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Data & BI Summit is about to happen, but we don’t have you on the list of attendees yet! Join Business Analysts, Data Professionals & Power BI users at the Convention Centre in Dublin from 24-26 April. At the moment there are still some seats left, claim yours today before they run out! Register Now Some Fast Facts Here are some fast facts that will show why Data & BI Summit is a can’t miss event. Did you know that…. ….Data & BI Summit offers 68 sessions across 4 tracks ….the sessions at Data & BI Summit are hosted by more than 100 speakers ….4 Academy classes are offered within Data & BI Summit’s Pre-Conference ...
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By now you've heard of Focus 2018. Did you realize that by attending you will grow professionally, network with other Microsoft Dynamics NAV users, All Stars, and Microsoft team members and most importantly, learn how to optimize your use of Dynamics NAV through advanced, deep-dive education?  Don't miss out - Register now. NAVUG member Bill Wilson is an internal IT, former scheduling manager and cost accountant for Park 100 Foods, Inc. Bill lives in Rushville, Indiana, about 40 miles southeast of Indianapolis. Read his welcome message below: Hello, As a local to this area, Indianapolis is great location for Focus because of its diverse ...
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Time is ticking. Don’t miss out on your last chance to register for Data & BI Summit. From April 24-26, the Convention Centre in Dublin, Ireland, will be taken over by Business Analysts, Data Professionals & Power BI users from all over Europe. Register Now. Get Inspired by 80+ Sessions Data & BI Summit is packed with opportunities to help you learn and be your best through the digital transformation by gaining new understandings of your data and deepening your knowledge of the Microsoft Business Intelligence tools. At the moment, 81 Data & BI sessions have been announced within the conference schedule. A Closer Look at the ...
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Are you the owner of a small manufacturing company with just a handful of employees looking for an alternative to   QuickBooks   for functions such as payroll and payment processing? Have you found yourself in a situation wherein your operations have perhaps outgrown the functionality of QuickBooks? Microsoft recently announced the much-anticipated release of   Dynamics 365 Business Central   – and this business management solution represents what you’ve been looking for to streamline business processes, improve customer interactions and make better decisions overall. Dynamics 365 Business Central: A Simple Primer Saying Dynamics 365 Business Central ...
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While we all enjoy a little downtime in our personal lives to unwind and enjoy the people and things near and dear to our hearts, downtime in the business world is unacceptable whether it is planned or unplanned, downtime has both a negative impact and cost to a business.  While 100% uptime is optimal, I have left room for the possible technological issue that would cause downtime and set out to achieve 99% Uptime.  For our company that plays out to 39 minutes per week,  2.6 hours per month, 8.5 hours per quarter and a whopping 33 hours per year in acceptable downtime.  This percentage will be broken down into 2 distinct groups, the first being total company ...
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It’s proven that communities exist because of the relationships within. Even though it’s usually the content that brings you to an event like Data & BI Summit, the great experiences you will have are founded in the interactions with the community. From 24-26 April, the doors of the Convention Centre in Dublin will open for three days of Data & BI Summit . Join the community of nearly 350 Business Analysts, Data Professionals & Power BI users from all over Europe for this can’t miss conference: Register Now Hear it from your peers These days, there are many ways to consume information online, but nothing beats rubbing elbows and hearing ...
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Ta-da! If you’re reading this, then you’ve seen that today we are excited to unveil our new user group logo!    For some of you, this is perhaps anti-climactic. For most of you, this is likely a large and perhaps confusing surprise. In short, with the release today of Dynamics 365 Business Central by Microsoft, we are pleased to welcome the new Business Central customers to our community. Before I explain, let me be crystal clear – if you are using Dynamics NAV and will be for many years to come, we’ll be right here to provide the same great learning and networking we always have. The NAV User Group isn’t going anywhere.   The story reaches back ...
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With the rise of the Internet and all of the content that comes with that, it can be difficult to justify the time & effort it takes to travel to a conference. If you can look up industry information online and log into a webinar to learn about the newest trends, why bother heading to Data & BI Summit to expand your knowledge? Learning from other people’s experiences at a conference is the most effective way of getting up to speed with the latest developments and products. Luckily, Data & BI Summit has plenty of opportunities for you to do that! Hear it from your peers We’ve spoken with several users, MVP’s, partners and Microsoft within ...
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We all have unique needs when it comes to our jobs. It can be difficult to find ways to customize your education, but Focus, held May 21-24, 2018 in Indianapolis, provides just that! Focus does things a little differently than our traditional conferences - It is split up into four, two-day mini-conferences. All Power BI, Microsoft Dynamics 365, AX, CRM and NAV users are invited to join their peers, Microsoft and technical experts in the "Crossroads of America" where you can pick and choose which Focus conference to attend, best suited to your skills and interests. Monday, May 21- Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Dynamics NAV User Group (NAVUG) ...
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ERP Health Check

Sunday, March 25, 20182:11 PM This past week I have been taking a deep look into what items determine the health of our ERP (NAV) how to monitor them, what our key performance indicators are, what will trigger an action step and what our continuous improvement model should look like. The first thing that came to my mind around the health of our ERP, was down time and disaster recovery.  While these are two very important things, I have found there are some other items that should be on my radar and get my attention as well. I have added taking a look at our system and hardware health into consideration also, I have found the link between our ERP's performance ...
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NAVUG Great Lakes Super Regional Thursday, August 2nd & Friday, August 3rd (Presented by the following chapters:  Cleveland, OH; Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; Milwaukee, WI & Toronto, CA)   Hosted by Our Very Own Mark Rhodes & NAVUG Advisory Board Chairman and ALL-STAR Holly Kutil   Thursday Night Keynote Speaker at 7 PM Eastern:   Greg Kaupp from Archer Point   5 All - Star Sessions Anthony Darden Kerry Rosvold Steve Chinsky Amanda Meyer Tom Doran   4 Great Sponsor Sessions Lanham Associates Jet Reports Columbus Innovia   Networking Mixer Thursday Evening Networking Breakfast ...
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As you probably already know, content is king at Data & BI Summit. Over 170 submissions for content came in, but the programming committee has selected only the best and most requested sessions to be included in the program, to ensure the highest quality of content possible. Hear it from your peers We’ve spoken with several users, MVP’s, partners and Microsoft within the community about which content they look forward to most and why they’re headed Data & BI Summit. In the video below, Just Thorning BlindBaek and Leila Etaati share their story: Keynote: The Next Era of Analytics Modern BI enables everyone in an organization to easily ...
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NAVUG Summit Phoenix  is the only conference that brings the Microsoft Dynamics NAV community together to learn, connect, network and have access to finding the solutions you need. With three months before Early Bird pricing ends there are announcements and actions that await you! Call for Proposals If you are a subject matter expert with a great concept for an educational session for Summit Phoenix, you’re in the right place. We are now accepting proposals for educational sessions through April 20, 2018:  Submit Your Ideas. Hotel Blocks Housing for Summit Phoenix is officially open with discounted Summit group rates available until Sept. ...
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Are You My Admin?

Some of you already know my story, but for those who do not, I was not always a Microsoft Dynamics NAV Administrator.  I was not born a NAV Admin, I did not get a Master's degree in Dynamics NAV Administration and I did not pursue it as a career path.  First Dynamics NAV found me ten years ago as an accounts receivable manager and it what then our relationship began.  It was not long before I enjoyed this crazy software that helped me do my job than the job itself.  From that day to this, my passion and love for this ERP continues to grow and the idea's and possibilities for our company with the use of Microsoft Dynamics NAV is endless and with that a NAV ...
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Over the last several months the Focus Programming Committee has worked diligently to determine the most relevant and useful session topics for Microsoft Dynamics NAV users and they are ready to share Focus 2018 session details with you! Check out the schedule    The full schedule of deep-dive sessions is now posted online. View the 55-plus session line-up and accompanying descriptions so you can find the right ones for you. Looking for CPE eligible sessions? We've got those! All sessions are 90-minutes long, taught by technical experts, and cover intermediate/advanced topics. Click here to view all Focus sessions, including speakers and ...
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ChargeLogic launched its flagship product, ChargeLogic Payments, in 2006 when Dynamics NAV was really growing its presence in the U.S. market. Since then, we’ve added a complete suite of products and services that enable businesses to securely process payments across all their sales channels including retail point of sale, mail and telephone orders, e-commerce, and mobile. ChargeLogic products and services are built in Dynamics NAV and Dynamics 365 Business Central.   Q: Your company has been a sponsor and supporter of the user groups for many years, why have you chosen to be so engaged? How has it helped your organization? A : The whole motive behind ...
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​Autonomous trucking is gaining speed as logistics managers realize it could address several of today’s shipping woes. Industry analysts expect company leaders to invest $1 billion in self-driving and other trucking technologies this year alone. What might these changes look like, and how could shippers improve efficiency ? Autonomous trucking may seem like a huge leap forward in technology, but the first self-driving truck hit the road nearly three years ago . Even that very first version, which the safety driver only put into self-driving mode on the highway, shed light on a solution that could address many of today’s transportation industry hurdles. From ...
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Daylight Savings vs. SQL

I still remember the first day I realized that my SQL reports had datetimes in UTC. Oh...the horror! (Yes, I was newbie with lots to learn.) It's taken me a few years to get it right, but I finally found a function that works year-round to convert my datetime values to the correct datetime. The trick is to get it to work both during daylight savings AND outside of. There are lots of solutions on the web--many of which I tried and didn't work year-round. I was hopeful when I tried this one last November, and today I can finally confirm that it works. Hope this helps someone else out there! (many thanks to whomever posted this in a SQL forum somewhere/sometime--You ...
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Join Business Analysts, Data Professionals & Power BI Users at the inaugural Data & BI Summit , located in the home of the lucky leprechauns, Dublin, Ireland 24-26 April 2018. Lucky you, you can save up to €200 on your Data & BI Summit registration now though you’ll need to hurry, prices increase this Thursday! Register Now Keynote Announcement John Doyle, a Senior Director or Product Marketing on the Cloud & Enterprise team at Microsoft will join attendees in Dublin. Speaking on the Next Era of Analytics with Microsoft Power BI it’s can’t miss keynote. Learn more about John’s opening keynote. Curious who else will attend? ...
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As part of the Data & BI Summit Social Series , the Data & BI Summit team has talked to several influencers from the industry about why they will be attending Data & BI Summit in Dublin this year and why they think you should do the same. This time we spoke with Leila Etaati, Data Scientist, MVP, BI Consultant at Radacad and speaker at Data & BI Summit. In this blog, she gives us an insight on what she is most excited about for Data & BI Summit. Why is content one of the top reasons to attend this conference? Leila: “Data & BI Summit has a great variety of good content on Power BI and other data analytics tools, both for desktop ...
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