials, reduce excess on-hand inventory
- Improved WMS = higher order fulfillment = higher sales less admin, = higher brand loyalty
- Bitlog WMS efficiently handles fast moving complex distribution strategies such as direct to consumer

Aviation
Now 37% of the U.A.E. economy
Aerospace MRO and spare manufacture is now a major industry in the UAE
Airlines only make money when flying. Service providers must offer exceptional service levels. When outsourcing, the main concern of air carriers is not how much it costs, but how the service provider will do what needs to be done.
Risk is compounded by the reduction in the number of suppliers from hundreds to dozens. The same is true of logistics providers: aerospace providers want to work with only one or two that understand the industry’s specialized needs and have the WMS systems to handle the scope and the SLA’s.
Aerospace supply chain managers must meet increasingly tight delivery time windows.
Aerospace companies are frequently requesting that 3PLs manage vendor relationships and inbound logistics.
SWAT—Space Warehousing Accelerated Transformation. To reduce inventory – without raising risk airlines may collaborate to centralise spares to reduce inventory while maintaining service levels.

Airline parts are high-value and have a limited lifecycle.
Each is monitored and replaced on a specific schedule.
Governments impose strict rules about tracing the location and history of airline parts, down to the serial number.
Reverse logistics is a part of the job —not only moving the parts, but monitoring those through repair, and return for service, and providing visibility to the carriers.
Tracking expectations are increasingly sophisticated and granular, with more data collection points and greater detail.
Air carriers want to search databases by reference, project, or purchase order number.
Parts are more specialized, with less ability to share these across airlines, thus complicating inventory management.
RFID and GPS are emerging to increase visibility and tracking of aircraft components.
Modern WMs systems are essential.

Microsoft Retail – The customer experience

June 11th, 2015

Duncan Taylor of Microsoft sharing his views on latest market trends and challenges in the Retail industry during the Dynamics Software Webinar on Ensuring customer satisfaction and enhancing business productivity.

Interesting insights on the new customer shopping journey.

AEC Construction Software Provides Rapid ROI to Dubai projects

June 10th, 2015

Nagarjuna Construction Company
Real, bottom line, profit increases in rapid time- less than 3 months.
Find out how we can bring your construction operations into the 21st century – see our videos on this blog site and call Vijay to learn more 00097143365589

WMS – Bitlog Launch Seminar, Dubai 15 June 2015

June 10th, 2015

Attend our free breakfast seminar and network with local industry logistics and WMS professionals.
FAST ROI for Distribution and Retail
Monday15th of June, 2015 , 08:00~11:00Microsoft Gulf, Building 8 Dubai Internet City, UAE

EVENT SCHEDULE
08:30 Registration & Breakfast
09:00 Introductions
09:05 Market and industry changes and WMS selection
How to choose the Right Product + Right Partner
Stephen Jones, Director, Synergy Software Systems
09:30 Next Generation WMS, Fred Boström, Bitlog
10:00 Reach fast ROI with Bitlog WMS, Hultafors Group case study
10:15 Bitlog GCC Launch offer
10.30 Discussion & Coffee

Bitlog WMS Launch event benefits :

Current trends that impact warehousing operations
How to select a warehouse management system,
Meet a proven new, innovative player in the GCC-market,
Meet the implementation partner
Find out how you can optimize your warehouse management,
to reduce cost, increase on time fulfillment and create more profit
A great opportunity to network during breakfast and coffee
Find out about the exclusive Bitlog WMS launch offer for seminar participants

For more information or to register contact :
sales@synergy-software.com +971 (0)55 7186133

Note there are only a few seats left.

Coolan- TCO for cloud or data centre- how to cut or at least know your costs

June 4th, 2015

At the 2015 summit of the Open Compute Project (OCP), Amir Michael, a well-respected data-center engineer and a founder of OCP, offered a surprise during his presentation. “Something not often talked about in the industry,” Michael mentions. “There is a trend of people moving off the cloud.”

The purpose of Coolan, an analytics platform, is to help data-center operators reduce downtime and lower infrastructure costs by analyzing metadata on how the servers are performing.

Trying to figure out the TCO (Total-Cost-of-Ownership) for your compute infrastructure is no easy task,” explains Michael. “With the proliferation of public, private, and hybrid clouds, not to mention the ever-growing number of Buzzword-as-a-Service paradigms, anyone in charge of their company’s infrastructure faces a difficult decision: Should you build or acquire your own data center, lease space in a co-located facility, or rent a piece of the cloud?”

Some of the cost points the TCO Model addresses include:
•Whether to build your own servers or buy OEM
•What type of hardware components to use
•Whether to upgrade systems or deploy new ones
•The cost of capital
•The data-center PUE
•The amount of power the network is consuming

And the ultimate question: stay in the cloud, go colo, or build a private data center?
•Managed services in the cloud wins if a company requires more computing power than storage.
•In a related sense, the amount of storage required has a huge impact on choosing a deployment method.
•The cost to grow is less for in-house data centers than cloud-managed services or leasing more colocation space.