WebSan Solutions Inc. recognized as the winner of the 2021 Microsoft IMPACT award for Regional Cloud Solution Provider – Business Applications

Every year, Microsoft Canada recognizes Microsoft partners who demonstrate excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology. Each of these partners plays an integral role in unlocking new opportunities for Canadian companies, and Microsoft is committed to helping their partner ecosystem build profitable businesses and successfully take their solutions to market.

"We are inspired and powered by our partners, with over 95% of Microsoft's commercial revenue coming through our partners. These annual awards are our opportunity to recognize all Microsoft partners that are making that possible by bringing cutting-edge solutions to complex business challenges and are helping customers overcome disruption and lead transformation in their industries across Canada," said Suzanne Gagliese, VP One Commerical Partner at Microsoft Canada.

This award recognizes a Regional Services Partner who is a Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) Direct Reseller or CSP Indirect Reseller focused on Small, Medium, and Corporate customer segments in a specific region of Canada (i.e., East, Central, West) driving impactful CSP growth.

"We are honoured to be recognized by Microsoft. We are proud to deliver a positive and unforgettable service experience to our clients. We understand the value of exceptional service is intended to set and consistently raise the standard of what is attainable. We couldn't have won this award without the help of our amazing team." Stated Andrew King, Managing Director at WebSan Solutions Inc.

Microsoft Canada presented these awards in 27 categories on July 15, 2021 as part of Microsoft's second virtual Inspire conference. Winners were selected based on the outstanding work the companies provided to their customers and community.

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New Feature in Dynamics GP 2020 Release: Schedule Check Links

Microsoft recently released a ton of new financials, distribution, human resources & payroll and system enhancements in their recent October release of Microsoft Dynamics GP. One of the most anticipated features is being able to schedule check links. Users can now set up a schedule to run check links outside of regular business hours. Users will be able to run the processes without having to select the Check Links process manually.

This process uses Report Scheduler setup and functionality as long as Microsoft Dynamics GP is open, and you’re logged into the correct company. To learn more about this feature, click here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics-gp/whats-new/schedule-check-links

 

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Become a Microsoft Dynamics Expert During Self-Isolation

Become a Microsoft Dynamics Expert During Self-Isolation

 


 

During this global pandemic, a lot of businesses had to close their doors. To properly enforce social distancing, these companies had to stop running their businesses. The most interesting trend that has emerged from this pandemic is the importance of cloud innovation. Microsoft has always been one of the leading competitors of technological advancement. Microsoft Teams for example has led the way as one of the top platforms being used during this time of social distancing.

One way to become a Microsoft Dynamics Expert during self-isolation is to do online training. WebSan University has over 85+ courses available for multiple Microsoft Dynamics products. These products include Dynamics 365 for Sales, Dynamics GP and Business Central. Take a course on a module, or even a product that you've never used before. Right now, is the perfect time to learn something new that will help you advance as a Microsoft Dynamics Expert. This would also be a great time to get a refresher on one of the modules that you've previously worked with.

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How to Select a Marketing Automation Solution for Microsoft Dynamics 365

How to Select a Marketing Automation Solution for Microsoft Dynamics 365

Companies of all shapes and sizes have one thing in common: a marketing department. The marketing mangers who run these departments all agree on the importance of a Marketing Automation Solution. One of the more popular marketing automation solutions that is available is Click Dimensions. Any company using Dynamics 365 for Sales (CRM) will be able to ingrate with Click Dimensions seamlessly. Join this webinar to learn more about how Click Dimensions can strengthen your marketing processes. Register for this webinar to learn more about the additional marketing features that come with this software. In this webinar the following topics will be covered:

● What is marketing automation?
● Why is marketing automation important today?
● Selecting the right marketing automation solution

Date: Wednesday August 12, 2020

Time: 2:00PM - 2:45PM

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Top 10 Tips and Tricks for​ Dynamics 365 Business Central

Top 10 Tips and Tricks for​ Dynamics 365 Business Central​

This month's webinar is titled the "Top 10 Tips and Tricks for​ Dynamics 365 Business Central​." Any business owner who uses Business Central won't want to miss this webinar! Learn from the pros as take a deep dive into the heart of Business Central. Watch as they demonstrate the top 10 tips and tricks that all businesses should be utilizing! Join this webinar to learn more about some tips such as:

● Multi-company access made easy
● Bookmarking
● Personalizing the system (custom fields, columns)
● Saving filtered list views
● and more

Date: Wednesday August 26, 2020

Time: 1:00PM - 1:30PM EST

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Dynamics GP Migration to Business Central – is now the time?​

Dynamics GP Migration to Business Central – is now the time?​

This month's webinar will be about the number one most asked question regarding Dynamics GP. Is this the right time to move your data to the cloud? This webinar is for companies that currently have GP but are looking for a cloud solution and would like to know more about the Dynamics GP to Business Central migration process. Join this webinar to learn about the following:

● What is the future of Dynamics GP look like? ​
● Is it time to move to Business Central? ​
● What is involved in a migration to Business Central?
● What's the cost?
   - Migration Services
   - Software

Date: Wednesday September 23, 2020

Time: 1:00PM - 1:30PM EST

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Resetting a user password is made easy with the Reset a Password Window in Office 365.

Microsoft Office 365 requires employees to use their username and password in order to log in. However, a common issue that you might come across is people forgetting their passwords. When this occurs, Office 365 admins have privileges to reset the password. To begin resetting a password, follow the steps below:

1. From the Microsoft 365 Admin Center 
        a.       Look for the Active users" tile. 
              i.           

       

        b.       Select "Reset a password"        

    i.            A side window will open and from there you can search for users for which you need to change their password, or you can scroll down the list of users. 

1. From that list you need to click the check-box beside the user(s) who need a password change. 
        a.       You can choose one or multiple users for resetting passwords 
        b.       Your own password can not be changed with multiple selections 

2. The next side window to appear will show you who has been selected and present you with the option to Auto-generate a password of all the manual creation of one. 
        a.       You can choose the check box to make the user change their password when they next sign in. If it is unchecked, then the password will remain the same until the user changes it themselves. 

3. Click the "Reset" button and the next window will show success of the password reset(s). 

4. There is also a choice to send an email to a specified email address with the password. This is optional. 

Microsoft Office 365 makes it easier than ever to manage users from the Admin Center. Want to find out how Office 365 can help your company? Click the link below to learn more about the features available in Office 365.

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Project Types in Microsoft Dynamics GP

Project Types in Microsoft Dynamics GP


The Project Accounting module in Dynamics GP is a very robust application enabling users to monitor the financial results of a project. One of the best features with this module is that it ties in with all the other modules within Dynamics GP. Therefore, if an invoice needs to be posted it can be done in the same system. For a company to use the Project Accounting module correctly it must first understand its current project structure and what is required in terms of KPI’s and reporting. Once this has been decided the company will have to choose the project type to use for this project. There are three types of projects in Dynamics GP:

 

Cost Plus – Customer pays for the actual project cost plus an added margin percentage

Fixed Price – Customer pays a fixed fee for the project

Time and Materials – Customer is billed for all costs that are incurred on a project

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Business Central Manufacturing Series Part 7: Standard vs Actual Costing



Standard costing is an estimate of how much it's going to cost to produce a product. Business Central makes it easy to monitor and adjust the standard and actual cost of producing a product. Companies will be able to locate any variances between the standard and actual costing. Register for our webinar and learn how to:

● Overview of Standard Costing and Actually (FIFO)
● Differences Between Standard Costing and Actually (FIFO) Costing
● Variance Reporting

Date: Wednesday August 21, 2019
Time: 2:00PM - 3:00PM EST

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How to Identify Spoofing Emails

 

Spoofing emails are emails that look like they come from someone legitimate or from a well-known corporation. The most common spoofing emails is known as a whaling email, which is set up to be sent from a high-value target. Attackers will spend a lot of time on social media, discovering who is the CFO, CEO, or CIO of the company. An example of a spoofing email: Your CEO is requesting money or items be purchased through irregular channels. Luckily, there are ways to identify these and how to delete them. 

1.       Always check with the sender by phone call if you are unsure if they sent it. Take no action until you can verbally confirm that this is a legitimate email. 
2.       Look closely at the from address: 
a.       It may be spelled closely, but not exactly correct. 
b.       It may be from a domain that doesn't make sense the way it is spelled: 
                     i.            gogle.com instead of google.com. 
3.       The tasks in the email seem inconsistent with the personality or position held by the person it is said to be from. 

Attackers are great at creating scenarios where the employee feels a sense of urgency or fear of consequences. Tools such as Microsoft 365 has advanced threat protection in place to help spot if a spoofing email has been sent to your inbox. Start protecting yourself and your business from spoofing emails by installing Microsoft 365. Want to learn more about how Microsoft 365 can benefit your business? Click the link below to read about the features and benefits.

 

Click Here to Learn More About Microsoft 365

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Business Central Manufacturing Series Part 8: Reporting

 

Register for the final webinar in the 8-part manufacturing series. Business Central has many built-in reports available that cater to the manufacturing industry. It’s also capable of connecting data into Power BI which can be displayed on an interactive dashboard. Register for the webinar to learn more about:

● Variance Analysis for Production Orders
● Status of Released Production Orders
● Capacity Utilization and Availability
● Power BI Production Dashboard

Date: Wednesday September 25, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

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Top 5 Reasons why Production Managers LOVE Business Central

In order to use the manufacturing module, you need to a Business Central premium license. The manufacturing module will help shorten the time it takes to create BOMs, routings, work centers, and machine centers. In this new era of digital manufacturing, it forces businesses to work quicker and smarter to beat out the competition. By utilizing this module in Business Central your company gains the competitive advantage of creating more goods in a more efficient manner.

1. Managing Inventory
When using the manufacturing module in Business Central, your company will be able to better manage inventory. Within seconds, a list can be displayed with all the different items that are in stock. It will show whether the item is currently in stock, how many are on hand and how many are on order.

2. Integrate Your Business Processes
One of the biggest benefits of using the manufacturing module is having all the data in one place. Production managers can make updates instantly to keep the system up-to-date with all its inventory. Users working in the front and in the back office will have access to the same information creating a more harmonized work dynamic.

3. Unify Production Data
Another one of the biggest benefits of using the manufacturing module in Business Central is analytics. This goes beyond just knowing what is in stock and what needs to order but analyzing trends within your business. Such trends can be spotted in the supply chain, production process, inventory management, sales, profit margins, and even customer behavior.

4. Improved Product Quality
The customer’s expectations for product quality is higher than it has ever been before. Using the manufacturing module will make it easier for production managers to meet these growing standards. Having a system in place that provides traceability and tracking enables a company to monitor the quality status of all its centers and products. This will provide real-time reports on machines, components, stations, shifts, and even operators that were involved in the production. Production Managers can then ensure only the best quality products are being sent out to customers.

5. Decreased Production Time
Innovative businesses who use the manufacturing module in Business Central can optimize assembly time. The module will make a more efficient process by decreasing the overall creation time and cost of each product. Tools are available to take a customer’s order on-the-spot and list any alterations that need to be made. Once the production manager receives this order it can be finalized and then sent into production. There is no need for days or weeks of back and forth emails which can delay the cycle time of an item. By lessening the time-to-market process, companies can save time and money and allocate these resources elsewhere.

Being able to manage inventory, collect data, improve product quality, and decrease production time creates a stronger competitive advantage. Want to learn more about the manufacturing module for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central? Click Here to register for our Business Central manufacturing courses at WebSan University for free and learn about all the different modules available to create a successful production.

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Microsoft 365 Update for April 2019

Microsoft’s newest update covers everything from compliance requirements, message encryption to Azure password protection.

Below is a list of Microsoft 365’s new updates:

Editor in PowerPoint

The editor in PowerPoint now has multi-language support. This update can support English, French, Spanish and German. The system will recognize which language is being used and suggests fixes and appropriate grammar and spelling rules in the correct language.

Brand New Icons in Office 365

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Phishing Emails are Getting Harder to Detect; Here are Two Tips for Spotting Them.

 

Phishing emails are a form of fraud. These emails try to get personal information such as usernames, passwords, or credit card numbers. This is done by impersonating a reputable brand or person within an organization. If an employee opens a link that they don't recognize, it can be very harmful to your company. Start protecting your company by adding Microsoft 365 to your business and gaining an advanced level of security and threat protection. It's also recommended to educate employees on how to spot phishing emails to ensure that your business stays safe. Here are two tips on how to spot a phishing email.   

Check the Sender's Email Address 

There are so many emails that get sent to your inbox on a daily basis. Hackers can create a fake email address and select the display name that it will come from. Any from address that is not compliant with the RFC 5322 will be flagged and handled according to the phishing policy setup in Microsoft 365. When a suspicious email is received here are some things to watch out for:

1) Do you recognize the senders' email address, or it is a random string of letters? 
2) You will see that the sender is not someone you work with. 
3) There will be links that you are told to click on. The links will be to websites with malicious content, do not click them. 

Check for Spelling Mistakes in the Body of the Email and/or in the Send Address

Hackers tend to live in different parts of the world and may not have the strongest writing skills. They rely on online translators to help them write messages, which is great for translating but not necessarily for making text grammatically correct. It's common for a phishing email to have spelling mistakes and be grammatically incorrect, which could be overlooked. If an employee receives a suspicious email, they should ask these two questions to help spot if it's a phishing email or not.

1) Does the message contain grammatical errors an English speaker shouldn't have?
2) Is the email consistent with previous emails I've received from this person?

It's essential for a small business to have security in place to detect these emails before they can cause any harm. Microsoft 365 has an ATP anti-phishing protection to protect your business from any malicious phishing attacks. Microsoft 365 offers a lot of security and advanced threat protection that small businesses should have to run a safe and successful business.

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How to Create a User in the Office 365 Admin Portal


The admin user in Offer 365 can add, delete and even manage users using the Microsoft 365 admin center. To start creating users with the Office 365 Admin Portal it’s important that each employee has their own Office 365 license. After all the licenses have been purchased the admin users can start adding users one at a time. After completing all the steps below the user will have an Office 365 license, sign in credentials and an Office 365 mailbox.

Creating users in Office 365 is a straight-forward and easy process.  

1.       Within the Microsoft 365 admin center  

          a.       Look for the "Active users" tile     



          b.       Click on "+ Add a user"             
          
                  i.            The following side window will open asking for information about the new user is created                     



2.       Fill in the appropriate information and be sure to enter the product licenses before clicking the "Add" button.  

             ii. A user can be created without a license by clicking the last choice under Product licenses.  

As you can see adding a user into Office 365 is a very quick and easy procedure. Additional features for the admin user in Office 365 include but are not limited to: creating groups, managing resources and reviewing reports. Want to learn more about Office 365 and its benefits? Click the link below for more information.   


Click Here to Learn More About Office 365

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Microsoft Azure Sentinel Overview - Intelligent Security Analytics

Securing your company’s data is essential. Businesses are constantly avoiding cyber threats, security alerts, and maintaining infrastructure. With so many things going on, your IT team can sometimes miss vital security threats.

To combat this issue, Microsoft has introduced Microsoft Azure Sentinel. This SIEM tool is a cloud-native service that provides intelligent security analytics at cloud scale for your company.

Collect data across your enterprise easily

Azure Sentinel allows you to aggregate security data with built-in connectors, integration of Microsoft signals and industry log formats such as comment event format and syslog.

You’re able to import your Office 365 data at no cost to you and combined it with other security data.

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Support for SQL Server 2008 Is Ending… What should I do?

Over the last few years, Microsoft has been making significant investments in the cloud. Unfortunately, that means that Windows Server 2008 and SQL Service 2008 will reach the end of support. But don’t worry, Microsoft has created a pathway for companies ready to make the switch to the cloud.

Why should I make the switch to the cloud?

Moving to the cloud is no longer an intimidating transition. Companies of all sizes have made the switch to the cloud, and we don’t see that trend slowing down any time soon.

Here are a few trends that are noteworthy:

  •          In 2016, 16.1 ZB of data was generated. In 2025, 163 ZBs of data will be generated.
  •           More than 80% of organizations now adopt cloud-first strategies as part of an overall digital transformation
  •           Investment in AI, top of mind for many companies, increase by an astounding 300% in 2017

 

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Top Six Reasons to get EDI for Dynamics GP!


If a business wants to be successful in this modern digital world, it must remain innovative. Operating as a fully digital firm goes beyond just having an electronic communication system installed. It’s about running the company using ERP software to streamline the business and create B2B integration. In this new digital era, the demand for B2B integration is on the rise and is turning into a requirement in order to work with most companies.


Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is the computer-to-computer exchange of business documents. It allows businesses to send documents to one another using an electronic format. This standard template can then be read by different systems to locate information. The most common documents that are sent using the EDI template are purchase orders, purchase invoices, advance ship notices, bills of lading, inventory documents, shipping documents, payment documents, and even some custom ones.

The Benefits of EDI

Reduced Costs
By sending a document using EDI, a company can reduce its costs on printing, reproduction, storage, filing, and document retrieval. This also frees up the individual to focus on more important tasks.

Improved Data Quality
One of the most common areas for human error is data entry. By using EDI to import the data from the document into the system, there is less room for error resulting in better data quality.

Shorter Business Cycle
Companies using EDI will have a shorter business cycle because they receive the documents quicker. A transaction that use to take up to five days to complete can now be completed within an hour. Orders and payments will be processed a lot quicker which will increase the cash flow of the company.

Improved Data Security
EDI is a secure way to transmit data from one computer to another. Encryption and decryption programs along with passwords are used to ensure that the data is safe while being transmitted.

Ease of Auditing
Since EDI is transmitting all the data into the system, there is less room for any errors so therefore auditing will become much easier. Reports can be created for all the EDI transactions and then presented to the auditor, making the whole auditing process quicker and easier.

Strategic Business Benefits
Adding EDI into your current Dynamics GP environment will strengthen businesses and create strategic business benefits. Using digital transactions, businesses can always be up-to-date with all the transactions statuses. This knowledge will help the business to make better and faster business decisions going forward.

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central: Manufacturing Series Part I Manufacturing Concepts

 

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central: Manufacturing Series Part I Manufacturing Concepts

In this webinar we'll be providing an introduction to the Manufacturing Module in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. The manufacturing process is done in multiple steps and requires some initial set up. This webinar will provide all the groundwork needed in order to start converting materials into produced end items. Some of the items covered in this webinar are;

•Items and Master Data
•BOM/Routing
•Production Orders

Date: February 26, 2019
Time: 2:00PM - 3:00PM EST

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Introduction to Power BI: What is Power BI?

Microsoft Power BI can help company owners take a closer look into their business using stunning dashboards and visuals. They can also be optimized to locate and display only the most critical data. This data can then be used by company owners to review and streamline their business processes wherever it may be needed.

There are a large variety of data sources that connect to Power BI, and the list is continuously being updated. This data can then be altered and placed as a visual, measured or calculated column and then is added to a dashboard. It’s possible to share this information with colleagues at work by granting them access right from within Power BI.

These are six main components that make Power BI into such a strong and powerful tool.

Power Query: Importing and formatting the Data
The Power Query allows you to import data from sources such as SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, DB2, and the list goes on. It can also extract data from multiple file formats such as CSV, Text, and Excel. The imported data can be formatted by adding columns, charts or any other visuals onto the dashboard.

Power Pivot: Relationship Creating Tool
Relationships can be created using the Power Pivot function inside Power BI. Power Pivot is a powerful tool used to review data and create visual data models. To link tables together, Power Pivot can analyze the databases and see if the tables have any matching data inside. This function also allows the user to create calculations using the data, such as a calculated column or a measurement.

Power View: Data Visualization Tool
Power View is used to transform the data into interactive charts, graphs, maps, and other visuals. These visuals will only display the most important data since the data can be filtered using Filter Panes, slicers, and cross-filters.

Power Map: 3D Geospatial tool
The Power Map feature is used to create charts for Geospatial data into a 3D visual. Using the Geospatial users can display a metric visually on a map using visuals or even a heatmap. The maps are connected to Bing and are constantly refreshing to display real-time data.

Power Q&A: Answering and Question search engine
Users can ask the Q&A any questions regarding the data and get the quickest answers. Make sure to use natural language that the system would understand such as “Number of Products by Location.” Click Here for a list of words and terminology that Power BI Q&A recognizes.

Microsoft Power BI has six main components that make it such a powerful tool. It has become one of the most popular programs amongst small business owners to analyze their data. Watch this “Power BI 101 Webinar” video that goes beyond just the fundamentals of Power BI. This video will demonstrate how to create a dashboard using Power BI.

Power BI 101 WebinarClick Here

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