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How the Cloud Can Save Your Business Money

How the Cloud Can Save Your Business Money

Can the cloud save your business money? It can, and we’ll now highlight some of the most compelling financial advantages of cloud computing. Saving on CapEx A public cloud service provider like Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure rents you access to their...

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Webinar Events

Webinar Events

Enjoy lunch on us while learning the benefits of moving your IT to the Cloud.  We will cover the various software solution's ICS has to offer plus some Third-Party products (ISV's) our clients have come to love over the years.  Finding the perfect Business Management...

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5 Benefits of Migrating to the Cloud

5 Benefits of Migrating to the Cloud

For many years, the slogan of Greyhound Bus Lines was “Leave the driving to us…” This could be a great jingle for today’s cloud providers. Leave the IT to us. Or, leave the tedious IT tasks to us. This is one of the great advantages of migrating your applications,...

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Moving to the Cloud: Top Questions to Ask

Moving to the Cloud: Top Questions to Ask

Are you moving your IT to the cloud? Chances are, you’ve already moved at least some of your digital assets to public cloud platforms like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. We have worked with many companies that are migrating critical applications to the...

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10 Cloud Computing Myths

10 Cloud Computing Myths

Major tech trends breed their own mythologies. This is certainly the case for cloud computing, which has been praised, vilified and hyped beyond reason in recent years. Cloud is the great savior of IT. It’s an IT job killer. It’s secure. It’s insecure. It’s a fad, and...

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10 Questions to Ask Before Buying ERP Software

10 Questions to Ask Before Buying ERP Software

Don’t you just love the expression “kicking the tires”? No matter what you’re buying, whether it’s a toaster or a solid-state storage array, you’re going to want to kick those tires, as if the product was an old jalopy at a used car lot. It’s no different when you buy...

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Future-Proof Your Business with Acumatica Cloud ERP

Future-Proof Your Business with Acumatica Cloud ERP

When software companies talk about how their solution is “future-proof,” they usually mean the software is designed for easy upgrades over time. As requirements change, the software will not need major overhauls in terms of hardware, storage, databases and so forth....

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How Acumatica’s True Cloud ERP Helps Distributors Grow

How Acumatica’s True Cloud ERP Helps Distributors Grow

Running a successful distribution business is like dancing on the head of a pin. While all business owners feel they have unique stress, distributors face an arguably unique and relentless pressure to deliver the right products at the right time—for the right price....

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Financial and Business Benefits of Cloud ERP Adoption

Financial and Business Benefits of Cloud ERP Adoption

Making the move to cloud-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software requires an investment of time and money. Even in the best-run transitions, the process can be a bit stressful and disruptive. It’s worth it, however, in business terms. Forrester Research, the...

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The ERP Cost Checklist

The ERP Cost Checklist

Acquiring Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software is usually a major move for a business. Whether you’re upgrading from an older system or buying your first-ever ERP solution, it’s a big deal. ERP will affect how your business runs for the foreseeable future. As...

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Acumatica 2020 R1: A Significant New Product Release

Acumatica 2020 R1: A Significant New Product Release

Acumatica will soon release its latest semi-annual update, known as 2020 R1. This new edition of Acumatica Cloud ERP expands the solution’s business management capabilities. It’s a big deal. As Acumatica CEO, John Roskill explained in his keynote at the Acumatica 2020...

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Understanding Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

Understanding Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

Having worked with many Dynamics clients over the years, we have found that the solution enables business managers to streamline business processes and make more informed decisions based on real time data. Used in tandem with sound management and good strategy,...

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Acumatica Cloud ERP and Its Potential for Your Business

Acumatica Cloud ERP and Its Potential for Your Business

We are an Acumatica partner. In this role, we have worked with many companies over the years on the implementation of Acumatica Cloud ERP. In conversations with prospective customers, we sometimes hear people refer to Acumatica as “an application.” This is not the...

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Acumatica Summit 2020 Recap

Acumatica Summit 2020 Recap

We told you. You should have been there! But, if you missed the Acumatica Summit 2020, here’s a recap of some of the amazing things that happened at the big conference, which was held at The Cosmopolitan resort on the Las Vegas strip. It was a two-day celebration of...

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6 Reasons It’s Time for Manufacturers to Give Up Excel

6 Reasons It’s Time for Manufacturers to Give Up Excel

Excel has been a mainstay of work environments for some time. While Excel is good for listing data, and to some extent calculating prices, it’s not ideal for a manufacturing business. Excel lacks many features of Acumatica Manufacturing Edition. Today’s manufacturers...

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The Dangers of Data Silos, and How to Avoid Them

The Dangers of Data Silos, and How to Avoid Them

When you drive across the country, you’ll see silos used by farmers for storing grain and corn. They’re hard to miss, cylindrical towers reaching up a hundred feet or more over the flat landscape. The word “silo” has been adopted in the business world, but with...

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How to Save Time and Improve Project Results with ERP Software

How to Save Time and Improve Project Results with ERP Software

Project-based businesses are theoretically interesting places to work. There’s very little of the “same old, same old” routine you can get in a company that does the same thing very day. Each project is a little different. That’s fun, right? Whether project management...

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The Top Five 2020 ERP Software Trends

The Top Five 2020 ERP Software Trends

It the end of the year, when experts prognosticate about next year’s Oscar favs and likely trends in all spheres of life. For us, it’s a good time to think about trends in business software. 2019 has been a year of growth and change in business software, with the...

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Acumatica Summit 2020 – Are You Attending?

Acumatica Summit 2020 – Are You Attending?

The Acumatica Summit 2020 is going to be a fun, informative experience. Held at The Cosmopolitan resort on the Las Vegas Strip from January 26-31, the event will be jam-packed with engaging sessions and networking opportunities. You’re coming, right? We’ll be there....

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7 Signs You’ve Outgrown Your Old Manufacturing ERP System

7 Signs You’ve Outgrown Your Old Manufacturing ERP System

How can you tell you’ve outgrown your old manufacturing ERP system? Chances are, if you’ve implemented ERP for your manufacturing business, you have a system that works relatively well. It gets the job done, more or less. The “or less” part can become increasingly...

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Top New Features – Dynamics 365 Business Central

Top New Features – Dynamics 365 Business Central

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is being updated between October 2019 and March 2020. The already feature-rich, all-in-one business management solution is becoming more versatile so businesses can take advantage of application enhancements, customer lifecycle...

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Tips for Making Your Business More Productive

Tips for Making Your Business More Productive

Improving productivity, or having people do more in less time, is greatly boosted by a business application such as Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. Microsoft’s business solutions are geared toward productivity enhancement. From automating manual tasks to...

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Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and Power BI

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and Power BI

An all-in-one business management solution, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central helps manage financials, project budgeting/scheduling, supply chain automation and customer service. Microsoft Power BI complements Dynamics 365 with the ability to visualize data...

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ERP Software Selection Factors

ERP Software Selection Factors

Selecting the right ERP software for your business takes time and effort. It requires research into the latest products and technologies and determining what type of platform can provide the best return on investment (ROI). While the right system can help save money,...

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What Is the Best Software for SMB Manufacturers?

What Is the Best Software for SMB Manufacturers?

When we think of manufacturing, we may imagine big factories, assembly lines or fast-moving, automated processes. This is the world of big company manufacturing, however. Not all manufacturers are like that. Small-to-midsized (SMB) firms are often engaged in more...

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New Features in Acumatica 2019 R2

New Features in Acumatica 2019 R2

The release of Acumatica 2019 R2 means even more opportunities to increase productivity and accelerate growth. Improvements to the software (of which there are over 100), aim to make the cloud ERP system more user-friendly. Its latest upgrades are based on feedback...

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5 Things Manufacturers Need in ERP

5 Things Manufacturers Need in ERP

Process management, inventory management and accounting are just a few important features of manufacturing ERP software. By implementing a manufacturing-specific Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, you can streamline business processes while more accurately...

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Better Productivity with Dynamics 365 Business Central

Better Productivity with Dynamics 365 Business Central

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is a web-based business management and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. It is the successor to the ERP app Microsoft Dynamics NAV and shares its codebase. The system supports many business functions, including...

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The Advantage of True Cloud Manufacturing

The Advantage of True Cloud Manufacturing

If you manage manufacturing operations, you know the kind of pressure you can be under to produce product on time and at the right cost. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software has helped guide the manufacturing process as well as related areas of work like supply...

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Dynamics 365 Business Central for Manufacturing

Dynamics 365 Business Central for Manufacturing

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central offers a full set of business management capabilities. These include a wide range of features for manufacturing management. Manufacturers are increasingly finding the Dynamics cloud ERP solution to be an effective way to operate...

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Want to Replace Your Accounting Software?

Want to Replace Your Accounting Software?

Microsoft just published a very useful paper called The business owner’s guide for replacing accounting software. It starts with a sobering statistic: “More than 90 percent of consumers said they would consider taking their business elsewhere rather than work with a...

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Moving from QuickBooks to Acumatica

Moving from QuickBooks to Acumatica

Acumatica offers a number of advantages over QuickBooks. If you do want to migrate, you won’t be alone. A lot of companies have done it. And, best practices have emerged for the process of moving from QuickBooks to Acumatica. Why Make the Move from QuickBooks to...

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Improving Your Business with Dynamics 365 Business Central

Improving Your Business with Dynamics 365 Business Central

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is a multi-faceted, cloud-based business management suite. It offers features that can improve the way your business operates. These include advance financial management capabilities, supply chain management and project...

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Better Financial Reporting with Acumatica

Better Financial Reporting with Acumatica

There’s a question you frequently (and unfortunately) hear from managers when they are presented with financial reports: “Thanks. Now, what do these really mean?” An income statement and a balance sheet will reveal some basic facts about a company’s financial...

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Manufacturing Challenges—How Acumatica Can Help

Manufacturing Challenges—How Acumatica Can Help

Manufacturing has never been easy, but it’s getting harder to do profitably with every passing year. Competition never lets us. Supply chains get more complex. Deadlines and customer demands grow more urgent. How can you stay ahead? A manufacturing-centric Enterprise...

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Dynamics GP to Dynamics 365 Business Central

Dynamics GP to Dynamics 365 Business Central

Microsoft continues to innovate and iterate with its popular Dynamics product line. This is good, though it can be a little confusing when it comes time to decide to stay with what you’ve got or move on to a new option. Today, our clients are asking if they should...

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Understanding Acumatica Pricing

Understanding Acumatica Pricing

Acumatica offers web-based applications for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). However, the Acumatica approach to pricing is somewhat different from that of other companies in the ERP space. For this reason, we thought it would be useful to go through Acumatica...

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Top Dynamics 365 Features

Top Dynamics 365 Features

In 2016, Microsoft launched Dynamics 365, a cloud-based Software-as-a-Service version of its respected Dynamics product line. Dynamics 365 comprises multiple enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) applications. Two versions are...

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Solving Nonprofit Accounting Challenges with Acumatica

Solving Nonprofit Accounting Challenges with Acumatica

There’s a myth in the corporate world that running a nonprofit is somehow an easier, lighter lift than managing a “real” business. If anything, the financial management challenges that arise in nonprofits are more intense than what you see in the for-profit sector....

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Making Informed Decisions with the Right ERP

Making Informed Decisions with the Right ERP

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions like Acumatica offer a wide range of Business Intelligence (BI) features. BI is a collection of technologies and practices that enable sophisticated analysis of business data. Used right, BI can help managers make informed...

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Signs You Are Outgrowing Your ERP Solution

Signs You Are Outgrowing Your ERP Solution

Growing businesses sometimes find they are outgrowing their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions. It can be a hard thing to notice. After all, for some companies, even just making the decision to implement ERP in the first place was a big deal. Getting it...

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When You Know It’s Time to Move to the Cloud

When You Know It’s Time to Move to the Cloud

If your business is like most, you’ve already started using cloud computing in your operations. This could be something as simple as swapping out your email server for Office 365 or entrusting CRM to Salesforce.com. More sophisticated and valuable cloud options await...

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The Importance of Dashboards and Data

The Importance of Dashboards and Data

Most of us don’t even realize we’re doing it, but when we drive, we glance down at our dashboards every minute or so. We want to make sure we haven’t started speeding. We want to know if the engine’s overheating or if we’re running out of gas. It’s a reflexive...

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What You Should Know Before Choosing an ERP Solution

What You Should Know Before Choosing an ERP Solution

Choosing an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution is one of the most significant decisions you’ll ever make for your business. It’s akin to getting married. You’ll be together a long time. Compatibility and adaptability count. There may be difficulties, but with...

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How to Streamline Your Multi-Entity Financials

How to Streamline Your Multi-Entity Financials

The question, “How’s business?” isn’t quite right. Most of the time, it really should be, “How are your businesses?” Many, if not all sizable business concerns, are actually running multiple, separate business entities. Even if the corporation looks like one company...

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Dynamics 365 Business Central: Premium Vs. Essentials

Dynamics 365 Business Central: Premium Vs. Essentials

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is a cloud-based business management solution that’s designed to give you an “end-to-end” control of and visibility into your business. It comes in two versions: Premium and Essentials. This article compares the two options....

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Push and Pull: Two Paths to ERP Innovation

Push and Pull: Two Paths to ERP Innovation

During the first forty or so years of ERP, innovation was rarely one of the words used by analysts and pundits to describe such a platform. ERP was designed to simplify tasks and provide stability to businesses, doing enough to satisfy the needs of a company for the...

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Microsoft Dynamics GP: 8 of our Favorite Tips and Tricks

Microsoft Dynamics GP: 8 of our Favorite Tips and Tricks

Your Microsoft Dynamics GP software solution is very robust. It's probably saving you time and helping you create efficiencies in your organization. But what if it could save you even more time? Keep reading for 8 of our favorite Dynamics GP software tips &...

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New Features in Acumatica 2019 R1: Exciting Changes Ahead

New Features in Acumatica 2019 R1: Exciting Changes Ahead

For more than a decade, Acumatica has become one of the fastest-growing ERP solutions in the world by delivering innovation to customers and continually committing to product improvements. These improvements are delivered in twice-annual product updates, R1 and R2....

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ERP Decision Series: Tax Management

ERP Decision Series: Tax Management

Many different things go into the ERP decision and selection process. Often a necessary change for business, the path from decision to implementation is often a complicated journey for businesses, filled with risk. However, with the right planning and help, you can...

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ERP Modernization and Evergreen ERP

ERP Modernization and Evergreen ERP

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is a powerful yet familiar ERP solution for small and medium businesses. Leveraging the cloud to provide increased accessibility, innovation, and ease of use, the platform is transforming the way companies like yours do...

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Acumatica Takes Home PCMag Award for Best ERP Software

Acumatica Takes Home PCMag Award for Best ERP Software

With 2018 an outstanding year for Acumatica, which celebrated its 10th year in existence, and a swath of awards from journalists and accolades from analysts, the company has continued its momentum into 2019 with its latest award: an “Excellent” rating of 4.5 and...

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ERP Decision Series: Currency Management

ERP Decision Series: Currency Management

So many decisions go into the process of selecting ERP software for your business. A high-risk, high reward proposition, companies that make the right decision position themselves for comfortable growth, ease of life, and smarter decisions. However, a poorly planned...

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Before You Decide on ERP: Getting Your House in Order

Before You Decide on ERP: Getting Your House in Order

Making an ERP decision isn’t easy. In fact, the path from realization to committal is often as stressful as the implementation process itself. From knowing when it’s time to make a move to evaluating functionality, reading reviews, and selecting your ideal solution,...

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Acumatica Vetted Reviews: Asking the Right Questions

Acumatica Vetted Reviews: Asking the Right Questions

G2 Crowd, a leader in the world of reviews maintains a running total of user experience and functionality reviews from real, vetted, verified users who have had hands-on experience with the software. While much of the hype is focused on market size and satisfaction, a...

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ERP Decision Making: Managing What Goes In with Powerful AR

ERP Decision Making: Managing What Goes In with Powerful AR

There are few things that could be considered to be “easy” about the ERP decision-making process. However, one of the first steps to a successful decision is to find out what features are most important to your business, choose a solution with that can handle your...

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Show Me the Money: When and Why You Need to Prove ERP ROI

Show Me the Money: When and Why You Need to Prove ERP ROI

While you go through the process of selecting ERP software, you face a wide variety of decisions. From deciding on important functionality to making your decision on vendor and partner, the path to purchase is rife with politics, detractors, promoters, and...

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Usability: What it Is and Why It Matters in ERP

Usability: What it Is and Why It Matters in ERP

Selecting Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software is a major decision, with choices driven by numerous smaller decisions ranging from “what are our must-have features” to “who can we trust to implement the software?” The path to selection is stressful,...

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Seven New Features in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 (Part 3)

Seven New Features in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 (Part 3)

A Brief Look Back: Part 1 and 2 In part one of this series, we explored seven improvements made in GP 2018 R2, discussing the following: Monthly Recurring Batches: Use Last Day of the Month Sales Transaction Workflow New Visual Added to Display Vendor Hold Status...

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New Features to Look out for in Acumatica 2018 R2

New Features to Look out for in Acumatica 2018 R2

For more than a decade, Acumatica Cloud ERP has been the true cloud ERP for growing and established businesses. Feature rich and user-friendly, Acumatica has continued to add new features and functionality in twice-annual releases based on user requests, industry...

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Seven More New Features in Dynamics GP 2018 R2

Seven More New Features in Dynamics GP 2018 R2

On October 1, Microsoft released Dynamics GP 2018 R2, an update designed to solidify the already-innovative and powerful Dynamics GP 2018 platform. Not only does the R2 update make necessary fixes to the software, it adds a wide variety of new features as requested by...

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Seven Exciting New Features in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2

Seven Exciting New Features in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2

At Innovative Cloud Solutions, we’ve been in business for over 30 years, many of which we have spent helping clients understand the value of, choose, implement, and operate Microsoft Dynamics GP. We understand the power of Dynamics GP for business and are happy to...

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Product Spotlight: Microsoft Dynamics GP

Product Spotlight: Microsoft Dynamics GP

As we continue to introduce ourselves in our blog series, we are today turning our attention to the product that we’ve worked with the longest—Microsoft Dynamics GP. With the Dynamics GP 2018 R2 set for an October 1, 2018 release, we would like to take a short look...

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ICS Presents: Benefits of Archiving Your GP Data (9/20)

ICS Presents: Benefits of Archiving Your GP Data (9/20)

When companies implement Dynamics GP, they immediately see the benefits it can provide for them. Fast, smart, and able to grow with them , this solution has been used for decades by mid-sized companies in need of a powerful and familiar solution. However, time passes,...

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Product Spotlight: Acumatica Cloud ERP

Product Spotlight: Acumatica Cloud ERP

At Innovative Cloud Solutions, we only work with the software we feel is best for our unique clients, designed to make their operations smarter, help their processes work better, and empower their people to work more strategically. Whether it’s Dynamics GP, Dynamics...

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Facts About Microsoft Dynamics Business Central

Facts About Microsoft Dynamics Business Central

Since Satya Nadella took the reins at Microsoft in 2014, he has led the company as a whole through a variety of important changes. From the important acquisitions to the new-found focus on collaboration with competitors to the concept of One Microsoft, he has also...

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Welcome to ICS Insights!

Welcome to ICS Insights!

The objective of ICS Insights is to provide education, training, resources, and information abut the dynamic subject of Business Software. Brought to you by Innovative Cloud Solutions (ICS), a leading software consulting and implementation partner, we will strive to...

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