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May 31
From Mail to Money – Simplification through Outlook Add-in

We can spend a lot of time in our email, especially when it comes to interacting with our business contacts, such as customers and vendors. For these interactions, we often need information related to the business contacts that is stored in our financial system. To streamline these experiences, we've brought email and finance together by embedding Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 directly in Outlook.

 

Outlook Mail

In an email message in Outlook, the Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 add-in provides one-click access to a financial detail for the business contact associated with the email. This includes a dashboard with overview information for the contact, ability to drill down on the detail to the documents that are summarized in the dashboard, as well as the ability to create and send documents from within the add-in.

 

For example, a customer sends you an email asking for a quote. You can review the customer's information, create the quote, and send it with a templated message tailored to that customer. You can do this all without ever leaving Outlook, and the add-in will update everything in your financial system with the new document created in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017.

 

 

Document Links

The Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 Outlook add-in also provides the ability to quickly lookup documents referenced within the body of an email message. The add-in recognizes text in the email message that is a Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 document number, and highlights the text as a link. When the user opens the add-in, the referenced document opens in the add-in frame, allowing you to interact with the document just as you would in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 application.

 

Outlook Calendar

The Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 Outlook add-in also provides intelligent information and functionality in your Outlook calendar. You can open the add-in frame in a calendar appointment to view information related to the customer in the meeting, as well as create and send invoices and other documents to the customer.

 

This is handy for service-based companies who use the Outlook calendar for scheduling services with their customers. From directly in the calendar appointment for a scheduled service, you can take care of all the financial tasks related to the appointment that would otherwise be completed in the Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 application. For example, when a service is completed, you can create and send an invoice for the associated service from the calendar appointment.

Sep 16
AkiliAfrica earns Microsoft's highest standard for partner-developed software solutions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nairobi, Kenya, 16 September 2016 - AkiliAfrica earns Microsoft's highest standard for partner-developed software solutions for its Microsoft Dynamics NAV add-on - Kenya Layer 1.0.

AkiliAfrica Kenya Layer provides country specific functionality in Microsoft Dynamics NAV for Kenya and includes features for Cash Management, Purchases and Payables, Inventory Management, Withholding tax management, Withholding VAT, and iTax Returns.

"Congratulations on having AkiliAfrica Kenya Layer 1.00 successfully Certified for Microsoft Dynamics NAV. This outstanding achievement means that your solution has met Microsoft Corporation’s highest standard for partner developed software solutions. Solutions that are Certified for Microsoft Dynamics have demonstrated development quality and compatibility with Microsoft Dynamics products. In order to ensure quality customer service, partners who are authorized to sell the certified solutions must be enrolled in a Microsoft Partner Service Plan and have earned the Gold Certified Partner status within the Microsoft Partner Program. They also need to have customers who have been successfully using the certified solution and are willing to recommend it," said Steve Nemzer, Vice President, Lionbridge - Global Development and Testing.

​About AkiliAfrica

AkiliAfrica is a leading provider of business solutions in Eastern Africa. Our areas of expertise are financial management, supply chain, manufacturing, horticulture, and auto dealer management. As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, AkiliAfrica has been recognised by Microsoft for outstanding customer commitment. We are multiple winners of the Microsoft West, East, and Central Africa (WECA) Partner of the Year award, the Microsoft Enterprise Project Management Partner of the Year for WECA, the Microsoft Dynamics Manufacturing Industry Partner of the Year for WECA, and the New Customer Adds Partner of the Year for WECA.

For more information, contact: talktous@akiliafrica.com

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Apr 04
AkiliAfrica Whitepaper: Insights in the Cloud

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A Guide for Small and Midsize Business.

As the volume of data grows, businesses are using the power of the cloud to gather, analyse, and visualize data from internal and external sources to improve business performance on a variety of fronts.

Business today runs on data: about customers, transactions, markets, and trends, about internal operations, logistics, and supply. Just collecting this data is a formidable challenge but it's not enough. To make it valuable, businesses need to sift through it to spot the trends that matter fast enough to act.

Our whitepaper provides insights on:

  • What Cloud Means for Your Business
  • Data Tools for Smaller Businesses
  • Cloud by the Numbers
  • Becoming Data-Driven
  • A Vision for Your Data-Driven Business

Please click on this to get the whitepaper: AkiliAfrica Whitepaper: Insights in the Cloud

The AkiliAfrica Team

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Mar 16
Take Your Business Systems Beyond ERP

​A business management solution from AkiliAfrica delivers the control, forward-looking insight, and bottom line impact you need to grow your business

If you're like a lot of midsize businesses (SMBs) today, your current systems are nudging you further and further out of your comfort zone. They get the basic job done, as long as nothing out of the ordinary happens. But what will happen when you want to open a new branch, expand to new markets, or add an additional line of business? Do you find it harder to connect with suppliers and customers, comply with new tax laws, or keep customers loyal with the new competition you face in a global economy? These scenarios aren't business as usual, but they're part of the new normal. And if it's getting harder for your existing systems to keep your business moving forward, now's the time to take action.

As you consider and weigh the alternatives, you'll find products and vendors that sound a lot alike, and you may find it hard to differentiate between them. So we've created a 9-point checklist to help you test their claims and reduce the risk of making such an important decision. Each week for the next 9 weeks, we'll drill into one part of the checklist, so when we finish you'll have a comprehensive list of key factors you should consider before deciding on a new option for your business.

This week we start the process by urging you to look at whether a solution delivers more than entry-level accounting features and takes your business systems beyond ERP.

Going Beyond Traditional ERP

You’re sure to find several vendors that offer improved financial reporting, inventory management, budgeting capabilities, and so forth. But do they offer a unified solution that goes beyond business process automation and basic ERP (enterprise resource planning) functionality to deliver a complete and unified vision for your business? A comprehensive and modern solution delivers capabilities that are out of scope for many product offerings, such as: 

  • Integrated business intelligence, collaboration, and communication tools that span your core business processes.

  • A user experience that blends personal and work computing and inspires your people and your customers.

  • Anytime, anywhere access to make your people more productive.

  • Flexible cloud or on-premises deployment options that won't hold your data hostage.

  • Affordable pricing models to reduce up-front capital expenditures.

 

Why Choose a Business Solution from AkiliAfrica?

AkiliAfrica delivers a comprehensive vision for SMBs that goes beyond traditional ERP and stand-alone accounting software. For example, business intelligence, collaboration, and communication capabilities are embedded across your business processes, so your people can quickly and easily find and analyse information, collaborate with each other to generate the best ideas and decisions, and communicate regardless of their locations or the devices they’re using (enabling anytime, anywhere productivity). A consistent user experience supports rapid adoption, ease of use, and end-user productivity. Consumer-driven technologies such as chat or notifications, and action panes have been incorporated into Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions, setting the standard for great user experiences. Flexible deployment models—on-premises or in the cloud—let you make the decision on what’s best for your business, and an experienced implementation team helps you get up and running quickly.

Take-away

SMBs around the world, in a wide variety of industries, rely on Microsoft Dynamics NAV to help them reduce risk, so they can move their business forward with confidence. In Kenya, with AkiliAfrica, here is a snapshot of how we can help you transform your business using Microsoft technologies. 

​Challenges

​Benefits

Time-consuming period-close processes with significant manual components

Finance and consolidation management

No self-service management reporting

Period closing in hours, not days

Consolidation process reduced from days to minutes

KPI's and business insight onscreen providing deeper insight, tighter control, increased productivity

 

Next week, we’ll take a deeper look at the second item on the checklist, deployment flexibility—the ability of your new solution to take advantage of the cloud and to support the deployment model that makes the most sense for your business.

Contact us to learn more about business management solutions from AkiliAfrica.

Mar 11
Welcome to our blog!

Stay tuned, we will be posting articles related to Microsoft Dynamics NAV, incadea.myengine, and vertical market papers in our areas of expertise - financial management, supply chain, manufacturing, horticulture, and auto dealer management​.

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