31 May

tCognition: A Value Added Reseller of ERP and CRM

tCognition: A Value Added Reseller of ERP and CRM

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Value Added Reseller of ERP & CRM

Selecting the right value added reseller (VAR) for a CRM or an ERP implementation is a tremendously important decision. Being an IT-first company, we focus on your entire infrastructure when implementing and enabling any sort of deployment. Businesses trust tCognition to provide value-added services at the highest level for Sage ERP Products, SAP ERP Software, and Microsoft Dynamics 365.

tCognition’s onshore and offshore development teams create complex customized CRM and ERP integrations at an extraordinary value, that is also often only possible through third-party middleware. We can even create integrations that operate and synchronize data in real-time.

Listed below, are the perks of each of the high-profile platforms we have skill servicing and integrating with (as defined by each solution).

 

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Sage ERP Products

Manage sales, service & marketing as well as accounting, asset management, inventory, people, & payroll, through Sage enterprise resource planning. Make smarter decisions faster. Gain productivity to reduce operating costs and increase revenue. Serve more customers and increase their satisfaction. Sage helps every industry from retail to wholesale.

Sage has more than 30 years of experience helping small and medium companies manage businesses. In fact, they help more than 3 million customers worldwide to be more effective by making smarter decisions. Whether your business is growing locally or expanding globally, Sage has a solution for every stage that’s more flexible and scalable than other traditional ERP solutions.

Traditional ERP and Sage ERP Solutions: The Difference

Traditional ERP

Enterprise resource planning is comprehensive, end-to-end, integrated software that claims to “do it all.” Unfortunately, traditional ERP systems are complex, inflexible, not scalable, expensive, and not easy to use.

Sage ERP & Business Management Solution

Sage ERP business management solutions do it all and are flexible, customizable, scalable, affordable, and easy to implement. They can even be mobile, enabling you to work anytime, anywhere; giving you complete control of your business.

ERP Solutions

The Sage technology gives you one of the most powerful sets of business tools in the world. Sage offers one of the largest selections of scalable, integrated business management & ERP software systems available. Their extensive network of 40,000 accountants and 26,000 business partners provide you with industry expertise and on-site support to help you select, plan and implement the ideal mix of ERP solutions to run your business your way.

Sage 100

Sage 100 is perfect for small and medium businesses growing beyond their accounting software. This solution is ideal for light manufacturers.

  • Production management for manufacturers
  • U.S. payroll

Sage 300

Sage 300 is perfect for small and medium businesses that manage multiple locations, currencies, and languages. Access online or on your mobile device.

  • Multiple languages, multiple currencies
  • Project job costing
  • U.S. payroll
  • Canadian payroll
  • Mobile access

Sage X3

Sage X3 introduces a better way to manage your entire enterprise – from procurement to manufacturing, distribution, and financials.

  • Multiple languages, multiple currencies
  • Project job costing
  • Production management for manufacturers
  • U.S. payroll
  • Canadian payroll
  • Mobile access
  • SaaS or web-based

Sage 100, Sage 300, and Sage X3 Capabilities

  • Manage inventory and your warehouse for increased accuracy
  • Manage purchasing and vendors
  • Automate sales and marketing
  • Handle advanced accounting
  • Improve visibility and make better decisions
  • Deploy on-premises and hosted

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SAP ERP Software

Get ahead of the game with an enterprise resource planning system (ERP) from SAP. Stay competitive by relying on their proven ERP software to streamline your processes across procurement, manufacturing, service, sales, finance, and HR. Learn more about the different types of ERP systems – and explore their benefits – on SAP’s What is ERP? page.

SAP ERP exceeds the industry standard worldwide – offered for 25 industries, 37 languages, and 45 localizations. The reason SAP’s ERP solution is so successful is that its nearly 50,000 customers have helped shape its scope through programs like Customer Influence.

The Next-Generation ERP Business Suite

Run a truly live business with SAP S/4HANA, an in-memory ERP suite available in the cloud or on-premise. SAP S/HANA is the digital core that enables your business to take complete advantage of the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, real-time analytics, mobile, business networks, third-party systems, and more.

What is SAP S/4HANA?

SAP S/4HANA is a real-time enterprise resource management suite for digital business. It is built on SAP’s advanced in-memory platform, SAP HANA, and offers a personalized, consumer-grade user experience with SAP Fiori. Deployable in the cloud or on-premise, SAP S/4HANA can drive instant value across all lines of business – no matter your industry or business size.

Immediate, Intelligent, and Integrated ERP

SAP S/4HANA is the digital core – the nerve center – of your entire business. It consolidates internal and external elements into a single, living structure that goes beyond traditional ERP software. In other words, it connects all of your processes, provides you with live information and insights, and seamlessly integrates your enterprise with the digital world at large.

Sales

How can a telecommunications company with highly customized products and services maximize customer satisfaction? With SAP S/4HANA the company can streamline its sales and delivery, quickly addressing bottlenecks and other disruptions that drive customer churn.

Corporate Planning

How can a high-tech company use public information to identify the best acquisition target? By running what-if simulations with SAP S/4HANA Finance – combining internal and external data to evaluate the potential financial impact of each scenario.

Consolidation

How can a large hotel chain connect disparate systems after multiple mergers and acquisitions? By using SAP S/4HANA Finance. With the software’s central journal scenario and embedded analytics, booking information is calculated in real-time for one reservation, invoice, and journal entry.

Manufacturing

How can a company that makes 500 cars per day process material transactions fast enough to keep up? With SAP S/4HANA, material postings are processed in parallel, giving the manufacturer real-time visibility into the material ledger. This visibility makes it quick and easy to respond to production issues and avoid delivery delays.

Next-Gen ERP Deployment Options

SAP S/4HANA offers flexible deployment options – on-premise, in the cloud, or using a hybrid model – to meet your unique needs. Explore product editions, deployment scenarios, and other key resources below.

SAP S/4HANA Cloud

The SAP S/4HANA Cloud delivers the power of in-memory ERP with the key benefits you expect from public cloud solutions. This option offers the scalability, ease of management, and security your business needs to excel in today’s fast-paced digital economy.

SAP S/4HANA

SAP S/4HANA, deployed on-premise or in a private cloud environment, is designed for businesses of all sizes, in all industries, that need deep and broad functionality combined with a high degree of flexibility. Deployed in your data center or on SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, this option offers maximum control for your business.

Discover the Value of SAP S/4HANA

Ensure a successful deployment and drive quick time-to-value with information resources that support the different phases of SAP S/4HANA – from planning and installation to operation and continuous innovation.

 

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Microsoft Dynamics 365: Unifying CRM Business Software and ERP Systems

Drive big growth for big business. Make data-driven decisions with a complete set of enterprise resource planning (ERP) tools to provide global visibility, scalability, and digital intelligence.

Make Smarter Decisions

Use modern, intelligent ERP system tools that uncover real-time insights and information to help you make fast, data-driven decisions.

Transform Your Business

Improve business planning and execution while saving valuable time, helping you stay ahead of the competition.

Grow At Your Pace

Scale operations globally in the cloud to meet changing business needs – while integrating legacy systems to make full use of existing investments.

Finance

Fast-track your business performance. Get a live view of all your numbers and data analytics from Dynamics 365. With this Microsoft ERP system, you get the relevant information you need to deliver strategic, data-driven insights to key departments.

  • Gain immediate financial insights
  • Drive corporate strategy and growth
  • Decrease debt through efficient collection management

Manufacturing

Work smarter with connected operations. Get ERP system continuity for visibility across connected distribution, customer service, sales, and marketing systems. Innovate your products and processes to meet rising expectations.

  • Simplify production floor management
  • Accelerate product introductions
  • Offer flexibility in delivery alternatives

Retail

Deliver exceptional customer experiences. Give your salespeople the product and customer information they need to provide immediate, personalized service – across social media, mobile sites, stores, and other retail touch points.

  • Deliver customer experiences that inspire loyalty
  • Move products smoothly from procurement to sale
  • Merchandise your products more effectively

Cloud Services

Roll out powerful ERP tools. Get real-time information on almost any device, at any time. Simplify and accelerate business process changes, seamlessly integrate with legacy systems, and scaled globally with Dynamics 365.

  • Enable rapid business transformation
  • Cost-effectively support your IT needs
  • Grow at your own pace

Tailor and extend Dynamics 365 Across Your Business

Add Pre-Built Applications

Do even more with Dynamics 365 for Operations using AppSource. Enhance your ERP systems and processes by integrating add-on applications from Microsoft and our partners.

Customize Your Applications

Do more with your Dynamics 365 data. Easily create custom applications that connect with Dynamics 365 to solve your exact business needs – with little to no additional code development.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 provides intelligent applications that work smarter together. Run your entire business from end-to-end with intelligent applications that seamlessly work together in the cloud – unifying the capabilities of CRM business software and ERP systems.

There are an overwhelming number of options for ERP and CRM software solutions and a Value Added Reseller can help you choose. If you’re interested in learning more about the best ERP/CRM solution for your organization, check out our offerings and contact us at info@tCognition.com for more information.

25 May

128 Technology: 128T Networking Platform

128 Technology: 128T Networking Platform

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We’re proud to announce that tCognition has recently partnered with 128 Technology, Inc. (Burlington); the former founders of Acme Packet (now Oracle)!

128 Technology in a Nutshell

128 Technology understands that for many companies, the network is a core part of their business – and in some cases, the network is their core business. They have developed the game-changing and stateful 128T Networking Platform (128T), which uses a Secure Vector Routing architecture that exponentially improves enterprise application performance, Cloud (AWSAzureGoogle), Security & Identity Governance, and network simplification, all while reducing cost through the elimination of now unnecessary devices (i.e. load balancers, firewalls, etc.).

128 Technology’s vision for 128T is rooted in the five basic principles below:

IP networks should be session-aware

All meaningful IP services and applications are based on sessions – the two-way exchange of information between endpoints. A session-oriented perspective provides the basis for a fundamentally new way of building, optimizing, and securing networks with end-to-end, fine-grained control, and visibility.

Advanced network capabilities should not be standalone functions

Network functions such as firewalls, load balancers, and Wide Area Network (WAN) optimizers have some level of session-awareness, yet reside in multiple physical or virtual appliances that add to the complexity. Imbuing session awareness and control into the routing layer enables the consolidation of these functions, and makes them native to the act of routing.

Routing must evolve to be application and service-centric

The modern model for routing must evolve beyond simply IP addresses and cost-based forwarding to encompass the notions of service topologies and policy frameworks. Multi-tenant policy and control logic should exist within, not on top of, IP networks.

Overlay networks are not the answer

Encapsulation or tunnel-based overlay networks such as MPLS, IPSec, and VxLAN sit on top of IP networks in order to deliver deterministic routing, network virtualization, and segmentation. These techniques create overhead, fragmentation, operational costs, and scaling challenges – and limit the effectiveness of security and monitoring systems. Session-oriented networking offers a better alternative that stretches virtual networks end-to-end across network boundaries and domains.

Zero trust security must be everywhere

Perimeter security models are no longer sufficient for today’s business demands. Next-level network security requires that no user, traffic source, or connected network should be trusted. IP routing is no exception.

With these principles in mind, 128 Technology has developed a new kind of networking platform that addresses a broad range of networking challenges but is easy to implement alongside your existing network. They’re excited about this platform because it will deliver outstanding benefits to enterprises, service providers, and cloud services companies alike.

128T Networking Platform (128T) is a software-based platform that exponentially simplifies networking, reduces cost, and provides greater security. The session-oriented, service-centric, and deterministic policy engine enables faster route selection and bi-directional route enforcement through the use of a distributed control plane (vs. centralized controller), eliminating the need for tunnels, overlay networks, and segmentation, treating traffic flows in direct correlation to the established policy.

The CGN approach to networking configures end sites with private addresses, which in turn are translated to public addresses by NAT devices embedded in the network. The incorporation of CGN is similar to a tunnel header applied in multi-tenancy environments, and thus, application-level NAT problems are eliminated, as the source and destination addresses are translated back to the original addresses before delivery to the final destination. 128T is superior to current software-defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) architectures and network functions virtualization because it eliminates complexity and reshapes the way organizations design, deploy, and operate real-world networks by making them dramatically simpler, smarter, and more secure.

Application in Financials and Retail

128T brings tremendous value to the Financial Services and Retail Industries, with a unique focus on the following use cases.

Security

Zero Trust Security starting at the very edge of the network and extending across network boundaries; no packets enter the network unless there is an explicit policy allowing access.

Reliability

Next Generation WAN (NG-WAN) with seamless failover, the ability to leverage public and private networks, and the need for more and lower cost bandwidth across networks.

Interconnecting Data Centers

To create one “logical” DC to the enterprise including Disaster Recovery with the support of duplicate IP addresses, and the ability to move services across networks.

For example, 128 Technology is currently working with a large financial software company that had experienced a session failure resulting in millions of dollars lost in trades. Session migration and session failover were a high priority for them; all resolved using 128T.

128T can also add enormous value to any retail organization by providing secure, efficient, and dynamic connections to retail locations. Through the NG-WAN platform, a large auto part retailer, for example, was able to connect over 4,000 sites countrywide. The primary driver for this retailer was 128T’s ability to provide dynamic failover of applications.

How tCognition Can Support 128 Technology

tCognition offers cost effective programs in support of advanced technologies like the 128T Networking Platform, providing Application Development & IntegrationQA-Test EngineeringHelp Desk (Level 1-3+), and 24×7 Managed Services all customized to meet the exacting requirements of our client’s needs.

We employ solution development and product support teams for Enterprise applications like NetSuiteOracleSAGE and SAP; monitoring and management tools like EM7, Nectar, and HP OpenView; secure mobile (iOS, Android, MS) application Single Sign-On (SSO) solutions for accessing ServiceNow, ERP and CRM platforms; Omni-Channel – WebRTC solution frameworks enabling browser based full collaboration communication; Telematics, connected vehicle solutions for Agero, vehicle manufacturers like Toyota and VW, and Insurance companies.

We look forward to working with and supporting 128 Technology in taking on the challenge of securing, controlling, and optimizing clients’ overly complex networks – and internetwork – architectures. Let us know how we can engage you in a discussion and show you how we can help deliver the highest level of security, control, and agility – along with 128 Technology!

04 Jan

SAP Business One vs Oracle E-Business Suite

SAP Business One vs Oracle E-Business Suite

Comparing SAP Business One (SAP B1) vs Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS)  is really a contest between the leviathans of the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) world. SAP has long had the largest market share of any ERP vendor. Oracle has often been close behind.

While both brands have a whole suite of ERP offerings, we will be focusing on SAP Business One and Oracle’s E-Business Suite. Neither option is cheap, SAP and Oracle are not cost-leaders. We find that the cost of SAP implementations tends to be rigid, while Oracle customers are often up-sold on additional products and services. Here is a white paper comparison of SAP B1 vs. Dynamics NAV.

In the beginning…

One of the reasons why SAP has retained the largest ERP market share is their first-mover advantage. They have built their ERP offerings from the ground up and in-house. This means that their modules all integrate very well with each other, and expanding your SAP Business One software tends to be more painless than the same process with Oracle EBS.

Oracle, on the other hand, has established themselves as a firm willing to go outside their own brand. Their strategy has been to reach out and acquire other providers’ solutions in an attempt to create a best-of-breed stack within Oracle itself. This has included PeopleSoft, MICROS and most recently NetSuite.

Oracle vs SAP Business One Deployment Options and Flexibility

Breaking down that recent NetSuite acquisition, Oracle has made it a goal to acquire a slew of SaaS providers and cloud-computing adopters. This means that the Oracle ERP Cloud is composed of several solid offerings. However, it also means that these solutions do not always interact with each ideally. Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne can run on-premise or the cloud, so both are options depending on your needs.

SAP Business One is capable of both on-prem and cloud deployments as well. They have worked on their cloud capabilities in the last few years. SAP ERP solutions work well hosted on Amazon Web Services, which is an option we might recommend.

Implementation Differentiators between SAP Business One and Oracle

Often we find that it is often possible to fit most of your business needs into an ERP platform. There are so many modules both native and third party. This can turn the discussion into one that becomes more meta and “above the trees”.

Implementation is almost never a totally smooth process. Headaches abound. It may be wise for this to be a factor in your consideration of SAP Business One or Oracle ERP.

In Panorama Consulting’s ERP report of 2014, they found that the average SAP customer has closer to planned duration times for their implementation compared to Oracle. On average, Oracle ERP takes 22.5 months to implement while SAP is able to do that roughly 4 months more quickly.

This is likely due to SAP’s pre-configurators for specific industries, making customization and go-live time quicker. Oracle has something similar in their User Productivity Kit, but it is not as effective.

ERP Market Leader Benefits

Both Oracle and SAP are market leaders in ERP. However, SAP is the clear leader, particularly due to the first-mover advantage mentioned above.

What this means for the end-user and adopter is that there is a more active developer community. This means that there are more solutions and add-ons to enhance functionality. This extends to support as well. With a larger user-base, there will be more readily available support systems to ensure that any errors can be rectified without incurring additional cost.

Download: SAP B1 vs NAV Guide

10 Jun

Dynamics AX vs. SAP B1 ERP Comparison

Dynamics AX vs. SAP B1 ERP Comparison

Microsoft Dynamics AX and SAP B1 are two of the top ten ERP platforms on the market. Versus one another, you would think AX and B1 have a lot in common, and they do. You might wonder which one works better for you and why; in this ERP comparison between SAP Business One and Microsoft Dynamics AX you’ll find the answer to your doubts as we aim to give an honest comparison between the two financial platforms. You can download the Dynamics AX vs. B1 white paper here.

Dynamics AX vs. SAP B1:

Between SAP B1 and Dynamics AX you’ll find that the most of the base modules are almost the same. This includes financials, quality control and warehouse management. Both platforms have compatible add-on products for almost every aspect of the program, but they can also be handled with out-of-the-box tools.

Dynamics AX vs. SAP B1 – Add-ons and Integrations:

AX and B1 also share similar integrations and add-on products for AX and B1. Both are often integrated to other platforms (such as share point) using Scribe.

Many of Dynamics AX’s functions are performed better by add-ons. Although SAP B1 may have better out-of-the-box modules than AX, most of these add-ons will outperform SAP B1 standing alone.

Popular Dynamics AX Add-ons:

  • Instant AX for Manufacturing
  • Food AXcelerator (for food manufacturing)
  • ProjAX (Project Managment)
  • AX for Pharma
  • Manufacturing Essentials
  • AXIO Core (AR / AP, GL, fixed-asset management)

Popular SAP B1 Add-ons:

  • PPSOne (Manufacturing)

Both Dynamics and B1 are ready for the enterprise and can accommodate hundreds of users. For the maximum number of users, for deployments of over 300 users (which is very rare), we would actually recommend Dynamics.

Reporting Comparison:

While SAP B1 comes with Crystal Reports with available dashboards and for extra customization with advanced functionalities it is needed to have the HANA license; Dynamics AX comes with in build Business Intelligence Reporting tool, while Crystal Reports can still be used with AX it can turn very complex.

Now that we’ve covered the basics, it’s time to dive deeper. Feel free to download our full PDF comparison guide comparing Dynamics AX vs. SAP (or check out our guide on SAP B1 vs Dynamics NAV).

In this PDF comparison guide, you’ll find…

  • Biggest differentiators (chart)
  • Licensing models
  • Industry verticals
  • Maximum recommended users

Download: AX vs. SAP B1 Guide