4 Powerful Benefits of Microsoft Azure Backup Services

With the massive explosion of data occurring across organizations around the world, many businesses are turning to the cloud for economical ways to keep pace with the vast amount of data they must backup and archive. Whether these organizations are simply seeking near-zero data loss, to retain data for long periods of time, or are complying with industry requirements, the  traditional method of keeping tape backups offsite is often error-prone, cost prohibitive to scale, and inefficient. With Azure Backup, you have the opportunity to adopt and define a holistic business continuity strategy.

Microsoft Azure Backup Services can help your keep pace with ever-expanding requirements and avoid costly business interruptions. Azure Backup is a simple and cost-effective backup-as-a-service solution that extends tried-and-trusted tools on-premises with rich and powerful tools in the cloud. It delivers protection for your data no matter where it resides: in your own datacenter, a colocation facility, remote/branch offices, or the public cloud; while being sensitive to the unique requirements these scenarios pose. Additionally, it works with Data Protection Manager, enabling you to protect workloads directly from Windows Server and SQL Server in the cloud. Azure Backup enables customers to securely extend or replace on-premises backup storage and data archiving solutions to the cloud—reducing cost and complexity, while achieving greater efficiency and scalability.

Azure Backup integrates well with existing System Center Data Protection Manager investments and provides a number of components including:  application-aware snapshots, flexible backup cadences, support for Hyper-V and VMware, fabric-level backups, recovery granularity, and much more. Please see the resources section for links to additional information.

1. Scalability and Availability:  Azure Backup uses the underlying power and unlimited scale of the Azure cloud to deliver high-availability for application data—with little maintenance or monitoring overhead required.  Alerts can be set up to provide information about events like outages, backup status, etc., but customers don’t need to worry about high- availability for data in the cloud

2. Security and Reliability:  Backed-up data is secure over the wire and at rest.  The backup data is stored in geo-replicated storage which maintains 6 copies of your data across two Azure datacenters. With 99.9% service availability, backup provides operational peace of mind.

3. Retention and Recovery:  Due to business or compliance requirements, many organizations are required to protect their data for years, and over time this data grows exponentially. Traditionally, tape has been used for long-term retention. Backup provides a compelling alternative to tape with significant cost savings, shorter recovery times, and up to 99 years of retention.

4, Remote Office Protection : Moves customer backup storage to the cloud to save on infrastructure investments for remote and branch offices. Replaces expensive intranets with low-cost internet and archives data in a customer’s preferred Azure datacenter region across the globe, so data is close to their branch office— maintaining enterprise-grade security for data in transit and at rest.

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Faster Setup and Configuration in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 has been release with many new features in Enterprise Functionality for Small to Mid Sized Wholesale Distribution and Manufacturing companies.  Microsoft Dynamics NAV comes with a wide set of functionalities including new ERP functionality in mobility, business insights and cloud services which provide some great opportunities for deployment, supporting business processes, and enhancing business productivity within the organization.  Included in Microsoft Dynamics NAV’s robust features included the ability to have a quick configuration to get up an running faster.

Save time and avoid unnecessary manual tasks with the assisted setup wizard that helps you import data, set up integration with Office 365, and enjoy a simplified setup experience, with predefined setup data and limited customer interaction.

The assisted setup feature, has a unique “testing” aspect” to guide you through setup scenarios – simplifying and streamlining your tasks; for example:

  • Follow wizards to set up workflows for approvals, set the fiscal year, or set up US sales tax.
  • Launch the application with as little user interaction as possible.
  • Use a predefined set of data to quickly set up main features.
  • In addition, with improved support for cash management, it is easy to set up and adjust cash flow forecasting, gathering data from all relevant sources to provide you with a complete overview.

Benefits of a Faster Microsoft Dynamics NAV Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP) Setup Include

A Repeatable Set Up Experience-Use assisted setup and a predefined set of data to quickly implement repeatable solutions and follow fewer manual setup steps.

Streamlined User Setup-Easily create users, with improved compatibility between Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Office 365. New users are automatically created with user groups & permission sets, integrated with Office 365.

Assisted Guidance-Follow wizards to set up workflows for approvals, set the fiscal year, or set up US sales tax.

Automated Steps-Use deployment and PowerShell scripts to create a new company and add default setup data.

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Managing Warehouse Space Better with WMS

Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) are designed with savings in mind to manage your inventory in the most efficient manner possible.  However, additional benefits can be recognized in other areas, such as cost saving associated with reduced labor and administrative costs, plus also an increase in customer service levels.  Another area as well includes both efficiency gains and reduced cost is in the area of better space management for your warehouse.

Consider the following. Can you eliminate or minimize the need for outside storage?  If so, you have the direct savings of reducing lease cost (normally on a $ per sq ft basis), insurance, and possibly transportation costs. Depending on the size, complexity and activity of the off-site storage, you may even be able to save labor costs associated with managing and transporting the inventory back and forth. Improvements in space utilization generally range from 5-15%.

A Warehouse Management System (WMS) tracks every location and knows where each product and quantity received should be stored. Put-away can be directed to maximize space utilization, minimize put-away travel, minimize pick travel, or some combination. The WMS knows the size and weight of each item, case and pallet, and the physical constraints of each location.

Material is placed in an appropriate location based on these criteria and other pre-configured put-a-way rules pertaining to forward pick location replenishment, product velocity, storage requirements, etc. Space utilization improvements are generally step functions. In a typical situation where the distribution infrastructure is owned, the creation of empty space in the warehouse produces no real benefit. The amount of space made available must be enough to provide for other activities.

For instance, if 500 ft2 are freed up, this will provide very little benefit. If, however, 5,000 ft2 becomes available, several alternatives can be presented for the new space. For internal space savings, if enough space is made available to avoid new construction expansion or a green field site, this can be directly qualified as a cost avoidance.

For example, if enough new space is available to be used for light manufacturing, value added services, offices, etc., this can be classified as a savings. If the new space can be subleased, this can also be classified as an incremental cash inflow. However, you must also consider the potential cost of refurbishing the facility as required by the potential tenant. Additionally, location utilization is improved by using a WMS. A non-automated operation is generally considered at capacity when 80% of the locations are being used at any given time.

With a WMS, operating capacity can be increased to 95+%. This improvement is due primarily to the WMS’s ability to continually manage inventory consolidations, re-warehousing activities, and mixed item locations.

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