A group of men at Open Door Technology joined the Movember movement this year to help raise funds for various men’s health concerns. We are proud of our staff for growing the mo and raising awareness of this important cause. We are sure they had fun doing it as well!
Open Door Technology Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Wilton Damas to the position of President of the company effective immediately. Malcolm Roach, former president, will continue as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Mr. Damas and Mr. Roach each continue to have significant responsibilities in the operation of the company and in its relationships with outside parties including Microsoft Corporation. Under Mr. Damas’ leadership of the operations group, the firm has more than doubled in size in the last two years and is positioning itself for more growth in the future.
“I am privileged to have been part of the leadership team at Open Door Technology for the past several years,” Mr. Damas said. “In my new role as President, I am looking forward to many more years of working with our creative and knowledgeable team to provide the very best business management solutions based on Microsoft technology.”
Mr. Roach said, “Mr. Damas is an exceptional individual with a strong history of project work with major organizations such as Microsoft, Dell, Sony, Renault, and Telus. He has brought that expertise to the operations group at Open Door and continues to implement a process of constant improvement. We are very thrilled to have him working with us and look forward to exciting times as we grow and shape the company together.”
Mr. Damas was recently interviewed by Advantage magazine and he described his desire to continue to foster a company culture where people can have fun, but also have processes to support them. “We hire people who really love what they do, and we cultivate an environment to help employees collaborate creatively. I believe that is the key to success: listen to their ideas, make sure they are treated well, and get them to grow, express their creativity, and do their best.”
There’s been a lot of talk recently about the so-called failings of Microsoft. As an example, the varied reception of the Microsoft Surface 2 tablet has had some critics wondering if Microsoft will be able to compete in the tablet market. As well, Apple’s decision to provide their productivity apps to users for free is a competitive threat to the future of Office. Others will remember the Zune and Microsoft’s original evaluation of the Internet as being irrelevant.
The reality is the world isn’t as straightforward as it used to be and this has caused confusion for many people when considering Microsoft’s position. Microsoft gained dominance in the personal computer space through its ownership of DOS and later Windows and built on this with its suites of business products including Windows Server, Exchange Server, and the SQL Server database. Major changes have come to the market place through the Internet and the growth of the consumer device.
Microsoft retains dominance in its original space, which is primarily the corporate world. Organizations need standards and compatibility between systems and operations software. Having consistent offerings from Microsoft ensures that consistency whereas much of the growth recently comes from consumer devices that need a minimum of standards and can change every year. As an example, Google is free to release multiple versions of Android in a year without due consideration of how it might need to run complex business applications. This is reflected in the tablet market space. The Android and iPad tablets are ideal for the consumer who prizes usability and personal applications, but I can tell you that my computer bag includes both an iPad and a Surface when I travel. The Surface is incomparably more usable for a business user who wants Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and other familiar business applications to be available on the road. In many cases business users are choosing the Surface as their primary computing device.
The bottom line is that even though Microsoft has struggled in some of its innovations as it tries to compete in these new spaces, it is not going away anytime soon and has succeeded in a number of its new plays. Check out more of Microsoft’s successes.
The list of Microsoft accomplishments and products is impressive.
- SkyDrive: 250 million people have an account with over 11 billion photos being stored.
- Dynamics CRM: 3.5 million users are utilizing CRM in their workplace with exponential growth expected.
- Office 365: On track to become a $1.5 billion business – one of the fastest-growing in Microsoft history.
- Outlook: 400 million users have an account
Back by popular demand: Open Door Technology will be conducting training January 27, 28, and 29, 2014 for beginner or advanced users of Jet Reports for Dynamics NAV.
Christian Roach of Open Door Technology will be guiding attendees through the latest version of Jet for Dynamics NAV 2013. Christian has extensive experience in creating complex reports for organizations as well as training both new and experienced users. His expertise has earned him multiple certifications and he is the only consultant in Canada to have received both a Jet Certified Professional and Jet Certified Trainer designation.
Your instructor: Christian Roach, Account Manager at Open Door Technology
There are two levels of training available.
Jet Essentials for Beginners | Cost $450* | Sessions run Monday, January 27 and Tuesday, January 28, 2014 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm MST | Registration information
These three hour sessions are designed for new users of Jet or as a refresher for those wanting to brush up on the basics of designing reports. The registration cost includes both days. The training will be a virtual classroom, so you will have plenty of opportunities to submit feedback and questions.
Jet Essentials for Advanced Users | Cost $375* | One session on January 29, 2014 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm MST | Registration information
This session will expand on the fundamentals of Jet Essentials. You will learn techniques to develop more complex, dynamic, and efficient reports. You may take this training in conjunction with the beginner training or separate.
*Open Door Technology reserves the right to cancel any session and issue a full refund to all registered attendees if a minimum attendance is not achieved.
Agenda for Jet Essentials for Beginners
- General Introduction and Installation
- Review of Application Settings, Data Sources
- Overview of the Jet Reports Ribbon
- Review of Jet Reports help, training material as well as an overview of http://support.jetreports.com/
- Jet Reports license review (Explain the 2 types of users)
- Review of the Function Wizard
- How to build static reports:
- How to use the NL Formula (single data points)
- How to use the GL command
- Excel Cell Addressing and other report design considerations
- Review of the Browser/Designer
- Building simple dynamic report using:
- NL Replicators
- Using NL and NF together
- Sums and Subtotals
- Conditional Hiding
- Report Wizard
- Report Builder
- Report Scheduler
Agenda for Jet Essentials for Advanced Users
- Working with dates
- Advanced NL and NP Functions
- Tables and Related Functions
- SQL Query
- Snippets (Download)
- Report Automation
- Report Player
- Jet Enterprise Features in Essentials
To sign up for Jet Essentials for Beginners: Registration
To sign up for Jet Essentials for Advanced Users: Registration
The Cloud is here to stay for mid-market organizations.
Although it is pretty obvious to most observers and participants that while cloud-based software solutions are likely here to stay, mid-market organizations are really struggling with the timing and cost.
Most potential mid-market organizations often recoil from the perceived cost of Cloud systems as the typical rule of thumb is that you can pay for the upfront costs of an ERP system with approximately three years of cloud monthly subscription charges and the cost never goes down, unlike a financed ERP system. This really is not a fair comparison as most organizations treat their IT department as a sunk cost and do not factor those hardware, software, infrastructure, and personnel costs into their evaluation. As well, for anyone who has ever priced out an effective disaster recovery system, the ongoing costs of that option can be quite expensive after factoring in duplicate systems and some form of data replication.
One of the two most common advantages of cloud-based systems that we hear is the ability to transform upfront capital costs into monthly operating costs, which preserves valuable working capital for investing in the business instead of support systems. The second advantage is the ability of organizations to virtually eliminate expensive in-house infrastructure and IT support services. A third advantage, and arguably the most important, came to light recently in Alberta, Canada when a flash flood hit most of the south part of the province including Calgary, a city of over one million people. The flood in downtown Calgary inundated the electrical system with water and it took many businesses more than a week to get their offices back to work as transformers were dried out or replaced. One of our clients, however, had made the decision to move to cloud-hosted systems and their staff were back at work the next day from home or other remote locations. Another client who had suffered severe flood damage in a smaller city had their critical systems up and running the next day.
Vendors who provide software-as-a service (SaaS) have been around for some time while other vendors keep resisting the transition to the cloud. In their research, Gartner identified three different cloud deployment models including cloud-hosted, cloud-optimized and the cloud-native, each offering unique benefits to the organization.
The following table illustrates some of the differences among the three most common system implementation models – in-house, cloud (cloud-native), and hosted (cloud-hosted).
In summary, mid-market organizations stand to gain a level of professional IT support and disaster recovery that is difficult to obtain otherwise. The choice of what to do with the software license is a second question that should not deter organizations from selecting a cloud option.
Webinar Series | “Helping you get the most out of Dynamics NAV”
Jet Reports 2013 Features and Upgrading Considerations
Open Door Technology is excited to be conducting monthly webinars to help you get the most out of Dynamics NAV. We are looking forward to assisting you in learning about important product releases, upgrades, add-ons, and general tips and tricks to enhance your user experience.
On Sept 5, 2013, we will be hosting a one- hour webinar on Jet Reports 2013. This session will highlight key product information such as important features along with installation and upgrade considerations. Jet Reports has recently released new versions of Jet Essentials and Jet Express and you may want to familiar yourself with these releases before you attend.
Date: Thursday, Sept 5, 2013
Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am MST
Registration: Click here to register!
Space is limited.
Key improvements in the new releases of Jet Essentials and Jet Express: (Upgrading is recommended for all installations).
- Increased speed when querying Dynamics NAV 2013 data sources.
- New Jet Administration Console and Configuration Service allows administrators to manage Jet data source properties in a single location for all users.
- Improvements to authentication model, installations are now activated and validated using online service.
- Automatic updates for all users upon activation, no more downloading license files.
- Single queries can now return summed amounts from multiple companies (including the NL(sum) function and the GL functions which return budget, balance, credit or debit amounts).
Upgrade Download Links:
Upgrading to the latest version of Jet Essentials is free for all customers who are current on the Jet Reports Annual Enhancement Plan. Download Jet Essentials
Upgrading to the latest version of Jet Express is free for all users of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 or later who are current on their Business Ready Enhancement Plan (BREP). Download Jet Express
During the Alberta Flood of 2013, many organizations were left in turmoil as major centres including downtown Calgary, were left flooded and inaccessible for more than a week. The value of having offsite computer systems quickly became apparent as some organizations were able to keep working from remote locations or employees’ homes while others were forced to wait for their systems to regain power.
Many businesses suffered extreme physical damage during the flood while others were impacted by the loss of access to their systems as their offices were shutdown. Some businesses in High River, Alberta and other areas were in some cases literally washed away, while others like those in downtown Calgary could not access their systems because of the power transformers being affected by the flood waters. Many of our Dynamics NAV and Dynamics CRM customers were affected by the flood but two organizations on cloud or hosted solutions stand out as examples of the value of having your computer systems maintained in secure offsite locations. One organization in High River, one of the hardest hit locations, had redundant systems available and was up and running the day after the flood. They were then able to work at helping victims mitigate the effects of the flood. A large organization with offices in downtown Calgary simply had to ask their staff to work remotely from home until power was restored to office while other companies situated downtown found themselves with unproductive staff for over a week until the transformers could be remediated.
When it comes to looking at the difference between cloud-based systems and hosted environments, it is not uncommon for people to get confused. While both typically do offer offsite and redundant storage, hosted systems allow in-house licensed systems to be maintained by a hosting provider, who looks after disaster recovery and backups. Cloud-based systems offer the same hardware and systems protection, but are usually licensed on a per user per month charge. Both provide the redundancy to survive an event such as flooding and are viable options. Choosing to invest in a cloud-based or hosted system can be likened to purchasing insurance for your information, the most valuable and irreplaceable asset for your organization.
The Alberta Flood of 2013
Our hearts go out to the communities and businesses that were so deeply affected by the floodwaters in Alberta. We know many of our associates and contacts homes were damaged and we are making contributions to the flood relief efforts on behalf of those families.
As thousands of Albertans mourn this event, we are proud to have been a witness to the community spirit of countless volunteers who came alongside strangers to lend a helping hand. Although many communities continue to struggle, we are touched by these acts of generosity as a response to this crisis that has now characterized the Albertan and Canadian spirit.
The capital spending and revenue of oilfield service companies in Western Canadian will be steady over the next four years according to the Conference Board of Canada. The projected revenue and spending is for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
Spending saw the biggest change from 2011 to 2012 with an increase of 24 percent. Growth in 2013 will be more modest with 14.2 percent over last year’s figures. Although the percentage of increase over the next four years will taper off, the overall capital spending is projected as being healthy.
Oilfield service companies may experience moderate revenue growth in 2013, but the numbers are expected to rise and remain steady until at least 2017. The future looks brighter in 2014-2017 as the revenue growth will average at 8%, up from only 3.5% in 2013.
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Join us for the first in our monthly webinar series where we take a look at how you can get the most out of NAV. This month, we are excited to be showcasing Gorilla Expense, an add-on for Dynamics NAV.
Client Webinar Series: “Helping you get the most from Dynamics NAV”
Webinar Title: “Gorilla Expense for Dynamics NAV”
Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am MT
This product simplifies the tracking and reimbursement of staff travel and entertainment expenses. Gorilla Expense is an all-electronic solution to capture receipts and automatically import credit cards along with other features including:
- Submit electronic receipts and avoid the issue of missing receipts
- Import corporate credit card transactions
- Eliminate delays in expense submissions and approvals
- Push travel and entertainment data to NAV with a click of a button
Christian Roach of Open Door Technology will be hosting this webinar along with CV Sudarshan of Gorilla Expense.
Register today as space is limited!
When April 1st comes around, most people are busy dreaming up gags to play on their friends and family. Here at Open Door Technology the date has special meaning because it is the anniversary of when I left a position twenty one years ago as a Senior Manager with the Information Systems Group of KPMG Peat Marwick Thorne to go into business for myself. Leaving my job while having five children at home was a risk but I believed I could better serve clients by establishing my own operations. While working as professional accountant, I got to see the ins and outs of business operations but had never been able to actively assist clients with their systems and processes. Now I had an opportunity to help organizations run their operations more effectively by providing enterprise software solutions designed to streamline their operations. In 2000 I chose to provide and support Navision to my clients because of its flexibility and ability to customize and the business grew rapidly from that point forward. Open Door Technology became a partner with Microsoft after they purchased Navision, now known as Microsoft Dynamics NAV, in 2002. Twenty one years later, Open Door Technology has two offices, multiple software offerings, and nearly thirty employees supporting clients across Canada and the United States. We have seen great changes and challenges in our market space and as a company we are looking forward to meeting them with integrity, outstanding service, and great product offerings.
Malcolm Roach, CA
President of Open Door Technology