A cloud-based system lessens the requirement for IT infrastructure and maintenance. Also, the release cycle for cloud-based ERP is generally continuous with regular automatic upgrades, lessening or eliminating the requirement for upgrade stoppages and the problems with out-of-date versions.
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (BC) from Seqola is an integrated end-to-end, cloud-based business management software solution for small to medium enterprises and organisations. Business Central also suits companies with multi-site, multi-country or multi-company operations, with consolidated reporting and inter-company transactions.
Business Central provides scalable ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) for manufacturers (including make to order, make to stock and assemblers), importers and distributors, businesses engaged in international trade, and companies providing field service and equipment servicing. Business Central also caters for companies with special needs like complex pricing and discount structures, landed costs, production orders, and multiple bills of material. Business Central also provides Job/Project Planning, Estimating, Costing and Billing, both for internal projects that might be either capitalised or expensed, and projects and jobs for external customers.
Specialised enhancements for Business Central are available from Seqola for the Food industry and for Industrial Equipment manufacturing.
Business Central is more than a collection of features. Customisable role centres allow your users and managers to quickly adopt Business Central. And the Business Central deployment model, supported by Microsoft’s Sure Step implementation methodology, allows your business to start benefiting from quicker fulfilment of customer orders, better inventory management and lower stock holding costs, more productive staff, and better and quicker decisions based on more current and focused information – so you can start receiving a return on investment in months not years.
Using Business Central’s tagging (dimensional) capabilities, your financial managers can cost, classify and analyse in depth those transactions and accounts that require extensive tracking such as capital purchases, items relating to tax and FBT, projects, employee costs, and motor vehicle expenses. And taking advantage of this flexibility are financial reporting choices including inbuilt, flexible financial reports. Other external options for reporting and analysis include Jet Reports.
Smaller companies and start-ups who are considering whether Business Central is the right-sized solution: we can advise you with a professional appraisal of whether Business Central is right for your business.
NAV by To-Increase for Food Industry
ERP for Food
ERP for Food has specific and exacting requirements. The Food Solution for Microsoft Dynamics Business Central and Microsoft NAV by To-Increase provides quality control verification and batch/lot tracing, delivery trip planning and more specific food-related needs like strict control of expiry dates, and catch-weight processing – eg, a nominal 20 kg pack of meat will be sold and priced at its actual weight.
To-Increase develops and provides Microsoft Dynamics-based business software solutions for the Food Industry and for Discrete Manufacturing and Job Manufacturing. To-Increase’s solutions build on its significant expertise and experience in the industries in which it specialises.
Food manufacturers have particular needs also that are addressed by the Food Solution for Microsoft Dynamics Business Central and Microsoft NAV by To-Increase - like access to recipes and ingredients, packaging bills-of-material, forward-and-backward lot-tracing, enhanced pricing, allergen management, production batch-size and equipment planning, and co-products and by-products.
Food distributors include those distributing packaged and manufactured goods, and distributors of produce or fresh fruit and vegetables. To provide the best possible customer service with the most efficient use of resources and equipment, a food distribution business may require extended batch/lot tracing, delivery trip planning and detailed distribution planning that considers customer requirements and preferences, rebate and deduction management, and enhanced pricing. These needs are addressed by the Food Solution for Microsoft Dynamics Business Central and Microsoft Nav by To-Increase.
Wiise is software in the cloud built on Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central with enhancements for small and medium-sized businesses – like banking and payroll integrations.
Wiise was created by KPMG together with Microsoft and the Commonwealth Bank to provide cloud-based ERP and accounting software so as you can manage your business from anywhere.
Insight Software has built Jet Reports and Jet Analytics to provide fast, flexible financial and business reporting from inside Excel – for Dynamics Business Central, NAV and GP and other ERP systems.
Liveware is a dedicated Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and NAV ERP solution developer and provider of Payroll and other industry solutions. Liveware has lengthy experience with developing and supporting payroll and workforce-based solutions.
Payroll is a demanding process – requiring a high degree of accuracy and integrity. With Payroll for Microsoft Dynamics Business Central by Liveware, you can process payrolls from an all-in-one Dynamics 365 Business Central solution that integrates core Business Central functions with comprehensive payroll functionality:
- Multiple employee bank accounts
- Multiple pay cycles (i.e. weekly, fortnightly etc.)
- Timesheet entry for job costing and payroll processing
- Entitlements and Allowances
- Deductions and Garnishees
- Payroll Tax
- Termination Pays
- Reversals and Back pays
- EFT Lodgements based on Australian formats
- Emailing of Pay slips
- SuperStream compatibility
- Single Touch Payroll compatible
- Employee self service capability
- Comprehensive Reporting and Dashboards via Jet Reports and Power BI
Some businesses due to operational requirements, infrastructure availability or corporate policy require that their ERP and Finance systems remain hosted in-house or on-the-premises. Cloud-base ERP’s like Microsoft Dynamics Business Central can in some instances be hosted on your cloud using your IT infrastructure. And the option remains for using traditional client-server based applications using in-house/on-premises infrastructure – such as Microsoft Dynamics GP. The reverse also applies. Some traditional ERP and Finance applications can be hosted in the public cloud – including on Microsoft Azure.
ERP for Manufacturing
The fundamental components of manufacturing software like Microsoft Dynamics Business Central and Microsoft Nav are a Bill-of-Materials (the items or components – including services and overheads that make up a finished product), the ability to schedule production based on expected demand or on standard stock levels, and the ability to use multiple stages in the process, via routing, work centres and/or intermediate products – while simultaneously managing and integrating with customers, items and vendors. Manufacturing requires accurate recording of consumption (of raw materials) and output (of finished goods), and usually, the availability and application of resources for production, both people and equipment.
Assembly as a term is a simpler form of production not requiring transformative processes such as heat, blending, cutting etc. Assembly operations may be reversible back to their components.
Finance and ERP for Mac OS and IOS
Many businesses and organisations use Apple Macintoshes and Apple devices like iPads and iPhones - for their ease-of-use and ergonomics, their attraction as a plug-and-play computer, or their use in certain industries, like design, science and education. Some perceive that finance software for a Mac is limited to bookkeeping, entry-level and personal finance software. If your business or organisation uses Apple Macintoshes either as its core computing component – or has a mixed network of Macs and Windows PC’s – then with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, all your users can have access to business-grade Finance and ERP systems in the Cloud - using Safari, Firefox, Chrome or your preferred browser on your Mac (or Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox or other preference on a Microsoft Windows PC) – or from your Apple iPad, iPhone (or Android) device.
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations
Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (AX-Axapta) is an integrated enterprise resource planning and business management solution for medium to large sized organisations. Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (AX-Axapta) (formerly Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012) can help you and your business to improve its productivity, make smart and timely decisions as well as manage growth and change.
Axapta provides scalable ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) for high volume environments, manufacturers (including make to order, configure to order and assemblers), importers and distributors, and businesses engaged in international trade.
Microsoft Dynamics AX also caters for companies with special needs like complex pricing and discount structures, catch weights and multiple units of measure, landed cost calculations, quality management (control) and testing, scheduling and production orders, work centres and routes, and multiple, configurable bills of material.
AX is more than a collection of features. From the ground up, it has been designed to be robust and high-performance, with a scalable, multi-tier architecture built on Microsoft SQL Server. Throughout AX, the user-configurable dimension structure enables rapid adaption to your organisation’s reporting, management and analysis needs. Customisable role centres allow your users and managers to speedily learn and adopt AX, helped by the familiar Microsoft Office-style interface and menus. And the AX deployment model, supported by Microsoft’s Sure Step implementation methodology, allows your business to start benefiting from quicker fulfilment of customer orders, better inventory management and lower stock holding costs, more productive staff, and better and quicker decisions based on more current and focused information – so you can start receiving a return on investment in months not years.
Using Axapta’s dimensional hierarchy, your financial managers can cost, classify and analyse in depth those transactions and accounts that require extensive tracking such as capital purchases, tax- and FBT-sensitive items, project, employee or motor vehicle costs - while allowing high-volume transactions and accounts to be processed with minimal delay or the need for manual intervention/processes.
And taking advantage of this flexibility are financial reporting choices such as FRx or Management Reporter—with multi-company and multi-currency reporting. Other options for reporting and analysis include integrated SQL Server Analysis Cubes, Crystal Reporting (Crystal Report Writer) and SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Services) reports.
Smaller companies and start-ups who are considering whether Microsoft Dynamics AX is the right-sized solution: we can advise you with a professional appraisal of whether AX is appropriate for your business.
If you’re already using Axapta, and you’re a smaller company, a division of a larger enterprise, or the local branch of an international or global company—and need to make AX work for your business—we can assist with an accurate assessment of how to best fit Axapta to smaller enterprises, and how to make AX part of your business success.
Our Dynamics consulting engagements have assisted clients across Australia, and in Asia and the Pacific, with Dynamics support, training, customisations and implementations. Listed below are some of the downloadable brochures available for AX (Axapta), others are on our Downloads page.
You can learn more about how to move forward with AX or make better, fuller use of your existing AX (Axapta) system with AX support, training or enhancements—by speaking with a Dynamics specialist on 1800 640 290, or by email to email@example.com
Data and Analytics
With Jet Reports by Insight Software, you can run your Financial and functional Reports, using real-time Microsoft Dynamics data directly in Excel.
Jet Reports produces financial and operational reports - inside Excel – reports like a Consolidated P&L or an Accounts Payable Aged Trial Balance across multiple companies. Jet Reports will quickly and easily generate timely, accurate financial reports in the format that works for you, using the same fields and calculations you’re used to, right inside Excel. Just the real-time data you need, directly from your Microsoft Dynamics database, exactly the way you want it.
Using Jet Analytics, data becomes insight - with dashboards and reports designed to help you quickly identify trends and opportunities, spot anomalies, and fix problems. Through pre-built cubes and a data warehouse, you can eliminate the need to understand the underlying data structure and gain rapid time-to-value. Jet Analytics is designed for business users to easily build reports and dashboards inside Excel or Microsoft Power BI. While accessing your dashboards on the web or from a mobile device, you can view and act on your data - from anywhere.
Microsoft Power BI
Microsoft Power BI is a cloud-based business analytics service available in a desktop version and a Pro (paid) version that interacts with Business Central, GP, Nav and other ERP systems. Power BI brings together data from many sources – Business Central, GP, and elsewhere - to create interactive dashboards and reports that provide insights and help drive your business.
Getting insights into your Business Central data is easy with the Business Central apps for Power BI. Power BI retrieves your data and then builds an out of-the-box dashboard and reports based on that data. You can access Power BI at any time from your various devices and drill down into your data for more detail – Sales, Inventory, Purchasing or Financial.
Management Reporter and FRx
Microsoft FRX is a financial reporting and analysis software package that works automatically with the legacy products in the Microsoft ERP software range and some other financial applications as well. FRx can consolidate financial data for multiple companies, provide foreign currency conversions, and present information for multiple departments, locations, companies, cost centres and budgets – side by side. FRx reports are designed with re-usable building blocks - Rows, Columns and Trees. These building blocks can be re-used in new reports or in variations of existing reports.
Although Microsoft superseded FRx with its next-generation financial reporting solution Microsoft Management Reporter, many businesses still use FRx as their reporting solution today. Seqola continues to provide training, design and support assistance for FRx.
Microsoft Management Reporter is a financial reporting solution for ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and Financial systems. Management Reporter is the replacement product for FRx for Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions including Microsoft Dynamics AX (Axapta), GP (Great Plains) and SL (Solomon). For Microsoft FRx users, Microsoft Management Reporter works in a similar fashion to FRx’s use of Rows, Columns and Trees. Microsoft Management Reporter can import many of the reports and report-building blocks that companies already using Microsoft FRx have designed. However, Management Reporter does have significant differences to Microsoft FRx - in product functionality, architecture and deployment model. Management Reporter also adds new features such as Undo, Report Groups (to facilitate the generation of multiple reports), graphic elements like logos, and improved font and number formatting. As well as its interface and usability features, Management Reporter benefits from its close integration with Microsoft SQL Server and its support for 64-bit operating systems.
Microsoft Management Reporter is designed around a consistent Windows interface, with a theme, navigation pane and toolbars familiar to Windows users. Management Reporter is designed to help users create financial reports that can be tailored to meet the needs of any company. The report wizard makes it easy for users to design, store, and generate reports from reusable building blocks containing row, column, and tree definitions.
Seqola provides training, design and support assistance for both FRx and Management Reporter.
Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains)
What is Great Plains?
Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains) is an integrated financial management software solution. GP is suited to startup, small-medium and entrepreneurial companies requiring an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system with a broad feature set that can be rapidly implemented and adopted.
GP also fits the requirements of companies and enterprises operating in specialised industries, such as materials management and supply chain management (SCM) for hospitals and healthcare organisations, property management companies (catering for property rentals, leases, billings and expense management), retail (with integration to Microsoft RMS—Retail Management System), or requiring a system with pre- packaged integration to Microsoft Dynamics CRM (Customer Relationship Management).
Organisations in the not-for-profit sector—such as charities and foundations, and membership, professional and industry associations—and other non-profit entities like government, semi-government and statutory bodies and authorities—whose needs often involve extensive requirements for financial reporting, budgeting, grant management, analysis of revenues and expenditure, fixed asset accounting, purchasing authorisation and workflow, and integration with billing, membership, asset and equipment maintenance and payroll systems—are also well-served by GP.
Microsoft Dynamics GP has undergone continuous innovation and refinement since its inception in the 1990’s, reflecting in its stability and reliability as a Microsoft SQL Server-based ERP platform, and user-friendly menus and controls that are familiar to Microsoft Office and Outlook users.
Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains (GP) has a customisable general ledger structure, so you can analyse or report by cost centre, department, location or division—or however you prefer to setup your financial system. Using Analytical Accounting, users have even greater flexibility to track and analyse costs and revenues at the transaction level—especially for organisations needing project expenditure and costing analysis. And taking advantage of this flexibility are financial reporting choices such as FRx or Management Reporter—with multi-company and multi- currency reporting.
Other options for reporting and analysis include integrated SQL Server Analysis Cubes, Excel Report Builder, Crystal Reporting (Crystal Report Writer) and SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Services) reports, and integration with Jet Reports.
We are experts in
Our GP consulting engagements have assisted clients across Australia, and in Asia and the Pacific, with Great Plains support, training, customisations and implementations. Listed below are some of the downloadable brochures available for GP, others are on our Downloads page.
You can learn more about how to migrate to GP or make better, fuller use of your existing GP (Great Plains) system with GP support, training or enhancements—by speaking with a GP specialist on 1800 640 290, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Existing GP users who are looking at the road ahead – like whether they should upgrade their GP system to GP 2018 or beyond – may also consider migrating to another Microsoft Dynamics application like Dynamics 365 Business Central – with similar features to GP but in some cases deeper functionality and availability in-the- cloud. To discuss your next move with GP you can speak with us on ....