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Setting a budget for your company is essential for business planning, and can provide critical insights towards any future strategy or business operation. In Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Financials, you can easily create a budget for yourself or for your company using the following steps:

Step 1: In the search bar, find your G/L Budgets and select Edit List to create a new budget

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Step 2: After filling in the necessary fields, select Edit Budget and fill in the necessary fields

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Step 3: Click into one of the corresponding cells under the Budget Matrix, which will subsequently open up the G/L Budget Entries window

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Step 4: Create as many New lines as required and fill in the Amount(s)

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Step 5: Close the G/L Budget Entries window and continue to fill in all other budget amounts as required 

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With Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Financials, you’re free to create as many budgets as you feel necessary based on projects or for financial statements. Feel free to contact us for any inquiries, or click here for feature and pricing information on D365 for Financials. 

 Heimdall Sham, Digital Content Creator, WebSan Solutions Inc., a 2017 Microsoft Modern Marketing Innovation Award Winner

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Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) offers a secure and convenient method of payment for companies that manage payments and transactions between multiple bank accounts. In this week’s blog, we highlight how companies can expect to benefit from utilizing EFT payment features in their day to day financial transactions.

Long Term Savings

In Microsoft Dynamics GP, users can post EFT payments by creating a file to upload to the bank. By doing so, companies receive direct deposits and can do away with additional transactional costs such as online processing fees and costs associated with postage and stamps for companies that mail physical cheques.

Enhanced Security

Companies sending cheques through the mail run the risk of forgery and for the cheque to be lost in the mail. Meanwhile, EFTs provide companies with enhanced security measures when processing their financial transactions. With built in security features, EFT ensures that transactions are done through a secure online network and funds directly deposited into the companies affiliated bank account.

Simple and Convenient

EFT’s functionalities offer a variety of methods that simplify financial transaction processes for companies. Users are able to set automated payment features, which is useful for things such as paying vendors by a particular date as well as for payroll functionalities. EFTs are also accessible, requiring only an internet connection in order to make any payment processes and for transferring funds across bank accounts.

For more information on other Microsoft Dynamics GP features, click here to visit our website or contact us for other questions and inquiries.  

Heimdall Sham, Digital Content Creator, WebSan Solutions Inc., a 2017 Microsoft Modern Marketing Innovation Award Winner

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If you’re thinking of expanding your operations and considering doing business internationally, then having an ERP system capable of processing multi-currency is essential for your business practices. In this post, we highlight the key benefits of utilizing multicurrency features found in Microsoft Dynamics products such as Microsoft Dynamics GP and Microsoft Dynamics NAV:

Receive Up-to-Date Information on Current Exchange Rate

With multi-currency ERP, exchange rate calculations and reports are performed and updated periodically. These updates provide invaluable insights towards when would be the right time to perform any exchanges with a partnering country, such as when to process transactions when the exchange rate is lower and to avoid excessive spending once the exchange rate increases.

Automation Capabilities

Depending on which Dynamics product you are currently using, there are a number of functions and features that are designed to simplify tasks requiring multi-currency reporting and exchanges. With multi-currency in ERP, foreign currency is tracked and can be automatically converted into financial reports at your leisure. Additionally, for organizations with firms in foreign countries, multi-currency allows payroll to be sent to their international firms and immediately convert local currency to whichever country your agency resides in.

Establishing Fixed Rates

Due to daily fluctuations in the exchange rate, it is important to consider specific rates towards transactions with overseas customers and/or vendors. For example, a customer has requested to purchase one of your products. You had provided a quote for them yesterday and ship out the product today. However, the customer will only pay the bill tomorrow. For total transparency regarding what rate will be used towards the transaction, so long as the rate at shipment was finalized, then the rate will be locked in during payment regardless of future changes in the exchange rate.

WebSan Solutions specializes in Multi-currency management in Microsoft Dynamics GP and NAV. Click here for our free ERP whitepaper, and feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns that you may have.

Heimdall Sham, Digital Content Creator, WebSan Solutions Inc., a 2017 Microsoft Modern Marketing Innovation Award Winner

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ERP configuration is one of the most crucial steps in your implementation process. Part of what makes ERP systems effective with improving productivity and efficiencies within an organization is that it’s not a one size fits all product. For every organization, ERP software will function differently to best meet your company’s own data, parameters, fields and workflow in order to ensure that your employees are receiving and sharing accurate information with one another.

Proper configuration of your ERP system is crucial for ensuring both financial and reporting accuracy within your company. Prior to implementing an ERP software, start by finding an ERP platform that best matches with your business processes and understand the needs of each of your department as well. Failure to do can result in spending thousands of wasted dollars on ERP add-ons and additional customizations.

Although it is a difficult task, it is not impossible to learn how to configure your ERP systems by yourself. However, ERP consultants exist for a reason. For a fixed fee, various companies offer both on premise as well as online instructions for proper ERP implementation. It is highly recommended that individuals with limited IT knowledge contact a consultant, as clients who fail to successfully implement their ERP systems by themselves are likely to be costing themselves more money in the long run.

For those interested in learning more about ERP systems and features, click here to visit our YouTube channel for discussions and product tutorials. Feel free to also contact us for any additional question or inquiries you may have regarding Microsoft Dynamics products.

Heimdall Sham, Digital Content Creator, WebSan Solutions Inc., a 2017 Microsoft Modern Marketing Innovation Award Winner

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Part of what makes ERP software so popular within various industries is its ability to adapt alongside growing companies. Gone are the days where organizations were required to spend tens of thousands of dollars for system update fees. Instead, companies now have the freedom to grow freely, and no longer need to be tied down by software limitations. In this post, we discuss the three features of scalability in ERP software and how this benefits businesses:

Enhance customer account management:

As your company grows, so too will your list of clients and customers. Your systems must be able to handle this increase in customer information, ensuring you have the necessary space to add additional data entries and ensure that your systems continue to run smoothly under heavy workloads and across multiple applications within your system.

Cross-platform capabilities:

Thanks to the proliferation of Cloud technologies, users are now able to access their applications from any mobile device (so long as they have internet access). ERP allows for the ability to switch between multiple platforms without hindering the functionality nor the user environment

Increased security measures:

As the amount of data stored in your systems continues to grow, so too does the need for heightened security measures. Thankfully, with ERP systems, security is scalable as well. Companies with multiple users are each able to set up their own authorizations, permissions, and access control to various features within the system, protecting their work and preventing others to make any changes as well.

Click here to find a solution that can grow alongside your company. You can also feel free to contact us for any other additional questions and/or inquiries.  

Heimdall Sham, Digital Content Creator, WebSan Solutions Inc., a 2017 Microsoft Modern Marketing Innovation Award Winner

MS Dynamics 365 for Sales vs Salesforce Learn more about Dynamics 365 for Sales features

Continuing from our previous blog post, we’ll further discuss the process of capturing leads and how to develop them into potential customers. Now that you’ve established your workflow and have found some promising leads, the next step towards gaining new customers is to build on your relationship with your leads and to nurture them.

What is lead nurturing?

Lead nurturing refers to the development of a series of planned actions and communication strategies for the purposes of eliciting certain behaviours from potential clients. The idea of lead nurturing is to guide consumers down their purchasing journey, sending them specific and relevant content which can help convince clients that you both understand their needs and assuring them that you have the solution to their problems.

How does lead nurturing work?

When a potential lead engages with your company, ie. by filling out a form on your website, they can be registered into your lead nurturing program. With Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales, you’ll be able track the lead’s level of engagement, create lead scores to qualify which prospects show the most interest in your product or services, as well as send out personalized scheduled emails to continue to engage and nurture leads.

Benefits of Lead Nurturing

Not only will this help leads to get to know more about your company, but it will further produce higher quality leads by filtering out low quality leads from higher quality ones. Furthermore, the ability to send out personalized emails will help you build a more personal relationship with potential leads, allowing you to stand out from other competitors.

Click here for more information on Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales. For any further questions or inquiries, visit our website and contact us at http://www.websan.com/contact-us 

Heimdall Sham, Digital Content Creator, WebSan Solutions Inc., a 2017 Microsoft Modern Marketing Innovation Award Winner

MS Dynamics 365 for Sales vs Salesforce Learn more about Dynamics 365 for Sales features

With Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales and the implementation of marketing automation, managing and nurturing leads has never been easier. With automation software, potential leads can be tracked and nurtured accordingly based on their level of interaction they have with your company’s content. However, establishing a lead nurturing workflow is not a one size fits all process, and requires some initial setup and customization before you can begin to start bringing in new clients. Consider the following three steps before you decide on implementing any CRM software:

1. Understand Your Customers

Before you can begin setting up any sort of automation, you need to understand how your customers interact with your content. Who is your ideal target segment? Is the information and content relevant to their needs? Knowing how consumers are engaging with your company (i.e. social media, blog posts, etc.) will influence the type of content you post and how you choose to interact with them based on where they are at in their customer journey.

2. Plan Out The Steps To Your Workflow

After segmenting your target audience, develop specific strategies that nurture your leads down your workflow. Having leads sign up for newsletters via email has become the norm for many companies, and will allow you to nurture leads through custom emails tailored to where your leads are at in their purchasing journey.

3. Test your workflow and analyze results

Once you’re successfully planned and created the relevant content for your leads, test and analyze the results. Your workflow may require some trial and error, however the information that you gain will allows you to build more effective and efficient workflows in the future.

Click here for more information on Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales. Of if you have questions concerning other Dynamics products, feel free to contact us.

Heimdall Sham, Digital Content Creator, WebSan Solutions Inc., a 2017 Microsoft Modern Marketing Innovation Award Winner

For many companies, the Cloud is still considered new and unfamiliar territory. For the uninitiated, the Cloud refers to the ability to share, store and process information through a network of servers. With Cloud hosting, a company’s online resources will be spread across various web servers, allowing companies to freely transmit and access their data outside of their place of work. The Cloud is more than just a place for companies to store their data however, and once integrated will actually shape the way organizations do business in the future. For companies considering moving their business to the Cloud, here are several changes you may expect to occur:

Expect a change in your IT Infrastructure:

Should you decide to move to the Cloud with a fully managed service provider, time consuming activities such as server maintenance and resource management will be handled by your Cloud-based service provider. As a result, companies have reported having to reassign their CTOs and IT directors to undertake additional tasks and roles such as managing IT expenses and strategic planning.

Prepare for an increasingly fast paced work environment:

According to a HBR-Verizon survey report, 75% of businesses state that the Cloud reduced business complexity, 61% claimed that it increased employee productivity, and 53% stated it increased response time with customers. With its automated tools, business operations have become more streamlined and allowed for greater flexibility for companies to enter new markets and for faster rollout for new businesses initiatives and exploit new opportunities.

Work on the go:

In the days of in-house servers, work was strictly confined in the office. Within a span of a decade however, Cloud hosting has changed the way employees manage their work-life balance. Anyone with an internet connection can now access their work servers from anywhere, allowing employees to telecommute and work from outside the office.

If you’re interested in more comprehensive learning regarding or want to learn more about Microsoft Dynamics 365 products, check out our YouTube channel. Alternatively, for questions or any general inquiries, feel free to contact us.

Heimdall Sham, Digital Content Creator, WebSan Solutions Inc., a 2017 Microsoft Modern Marketing Innovation Award Winner

MS Dynamics 365 for Sales vs Salesforce Learn more about Dynamics 365 for Sales features

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales, also known as Dynamics CRM, has become a powerful tool that, when successfully implemented, can greatly increase sales revenue and improve customer retention by as much as 27%. Successful implementation can be difficult however, partially due to reluctance by sales representatives who are unwilling to overcome the initial learning curve that comes with the software. To help smooth over the initial transition process, here are three ways in which you can encourage your sales representatives to begin using CRM to assist them in sales:

1. Communicate Financial Benefits

The ability to improve lead management should be communicated to sales representatives, as well as the potential financial benefits that stems from it. D365 for Sales helps sales representatives better track and follow up with potential sales leads. This has resulted in businesses reporting upwards of 30% increase in sales revenue per sales rep.

2. Emphasize Personal Accessibility

With D365 for Sales now available on the Cloud, sales reps are granted increase accessibility and mobility. Reps will be able to receive up to date business information from their colleagues sent straight to their mobile devices, allowing them to quickly respond to clients and further improve relationships with customers.

3. Add Compensation Reporting to your CRM System

Instant gratification can be a powerful motivator for sales reps. One of the reporting features that D365 for Sales offers is it allows sales reps to view their updated commission statements whenever they please. Sales reps should be encouraged to track their commission rates, and in doing so motivated to improve their performance and increase their close rates. D365 for Sales has dozens of useful features for you to utilize. Why not further explore all the features D365 for Sales has to offer by checking out our course catalogue at WebSan University?

Heimdall Sham, Digital Content Creator, WebSan Solutions Inc., a 2014 Ontario Business Achievement Award Winner for Service Excellence

Inefficient organizational software can negatively impact how your manufacturing business is run. Whether it be due to complications with understanding manufacturing variances or failure to effectively track time and materials for a job, having an efficient and easy to use operating system will help to relieve some of the most troubling aspects of manufacturing that affects the productivity of your business. Here are three ways in which ERP software can help improve your manufacturing operations:

Automating business operations

If you’re preparing your business for further growth in the future, you may be considering how to help your operations grow with it. With an ERP system, manufacturing companies are able to automate all business operations, allowing you the flexibility to configure the system to suit your company’s changing needs. ERP systems are not one-size-fits-all, but instead they are configured, so allow for personal customization.

Maintaining your customer base

With increasing competition swaying customers with lower prices or claiming to have the best available products, it’s become even more imperative to find new ways to stand out and deliver exceptional service for your customers. Gain real time information on your company’s operations to help prevent disruptions and delays, as well as break up informational logjams to help both your staff and users make decisions more quickly and effectively.

Reducing Operational Costs

Inventory costs alone affect 20% - 35% of a manufacturing company’s operational budget. Factoring in pricing errors, congested warehouse floors and production shortages, it becomes important to consider how you plan on managing your inventory to reduce additional expenses caused by poor inventory management. ERP systems are comprehensive, which mean that they eliminate the need for separate programs across all departments and help save money on hardware, software and labour. The added benefit of implementing an ERP system however, is that you’ll also be able to proactively manage operations, and reduce the possibility of human error in inventory management.

ERP systems are dynamic and can fit in with almost any industry. Click here to find out if an ERP system can help you grow your business today.

Heimdall Sham, Digital Content Creator, WebSan Solutions Inc., a 2014 Ontario Business Achievement Award Winner for Service Excellence

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