GDPR and the Key Players Leading the Change

The General Data Protection Regulation is the biggest change to data protection in over twenty years. Coming into force on the 25th of May, and potentially bringing business crippling fines GDPR is an important topic.

As a Microsoft Partner with a strong security conscience, we are ISO 27001 certified. We have kept a watchful eye on all things GDPR and are running a content series to share what we have learnt. We have had BSI into our HQ to educate our team on GDPR and this week marks our first content release.

What you can expect from our GDPR series:

  •  GDPR and the Key players leading the change
  •  GDPR, what the changes will mean to you
  •  Introducing our GDPR tool, how it can increase your compliance

Week commencing 16th  of April – GDPR webinar – showcasing our GDPR tool, automate your obligations.

 >>     Webinar showcasing GDPR tool Thursday 19th of April 14:00 – 14:30 – Register for your place here.    <<


Who are the Key players in GDPR?                                                                             

The Trialogue –

The European Commission

The EU Council

The European Parliament

The European Commission is the EU’s politically independent executive arm. It alone is responsible for drawing up proposals for new European legislation, and it implements the decisions of the European Parliament and the Council of the EU. It’s member are a team or ‘college’ of commissioners, one from each EU country, and is based in Brussels, Belgium.

The Commissions role is to promote the general interests of the EU by proposing and enforcing legislation as well as by implementing policies and the EU budget.

The European Parliament is the EU’s law-making body. It is directly elected by EU voters every 5 years. The last elections were in May 2014. It currently has 751 MEPs and has locations in Strasbourg, Brussels and Luxembourg. Germany currently has the most MEPs at 96.

The three main roles of the European Parliament include;

  1. Legislative. Passing EU laws, together with the Council of the EU, based on European Commission proposals, international agreements, deciding on enlargements and reviewing the commission’s work programme.
  2. Supervisory. Democratic scrutiny of all EU institutions. Electing the Commission President and approving the Commission as a body. Along with questioning Commission and Council and election observations
  3. Budgetary. Establishing the EU budget, together with the Council and approving the EU’s long-term budget, the ‘Multiannual Financial Framework’.

The European Council brings together EU leaders to set the EU’s political agenda. It represents the highest level of political cooperation between EU countries. Its members are the heads of state or government of EU countries, the European Commission’s president, high representatives for foreign affairs and security policy. One of the EU’s 7 official institutions, the Council takes the form of summit meetings between EU leaders, chaired by a permanent president.

Their collective goals and why

The GDPR is not designed to bring a radical overhaul of the data protection law, rather an enhancement of the existing law. The UK Data Protection Act is being evolved to be inline with GDPR

The data protection law came into force in 1995 when the internet was in its preliminary stages. Now our Digital DNA is everywhere we go it is vital we protect our data. Different countries interpreted the data protection act differently, GDPR aims to bring a unified set of requirements.

This will give us:

  • Consistency of interpretation and enforcement
  • Ensure a high Data Protection across the industry
  • Reinforce individuals rights – privacy by design and by default
  • Strengthen the EU internal marketing through new, clear and robust rules for the free movement of data.
  • Improved data protection standards.

The GDPR will remove any ambiguity within the EU, as 28 laws become 1.

Once the GDPR goes live the new ‘European Data Protection Board’ (EDPB) will replace the Article 29 Working Party.


The UK government have confirmed that the UK will be implementing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The Secretary of State said:

‘We will be members of the EU in 2018, and therefore it would be expected and quite normal for us to opt into the GDPR and then look later at how best we might be able to help British business with data protection, while maintaining high levels of protection for members of the public.’

It’s clear the GDPR is something we all need to start preparing for. Brexit or not we need to all be compliant by the 25th of May.

Next week in the GDPR series we will delve into the specific pain points GDPR may bring to your organisation and discuss how to overcome them.

If you would like to download ‘GDPR and Microsoft 365 streamline your path to compliance’ eBook, click here.


If  you would like to know more about the training course we completed with BSI you can find it here. 


Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is set to be released April the 2nd.

Digital transformations have been the hot topic of late, and with the ever-changing world of technology, success is in development and transformation. Success is being able to adapt and evolve with the ever-changing technology world. Microsoft continually enhance and develop their systems to ensure their users are always ahead of the competition.

The Microsoft Dynamics 365 suite’s latest release will be Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, generally available April 2nd. Business Central offers organisations a single end to end solutions for managing finances, operations, sales and customer service, and an opportunity to easily upgrade from their entry-level accounting software and legacy ERP systems.

 Business Central integrates with other Microsoft cloud services, including Office 365 and can be customised or extended for specific industry needs with Power Apps, Microsoft Flow and Power BI.

 Dynamic 365 Business Central brings the full power of Dynamics NAV to the Cloud, with the option remaining to host on premise. The foundation of proven technologies that have served 160,000 customers and millions of users worldwide. As a single end-to-end application, Business Central offers:

·  Business without silos. Unify your business, and boost efficiency with automated tasks and workflows—all integrated within familiar Office tools like Outlook, Word, and Excel.

· Actionable insights. Achieve greater outcomes and gain a complete view of your business with connected data, business analytics, and guidance delivered by Microsoft’s leading intelligent technologies.

· Solutions built to evolve. Start quickly, grow at your own pace and adapt in real time with a flexible platform that makes it easy to extend Business Central based on your changing business needs.

Dynamics 365 Business Central will be generally available on April 2, 2018 in 14 countries – United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, and Finland.

Do even more with Dynamics 365 Business Central using pre-built applications, available through the AppSource marketplace, to easily and cost effectively extend your solution

Excited to learn more? Get in touch to see if Total Enterprise Solutions can help your organisation be more efficient with Microsoft Dynamics Business Central.

Dynamics 365, Business Edition, Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Karla Montes

Microsoft Dynamics NAV – Trusted, Agile, Managed, Personal.

Whatever organisation you’re in, software and data are not just behind the scenes but an integral part of how you operate. It should change how you do your business because if it isn’t changing yours, data will be changing your competitors. Therefore, a reliable, knowledgeable ERP system is vital to the success of your organisation. Microsoft Dynamics NAV is trusted by hundreds of thousands of users. 

>> Read our article on five things to consider when choosing a NAV partner<<

It has been operating and evolving for over a decade, with Microsoft continually investing millions of pounds to ensure it stays market leading. Continual investment and development ensures Microsoft Dynamics NAV provides its users with the latest innovative technology, and all the tools they need to succeed. 

Our business right now is completely different to how it was just a year ago. Both how we run the business, and how we deliver our engineering. A year ago, fundamentally we ran the software on premise. Today, people are increasingly choosing to use Microsoft Dynamics NAV in the cloud and take advantage of all it’s benefits. 

>> See our infographic on moving to the cloud here <<

What ever business you’re in, be it retail, manufacturing, or service, software and data is not what happens behind the scenes, it should direct your business. The wealth of Microsoft investment, from the cloud to the breadth of services, (like Power BI) NAV gives you insight to data in minutes . Any data, any way, anywhere, and all in one view.

>> See our TES added value page for software to enhance your Microsoft Dynamics NAV system <<

Microsoft have continual investment in The Cloud. The Microsoft Cloud differs from competitors as its focus is to provide the customer with exactly what they need. They have data centers across the globe, exactly how the customer requires.  Microsoft are committed to being ahead of the GDPR compliance regulations, not only internally at Microsoft but also for their customers to be compliant. They are constantly working to be more agile, compliant and secure. Microsoft secure data through encryption, so you can rest easy knowing your data is safe. Not only your data, but that of your customers.

>> You can see inside a Microsoft Data centre here <<

Both within Microsoft and TES, security is a core theme which is why TES are proud to have achieved ISO 27001. 

Microsoft Dynamics NAV prides itself on being agile, trusted, managed and personal. Total Enterprise Solutions have over a decade of experience with NAV.

If you have a pain point you would like to discuss it is likely our team will have come across it before, or if you don’t feel your current ERP system is meeting your needs, Microsoft Dynamics NAV may be the solution for you.

At TES we constantly review the market and form strategic partners so we can deliver everything you need to succeed with an adaptable platform, completely unique to your business.

If you would like to discuss what TES could do for your organisation please do not hesitate to contact us on


Microsoft Dynamics NAV – Why TES?