Is your Business Project-based and you Don’t Even Know it?

SPI Research has seen a strong trend toward making virtually all work, project-based work. Companies in every industry have turned their focus toward projects. A project focus makes sense as organizations plan work with a beginning, an end, and all steps in between. The key with projects is that there are cost and time associated with every phase or task, and there should also be value delivered. Every dollar spent on an initiative must be tracked to determine whether it was worth the investment.

If we were a project-based company, someone would tell me, right?

Projects are easier to qualify and quantify
A project-based business environment makes perfect sense to executives. Projects begin neat and orderly, with specific start and stop dates, projected cost and expected value. Not a bad way to present yourself to your customers – right? Leading organizations have also incorporated a structured delivery methodology into the project-based work to track everything related to it more closely. This environment helps companies better project a return-on-investment (ROI), which in today’s economy has become increasingly important to customers and clients purchasing products and services.

But very few projects go exactly according to plan, as unforeseen conditions, or changes by the customer impact the project or service to be delivered. Those organizations that have taken a project-based approach to work can more easily change the scope of what is to be delivered, as well as its cost and expected change in duration. Again, this gives executives greater comfort in the work being delivered and its value to both the organization delivering it and its customer.

Better tools are now available for customer and client facing organizations
Tools for small and midsized businesses can increase billable utilization, increase profitability per consultant, and increase customer satisfaction as projects are completed more frequently on-time and on-budget. Additionally, Professional Services Automation software increases employee satisfaction, as they better understand what is required of them and the value they must deliver. Companies also have greater financial governance, tracking all costs associated with project delivery and comparing them to the revenue generated.

Progressus – Built on Microsoft Dynamics 365 – is next-generation Professional Services Automation and ERP software, mobile-enabled and architected for the Microsoft cloud. Monitor the pulse of your projects, and work smarter. Bring all your data together and create personalized dashboards in seconds. Use predictive analysis to drive informed, data-driven decision making across projects.

Progressus provides all the capabilities needed to manage professional services and project-based businesses of any size – operating in any geography. Functionality spans all the important processes in your firm – resource management, project management, sales and marketing, and financial management – to give you unparalleled insight and control of all of your critical business functions. Built on the Microsoft Dynamics 365 platform, it is constructed for cloud and provides role-based clients optimized for any browser or mobile device.

Taking a project-based approach to work will provide executives, employees, customers and clients with greater visibility into work conducted, its cost, revenue, and ultimately value delivered. If you aren’t already using projects to manage your business, consider shifting today. Check out our upcoming webcast, 5 Reasons Project-Driven Firms Switch to Dynamics 365.

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Best regards,

Dave Drouin
EVP of Professional Services, SBS Group

About David Drouin

David is a graduate of Wharton School of Business with a B.S. in Accounting and Economics.  After graduation, he began a twenty year career in public accounting, including five years as a partner where he built a successful systems advisory practice and managed it as partner-in-charge.

David joined SBS Group in 2006 as the Executive VP of Finance before taking on his current role as Executive VP of Professional Services.Dave Drouin, Executive Vice President, Professional Services at SBS Group

In addition to his business and accounting background, David has strong technical skills which he has leveraged in helping hundreds of small businesses and large enterprises evaluate and implement ERP systems in his nearly thirty years in technology services sector.​

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SBS Group and Redmond Channel Partner to Co-host Webcast: “Why the Channel Needs to Embrace Dynamics 365 to Stay Relevant”

Redmond Channel Partner Editor-in-chief Scott Bekker to moderate a presentation on why partners should add Microsoft Dynamics 365 to their solution portfolios.

SBS Group, a leading information technology services and consulting firm, has announced they will be presenting a webcast with Scott Bekker of Redmond Channel Partner to help Value Added Resellers (VARs) and Managed Service Providers (MSP’s) understand how changes in the business environment for Microsoft partners has made the addition of a Microsoft Dynamics 365 practice a crucial element for continued success. The webcast will take place Tuesday, August 15th at 12 p.m. ET.

Entitled “Why the Channel Needs to Embrace Dynamics 365 to Stay Relevant,” the webcast will also highlight SBS Group’s Stratos Cloud Alliance, a new program for partners looking to expand their breadth of solutions while minimizing investment. Attendees will be introduced to Stratos Cloud Alliance’s turnkey initiative, Stratos Dynamics Digital Transformation (S2DT), a program to help partners build a Microsoft Dynamics 365 practice in 30 days.

“Microsoft Dynamics 365, and Microsoft’s recent partner management changes, has shattered the historic divide between Dynamics partners and the rest of the channel. As cloud services continue to dominate the market, the need for channel partners to sell and deliver on business value versus technical expertise will accelerate,” says Bekker. “Microsoft is working with a new indirect provider, the Stratos Cloud Alliance, to assist partners interested in adding Dynamics 365 to differentiate, increase customer stickiness, and open new revenue streams.”

Bekker will be joined by SBS presenters Jim Bowman and Scott May. Bowman is the Chief Executive Officer at SBS Group and May is the Director of Channel Programs, Stratos Cloud Alliance at SBS Group.

Registration for the webcast is free. To register, visit https://rcpmag.com/webcasts/2017/07/sbs-group-aug15.aspx?partnerref=SBS

About SBS Group

SBS Group is a Microsoft Master VAR and Indirect Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) specializing in Microsoft Dynamics solutions and services for companies of all sizes. With more than 3,000 active customers served by over 300 employees across 40 locations in North America, SBS Group is a recognized leader in cloud ERP, CRM, productivity and business intelligence solutions. We simplify the cloud experience and help our customers realize business value faster with SBS Group AXIO solutions for Dynamics 365 and our streamlined RightPath approach. SBS Group is headquartered in Edison, NJ and has been a recognized leader in Microsoft business solutions for over 30 years. http://www.sbsgroupusa.com

To learn more about the Stratos Cloud Alliance, visit http://www.dynamics365partner.com.

About Redmond Channel Partner

Redmond Channel Partner (RCP) is an independent advocate for Microsoft partners, including solution providers, managed services providers (MSPs), hosters, cloud partners and independent software vendors (ISVs). https://rcpmag.com.


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SBS Group Named to Accounting Today’s 2017 Top 100 VARS

SBS Group, an industry leading information technology and consulting company, is ranked #9 on Accounting Today’s 2017 VAR 100.

SBS Group, an innovative IT services and consulting company, is pleased to announce its ranking on Accounting Today’s 2017 VAR 100 list. SBS Group was placed at #9 on Accounting Today’s list among some of the country’s leading value added resellers (VARs) of accounting and ERP technology.

Placement on the list can be attributed to SBS Group’s commitment to evolution and expansion, not only in accounting and ERP solutions, but also in the business intelligence, customer relationship management (CRM) and cloud technology spaces. SBS Group continues to add more solutions to their cloud portfolio and cloud marketplace (shop.sbsgroupusa.com) and make investments to expand their business intelligence and CRM practices.

“Being recognized by Accounting Today is a significant accomplishment for our team and reflects the continued evolution of SBS Group to remain relevant to our client’s needs,” said James Bowman. “We remain energized and committed to delivering solutions that drive our client’s business further.”

Accounting Today’s 2017 VAR 100 list is an annual report developed to rank the top technology resellers in the accounting and ERP space. The website is a leading provider of online news for the tax and accounting community. Accounting Today provides breaking news, in-depth features and editorial analysis.

Accounting Today’s 2017 VAR 100 is available for download on http://www.accountingtoday.com.

About SBS Group
SBS Group is a Microsoft Master VAR and Indirect Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) specializing in Microsoft Dynamics solutions and services for companies of all sizes. With more than 3,000 active customers served by over 300 employees across 40 locations in North America, SBS Group is a recognized leader in cloud ERP, CRM, productivity and business intelligence solutions. We simplify the cloud experience and help our customers realize business value faster with SBS Group AXIO solutions for Dynamics 365 and our streamlined RightPath approach. SBS Group is headquartered in Edison, NJ and has been a recognized leader in Microsoft business solutions for over 30 years. http://www.sbsgroupusa.com.


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[webcast] Five Reasons Project-Driven Firms Switch to Dynamics 365

I’ve been asked this question a hundred times in many different ways, but it all comes down to “Why should a project-driven company switch to Dynamics 365?”.  It sounds like a simple question, but the answer can be a little overwhelming.  Of course, that never stops me from venturing an answer.

How is it overwhelming? 

At the risk of sounding like a software sales guy (which I’m not), I’d have to say that the answer is dependent on who’s asking.  The overall value to a traditional professional services firm is different than other project-driven companies, like machinery manufacturers or specialty contractors.  Research companies, government contractors and communications providers all gain massive value in different ways, but all have one thing in common:  Their business success is directly tied to large projects.

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A picture is worth a thousand words.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a 45-minute webcast should be more than enough to get the point across.  Join me on August 25th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. EST and I’ll do my best to provide an answer to this question.  I’ll be….

  • Sharing the top five reasons we see project-driven companies switching to Dynamics 365.
  • Introducing you to the products our clients utilize to enhance Dynamics 365 for project-driven companies
  • Drilling into contracts management, project management, revenue recognition and other topics critical to project-driven companies.

Who should attend?

This webcast isn’t for everyone, but it will be of value to just about anyone interested in learning what modern business management systems look like for project-driven companies.   IT leadership, services directors, sales directors and certainly owners and executives will all benefit.

Does size matter?  Yes, but we will be outlining multiple options for large or global enterprise firms as well as SMB firms with less than 250 employees.  Although the implementations for each are distinctly different, the core value and challenges are quite similar.

If your company is planning to upgrade any of their core systems – like ERP, PSA, CRM or even office productivity, you may find that this event holds value.  If you want to know more about the value of “the cloud” or mobile access, then definitely join.

I hope to see you online.  Registration is easy, just click here to RSVP then login to join me on August 25th at 11:00 am Eastern.

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Best regards,

Robbie Morrison
Chief Solution Strategist, SBS Group

About Robbie
Robbie Morrison has spent nearly 20 years helping customers build and deploy elegant technology and business solutions.  From start-ups to enterprise-class organizations worldwide, his knowledge of the Microsoft Dynamics ecosystem and products helps SBS Group customers maximize ROI on technology investRobbie-2017ments.

Today, Robbie serves SBS Group customers in his role as Chief Solution Strategist where he provides thought leadership and manages the development of B2B solutions.  Robbie received his MBA from the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business.
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New Video Release: AP Invoice Automation with Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations (4 min 16 secs)

Research and common sense clearly demonstrate that more automation means better productivity. Analysts at Aberdeen have reported that highly automated organizations actively manage more than 90 percent of their spending. Contrast this with manual operations which have less than 25 percent of their spending under management. Beyond the impact on the productivity of the accounting function, invoice automation enables executives to make smarter decisions about their company’s costs and forecasts and gives the organization confidence that invoices are paid on time, recorded accurately, and never misplaced or duplicated. Bottom line, invoice automation can positively impact the organization from the front line to the C-suite.

With Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations, Business Edition, there is no need to invest in complex or expensive integration to implement an invoice automation solution. You can have your paper documents converted to electronic invoices using an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) service, thereby avoiding tedious, error-prone and costly manual typing and leverage built-in process automation capabilities of Dynamics 365. Best of all, the OCR service (provided by Lexmark) is available as a subscription cloud service through the Microsoft AppSource and requires no installation or integration. Dynamics 365, of course, is also an on-demand subscription service available through Microsoft Cloud Solution providers like SBS Group.

Watch as a Dynamics 365 expert demonstrates the invoice automation capabilities of Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations, Business Edition.

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