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What End-of-Service for SQL Server 2005 Means for Your Business

Posted by Katie on May 24, 2016

If you’re running Dynamics GP, Dynamics SL, or Dynamics CRM on SQL Server 2005, it’s time to upgrade.  Microsoft support ended in April 2016.  Many of our clients are using this opportunity to move software to the cloud, saving money by reducing IT staff and support…

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Customizing Microsoft Dynamics GP Reports

Posted by Katie on May 24, 2016

It’s great that Dynamics GP comes with so many built-in reports, report options, and even report building tools.  But have you ever run into a situation where you hit a wall?  You just can’t seem to get what you want on the report? …

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4 ERP software tips for mixed mode manufacturing companies

Posted by Donna Krizik on May 18, 2016

There is an ERP system to match any manufacturing business model. Manufacturers work along a spectrum and the ERP systems on the market also follow this spectrum. But what happens when your manufacturing processes are mixed-mode. In other words, how can your ERP software cope with process production runs, engineer-to-order…

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Microsoft Dynamics SL Home Screen

Posted by Jen Bieker on May 10, 2016

Submitted By:  Kami Armes, Senior Consultant Adding External Links to the Favorites Menu Do you spend most of your day going between several screens in Dynamics SL, comparing data to outside sources, referring to references outside the built-in help system, and opening web pages or other tasks? If so,…

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Profitability Analysis Announced in Acumatica 5.3

Posted by Donna Krizik on May 10, 2016

At the Acumatica Summit 2016 in February, Gabriel Michaud, Director of Product Management discussed the much-anticipated release of Acumatica Cloud ERP 5.3.  The new release builds on existing functionality, enhances native mobile apps, and provides significant performance improvements. Among the capabilities announced were improvements in sales reporting, specifically in terms of…

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Currency Manager and Financial Statement Translation Modules in Dynamics SL

Posted by Tiffany Bennett, Senior Consultant on May 8, 2016

The Currency Manager and FST modules serve two different purposes in Dynamics SL.  Currency Manager can be used alone, but Financial Statement Translation requires the Currency Manager module.  Below are the benefits of the two modules, as well as the differences. Currency Manager: This module allows users to…

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 New Feature

Posted by Jen Bieker on May 5, 2016

Attach Word Templates to Batch-Related Workflows Wouldn’t it be great to get detailed journal entry information in an email message when approving batches?  In previous versions of Dynamics GP, email notifications for Batch approvals could be set up and sent through the workflow process, but were missing…

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The Wait is Over – Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 is Here

Posted by Jen Bieker on May 4, 2016

May 5, 2016 - It’s official!  Microsoft has released the newest version of Dynamics GP 2016.  With improved features and customer requested new additions, you’ll want to speak with Crestwood to plan your upgrade.  Here’s some of the highlights we are excited about in…

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Microsoft Goes Head to Head with QuickBooks with Project Madeira Preview

Posted by Donna Krizik on April 29, 2016

Two weeks ago, Microsoft released its Outlook-centric, software-as-a-service business management offering for SMBs. Microsoft wants to make ERP capabilities more attainable for small and midsize businesses using Office.  Targeted at companies with between 10 and 100 employees, Madeira is designed for those that need more than the simple financial and accounting…

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Take Control of Your Projects Using Dynamics SL

Posted by Jen Bieker on April 29, 2016

For most organizations projects are constantly changing entities with many moving parts, such as, approvals, changes, resources, etc.  For a project based business, it’s crucial to track the changes throughout the life of a project.  Even more important is the ability to measure what is actually…

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