Archive for November, 2015

Filehold – ask Synergy Software Systems about document management for the U.A.E.

November 30th, 2015


Courier documents


Mobile document management

http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/8031-best-windows-document-management-software.html

“We recommend FileHold as the best document management system for businesses using Windows. We chose FileHold from dozens of document management system options.
Why FileHold?
Ease of use
FileHold is a self-hosted document management system for businesses using Windows computers. It has the same look and feel of programs you’re already accustomed to using, and the interface is designed specifically with Windows Explorer in mind. The filing structure incorporates the same cabinet, drawer, folder and subfolder approach that Windows uses. So, once the software is installed, employees should have no trouble grasping how to use and navigate it.
We like FileHold’s clean interface. It isn’t cluttered with icons or images. All you see when logging in is the file library running down the left-hand side of the page and a search bar along the top. The majority of the page remains blank until you start filing, searching for or opening documents. This approach keeps you on the same page the entire time you’re using the system. Many of the other systems we examined force you to toggle back and forth between pages depending on the task you’re working on.
The FileHold library structure is designed with Windows Explorer in mind.
Adding to the system’s ease of use are the MyFileHold folders, which are placed on top of the general library of cabinets and drawers on the left-hand side of the page. The MyFileHold section features separate folders for employees’ “favorite” documents, their checked-out documents, any alerts or reminders they have, the files they recently accessed and the files they recently added to the system. This provides a quick snapshot of the documents currently being worked on and the files that need immediate attention.
Each employee can customize various portions of the system with their personal preferences. This option isn’t offered by all of the document management systems we examined. When looking at specific documents, employees can choose the tools they want to be quickly accessible. Quick links can be added for a variety of tasks, such as adding files, linking documents together and checking out files. Additionally, you can choose the metadata attributes — like document type, version, number of linked files and the author — that are shown alongside the file’s name.
Filing documents within the software is simple and can be done in many ways. You can drag and drop files already on your computer or network, as well as scan documents directly into the system. The Microsoft Office integration also allows you to add documents you are working on in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook or PowerPoint with just a click of a button.

Windows 10 Overview

November 29th, 2015

What it is: Windows 10 is the major release of Microsoft’s Windows operating system and is the successor to Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1.
Why it matters: Windows 10 contains a host of new features, security updates, and a platform-unifying design aimed at both enterprise users and consumers. It also marks the beginning of Microsoft’s “Windows-as-a-service” strategy.
Who does this affect: Windows 10 is available as a free upgrade to qualified devices running Windows 7 (SP1) or Windows 8/8.1. Windows XP and Windows Vista users will need to purchase Windows 10.
How to get Windows 10: Most Windows 7 (SP1) and Windows 8/8.1 users can get Windows 10 through the Get Windows 10 app. Users can also download a Windows 10 ISO to be used on multiple PCs.

• What it is? Developed under the codename “Threshold”, Microsoft’s goal with Windows 10 is to provide a common operating system that can run across multiple platforms—including PCs, tablets, smartphones, embedded systems, and even Xbox One, Surface Hub and HoloLens at some point in the future.
Each platform will have a device-specific user interface (UI), and will share the same Windows 10 core.

Windows 10 includes several new features and important changes, in addition to its platform unifying design. Many new features are designed to improve the desktop experience and draw in business users who were turned off by Windows 8′s tile-based UI and the initial removal of the Start menu. New features include:
Start menu: Windows 10′s new Start menu combines the Windows 7-like application list and the live tiles interface from Windows 8′s Start screen. Windows-8 style “modern” apps (now called “universal apps”) can run within a window on the desktop, like standard desktop programs.
Action Center: The Charms menu is replaced with the Action Center, a sidebar that provides notifications and contains buttons for common tasks.
Tablet mode: A new tablet mode is designed to make Windows 10 easier to operate without a keyboard or mouse.
Improved security: new security features for Windows 10, include Windows Hello—an integrated biometric authentication system.
•Microsoft Edge: Formerly codenamed Project Spartan, Edge is the default web browser in Windows 10. Internet Explorer 11 isalso be included with the OS, but is basically unchanged from the version of IE11 found in Windows 7 and 8.1.
Cortana integration: Cortana, Microsoft’s voice-powered personal assistant, makes its desktop debut in Windows 10 and can be configured to take over the Search box.
•Xbox Live integration: Although not critical for many business users, Xbox live is built into Windows 10. Users can stream games from an Xbox One to a desktop, laptop, or tablet over Wi-Fi, play multiplayer games with people on different platforms, and more.
Enhanced graphics: Windows 10 includes new versions of DirectX and WDDM to improve game performance.

Windows 10 comes in four Editions (versions): Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Windows 10 Education.

Microsoft’s official system requirements for Windows 10 are:
•Processor: 1GHz or faster processor or SoC
•RAM: 1GB for 32-bit OS or 2GB for 64-bit OS
•Hard disk space: 16GB for 32-bit or 20GB for 64-bit OS
•Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
•Display: 800×600

Windows 10 – first upgrade released-big performance boost

November 29th, 2015

Microsoft releases its first major update to Windows 10 today, to bring performance and stability improvements and some notable new features for business.

This mammoth patch is just under 4GB in size for some users and, significantly boost Windows 10′s boot times over Windows 7 and Microsoft is claiming that Windows 10 machines will start up to 30 percent faster than if they were running Windows 7 – based on figures from a third party report.

The drive to build on the more than 110-million devices running Windows 10 has prompted Microsoft to make changes that will mean that Windows 10 will automatically begin installing on most Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 machines from next year.

Users will still need to confirm the installation manually for it to continue. If they choose not to proceed, the customer will have the ability to delay it for some period.

People who don’t like Windows 10 are able to roll back to their previous OS within 31 days.

What may be concerning Microsoft are third-party figures suggesting that after an initial rush to upgrade, there are a significant number of Windows 7 and 8.1 users not choosing to upgrade to Windows 10. An issue that a number of users will also want to see addressed by today’s update to Windows 10 is increased stability.

In September, ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley echoed complaints from various Windows 10 users, saying “too many moving parts are making for an unstable computing experience for me”.

The most significant changes in today’s update are for business users – with the introduction of :an off-switch for telemetry, a new way of delaying updates and a simplified approach for deploying apps. The Windows Update for Business portal will allow admins to stagger the deployment of Windows updates to company PCs, allowing admins to create groups of machines that update at different points and to set specific dates and times when updates should occur.

Meanwhile the new Windows Store for Business should make it easier for firms to deploy apps to staff. Organisations will be able buy apps in bulk and create a private version of the Windows Store that offers employees a bespoke list of apps, both pre-approved Windows Store and custom line-of-business software. Admins will also be able to assign apps to specific employees.
To use the store users will need to be running the Pro or Enterprise versions of Windows 10 and have an Azure Active Directory ID.

Also new for business users are features to help companies to manage devices.

Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Join allows IT to maintain one cloud-based directory and identity management service that will let company employees have a single login and securely sync their Windows settings and data across all of their Windows 10 devices.

Users will also be able to gain single sign-on access to in-house services from personal Windows devices by linking that Windows machine to a work account managed with Azure Active Directory.

The update also expands the OS’ capabilities around mobile device management (MDM), enabling MDM servers to enroll and configure Windows phone, computers and tablets, as well as applying updates and enforcing the latest in-house policies governing usage.

On the security front, Credential Guard will offer additional security for login details by storing derived credentials – NTLM hashes and Kerberos tickets and the process that manages them in a secured isolated container that uses Hyper-V and virtualization-based security. Microsoft says the feature breaks the popular “pass the hash” approach used in many major breaches.

Another new feature, Device Guard allows devices to be restricted to running only trusted software – whether it’s traditional desktop, Windows store or in-house apps. Device Guard is designed to prevent intruders from installing malware and uses Trusted Boot to keep company devices secure.

A forthcoming security feature for business called Enterprise Data Protection, will be rolled out for testing Windows under the Insider Program early next year. Enterprise Data Protection will allow companies to separate work and personal data on devices using containerisation file techniques. It will also encrypt data as it moves around the organisation – helping to ensure data isn’t accessed by the wrong people.

Tweaks to Cortana Windows 10′s virtual assistant Cortana gains the ability to recognize phone numbers, email and physical addresses from handwritten notes on devices such as the Microsoft Surface, allowing users to scribble down reminders.

Cortana will also now watch your email to keep track of event and movie bookings in your calendar and notify you when they’re coming up, with the option of also booking an Uber driver in the US.

Cortana is now available in English in Japan, Australia, and Canada and India.

Microsoft Edge browser gets a bump to performance and better security, as well as a tab preview feature, which allows users to hover over tabs to get a preview of the open website.

Edge also syncs your Favorites and Reading list items across devices. However, support for extensions to enhance the abilities of the browser are not present, but will arrive early next year for testers in the Windows Insider program.

There have been some concerns about Windows 10 and data privacy. if you haven’t yet installed Windows 10 ensure you that you do a custom install so as to pick and choose what is enabled at the onset. If you installed Windows 10 using Express settings, then you can still disable some of the default privacy settings.

From the start button, click “Settings” and then click “Privacy” and click the “General” tab on the left sidebar. Under that tab you’ll see a few sliders where you can toggle certain features on or off.

The top toggle button is the most important as it disables the advertising ID for each user. and you might also want to disable the rest of the options.

After turning off the options under the general tab, the next tab down, “Location,” allows you to turn off location data for all apps or for specific ones.

The tab labeled “Speech, inking, and typing.”is whHere you can disable Cortana from gathering information about you by clicking the “Stop getting to know me” button towards the middle of the screen. However, clicking this will also disable Cortana and dictation.

The “Other devices” tab is at the bottom of the list. Under this tab turn off the “Sync with devices” feature. In the example given by Microsoft, this could be used for connecting with beacons, which are typically used for advertising purposes. To kill this feature, slide the first button to the off position – you can also turn off syncing for trusted devices

Back on general settings click “Network and internet.” In that window click “Manage Wi-Fi settings” toward the middle of the screen. Customize your setting for the Wi-Fi Sense feature.To keep everything private, click all the sliders until the read “off” and uncheck the boxes on the page or select which features to turn off individually.

Choose whether to opt out of the personalized ads while browsing in Microsoft Edge. Click the following link or paste it into your browser: https://choice.microsoft.com/en-gb/opt-out

Click the Xs next to the options to turn off “Personalised ads in this browser” and “Personalised ads wherever I use my Microsoft account.”

ERP for 2016

November 27th, 2015

Enterprise software spending is forecast to decline 1.2% in 2015,. Gartner said software as a service (SaaS) is about market share, not profitability. Gartner also said that IT services spending in 2015 is projected to decline 4.5%. Gartner said it expects modest increased spending on consulting in 2015 and 2016, as vendors have demonstrated their ability to stimulate new demand from buyers looking for help with navigating business and technology complexities, particularly related to building a digital business.
However, the forecast for implementation services has been slightly reduced. Increasingly, Gartner said, buyers prefer solutions that minimise time and cost of implementation, driving demand for more-efficient delivery methods, out-of-the-box implementation, and lower-cost solutions.
The activity is stronger than the growth in spending indicates. Switching to ‘as a service’ delivery, masks the increase in activity.
Many of the world’s nations, including the UAE, have made strides in smart government and smart city initiatives, using machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions that combine sensor data with advanced algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI). According to Gartner, these systems are making “increasingly significant business decisions over which humans have decreasing control”.
Advancements made in M2M, both in capability and affordability, have accelerated the adoption of solutions, but now, among business leaders, such systems are seen as a threat rather than a benefit to the enterprise.
“As smart machines become increasingly capable, they will become viable alternatives to human workers under certain circumstances, which will lead to significant repercussions for the business and thus for CIOs,” said Stephen Prentice, vice president and Gartner Fellow. “In the 2015 Gartner CEO and business leader survey, opinions were equally divided on this issue and indicate that business leaders are starting to take notice of the advances being made and more readily acknowledge that the threat to knowledge work is real.”

A recent e-book analyzes the challenges software buyers face when purchasing an ERP system, and tries to guide them through the potential pitfalls that litter the software selection process. http://www.softwareadvice.com/erp/buyerview/report-2015/

Well there is some useful insight, however let me give a 40 year’s hands on perspective.

“We found 59% of ERP buyers cite data integration as the top reason for purchasing a system, while a staggering 24% of users say their current system lacks adequate support.” That really means users are fed up with existing multiple unintegrated systems and want a single integrated system. Not supporting integration is more a reason for ruling out a system” but not for ruling in.one

For any company large enough to need an erp system its likely they will have additional systems, or external partner systems that need to e interfaced- the IoT will extend this need – so integration ease has to be considered.

The first time users largely focus on price, and ease of use
The second time its more about finding the right partner, and the functional and vertical capability.
With regard to support I am surprised the criticism identified by the research isn’t much larger – for us, our support is a major selling point and we pick up a lot of failed projects because of support issues customers experience. Without wanting to sound arrogant its not feasible for freelancers for a small company to properly implement a tier 1 erp systems across the multiple, functionalties and technologies. one project and all their resource is tied up for several months. they don’t have the facilities for test nor the time to train. implementing tier 3 back off solutions with 2 or 3 people in 2 months is not the same implementing a Tier one system with a broader scope of features and multi company, multi geography complexities that need a much larger team for a much longer time> That has many implications from Project management differences, to the end for a larger more senior and more stable consulting tem to see a project to the end and for ongoing support. Offshoring, freelancing, sub contracting or whatever else its called may deal with the easy, repetitive , grunt work but for Tier 1 its not the way to build a groups mission critical business system.
Professional consultancies don’t claim to do miracles in no time if they do then beware. if the price looks too good to be true then it is.
Some key factors that frustrate erp success:
You will not get the benefit of an integrated system if you then implement it on functional lines. IT and finance are hung up on their responsibilities for e.g. segmentation of duty, data protection etc which all too often misses the point of an integrated system. Business process are implemented cross function- the functional hierarchy of finance, HR etc, do not support the real business processes of customer satisfaction, or maximizing cash flow. Users need to take decisions in an informed context.

A master scheduling system is no use, when not used. Such a system needs aligned business functional strategies , Sales Operation and Finance meeting to set the company game plan and review it regularly e.g. monthly, is essential (it should reflect the length of the supply chain and stability of the schedule, and the time it takes to react e.g .to add or remove extra shifts) and it is not much use having such a system without a master scheduler with the authority to manage the business game plan, and call the shots once the Sales Operation and Finance goals are agreed.

There are myths and divided opinions about whether or not customisation is good or bad, and whether policy should be dictated from on high with cases and workflows and alerts, or whether managers should have autonomy, skills, and information to make good on the spot decisions. Erp is good for standardised back office system where there is compliance to agreed standards e.g. ifrs.
However vertical features and differentiation from competitors need point solutions A car, a shopping trolley and a bus all have wheels and can move things around but are generally not interchangeable – there are times when you need the right tool for the job. The key is to spend your dollars on what helps you better make money, rather than on those functions where out of the box will do.

Most companies spend more on their company cars than on their business systems. Mangers spend more per hour on someone to have someone paint their wives toenails than they expect to pay for a consultant with 20 year’s experience. Erp systems for a mid size company would have cost several millions $s in the 80’s and to provide an acceptable payback of 3-4 years.
Now companies squeal at paying a 1/0th that cost. If something looks too good to be true then it probably is. Just because a salesman tells you what you want to hear does not mean you should not make a sensible decisions.
Erp systems grow and add more modules and features- those extra features don’t implement themselves and budgets need to be appropriate to the scope.Buying a Ferrari and not paying for driving lessons, and only using first gear does not make sense. Betting your business system on the cheapest quote you can get ,with no support, and is an option many take- and correlates directly to success rates.
Start with a business case. How do you make money?. How is this project going to make a difference? Does that translate to objectives with specific targets, timelines and owners? Does that give an ROI? If not then why are they expected to just happen? . Whose project is it? yours or the consultants’?
Why do you want to do anything at all?
Does the software really provide what you need?
• Are you buying because the IT manager wants it on his cv?
• Or because the auditor says so?
• Your customers demand different controls or service?
• Because you have problem to solve.
• Or is to remove bottlenecks to grow??
• You need to show formal controls and reports for investors? Maybe for an ipo?
• Has management become a bottleneck
• Has the business diversified, or expanded to new regions?.
• Or because you have a clear vision of how it will make a difference and what it takes to make it happen.
• Which is more important? A software with more features, or one with lower costs, or a partner with a track record of delivery and support whatever the solution, or vertical?
• Pretty dashboards for the boss, or easy to use for employees, or better customer service?
• Should managers or operators make the selection?
Its easy get lost in a 1000 rfp questions and most vendors give the same answers – yet there another 1000 equally important set of questions nobody thought to ask. The chances are it still does not tell the consultant what he needs to implement or what is the real need. Narrow it down to 3 must haves (the main reason to buy) – and 3 show stoppers (can’t work without) per function and focus your time on those.
Don’t treat professional consultants like hired plumbers. Let them add value. Fixed price fixed deliverables do not invite suggestions of good ideas or sharing of best practise experience. No matter how good your management team they don’t have the same exposure to how technology can be used. 20 years ago no-one knew they needed washed lettuce, so they never asked for it but its a $4bn business now.

With the advent of the cloud and modern systems like Dynamics Ax, Dynamics CRM, Office 365, BIM, Holo lens, predictive analytics, cross platform operating systems like Windows 10 the opportunity to forge ahead or to fall behind is ever greater. Professional advice and guidance is essential. Global players tend t strait jacket your business with blueprints and accelerators i.e. do it our way and change your business or pay a lot more. Traditional Systems integrators, with industry professionals, and focus on a specific erp system and verticals are consistently the ones that deliver. If an 18 months IT graduate is trying to advise you on your CFO on his global chart of accounts then both companies have missed the point and frankly deserve to fail.
its not difficult to succeed- be clear what you want to do , what it’s worth and what it really takes then work with someone who is known to deliver and work with them – at the end of the day its not the consultant’s project- if you want to succeed then take ownership and work shoulder to shoulder. Sign your charter make it public and find an executive champion.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 CU10 is now available to Synergy Software Systems customers

November 25th, 2015

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 CU10 is now available to our customers Cumulative Update 10 build number is 6.3.3000.110.
Please note, as happened for AX 2012 R3 CU9, the application version will show a different number of: 6.3.3000.110 if you apply CU10 to an existing install of Ax2012 R3. This is due to all the individual models that are applied to your system through the CU10 install.

The one model indicating all models for CU10 has been applied has version number 6.3.3000.110. Using a slipstream process as detailed in the Installation guide will result in the single full model applied for CU10 with build number 6.3.3000.111. The Slipstream build is only available from the LCS updates tile.

Some enhancements we like:
A new field called Available physical on exact dimensions has been added to the On hand by location form. This field shows the available physical quantity for all the dimensions displayed on the screen.
There have been performance improvements to the on hand stored procedure to use better query plans and make sure it is only called when necessary.
A new clean up job has been added under Inventory management > Periodic > Clean up > Warehouse management on-hand entries cleanup. This job will delete records in the InventSum and WHSInventReserve tables for closed on-hand entries.

It is now possible to overproduce with back-flushing when using a scrap factor on the Bill of Materials line. Any overproduction using warehouse management enabled items will be recalculated to determine the correct raw material consumption quantity. The correct variable scrap will be taken into account and the remainder will be picked if there is enough on-hand in the production input location.

Scheduled routes can now be generated from a route plan, where the segments of the scheduled route correspond to the hub configuration associated with the route plan. A batch job is used to create the scheduled routes depending on date range, particular days of the week and a load template.
The scheduled routes can be used with Load building workbench in order to create optimal loads for the routes.
Retail
Global refund tab on the Register form and the “Global refund check” report on the Retail store transactions and Online store transactions forms have been removed.
Variant specific sales price is shown when a product variant is selected during product search or inventory lookup in POS. Previously the product base price was shown.
Make Infocode groups available for selection in open drawer store operation under AX functionality profile This enhancement lets user select Infocode groups in open drawer store operation under AX functionality profile
Expose Gift Card functionality for customization. Retail POS SDK now allows for customization of the item types that are allowed for return.
Added gift receipt feature at MPOS for:
a. Sales Transactions
b. Show journal, both Gift receipt preview and print
Enable Lookup and search customer through real-time-service The changes in the hotfix enable look up of another store’s customers using real-time service.
POS performance improvement when scanning multiple products with overlapping multi-item discounts.
Introduced alternative algorithm for calculating discounts, which is enforced if predefined max number of calculations steps/loops is exceeded. In this case, point of sale will switch to the marginal value algorithm, which does not guarantee the best discount but provides much better performance characteristics. This feature is configurable in Retail Parameters.
Extending the supported operating systems for MPOS to the following:
a. Windows 8.1 Update 1- Server 2012 R2 Update 1
b. Windows 10- Windows 10 Long Term Service Branch

Many WMS and mobile enhancements
Many bug fixes

Microsoft Dynamics Ax-goodbye Rainer goodbye Ax 7

November 24th, 2015

Dynamics AX delivers a beautiful UI that is modern, touch-enabled and looks and feels like no other ERP system in the market-revolutionary. It anyone to use and to interact with the system easier than ever before democratizing . As millennials enter the workplace, it looks and works like the applications that they are used to, leading to quicker adoption and actual usage.
An elegant, modern, intuitive HTML5 experience brings the principles of highly visual, immersive applications which today’s modern user expects from their consumer apps to their enterprise business application. The user experience eliminates unnecessary clicks and pop-ups – bringing the user all the right information, and where they need it, so they can be more productive.

Dynamics AX is intelligent – more than just visualizing reports (although, Dynamics AX with Power BI does that ). The data in the ERP system is combined in real-time with data from outside the company to help people make more informed decisions.
A solution to proactively predict issues orto provide guidance to help keep you out of trouble.
For example, think of how Cortana on your Windows phone gives you notifications when you need to leave for an appointment to make it on time based on all the traffic/ weather data that it is capturing in the background. Now apply that intelligence to your business, where Cortana has the ability to tell you about a problem in your supply chain, or alert you about the need to increase your inventory of cold drinks because of an upcoming heatwave to ensure that you have the right amount of stock on hand.

This predictive nature and intelligence of business applications is the future that is delivered with Dynamics AX. This new solution removes limitations and opens up the ability for businesses to think about the “art of the possible” – and that is very exciting. Dynamics AX, together with Azure SQL and PowerBI, delivers near real time analytics, embedded pervasively across the application. Users don’t need to leave their work to use a separate analytics tool – the business intelligence they need is right in the application. Dynamics AX uses in-memory BI to give people real time operational insights so they can make informed decisions. It enables people to find, sort, visualize, and use information easily with an intuitive user interface that provides contextual insights through Power BI — embedded directly in the application. A user can now create analytics in PowerBI, publish those to Dynamics AX, and embed those directly in the application UI. Dynamics AX users can see those analytics in context, click through to PowerBI to more deeply explore the data, and even drill back to the underlying transactions.

In addition, there are new scenarios, powered by Azure Machine Learning, bringing predictive capabilities built in to the application that, for example, can help a retail seller make more effective product recommendations.

The new Dynamics AX is at the center of Microsoft’s core ambition around the reinvention of productivity and business process. With outstanding Office 365 and Skype interoperability, users have the best productivity and collaboration tools to help them be as effective as they can be. Matching how people need and want to work, scenarios seamlessly flow across Dynamics AX, Office 365 and Skype for Business.

For example, in a Budget Formulation process managed by Dynamics AX, budget requesters and approvers get to work with budget data naturally in Microsoft Excel. The new solution also introduces a powerful new concept called “Workspaces,” where users in various roles not only get a different lens on the data, tasks, and activities tailored to their role in the organization, but also an even more focused experience in the application with additional context bringing together all the data, all the processes and everything they need to get a task done.
The power of the cloud.

Cloud is more than tired buzz word, but when people talk about the cloud, it is usually limited to infrastructure – the ability to host and deliver software as a service. Ax 7 shows what the cloud means for businesses. The cloud powers the intelligence, and enables growth and the ability for people to do business anytime, anywhere, on a global scale.

The cloud enables agility that was never previously possible Microsoft Dynamics AX, no longer has a without any version or year associated with it because what you will have will always be the latest.

Speed – implementing a system quickly, the ability to get people up and running faster, changing business processes without business disruption, getting real-time insights into business to accelerate productivity and ultimately getting the fastest time to value are top of mind for every customer.
An integrated user training mode — Task Guides – helps new users complete business processes with on-screen guidance in the client experience, and that same facility can let users drive the application through voice commands to Cortana. In addition to being great on the Microsoft Edge browser, the new solution is also available on all modern browsers. That same modern HTML5 experience will be available in a Windows 10 Universal App, simplifying deployment. With an adaptive experience through Continuum, we’re enabling Dynamics AX users to get the most out of their phone device. The app will also be available for iOS and Android, reflecting Microsoft’s cross-platform commitment.

The new Microsoft Dynamics AX is expected to be available in public preview for all of our customers and partners in 140 countries by early December and to launch end of first quarter 2016. Building on planned advances to Microsoft’s on-premises technology stack, the new Dynamics AX will also be available to customers that demand on-premises deployment in 2016.

This is a major transformation for Dynamics AX and the beginning of a new era for Dynamics – and for reinventing business process and productivity.

U.A.E. Shows solidarity with France

November 18th, 2015

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

Congratulations to Sam Tech

November 18th, 2015

As a Dubai based company since 1991 we have formed relationships over the years with other local IT solution providers. We have always enjoyed good working relationships with SamTech. Therefore, it gives me great pleasure to congratulate them on making it into the Dubai SME top 100 ranking.

On Sunday 15th Samir I. Abdul Hadi Founder & CEO of Sam Tech was honoured by Sheikh Ahmad Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Foundation and President of the UAE National Olympic Committee, as SamTech made it into the Dubai SME100 ranking in its third cycle. It’s quite an achievement to be ranked as one of the top 100 SMEs in Dubai out of the 4,500 nominations for the year 2015.This time, they made it to the TOP 10.

Recent Dynamics Ax Compatibility Updates November 15

November 12th, 2015

Note that Technet pages are not always current.
The system requirements documentation was updated in October 2015 and is available to our customers on request.
Both Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 Cumulative Update 8 (and above) and that CU9 update of Dynamics AX 2012 R3 are now compatible with Windows 10.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 Cumulative Update 8 and 9 are now both compatible with SQL Server 2014 SP1, and with .NET 4.6

AX 2009 SP1 is compatible with SQL Server 2008 R2 SP3 since September.

A new version (v 2.0.33.0) of Microsoft Dynamics AX Intelligent Data Management Framework (IDMF) is now available on LCS Tools.

BI4DYNAMICS NAV 5.1 Contact Synergy Software Systems, Dubai.

November 5th, 2015

We are ready to take-off a new version BI4Dynamics NAV 5.1. which brings exciting new features
NEW CONTENT
Multi-Measure Tool (All Cubes)

By adding a new dimension; the “Multi-Measure Tool” to columns, current measure (for example Net Sales) is automatically expanded by 28 new measures.

New measures are based on combinationS of base measure ,and date. It works with every transactional measure, in all cubes!

Purchase Cube Enhancements
• Purchase Delivery
• Days since last Purchase

Datazen Demo
BI4Dynamics now has a standardized connector to a Datazen server and has a set of dashboards for Microsoft Dynamics AX/NAV that can be implemented immediately.
Try it!
Web: https://datazen.bi4dynamics.com:9443
User: bi4user
Password: datazen2015
!Mobile: datazen.bi4dynamics.com:9443 (Use Secure Connection)

APPLICATION FEATURES
Direct NAV metadata access
NAV Metadata are filled automatically without opening Microsoft Dynamics NAV (v2009+).

Virtual cubes
Create Virtual cubes easily from physical cubes (standard and wizard created cubes).

Roles and Permissions Management
Roles and Permission are created within standard Microsoft OLAP cubes (SSAS). BI4Dynamics Roles and Permissions are stored automatically before deployment and revoked by pressing “Apply Roles and Permissions” button.

Automatic license update
License is automatically updated on every process. No need to go to the application and click update license.

Offline License
Offline license process has been redesigned. It requires a server ID that is generated by the BI4Dynamics application.

A new version, with all documentation, is available on the Support portal and on the web page.
Videos that demonstrate new features will be available next week.