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Microsoft Dynamics for Operations is an industry-leading ERP platform that offers reliability, security, a rich feature set, and excellent performance to keep your business operations running smoothly.

However, it isn’t designed to handle the unique requirements of operating and managing an online store.

On the other hand, while popular platforms like Magento, Salesforce Commerce Cloud, and Oracle ATG are specially designed to handle the demands of electronic commerce, they aren’t the right tools for enterprise resource planning.

In order to take full advantage of the unique strengths of both types of business technology, it is essential to unify their information.

Instead of relying on slow and error-prone manual processes to keep both platforms in-sync, leading retail brands around the world rely on CommerceLink by Visionet, an intelligent integration solution that automatically synchronizes your e-commerce and ERP data in near-real time.

Centralizing your entire multi-brand organization’s data on customers, products, transactions, and financials opens up new possibilities for analyzing customer preferences, forecasting product demand, supply chain optimization, and improving customer satisfaction.

With access to a single view of your entire operation, it becomes easier for decision makers to discover actionable insights and understand market trends.

Connecting each of your online stores and other sales channels to Microsoft Dynamics also enables true omni-channel order fulfilment.

A single view your entire inventory helps you centrally manage merchandizing, make better replenishment decisions, and avoid delays that negatively impact customer satisfaction.

Customers can have purchases delivered to their homes or to nearby retail locations for pickup, whether they are paid for online or in-store.

Maintaining a single product inventory across sales channels also means that no matter where products are purchased, customers are free to return them at the store of their choice.

CommerceLink helps retail businesses achieve all of these advantages without requiring expensive replacement or reconfiguration of their existing hardware or software.

By capitalizing on your existing ERP and e-commerce investments, CommerceLink allows you to implement unified commerce and omni-channel fulfilment capabilities quickly and securely, with both best-in-class technologies working together to provide maximum ROI.

Please contact Visionet Systems today to learn more about how CommerceLink can help you keep your information systems synchronized and unlock the full value of your e-commerce and ERP data.

Listen to the podcast to learn more about the complete omni-channel integration solution for Ecommerce and Microsoft Dynamics 365 Operations.

Source: https://www.visionetsystems.com/blog/complete-omni-channel-integration-solution-ecommerce-and-microsoft-dynamics-365-operations

Over 95% of all Electronic Business Transactions take place using EDI.

Implementing a new ERP system usually requires a new EDI module.

Picture yourself in the Indianapolis 500 driving the wining car on the final lap when all of the sudden your engine starts to shutter. The crew radios you to pull over into the pit stop and when you do your worst fear is discovered. You need to replace the engine. Game over…

EDI transition is an arduous task that can make or break any company. EDI is one of the KEY modules that needs to be thoroughly thought out at the beginning of the design phase. A “decoupled” approach can seamlessly change any ERP without the disruption of your Electronic Business Transactions.

The top 3 challenges for EDI Implementation:

  1. B2B Integration
    The customer onboarding process is quite intense from the mappings to the required documents. The vendor standards manuals are constantly changing to meet the new requirements of the trading partners. You’re not just trying to hit one moving target, you’re trying to hit all the trading partners in a very short time. Also, If you have the need to change your sender/receiver id than you will have to go back to “testing” mode and start all over.

  2. Tightly coupled
    There are so many connections from ERP to EDI it is like being tethered down and no room to move. These connections are like a spider web. “Coupling, combine’s the contradictory concepts of connection and autonomy.”

  3. Lack of visibility
    How do I trace the problem back to a specific step without having to receive the document again? This can be one of the most frustrating tasks for an EDI manager. Why go back to the beginning if I can go back to where the problem occurred and fix from the specific step.

The ability to see the risks ahead will better prepare and overcome most challenges and align for a successful implementation.

Strategy, Tactics and Execution…

Now that the strategy is established with key risks, the tactics are clearly defined:

  • Align business rules by customer for all aspects of pick, pack and ship
  • Remove all unnecessary steps from previous EDI module
  • Establish the SLA with the EDI software support team
  • Build an alliance with the EDI trading partner support team
  • Train, Train, and more training
  • The “customer rules” can be aligned and setup one time with Partner Link and you can change ERP seamlessly without any disruption.
  • The “Decoupled” approach aligns the EDI module autonomous from the ERP
  • No need to change the EDI module when implementing a new ERP
  • Cloud scalability

Once all of the pieces of the puzzle are in place the EDI will flow naturally. A reoccurring task is to update the vendor standards manuals for any changes that may take place over the course of time such as routing guides DC and Store additions or closings.

The execution of the EDI solution aligned with the required business rules will allow your EDI process to run smoothly along with KPI’s to alert with detailed information.

You are now prepared to win the EDI race with precision and accuracy.

Author’s Profile:

David Nocero
David is responsible for designing Visionet’s Supply Chain & WMS collaborative transformation approaches that optimize the architecture across the customer business requirements & constraints and current state technology platforms. David has been the business and technical leader on many EDI, PLM, ECOM, ERP, WMS and POS Global Supply Chain implementations over his 20+ year’s career. He has been responsible for all business and technical matters related to design, development, deployment and sustainment of many renowned companies.

Source: https://www.visionetsystems.com/blog/electronic-data-interchange-decoupled

To boost profit the best marketers engage customers on an individual level, taking into account not only their tastes, past behavior and purchase history, but also their in-store foot-traffic patterns. But how do you collect all that information in one place, in a manner that is seamless, yet gain relevant insights?

Visionet Systems & Mowingo brings you an introductory webinar on how you, the retailer, can:

  • Use targeted and relevant offers
  • Give customers time-sensitive notifications
  • Use beacons effectively to generate a true ROI
  • Gain and leverage geolocation abilities in real time
  • Push the right message at the right time at the right location – to the right customer

Space is limited for this insightful webinar. Reserve your spot now!

Webinar Date and Time: Thursday, November 12, 2015 – 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST

Speakers Profile:

  • Daniel Dreymann
    CEO & Co-Founder, Mowingo

    For the last 20 years, Daniel dreamed up, developed, marketed and sold highly scalable platforms. Before founding Mowingo, Daniel co-founded Goodmail Systems and served as its CEO. At Goodmail, Daniel built an online commerce platform which processed up to 4 billion transactions a month, and partnered with leading email providers, including AOL, Comcast, Cox, Microsoft, Verizon and Yahoo. Among Daniel’s customers at Goodmail: Target, Overstock, PetSmart, Williams-Sonoma, TIME Inc. and many other Fortune 500 and midsize retailers, publishers and advertisers. Previous companies (VP and GM roles) include: Goodmail, Comgates, Arelnet, RDT (sold to Avnet) and Parsytec AG. Daniel holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Engineering, both from Tel Aviv University.

  • Eric Finver
    VP Sales and Marketing, Visionet Systems Inc.

    Eric Finver serves as Vice President for IT Sales and Marketing efforts at Visionet Systems. He is responsible for spearheading critical customer relationships and organizational growth over the past 10 years with the company and has been a key contributor to the company’s service formulation and value creation to its targeted verticals.