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Dynamics SL 2018 CU1 Released

Microsoft has released Dynamics SL 2018 Cumulative Update 1 (CU1) and it is now available for download. Below is a summary of some of the enhancements:

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Dynamics SL 2018 Is Now Available

On May 1st, Microsoft released Dynamics SL 2018 which includes new features, updates and fixes. In addition, SL 2018 will integrate with Microsoft Power BI, Microsoft Power Apps and Microsoft Flow. There are also new Web Apps available and Microsoft is planning on releasing Web App updates about once a month. They will also start releasing updates quarterly to the Dynamics SL application. We will highlight some of the updates here with more details to follow in upcoming posts.

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January 2018 Payroll Tax Table Updates Now Available for Dynamics SL

Yesterday Microsoft released a tax update for calendar year 2018 for tax table changes announced after the December 2017 Payroll Tax Updates were published.

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Say hello to Polaris Hosting!

Effective October 2017, Polaris has launched a hosting service for companies (and Polaris customers, of course!) seeking to run their ERP, accounting, or other business-critical software on a cloud-based platform. The hosting service – which is an alternative to businesses running and maintaining their own servers – offers advantages like improved security, improved reliability, increased server performance, and cost-savings. The new offering is a logical extension of our company’s core business of developing, deploying, maintaining, and troubleshooting software solutions from Microsoft Dynamics SL and Acumatica.

“We’ve been helping a wide range of clients manage their Dynamics SL- and Acumatica-based ERP, accounting, and other business software for over 10 years now, almost exclusively on their own servers or in homegrown data centers,” says our founder and president, Todd Delaney. “While there’s nothing inherently wrong with taking a DIY approach to running things on your own box, there can be considerable advantages to moving to the cloud. So, we’re excited to offer that as an option — and a broader service offering of both software and robust, remote servers to run it on.”

In launching Polaris Hosting, we’ve identified and expanded on three key benefits to businesses currently managing their own servers:

  • Lower “IT” costs – Information technology is oftentimes not a core competency of many businesses. By moving software and server management outside, businesses can reduce their “IT” costs or render them more predictable, eliminate headaches, and focus on their mainline business.
  • Scalability – Especially for smaller or growing businesses, needed server capacity, bandwidth, and speed can fluctuate and evolve, making it difficult (and costly) to predict and purchase the right hardware. By ‘leasing’ space in the cloud, servers can be added (or even scaled back) to stay in step with demand, web traffic, or common business fluctuations; companies reduce the risk of purchasing and maintaining equipment that can quickly become obsolete; and, with Polaris Hosting, customers can establish a ‘hybrid’ approach of in-house and cloud-based servers to migrate to the cloud gradually – or choose between a privately held or “public” server farm (such as Amazon or Microsoft Azure).
  • Superior security – In the face of ever-evolving security environment, Polaris’ hosting service increases confidence, thanks to added protection, automatic server software updates (no need to track and manage updates, patches, and upgrades in-house), robust back-up power, and well-defined/documented disaster recovery.

Current and prospective Polaris customers interested in learning more about the hosting services now available from Polaris Business Solutions can initiate a no-cost server audit, consultation, and estimate with a simple email.

Dynamics SL 2011 and Year-End Updates

If you are still running Dynamics SL 2011, you may be aware that Microsoft announced over a year ago that they did not intend on releasing any year-end updates for 2017.  The good news for users of SL 2011 that won’t have time to upgrade before year-end is that there is a third-party product available for purchase.

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Dynamics SL 2015 CU2 Released

Recently Microsoft has released Dynamics SL 2015 CU2 (Cumulative Update).  This is mostly a collection of bug fixes, but it does include support for some additional Microsoft products.

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How to Reopen a Period in Project Controller for Dynamics SL

If you are using Project Controller you are probably already aware that closing the period (or year) for Project Controller is different than closing the period (or year) for the financial modules.  You close the financial modules (i.e. GL, AP, AR, etc.) using the Closing (01.560.00) screen found in the General Ledger processes section.  But, closing the period for Project Controller is done within that module using the Close Period (PA.CLO.00) screen.  But, how do you reopen a period in Project Controller?

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Dynamics SL 2011 Mainstream Support Ends July 12, 2016

On July 12th, 2016 Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 will be moving from mainstream support to extended support.  Support will still be available for supported versions.

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You Should Not Rely on Spreadsheets for Cash Flow Forecasts

Finance executives and professionals must rely on purpose-designed planning, budgeting and analysis software solutions that will deliver complete and accurate forecasted financial statements for all budgeted period. Use of spreadsheets or pure guessing of anticipated future results can never deliver this level of completeness and accuracy and any cash flow projections done in this manner will be a gross estimate that should not be relied on.

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Is A New ERP Solution One of Your New Year’s Resolutions? Dynamics SL Could Be The Answer.

Implementing a new ERP solution hardly sounds like a fun new year’s resolution, but as you are going through your year-end closing perhaps you are thinking there has to be a better way.  Perhaps you lack visibility across your entire operation?  Or you have limited reporting capabilities (is there a way to get the information together for the auditors without typing everything again in Excel)?  Perhaps your organization has grown to the point where you have other applications that are needed, but they aren’t integrated with your current ERP? [...]