Microsoft Azure Cloud – Can it be trusted

Considering moving your Dynamics GP or Dynamics AX application to the Microsoft Azure Cloud platform but wondering if your data will be safe and meet your industry’s compliance requirements?

A great source of information on these topics is available at the Microsoft Azure Trust Center website (https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/support/trust-center/). This site is loaded with material on all aspects of security and privacy with regards to using the Azure Cloud product offering.  The website is broken into five major sections:

  1. Azure’s embedded security and privacy model: It all starts here. Building security into the product from the start as opposed to a bolt-on after the fact. Learn about Microsoft’s Security Development Lifecycle (SDL), Operational Security Assurance (OSA) process, and Privacy by Design in this section of the site.
  2. Security: Keeping your data safe: Security is not just simply encryption. It is also about processes and procedures such as threat management, mitigation, and penetration testing. What value is encrypted data if you can’t access it? Read about Microsoft’s approach in this section.
  3. Privacy: Own and control your data: Microsoft vigorously defends your right to privacy protection demonstrated by their recent win of a major case in the United States Court of Appeals. The ruling prevented the U.S. government from requiring Microsoft to give them access to emails held in a foreign country. Read about Microsoft’s approach and over 20 years of commitment to privacy in this comprehensive section on the subject.
  4. Transparency: Know how your data is stored, accessed and secured: Critics say that CLOUD stands for Cannot Locate Our Users Data.  Microsoft has done their homework with this platform and is ready to earn your trust in this regard.  This section of the site describes Microsoft’s policies and procedures with regards to where your data is stored and how it is secured.  Are you a Canadian company that requires all data to be stored within the country? Learn how to specify that your data remain in the new Toronto or Québec City data center.
  5. Compliance: Conforming to global standards: It is one thing for Microsoft to assert your data is safe and secure but your motto should always be “trust but verify”. This section of the site details the international and industry standards met by Azure and the third-party audits required to verify those standards. It has a very easy navigation tool to enable you to focus on compliance that is relevant to your industry. In the Healthcare industry? Select Healthcare in the drop down box and learn how Azure can meet HIPAA/HITECH requirements.

Still have questions or concerns about leveraging Azure for your Dynamics GP or AX environment?  Consultants with Tridea’s Cloud Business Services practice are available to help you find the right solution to meet your needs.

Dynamics AX Power Tools – Add Atlas to your Toolkit

Authors: Juanita Schoen & Matt Caffrey, CPA – Tridea Partners

Our clients already enjoy a very rich feature set for financial reporting with the Dynamics Management Reporter module, which is relied upon daily as standard equipment in the overall ERP toolkit.

Expanding upon this strong financial reporting base, Globe software’s Atlas product suite provides users with access to the full AX dataset, integrated with MS Office for self-service report design. Atlas also provides connectivity to multiple data sources for improved analytics connecting the full set of ERP data to key data and metrics stored in other systems.

Atlas can also benefit your Microsoft implementation timeline when leveraged by your partner to reduce development effort associated with programming a typical data migration / cutover and custom reporting.

The most sought-after tools are light-weight, manageable, versatile, and flexible in providing value to their owner. Here are some ways Dynamics AX + Atlas provides that value:

Reporting

The entire AX database can be queried using Atlas, not just financial data (as with Management Reporter). Custom reports can be designed without the help of a developer or database administrator.  Once designed, they can be accessed by the users via an Atlas shortcut and can be easily updated / modified within the tool, again without help from a developer.

Upload Utility

Typically, you’ll need an AX developer to code a customized tool for uploading data into AX. That custom program and upload template are static and require further development effort to update.

Atlas allows you to quickly create, test, and deploy AX upload templates. If updates are needed, you no longer need to call upon that specialized developer. A trained Atlas user assigned the appropriate security permissions can simply update the upload template.

Data Migration

Atlas can reduce time previously needed to have a developer build custom data migration programs to pull data from legacy system(s) into AX. The same Atlas interface used to create upload templates can be leveraged to create the data mapping that feeds your cutover.  Changes can easily be made to the templates to support iterative data migration testing and incremental database updates.

Of course, it is important to find a reporting solution to best fit your own unique business needs. According to Globe Software’s website “56,475 Microsoft Dynamics AX Users Trust Atlas”

Tridea can help you uncover the ways Dynamics AX + Atlas can increase value for your business.

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 Feature of the Day – Import/Export SmartLists from Designer

Enjoy your Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 Feature of the Day!

Import/Export SmartLists from Designer

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Feature of the Day Program

In addition to educating everyone on new features, the Feature of the Day is also meant to evangelize the tremendous features and functionality available in the Microsoft Dynamics GP product.