Manufacturing Trade Show at Microsoft HQ - Event Recap

Manufacturing Trade Show

On September 25, Microsoft and Vox ISM hosted the biggest Manufacturing Trade Show for the Canadian Manufacturers at Microsoft Canada HQ in Mississauga.

Nine Microsoft Gold Partner companies presented the Best Manufacturing Apps for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (NAV).

Manufacturing Trade Show Exhibitors

Microsoft Dynamics Business Central is an all-in-one business management solution, helping you connect your business and make smarter decisions. With the help of the modern integrated software from Microsoft, manufacturers can now engage with the customers throughout the entire product life cycle (from quote to cash).  Digitization is empowering modern Canadian manufacturing companies by facilitating a customer-centric approach while optimizing operations.

An APP works with the Microsoft products you already use and gives you the tailored solutions for your business. Apps are readily available to help you connect your business and make smarter decisions.

Event Recap: 

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Mike Fontaine, Solutions Expert at Vox ISM started the seminar with the introduction of Microsoft Dynamics Business Central.
Manufacturing Trade Show - Axiom
Jason Marilla, Managing Partner, Axiom showcasing the solutions for the ransomware and managed security.
Manufacturing Trade Show - Tangentia
Malav Kansara from Tangentia, presenting EDI/Order Management and B2B/B2C Ecommerce Solution.
Manufacturing Trade Show - DiCentral
Jacques Vigneault, DiCentral, showcasing the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Approaches.
Manufacturing Trade Show - KeCommerce
Perter Dalfen from KECommerce presenting the app on EDI and E-commerce.
Manufacturing Trade Show -Jet Reports
Janice Taylor, Managing Director, Jet Reports presenting on the NAV reporting and BI.
Manufacturing Trade Show - RBC
Andrew Rankin from RBC Bank, presenting on the Lease and commercial solutions.
Manufacturing Trade Show - Vox ISM COJG
Jim Heaton, Vox ISM President, summing up the event with a crucial update on the Government Funding programme, COJG.

Vendor Booth Snapshots:

Attendees were curious to know more about the Apps from Microsoft for Manufacturing and how they can implement these new solutions in their business.

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We would like to thank our presenters for a phenomenal seminar at the Microsoft for the manufacturing industry and everyone who attended.

Missed the event?

No worries! If you are interested in receiving a copy of the presentation of the Fall Manufacturing Trade Show, please contact Linda. Email: linda@voxism.com


ASCIP Grant

Automotive Supplier Competitiveness Improvement Program (ASCIP) - Round 2

The Automotive Supplier Competitive Improvement Program (ASCIP) supports Ontario’s auto parts sector in adopting industry-leading software, hardware and/or providing training and mentorship to improve processes and increase competitiveness.

ASCIP is delivered by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), in partnership with the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA), on behalf of the Province of Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (MEDJCT).

Through ASCIP, small- and medium-sized automotive suppliers, or large companies partnering with small- or medium-sized automotive suppliers, can apply for to up to $100,000, to support projects. 

ASCIP Grant

Companies can apply for ASCIP to support projects with activities that fall under one or both of the following headings:

A. Technology Adoption
Projects to advance product lifecycle management and improve competitiveness through the adoption of advanced hardware, software and/or training.

B. Lean Manufacturing / Mentorship
Projects to improve operational efficiency and competitiveness through the adoption of techniques related to Lean or Lean Manufacturing, and acquire the services of a mentor/consultant to assist with Lean implementation.

The mentors will be automotive industry experts with background and expertise in Lean manufacturing process efficiency to assist suppliers with specific business development needs. They will be identified in collaboration between the applicant company and APMA or proposed by the company through the application and matched based on project outcomes and overall company goals. The services provided by the mentor will qualify as an eligible cost for selected projects.

OCE will contract with a company and reimburse up to 50 per cent of the total eligible project costs, or up to $100,000 per project, whichever is lower, with the company funding the remainder with matching cash contributions.

The APMA will provide support to the applicant company by marketing the ASCIP program to its members and supporting the applicants in developing project proposals.

Please note that the deadline for Application submissions for the Round 2 is November 28th.

To confirm your business’ eligibility for ASCIP and to discover how to optimize the government funding application process, please contact David Cameron at dcameron@voxism.com.


Human capital management

Everyday Counts: Taking Steps to Attract, Nurture and Keeping Great People

Every day matters when it comes to the employee experience, and every organization needs to be focused on what those experiences are so that they can attract and retain the best people. That means engaging in thorough research, into the best software that is out there, that will allow them to cater to the needs of employees. This will ensure that they all feel valued and that they are also adding value to the company.

In today’s environment, fortunately or unfortunately our work and personal lives are increasingly intertwined. With this change in dynamics, we have seen the increased need for organizations to step up and engage in a holistic approach to the employee experience.

Dynamics 365 CRM: Human Capital Management

Human Capital Management Overview

Dynamics 365 Canada CRM: Human Capital Management (HR) provides the software that allows organizations to have the upper hand in taking a holistic approach in the employee experience  by providing the ability to manage the entire recruitment process and the management of the employee needs once hired

Here are some highlights from the app that speaks to this:

Employee Engagement: it has the capability to allow you to harness new ways to give and receive employee feedback

Creating an internal fast route: allows for visibility to spot and act on emerging talent quickly and efficiently at a pace which matches the aspirations of high flyers

LinkedIn: The ability to leverage LinkedIn to recruit and potentially hire candidates that best suit the culture and nature of your business

Interested to know more?

Human Capital Management

If you want to hear more and find out about all this has to offer, please join us for the webinar on October 3, 2018

Click here for the complete webinar agenda and reserve your seat.

See you in the webinar room!


EDI Integration

Why Should Businesses Integrate Their EDI Data With Their ERP?

Large enterprises and SMBs that supply to major retailers such as Walmart, Costco, Amazon, Loblaws and Hudson’s Bay are mandated to utilize EDI as a means to exchange business transactions. This enables efficient and secure electronic exchange of business data between them.

EDI Integration

To respond to this mandate, each supplier maintains an EDI system that they use to communicate with their enterprise-level customers electronically. Additionally, each organization also supports their own ERP/Accounting System to manage their business processes and information.

Attend the Microsoft Dynamics Fall Manufacturing Trade Show at Microsoft Canada HQ on September 25.

With the massive amount of data that is going back and forth from different sources, it has become a necessity for every business to consider integration between their business applications.

1) Integration automates manual tasks: Enables focus on higher-value tasks rather than data entry.
2) Integration increases shipping & invoice accuracy: Real-time sync from ERP to EDI and vice versa enables accurate order fulfilment.
3) Integration allows quicker turnaround: Speeds up order processing, providing a competitive edge in today’s fast-moving world.

EDI integration has been a complex, time-consuming and resource-intensive process for customers, large and small. Tangentia EDI, through its cloud-based, SaaS offerings such as Tangentia Gateway, Tangentia Grid and EZ Border Solutions, makes the entire EDI integration process seamless.

Tangentia EDI’s Navision Engine integrates directly with Microsoft Dynamics NAV and connects businesses with trading hubs in the Retail, Automotive, Logistics and Industrial sectors.

Six reasons to use Tangentia EDI for Microsoft Dynamics NAV integration:

1) Stability: Backed by the global Tangentia Consulting & Technology Organization
2) Credibility: 75+ Microsoft Dynamics NAV implementations worldwide
3) Flexibility: Integrations to 50+ ERP/WMS/eCommerce systems
4) Reliability: 1000+ EDI customers globally
5) Scalability: Connect to more than 2000+ trading hubs globally
6) No EDI chargebacks: Guaranteed EDI compliance to trading partner specifications

Interested to know more?

On September 25, Vijay Thomas from Tangentia will present the app to integrate EDI with ERP at the Manufacturing Trade Show at Microsoft Canada’s Headquarters located in Mississauga.

Click here for the complete seminar agenda and reserve your seat.

If you are looking for a new manufacturing software or upgrading from a legacy version of Microsoft, this seminar will provide you with the answers you need to make an informed decision.

See you at the seminar room!


Microsoft Dynamics Seminar at Ciociaro Club, Windsor- Event Recap

On September 17, 2018 shops from all around the Windsor region joined Microsoft and Vox ISM at the Ciaociaro Club in Oldcastle, to learn about the latest Microsoft business solution software tailored specifically for their unique needs.

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Event Recap:

  • Jonathon Azzopardi, CAMM President, started the session by giving the latest update on NAFTA and the US and Mexico Trade Deal. He continued by discussing CAMM initiatives to promote the Moldmaking industry locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Marianne Moore from the Unemployed Help Centre (UHC) discussed new updates on the significant training grant programme for the Ontario- based employers, Canada Ontario Job Grant (COJG).
  • Warren Ali of the APMA discussed ASCIP funding for the automotive industry and how companies can get a refund od 50% on hardware and software costs.
  • David Cameron, the Financial Expert from Vox ISM, discussed the COJG programme in detail and explained how Vox ISM has helped to raise $ 5 Million funding in the past year with the grant programmes.
  • Mike Fontaine, the Manufacturing Expert from Vox ISM, introduced the latest Business Technology from Microsoft and how everything works together.

Vox ISM has been working with manufacturing, tool and mould, and other job shops in the Windsor region since the mid-90s. With our over 20 years of experience, we have developed solution software just for them.

We would like to thank all the attendees for attending the event. We truly appreciate your support and we look forward to seeing you at the next event.

Missed the Event?

Don’t worry about it. We offer free webinars every week that showcase the latest and greatest. You can see the list of upcoming events here. Or if you want to learn more about the Windsor specific solutions and local support team head over to our contact page and a member of the Windsor team will reach out to you.


Top 6 Business Intelligence and Reporting Pains from a Microsoft Dynamics NAV User

Top 6 Business Intelligence and Reporting Pains from a Microsoft Dynamics NAV User

Creating and customizing reports should be easy, right? Microsoft Dynamics NAV is a robust ERP system for managing business processes and operations, but when it comes to accessing data, easy might not be the ideal word to use.

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A general challenge experienced by most members of the Dynamics NAV community is that there is a complexity to building and configuring reports in such a robust system. Not everyone is a data expert, and the ability to transform large amounts of data into a small, more manageable format is essential for communication, growth and decision making. Even with the launch of the new NAV 2018 Excel reports, there are still restrictions on the amount of preconfigured reports available, on top of non-existent drill-down capability and a lack of flexible custom reports.

Attend the Microsoft Dynamics Fall Manufacturing Trade Show at Microsoft Canada HQ on September 25

People that work in Dynamics NAV every day, from reconciling inventory accounts to creating new vendor accounts, don’t want to have to call a consultant to pull a report. The hardest part is that they know all the BI tools are pre-built into the system waiting to be used, but without the technical background, it’s not something your average accountant or manager has the ability (or time) to learn. Ultimately, they want to be able to pull the report they need themselves.

When you don’t have a readily available IT team or the skills in-house to make Microsoft’s BI stack work for you, your users are faced with growing pains. Here are the top 6 reporting challenges compiled from Dynamics NAV users:

  1. Delays
    There’s a lot of waiting required when you can’t build the reports you need when you need them. Waiting on consultants and changes to custom reports takes valuable time from a busy employees’ day and ends up delaying any decisions pending that report.
  2. Data Errors 
    The result of not being able to build your reports is usually system workarounds. From copy and paste to “Frankenstein” Excel spreadsheets, mistakes made from manual data entry result in inaccurate reporting and decision-making.
  3. Risk
    Bad data or a general lack of data can cripple your organizational visibility and ultimately impact revenue and customer relationships. If your executive team is being fed inaccurate data and only one side of the business, you might as well close your eyes and pick a decision at random.
  4. Productivity
    Employees that struggle with not being to create their reports ended up feeling frustrated and annoyed with a system. This impacts morale and results in more time being spent on patchwork or workarounds.
  5. Reliance
    Analytics and data experts with a Dynamics NAV background are hard to find, which is why most companies rely on their solutions partners for custom reports and problems they encounter.
  6. Cost
    All of these challenges essentially boil down to the bottom line – cost. On top of the cost of delays and errors, you have to pay for experienced consultants to build any new or custom reports you need.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV Event

Interested to know more?

On September 25, Janice Taylor from Jet Reports will present the Business Intelligence and Reporting App for Microsoft Dynamics NAV at the Manufacturing Trade Show at Microsoft Canada’s Headquarters located in Mississauga.

Click here for the complete seminar agenda and reserve your seat.

If you are looking for a new manufacturing software or upgrading from a legacy version of Microsoft, this seminar will provide you with the answers you need to make an informed decision.

See you at the seminar room!


Microsoft Canada New HQ

Microsoft Canada announces new headquarters in Toronto

Microsoft Canada announced a series of significant investments across Canada, including moving its Canadian headquarters to a brand new CIBC Square office tower.

The new 132,000 square-foot headquarters (still under construction) is expected to open its doors September 2020 and will span four floors of the new CIBC Square on Bay Street. This expansion will lead to 60,000 new jobs and even more collaboration with Microsoft partners.

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Greenspace between the two towers of CIBC Square, where Microsoft plans to move its Canadian HQ. PC: I CAMBRIDGE

Canada a “global leader” in tech

“Increasingly, Canada is being recognized as a global leader in technology and the investments we are making today and into the future will help ensure Canada continues to be a hotbed of innovation,” said Kevin Peesker, president of Microsoft Canada, in a statement.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau credited the federal government’s Innovation and Skills Plan for the Microsoft Canada’s latest announcement.

“Leading tech companies are setting up offices across Canada, hiring Canadian talent, and investing in Canada’s enormous potential as an innovation and tech hub. Microsoft’s latest investment in Canada – totalling $570 million – will create hundreds of new jobs and benefit several cities, from Vancouver to Toronto to Montreal. I know our highly-skilled, diverse workforce will continue to attract tech investment in record numbers – growing our economy and creating new opportunities for Canadians across the country,” Trudeau said in a statement.

Microsoft also plans to invest $21 million in Azure credits to Canada’s Supercluster initiative, in addition to another $10 million over five years into the Cascadia innovation corridor, formed between Washington and British Columbia.

Lastly, over the next three years, Microsoft Canada says it will invest more than $570 million in fixed assets into the relocation and expansion of its research and development lab in Montreal, relocation of its Vancouver sales office, renovation and redesign of its Ottawa, Calgary and Montreal sales offices, and the relocation of its Canadian Headquarters.


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Business Central for Manufacturing - Event Blog - September 6

September 6, 2018: Microsoft and Vox ISM are organizing the Fall Seminar – Business Central for Manufacturing at Microsoft Canada HQ in Mississauga today. More than 150 attendees from over 100 companies are here to attend this exclusive Business Central for Manufacturing demo by our industry experts.

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The all-new Dynamics 365 Business Central is Microsoft’s business intelligence applications in the Cloud. Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central design is built within the functionality of Microsoft Dynamics NAV.  Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central brings the new app up to speed with the latest version of NAV. This will offer a new set of features to help manufacturing businesses to manage and streamline their output.

LIVE EVENT UPDATES:

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Jim Heaton, President of Vox ISM, welcome attendees at Microsoft Canada HQ.
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Mike Fontaine, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Expert, giving a live demo of Business Central for Manufacturing.
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Full house at Microsoft Canada HQ.
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David Cameron, Business Central Financial Consultant, giving the demo of Business Central Accounting Module.
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Jim Heaton showcasing the Marketing Module of Microsoft Dynamics Business Central.

Missed the event?

No worries! Attend our exclusive Manufacturing Trade Show on September 25 where 0 Microsoft Gold Partner Companies will present The Top 10 Manufacturing Apps for Microsoft Dynamics 365 (NAV). An APP works with the Microsoft products you already use and gives you the tailored solutions for your business.

Register Now!


NAFTA Update

New US-Mexico Trade Deal and NAFTA Update

After days of speculation, United States President Donald Trump announced a new trade agreement with Mexico on Monday. He said, “They used to call it NAFTA. We’re going to call it the United States-Mexico trade agreement. We’ll get rid of the name NAFTA,” Trump told reporters. As per Trump, the name had a “bad connotation”.

When asked if Canada can be part of it, Trump said “We will see”, suggesting that if Canada is prepared to negotiate fairly, it should be simple. He said the United States would put automotive tariffs on Canadian imports if talks don’t succeed.

As per the United States President, Trade talks with Canada are expected to begin immediately. “We’re starting negotiations with Canada pretty much immediately,” Trump said. He added the Canadian economy is “a smaller segment, Mexico is a very large trading partner.”

Outgoing Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto also commented on the discussions, saying he hopes Canada will come back to the table.

The United States, Mexico and Canada do more than 1 trillion dollars in trade between them every year.

Know More:

Join us at Ciociaro Club on September 17 where Jonathon Azzopardi, President of Canadian Association of Moldmakers Inc (CAMM) will give the latest updates on NAFTA.

Seats are limited so reserve your spot today!

Click here to register.


On Track to Success

Vox ISM to support Windsor Fundraiser - On Track to Success

Laval International will be hosting a barbeque and bake sale “Smoosh Your Boss Silent Food Auction” in support of the “United Way – Windsor Essex County” program “On Track to Success” event on Thursday, September 20, 2018, at 1:00 pm.

In this fundraising event, bidding is made on food items to be cracked, poured or dumped on the nominees. This year nominees are – David Wightman and Moez Noureldaeim (from Laval Tool and Mould Ltd).

All funds raised from this event will go directly towards helping one local high school student overcome the economic challenges faced to achieve a high school diploma and post-secondary education.

A student from a low-income family has a 38% likelihood of attending college or university whereas a student from a higher income family has a 63% chance of attending post-secondary education*. On Track to Success is a direct intervention to change the odds for students in need. Students enrolled in the On Track program will have the chance to earn up to $4,000 for post-secondary education, as well as access to services including tutoring, social and recreational activities, prospects to volunteer in the community, career building and mentoring opportunities, and individualized support. The program is currently in its third year and now supports more than 60 students in grades 9-11 at both the Leamington and West Windsor sites.

Vox ISM is donating to support this incredible fundraiser benefiting United Way Windsor-Essex County. Each year, Vox ISM as a company support such crucial charities to help less fortunate people.

If you would like to donate, please make out a cheque directly to United Way Windsor-Essex County with a reference of “Laval Silent Food Auction-On Track to Success 2018”. If you require more information or to place a call-in bid, contact Sandra Maksimovic at 519-737-1323 or smaksimovic@lavaltool.net.

* Source: Statistics Canada – custom data prepared using tax data 2013