Numbers

How recruiters are becoming number crunchers

“I am not a number! I am a free man!” cried Patrick McGoohan in cult 1960s TV programme The Prisoner. The technocracy that rules so much of modern life would likely disagree. Whether we like it or not, our lives are defined by numbers. Everyone who uses digital technology leaves a trail of data from which analysts can build a frighteningly accurate portrayal of their behaviours, their personality and even their most sensitive secrets. The recent furore over Cambridge Analytica has highlighted …

How Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise Mission Is Transforming Dynamics GP

Microsoft is a company driven forward by two core areas of its business: cloud and enterprise (C + E). Here, we explore how Dynamics GP – one of Microsoft’s core ERP technologies – is transforming as a result of this focus. The march towards C + E In the Dynamics arena, this has meant that the most recent iteration of Microsoft’s premium CRM solution, Dynamics CRM, has come with productivity integration out of the box. For example, Power BI for Office 365 cloud service works with Microsoft …

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Conspicuous goes skiing in Courmayeur

After an excellent performance in November, December and January, the team at Conspicuous jetted off for a well-earned break on the ski slopes of Courmayeur, northern Italy. Recruitment can be a difficult game, but the team at Conspicuous worked extremely hard from November through to January. As a result, company Director Rob Wachman decided it was time for a treat. The team embarked on their trip on Thursday evening, saying goodbye to the office and hello to the prospect of an action-packed, …

Dynamics CRM

UK public sector puts citizens first with Dynamics CRM

Microsoft Dynamics CRM partner Optevia has recently started working with two public sector companies in the UK, helping them to deliver an experience that focuses on the customer, and streamlines workflow. A faulty system The first of the two companies is the Supreme Court (UKSC). Paul Brigland, Head of IT Services and Departmental Records Officer at the Supreme Court explains: “between 2009 and 2013 our IT infrastructure and the applications running on it were not fully fit for purpose.  He …

Dynamics training

Why dynamics training needs a make over

I came across a Richard Branson quote the other day that really struck a chord, it was: “Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.” It struck a real chord with me as time and again the issue of  dynamics training comes up in the Dynamics partner world. NAV, AX and CRM are evolving at an ever more rapid pace which means that everyone involved in the industry needs to keep up if they want any chance of future success. The pain of training For …

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The salary issue: what you see isn’t always what you get

How much do you think you should be paid?  If you’re seeking your next career move then salary is going to be high on your agenda, but it shouldn’t be the only thing you think about. Here’s why: Employers are looking for the ideal candidate When employers create a job advertisement, they’re showcasing the salary they’re prepared to pay for the ideal candidate.  They want to attract the Dynamics developer with ten years of experience, three languages and industry-specific knowledge, …

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Microsoft Dynamics’ top 9 people, places and platforms

The Microsoft Dynamics community is full of influencers. With the Dynamics industry growing year on year, it looks like these influencers are going to become more and more important. So, who and what are the people, places and platforms that those in the Dynamics community should be up on? 1. Satya Nadella: Microsoft’s Chief Executive Office Satya became Microsoft’s Chief Executive Office in February 2014 after demonstrating extraordinary leadership in a number of roles within the company …

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The three S’s of recruitment advertisements

I was so struck by the news that 10,000 people responded to UK Paintball’s advertisement for a “Bullet Tester” that I had to go and have a look – what had made the recruitment ad so appealing?  Here’s what I found: A stand-out title If you’re going to recruit, you have to stand out.  From the job title itself, to the requirement that candidates have “a relatively high pain threshold” it attracted incredible attention that led to the ad being widely shared. Salary £40k proclaimed …

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Tips for employee engagement

How’s the mood in your office right now?  Does Kevin have the post-festive blues? Is Sarah looking longingly at the empty boxes of mince pies? The first few weeks back after Christmas and the New Year can be disruptive as employees re-enter the world of work. So how do you keep employees connected when all they really want is to be back at home snacking on left-over turkey? For me, it’s about employee engagement and where previously I reflected on what causes employees to leave (thank you …

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How to stop your dynamics employees leaving

Since starting Conspicuous in 2000 the Dynamics world has changed enormously. What hasn’t changed is why dynamics employees such as NAV, AX and CRM consultants are deciding to leave their employers, a fact that was highlighted when I attended Convergence in Barcelona. During one of the Dale Carnegie workshops on offer we discussed why the drivers for leaving stay the same as the world around us changes, but the real question is: what are you going to do about it? Money If someone is purely motivated …