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.


VOX ISM Power BI Training Bootcamp

VOX ISM Power BI Training Bootcamp - Recap & Reviews

The latest VOX ISM Power BI Training Bootcamp was held last week, and once again, the training series attracted thousands of professionals around North America. Power BI is a business analytical tool by Microsoft that helps users visualize data, create stunning dashboards and embed them into any application.

VOX ISM Power BI Training Bootcamp helps analyze and present your data like a BI professional. This Bootcamp gets you up and running with the Power BI Desktop, Power BI mobile, and Power BI Service.

Mike Fontaine (aka Manufacturing Mike) hosted and presented this 3-day Power BI Training Bootcamp. Mike leads the Business Intelligence practice at VOX ISM. He has over 15 years of management report writing experience.

VOX ISM Power BI Training Bootcamp includes three sessions:

Power BI 101:

Intro Level

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Power BI 201:

Advanced Level

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Power BI
How-to Session

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VOX ISM Power BI Training Bootcamp Reviews:

Excellent training. Very practical as it covers most popular business decisions and questions. Recommended!

– Frederic Richard, Demand Planner

Great sessions! I was impressed by the arrangment of the information and the structure of these webinars. Very reach content and easy to follow. Mike covered important and new features of Power BI. Thank you Mike!

– Behnaz Shirazi, Program Manager, Business Intelligence

Great session for myself, a brand new guy to this software. Nice introduction to something new!

– Richard Adshead, MBA,CPA,CMA

Excellent Power BI Training Bootcamp webinar! The information and hands-on-practice very well presented. Would definitely recommend it. Mike Fontaine and the team did an awesome job. Thanks, VOX ISM! 👍 👍

– Debra Gobern, POS Data Clerk

This Webinar is very helpful and useful. 👍

– Robert Laserna, Senior Production Planning & Supply Chain Leader

Amazing webinar! Very useful and informative. Great presentation. Thank you!

– Haidee Perez, Supervisor at Ingram Micro

Another great day and wide range of info! amazed how compatible PowerBI is! thanks VOX ISM!

– Mert M., Mining Engineering Technologist / Processing Engineer

Very well explained webinar. It was great to know the basics of PowerBI. I’m thrilled and looking forward to the upcoming sessions.

I will suggest my friends to look at this recorded session and attend upcoming webinars.

Thanks a lot.

– Yashaswi Vishukumar, Master of Engineering in Mechanical | University of Alberta

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How Power BI and AI can Help Move Your Business Forward

COVID-19 has brought new economic challenges for companies worldwide. As businesses adapt to different working and customer behaviour changes, they need data and clarity to plan their next steps. Power BI can help them navigate the way forward. Proven business intelligence technologies have a strong track record of enabling more dynamic and exploratory responses to guide businesses through difficult times. Microsoft Power BI is one such technology. With the benefit of years of analytics experience, Microsoft is ready to deliver the next generation of insight, immediacy, and power at a time when you need it most. Power BI enables you to respond intelligently and effectively, adapt to the current business landscape, and save on costs.

Business intelligence and analytics are crucial to your COVID-19 response. Dashboards and visualizations that worked for your business in the past may now be a source of frustration for your C-suite. A consequence of remote working is that executives who relied on middle managers or business analysts for information and updates must now engage with business data directly.

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Your business can respond to this unprecedented situation with the help of various analytics technologies:

Reports and Dashboards 

Every business uses a range of reports that are updated daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc. Many are in a standard tabular format, typically to conform with regulatory standards. Although these conventional views of your business provide a record system, they are often insufficient for analysis. 

Dashboards, such as those you build with Power BI, can prove much more useful, especially those that feature well-designed visualizations of the key metrics that your business needs to track. For example, an increase in order processing time will probably be recorded in your reports, but executives could easily overlook it. However, a Power BI dashboard can draw their attention to it with an appropriate chart, colour, formatting, or even a pop-up alert or message. Power BI Dashboards can help executives monitor your changing business’s essential aspects without requiring them to examine data in detail.

Business Intelligence

A significant data point in a dashboard signals the need to examine the data further. Executives might need to go deeper into the information or widen their view to compare departments or geographies. With COVID-19, there is less socialization and interaction between employees. As a result, executives are waking up to just how little direct engagement they have with the data that drives their businesses. Self-service business intelligence tools like Power BI can empower executives to do at least some of their own analysis.

Augmented Intelligence

Even with self-service tools, you can’t expect executives to become expert analysts overnight. However, there are ways you can bring expertise to them. One approach is called augmented intelligence. This type of analytics is not a replacement for personal insight, but augmented intelligence can enhance your team’s human abilities to make, explore, and share discoveries. Power BI is a pioneer when it comes to bringing augmented intelligence into business intelligence. Users can explore root cause analysis with smart visualizations or query data using natural language.

Machine learning

Human beings and machine intelligence excel at quite different tasks. Machine learning can work at a scale and speed that makes it powerful for analyzing complicated processes. Simultaneously, humans live intuitive and empathetic lives, developing the ability to understand complex problems. Data science may tell you all the complicated ways COVID-19 impacts supply chains, production, and sales, but human insight, working with the same data, can connect seemingly unrelated impacts. Your business can learn how market sentiment, employee morale, and the challenges of working remotely will make an impact, which will shape your response. Another advance is automated machine learning, in which artificial intelligence can assist data scientists and business users alike by building advanced analytic models for them. Many businesses—especially those without a specialized team—will find this an impactful first step toward the hot topic of data science.

Data Science 

Data science enables automated insight with a depth and scale beyond the abilities of human analysts. Advanced analytics used to be under the domain of large enterprises, but today even small businesses need scalable insight about their online presence, e-commerce platforms, and social media interactions. Data science differs from business intelligence in several fundamental ways. For example, a data scientist is mostly concerned with running experiments to see what discoveries can be made using data. If the experiments yield exciting results—perhaps a way of predicting successful products or detecting patterns of fraud—the data scientist may simply present their findings. But more often, they will put their experimental model into production where the rules they found in experiments will apply to millions of new transactions, products, customers, and other real-time sources of data. Another significant difference is that data scientists tend to work with raw data rather than data that has been cleaned and transformed for business needs. For example, a sales dashboard probably includes data that has been integrated and consolidated from multiple sources, removing duplicates or abandoned transactions. But a data scientist may be interested in raw data to find patterns and create processes that make future sales more efficient.

Power BI is an extraordinary resource that will support every decision-maker in your business as they engage directly with data. They can explore, report, and communicate with a more significant impact than ever before, whether they are tasked with monitoring your business, investigating issues, developing innovative insights, or building data-driven apps for collaboration.

Go from data to decisions with Microsoft Power BI. Join VOX ISM’s exclusive (and free) Power BI Online Training Bootcamp. Register today to reserve your spot!

VOX ISM Power BI Training Bootcamp

Power BI 201 - Advanced Level Online Training Workshop - February 24

Power BI 201 - Advanced Level Online Training Workshop - February 24

Power BI 201 - Advanced Level Online Training Workshop - February 24

This session will cover:

– Visualizations, Linking Tables and Dashboards – an Overview

– Drill through functionality aka ‘taking your users through a data journey across many tabs’

– Using images as slicers

– MTD, YTD vs previous year

– Fiscal Year and Fiscal Period

– AI Decomposition Tree

– Scatter Charts/Correlation

– Modelling or ‘What-If’ inputs/variables

Why this training?

You can learn at your desk with our sample datasets, with an easy to follow instructions using the free version of Power BI desktop.

Participants will receive the recorded version of the webinar in addition to the training PowerPoint.  

How will it benefit me?

  • Understanding the trends and outliers in your business can aid in making informed decisions that can result in success. 
  • Turning data into knowledge that can help drive your business, providing insights for better business decisions.
  • Time Analysis is significantly easier when using a tool like Power BI.

What are the objectives of the training series?

Upon completion, learners will be ready to model data and build amazing analytics in real-world scenarios, such as analytics on sales data, financial data, or manufacturing or distribution data.

Who is the target audience?

Anyone who has attended one of our previous training session on Power BI 101 and wants to step up their skills. 

This course is not for beginners.

Users will be expected to know the fundamentals of getting data, creating visuals and working with basic Dax formulas.

Prerequisites:

  1. You should have a laptop.
  2. Download Power BI to your desktop/laptop
  3. Download sales data into Excel from your ERP system (we will provide if you forget)
  • Invoice #, Amount, Customer, Date are the minimum fields
  • Country, City, Sales Rep, Part, Product Types are recommended if available

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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.


Reporting in 2021 (Jet Reports, Power BI, Microsoft Teams, and Business Central) - December 3 - Webinar

Reporting in 2021 (Jet Reports, Power BI, Microsoft Teams, and Business Central) - December 3 - Webinar

Reporting in 2021 (Jet Reports, Power BI, Microsoft Teams, and Business Central) - December 3 - Webinar

Join our exclusive webinar on Microsoft Business Reporting on December 3 from 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM (ET), where we will take you through the five levels of data reporting in Microsoft Business Software that will trend in 2021:

  1. Power BI 
  2. Microsoft Teams
  3. Business Central
  4. Dynamics 365 CRM for Sales
  5. Jet Reports
  6. VOX Manufacturing App

COVID-19 has expedited all companies’ need to put their data to work to speed up the decision-making process.

As the virus rages on, businesses rely more heavily than ever on data analytics and business intelligence applications to weather the storm.

Most companies are looking to improve productivity and cut costs. However, leaders need to do much more than that. Leaders need to know in extreme detail what is driving their revenue. By leveraging Business Intelligence tools, companies can discover things they didn’t know about, like the root cause of revenue changes and how they affect specific levers within the organization.

Our webinar will get you started with Microsoft Business Reporting Tools from the ground-up.

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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 on the webinar. For questions, reach out to linda@voxism.com, or call 905-840-7477


CRM Reporting & Analytics for Driving Sales - November 25 - Webinar

CRM Reporting & Analytics for Driving Sales - November 25 - Webinar

CRM Reporting & Analytics for Driving Sales - November 25 - Webinar

While Microsoft CRM compares favourably with SF.com on its core usage, it really shines with its reporting suite, lets have a look below on what is available in fall 2020.

Webinar Agenda:

  1. The 5 screens at the heart of the CRM (Accounts, Contacts, Opportunities, Activities, and your Dashboards).
  2. Work anywhere (Mobile, out of Outlook)
  3. Core CRM reporting for both reps and sales managers
  4. Advanced reporting
    • Analytics from Power BI
    • Sales Forecasting using Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  5. Pricing

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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 on the webinar. For questions, reach out to linda@voxism.com, or call 905-840-7477


Power BI 201 - Level 2 Online Training Workshop - November 11

Power BI 201 - Level 2 Online Training Workshop - November 11

Power BI 201 - Level 2 Online Training Workshop - November 11

This session will cover:

– Visualizations, Linking Tables and Dashboards – an Overview

– Drill through functionality aka ‘taking your users through a data journey across many tabs’

– Using images as slicers

– MTD, YTD vs previous year

– Fiscal Year and Fiscal Period

– AI Decomposition Tree

– Scatter Charts/Correlation

– Modelling or ‘What-If’ inputs/variables

Why this training?

You can learn at your desk with our sample datasets, with an easy to follow instructions using the free version of Power BI desktop.

Participants will receive the recorded version of the webinar in addition to the training PowerPoint.  

How will it benefit me?

  • Understanding the trends and outliers in your business can aid in making informed decisions that can result in success. 
  • Turning data into knowledge that can help drive your business, providing insights for better business decisions.
  • Time Analysis is significantly easier when using a tool like Power BI.

What are the objectives of the training series?

Upon completion, learners will be ready to model data and build amazing analytics in real-world scenarios, such as analytics on sales data, financial data, or manufacturing or distribution data.

Who is the target audience?

Anyone who has attended one of our previous training session on Power BI 101 and wants to step up their skills. 

This course is not for beginners.

Users will be expected to know the fundamentals of getting data, creating visuals and working with basic Dax formulas.

Prerequisites:

  1. You should have a laptop.
  2. Download Power BI to your desktop/laptop
  3. Download sales data into Excel from your ERP system (we will provide if you forget)
  • Invoice #, Amount, Customer, Date are the minimum fields
  • Country, City, Sales Rep, Part, Product Types are recommended if available

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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 on the webinar. For questions, reach out to linda@voxism.com, or call 905-840-7477


Power BI 201 - Level 2 Online Training Workshop - August 27

Power BI 201 - Level 2 Online Training Workshop - August 27

Power BI 201 - Level 2 Online Training Workshop - August 27

This session will cover:

– Visualizations, Linking Tables and Dashboards – an Overview

– Drill through functionality aka ‘taking your users through a data journey across many tabs’

– Using images as slicers

– MTD, YTD vs previous year

– Fiscal Year and Fiscal Period

– AI Decomposition Tree

– Scatter Charts/Correlation

– Modelling or ‘What-If’ inputs/variables

Why this training?

You can learn at your desk with our sample datasets, with an easy to follow instructions using the free version of Power BI desktop.

Participants will receive the recorded version of the webinar in addition to the training PowerPoint.  

How will it benefit me?

  • Understanding the trends and outliers in your business can aid in making informed decisions that can result in success. 
  • Turning data into knowledge that can help drive your business, providing insights for better business decisions.
  • Time Analysis is significantly easier when using a tool like Power BI.

What are the objectives of the training series?

Upon completion, learners will be ready to model data and build amazing analytics in real-world scenarios, such as analytics on sales data, financial data, or manufacturing or distribution data.

Who is the target audience?

Anyone who has attended one of our previous training session on Power BI 101 and wants to step up their skills. 

This course is not for beginners.

Users will be expected to know the fundamentals of getting data, creating visuals and working with basic Dax formulas.

Prerequisites:

  1. You should have a laptop.
  2. Download Power BI to your desktop/laptop
  3. Download sales data into Excel from your ERP system (we will provide if you forget)
  • Invoice #, Amount, Customer, Date are the minimum fields
  • Country, City, Sales Rep, Part, Product Types are recommended if available

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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 on the webinar. For questions, reach out to linda@voxism.com, or call 905-840-7477


Power BI and Business Central Working Together - July 24 - Webinar VOX ISM

Power BI and Business Central Working Together - July 24 - Webinar

Power BI and Business Central Working Together - July 24 - Webinar VOX ISM

Microsoft provides content packages in Power BI for Business Central (NAV) that create out of the box dashboards and charts that you can drill down into and use throughout the application. Still, very few people know how to use and leverage this capability in this software. In this webinar, we will provide training on how to set up and configure Power BI to work within your Business Central Environment and give you some tips and tricks on how to expand the usage.

Agenda:

  1. Introduction to Power BI
  2. Setting up content packages
  3. Setting up Integration to Business Central
  4. Lists, Dashboards, Reports and Pages
  5. Tips and tricks for item numbers and key fields used in parameters
  6. Extending functionality

VOX ISM will be hosting 80 training webinars this summer, yes two every day, for your enjoyment and continuing education. Please make us part of your daily summer routine, whether you are working from home or at the office.

https://voxism.com/events/

If you can’t make it, register now, and we’ll send you a link to the webinar recording once it’s ready.

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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 on the webinar. For questions, reach out to linda@voxism.com, or call 905-840-7477


The Future Of Manufacturing Technologies - July 23 - Webinar VOX ISM

The Future Of Manufacturing Technologies - July 23 - Webinar

The Future Of Manufacturing Technologies - July 23 - Webinar VOX ISM

The only thing we know for sure in the age of COVID-19 is that the economy is in flux, and it is changing the nature of production & distribution.

Join us on July 23, from 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM (ET) for an exclusive webinar with “Manufacturing Mike” to explore how advanced technologies from Microsoft are transforming the manufacturing industry and the workforce in this pandemic.

Agenda:

  1. Data and Analytics (Power BI)
  2. Assisted Insights (AI)
  3. Supply Chains, E-commerce, and additive manufacturing
  4. Security
  5. Customer service
  6. IoT
  7. Digital Infrastructure
  8. TEAMS
  9. Automation and the need for skills improvement
  10. Repatriation

VOX ISM will be hosting 80 training webinars this summer, yes two every day, for your enjoyment and continuing education. Please make us part of your daily summer routine, whether you are working from home or at the office.

https://voxism.com/events/

If you can’t make it, register now, and we’ll send you a link to the webinar recording once it’s ready.

[event_details]

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 on the webinar. For questions, reach out to linda@voxism.com, or call 905-840-7477