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Switched from Hotmail to Outlook.com and now Outlook won’t login with your old Outlook Hotmail Connector?

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Microsoft previews the new Outlook.com

If you’ve been a user of Hotmail (gulp, I admit I am on) you know that its actually been improving dramatically over the last few years.  Many gave up long ago when it was slow and clumsy and ‘uncool’ compared to Gmail.  Microsoft has slowly but steadily improving it.

Recently they completely rebranded it and created a completely new User Interface.  It’s now known as Outlook.com. (You can still use Hotmail.com as well).

If you choose to move to the new interface, all of your existing email, and settings comes along and by default your email account is still xyz@hotmail.com. (Where ‘xyz’ is your email name)

They give you a cool option to change that to xyz@outlook.com while still allowing xyz@hotmail.com to be delivered to you.  You have the choice of having email from both merge into none inbox or keeping them separate.

One feature Hotmail (and now outlook.com) has had for awhile is Alias’s.  You can create up to 5 additional email addresses that all still feed to your primary account.

Problem with Outlook Plug-in.

Outlook for the Desktop (part of Microsoft Office) had gotten a slick Connector about 2 years ago that allowed your Hotmail account to be manageable within Outlook as a separate series of folders.  It works just as well as when Outlook is connected to Exchange.

Microsoft hasn’t yet rebranded or released a new version of this connector (keep in mind Outlook.com is still technically ‘beta).  However, if you keep your originally xyz@hotmail.com address, all still works perfectly.  However, if you switch to xyz@outlook.com, your Outlook plug-in will attempt to login with your prior xyz@hotmail.com and not be able to login.  It will present you with a screen to enter your password.

However, the user id of xyz@hotmail.com is NOT editable.  It took me about an hour to figure this out.  Hopefully this helps you.  Changing this user ID turned out to be simple.

  1. Completely quit Outlook.  Give it a few seconds to fully shut down.
  2. Go into your Control Panel and locate the Mail Control Panel App.
  3. Click on “E-Mail Accounts”
  4. Double Click the ‘xyz@hotmail.com’ row
  5. Now change the E-mail Address to ‘xyz@outlook.com’
    1. If you want to change how it appears in outlook, so it says xyz@outlook.com click the Advanced button
    2. In the bottom portion of the screen under Mail Account, change xyz@hotmail.com to xyz@outlook.com
  6. Click OK
  7. Click Close, then Click Close again.
  8. Re-open your MS Office Outlook desktop application and all should be good!

I hope you found this helpful and it should save you the frustration I found.  My guess is this is going to become a common issue as people become aware of outlook.com and run into this issue.

Stuck on your Legacy System?

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

 

How to become “Unstuck” from your old systems.

“Stickiness” is a term used to describe how we adopt technology that sticks to us for a long time, perhaps longer than it should. Many lag the pack in upgrading to the latest and greatest hardware or productivity software. Stickiness becomes a problem when an enterprise lags behind its peer group in terms of sales, reputation, and profitability. Although it is possible to manage a small manufacturing business with accounting software and spreadsheets, it may be very difficult for that business to grow profitably.

“We’ve always done it this way” is the personality and culture of an environment that is stuck in old technology and resists change. Changing can introduce risk and uncertainty to an environment that provides consistent execution of business objectives with predictable outcomes.

At some point, you need to get unstuck from a technology that no longer serves the needs of the business. After a series of small steps, a company can unstick itself from an outdated legacy system and replace it with an ERP system that creates an effective new platform for the future. Here is some ideas on how executives can help their companies embrace an ERP selection and adopt a culture where employees are empowered and encouraged to suggest and adopt better processes.

Improving Practices

Exploring magazine articles, white papers, and ERP customer success stories shows how other companies of comparable size in the industry and elsewhere have improved their practices.

Justification for Change

Determining areas of inefficiency and estimating the savings that could be attained with an ERP system is a major justification for change. A cost-benefit analysis is also helpful in making the case. Soft savings like faster sales fulfillment or more comprehensive financial reporting and hard savings like reductions in expedited purchasing or shop floor rework are determined.

The biggest problem we find is usually the ‘Islands of Information’ that tend to crop up in companies.  This is where multiple systems and spreadsheets give rise to the same information being duplicated and copied.  Over time, the quality of this data breaks down.

After compiling best practices, a gap analysis will makes a side-by-side comparison of current processes to desired future processes. This type of analysis should be grouped by functional area, such as: IT Infrastructure, Sales Fulfillment, Purchasing, Production Planning, Shipping and invoicing and so forth.

Leader & Collaboration

A leader who understands the company’s processes is needed to achieve the objective. Strong support from C-level executives is key to a major change initiative.

Communication

Executives need to convince department managers and their teams that an ERP system will make the company more competitive and successful. Fears and inconvenience must be minimized.

Project Deadlines

Create a project structure with timeline for identifying and evaluating ERP. Key players from the various functional areas need to participate in appropriate phases of the project.

Sage Products to get New Names

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Sage Re-Branding

Sage is rebranding most products in its portfolio to be consistent with their naming conventions worldwide.  However, there may be some confusion as, for example, Sage has a product in the UK called Sage 100 ERP and what we know as MAS 90 today will become Sage 100.  The two products are completely different but Sage’s hope is that they are different customer sets and the confusion will be minimal…. Only time will tell.

MAS90 and MAS200 Renaming

Relative to Clients First clients, the new names that will affect most of our clients are :

Old Name New Name
MAS 90 Sage 100 ERP Standard
MAS 200 Sage 100 ERP Advanced
MAS 200 SQL Sage 100 ERP Premium
MAS 500 Sage 500 ERP

 

This rebranding shouldn’t have much affect on our clients, but clearly you may be surprised to see these new names and new terms.  Please call us if you have any questions about this.

Here is the full listing of the product name changes for your reference:

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MAS90 Support & MAS200 Support and Help, Consulting and Upgrades

Friday, March 18th, 2011

MAS90 Support and MAS200 Support-Call now
MAS 90 Support and MAS 200 Support

 

MAS 90 Support and MAS 200 Support: If you use Sage MAS90, MAS200, or MAS500 distribution and accounting software, Clients First Business Solutions, LLC wants to be your go to partner for ongoing service,help, support, report writing, upgrades and maintenance.

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Going Green with ERP

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

by Sheldon Kralstein

When we think about “Going Green” we tend to visualize conservation, protecting nature and our fragile environment.  Businesses and technology play a very important role in the Green initiative where the definition can be extended to include:

  • Reduction of operating costs resulting in increased profits
  • Gains in efficiency and productivity
  • Improved customer service
  • Reduction of environmental stress

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