ERP News

February 6, 2018

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…

January 31, 2018

4 Best Practices for Oil and Gas Service Companies

Now that oil prices are rising and energy companies are renewing exploration operations, it’s time to re-evaluate what you, as an oil and gas service company, can do to get…

January 23, 2018

How Oilfield Service Companies Combat the Profit Margin Squeeze

Are you one of the “lucky” oilfield service companies who survived the downturn? Whether you sailed through thanks to saving ahead, or you barely survived, thanks to downsizing and scrimping…

December 20, 2017

4 Tech Trends to Watch in 2018

It’s that time of year again, where everyone wants to know what the hottest technology trends will be in 2018. We see these four areas having the biggest impact for…

December 19, 2017

5 Questions Auto Supply CFOs Should Be Asking

As the CFO of an Automotive Supply company, your role is to be equally visionary and pragmatic. How will you build the business of tomorrow, while ensuring you have the…

December 15, 2017

What happens after Dynamics 365 goes live?

The day you “go live” with your Dynamics 365 ERP or CRM system is a major milestone achievement, but it doesn’t mean your work is done. Companies have to choose…

December 12, 2017

Priorities During the Oil and Gas Rebound

Why Oil and Gas Companies Should Prioritize ERP and Technology Infrastructure Projects Oil and gas companies have had to make difficult decisions in order to survive the last few years…

December 8, 2017

The Top 5 Automotive Trends for 2018

Big changes coming in 2018! Changes in consumer demand are trickling down to provide new opportunities for automotive suppliers. Some of the trends include: 1.  Autonomous / Self-Driving Cars As…

December 5, 2017

How Manufacturing CFOs are Preparing for 2018

What’s in store for 2018? Changes are ahead for the manufacturing industry, largely due to new technologies that are becoming more affordable, and provide significant strategic advantages. Some of the…

November 28, 2017

Why the Oil and Gas industry is Buzzing about Rental Management Software

The main thing about the heavy industrial equipment needed for oil and gas exploration is that it’s HEAVY – expensive to manufacture, expensive to move, expensive to maintain and work…

November 20, 2017

5 Reasons Oil & Gas Companies Choose EnergyCONNECT

With all the name changes around Microsoft Dynamics 365, plus all the Microsoft Partner-developed solutions, it can be difficult to understand all the solution offerings and how they are built…

November 15, 2017

Would you use 40-year-old ERP software?

In 1977, ERP software was called MRP software, which stood for Material Requirements Planning. At the time, most MRP software was custom developed on big mainframe computer systems that were…

November 6, 2017

5 Things to Know About Moving from a Legacy System to Dynamics 365

Do you know your existing ERP system is out of date, but you’re still not sure if you should make the switch? The average traditional ERP on-premise deployment is at…

November 3, 2017

What do CFOs like about Dynamics 365?

CFOs are constantly balancing the company’s limitations of today with the possibilities of tomorrow. They look for hidden risks and ways to capitalize on unseized opportunities. With these priorities in…

October 31, 2017

3 Ways Engineers are Staying on Top of Auto Regulations

Automotive engineers involved in the sales process have a responsibility to ensure that your automotive supply company stays on top of the latest regulations. Changes in regulations often drive design…

IoT and Analytics
October 30, 2017

Top 10 Signs your Company Needs DataCONNECT for Dynamics

DataCONNECT is a data warehousing solution for Microsoft Dynamics that enables you to create a single source of validated company data you can trust. Is DataCONNECT a wise investment for…

October 23, 2017

5 Ways to do More with Dynamics 365 for Finance & Operations

So you’ve taken the plunge and moved onto Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations. How can you do more with what you have? Connect your email account.  Use the SMTP…

October 20, 2017

Bridging the Gap Between Current Processes & Future State Lean Models

When we work with clients to implement lean manufacturing principles, we typically use a software tool called LeanCONNECT (formerly called Areteium). With this tool, we can use existing manufacturing production…

October 2, 2017

5 Ways to Increase Quality Without Increasing Production Cost

Razor thin margins leave little room for production errors. Because product recalls and customer refunds are so expensive, you want to be able to consistently deliver quality products, but without…

September 18, 2017

Tired of MAPICS? You’re not alone.

MAPICS was created by IBM more than 35 years ago as an operational control system for manufacturing and accounting information. In 2005, the product was purchased by Infor Global Solutions…

September 11, 2017

Even old-school CFOs are demanding modern manufacturing technology

“How do you achieve better profit margins?” That’s the bottom line question for every CFO. Your job is to make sure there’s enough money in the bank to keep operations…

September 11, 2017

5 Pillars of a Joint Venture Accounting Solution for the Oil & Gas Industry

The oil and gas industry has unique accounting needs. When you evaluate new ERP solutions, how easily the system manages joint venture accounting is going to be an important consideration….

September 6, 2017

What is Manufacturing CONNECT Accelerator?

Since manufacturing enterprise management software (ERP) was first developed, a truth that “everyone knows” is that implementing new MRP / ERP software is a long, expensive and complicated process. Worth…

September 1, 2017

5 Secrets to Improving Bid Responses for Auto Suppliers

Automotive supplier sales reps and engineers spend a lot of time responding to RFPs (Requests for Proposals). With so much time and energy going into formulating each response, what can…

August 28, 2017

Life After Moving to a Modern ERP System

Anytime you switch out your ERP system, you can expect a certain amount of grumbling. Change doesn’t come easy to most people! But if you are moving off an older…

IoT and Analytics
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…

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…

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…

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?…

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...
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...
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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

January 18, 2017

Understanding Master Planning

Understanding Master Planning and Master Scheduling in Microsoft Dynamics AX What is Master Planning? Master planning allows manufacturers to determine the future need for raw materials to meet company goals. …

January 13, 2017

Automatic bank reconciliation & 1099s in Microsoft Dynamics AX

AX Summit 2016 was my very first AXUG Summit experience – AND – it was my very first time speaking in front of a large crown. It was EXHILIRATING! Okay…

December 7, 2016

Positive & Negative Days

What are positive and negative days in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and why do we need them?  Excellent question – and one we get all the time. Hopefully this post…

November 1, 2016

How To Use Visual Studio Team Services To Track Project Progress

So…how’s your Microsoft Dynamics AX implementation going? WHAT? You have to get a report from someone else? I have a better option for you. USE VISUAL STUDIO TEAM SERVICES TO…

August 11, 2016

JUMP! Ready…Set….Oh… The struggle of ERP implementations

You just have to BELIEVE! When I was six years old, I broke my arm in a heroic attempt to prove that I could fly.  The plan was simple.  Climb…

July 28, 2016

Rubicon Oilfield Selects MCA Connect’s EnergyCONNECT Solution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Rubicon Oilfield International Selects MCA Connect’s EnergyCONNECT for Enterprise Resource Planning Solution Built on Microsoft Dynamics, EnergyCONNECT is an oil and gas-focused, cloud-based platform July 28, 2016...
July 21, 2016

Jayco, Inc. Selects mcaConnect and Microsoft AX

Jayco, Inc. Selects mcaConnect and Microsoft AX for Enterprise Resource Planning Needs  World’s Largest Privately-Held Recreation Vehicle Manufacturer Upgrades Technology to Better Meet Customer and Dealer Needs  July 21, 2016...
June 22, 2016

Load Ledger Transactions

Dynamics AX has a neat function that will allow a user to transfer previously posted journal transactions into a newly created journal for re-posting.  This comes in handy when you...
June 16, 2016

Jump!!! Ready… Set…

When I was six years old, I broke my arm in a heroic attempt to prove that I could fly.  The plan was simple.  Climb a chest of drawers and…

May 25, 2016

Setting Up Ledger Allocation Journals in Dynamics AX

Are there times when during a ledger month end you wonder why you keep manually reallocating your posted transactions? The Ledger allocation function within AX will automatically allocate a transactions...
May 19, 2016

Too Many Pages Open in Dynamics AX

Many of us multi task on a daily basis, but have you ever looked down into your taskbar to see that you have way too many AX windows open?  Today’s...
May 19, 2016

Avoiding a Risky ERP Implementation

There has been plenty written about ERP failures. Gartner and Forester among others have specific articles and reports about the main issues that lead to ERP failures within an organization….