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Microsoft Azure… Epicor, Microsoft Dynamics NAV & AX and SAP Business One now has a Cloud Answer

Monday, March 13th, 2017

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Microsoft Azure is the perfect solution for hosting your ERP System. In the past there were stand alone data centers that would let you install your solution. However, they were essentially remote fixed servers. The same as hosting in your office, just at a more secure or robust location.

After spending over $20 Billion Dollars!, Microsoft has built a worldwide infrastructure that allows for a level of reliability, scalability and cost effectiveness that was only a dream just a few years ago.

With Azure we get 24x7x365 worldwise monitoring and support to run your mission critical applications. Using Clients First Business Solutions, a Microsoft Gold Azure Partner, we can manage and host your Epicor ERP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV and AX or SAP Business One solution in the worlds most powerful public cloud.

Advantages include

  • No need for a physical environment, power, cooling and heating
  • A global infrastructure for security, backup, and management
  • The ability for ‘compute on demand’ and scaling capabilities.  We can automatically bring up additional application servers during your busiest periods and yet you don’t pay for them when things are quiet.
  • We can scale up the performance of your servers as you grow.  We can literally ‘add memory and processors’, while your users continue to use the system with no downtime.
  • The ability to use a specialized partner, like Clients First, to manage your infrastructure with the same level of connectivity and support as your internal IT resources.  Let them focus on your strategic growth visions and let us be the ERP specialists so they don’t have to.  Asking your IT department to manage your ERP system is like asking your personal doctor, a general practitioner, to also be a heart surgeon when needed.

The Cloud isn’t the right solution for everyone and don’t let your software vendor box you into a solution built for their profitability, not yours.  With Clients First, you can take advantage of the lower cost of ownership of perpetual ERP licensing while having the same or better full cloud offloading of local IT responsibility and with no limitations in what you can do to customize your system for your company’s needs.

If On-Premise is right for you, Clients First’s IT specialists and our EverSafe Business Continuity solution can still provide for you the same level of managed ‘no headache’ services as a cloud solution.

Clients First has spent years perfecting the managing and hosting of ERP systems on public clouds.  It’s not as simple as simply subscribing to Azure and installing your software there.  We’ve developed a significant amount of IP (Intellectual Property) around the ability to have your ERP system run in a public cloud but still feel as if it’s installed in the room next door.  Standalone public clouds like Azure or Amazon S3 will not touch your ERP solution whatsoever.  They are only responsible for keeping the operating system up and running.  When you host through Clients First’s Azure Hosting, its a ‘one throat to choke’ managed service solution.

We even have solutions for on-premise cellular fail-over should your Internet go down and make the cloud inaccessible at your office.

Whether you are hosting Epicor ERP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics AX or SAP Business One, let Clients First Business solutions be your go to partner for ‘lights out’ headache free uptime.

SAP Business One.. To Go Version 9.2

Monday, March 6th, 2017

This detailed document (Over 250 pages) for SAP Business One, Version 9.2 is the latest iteration of this overview which goes through module by module, screen by screen for most setup and configuration and use cases for SAP Business One.

Here you should be able to find whatever you need for your SAP Business One implementation, service or support needs.

If you want hand holding through your implementation and training, feel free to click on the chat button below.

Epicor Summits…Coming to a Town Near You.

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Are you setup for growth for the future?  If you are an Epicor ERP, Vantage or Vista customer, you have been invited to a regional Epicor Summit.  You’ll now have the chance to see the latest Epicor ERP 10.1.500 release likely within driving distance.

This year’s summit will take place at 10 locations throughout the US & Canada during the weeks of November, 7th, November 14th and December 5th.  They will let you understand how upgrading your solution will protect your company while minimizing risk, effort and cost.

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Be sure to mention Clients First Business Solutions as to how you heard about this when you register drop us a note in the chat below so we can look for you if we are at the event you are attending.

Click HERE to register.

 

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 End of Life June 30, 2016

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Microsoft no longer will support SQL Server 2008 or 2008r2.  It does not mean it will stop working, but it does mean that there will be no more support, no patches, no fixes, no security holes fixed and no support for any new operating systems.

If you haven’t done so, it’s critical that you update to at least SQL Server 2012 or 2014.  You’ll need to check with your ERP, CRM or other line of business software developers to ensure the version you are currently on supports the newer versions of SQL or whether you need to update your other business applications at the same time.  This would also apply to Microsoft Dynamics NAV, AX, Epicor, SAP Business One and Sage ERP 100.

For Clients First clients, please contact our support desk or your Customer Account Manager to find out what your options are.  You can do nothing, but you are flirting with a potential disaster. Here are some potential examples:

  • For example, if a major security hole is found by hackers, they will freely be able to infiltrate your system and no fix will be forthcoming from Microsoft.
  • Your server that is running Windows 2008 & SQL 2008 dies.  You can only replace it with Windows 2012.  Will your outdated software support this scenario?  If not, you’ll need to do an emergency upgrade which is very costly, time consuming and can result in many post upgrade problems.
  • You decide your server hardware is outdated and needs upgrading.  You find out, again, you can’t purchase one with Windows Server 2008.  This may mean your current ERP software won’t run on the new server

Give us a call or hit the chat button below if you have any concerns.

Clients First Named Gold Partner by Epicor

Friday, October 30th, 2015

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Clients First Business Solutions today announced that it was awarded with Gold Partner status with Epicor for 2015/2016. This title is awarded to companies who have met the highest annual revenue goals and certification requirements set forth by Epicor for their channel partners. Clients First was recognized as one of only a handful of Epicor Gold Partners worldwide at the Epicor Ignite partner conference held this month in Boca Raton.

“Achieving Gold status is an important distinction that reflects our partners’ experience, and expertise as it pertains to Epicor products. Clients First’s performance over the past year places them among the elite tiers in our partner ecosystem – they are an example that separates the best from the rest,” said Matt Bauer, Channel Director, Americas for Epicor.

Clients First Business Solutions continues to rapidly grow its Epicor practice and now supports over 60 Epicor customers in manufacturing, distribution and services.  Our www.erp-demos.net video demonstration website and our Epicorner  information site continue to be among the most highly trafficked and utilized site in the Epicor Partner ecosystem.

“Epicor 10’s deep product functionality and industry leading technology combined with Clients First’s substantial distribution and manufacturing experience and award winning support were instrumental in achieving significant sales success in a challenging market,” said Jeff Warwick, Vice President of Sales. “Epicor has been a great partner to work with, and we are proud to achieve Gold Partner status.”