Microsoft Dynamics An Unifying Horizons

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ERP solutions can help you in transforming your business and its processes by embracing the ever changing global business environment, with confidence and poise.

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Microsoft Dynamics An Unifying Horizons

  1. 1. 574 Newark Avenue, Phone: +1 (201) 377-3150, Suite 210 Fax: +1 (201) 377-3150 Jersey City, NJ 07306 Email: info@metaoption.comAdvancing Solutions though Choice Microsoft Dynamics: Unifying Horizons Document Version 0.1 Draft Document Date Mar 12, 2013 Page 1 of 7
  2. 2. 574 Newark Avenue, Phone: +1 (201) 377-3150, Suite 210 Fax: +1 (201) 377-3150 Jersey City, NJ 07306 Email: info@metaoption.comAdvancing Solutions though ChoiceENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING (ERP)In the current scenario, organizations on the world stage are competing in an environmentwhich is significantly influenced by the existing economic conditions as well as by theconstant challenges such as globalization, increasing customer demands, escalatingoperational costs, financial turmoil, sluggish growth and much more.Companies and organization need to confront these challenges accordingly to survive andgrow in this competitive market. Few businesses take call to cut operational costs andother overheads, while others try to indulge in something more permanent and pragmatic.To succeed, they opt technology as an alternative solution as it offers many more benefitsother than cutting costs, like it introduces agility, streamlines the processes and helps findgreater efficiencies across the organizations.To assist business owners and help them to succeed in their stride towards technology,major IT companies developed flexible and user friendly applications for EnterpriseResource Planning. ERP solutions can help you in transforming your business and itsprocesses by embracing the ever changing global business environment, with confidenceand poise.ERP UNIFICATIONEnterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is the system that catalyses the flow of informationwithin an organization by assimilating the internal as well as the external management ofinformation. It attaches the various segments of an organization like finance/accounting,manufacturing, human resource, marketing, sales and service, customer relationshipmanagement, etc. in a single string with an integrated software application.The rationale behind ERP solution is to commence and maintain the glibness in the flowof information amongst various segments of an organization. It also enables the outsidestakeholders to get connected with the managed connection. It not only levels theinformation stream, but also enhances the checkpoint efficiency in every sphere of theorganizational ladder. The enhanced focus and competency enables you to acclimatizewell in the ever changing global business environment and to deliver unique value toyour customers. Page 2 of 7
  3. 3. 574 Newark Avenue, Phone: +1 (201) 377-3150, Suite 210 Fax: +1 (201) 377-3150 Jersey City, NJ 07306 Email: info@metaoption.comAdvancing Solutions though ChoiceERP MARKET SHAREERP solutions have captured a large chunk of the market share that belongs to IT enabledbusiness solutions. The market is divided into the following spheres:  Tier 1  Mid-Market  Entry LevelA Major portion of the complete business market for ERP solutions have been coveredwith Tier 1 products like Infor (Baan), JD Edwards, Lawson, Oracle, PeopleSoft, SAP(All-in-one, Business by Design, and R/3), MAS-500 and Microsoft Dynamics AX[Axapta].In this article, we will focus particularly on the ERP solution developed by the Microsoft,i.e. Microsoft Dynamics AX [Axapta]. It is one of the emerging and most promising ERPand CRM systems, in the present scenario. Page 3 of 7
  4. 4. 574 Newark Avenue, Phone: +1 (201) 377-3150, Suite 210 Fax: +1 (201) 377-3150 Jersey City, NJ 07306 Email: info@metaoption.comAdvancing Solutions though ChoiceMICROSOFT DYNAMICS AX [AXAPTA ]Dynamics AX [Axapta] is the solution that provides assistance in critical businessprocesses that involves financial management, supply chain management, businessintelligence, performance management, collaboration, project management, HRmanagement, etc. This technology enabled software bestowed by the Microsoft, givesyou rapid, consistent and all-inclusive capabilities. It also improves the effectiveness ofthe existing business processes and allows you to extend the filtered information accesswithin your business community.Microsoft Dynamic ERPMicrosoft Dynamics ERP offers five primary products for the customers: 1) Microsoft Dynamics AX (formerly Axapta) - It is one of the most popular products offered by Microsoft for enterprise resource planning. 2) Microsoft Dynamics GP (formerly Great Plains Software) - GP is a business accounting software that targets mainly the mid-market segment 3) Microsoft Dynamics NAV (formerly Navision) – It is for small and medium-sized enterprises that assists in business activities like financing, manufacturing, customer relationship management, supply chains, analytics and electronic commerce. It is popular as it is easy to customize and the Value-added resellers (VAR) can obtain full access to the business logic source code. 4) Microsoft Dynamics SL (formerly Solomon IV) - SL is an enterprise resource planning software product developed by Microsoft. It is mostly demanded by the project-driven small and medium sized enterprises. 5) Microsoft Dynamics CRM - It is customer relationship management software that Microsoft developed, mainly to focus on Sales, Marketing, and Service (help desk) sectors. However, Microsoft has been marketing the Dynamics CRM as an XRM platform and has encouraged partners to use its proprietary (.NET based). Page 4 of 7
  5. 5. 574 Newark Avenue, Phone: +1 (201) 377-3150, Suite 210 Fax: +1 (201) 377-3150 Jersey City, NJ 07306 Email: info@metaoption.comAdvancing Solutions though ChoiceSECURITY CONCERNS WITH ERPERP is a flexible IT enabled solution for data integration and streamlining information.However, the security of the data is a big concern for the companies who wish to opt forthese ERP solutions.To address this security issue and to help the clients to gain confidence in the ERPsolution, Microsoft introduced a unique security model. The ‘Microsoft DynamicsCRM’ and ‘Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online’ comes loaded with that security model.It shields the data integrity and privacy, and also supports efficient data access andcollaboration as well.The goals of the security model are as follows:  To categorize the users based on roles and restrict access to information based on those roles  To provide users with restricted access to information; only up to an appropriate level that is required to finish the assigned jobs  To support data sharing for enhancing specified collaborative effort; with this, users and teams will be granted access to records they do not own but require for time being  To prevent any unauthorized access to recordsTechnology enabled systems are prone to many other IT Security issues, but MicrosoftProducts assures you of complete safety and confidentiality. The various securitymeasures that are managed by the Microsoft Dynamics ERP are:Physical SecurityMicrosoft controls the accessibility of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online environmentthrough multiple security checks that are applied at multiple levels in the Microsoft datacenters. The environment that has customer’s data is physically secured and theMicrosoft Dynamics CRM Online service is delivered through carrier-class data centersthat ensure consistent delivery according to the service-level agreement (SLA).These data centers include unparalleled and exceptional industry-standard features. Theyare as follows:  Secured physical access for authorized personnel only Page 5 of 7
  6. 6. 574 Newark Avenue, Phone: +1 (201) 377-3150, Suite 210 Fax: +1 (201) 377-3150 Jersey City, NJ 07306 Email: info@metaoption.comAdvancing Solutions though Choice  Uninterrupted power supplies (through battery backup and diesel generators)  Climate control to ensure optimal temperature and humidity for the operative equipments  Natural disaster control  Physical monitoring  Globally located Microsoft data center  Secure network design and operations  Exceptional hardwareLogical SecurityLogical security also has a vital role in the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. Thefollowing key features provide incomparable logical security:  Data isolation: The environment that has the client’s data is kept in isolation from other environment or unauthorized access.  Hosted application security: Microsoft also ensures that applications hosted by Microsoft data centers are highly secured by the robust security features and measures that control access.Network-level securityApart from physical and logical security, Microsoft also provides security measures forconnection over the Internet. The customer’s access to internet service originates fromthe Internet-enabled client’s locations and ends at a Microsoft data center. Theseconnections established between customers and Microsoft data centers are encryptedusing industry-standard Transport Layer Security (TLS) /Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). Iteffectively establishes a highly secure browser-to-server connection that helps inproviding data confidentiality and integrity between the desktop and datacenter.Infrastructure-level security  Extensive server monitoring support integrated with the overall Microsoft System Centre Operations Manager monitoring architecture  Secure remote access via Microsoft Windows Server Remote Desktop Service Page 6 of 7
  7. 7. 574 Newark Avenue, Phone: +1 (201) 377-3150, Suite 210 Fax: +1 (201) 377-3150 Jersey City, NJ 07306 Email: info@metaoption.comAdvancing Solutions though Choice  Multi-tier administration, using a three-tier administration model that isolates administrative tasks and controls access based on user role and the level of authorized administrative access  Environmental security scanning to monitor for vulnerabilities and incorrect configurationBUSINESS ADVANTAGES OF MICROSOFT DYNAMICS ERP SOLUTIONSIf you are exploring new growth initiatives for your business or if you plan to expandacross borders to track new business opportunities, the Microsoft Dynamics ERPsolutions can be your partner in success. It can help you in managing critical operationsacross various areas simultaneously. For instance: 1. Centralize ERP for Multiple Sites  Provide real-time visibility into business performance across entities  Consolidate and standardize processes  Scale operations quickly  Make it easy to work across borders 2. Connect Local Entities to Headquarters  Integrate globally, optimize locally  Reduce complexity and simplify compliance  Scale quickly and deliver industry-specific solutions 3. Target Specialized Business Needs  Streamline business processes across your entire business  Implement an easy-to-use solution  Deploy vertical functionality quickly and with reduced riskWith such a convincing representation of all the security features and advantages, theMicrosoft Dynamics has created a niche for itself in the global market. It has also gainedan edge over other CRM and ERP business solutions. Page 7 of 7

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