March 04, 2021

Key Technology Trends for Equipment Manufacturers

As equipment manufacturers find themselves in the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, one thing is certain: Change is an undeniable constant. The industry continues to experience change across ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

February 10, 2021

Data Estate Defined for Automotive Manufacturers

There’s been a lot of talk for many years about the significant value of data to the corporation, specifically to automotive suppliers. So much so that we often hear experts state how data is the new ...

Topics: CRM

November 04, 2020

Power Apps: Solving One Business Challenge at a Time

Power Apps is a tool used to create, connect and extend your internal business applications – including Dynamics 365 and Office 365 – but also 200+ other applications. The beauty of Power Apps is ...

Topics: Manufacturing

October 21, 2020

How to Build a Resilient Supply Chain in 2021

Have you recently discovered new gaps in your supply chain? Over the last decade, global supply chains have seen a significant increase in disruptions for many reasons, from natural disasters to ...

Topics: Manufacturing

October 14, 2020

How Manufacturing Leaders are Adapting Their Business in 2021

In order to understand the future of manufacturing, it's important to understand the industry's current situation and how leaders are positioning their companies for future growth. We surveyed 50 ...

Topics: Manufacturing

September 30, 2020

What Every Manufacturing Executive Should Know Going into 2021

Even pre-pandemic many manufacturers around the globe were grappling with immediate challenges like keeping workers healthy, maintaining productivity, and inventory issues, while also considering ...

Topics: Manufacturing

September 18, 2020

Top Challenges Faced by Electronics Manufacturers

The global marketplace is constantly evolving. No other industry experiences more change than electronics. New technology becomes available at an alarming rate. In order to remain competitive in the ...

Topics: Field Service

September 11, 2020

Remote Assist for Mobile vs. HoloLens: What Are the Benefits?

The coronavirus pandemic has reshaped how companies operate and as it becomes more and more necessary for Field Service teams to find solutions that enable them to collaborate virtually and ...

Topics: News

September 03, 2020

MCA Connect Achieves the 2020/2021 Inner Circle for Microsoft Business Applications

MCA Connect is honored by Microsoft for achieving outstanding sales achievement and innovation. MCA Connect, a Microsoft Gold Partner, has achieved the prestigious 2020/2021 Inner Circle for ...

Topics: Manufacturing

August 18, 2020

4 Key Technology Trends for Discrete Manufacturers

Discrete manufacturing technology is evolving quicker than ever. Increasing availability of industry solutions and advancements in enterprise systems empower manufacturing companies to maximize the ...

Topics: Manufacturing

August 13, 2020

Top 3 Manufacturing Digitization Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Artificial intelligence (AI)-powered robots, 3D printing, the Internet of Things (IoT)...there’s a whole world of advanced manufacturing technology and innovation just waiting for manufacturers who ...

Topics: Manufacturing

August 05, 2020

Master Planning Does Not Work for All Electronic Manufacturers

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance has some valuable improvements coming for the performance of the existing master planning engine. However, it is somewhat disappointing that it is not addressing the ...

Topics: Business Transformation, CRM, ERP

August 04, 2020

How Technology Supports Our New Virtual World

The ongoing spread of COVID-19 has changed how many companies operate. Encouraging employees to work remotely is probably the biggest change for those companies, thus making our world even more ...

Topics: CRM

July 24, 2020

How Technology Can Drive Your Customer Service Transformation

As a result of the recent global pandemic, digital transformation is becoming more and more popular among companies to adapt to our new market reality. What’s interesting about this is, however, is ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

July 15, 2020

Steps to Migrate Your Legacy Data to Dynamics 365

Harvesting enterprise data is central to how organizations compete, and even survive, as industries transform digitally. Yet, as companies grow and technologies shift, managing data has become an ...

Topics: Manufacturing

June 29, 2020

Modern Technology for the Industrial Equipment Manufacturing Team

With the modern technology available today, industrial equipment manufacturers can take advantage of new manufacturing opportunities by connecting business systems that give them a better view of all ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, Manufacturing

June 23, 2020

Where’s My Stuff? How ManufacturingCONNECT for Logistics Can Help Manage Your Global Supply Chain

If you’re a manufacturer in a global supply chain and you order a finished product or components from across the globe, then you know there is about a month of time where you really don’t know the ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

June 10, 2020

The Modern Data Estate: Data Lake vs. Data Warehouse

A modern data estate should provide multiple methods of ingesting and storing the various data that businesses generate. Data comes at us fast and in many forms. These different forms can include ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, Manufacturing

June 03, 2020

Reduce Supply Chain Disruption with IoT and Analytics

Reducing the risk of supply chain disruptions As the threat of disruption has increased recently, companies are pressured to ask if their supply chain is ready for the next event, pushing them to ...

Topics: Manufacturing

April 29, 2020

Why S&OP is Critical for Manufacturing COVID-19 Recovery

We understand the recent health crisis makes for uneasy times and has already impacted many manufacturers in one way or another. Most businesses are wondering how big of an impact this will have on ...

Topics: Manufacturing

February 28, 2020

How to Build a Future-Ready Strategy for Manufacturing

From rapid changes in technology to ever-increasing consumer demands, every industry is trying to keep up with the pace of change and reinvent processes for a more sustainable future. When a ...

Topics: CRM

February 27, 2020

Are These Pitfalls Preventing You from Maximizing Your CRM Investment?

Let’s consider this - an organization invests in business applications to modernize its Customer Relationship Management. The business case promises everything and more: excellent efficiencies, ...

Topics: CRM, Manufacturing

February 26, 2020

How to Better Manage the Automotive Bid Response Process

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

Topics: Energy

February 12, 2020

6 Challenges in Oil and Gas and How to Solve Them

The oil and gas business operates within complex global and national frameworks. Expansion into new geographical regions and environments can create new opportunities for revenue growth, but it also ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

January 30, 2020

6 Best Practices in Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A)

Most CFOs are not happy with their Financial Planning and Analysis process, believing it delivers too little value and can eat up too many resources. As a result, they often ask “what best practices ...

Topics: CRM, Manufacturing

January 28, 2020

5 Benefits that Explain the Importance of CRM in Manufacturing

To gain a competitive advantage these days, exceeding your customers’ expectations is key. It turns out that CRM software for manufacturing has revolutionized many businesses as it gives a holistic ...

Topics: ERP, Energy

January 15, 2020

Why Oil & Gas Companies Need Joint Venture Accounting Software in 2020

One of the complexities of the oil and gas industry is handling the accounting and communication between multiple land owners, especially for Exploration and Production companies. They have many ...

Topics: ERP, Energy

December 31, 2019

Oil & Gas Buzzing about Rental Management Software

The main thing about industrial equipment for oil and gas exploration is that it’s HEAVY – literally and financially. It’s expensive to manufacture, expensive to move, and expensive to maintain. And ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing

December 18, 2019

Looking to Upgrade from MAPICS? You're not alone.

There are many manufacturing companies that are still running on legacy ERP systems like MAPICS, also known as Infor XA. Many of these companies have the mind set of ‘if it’s not broken, don’t fix ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing, Manufacturing ERP Guide

December 18, 2019

Enterprise Resource Planning: An Introduction

An Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system can revolutionize many types of business operating within a wealth of verticals. ERP platforms allow different systems to communicate, integrate, and ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing, Manufacturing ERP Guide

December 18, 2019

How Are Microsoft’s ERP Systems Different?

Microsoft has developed a powerhouse system in the form of Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations. If you’d like to learn about the functionality from more of a top level view, take a look ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing, Manufacturing ERP Guide

December 18, 2019

Are You Ready for an Upgrade?

Auditing readiness for an ERP upgrade can seem like a daunting task. If you feel like you’re caught in the technological dark ages, you’re not alone. Many companies make the assumption that an ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing, Manufacturing ERP Guide

December 18, 2019

Choosing the Right Partner

Choosing the right manufacturing ERP partner can be the difference between a smooth, functional process and a downright tedious process. We have put together a handy checklist for selecting an ERP ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing, Manufacturing ERP Guide

December 18, 2019

Unique Aspects of ERP Solutions for the Manufacturing Industry

Microsoft’s ERP solution can be customized to manage many types of business processes. Building a custom system form fit to the manufacturing industry, then customizing for your direct needs, ensures ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing, Manufacturing ERP Guide

December 18, 2019

Common ERP Implementation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Utilizing all of the sections above to create a comprehensive upgrade/implementation strategy helps things run smoothly, but there are some major risk factors to stay away from when you are looking ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing, Manufacturing ERP Guide

December 18, 2019

Develop and Execute an Implementation Plan

Gaining internal buy-in from the implementers as well as your executive team is a linchpin when implementing a manufacturing ERP system. We have put together a handy guide for a successful ERP ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing, Manufacturing ERP Guide

December 18, 2019

Training Employees and Gaining Buy In

While we mentioned the importance of training the users who will be utilizing your software, we want to devote a section of this guide to training users properly as this is an item that can derail ...

Topics: ERP, Manufacturing, Manufacturing ERP Guide

December 18, 2019

Case Studies

Dell Dell is among the most well-known technology brands in the world. They were one of the first to sell computer products directly to consumers. Dell needed solutions to match their high-volume, ...

Topics: Manufacturing

December 16, 2019

The Top 5 Automotive Trends for 2020

Some big changes are coming in 2020! With each new year, we seem to be faced with a new set of changes in the automotive industry, far surpassing trends experienced over the past few decades. 2020 ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics, ERP

December 16, 2019

What is RPA? Robotic Process Automation Explained

More executives are turning to an emerging technology practice called robotic process automation (RPA), to streamline operations and reduce costs. With RPA, businesses can automate tedious, ...

Topics: ERP

December 09, 2019

What Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance & Operations Users Need to Know About Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2

Prior to the introduction of Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (D365FO), AX 2012 users were able to directly access the transactional database using traditional OLEDB or ODBC ...

Topics: CRM

December 03, 2019

How To Navigate Common Customer Service Challenges with Microsoft Dynamics 365

Due to the recent technology and digital boom, an entire “customer revolution” has taken place and a new breed of an informed ‘Customer 2.0’ has emerged. This ‘Customer 2.0’ wants to purchase your ...

Topics: CRM

November 27, 2019

Microsoft Power Apps for Beginners: How Can it Be Useful for You?

Microsoft Power Apps is, fundamentally, a development platform for mobile and web apps. It allows “citizen developers” to reach capabilities that were once only reserved for high-end developers and ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

November 13, 2019

How a Financial Planning & Analysis Solution Can Impact Your Business

About a year ago, a survey of finance officers found that a financial planning & analysis (FP&A) solution was at the top of their list of key finance processes. It beat strategic planning, ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

November 08, 2019

How to Easily Migrate and Access Your Historical Data

When companies invest in a Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations implementation (or Microsoft Dynamics AX), they are faced with decision of whether to move their previous data into their new system. Some ...

Topics: CRM, Manufacturing

November 05, 2019

What Every Automotive Supplier Should Be Doing

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 have been ...

Topics: IoT & Analytics

October 31, 2019

Is the Data Warehouse a Zombie?

In honor of Halloween this year, we’re going to help answer the question of whether or not data warehouses can be considered zombies these days. For years, there have been a few technology pundits ...

Topics: ERP

October 22, 2019

Data Lake Storage for Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations

The transition of Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations (D365FO) from an on-premise ERP to a cloud-based ERP has created numerous changes, most of them highly advantageous for users, admins and ...

Topics: Business Transformation, CRM, ERP

October 15, 2019

5 Fundamentals to Becoming a Global Connected Enterprise

Consumers use technology to their advantage. With it they are less tolerant, less loyal, and more adventurous and they have learned how to exercise control over brands.

Topics: ERP

October 10, 2019

3 Ways Artificial Intelligence is Changing the Modern ERP System

You probably don’t think you use Artificial Intelligence (AI) on a regular basis, but if you have a smart home device, check out recommended products on Amazon, or use Google’s local search results, ...

Topics: CRM, ERP

October 04, 2019

4 Ways Your Dynamics System Should Be Supported

Whether you are using Microsoft Dynamics 365, or previous versions like Dynamics CRM or AX in your business, there are certain ways to keep the systems running smoothly. For your system to gather and ...

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