The Staircase to Operational Excellence

Monday, October 30, 2017
The search for Operational Excellence (OPEx) among wholesale distributors (and manufacturers and service companies, too) is becoming more commonplace — and is now considered essential for mission critical functions and applications. Through a clearer articulation of proven process improvement approaches, it’s now possible to embark on innovation initiatives that avoid waste, improve customer experiences, and keep work processes under control. Those who anticipate and drive this future will effectively deliver value to their customers and organization. The quick pace of change in most businesses, particularly over the past decade, has wide reaching consequences in enabling new ways of working and driving changing business models, bringing with them entirely new ways of t  [Read More...]

The Changing Sales Dynamics

Monday, October 30, 2017
Much has changed in the 20 years since Growth Dynamics began researching the unique complexity of the sales arena. Everything from technology, to how customers communicate, what they expect and how they run their businesses has had a major impact on how the sales force must perform to succeed in both supplier and distributor companies. In the past, the role of a distributor and supplier was fairly specific. Suppliers utilized distributors to sell and develop business for their products in a specific market area or industry. Distributors counted on the supplier or manufacturer to provide technical support, training and product availability. All fairly simple right? Well, not today. What Has Changed for Suppliers and Distributors? The functions of distributors and su  [Read More...]

Power BI for Sage 300 Consolidated Financials

Friday, October 27, 2017
Power BI for Sage 300 Consolidated Financials
Following the blog post that talks about the Power BI in general (http://www.dynamicssouthwest.com/blog/the-story-of-power-bi). This blog introduces the Power BI implementation offer for Sage 300 (https://appsource.microsoft.com/en-us/marketplace/consulting-services/dsw.sage_300_consolidated_financials_on_power_bi). The deliverables are the financial data model, dashboards and Excel template for all the selected companies. Deliverables The Financial Data Model covers General Ledger, Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable. The comprehensive financial optimizer dashboard provides quick access to business metrics that are key to monitoring profitability and liquidity. The “what-if” analysis parameters allows the modelling of the probable outcomes by changing the sales, cos  [Read More...]

The story of Power BI

Monday, October 23, 2017
The story of Power BI
The story of Power BI is about the dream, the dream Microsoft had to transform how work is done. Long ago Microsoft brought great joy and prosperity to the business intelligence world, for it invented Excel and Analysis service. However, over the time people realized the dark side of it, namely, the Excel version control, the complexity of building the multi-dimensional data cube, and the lack of the visualization. So good people came out to save the world. For example, couple years ago Microsoft Dynamics team published the "Dynamics Business Analyzer (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/microsoft-dynamics-business-analyzer/9wzdncrfjbpg)" in the Microsoft store to be installed on the Windows devices. It presents the financial figures, ratios and KPIs. Users can switch rol  [Read More...]

Microsoft showcases Dynamics Southwest as PowerBI Partner

Thursday, September 14, 2017
https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/partner-showcase/dynamics-southwest-inc-dynamics-nav-consolidated-financials/   [Read More...]