Welcome to the February edition(version 4.0) of what’s new in the Scapta Shopify Connector. It’s been a busy month with all of our new features. From item tags to category for taxes, we’ve got you covered with everything you need to help you streamline your businesses.
Let’s get started with an overview of the new features, shall we?
1. New Countries
Now also available in following countries: USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, South-Africa, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and Singapore.
2. Customers templates
As from now you can create multiple customer templates for the creation of customer record in Business Central depending on the country of origin of the customer.
3. Filter your items in D365BC with item tags
Possibility to add ‘Item tags’ to your items in Dynamics 365 Business Central. These tags are also synchronized to Shopify. You can use tags to label products, transfers, customers, orders, draft orders, and blog posts. Use the tags for searching and filtering to help you stay organized in Shopify and Dynamics 365 Business Central.
4. Tax processing through item templates
An item template for taxes is created to set up items for tax processing. Now, you can use multiple tax percentages (not only the one set in the Shopify Shop). Use different item templates for creating new items coming from Shopify depending of the collection. E.g.: different Tax percentages for food, clothing,… .
5. Visibility of Purchase Order Number on the invoice
The Purchase Order Number from Shopify can be mentioned on the details Purchase Order Page, visible in the timeline section, and on the invoice created in Dynamics 365 Business Central.
6. Item lists to keep products organized
To keep your products organized and easy to sync to Shopify from Dynamics 365 Business Central, you can group the products by adding them to your item list. In this way you can customize your products the way your store displays collections.
How can you activate the new features?
Surf to Microsoft AppSource: https://bit.ly/2wEg8O6, download the Scapta Shopify Connector(again) and discover the new features immediately!
Questions? Let us know by replying to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of the new features of the Scapta Shopify Connector for Dynamics 365 Business Central V3.0 will include the following :
- Do you work with drop shipments and don’t keep your stock levels in Microsoft Business Central ? No problem: in the new version you can decide if you want the stock of Microsoft Business Central to be leading or the stock in Shopify is leading. Depending on this setup the system will synchronize the correct stock level to the Shopify shop. This is a setup that can be implemented per Shopify shop.
- Working with multiple shops connected to a Microsoft Business Central will also be possible. The Shopify Connector v3.0 will support multiple shops.
- Managing your items will also become more easier. In the new version you can setup that the Shopify will be your main source for the item setup and use your Shopify as some kind of PIM system. The only thing needed to be done is to map the item card to the correct item in Shopify.
- You will be able to sync your orders to Microsoft Business Central system from Shopify. When the customer doesn’t exist in the Microsoft Business Central system it will be created according to a pre setup template within the application.
- When doing the synchronization and the item doesn’t already exists in the Microsoft Business Central system, the system will make some proposals. First it will look if the SKU is the item number, then it will look in the barcodes and finally it looks if the SKU matches any vendor item number. If this is still not the case the user needs to do the mapping or creation manually.
The July update of our Scapta Shopify Connector for Dynamics 365 will be available in:
- New Zealand
I’m back from Madrid for 3 days now. In case you don’t know what Directions is, it’s the yearly conference for Microsoft partners, focused on the SMB market. About 180 partners attending and 2.100 people eager to learn about all the new stuff Microsoft has to share.
This year was for many partners an eye opener. As explained by Marko Perisic and his team, we will still have a Dynamics NAV2018 by the end of this year, but it will probably be the last version in its current format. After NAV2018, the product will come together with its cloud twin currently called Dynamics 365 Tenerife.
Now if you look in the ‘Ongoing’ column in the picture above, you will see the name “NAV” is no longer mentioned. This is the first reason why some of the current Dynamics Partners panicked a bit. They were afraid that their beloved product Navision would simply vanish. This is of course not true. The current product will live on, but under an unknown title and more as a SaaS product that you can easily deploy, just like the other already popular products within Dynamics 365. And there you have the second reason why some of the partners were slightly displeased. An easy to use and implement SaaS product will take less time to deploy at a new customer, therefore generating less paid services as before. And services is the type of thing you want the most as a reseller, because it brings margin.
While I’m only active in the Dynamics channel for the past five years, I understand why some partners react the way they do. As Marko described, for a reseller that is in the business for more than 20 years, it’s more than just an ERP system. It has become their way of life.
There is however one massive flaw in the way that a classic NAV partner thinks and disagrees with the future of Microsoft Dynamics… Your customer does no longer want to buy and implement a business application the same way he or she did 20 years ago. That same customer does no longer ask for an estimation of mandays. Instead, he or she asks for a price per user per month, and almost assumes there are close to 0 implementation services needed. Just like Netflix, just like Spotify and yes, just like Office365.
The past two years I noticed this new way of thinking quite clearly. While asking and understanding the requirements of a new prospect, I was evaluating whether or not the prospect would fit in our SaaS offering Scapta365. If they did not fit the ‘100% standard product’, we would offer Dynamics NAV with a classic, but quick implementation. Sometimes I left the two options open for the customer and then something interesting happened. They started to compare the price and implementation method. All of a sudden their custom requirements, that were so important before, were just left out by the decision maker. Just to fit the out-of-the-box (OOTB) approach and product.
As you can see in the keynote slide above, Microsoft also understands this new customer need and, luckily for us partners, adapted the Dynamics offering to fit what the market wants. In the end, your customer doesn’t care about the name of a specific product. They just want a solution for their problem. They don’t want any surprises. They want a clear and transparant price. They don’t want to spend much time implementing a new ERP system. They just want to use a new application instantly. And Microsoft Dynamics 365 delivers on all of these areas.
If the amount of services decline for each new customer and licensing becomes subscription based, where does this leave the Dynamics partner? Well the answer is a bit paradoxical. Using a new ERP/CRM application is not the same as opening up your Netflix or Spotify for the first time. A customer still needs quality training, a helping hand and guidance for each step taken. So the answer is again superiour and personal service. Maybe not in the volume per customer that we were used to, but more in a recurring manner for each new customer.
All the stuff we learned at Directions might be hard to take in and will require a big change for several partners. We all require change management from new customers when we deploy a new Dynamics product. Maybe now it’s the first time we apply some change management on ourselves.
Scapta will be attending Microsoft Directions EMEA as a bronze sponsor 2016 from 12 until 14 October in Prague.
Directions EMEA is the yearly event where all Microsoft Dynamics NAV-partners from Europa are gathered. Like last year, the new version Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 will be presented at Directions.
Our team will be following as much interesting sessions as possible, to absorb all the valuable information concerning the development, support, implementation, sales & marketing of Microsoft Dynamics NAV. By sharing all this info internally, we stay up to date!
During Directions EMEA we are also highlighting our own apps: NaviPOS and we are launching a brand-new app.
If you are a NAV-partner interested in our apps? Always welcome at booth B13 for a talk!
Scapta is now certified as a Silver Reselling Partner for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. Something we are very proud off!
Adding Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Office 365 to the existing Microsoft Dynamics NAV offering, is an important milestone for Scapta, especially since the major strategic announcement Microsoft has done earlier this week at the annual Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto.
Microsoft launches Dynamics 365
At the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), the annual Microsoft event for its partners where about 16.000 people from 144 different countries gather to hear about the latest developments in Microsoft technology, Microsoft has done a major strategic announcement: the launch of Dynamics 365! Dynamics 365 will bring together the best of our CRM and ERP cloud offerings into one cloud service. The end user will be able to choose between a range of business apps to meet their specific needs.
Dynamics 365 will become available from the autumn in the United States and Canada. The rest of the world will follow in different phases. When Dynamics 365 will become available in Belgium, is not communicated yet. Off course, we will keep you informed!
Microsoft Dynamics NAV 4PS Construct has been available in Belgium for a while now. Several Belgian customers already make use of this software solution, they’re experiencing more control on their projects. Recently, 4PS and Scapta signed an agreement: together we’re going to provide the premium Belgian construction companies with the best suitable IT solution.
The aim of the cooperation of 4PS and Scapta is to provide the premium Belgian construction companies with a suitable IT solution for the management of their projects. Within this cooperation the extensive experience of 4PS in the construction industry will be combined with the knowledge of Scapta of the Belgian market.
“4PS and Scapta are anything but strangers to each other”, says Leen Everaerts, Marketing Manager at Scapta. “The owners of both companies have known each other for over 10 years through various advisory boards of Microsoft. Therefore, this cooperation is a logical stap forward, both for Scapta and 4PS.”
4PS creates, implements and maintains the best ICT for the global construction, civil engineering and installation industry. With 130 professionals, they daily work with applications that are distinctive for their 300 customers. Since 1 april 2000 4PS has grown to a worldwide IT supplier for the whole construction industry. 4PS Construct is available in more than 20 countries and worldwide over 600 companies realize the most beautiful projects by using 4PS Construct. More information about 4PS >>
Wanting to create dashboards on data from our ERP database, the first step is to select the data we need and to put it into a data model. To do this we can use Power Pivot, Power Query or the desktop version of Power BI which is a new separate program that has grouped functionality of the Excel add-ins Power Pivot and Power Query.
After creating the data model, we want to show our data in a graphical way. With Power BI online, Microsoft has given us a very easy tool to create reports and dashboards and to share and view them on our laptop, tablet or smartphone.
If you are familiar with the Excel add-in “Power View”, you will recognise the functionality in Power BI.
And yes, there is still one Power to handle, that is Power Map. With Power Map we can create a movie to show the evolution of data on a map over a period of time.
My conclusion: The Power BI online tool is very easy to learn and you can create beautiful interactive graphics with it. Most of the work will be to create a data model. The structure of the NAV database isn’t that straight forward to make easy relationships between tables. One of the difficulties is that the company is stored in the file name.
This is something that JetReports has managed to simplify. And we still love simplicity ☺
Being a big Excel fan, Jet Essentials is everything I need to make beautiful reports all within my comfy Excel. When handling more data and creating dashboards, we notice that we need to go a step further. That’s where Jet Enterprise comes in. We don’t pull our reports directly from the NAV database anymore, so no stress for the server and … no stress for impatient me!
If you need to have a quick analysis throughout all of your data and/or you need to combine data of different companies and/or several databases of different types and/or versions… Jet Enterprise provides it all. No database knowledge is needed anymore. You can create pivot tables and charts in Excel on the data that has already been cleaned and ordered in the way you want it. There are also pre-build reports and dashboards, but the most important is the technology behind it.
Leonardo Da Vinci: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”
Do you want to pay a high-level technical consultant for several weeks or months to implement a data warehouse and cubes with coding that only he can understand and change? The Jet data warehouse and cubes for NAV can be customized with a standard drag & drop tool. Simple and fast. No coding needed. Even the most technical guy in the office told me “now I know that this exists, I don’t want to create cubes manually anymore”. And.. last but not least, we are still on familiar grounds knowing Jet Enterprise uses the Microsoft SQL server technology.
Is there an alternative? Thinking…. Still thinking…. Mmmm, not if you have big data, but there is a great solution for little companies and that is : power bi, power pivot, power view, power map, power query !
Well, I will tell you all about it in my next post.
With further growth and the development of the company as a goal, Mark Lens decided in the beginning of 2015 to transfer the organisation IT Solutions to a most professional team.
In the end of June an agreement was reached with Alex Vandereycken and Peter Moerman to take over IT Solutions together with Frank Auwers.
Alex and Peter have both achieved a huge expertise in the world of Dynamics NAV in Belgium and beyond.
Both decided, being convinced of the enormous potential within IT Solutions, to focus themselves on a new story and will use the new name :”Scapta – IT Solutions”.