Microsoft Best Apps Conference - VOX ISM

Microsoft Best Apps Conference - May 20

Microsoft Best Apps Conference - VOX ISM

Continuous improvement has become the new normal for Canadian businesses in the age of COVID-19 and beyond.

Microsoft & VOX ISM want to invite you to join the biggest Canadian Microsoft Partner event – The Best Microsoft Apps Conference.

In this conference, we’ll showcase the Top 10 Microsoft Partner Apps that will help Canadian businesses to embark on their digital transformation journey in the current economic environment.

Conference Agenda

  • Conference kick-off by Jim Heaton, President, VOX ISM (Microsoft Triple Gold Partner)
  • Keynote presentation by Mike Fontaine (aka Manufacturing Mike)
  • 10 back-to-back presentations by Microsoft Partners on the Best Microsoft Apps for Canadian businesses
  • Q&A Session

You Should Attend Best Apps Conference If:

  1. You are looking for new ideas, trends and applications to help support your growing business.
  2. Your business has changed since COVID, but your ERP and CRM system hasn’t. It would be best if you now had mobile access, better security, better reporting, and a system that can keep up with continuous improvements.
  3. You are looking to invest in automation to reduce costs and labour in Finance, Manufacturing, Quality or Supply Chain departments.
  4. You are finding ways to unify relationships, processes, and data with connected, comprehensive, cloud business applications.
  5. You want to discover how to provide a safer workplace with tools to maintain productivity as teams work remotely.
  6. You want to learn how to get funding and grants to accelerate the adoption of new technology.
  7. You want to hear directly from Microsoft experts about hundreds of new applications, features, and capabilities of Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform 2021 release wave 1.

So join us and experience tomorrow’s innovations for your business – today.

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This webinar will take place on the Cisco Webex platform. Once registered, we will send you the links required to join the Live Webinar.
Hope to see you at the webinar. For questions, reach out to linda@voxism.com, or call 705-466-7477.


Material Requirements Planning in Business Central

Every business wants to achieve goals with minimum effort. To achieve maximum efficiency, manufacturers and distributors need the right ERP tools to monitor and manage the shop floor to enhance & optimize business processes. Advanced Manufacturing uses new technologies to improve production efficiency to keep up the competitive market. We have many technologies in the market, such as cloud ERP that offer scalability, flexibility, and low capital requirements to access innovation. This reduces business costs to increase profits with timely delivery of quality products.

What is needed in an advanced manufacturing ERP system??

● Material Requirements Planning (MRP)

● Subcontractor management 

● Advanced Planning & Scheduling (APS)

● Production Management

● Automated data collection

● Capacity Requirements Planning (CRP)

In this blog, we will discuss the first topic: Material Requirements Planning (MRP) 

MRP is designed to answer three questions: What is needed? How much is needed? When is it needed? MRP works backward from a production plan for finished goods, which is converted into a list of requirements for the subassemblies, parts, and raw materials needed to produce the final product within the established schedule.

Material Requirements Planning in Business Central

Steps to Define parameters and Run MRP in Business Central

ITEM CARD:

In the Item card, to run MRP, we have to define a few parameters. In this blog, I have taken an example of a Finished item(HVAC equipment). When a sales order is created for the item and running an MRP system, it will suggest we make a production order for this HVAC equipment.

A replenishment system is the type of Supply order created when the items need to be replenished. In this Blog, it will be Production Order because Item is replenished by creating a production order for the FG.

Lead time specifies the amount of time it takes to replenish the order from the order created (10 Days for this HVAC).

Reorder point and reorder quantity are the reorder parameters defined. In this example, reorder point 10 defines that when the inventory is below the 10 units system, it will suggest reordering Units based on the reorder quantity defined(In this example, it is 20 Units).

Other parameters like Safety lead time, safety stock quantity, MOQ and maximum order qty can also be used to plan the replenishment.

Material Requirements Planning in Business Central

BOM Structure:

BOM Structure contains the information of the components used to produce the HVAC Equipment. 

And a Replenishment system provides the details of how each component goes into the HVAC and is replenished. In this case, it is mostly by purchasing an RM from vendors.

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Planning Worksheet:

This Worksheet helps us understand what we need to produce/purchase based on the sales demand or forecast.

  1. Search for planning worksheets. Click on Calculate regenerate plan. 
  2. Make use of the parameters like Start date and end date to define the demand for the period of time. It can take advantage of a few other filters like item number, Location code, Item category codes(groups) to plan only the required items.

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  1. The line with Ref. order type prod. Order is our production order. And purchase defines the demand for purchasing the product to finish the production orders issued. Whereas quantity defines the required qty to be purchased or produced with in the time defined.
  2. Vendor No. specifies the vendor who will ship the items in Purchase orders. An order date defines the date on which the order is required to be placed. This is calculated based on the lead time defined in the item card.
  3. Click on the field Carry out action Message and a below page will open.
  4. The worksheet lines checked the accepted and Replenishment system as Prod. Order, Purchase, transfer are converted to Firm Planned Production order, Purchase order and Transfer order respectively

Please note: All worksheet lines checked for Accept action messages are converted.

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Conclusion:

Material Requirements Planning gives a manufacturing company to calculate the purchase and production requirement to fulfil the sales demand for the time period defined.

Join Rakshith K L from VOX ISM to learn more about running Material Requirements Planning in Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central ERP tool.

Advanced Manufacturing Options in Business Central - March 18 - Webinar

Excel with Excel - April 8 - Webinar

Excel with Excel - April 8 - Webinar

Excel with Excel - April 8 - Webinar

An old ERP joke was ERP stood for ‘Excel Replacement Program’ instead of Enterprise Resource Planning.  According to a study by Deloitte, 70% of companies still use Microsoft Excel for sensitive and critical data and processes and over one billion people use and rely on Microsoft Excel every day to collect and manage data, make important calculations and decisions.

At VOX ISM we don’t believe Excel will truly be replaced. ERP is complicated, inflexible, and rules-based while Excel provides freedom, flexibility and enhances productivity.

So how can you get the best of both worlds? That’s what this webinar is all about, welcome to the future and learn why Microsoft’s Power Platform is so powerful.

In this webinar, we’ll cover:

  • Overview of new Microsoft Technology
    • Power BI
    • AI
    • Teams
    • Power Automate
  • How Excel evolved to come Power BI
  • Evolving data collection strategies (Forms and Power Apps)
  • Where should Excel data reside? (Sharepoint, Microsoft Dataverse, ERP)
  • Security, Sensitivity, Fraud Protection and Distribution
  • Bi-Directional Integration
  • Examples of Excel used in industry
    • Quoting/Estimating
    • Supply Chain
    • Accounting
    • Sales Analysis

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This webinar will take place on the Cisco Webex platform. Once registered, we will send you the links required to join the Live Webinar.
Hope to see you at the webinar. For questions, reach out to linda@voxism.com, or call 705-466-7477.


Microsoft AI 201

Microsoft AI 201 - Advanced Level - April 27 - Webinar

Microsoft AI 201

Have you ever wondered how Netflix automatically understands your preferences and finds the best fit or match based on what you have watched?  The technology that Netflix is using is AI or machine learning and its purpose is to sell you on a show…but what if we could use this technology to recommend to your customers the most profitable items based on their sales history and profile?

Because that’s what we are going to build on today’s webinar!

Agenda:

  • Hands-on creation of Netflix’s algorithm using the Azure machine learning studio
  • But instead of movies, we’re going to use products, costs, margins and customers
  • It’s not simple, so that’s all that we’re going to do!

For machine learning:

  • You need to create an Azure Account and be able to log into the machine learning studio – its free
  • You must have Microsoft Excel, and we will email you the examples upon registration.

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This webinar will take place on the Cisco Webex platform. Once registered, we will send you the links required to join the Live Webinar.
Hope to see you at the webinar. For questions, reach out to linda@voxism.com, or call 705-466-7477.


Digital Transformation of Supply Chains and the Role of Portals - April 22 - Webinar

  • Part 1
    • Transformation of Supply Chains
    • Migration of manufacturing to 3rd party logistics companies
    • Need for better communication amongst various parties involved
    • How self-service portals can help
  • Part 2
    • Office 365 Portal for Customer/Vendor Portals
    • Customer portal for order entry, status, shipping and financial details
    • Vendor portal for purchase order management
    • Communication of work order status and bill of material details

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This webinar will take place on the Cisco Webex platform. Once registered, we will send you the links required to join the Live Webinar.
Hope to see you at the webinar. For questions, reach out to linda@voxism.com, or call 705-466-7477.


Microsoft AI 101 - Intro Level - April 20 - Webinar

Microsoft AI 101 - Intro Level - April 20 - Webinar

Microsoft AI 101 - Intro Level - April 20 - Webinar

Let’s get started in AI and Machine learning!  You’ve probably heard about it in the news and know that other companies are using it, but what is it? How does it work? And how can a typical manufacturing and distribution company take advantage of the technology?

Please join us in a “hands-on” approach to understanding what AI is and how to use it.  The format will be similar to the other 101 series, which is a combination of education and doing.

Agenda:

  • What is Data Science?
  • What is Machine Learning?
  • What kinds of prediction questions can you ask?
  • Common Algorithms
  • Data
  • Simple Predication
  • Hands-on creation in the Machine Learning Studio

This webinar focuses on Machine learning, which is an application of artificial intelligence (AI) that uses algorithms to identify patterns within the data, and those patterns are then used to create a data model that can make predictions.  After building, the model the system has the ability to automatically learn and improve from experience without being explicitly programmed and Microsoft provides toolsets that make this process as easy and drag and drop.

This webinar is designed for people will little to no experience in programming, R-Scripts, Data Science, Statistics, etc. but want to learn something new and understand how this technology will shape the future.

For machine learning:

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This webinar will take place on the Cisco Webex platform. Once registered, we will send you the links required to join the Live Webinar.
Hope to see you at the webinar. For questions, reach out to linda@voxism.com, or call 705-466-7477.


Microsoft Dynamics 365 Spring Conference - New Product Releases for Canadian Businesses - April 29

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Spring Conference - New Product Releases for Canadian Businesses - April 29

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Spring Conference - New Product Releases for Canadian Businesses - April 29

In this webinar, we’ll cover:

  1. Overview of the Microsoft Wave 1 release
  2. Top 5 Vox favourites by module (ERP, CRM, PBI)
  3. How do you get a copy to work within your sandbox environment?

The 2021 release wave 1 for Dynamics 365 brings new innovations that provide you with significant capabilities to transform your business. The release contains hundreds of new features across Dynamics 365 applications, including Marketing, Sales, Customer Service, Field Service, Finance, Supply Chain Management, Human Resources, Commerce, Fraud Protection, & Business Central.

Dynamics 365 Sales focuses on adding productivity enhancements for sellers and providing more access to data-driven insights to help with decision-making. Look for updates to automation and sequencing, conversation intelligence, and many exciting updates to the mobile app enhancing the mobile experience for sellers on the go.

  • Dynamics 365 Customer Service transforms the contact center by providing intelligent omnichannel routing across channels. The all-in-one contact center will ship with a logistic and integrated first-party voice and chat solution to enable customers to be up and running quickly.
  • Dynamics 365 Field Service introduces a comprehensive experience for customers that will allow them to self-schedule service and rate technicians to ensure maximum satisfaction. Other investments in 2021 release wave 1 include a streamlined onboarding experience, comprehensive customer engagement capabilities, and broader resourcing options.

Dynamics 365 Business Central delivers a set of new features designed to simplify and improve the way our partners administer tenants, and the way administrators manage licensing and permissions. Application enhancements expand the integration with Microsoft Teams, add country and regional expansions, and include moves to Visual Studio Code to provide modern development tools, further enhancing the productivity for developers.

Microsoft Power Platform enables users and organizations to analyze, act, and automate the data to digitally transform their businesses. Microsoft Power Platform today comprises four products: Power BI, TEAMS, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and security updates

Discover what this release means for you and your business and how it will help you.

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This webinar will take place on the Cisco Webex platform. Once registered, we will send you the links required to join the Live Webinar.
Hope to see you at the webinar. For questions, reach out to linda@voxism.com, or call 705-466-7477.


Power Automate 101 - Intro Level - April 6 - Webinar

Power Automate 101 - Intro Level - April 6 - Webinar

Power Automate 101 - Intro Level - April 6 - Webinar

It is a mistake to hire developers to program custom solutions.  So instead, join us for another training webinar where you will learn how to quickly automate your workflows, enable business logic to simplify tasks and connect your processes with Microsoft Power Automate. 

Agenda:

  • Introduction to Flow
  • Templates
  • Flow in Action
  • Flow Features and Functions
  • Multistep Flows
  • Approve Requests
  • Adding conditions
  • Using a combination of data/systems
  • Working security
  • Dashboards and Monitoring

Prerequisites:

  • You either need Microsoft 365 professional or
  • You can download the Power Platform you can get a limited trial license

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This webinar will take place on the Cisco Webex platform. Once registered, we will send you the links required to join the Live Webinar.
Hope to see you at the webinar. For questions, reach out to linda@voxism.com, or call 705-466-7477.


Microsoft Teams: Training Bootcamp - March 30 - Webinar

Microsoft Teams: Training Bootcamp - March 30 - Webinar

Microsoft Teams: Training Bootcamp - March 30 - Webinar

Embrace tools that support modern work and security for whatever happens next.

Join us for a unique experience designed to help organizations connect in a new way and thrive in the face of change. Microsoft expert Mike Fontaine will present this webinar and will be answering your questions.

Agenda: 

Introduction

  • Introduction to Teams as the central hub for teamwork in Microsoft 365 
  • How Teams impacts organizations 
  • Overview of chats, meetings, and calls 
  • Collaborate with integrated Microsoft 365 apps 
  • Customizing team workspace 
  • Stay connected across devices

Navigate Microsoft Teams 

  • Explore the Microsoft Teams interface 
  • Your digital identity within Teams 
  • Search in Teams 
  • Compose a new message 
  • Break down the apps within Teams

Using persistent Chat 

  • Create and participate in one-on-one, group, and meeting conversations 
  • Format messages 
  • Find messages by a person’s name or keyword 
  • Hide or mute chats to keep them out of the way 
  • Connect relevant information to chats 
  • Easily jump into an audio or video call

Collaborating in a team 

  • Overview of teams and channels 
  • Utilize posts to share ideas and communicate with the team 
  • Share and collaborate on files 
  • Customize and extend the Teams experience through connecting Microsoft and other apps 
  • Host an audio or video call within a Channel

Calendar and meetings

  • Overview of the relationship between Outlook and Teams calendar 
  • Book an online meeting 
      • Create in Teams or Outlook 
      • Difference between meeting and channel meeting 
      • Scheduling assistant 
      • Invite people outside the organization, including those who don’t have a Teams license 
  • Change calendar view 
  • RSVP, chat with participants and join 
  • Meeting details

Call capabilities in Teams 

  • Set speed dial and contact groups 
  • Launch an audio or video call from VoIP 
  • Exploring Phone System (if enabled)

See all your files 

  • Overview of files storage in Microsoft Teams 
  • See recent files, files from across teams, and downloads 
  • Access OneDrive
  • Connect to another cloud storage location (if requested)

Customize and extend 

  • Pin additional apps or unpin unused apps 
  • Preview to extending Teams experience (covered in advanced Teams courses)

Catching up with the Activity feed 

  • Getting to the summary of everything that’s happened in Teams 
  • Viewing notifications 
  • Filtering notifications and responding to posts

Create your first team 

  • Walkthrough of setting up a team and channels 
  • Explore different circumstances where a team could be made 
  • Building a successful first team 
  • Create a team from scratch that has a clear intention 
      • Build channels with clear description and uses 
      • Pin tabs to extend the experience 
      • Post etiquette and populating channels with rich content 
      • Review key features in teams 
  • Customizable demonstration based on workstreams and use cases

Join a Teams meeting

  • Explore how teams can be used to prepare for a meeting, run a meeting, and follow-up on meeting objectives 
  • Join a meeting from a hyperlink, meeting chat, dial-in, calendar, or a channel 
  • Navigate the pre-meeting screen and selecting the right devices 
  • Explore main actions in a Teams meeting
    • Share video, audio, and content 
    • Show and chat with participants and raise hand 
    • Explore meeting views 
  • Mobile capabilities

Next steps

Summary of topics covered 

Question and Answer Session

 

Note: Microsoft Teams delivers a rich, interactive experience that works best with the Teams app. We recommend downloading the app if you don’t have it, as not all browsers are supported. When you join this event, your name, email and/or phone number may be viewable by other session participants in the attendee list. By entering this event, you agree to this experience.

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This webinar will take place on the Cisco Webex platform. Once registered, we will send you the links required to join the Live Webinar.
Hope to see you at the webinar. For questions, reach out to linda@voxism.com, or call 705-466-7477.


Logistics outsourcing secrets - How to be successful with 3PLs - March 25 - Webinar

Logistics outsourcing secrets - How to be successful with 3PLs - March 25 - Webinar

Logistics outsourcing secrets - How to be successful with 3PLs - March 25 - Webinar

Have you decided to sell your warehouse and find a 3PL for your company?

It seems to be a growing trend in the distribution industry and outsourcing your fulfillment might cost less than all of the related costs of operation ( Barcoding, Warehouse Management knowledge, management of temporary staff, EDI, WMS software, etc.)

Microsoft’s next-generation ERP Business Central has all of the technology to operate a warehouse but this webinar will explore how to operate with a 3PL using Business central to achieve a full-fledged and integrated coordination between the entities making your supply chains more responsive.

Agenda:

  • What is a 3PL
  • Overview of WMS software in Business Central
  • Setup and processes required for 3PL operation
  • Available technologies to connect to the 3PL

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This webinar will take place on the Cisco Webex platform. Once registered, we will send you the links required to join the Live Webinar.
Hope to see you at the webinar. For questions, reach out to linda@voxism.com, or call 705-466-7477.