Why Upgrade to Office 365?

If you are still operating your Office Enterprise suite on-premises you may lose your data at any time, It happens when you do not upgrade, your systems may skip any precautions to save the data and files. So, this is the time that your business must take some careful decisions and upgrade office 2016 to 365.

It is not only beneficial for storing data but collecting it in one place and keeping people informed about any new changes too.

Remember you need to invest in these office applications to keep your business manageable. The tools help businesses to stay organized and increase efficiency through it. So, invest and get in the good books of your clients.

If you have recently invested in office 2019 – you might be reluctant in upgrading to office 365 for the business plan.

This article is about some of the best reasons to upgrade the Microsoft office to office 365.

What is Microsoft Office 2019?

This is a one-time purchasable product, which provides you with a singular cost to get Microsoft Office apps for a single device. Office 2019 can be purchased for both Mac’s or PCs. But when it comes to upgrading, when new releases come out, you will have to purchase the new release at full price.

Microsoft Office 2019
Microsoft Office 365

What is Microsoft Office 365?

Is a Microsoft Office Plan which is a subscription-based service that provides you with most up-to-date Microsoft Office apps and tools available from Microsoft Office. There are 365 plans for all users, whether you need plans for home and personal use, or if you need it for large enterprises, schools, small to midsized businesses or Non-for-profits.

Why Choose Office 365?

Microsoft Office With Office 365 being a subscription-based product, ensuring that you have the latest updates and products fully installed and available.  Office 365 or also known as Office 365 Business offers the same applications that Microsoft has become renowned for. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and OneNote, and for Windows Users, Access & Publisher are included. Office 365 boasts the same products as the boxed edition, but with the cloud, you have the benefits of frequent updates to ensure they are performing effectively. Once you make your Office 365 purchase, you will be able to access your apps from both mobile and tablet devices. Just search www.office.com, sign in and you will be able to download your Microsoft Office applications. Office 365 is always up to date with the latest versions of Microsoft Office. So, when Microsoft releases Office 2019, you won’t have to pay extra to upgrade. You’ll be automatically updated to the new software. Meanwhile, people who bought Office 2016 will be stuck with the old version, or they’ll have to purchase an Office 2019 license at full price.

Reasons To Upgrade To Microsoft Office 365.

No need to worry about servers and maintenance, Office 365 is available on the cloud, therefore your flexibility of integrated your business solutions is easier. Cloud requires no on-premise maintenance or server costs, therefore, you don’t need to worry about anything, due to Office 365 trust centre takes care of all of your data.

The best feature about office 365 small business is that you can choose the tools your business requires. Microsoft has been providing business with business applications for many years now, With the Microsoft Office 365, you will have access to a wide range of applications, often free that you can add to your home screen and access them from the one location.

Office 365 works with the concept of, “you get what you pay for”. Office 365 is adaptable whether your business grows or not. 

With the use of collaboration tools like office 365 one drive for business, you have storage for your organisation to share data. With Office 365, all you need to do is upgrade your subscription of Sharepoint & OneDrive if you need more space. Rather than having to buy new hard drives for storage when you don’t need to. With Office 365 you can trust that your data is safe and secure. 

Microsoft Office 365 business offers you the data protection and backup service to ensure you never need to worry about data loss.

Benefits of upgrading office 365 home to business?

Efficient and quick responses are the ultimate requirement of any industry. Your customers have many options to switch when you make them wait. 

Business is now moving at new speeds, conquering the pace that has never been known. So, if you don’t want to lag in the market, you must make wise decisions of upgrading business to office 365.

Office 365 subscription enables you to use any device and work from any place. Your client need some quick changes and you are on an outdoor trip, you have the facility to provide a solution right on the spot. 

Plus, you don’t have to stick to the PC and work from any device.

You can easily integrate the on-premises data and the cloud data on office 365 ensuring access to every single bit of the files. But using the cloud has more benefits, you don’t have to worry about the cost of servers with it. 

You just have to save and upload your data without investing a huge amount of maintenance and servers.

OneDrive allows you to get as much storage as you want. You get an upgrade to the new storage at any time OneDrive for business is available for any small, mid-size or large organizations.

Invest accordingly and you will never worry about the space in the future. It is quite affordable and you will never need to buy a hard drive for more storage space.

Office 365 can streamline the workflow and enhance productivity. The team can make quick changes and also collaborate easily. 

Improve, comment or change the documents online without having the stress of waiting for the responses and email tracking, etc. 

Even if you are working from home and managing a small business, you must upgrade Office 365 home to small business and run your business smoothly.

Conclusion

What are you waiting for now? The points mentioned above are quite fascinating for any business person who wants to keep all the documents manageable and organized. 

Microsoft Office 365 is an investment that can be with you for the long-term. A companion that gives you a relief by removing the stress of managing efficiency and productivity in any kind of big or small businesses

Besides, DFSM is always ready to provide you assistance in upgrading from Microsoft Office to Office 365. Our experts will make it easy for you to upgrade from any Microsoft Office version to 365.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Experts

Why should you consider moving your Dynamics AX support to DFSM?

It is time for the Dynamics AX 2012 end-of-life support to finally end. So, what is now? Most of you are probably feeling pressured to upgrade. But you’re wondering if you really need an upgrade. Is your company ready for the upgrade or not? Probably not!

This is exactly where DFSM has got your back.

When mainstream support for Microsoft Dynamics AX ends, Microsoft will no longer release hotfixes or patches to repair issues or handle legislative changes (for example, taxation). If you continue to use Dynamics AX without help, you risk running into software issues as well as legal and regulatory issues, all of which will disrupt your processes and frustrate your employees.

If you decide to keep using Dynamics AX after the support period expires, we propose collaborating with a Microsoft reseller, such as DFSM, who will give limited assistance for Ax 2012 extended support.

dfsm team

What does it mean to stay on Dynamics AX for now?

You don’t have to stop using AX just because Microsoft will no longer provide mainstream support for it.

Here are a few circumstances where deferring an upgrade might be a good idea.

  • Dynamics AX matches your current business requirements, and you may assist either internally, through a trusted partner, or a combination of the two.
  • You just upgraded to AX and aren’t financially or logistically prepared for another upgrade right now (but you do need a support plan).
  • You intend to upgrade to Dynamics 365 Finance, but you are not yet ready, and you may want interim support and services to help you transition and upgrade.

Is it time to make the switch from AX to Dynamics 365?

Although much of the capability in AX and Dynamics 365 Finance is the same, there have been numerous enhancements in Dynamics 365 that may be worth investigating further to see if an update is worthwhile. This is where a partner with extensive knowledge in both systems can assist you in mapping out your requirements and comparing staying vs. upgrading, allowing you to make an informed decision. We’re not only an extension of your IT staff at DFSM we’re also an important element of your strategic team.

Check out the businesses that trust DFSM for AX support

Shine-Wing Australia

Basically, Shine-wing is the accounting and advisory firm of Australia that was actively looking for the solution to manage their clients and payments by balancing the processes of operations. Our challenge was to keep the business and its marketing transformation in the right direction while proposing the solution. We had meetings to understand their latest challenges, and then after understanding finance operations, we offered them the ERP solution that has features of reporting, analytics and a lot more. To date, Shine wing is consulting DFSM for Microsoft Dynamics 365 support. 

Shine-Wing Australia
Breville

Breville

Breville is a kitchen appliance manufacturing firm. They had already hired a global Microsoft Dynamics implementation partner to help them roll out Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations in various locations. But they needed a second set of hands to help with the Finance modules to help them roll out Microsoft Dynamics 365 in different countries and regions. As the AX 2012 r3 end of life support strikes, Breville also required a specialist partner to assist with the Finance parts of its legacy system, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. As a result, DFSM is providing them with complete Dynamics AX 2012 team support.

How can DFSM help you?

Our aim is to serve you in getting the most out of your AX investment today while also planning for future growth and developing a viable strategy. This is the primary goal of our application management and support services, so you’ll never have to worry about your system being managed, updated, or optimized, no matter what platform you’re on. If you are searching for the right Microsoft partner, let the DFSM be of your assistance. Be its consultancy services for Microsoft Dynamics AX support timelines or the implementation of ERP; our team is here to help! We will assist you in the whole process of AX 2012 to dynamics 365 upgrade.

Microsoft Dynamics Professionals

ERP implementation failure a case study 2020

ERP implementation failure a case study 2020

 

Failure is a scary word. You hear it and think it is something with the thorns. But this is the one thing that teaches you the most valuable lessons. Businesses like to upgrade and even if they don’t, the demand of the market will make them do it.

Now, failure and businesses go hand in hand. It is not always a story of success and never a failure. There are a lot of ERP implementation failure examples as well as successful examples.

So, when it comes to upgrading, organizations think of every possible investment they can make for the sake of efficiency. The client has nothing to do with resources; the only thing he demands is efficiency and on-time work delivery. So, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is one of the systems that make sure of it.

It is an amazing Enterprise Software. But usually, implementation of ERP fails. According to some of the facts, it has a more failure rate than success.

If you want, we can name many reasons and including that; the staff in a relaxing mood without analyzing the outcome of ERP software implementation is on the top.

Case Study of the failure of ERP Solution implementation

 

ERP implementation fails due to many reasons, but lack of involvement, supervision, and recognition are the most common.

Let’s study today the case of Hershey’s SAP ERP failure.

 

It is one of the common case studies, and people take lessons from them before investing millions of dollars in the system. And according to the ERP implementation failure statistics, Hershey is one of the most popular case studies for that matter.

If you are a business owner or going to be a future CEO of any company. Bear one thing in mind, along with the decision making power, the timing for business benefits is the most important thing. Hershey’s made the mistake in scheduling. These are the three mistakes that lead them to the failure of ERP Solution.

hersheys ERP fail

 

  • The operational team of Hershey’s made a terrible mistake of sacrificing systems testing for the sake of convenience. So, no issues came into attention. By the time they get to know, it was too late. If you want to provide real-time experience to your clients, you must sure real-time testing process too.

 

  • Second mistake of textbook implementation mistake. They tried to squeeze a complex ERP system into a short timeline. When you implement anything new, it demands some effort and not giving it the needed attention and effort is the sole reason for any kind of failure. So, it was an easy way to fail.

 

  • The third mistake was to time the cutover period in a busy season. Halloween is the season of candy, and the staff was not trained for the ERP at that time. Hershey’s ignored the fact and didn’t reduce their orders. So, the ultimate reason for the failure was the non-qualified team as they were not proficient, but had to meet the deadlines and orders.

Other than Hershey, Vodafone ERP implementation failure can also be used as a case study.

 

Conclusion

 

Ultimately, it is all about managing ERP implementation failure as a project management perspective. If you want to avoid any of the failures of ERP implementations, keep a few things in mind, testing the system, time cutover period during the slow business period and never squeeze a complex system into a short time. These are only a few lessons from one case study. You must go through a few others before making any investment.

 

identify the ERP failure factors 

 

We offer a rescue plan if we believe that your ERP implementation falls under the failed ERP project ( please read here) 

 

The Real Cost of Implementing an ERP

The Real Cost of Implementing an ERP

When looking at the cost of an ERP implementation, there is no real estimate figure that your company can view. Due to the complexity, and time spent developing the right system, it means that the Implementation cost varies greatly depending on your business size, industry, country, etc.

Estimation Ranges

Small Businesses $10,000 – $100,000+

Medium-Sized Businesses $100,000 – $500,000+

Enterprises $1 Million – $10+ Million 

Due to the range of costs, it is hard to exactly determine your estimate without discussing it with a Microsoft Dynamics Consultant. The Majority of these costs encompasses both the internal & external Human Resources.

If we look at breaking down the costs to better understanding where the money is spent, the three main aspects include the number of users, the industry of your organisation, & the number of business locations.

  1. Users – According to Software Paths ERP Report, the average cost of the user in an ERP implementation is around $7200, while not all employees need to be users in the implementation, around 1/3 of staff will use the company’s ERP Software. 
  2. Industry – Depending on whether your organisation specialising in service, you may find it difficult to find the right solution for you. For Manufacturing, Distribution & Transport, etc, there are specifically tailored solutions for these businesses, which may help to reduce cost, with no need for heavy customisation or third-party add-ons which can become costly.
  3. Locations – If your organisation is operating out of multiple factories or offices in multiple locations, there will be increased costing, ensure that the vendor you choose helps to provide the information above to ensure you know the costing of a potential ERP Implementation.

The total cost of your ERP will be heavily dependent on the above, but there are still multiple factors you will have to consider when implementing Microsoft Dynamics 365

we also recommend using our ERP ROI calculator to see how much you’ll be saving by implementing an ERP.

Including.

Customisations
Third-Party Add-ons
Integration
Data Migration
Additional Features & Module
Upgrades
Licenses
Testing
On-Going Support

Understanding business needs is a key step in the process of implementing an ERP. It is very difficult to determine an accurate scope of your project without an in-depth understanding. 

Contact our Microsoft Dynamics Consultants Today.

Single Touch Payroll Business Integration

 

How the new Single Touch Payroll (STP) legislation will affect your business?

 

Does your current software offer single touch payroll?

 

Payroll has gone through a significant legislative change in 2018. From the 1st of July 2018,  Employers with twenty or more employees are reporting to the ATO through single touch payroll unless granted a deferral. 

You might be wondering what Single Touch Payroll is?

It is really quite simple. STP or single touch payroll is a new reporting method of sending employee payroll information to the ATO. Information such as salaries, wages, PAYG withholdings and superannuation will be reported directly to the ATO in the standard pay run, instead of at the end of the financial year. Giving the employee easy access to up to date payment information

STP will save businesses valuable time around the end of the year without having to process all those employees, it’s already done making it much easier. By the start of the financial year in 2019, all organisations will need to report through STP as it will become a mandatory requirement for all businesses. This will be a gradual transition and the ATO are providing flexible options for the first few months.

If you are struggling with business solutions, do not worry, as we can provide your business with a solution to ensure you will be in compliance with the ATO while providing software to utilise STP and provide Australian Payroll on D365. When looking at whether your current software is able to integrate your payroll and other business processes. You cannot look past Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance & Operations. 

 

At DFSM Consulting, we will help to find the perfect Microsoft Dynamics solution for your business, regardless of size or industry. Contact Us Today.

 

AX 2012 to Dynamics 365 Upgrade

AX 2012 to Dynamics 365 Upgrade

Are you considering upgrading from your current Microsoft Dynamics  Version? There are a couple of considerations you will need to make before making a well-informed decision. Hopefully, this article will help you determine if it is the right time to upgrade to Dynamics 365.

Support Lifecycle

Support Lifecycle may be the deciding factor for your change, depending on what version of AX you currently have. You may or may not still have support from Microsoft. If your software support has expired or expiring soon then upgrading to Dynamics 365 soon would be a smart business decision regardless if you have MS Dynamics 2012 or Dynamics AX 2012 R3.

There may be a benefit to improving as current MS Dynamics AX 2012 clients who are current on their annual enhancement and have a version still supported with have access to pricing discounts until November 1st 2019. You may need to check your current plan against what level of support Microsoft is offering.

Version Mainstream Support End  Extended Support End
Dynamics AX 2012 9th October 2018 12th October 2021
Dynamics AX 2012 R2 9th October 2018 12th October 2021
Dynamics AX 2012 R3 12th October 2021 10th January 2023

 

Planning Required

When your organisation plans to upgrade to Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations, you will need to assemble a wide range of stakeholders, including business owners, department experts, IT staff, and ensure that you engage as many people as possible. 

Allowing your organisation to better understand what everyone requires and what will be required of your staff to ensure that your upgrade goes smoothly. By ensuring that you have the appropriate resources and plans in place, you will significantly increase the chance of a successful implementation.

With the introduction of Microsoft Dynamics 365, they now offer three license levels, dependant on the access required. Dynamics 365’s applications have three, plus a dedicated license for devices. 

Full Users: Gives full access to all features.

Operations Activity: Users can perform transactional tasks but cannot access all features.

Team Member: For users that don’t require all features, allows users to view & analyse data while giving them the ability to carry out minor tasks like time entry.

Hopefully, this information gives you a better understanding of the upgrade from AX 2012 to D365. If your software support has expired, and you are not considering an upgrade to Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations.

 

Feel free to contact us about Dynamics AX Support. Unlike other Microsoft Dynamics 365 consultants, we prioritize customer support regardless of the software version. DFSM Consulting focuses on providing you with the support you deserve to keep your system up and running. 

Talk with an Expert Today

You consent to the processing of your
personal data by clicking on the button.
Terms of use.

Talk with an Expert Today

You consent to the processing of your
personal data by clicking on the button.
Terms of use.

Download Template

You consent to the processing of your
personal data by clicking on the button.
Terms of use.

Download Template

You consent to the processing of your
personal data by clicking on the button.
Terms of use.

Download Template

You consent to the processing of your
personal data by clicking on the button.
Terms of use.

Download Template

You consent to the processing of your
personal data by clicking on the button.
Terms of use.

Download Template

You consent to the processing of your
personal data by clicking on the button.
Terms of use.

Download Template

You consent to the processing of your
personal data by clicking on the button.
Terms of use.

Download Template

You consent to the processing of your
personal data by clicking on the button.
Terms of use.

Download Template

You consent to the processing of your
personal data by clicking on the button.
Terms of use.

Download Template

You consent to the processing of your
personal data by clicking on the button.
Terms of use.