Micro Force -Velosio Newsletter Apr 2020 - Dynamics GP, COVID-19 and Working From Home
Due to the COVID-19 virus, we are all dealing with a “new normal”. Not sure about you, but I never thought we would be restricted to working from our homes in my lifetime. But I know that we're all in this together, and I have a feeling we're going to come out on the other side of the current pandemic stronger as a whole. But in the meantime, there's no escaping the reality that at best, we are all dealing with significant change in how we work. Changes that often require improvements to how we use to perform tasks in our offices, due to our social distancing as well as our desire to keep each other safe. Since we have the privilege of servicing so many clients like yourself, I thought it may be comforting to hear that every one of our clients that we have spoken with in the past month is experiencing many of the same challenges. This newsletter is devoted to sharing what has been working for our Dynamics GP users who have been displaced from their offices.
What If the Pandemic Took Place 10 Years Ago?
It was only a month ago that the Covid-19 virus displaced and disrupted every business. But thanks to the incredible technological advancements in the past decade, most of us can access the same data from home as we did from our offices. But what if this took place in 2010? Not only were businesses not even considering moving their systems to the “cloud” at that time, but no one was even using Office 365, which was introduced in June 2011. Today, not only do many of us use the cloud to access our Microsoft Dynamics GP system, but we can also integrate our GP system with Office 365 to do the following:
Email our vendor remittances or customer statements
Generate Word merged docs with our GP vendors to request updated W-9 forms or capture EFT info
Permit a staff member who is not even a Great Plains user to view your GP data just by opening an Excel worksheet from their laptop or smartphone.
If your GP system is not already in the cloud, we can assist in transitioning your on-premise software to Microsoft Azure or another hosting provider. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org to initiate this inquiry.
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