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How to get the most out of ERP

The use of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) has become a very common practice in the manufacturing industry. With Aberdeen Group’s “2014 Business Management and ERP Benchmark Survey” reporting that 97% of industry leaders are using ERP and 88% of followers, it’s undeniable that the industry recognizes the value of ERP software and what it can do for their companies. But there are still some that may not know how much more valuable ERP is when used to its full potential. Read more

NAV Resources Every IT Manager Should Have For Performance Optimization

Dynamics NAV Process Improvement BlogsWhile it is commonplace for Clients First to write about Microsoft Dynamics NAV’s functionality, and useful tips, a community of Dynamics NAV MVP’s exists that we wanted to share.  They deliver content on Dynamics NAV performance optimization, and troubleshooting.   Read more

Secrets of Supply Chain Planning for 2016

2016 Better Supply Chain with ERP PlanningIncreasing demand for end-to-end supply chain visibility is perhaps one of the most discussed issues when it comes to enterprise resource planning (ERP). One reason for this is that many organizations with multinational presence are still struggling to achieve full insight into their complex operations.
Though modern ERP solutions provide superior visibility compared to obsolete business management systems, honest replies to questions about the degree of visibility across all the tiers in the supply chain have revealed a series of limitations because of the dependence on Excel or a Legacy Accounting System. The impossibility of tracking merchandise under shipment along with the necessity to switch between multiple systems and/or portals to get up-to-date information about products from different manufacturers, retailers and logistics service providers are just two of the factors that hamper a company’s ability to effectively control the goods it produces overseas and imports into the US. Read more

Microsoft’s Project GigJam: Making Work Collaboration Easier


Mother Teresa quote together we can do great thingsMicrosoft’s Project GigJam allows operating systems to work together to accomplish great things.  It’s exciting that Satya Nadella has swayed Microsoft’s business focus from operating system wars to focusing on us, the customers.  GigJam developed  in part by Vijay Mital, General Manager of Ambient Computing & Robotics at Microsoft, does just that with this new app of apps by letting us work together EASILY regardless of the operating system.

Most of the source content of this blog comes from ZD NET’s  Alan Lepofsky for Constellation Research since Satya Nadella introduced GigJam at the World Partner Conference in VERY high-level terms saying:

“Gigjam’s technology empowers business workers to summon information from their line of business and SaaS apps, spontaneously divvy up the specific information and actions needed to get work done, keep track of each part, and bring it all to closure immediately.”

While that description is accurate, I wanted to give you more insight.  One that shows a glimpse of how Microsoft is continuously working to help you and your company accomplish more through products like Dynamics AX , Dynamics NAV or their newest product, Project GigJam.

Project GigJam’s name comes from the “gig-economy” trend, where people perform small jobs for different clients. Read more

TMAC Hosting Supply Chain Strategy Learn @ Lunch

TMAC Lunch and Learn TMAC and Arlington Chamber of Commerce Hosting Supply Chain Strategy Learn @ Lunch.

Supply Chain Optimization for Leaders featuring the Benefits and Approach to Optimizing Supply Chain on Wed., September 16, 2015 11:30 AM  – 1:30 pm.

The Supply Chain Optimization Initiative is based on establishing a comprehensive view of the Supply Chain and improving the visibility and responsiveness of all Tiers supporting the Supply Chain, whether it is supporting a small to mid-sized contract manufacturer or a large multi-national OEM … the concepts and tools are applicable.  Register now!

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Act Now: Give Me 5 Sale Extended! (3 User Starter Pack + 2 Users)

It is time to move off of that old, slow, featureless, software you have been using to run your company. From now until December 31, 2015, you may be eligible to purchase a very robust business solution from Microsoft Dynamics NAV  at up to 45% off the license price! This promotional price applies to the […]

Dynamics NAV 2016 Roadmap Announced

This week our management team is attending the WPC or Worldwide Partner Conference in Orlando.  The WPC is THE venue for Dynamics Partner such as Clients First to get all the latest and greatest new product information.  We also have the opportunity to discuss our customers concerns with the Dynamics Executive team.  We feel that it is important to be in the forefront of the Dynamics AX and NAV technologies, as well as their management team and developers.

One of the newest announcements was the latest Dynamics NAV Product Roadmap with details on NAV 2016.  Here is a sneak peek:

Dynamics NAV 2016


Our team is committed to the Dynamics AX and NAV product line.  I will do my best to post more as I have time this week.   To find out whats new in AX 7 visit our AX blog: 

Be sure to reach out to Clients First if you are evaluating AX, NAV, or if you have already decided on the software but you need a solid partner.  We are a very strong partner with the customer references to back that claim!  We are also a Dynamics Gold ERP Partner.  Reach us at 800.331.8382 or email

Clients First Business Solutions Acknowledged: 9 years on Bob Scott’s Insights: Top 100 VARs proves talent, and achievement.

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What adds success to an organization? More than anything visible, tangible passion: that sparkle in someone’s eyes when they speak about what they do, the excited lilt in someone’s speech when they explain a project.

This is the type of response I get when I speak to our managing director, Michael Conti, about Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions. When I asked him last week, “What’s your favorite part of Microsoft Dynamics NAV?” A big grin grew on his face saying, “I’ve never seen a software with stronger financial details. Not only that but it allows for different views of the company: home office versus satellite companies, and specific user views even in dealing with multi-country, multi-company implementations. The business accounting solution consolidates big data into very readable reports.” (By the way, come back in a few weeks for the case study). Read more

Dynamics AX ERP for Manufacturing

Dynamics AX Process, Formula, and Recipe Capabilities

When it comes to choosing formula, recipe, food, ERP software, Microsoft Dynamics AX is one of the most complex, powerful, agile yet simple business management solutions you can find. AX provides manufacturers with integrated functionality, allowing them to efficiently plan and control production and distribution, manage accounting, invoicing, and procurement operations, meet evolving customer demands, and comply with regulatory requirements.  (See how Merrick Pet Care has used Dynamics AX to grow into the second largest specialty pet food manufacturing company in the U.S.  – Yes, we are bragging!)

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Dynamics NAV Helps Keep the Railroad Moving

Dynamics NAV ERP Software

RCL Services Group, LLC (“Services”) a longtime Dynamics NAV user provides railroad signal construction and signal material integration services to the freight and passenger rail industry.  Services’ primary subsidiaries, Railroad Controls, LP, RCL Wiring, LP and RCL Burco, LP are the leaders in railroad signal construction and signal integration in the United States.   RCL Services Group’s Class 1 railroad customers like Union Pacific, and BNSF Railway very satisfied with the product and service delivery provided by RCL Services Group and Dynamics NAV is a big part of why RCL has been able to grow from 60 to 800 employees. Read more