5 Reasons You Need Dynamics 365 for Project Service Automation

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Project Service Automation is an end-to-end project management solution. It includes Opportunity Management, Project Quote (Estimation), Project Contract, Projects, WBS, Cost & Effort Tracking, Time and Expense entries and interactive dashboards. This robust Microsoft system enables you to deliver successful projects on time and within budget while increasing employee productivity.

Here are the 5 reasons you need Dynamics 365 for Project Service Automation for a successful business.

Integration with Office 365 Apps

Project Service Automation will provide you with seamless integration with Office 365 apps Like Outlook, MS Project, Skype for Business and others. That will help you with team collaboration during the delivery of the project. Also, Consultant will use OneDrive and Sharepoint to create documents and keep them in a central repository.

Advance Work Break Down Structure

Project Service Automation enables you to connect with Microsoft Project App to create Project phases, task and resource role allocation in Project App and then publish back to Project Service Automation.

Allocate Resource based on Skills and availability

Project Service Automation provides visibility for allocating the right resource to project based on their availability from resource pool in a structured way. You can also track availability of your resources in real time using schedule board in Project Service Automation.

Time and Expense Tracking using Mobile App

On completion of the task, the resource can fill time entries against task allocation using Dynamics 365 Mobile App.

Milestone Basis Billing

It also provides sales managers and project managers to analyze the project billing incl. Unbilled Revenue and Cost of Project. You can also automate project invoices based on milestone completion.

Interested To Know More?

Attend our exclusive webinar on Dynamics 365 for Project Service Automation on July 25. Click here to register.


3 Ways Microsoft Dynamics 365 Improved My Work Life!

We all know the challenges that the modern workforce is facing – global markets, fast-paced decision making, smarter customers. We are in the throws of a Digital Evolution and Microsoft Dynamics 365 has made it possible for me to keep up. Now I would like to share with you how Microsoft Dynamics365 has improved my work life and my relationship with our customers through the integration, mobility, and tools to build leads.

“…much of my day was spent working IN the customer accounts and hardly any time dedicated to working ON my customer accounts” – Ksenia Bejakova, Sales Team Member at Vox ISM

The Powerful Integration

It goes without saying that the integration is the most significant breakthrough for me. I remember not too long ago when I spent most of my day navigating amongst separate applications to gain insight on a customer account. Having to do a double/triple entry of data to keep each application up to date, and dealing with conflicting data. So much of my day was spent working IN the customer accounts and hardly any time dedicated to working ON my customer accounts.

Now I am able to engage the customer better because my information is relevant, accurate and available at a moments notice. My favourite is the Outlook Integration – I live in Outlook. It’s where most of my weekly tasks manifest from. I cannot believe that I can check on a customers account information and NEVER exit the EMAIL! Some customers cannot believe how quickly I can respond to them. They feel like I am on the ball and have their organisations best interest in mind. Every customer gets the VIP attention because of it.

The lines are blurring and Microsoft Dynamics365 helps me keep the balance with Mobility. Global Markets bring Global Customers and all of them in different time zones. In the past – if our company had an important deal pending from an overseas customer and they needed information or to connect with our office – they had to wait until the next business day. A process that normally takes a few hours with our domestic customers was taking upwards of 3-4 days. With Microsoft Dynamics365 mobility – I can access the relevant and insightful data my overseas client needs to close the deal from home, from the cottage, from anywhere in the world! My Global customers never endure the pains of distant time and space.

Lead Generation on Microsoft Dynamics 365

Ok, let’s broach the subject important to every sales team – Lead generation. Lead generating can be a hard and reward-less task. Any salesperson can attest to the pains of gathering and then qualifying. The process takes a long time and the lead may not be fruitful in the end. With LinkedIn integration into Microsoft Dynamics365; my cost per lead has dramatically reduced. I use LinkedIn Navigator to generate search results for thousands of relevant leads. I can filter down to a specific industry and position and pre-qualify them based on their LinkedIn profiles. In 1 hour – I can do what used to take a team of people to do in one day. Once I have identified someone as a potential lead – I then use functions like Ice Breaker to introduce myself and connect.

Icebreaker shows me common contacts with the potential lead. When I reach out to this lead I can say something like “Hi there, I see you and Tom have worked together in the past. Tom is one of our current customers and has advised that you may be looking for XYZ. Let me know how if I can help”. This increases my chances of catching the leads attention because my message does not sound like the dreaded “cold call”. These tactics, along with the information I can gather about the targeted organisation and industry, empowers me and engages my potential customers.

To Conclude

With the front to back-end integration, mobility and tools to fill up the pipeline – my work life has significantly improved! I provide better customer service, have the agility to respond with insightful information, and reduced my CPL. Dynamics365 for Sales has made me a happy employee with happy customers!

Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM

On August 14, Microsoft & Vox ISM are organizing the Dynamics 365 Summer Event at Microsoft Canada HQ in Mississauga. If you would like to see Microsoft Dynamics CRM in action, reserve your seats now.


Microsoft Beats Wall Street Targets On Cloud Services Revenue

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Microsoft posted its quarterly profit and revenue on Thursday that beat analysts’ estimates, as more companies signed up for its cloud services and Office 365 productivity suite.

Revenue for Microsoft's cloud service, Azure, grew 89% year over year, driving the company’s revenue growth for its server and cloud division to 26%. For years, Microsoft's booming cloud business has pushed revenues higher. It has benefited from companies rushing to shift their workloads to the cloud to cut data storage and software costs.

“The combination of the cloud, which is a megatrend that’s going to last for years to come, and the execution, this is the company that knows how to sell and be innovative - it’s hard to argue with anything here,” said Tom Taulli, InvestorPlace.com analyst.

The number of organisations adopting cloud services is proliferating: whether that be from a hybrid approach, or going full cloud.

Microsoft also reported strong growth from other areas of its business. Revenue for LinkedIn grew 37 percent from the year-ago quarter. While its Dynamics 365 online business application suite posted a 61 percent increase.

Question: Should Your Business Invest in Microsoft Business Products?

Microsoft business products work together by combining several individual functions into a single enterprise mechanism. Companies are leveraging Microsoft's business products to save money, enable collaboration and remote work. They also cut down on the need for in-house IT experts. Moreover, having a stable large software partner that invests $ 13 billion every year in R&D is an excellent strategic decision for every business.

To learn more about Business Solutions from Microsoft attend our upcoming exclusive seminars at Microsoft Canada HQ in Mississauga.

August 14 - Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales and Marketing.

September 6  - Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central


Gartner Report for Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM

Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM in Leaders Quadrant!

Gartner positions Microsoft in the Leaders Quadrant in the 2017 Magic Quadrant for CRM Customer Engagement Center based on its completeness of vision and ability to execute.

Who is Gartner?

Gartner is a world-leading research and advisory firm which provides Information technology insights for IT and also other business leaders around the world. The Gartner Magic Quadrant is the intensely discussed tool for product selection in the IT industry.

It also helps to ascertain how well technology providers are executing their stated visions and how well they are performing against the competition.

Magic Quadrant

Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM Magic Quadrant
Figure 1: Magic Quadrant for the CRM Customer Engagement Center Source: Gartner (May 2018)

Here is an abstract of Gartner review of Microsoft CRM using the Gartner Magic Quadrant.

Microsoft

From an organizational perspective, Microsoft is having a transitional year with changes of management. Although not disclosed in numbers, the whole Dynamics 365 suite showed a 67% growth rate. We evaluated Dynamics 365 for Customer Service (v.8.2), released in 2017.

The on-premises product continues to account for the majority of the references for larger and more complex customer service requirements, though the trend is toward online deployment. New business is directed to the online model, which the 2018 customer references were mostly delivered through.

We note that with the 2018 release (now GA), Dynamics 365 complies with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Strengths

  • Reference customers reported that Microsoft offers an intuitive user interface and straightforward customization tools, which lead to the fast setup of standard customer service environments.
  • Microsoft Dynamics 365 is a modular set of products that extend beyond customer service and share a common data service. Organizations can add Dynamics 365 capabilities such as Power BI, PowerApps (for citizen developers to build custom apps), sales, procurement and field service.
  • Microsoft is one of the world's most financially stable and profitable software companies. Its product integrates with software lines that have over 1 billion users. Reference customers reported good integration with Microsoft products and other standard tools.
  • Microsoft continues to offer both on-premises and online versions with the same or similar functionalities on the same code base. It also supports a wide range of local languages. It is one of few options available to organizations that are unable or unready to use the cloud.
  • Through the Unified Service Desk, organizations can better integrate and automate across Microsoft Dynamics 365, legacy and third-party data applications.

Read the full report here.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM

Microsoft Dynamics 365 CRM

Microsoft Dynamics 365 delivers the full spectrum of CRM through five individual apps. Sales, Customer Service, Field Service, Project Service Automation, and Marketing —that work seamlessly together. So you can buy just what your business needs now, and add others as those needs grow.

Interested to know more?

Microsoft Dynamics 36 CRM

On August 14, Microsoft & Vox ISM are organizing the Dynamics 365 Summer Event at Microsoft Canada HQ in Mississauga. Read full agenda here.

If you would like to see Microsoft Dynamics CRM in action, reserve your seats now.


Sales and Marketing Strategy Bootcamp - Stormy Lake

This summer our Sales and Marketing team gathered up in the north at the beautiful cottage of Haliburton for an intensely productive Strategy Bootcamp. The Vox ISM Strategy Bootcamps are robust brainstorming sessions, where the team strategize agile methodologies to fuel the business growth. The four-day Sales and Marketing Bootcamp allowed the team to work in a closed group to discuss the more intimate details of our business, unique challenges, competitors and strategic objectives for future strategies. The team thoroughly analyzed the results of the previous quarter and crafted the Sales and Marketing plan for the upcoming months.

 

Sale and Marketing Strategy Bootcamp
Vox ISM President, Jim Heaton, crunching the sales and marketing numbers.
Sales and Marketing Strategy Bootcamp
Mike Fontaine, our Solutions Expert, showcasing the fall marketing calendar to the team.

Our Bootcamps also include lots of food, breathtaking views of the Stormy Lake and fun evening outings for team building.

Take a look!

Sales and Marketing Strategy Bootcamp

 

Sales and Marketing Strategy Bootcamp

We had a rock-solid year so far, which isn’t uncommon for us. But the Vox ISM Team is always hungry for more successful years. We are all set to launch our new website design on August 7, 2018. And we have 44 Microsoft Dynamics Events in the pipeline.

Click here for the full list.


Advantages of the PowerBI integration in Microsoft Dynamics 365

Every organization are required to create reports so that they can analyze their data to collect information that is important for all their departments. Working with numerous Excel spreadsheets and various reporting services or applications is quite a wearying process. These reports are typically not real-time. Previously employees need specialized training to create these critical reports. The new integration of PowerBI into Microsoft Dynamics 365 can deliver real-time data to and from all departments. Also, all the departments can see the information essential to them. You also do not need a programmer to accomplish this when using Microsoft Dynamics PowerBI.

With the release of the all-new Microsoft Dynamics 365, PowerBI can tap into all the data within the system and can create personalized dashboards for each user or allow every department to view the dashboards explicitly designed for them.

Advantages of using the PowerBI within the Microsoft Dynamics 365:

- Generate real-time information for each report.

- Cross-reference comparisons and different types of data to get the exact information you want in your custom report.

- PowerBI is an easy to use application where all the users can effortlessly create their personalized dashboards.

- PowerBI is constantly updating data to deliver the current innovations and also fit the reporting requirements of the organization.

- Evaluate cases for customers allowing customer service to base priority and response time.

- Make scheduling maintenance and services on the reporting dashboards.

Using data to create real-time information for your company has frequently grown now. Now, with Microsoft Dynamics 365 and PowerBI, companies can also analyze their data providing insights to improve their performance, customer satisfaction, and can ensure that they can grow to their full potential.

Microsoft Dynamics Business Central for Manufacturing

Curious to know more? Join us at the exclusive seminar on July 10 at Microsoft Canada office located in Mississauga, Ontario. Our industry experts will discuss the new integrated software suite from Microsoft Dynamics for Canadian Manufacturers. For complete event agenda and registration click here.


Vox ISM Summer Staff Meeting 2018 Recap

The Vox ISM summer staff meeting held at Granite Club on June 28, 2018. The staff meeting focused on to provide skills training for the new hires, update about new product releases, updated methodologies and business strategy for the next six months.

Ed Michitsch, General Manager, initiated the meeting by introducing the new hires and showcasing the capacity model to the team. Then our technical team, Danny Arkadyev and Trevor Reid gave a summary of Vox ISM Technical Meeting which held earlier this month. Followed by the Product and Process review by Val Ore and Shubhang Vayeda. Neetu Jain, the Marketing Coordinator, gave an insight into the marketing numbers and future marketing strategy.

Next, Mirza Beg, our recent addition to the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Team, gave a recap of his training session. Our Microsoft Dynamics CRM Experts, Jacob Steinfeld and Charmaine Dyke gave a quarterly performance review. The presentation followed by Mike Fontaine, the Solutions Expert, enlightened the team about the new products and App Extensions. Emilia Arkadyev, Reporting and Analytics Manager, shared details about the MARS project. Nir Tzur, Microsoft Dynamics Expert, shared the results of the Vox ISM Staff Survey 2018.

Everyone took an active part in discussing the scope of the new products and technologies.

At the end of the staff meeting, President Jim Heaton shared the details about the upcoming business plan and marketing meetings. He also revealed the roadmap for the next six months. Jim concluded the meeting by cheerfully saying that 2018 has been the best year for Vox ISM until so far. He also thanked everyone for adding to the success of the company.

Cocktails!

At the close of the meeting, staff was invited to the Summer Cocktail Party at Jim's place. The party provided an excellent opportunity for everyone to connect. The Vox ISM Team and unique atmosphere made the day significant.

Vox ISM Staff Meeting


Meet The All New Windsor Team - Vox ISM

Vox ISM is happy to introduce the all-new Windsor Team. This makes us one of the only local group to provide customer support with a dedicated team of industry-specific experts.

Our group of experts have advanced application skills to understand the needs of modern Canadian business. Vox ISM is the only ERP solution provider in Windsor which has a vision for supporting local businesses by embracing the quivering shifts in the economic climate.

Meet The New Windsor Team:

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As always, if you have questions or just want to chat about business solutions with the Windsor team, we invite you to fill out our contact form. To stay up to date on the latest news, join our announcement channel or subscribe to our mailing list.

Thank you for your continued support.

 


Know Everything About Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (earlier known as Microsoft Dynamics NAV) is a robust business solution that is easy to use and adapt, which helps you to expand your business and make informed decisions. Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central design is built within the functionality of Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Business Central is flexible to integrate applications to other Microsoft Services such as Office 365, Microsoft Flow, Power BI and PowerApps. It also helps businesses to connect to each of their department - finance, sales, purchase, supply chain, service, and operations.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central can evolve as per your business requirements while holding the pulse of the latest technology.

Attend Exclusive Seminar at Microsoft to know more about Business Central

With the power of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central your business can:

- Make smart decisions

- Connect together all business departments and gives real-time details

- Optimize your inventory

- Provide advanced inventory control

- Expertly manage the sales process

- Accurately plan and track customer records

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central meets all the needs of medium-size businesses with focused business needs.

As per Microsoft agreement, with Dynamics 365 Business Central, a company must license at least one of Dynamics 365 Essential or Dynamics 365 Premium users. Learn more about Business Central from our technical experts!

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central TeamConnect with Jim Heaton, Larry Denham, Mike Fontaine, Nir Tzur and David Barsanti on LinkedIn.

Vox ISM helps businesses, including manufacturing, to customise, to implement and also to adopt the full potential of the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.


Vox ISM Creates First Business Central App for Canadian Manufacturers

Microsoft Business Central App

The Vox ISM Team has created its first Business Central App for Canadian Manufacturers. Apps are extensions for existing Microsoft products, and Solution Apps are like a third-party vendor or Independent Software Vendor (ISV) applications. Many software vendors, Microsoft Partners and developers can reach a wide range of customers in various industries publishing your apps on the AppSource. Vox ISM leads the way with Canadian partners. The business benefit of an app is that it takes one-click to install. It requires no effort to upgrade with each new version that Microsoft release with Business Central.

Next week we will be publishing the Canadian Manufacturing App on Appsource - https://appsource.microsoft.com.

The Vox App is designed to speed up our implementation process. It also reduces configuration and installation time. It contains the following:

1. 9 pre-made forms (purchase order, sales order, cheque, quote, packlist, invoices, return, credit memo, request for quote).
2. Changes to simplify and optimize heavily used screens– buttons, columns, tabs, factboxes.
3. Starter data – currencies, taxes, provinces, cities, template gl and items.

We made all the changes by taking into consideration what Canadian Manufacturers want and need to be successful in 2018 and beyond.

Behind The Scenes: Vox ISM Team

Business Central App
Brainstorming session!
Business Central App
Putting everything together!
Business Central App
From Left to Right – Kevin, Dave, Ed, Ernie, Shub, Mike, Val, Jim, Patricia.