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5 Ways a SharePoint Portal Can Help Your Manufacturing Business

The manufacturing industry is undergoing radical changes thanks to new production technologies and the integration of IT throughout the functional supply chain. Manufacturers are realizing greater success and added value by offering more services (also known as servitization) and becoming more customer-focused.

We support digital transformation in manufacturing by offering cost effective, out-of-the box solutions for manufacturers utilizing the Microsoft ecosystem. By leveraging the Office 365 platform, our solutions bring tremendous functionality and huge savings to Expense Management, Check Request, Requisition Management, Invoice Automation and Portals.

How can a SharePoint Portal help your manufacturing business?

DynamicPoint’s SharePoint Portals are built to integrate with your ERP and CRM system and deliver a flexible, seamlessly integrated and highly secure extranet solution for 24/7 self-service access.

Below are just 5 ways our Portals can help manufacturers improve customer service and streamline their operations. Users can:

  1. View and edit order and purchasing information in real time
  2. Access inventory data, stock levels, BOMs, and order new products.
  3. See outstanding invoices, make payments and submit new invoices.
  4. Create new product return requests and manage RMAs.
  5. Access performance reports, share KPIs and customer rating information.

Interested in learning more? Watch this short video to learn how it can work for your business.

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How EasyAP365 Offers More Functionality at a Fraction of the Price

How does DynamicPoint offer a more functional Invoice Automation Application at a lower cost than the competition? It is all about the Platform. EasyAP365 is the affordable Microsoft Office 365 invoice automation app, streamlining accounts payable through flexible submittal methods, OCR, predefined templates, and integration to Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions. Leveraging SharePoint’s document libraries, email integration, and OneDrive storage, EasyAP365 supports secure, collaborative and paperless invoice processing through mobile, access anywhere and automated workflows.

How does this benefit you? By leveraging Office 365, you can take advantage of built-in OCR, workflow, security, branding, content management, etc. straight from Microsoft. At DynamicPoint, we take the best of breed approach in using all of these features to make our product the most flexible Invoice Automation solution on the market- at a fraction of the cost of competitive solutions.

 


SharePoint brings tremendous functionality and savings to the Accounts Payable Invoice Automation process:

  • Automation of invoice data entry with flexible submittal methods, from digital sources, including mobile, email and vendor portals.
  • Rapid allocation assignment by vendor, expense type, department and more through predefined templates.
  • An easy-to-use app with native integration to Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions, developed by the Dynamics payables automation expert, DynamicPoint.
  • Leveraging the power of Microsoft productivity tools, automated workflows, OCR and SharePoint Online document storage.

SEE HOW IT WORKS

 


Want to learn more?

Check out our recent demo videos, view pricing details or schedule a 1:1 product demonstration.

By Mike Marcin, DynamicPoint
Office 365 Apps for PurchaseInvoiceExpensePortal that extend the reach of your ERP & CRM application.

Did we miss you at Best Manufacturing Apps Conference (BMAC) in Toronto?

DynamicPoint was a proud sponsor of the Best Manufacturing Apps Conference (BMAC), held at Microsoft Canada in Mississauga on Tuesday, November 12.

BMAC is the one-stop experience that brings together Canadian manufacturers and industry experts and keeps them ahead of manufacturing’s digital transformation. BMAC is recognized as the best platform for Canadian manufacturers for interactions on the latest trends in the manufacturing industry.


3 Reasons Manufacturing Companies Attend BMAC:

  1. Interact directly and take a test drive of our Customer and Vendor Portal, EasyAP365 and Expense Management solutions.
  2. Engage with industry experts, speakers, exhibitors and attendees on the latest trends impacting your business and the manufacturing industry.
  3. Learn best practices and tips to improve your business performance.

Event Agenda:

  • Microsoft Dynamics Business Central For Manufacturing– What Is New For Canadian Manufacturers In 2019
  • The 10 BMAC Exhibitors Will Present Their Product In An Allocated Time Slot.
  • An Open Exhibit Hall – Visit And Try Out The Software With The Exhibitor That Catches Your Attention.

Interested in joining a future event? Space is limited, so reserve your seat today.

Key Takeaways from User Group Summit 2019

It was great to be a part of the Microsoft Dynamics User Group Summit in Orlando this past week, the annual conference for users of the Microsoft Business Applications platform – featuring education on all versions of Dynamics 365, AX, CRM, GP, BC/NAV, Power BI, PowerApps, and Microsoft Flow. With credible peer-to-peer knowledge exchange at its core, the event provided focused learning and networking as attendees gained instrumental solutions for their everyday system challenges and larger organizational goals.

This year we heard the importance of the Microsoft Power Platform and the suite of applications and features that will be the focus of future growth. With Power Platform, users can improve productivity across their business with an integrated application platform that combines Power BI, PowerApps, and Microsoft Flow. Because these solutions are designed to work together, everyone across the business can quickly and easily build custom apps, automate workflows to improve business productivity, and analyze data for insights—no matter their technical expertise.

Of course, this is only the beginning of what’s possible. I wanted to share with you how DynamicPoint’s Office 365 SharePoint PortalsInvoice Automation and Expense Management products deliver the right functionality to complete the story.

For app users and end user organizations, the benefits are plenty. Seamless two-way integration between your existing ERP / CRM information and a secure and customizable SharePoint portal gives your customers and vendors more effective, accurate, profitable and FASTER customer service experiences— all at a fraction of the cost of other solutions. All of our apps are built with integrations to Microsoft Flow for Workflow, Power BI for reporting and PowerApps for mobility. This is delivered on the Office 365 SharePoint Platform offering security, branding, content management and more.

For Microsoft Partners and Value Added Resellers (VARs/SIs), there are a multitude of opportunities to deliver these services in conjunction with our applications. Our SharePoint portal apps integrate directly with Microsoft Dynamics 365, AX, GP, NAV and CRM to seamlessly connect customer and vendor data with Dynamics. What’s more, they proactively drive Azure consumption across the Power Platform, which, as we know, is a great play for Microsoft and supports your customer’s digital transformation in the cloud.

For Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) looking to share their app information with customers, vendors or employees, the DynamicPoint portal app is the perfect way to connect their solution with users. Our portal application integrates using the Microsoft Dynamics web services so virtually any information can be included in the configuration of the portal. That means the functionality that you are delivering for your specific industry solution can be easily included. With some simple configuration, your product will have a SharePoint Office 365 based portal, with real time integration to your data.  You can then share this information with customers and vendors with no additional costs or licensing requirements. In short, ISVs have a multitude of opportunities to deliver these services in conjunction with their applications.

Interested in learning more? Watch this 2 minute video to learn how it works. You can also check out our recent demo videos, view pricing details or schedule a 1:1 product demonstration.

For our fellow Microsoft fans, we look forward to seeing you at another user group event soon!

By Mike Marcin, DynamicPoint
Office 365 Apps for PurchaseInvoiceExpensePortal that extend the reach of your ERP & CRM application.

The Power of the Platform

Time for a trip down memory lane. When is the last time you grabbed your iPod before you went for a run or your kids asked if they could bring their Nintendo DS on a road trip? Speaking of road trip, if you did go on one, did you remember to bring your Garmin? When you arrived, did you call 411 to find a good place to eat?  I hope your PDA reminded you to call your mom and wish her a happy birthday.

What do all these items have in common? Of course, the answer is we don’t use them anymore. And why? The answer is they are all available on our cell phones. So how did this happen? Did these manufacturers produce inferior products that were outshined by the cell phone version? Perhaps that is true today but initially the answer was no. These products all died as the cell phone was already there for us, loaded with features and capabilities. And the costs of delivering these applications on an existing platform and hardware device was a fraction of what it was to create a separate one. We can blame the power of the platform for the death of these many products and more.

Now let’s extend this analogy to business applications. Our friends at Microsoft have put forth a cell phone equivalent platform for business productivity. This includes all the applications and features that reside within Office 365, including, Teams, Office Apps, SharePoint, Flow, Forms, PowerApps, Power BI (and the list goes on).

For a solution vendor, this is a tremendous opportunity. By leveraging this robust platform and building applications on it, we can offer our solutions faster and more affordably than ever before. And just like our cell phone apps, they offer functionality that is much more functional than the competition at a fraction of the cost. And we have the platform to thank for this.

Check out our Customer / Vendor Portal, Invoice Automation and Employee Expense Applications that take full advantage of the Office 365 platform to deliver you robust applications at extraordinary prices.

Want to learn more?
Register for our upcoming webinar: How to Configure a Customer, Vendor, and Employee Portal with SharePoint.
You can also check out our recent demo videos, view pricing details or schedule a 1:1 product demonstration.

By Mike Marcin, DynamicPoint
Office 365 Apps for PurchaseInvoiceExpensePortal that extend the reach of your ERP & CRM application.

How to Create a Customer, Vendor and Employee Portal with SharePoint

Are you looking to improve customer satisfaction, streamline operations, and improve efficiencies at your company? SharePoint web portals do just that while providing 24/7 self-service access to critical data. In this upcoming webinar, we’ll show you how to create an Office 365 SharePoint portal that can improve access to customer, vendor or employee information and integrate directly with your ERP or CRM system.

SharePoint is an ideal dashboard platform offering the building blocks for document management, workflow, and analytics, but also the flexibility to design the portal specific to your customer and vendor requirements by extending key data.

Learn how you can improve operational efficiencies and advance your business with an affordable and easy-to-implement Customer, Vendor or Employee Portal. Register today.

DATE & TIME

Wed, Dec 4, 2019 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PST

REGISTER TO JOIN

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2503377272103308301

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Manage your Invoice Approval tasks directly from Microsoft Teams

Has your company adopted the Microsoft Teams platform yet? In addition to enhanced collaboration and communication, you can easily manage your invoice approval tasks directly from Teams. This benefit comes to you at no cost, as Teams offers integration with the same workflow engine (Microsoft Flow) we use for all of our products, including EasyAP365.

This feature makes managing your invoice approval tasks even easier.  There’s no need to keep track of emails or open tasks, and you can view your entire queue direct from Teams.

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If you’re looking for more robust AP functionality, EasyAP365 is an affordable Microsoft Office 365 invoice automation app, streamlining accounts payable through flexible submittal methods, OCR, predefined templates, and integration to Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions. Leveraging SharePoint’s document libraries, email integration, and OneDrive storage, EasyAP365 supports secure, collaborative and paperless invoice processing through mobile, access anywhere and automated workflows.

Learn More
Streamlining your invoice approval tasks is now easier than ever: Watch a demo today. 

By DynamicPoint
Office 365 Apps for PurchaseInvoiceExpensePortal that extend the reach of your ERP & CRM application.

Doing More with Less: How to Reduce Repetitive Accounting Tasks with Office 365

Would you like your team to spend less time on repetitive tasks and more time to concentrate on proactively driving your business forward? Thanks to Microsoft’s Software as a Service (SAAS) model, Office 365 and Power Platform tools, your ideal AP solution can be built on top of nearly any database and connect with all the major applications out there. What’s more, the initial expensive capital costs no longer exist and the barrier to get started is much lower than in previous years. These days, it isn’t about proving the cost benefit, it is more about the willingness to change and automate your processes.

EasyAP365 is the affordable Microsoft Office 365 invoice automation app, streamlining accounts payable through flexible submittal methods, OCR, predefined templates, and integration to Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions. Leveraging SharePoint’s document libraries, email integration, and OneDrive storage, EasyAP365 supports secure, collaborative and paperless invoice processing through mobile, access anywhere and automated workflows.

SharePoint brings tremendous functionality and savings to the Accounts Payable Invoice Automation process, including:

  • Automation of invoice data entry with flexible submittal methods, from digital sources, including mobile, email and vendor portals.
  • Rapid allocation assignment by vendor, expense type, department and more through predefined templates.
  • An easy-to-use app with native integration to Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions, developed by the Dynamics payables automation expert, DynamicPoint.
  • Leveraging the power of Microsoft productivity tools, automated workflows, OCR and SharePoint Online document storage.

Learn More
Automating burdensome repetition is now easier than ever, with even larger benefits to your organization. Find out how you can free up your team so they can concentrate on moving your businesses forward: Watch a demo today. 

By DynamicPoint
Office 365 Apps for PurchaseInvoiceExpensePortal that extend the reach of your ERP & CRM application.

Is the traditional ISV software model dead?

Has anyone been keeping track of Microsoft’s stock price?  If so, you know it has gone through the roof.  At the time of this article being written, Microsoft market capitalization has passed the 1 trillion dollar mark to become the world’s most valuable company and surpassed rivals such as Apple and Amazon.

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Not bad for a company that was considered a dying breed as recent as 5 years ago.  How did a massive company very set in its ways accomplish this feat in such a short period of time?  Quite simply, they gave up on fighting change and instead embraced it.  The company’s revenues have shifted from being almost entirely focused on Windows and their on premise installs of Office to being fueled by their cloud offerings, namely Azure and Office 365.  In just the past quarter their cloud division revenues increased by 68% year over year, and they are making significant strides in taking over the first mover in the space, Amazon Web Services.  Not only did they change their product focus, but also their approach.  Microsoft’s old boss, Steve Ballmer, has been quoted as calling Linux and other open source software as a “cancer.”  The Linux operating system now has more installs on Azure than Windows.

So what can DynamicPoint and other software companies learn from this lesson?  Simply put, it is not about fighting leading technologies and the change they bring, but adapting to them.

That is exactly what DynamicPoint is doing with its new line up of Office 365 apps.  We offer a fully integrated Customer / Vendor / Employee Portal, Expense Management and Invoice automation solutions on top of the Office 365 platform.  The Office 365 business suite of products offers a platform for software applications that can be compared to the mobile dominance of iOS and Android.  Mobile app development companies don’t have to create a camera application, location services, notification platform, etc. all from scratch.  Instead they use all of these features offered by the platform and they focus on bringing them all together in unique and valuable ways.  Take Uber for example, if you look at the most important functionality to their product it is the ability to see where drivers and would be passengers are located.  To enable this from scratch would require a ridiculous amount of investment to create a map of the world, launch satellites for GPS and create mobile location services.  They didn’t have to do any of this.  They just brought it all together in a way that is easy to use and entirely changed how we get around town.

The Office 365 platform is very similar. It has the ability to securely create sites using SharePoint and share them with internal employees and external partners, report on data using Power BI and publish this information for sharing, create robust and flexible workflows with hundreds of actions and connections using Flow, configure forms with the drop of a field on a Forms template, develop mobile apps using the PowerApps platform, store and share documents by way of SharePoint and OneDrive, just to name a few.  Why would any company that is attempting to create a software product stage an attempt of fighting these products and associated functionality when they can leverage it all.  Especially when these plans start at $5 per user per month?

At DynamicPoint we believe it would be a little irrational to say the least to compete with these technologies.  So instead, we use them all.  Each of our products, Portal, Expense Management and Invoice automation, take full advantage of all of these features in delivering an incredibly robust solution to our customers at a fraction of the costs of building this all ourselves and of the competition.  Our reporting features using Power BI, workflows leverage Flow, site layout and security use SharePoint, mobile apps use PowerApps, and more.  We believe there is a lesson to be learned from Microsoft’s success.  And we are looking forward to the opportunities it brings and the value we can deliver to our customers.

Want to learn more?
Check out our recent demo videos, view pricing details or schedule a 1:1 product demonstration.

By Mike Marcin, DynamicPoint
Office 365 Apps for PurchaseInvoiceExpensePortal that extend the reach of your ERP & CRM application.

Why Customers Love DynamicPoint

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  • Kellie and team I really appreciate all your help getting our customer’s project sorted out. It may not have been our ideal go live situation with the client’s old system going down suddenly, but you have been awesome about very quick responses, and getting things taken care of for us and the client. Thank you.

    Brenda N.,
    Senior Director, Technology Services | RSM US LLP

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  • IT systems are never perfect. The difference between a good and average (or poor) experience is made when a vendor proves themselves as a true business Partner by ensuring the customer is getting the value they expect from their product, it’s this character and culture of their team that validates my decision to partner with DynamicPoint.

    Chris E.,
    Director of Business and Quality Information Systems | OneBlood, Inc

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  • We have been so impressed with DynamicPoint’s solution and their people. They put in the time to make sure they can deliver what they promise,” concludes Amy. “You can tell they are very committed to their customers and made me feel like a priority through every question and conversation.

    Amy T.,
    Sr. Manager Business Applications & IT Support Services | CBORD

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  • DynamicPoint is very knowledgeable, quick turnaround times and great customer service. What they deliver is always what I asked for or more. One of my most favorite vendors!

    Shannon I.,
    Glidewell Laboratories

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  • Great expertise with both Microsoft Dynamics GP and SharePoint. DynamicPoint was very responsive and professional throughout the engagement. The product was exactly what was desired, and was bug free upon delivery. I highly recommend working with DynamicPoint for any GP customization or SharePoint development.

    Ron T.
    T.D. Williamson Inc.

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