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Internet of Things
August 4, 2017

3 Technology Trends Giving Manufacturing Executives Shop Floor Insight

In a rivalry as old as time, management and workers each think they know what’s REALLY going on in a manufacturing plant. The manufacturing management team has business analytics and…

Manufacturing
August 1, 2017

The Fastest Way to “Go Live” on Dynamics 365!

A typical ERP implementation may take months, even years, to deploy. But Microsoft has made it possible for companies choosing Microsoft Dynamics 365 to go live in just weeks! Go…

ERP
July 27, 2017

Top 5 Engineering Auto Supply Trends

As the auto industry embraces brave new technology like driverless cars, what does that mean for auto suppliers? How is the engineering department being impacted? What trends will be embraced…

Business Analytics
July 26, 2017

Is the Data Warehouse Dead?

For years, there have been a few technology pundits declaring the Data Warehouse to be a dying technology – to be killed off at any moment by “Big Data” and…

ERP
July 25, 2017

How Manufacturers Can Turn Data into Insight

“Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink.” This line from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner aptly describes how most manufacturers feel about their data. Despite drowning in…

News
July 25, 2017

MCA Connect Wins 2017 Microsoft Dynamics Services Partner of the Year for US

Microsoft recognizes MCA Connect for outstanding performance July 25, 2017 (Denver, Colo.) –MCA Connect, a global systems integrator and Microsoft Dynamics Gold ERP, CRM and Cloud Partner, proudly announces it…

Business Analytics
July 19, 2017

Demystifying Business Analytics

Organizations are drowning in data. Business analytics tools provide a way to create order out of chaos, transform confusion into clarity, and turn information into insight. Analytics enables everyone in…

ERP
July 18, 2017

Do Microsoft Dynamics CRM and ERP go together like PB&J?

If you are already running a Microsoft ERP solution, like Microsoft Dynamics AX or Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations, wouldn’t it make sense to add customer relationship management (CRM) functionality?…

Business Transformation
July 13, 2017

Why ERP and CRM Projects Fail to Meet Expectations

Companies invest in ERP and CRM projects to improve their business processes and performance. With so much time, effort and money put into these projects, why don’t they succeed 100%...
Managed Services
July 13, 2017

The 5 “AHA” Moments for Managed Services Customers

When customers first begin using MCA Connect Managed Services to get Microsoft Dynamics application support, they don’t always fully understand how managed services really works. Managed Services for Microsoft Dynamics...
ERP
July 12, 2017

Preparing for the Rebound: Why oil and gas companies should prioritize ERP and technology infrastructure projects

Oil and companies have had to make difficult decisions in order to survive the last few years of low prices and weak demand. Cost cutting measures included spin off’s, layoffs,...
Manufacturing
June 26, 2017

The Role of the VP of Manufacturing in the Manufacturing Revolution

The VP of Manufacturing is usually heavily involved in all manufacturing-related purchasing decisions. When you have money to improve operations, what is the best use of that budget? Do you…

Internet of Things
June 21, 2017

2017 Industry of Things World Keynote Recording

MCA Connect was proud to present the Keynote Recording along with Microsoft and Dell Technologies at the 2017 Industry of Things World Conference in San Diego. Watch the 30-minute recording...
Manufacturing
June 15, 2017

How Automotive Manufacturers are Bucking the Profit Erosion Trend

Are your profits eroding slowly over time?  For automotive suppliers and other manufacturers who sell to giant corporations, profit erosion is a common problem. There’s no one big issue that...
ERP
June 14, 2017

Who benefits from data warehousing?

What is a data warehouse? A data warehouse is the collection of data extracted from isolated systems across the organization. A data warehousing project is the process of identifying, categorizing,…

Internet of Things
June 13, 2017

Advanced Filters

Are you ever looking at a grid in AX and want to filter for specific information but aren’t quite sure how to do it.  Well you are not alone, and...
Managed Services
June 12, 2017

Is Supporting Microsoft Dynamics In-House More Expensive Than Outsourcing?

Why would you use an outsourced Microsoft Dynamics consulting firm to manage your Microsoft Dynamics applications, rather than hire IT staff to do the work internally? Isn’t outsourcing support going…

CRM
June 6, 2017

ERP and CRM Systems Work Better Together

As a Microsoft Partner who has been selling both Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM systems for quite some time, it’s interesting that more of our customers don’t integrate their ERP…

Manufacturing
June 2, 2017

Still running MAPICS?

At some point, companies still running MAPICS need to decide… should we upgrade to the latest version? Or move to a different manufacturing solution altogether?

Internet of Things
June 1, 2017

mcaConnect Recognized as Finalist for the 2017 Microsoft Enterprise Resource Planning Award

June 1, 2017 (Denver, Colo.) – Microsoft today announced that mcaConnect has been named a finalist in the 2017 Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Award. Finalists were selected over almost 2,800 Microsoft…

News
June 1, 2017

Finalist – 2017 Microsoft Enterprise Resource Planning Award

Microsoft today announced that MCA Connect has been named a finalist in the 2017 Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Award. Finalists were selected over almost 2,800 Microsoft partners in 115 countries…

Manufacturing
May 30, 2017

Better, Faster, Cheaper ERP for Manufacturers

I’m sure you’ve seen that old saying about services. There are only 3 types of services: good, cheap and fast – and you can only pick two: Services – Pick…

News
May 12, 2017

5 Ways Your Automotive ERP System Is Keeping You From Increasing Revenue

Automotive suppliers who manufacture and sell their products to large automobile manufacturers can sometimes feel squeezed. Automobile manufacturers can be demanding clients – they can request lots of changes, which…

Manufacturing
April 27, 2017

Automotive Suppliers: Learn How to Shorten the Bid Process and Get More Deals Closed Faster

As a company that frequently works with automotive supply manufacturers to implement technology systems, we find that while some companies have mastered the manufacturing production process, very few have a…

Business Analytics
April 20, 2017

Defining Business Analytics

What is business analytics? How does it differ from business intelligence? What ARE data cubes?

CRM
April 19, 2017

Which Field Service Software is Right for You?

Enterprise field service software is surging in popularity – and for good reason.  It has proven to be an effective way to cut costs and create new revenue opportunities, increasing…

CRM
April 18, 2017

mcaConnect Achieves Microsoft’s Elite Partner Status

Microsoft awards global systems integrator with Gold Cloud Platform and Silver Data Platform Competencies DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–mcaConnect is proud to announce achievement of two new Microsoft competencies: Gold Cloud Platform partner…

ERP
April 17, 2017

Why are you buying an ERP system?

No. Really. Why are you considering buying an ERP software solution? Is it because: 1.    You need to have SOMETHING to run your business: You need to have accounting…

Manufacturing
April 13, 2017

How Top Auto Supplier CEOs Use Technology as a Competitive Advantage

The best CEOs have a firm grasp of the big picture and understand enough of the details to know how to adjust course to meet the company’s goals. Your success…

Business Analytics
April 11, 2017

Need historical data?

Typically, when companies buy Microsoft Dynamics 365 (or Microsoft Dynamics AX), detailed historical data is not pulled over into the new system.  There are several good reasons for this: It…

Business Analytics
April 11, 2017

The trouble with data cubes

Data cubes are a vital part of today’s business analytics landscape. In geometry, a cube is 3-dimensional. In technology, data cubes can be multi-dimensional. Data cube technology allows users to slice-and-dice…

Business Transformation
April 5, 2017

5 Ways to Reduce Your Manufacturing Inventory Costs

Do you have a CFO breathing down your neck to reduce manufacturing inventory costs? As the VP of Manufacturing, you have one tough job!  On one hand, if you don’t…

Business Analytics
March 30, 2017

5 Business Analytics Trends Fueling Manufacturing Growth

As a company that has long specialized in implementing and supporting Microsoft Dynamics for manufacturing companies, it’s exciting to see all the new opportunities coming from our business analytics team. While…

CRM
March 28, 2017

5 Rules for taming the wild CRM project

Do you have a CRM project that’s running wild? You’re not alone. Even with strong project management, clear communication and ongoing leadership, this “beast” must be continually tamed.  There are…

Manufacturing
March 22, 2017

The 5 Things Every Automotive Supply Should Be Doing in 2017

Most of the automotive parts manufacturers we work with have a pretty efficient shop floor.  Lean manufacturing has its roots in the automotive industry and most OEMs and parts suppliers…

Internet of Things
March 22, 2017

5 Good Minutes – Workspaces, Templates and AX7

In this installment of 5 Good Minutes mcaConnect’s very own Chad Carnes shows how to navigate workspaces in the recently released Microsoft Dynamics AX7 and how to present those workspaces using his...
Internet of Things
March 15, 2017

Enterprise Data Warehousing Solution Now Available for Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations

March 14, 2017 (Denver, Colo.) – mcaConnect, a Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT, @microsoft) Gold Partner for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), today announced the release of dataConnect, a data warehousing solution that comes…

Uncategorized
March 9, 2017

Your First IoT Project

The key to launching your first IoT project is to start small. IoT devices (Internet of Things) are taking the manufacturing world by storm. At Industry of Things World 2017,…

Manufacturing
March 1, 2017

6 Ways Manufacturers Can Improve Business Agility

Business agility is the name of the manufacturing game! How do you keep agile so you can capitalize on opportunities, while making sure you have enough finished product to meet…

Manufacturing
March 1, 2017

Is your biggest manufacturing constraint your ERP system?

Recognizing and overcoming manufacturing constraints is one of the main jobs of running any manufacturing operation. You have your standard: Materials constraints Equipment constraints Labor constraints And the list goes…

Manufacturing
March 1, 2017

5 Costly Manufacturing KPI Mistakes CFOs Make

Being a numbers-driven manufacturing CFO is a good thing – in fact, it’s essential. But as a CFO, you probably know finance and operations more than you know the ins-and-outs…

Internet of Things
February 28, 2017

Where the rubber meets the road at Dell Technologies

How much does a second cost you? In the manufacturing facilities at Dell Technologies, the answer is – MILLIONS! The cumulative cost of building and testing millions of units means…

CRM
February 28, 2017

Using Microsoft Excel & Word Templates with Dynamics CRM

Using Microsoft Excel & Word Templates with Dynamics CRM Microsoft Dynamics CRM (recently rebranded as Dynamics 365 for Sales ) is a productivity powerhouse. When used by organizations to manage…

Internet of Things
February 23, 2017

Easy 1099 Filing with Dynamics 365

Easy 1099 filing with Dynamics 365 for your independent contractors, get step-by-step instructions for Dynamics AX 2012. The IRS requires businesses to file 1099s whenever an individual is paid more…

CRM
February 15, 2017

Using security roles to cut Dynamics AX 2012 licensing costs

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 offers four license types: Enterprise Functional Task Self-Serve The enterprise license offers the most functionality, so that license is priced at the highest tier.  Tier levels…

Managed Services
February 7, 2017

Verifying Your Inventory Count

How to verify you inventory count in Microsoft Dynamics 365 We’ve written a couple of articles recently about inventory counting best practices using Dynamics 365. For quick reference you can…

Internet of Things
February 1, 2017

6 Steps to prepare for a wall-to-wall inventory count – Dynamics 365

So your company is about to do a wall to wall inventory count.  What should you do to prepare for this big event? What should be done in Microsoft Dynamics…

Internet of Things
January 25, 2017

mcaConnect’s EnergyCONNECT Enterprise Solution is Now Available to be Hosted in Microsoft Azure

mcaConnect’s EnergyCONNECT Enterprise Solution is Now Available to be Hosted in Microsoft Azure Built on Microsoft Dynamics 365, EnergyCONNECT is an oil and gas-focused, cloud-based platform January 25, 2017 (Denver,…

Business Transformation
January 24, 2017

Value Stream Mapping: Do your materials move by magic?

Does your lean manufacturing value stream map include movement of materials between processes? Value stream mapping is one of the most common and powerful tools used in lean manufacturing ….

Manufacturing
January 24, 2017

HBD Industries Selects Microsoft Dynamics 365 and mcaConnect to Enable World-Class Manufacturing Operations

HBD Industries Selects Microsoft Dynamics 365 and mcaConnect to Enable World-Class Manufacturing Operations  Leading Diversified Industrial Manufacturer Upgrades Technology to Improve Business Performance January 19, 2017 (Denver, Colo.) – mcaConnect,…