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Microsoft Dynamics Business Central, and the brave new world of Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft are investing heavily in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) as they recognise that these capabilities are a critical element of their future product and service offerings.

As a result of this strategy we currently have three AI and ML powered capabilities “out of the box” in Business Central and we expect to see more in future version releases.

These are:

  1. Item setup assisted by image recognition:

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2. Late Payment prediction for sales orders: AI 2

3. Inventory Forecasting

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All of the AI and ML features are designed around the principle of cognition providing insights and insights driving actions. AI and ML have greater cognition capabilities that traditional reporting methods so can provide insights that would not otherwise have been apparent. These insights can drive actions which give the business a competitive edge.

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As stated earlier in this post we expect to see more AI & ML features appearing in Business Central as “out of the box” features. In addition, for customers who have unique business scenarios which would benefit from AI and ML insights they are also providing an Azure based framework in which custom models can be built. These models can then easily be integrated into your BC application to drive the actions that will transform your business processes.

 

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Want to know more? Contact us on enquiries@totalenterprisesolutions.co.uk or call us on 0345 257 1173

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Day 12 of our Christmas Campaign !

We have had a lot of interest in the HMRC Changes and how Tax going digital is going to affect our customers. Our final Christmas present to you is an invite to our free Making Tax Digital webinar.

Thursday 10th of January 2019 14:00 with Robin Parkin our Finance Director.

Robin will discuss requirements, how NAV/BC will meet them.

Everything you need to know, in one place, free!

Claim your free place here.

 

Want to know more? Contact us on enquiries@totalenterprisesolutions.co.uk or call us on 0345 257 1173

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Day 11 – Customer Discount Groups

Dynamics NAV  Customer Discount Groups Day 11 Top Trick! 

In NAV there is the option to define Customer Discount Groups. This enables you to offer an invoice discount across all items that you sell, this can be simpler to maintain that Customer Price Groups. 

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The Following Steps Outline how to use Customer Discount Groups in Microsoft Dynamics NAV. 

1. Navigate to the Customer Disc. Groups Setup CRONUS UK Ltd./Departments/Sales & Marketing/Order Processing/Setup

2. In this Window you need to define a Code and Description for the Disc. Groups. tab 1

3. When you have created the Customer Disc. Group you will now need to apply Discounts for Customers within this Discount Group, you do this by clicking ‘Sales Line Discounts’ in the Ribbon. 

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4. In this window you will be able to specify Discount applied to specific Items or Items within an Item Disc. Group as well as minimum Quantities and start and end dates for contractual agreements or promotions if required.

5. Now that we have created Customer Disc. Groups we need to add it to Customers so that the Discount will be applied when selling to the specified Customers. We can do this on the Customer card by populating the ‘Customer Disc. Group’ field.  

6. You will now be able to process sales orders and the correct discount will be applied in sales documentation.

Want to know more? Contact us on enquiries@totalenterprisesolutions.co.uk or call us on 0345 257 1173

 

 

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Total Managed Services TES & Microsoft Dynamics Business Central

Total Enterprise Solutions are a Microsoft Gold Partner.

TES empowers your staff with a new range of capabilities contributing to your digital transformation strategy.

TES software transformation can deliver many benefits including;

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Once we have helped you transform areas of your system and with the peace of mind of our support service, which is reactive to any issues that may occur.

The final piece of the puzzle that TES offer clients is a proactive set of managed services.

TES aims to ensure you maximise your return on investment, through our Total Managed Services package. This extra layer of protection means we focus on your system, changes and anything else you need so you can focus on your organisation.

Our Managed Services provide a number of benefits including;

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Want to know more? Contact us on enquiries@totalenterprisesolutions.co.uk or call us on 0345 257 1173

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Day 10 – How to – Microsoft Dynamics NAV Blanket Orders

Day 10 of our Christmas campaign. This is a tip many of our customers find useful.

Blanket orders allow us to create a sales order and then ship and invoice to the customer over time. This is most effectively used when customers require large quantities of a product over a period of time.

The Following Steps Outline how to manually use Blanket Orders in Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

1. Navigate to the Blanket Order List CRONUS UK Ltd./Departments/Sales & Marketing/Order Processing/Blanket Sales Orders

2. Click the ‘New’ Button.new

3. Populate the appropriate fields. Adding the Customer to whom you wish to sell to. Fields will then populate as they would on a Sales Order.

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4. Add the lines to show what you wish to sell to the Customer.

Now that you have created your blanket order you will need to start sending out related orders.

5. Now you need to create an order, on the lines of you Blanket Sales order you now simply need to define how many you wish to ship. And the click the ‘Make Order’ button in the Ribbon.make order

6. You will receive an information message telling you which Sales order has been created for this Blanket Order.

 

 

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7. Finally you Simply need to process the Created sales order as you would normally.

If you would like to discuss anything Microsoft Dynamics Business Central drop us an email on enquiries@totalenterprisesolutions.co.uk

or call us on 0345 257 1173

 

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Day 9 -How to guide – Dynamics NAV – Item Charges

Day 9 of our Christmas campaign. 12 Christmas gifts from TES to you brimming with lots of ‘how to guides’ and ‘tips and tricks’ to help you make the most of your finance system.

 

In NAV there is functionality to recognise Item charges across a number of items on a sales order. Removing the requirement to use GL account transactions for Shipping and insurances. 

The Following Steps Outline how to use Item Charges in Microsoft Dynamics NAV. 

  1. Navigate to the Item Charges Setup CRONUS UK Ltd./ Departments/Financial Management/Inventory/Setupwe1
  2. In this setup we need to define which Item Charges can be used. 
  3. Once these Item Charges have been setup you will now be able to use them as ‘Charge (Item)’we2
  4. There is however one further step to the process where you need to define how this Item charge is spread amongst the items on the Sales order. We do this by clicking the ‘Line’ Button and selecting ‘Item Charge Assignment’. we5
  5. This will open the ‘Item Charge Assignment’ Worksheet which will outline any unassigned item charges.we6
  6. We then simply click the ‘Suggest Item Charge assignment’ Button in the ribbon.we7
  7. You will be then asked if you wish to split the Item charge across the items equally or by amount. Once you have selected click ‘OK’.  
  8.  Then click ‘ok’ at the bottom of the worksheet and you will be able to process the order as you would usually but item charges will be posted to your defined accounts specified by you General posting setup.

If you would like to discuss anything Microsoft Dynamics Business Central drop us an email on enquiries@totalenterprisesolutions.co.uk

or call us on 0345 257 1173

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Day 8 – Identifying objects that are not on a customer’s license in Dynamics NAV

Today’s quick tip to help you get the most from your Microsoft Dynamics Business Central/NAV system!

To identify objects that are not on your license, a very quick method is to go to the Dynamics Nav Development Environment as shown below:

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Within the menu on the left-hand side, click on All and then select all objects as shown here:

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Once all objects are highlighted, go to File, click on Lock:

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Click on Yes when the following message appears:

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Once the process has finished, go to the Development Environment and place the following filter:

Locked is No.

Any objects that appear in the filtered list will not be on the customer’s license.

If you would like to discuss anything Microsoft Dynamics Business Central drop us an email on enquiries@totalenterprisesolutions.co.uk

or call us on 0345 257 1173

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Day 7 – New, Improved, Simpler General Journaling

New, Improved, Simpler General Journaling

Creating general journals within business central has now become much simpler process for the end user. Even if you are greatly experienced or brand new to NAV the pain of seeing the below error message may be a thing of the past!

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There is now the option to view/create general journals by document, elevating the need to check that all lines conform to the posting rules of document number and posting date are balanced.

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The new general journal screen has now changed to give a much simpler interface giving the option to add lines per document, meaning no more checking on document number or posting date.
The new page navigate features mean you can add more documents as/if required.

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This new interface on the general journal page will reduce time spend validating the lines on a general journal, causing less mistakes to be made and end user time spent using this new and improved feature.

If you would like to discuss anything Microsoft Dynamics Business Central drop us an email on enquiries@totalenterprisesolutions.co.uk

or call us on 0345 257 1173

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Day 6 – How to guide – Suggest Accounts When Configuring Posting Setup – NAV 2018

Day 6 of our TES Christmas tips and tricks! We are half way through already, we hope you are learning some useful shortcuts.

Christmas is coming fast this year and everything is very festive in TES HQ. Here is your Day 6 tip!

When configuring new Posting Setup within Dynamics NAV 2018, a new smart algorithm has been added into the application. The algorithm will analyse the existing posting setup and suggest the General Ledger Accounts it believes you should be using, by checking similar posting setup where possible. If you do not agree with the suggested accounts, you can overwrite the suggestion manually.

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The Suggest Accounts function can be used on Posting Setup such as:

  • VAT Posting Setup
  • General Posting Setup

NAV2018 – Image Analyser

Dynamics NAV 2018 now includes an Image Analytics extension, known as the Image Analyser. This extension analysis an image and builds a set of characteristics for the image, based on the results of the analysis.

The Image Analyser within Dynamics NAV 2018 can analyse all elements of an image. For example, analysing elements within a Contacts Image, to define attributes such as the following:

  • Gender
  • Age

Alternatively, if analysing an image of an object, then the following example elements could be identified:

  • Item Type
  • Colour

Examples of the image analyser can be seen below.

When importing images into a Contact for example, the Image Analyser will read the elements of the image and then create Profile Questionnaire Answers according to the image analysis results.

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When importing an image to an Item, this image analyser will then analyse the elements and create the results of the analysis as Item Attributes.

The Image Analyzer Attributes page displays the detected attributes, the confidence level of the attribute that has been analysed, and other details about the attribute. Use the Action to perform options to specify what to do with the attribute.

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Please note, the image analyser has a set of requirements for images, which can be found below:

  • Image formats: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP
  • Maximum file size: Less than 4 MB
  • Image dimensions: Greater than 50 x 50 pixels

Additionally, it is worth nothing the number of analysing tasks you can do in a given period is capped and based on your agreement to use the functionality.

If you would like to discuss anything Microsoft Dynamics Business Central drop us an email on enquiries@totalenterprisesolutions.co.uk

or call us on 0345 257 1173

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Day 5 of our Christmas tips and tricks! Dynamics 365 Business Central Keyboard Shortcuts

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Please see below for a list of shortcuts available in Dynamics 365 Business Central.

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Keyboard Shortcuts to improve overall search capability in Dynamics 365 Business Central

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Keyboard Shortcuts in Lists within Dynamics 365 Business Central

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TES top Christmas tips will resume on monday!

If you would like to discuss how we can help your organisaion increase efficiency please do not hesitate to contact us on  0345 257 1173 or enquiries@totalenterprisesolutions.co.uk