The Importance of Consistent Documentation

By William Wu on Jan 23, 2020 6:05:39 PM

Do you receive your status reports on time? Do you have trouble finding the section of a scope document you need? Are your training guides confusing? The importance of consistent and clear documentation cannot be understated. Information you receive should be conveyed in a clear, concise, and consistent way so maximum understanding is attained. Without a clear understanding of project details, statuses, or scopes, it is more likely that the project will be held up, or worse, completed in ways that were not a part of your original intent.

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Maintaining Organizational Structure in SAP Business ByDesign

By Kevin DePree on Jan 23, 2020 6:05:22 PM

The organizational structure within SAP Business ByDesign defines the hierarchy across all business aspects of an organization. The structure is composed of organizational units that represent divisions, departments, or reporting entities. A company’s organizational structure in ByDesign can reflect the following characteristics of a business:

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Technology Solutions to Help Your Company Through a Bear Market

By William Wu on Jan 23, 2020 6:05:07 PM

With every market high comes the inevitable fall, where oil markets see the price per barrel plummet or banks decide they are too big to fail. The economy has been on an upswing throughout the last decade, with some turbulence seen only in the energy industry. With an extended bull market like the one we are experiencing today, it can be easy to forget about the rough days during the financial crisis in 2008. For the oil industry, it has only been a few years since the last downturn. Still, market results have been largely positive. We are excited to celebrate the success of so many clients throughout this incredible bull market. While we hope this run never ends, we are not naïve to the inevitability of the next market fall. Here at Rand Group, we have been hard at work to ensure our clients are equipped to succeed in the face of an extended bear market.

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Using Power Automate to Add Value to Your Software

By William Wu on Jan 23, 2020 6:04:51 PM

Power Automate, previously known as Microsoft Flow, turns mundane activities into efficient and automated business processes. This powerful tool has many capabilities such as document approval, data entry automation, and lead entry generation. Automating repetitive tasks into multistep flows helps to meet current and future business needs. With more than 220 services and apps available for connection, Power Automate can help businesses manage data in the cloud or on-premises, in sources such as SharePoint and Microsoft SQL Server. Power Automate can be used to automate flows between your favorite applications and services, sync files, receive notifications, collect data, and much more.  Below are three examples of how Power Automate can easily add to the value of your company’s software.

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What to Know Before Implementing Dynamics 365 Business Central 2019 Release Wave 2

By Sarika Krishnan on Jan 23, 2020 6:04:17 PM

Dynamics 365 Business Central was released by Microsoft in April 2018.  Since its first release, Microsoft has continued to enhance the application.  Microsoft’s major functional improvements, along with changes in user experience, development tools, programming models, and deployment options has led to an increased number of implementations. 

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The Impact of .NET 5 on Your Development

By Ivaylo Petrov on Jan 23, 2020 6:03:44 PM

Many of you have heard the buzz around the direction of Microsoft’s .NET– A Unified Platform, but what does this really mean for developers and engineers?  The first beta versions of .NET 1.0 were released by Microsoft in late 2000 and the framework, tools, and languages have continued to evolve for almost two decades.  The .NET Framework introduced managed code - code that executes under the Common Language Runtime or CLR. Source code is written in a high-level language like C# and compiled into managed code to be converted to machine instructions and executed by the CLR. While this approach opened .NET to developers using various languages, .NET was still constrained to Windows.  The road to a “cross-platform .NET” has been quite the journey, with some notorious wrong turns (think Silverlight) that ultimately led to the introduction of .NET Core. 

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Rand Group Gives Back

By Ron Rand on Dec 10, 2019 1:05:26 PM

 

Rand Group believes in corporate, social responsibility by way of giving back. We are proud corporate sponsors for numerous community organizations throughout the Greater Houston area. Many of these organizations impact and serve youth and under-served communities across the city with education and enrichment activities. Working for a company that is passionate about serving the community is a nice bonus that adds to the value of working at Rand Group. 

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The Rand Group Training Track: Perfecting Your Craft

By Ron Rand on Dec 10, 2019 1:04:58 PM

At Rand Group, we work on leading-edge digital transformation projects. To continue thriving in this rapidly changing industry, it is imperative that we maintain our employees' expertise with new software, methods, and industry standards. This is why we believe in hiring motivated individuals and taking the time to invest in them.  With both planned training activities and time set aside for individual training, we make sure to invest in our employees.  

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Summer Program Graduation

By Ron Rand on Dec 10, 2019 1:04:06 PM

 

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Career Advancement is a Must

By Ron Rand on Dec 10, 2019 1:03:27 PM

 

It is not uncommon for a consultant to face underdevelopment at some point in their career. To prevent this, we offer personalized training benefits that will empower you to fast track your career. We interviewed Sarika Krishnan to get an understanding of how she has grown her 14-year career at Rand Group from Associate to Vice President. 

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Join Our Team: Don't Just Take Our Word for It

By Ron Rand on Dec 10, 2019 1:03:14 PM

At Rand Group, one of our strongest values is quality. We believe in doing things the right way and ensuring our clients achieve lasting business success. We interviewed Jennifer McNamara, Director of Learning & Knowledge Management, to learn how Rand Group's commitment to quality has shaped her career. 

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A Company That Wants You to Succeed

By Ron Rand on Dec 10, 2019 1:03:01 PM

 

When building your consulting career, it pays to work for a company that believes in training and professional development as much as you do, if not more. At Rand Group, we know how important career advancement is; it’s woven into our work culture and is one of our core values. We interviewed Sarika Krishnan, Vice President of Quality and Process Excellence here at Rand Group to learn more about her journey and the role the company has played in her career growth.

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Love Your Consulting Career but Hate Traveling?

By Ron Rand on Dec 10, 2019 1:02:45 PM

 

Being a passionate problem solver in the consulting industry typically means working long hours along with an 80% travel expectation. These expectations may not have seemed bothersome when first starting your career, but over time it often cuts into time spent with family and friends. At Rand Group, we know how challenging time away from home can be, and that is why our employees are never expected to travel more than 35%. Everyone has a life outside work, and it can be difficult to maintain a work-life balance if you are always traveling.

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Are Your Software Applications In Need of A Health Check?

By William Wu on Oct 31, 2019 10:27:48 AM

Have you wondered whether you are getting the most out of your current financial software?
Have you questioned if you were paying too much?
Have you been concerned your partner chose the right system for your specific business goals?

You are not alone.

Whether you’re searching for a new partner to support your financial software system or confirmation that you are already on the right track, Rand Group has got you covered. Our full-scale assessments of your Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems can give you the insight you’re looking for to help you rest assured that your business strategy is intact.

No matter your situation, here are three ways that our assessment package can set you up for success:

A routine health check.

If you are satisfied with your current partner and system but want to make sure that your system is being optimized, then this service is for you. Consider taking advantage of Rand Group as a valuable, third-party resource.

Rand Group can perform a full evaluation of your current system and processes and will provide insight into how you measure up. This consultative service is beneficial when determining if you are getting the most out of your software.

Insight into what’s next.

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Here is How an ERP Solution Can Help You Overcome Your Pain Points

By William Wu on Sep 25, 2019 9:32:28 PM

Digital Disruption

It is no surprise that it is becoming increasingly harder to keep up with the pace of change in today's competitive environment. A greater move towards digitization is driving disruption across almost all industries. A report released by the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation found that 4 out of today's top 10 business leaders in each industry will be displaced by digital disruption in the next five years. This disruption takes the form of a vortex, where industries are inevitably moving toward a digital center where business models and offerings are digitized to the maximum extent possible.

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An ERP System Could Help Your Business Reach Its Full Potential

By William Wu on Sep 10, 2019 9:02:00 AM

The common misconception that small or medium businesses fall victim to is believing they don’t need a sophisticated Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. While many believe that ERP systems only benefit larger businesses, small and medium-sized business can reap the same benefits. An ERP implementation within your organization could mean increased productivity and streamlined processes that would enhance your customers’ experience. It is the perfect step to setting yourself up for future growth.
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6 Ways Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Field Service Can Grow Your Business

By William Wu on Aug 21, 2019 4:41:25 PM

The growth of internet of things (IoT), which is the transmission of data through multiple, interconnected computing devices that we use every day, has given businesses access to an avalanche of new information. However, many aren’t equipped to manage this onslaught of information, and solutions are often targeted for a specific device. Getting all your devices on the same page to get an all-encompassing picture of your business can be daunting. But what if there was a tool that could sync all of your devices in real-time?

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Dynamics 365 for Field Service Will Enhance Your Customer Service

By William Wu on Aug 21, 2019 4:40:55 PM

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Let Dynamics 365 Improve Your Inventory Management

By William Wu on Aug 16, 2019 11:12:33 AM

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Transition from Microsoft Dynamics NAV to Business Central

By William Wu on Jul 24, 2019 11:52:53 AM

Microsoft Dynamics NAV is an ERP system designed for small-to-medium sized businesses. It has been a key player in the ERP market for over three decades, offering companies a way to manage their financials, operations, supply chain, manufacturing, sales, and service. It is a customizable software that is often tailored to match companies unique requirements and processes. 

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How to Prevent Financial Statement Fraud

By William Wu on Jul 15, 2019 12:17:10 PM

Executives have to ask themselves "Are my numbers accurate?"  more and more every year as financial complexity increases. With an influx of fraud cases, it's no wonder CFOs and CPAs alike are finding it harder and harder to sleep at night.

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Your Support Options for Microsoft Dynamics AX

By Jodell Johnson on Jul 9, 2019 4:37:25 PM

Microsoft Dynamics AX is an ERP system designed for medium to enterprise-sized companies. Introduced over a decade ago, it is known as a reliable business management software capable of handling robust financial needs. It covers areas such as financial management, inventory management, warehouse management, manufacturing, distribution, service management, human resources, e-commerce, and sales. 

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The Current State of Dynamics GP

By William Wu on Jul 9, 2019 4:37:02 PM

Microsoft's focus in recent years has been directed towards Dynamics 365, their business management suite designed to unify all business areas through connected applications. However, legacy products such as Dynamics GP are still widely used and trusted by many organizations to provide a strong backbone for their financials. Given this shift in focus, it can be hard to understand the current state of affairs for Dynamics GP. This blog post will clear up some of the confusion that surrounds the future of Dynamics GP.

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Is it Time to Graduate to an ERP?

By William Wu on Jun 27, 2019 12:46:21 PM

Spreadsheets are the life blood of a small business. Excel’s user-friendly interface combined with basic accounting software are ideal for the first days of a business.  However, as a business grows, there reaches a point where richer visibility and more advanced reporting is needed Eventually, the data becomes too complex and wider global integrations along with optimum visibility are imperative.  

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4 Ways NetSuite Can Prepare You For Your Next Audit

By William Wu on Jun 13, 2019 4:59:04 PM

Audits can be a stressful time for any company. Getting everything in order beforehand and working with the auditor while they are on site can be time consuming and exhausting. However, what if there was a tool that could make your audit a breeze? A system that could ensure that your financial information is at your fingertips at all times.

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Finding the Optimal Solution for your NetSuite Implementation

By Daniel Owen on Dec 19, 2018 3:40:15 PM


Undertaking an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software implementation is a big decision that involves a lot of stakeholders, resources, planning, time, and effort. According to Gartner, nearly 75% of all ERP implementations fail. When considering the enormity of the project and what is at stake, this can translate to substantial business and revenue loss. Companies of all sizes and industries are subject to this risk, especially when attempting to implement an ERP system alone without the assistance of an experienced partner.

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6 Reasons Why Your Small Business Needs A HubSpot Agency Partner Now

By Danielle Jones on Dec 14, 2018 3:07:42 PM


Marketing is the perfect marriage of strategy and creativity. Getting this mixture right takes training, experience and old-fashioned trial and error. It is not for the faint of heart and it is definitely not for those with limited time on their hands.

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What is Included in My SAP Business ByDesign Subscription?

By William Wu on Dec 3, 2018 4:18:59 PM

 

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Digital Transformation With SAP Oil & Gas

By William Wu on Oct 24, 2018 9:21:16 AM

According to a survey by Pew Research Internet, Americans are roughly twice as likely to express worry rather than enthusiasm about a future in which robots and computers are capable of taking jobs that are currently human-driven. However, SAP has done a deep dive into the effects of digitization work force processes in the oil and gas industry and has come up with some promising and exciting outcomes for the future of the human labor force.

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SAP Business By Design Overview

By William Wu on Oct 11, 2018 4:50:31 PM

What is SAP Business By Design?

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Houston Dynamo Select Rand Group as their Official IT Consulting Partner

By Danielle Jones on Aug 30, 2018 11:25:13 AM

HOUSTON, TX – Major League Soccer club Houston Dynamo have selected Rand Group, a multi-platform systems integrator based in Houston, Texas, as their official IT consulting partner, the club and Rand Group announced recently. This partnership will help the club continue to transform their technology operations while creating awareness of Rand Group throughout the local soccer community.

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Rand Group Chosen as Top 100 VAR

By Ron Rand on Jul 17, 2018 2:47:33 PM

Rand Group has been named to the Bob Scott's Insights Top 100 VARs for 2018.


The Top 100 resellers are chosen from organizations specializing in the sale and implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and accounting software.

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How Much Does NetSuite Cost?

By Daniel Owen on Jul 13, 2018 2:13:08 PM

NetSuite offers a unique modular approach to subscription licensing for customers by providing product configurations designed to fit your business needs. It is generally accepted through any basic internet search that a standard user access is per user, per a month, plus a base licensing for emerging (small) businesses as well as base options for midmarket and enterprise companies. Additional monthly fees are added for advanced modules like manufacturing and eCommerce, plus add-ons for expansions such as warehouse management.

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Dynamics AX 2012 Changes: Mobile Apps and Email Workflow Approvals

By Jodell Johnson on Jul 12, 2018 3:01:27 PM

Microsoft is releasing upcoming changes to Azure Service Bus that will affect Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Azure connector, email workflow approvals, companion/mobile applications, and vendor portals.

It will also affect any other application or service that uses Access Control Service (ACS).

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Upgrading Dynamics AX 2012 to Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations

By Anas Ahmed on Jun 15, 2018 9:31:00 AM

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations is a robust ERP solution built entirely in the cloud. It enables businesses to better manage their financials and operations through intelligent applications that are easy to tailor, extend, and integrate. With an intuitive UI, embedded intelligence, and automated processes, Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations is the ideal solution for fast-growing businesses.

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Deeper Integration in the New Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018

By Sarika Krishnan on Jun 4, 2018 10:57:07 AM

This spring, Microsoft released Dynamics NAV 2018 which takes a big step towards deeper integration with other Microsoft cloud products including Dynamics 365, Office 365, Power BI and several third-party applications which are now seamlessly interfaced, allowing your business to function in the same homogeneous environment. NAV 2018 is fully extensible, enabling clients to customize their current Dynamics NAV solution to fulfill all their business needs.

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Good, Bad and Ugly of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Multi Select Option Sets

By Kevin DePree on Apr 17, 2018 4:27:01 PM


In 2017, Microsoft released an update for Dynamics 365 for Sales (previously Dynamics CRM) that brought to life one of the most awaited features: Multi Select Option Sets (MSOS). Hearing about this update still fills me with excitement – at the time, it sounded almost too good to be true. Let me explain: previously, the out-of-box Option Set field type in Dynamics CRM only allowed users to select one option from a pick list. This was restricting, and many times clients had requested that the Option Set field have multi select capabilities. To configure multi select functionality, we would have to create a custom entity just for this field, add all of the options as records, and then utilize lookup fields and sub-grids to display multiple options. Otherwise, we would have to create multiple fields to allow users to pick more than one option. Setting these up took more time than it should and sometimes didn’t always meet our clients’ desires.

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5 Critical New Features of NetSuite Release 2018.1

By Daniel Owen on Apr 12, 2018 5:45:01 PM

Every year, NetSuite reveals new versions of its business management suite. As a cloud-based solution, upgrading to the new version is easily and quickly managed, with no lengthy data migrations or software installations needed.

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