In This Issue
Succeeding in the Recovering Economy
Near Field Communication for Next Generation Marketing
IDT Mid-Market Briefing Series
Buy 1, Get 3 Sales Offer
Microsoft Dynamics ERP Spring Season Offer
How to Benefit from the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Connector
Already Using or Considering Sage MAS 90? You May Want to Look at Microsoft Dynamics® GP
Get a Human
Get Your Social Security Statement
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According to the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, a total of 565,000 new businesses were created in 2010, the highest level of entrepreneurship in the past 15 years.

Did you know that Charles Brace Darrow, inventor of the game Monopoly, lost his job selling heaters during the Great Depression? Darrow then designed and patented a real estate investment board game that he sold to Parker Brothers in 1935. Monopoly is the best-selling board game in the world - available in 111 countries, 43 languages and has sold more than 275 million games worldwide.

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May 2011

If you were to believe the Microsoft advertising around "the cloud", you might have the impression that it's really designed to help you crop your family photos into a nicer picture or allow you to watch the fictional "Celebrity Smackdown" while stranded in the airport.

Not so! At Convergence 2011, Microsoft shared its vision to take Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions "to the cloud". (Check out this page for a definition of what cloud computing really means.)

Building on the success of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, the company revealed a path for its enterprise resource planning (ERP) customers to move to the cloud with the next major releases of Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions, which will run on the Windows Azure platform. But don't be concerned. As always, you'll decide when, and if, you to move to the cloud on your own terms. The Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions will bring the same benefits in the cloud as they do on-premises. Regardless of which Microsoft Dynamics product you may be considering, you'll have options in the future as you evaluate whether a cloud solution is appropriate for your organization.

For information on how we can help your organization, contact us today at info@idtconsulting.com

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Succeeding in the Recovering Economy

Today's business demands expect us to do more, be better, and go faster with less. Competition is fierce, consumers are more educated, and costs are high. With this said, there is also tremendous opportunity.

Watch this presentation given by David Scruggs, Vice President of Dale Carnegie & Assoc., Inc. and the Global Brand Manager for Core Products to learn more about actions you can implement to take advantage of the recovering economy.

Near Field Communication for Next Generation Marketing

Near Field Communications (NFC) is a short range wireless technology similar to Bluetooth. So what's the big deal? With NFC all you need to establish a connection is to hold your NFC enabled device up to a NFC tag in a poster, timetable, coupon or even a physical object. Once within range (usually 4 cm or less) NFC allows the transfer of data in just seconds, no programming required.

NFC has been hugely successful in Japan. Now that many new mobile phones in the US are NFC enabled, NFC has the potential to ignite billions of dollars of incremental revenue from mobile marketing services, ticketing, payments and electronic access.

An NFC Smart Poster (any object with a readable NFC tag) is an example of how NFC can be used to drive revenue and create brand awareness.

For further information from NFC Forum about how businesses and consumers can implement and use NFC Smart Posters follow this link: http://www.nfc-forum.org/resources/white_papers.

IDT Mid-Market Briefing Series

Full GlassThis three-part series provides the insight and approach you can take to navigate the options and purchase of new financial software. It's focused on the specific issues faced by mid-market organizations.

This Month:

Part I: What Companies Should Know Before Buying Financial Software - Get the most from your investment in financial software. This first part in the three-part IDT Mid-Market Briefing Series provides the insight and approach you can take to navigate the options and purchase of new financial software. It's focused on the specific issues faced by mid-market organizations.

Buy 1, Get 3 Sales Offer

If you've been contemplating a move to a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, now may be the time to make a move! We are pleased to announce the "Buy 1, Get 3" offer that will make it more affordable for you to move ahead with that investment.

This promotion allows customers to purchase either the Advanced Management (AM) or Business Essential (BE) Foundation Pack (which both includes 1 user as standard) and then get two (2) additional user licenses. This offer applies to new customers making their initial purchase of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics GP or Microsoft Dynamics SL only.

Contact us for more information on how to take advantage of this limited time offer, available until June 23, 2011.

Microsoft Dynamics ERP Spring Season Offer

Existing Microsoft Dynamics customers can purchase additional user or module licenses for up to 20% off of the standard price list for their current Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics SL, Microsoft Dynamics NAV or Microsoft Dynamics AX solution. Customers only have to purchase a minimum of 2 licenses to be eligible for the discount and the discount can be applied on up to 20 additional user or module license purchases. Offer is valid May 1, 2011 - June 22, 2011.

For more information on this limited time offer, contact us.

How to Benefit from the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Connector

If your company is like most companies today you have customer information stored in various systems like Microsoft Dynamics CRM and your Microsoft Dynamics ERP system. More than likely those systems do not have an effective way to share their information. This can lead to bad data and extra costs.

Microsoft has developed the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Connector to help you with this. It is designed to connect your ERP data and CRM data using pre-built templates, thus eliminating the need to manually replicate information between systems. If you need additional mappings for your data, a graphical-oriented Software Development Kit allows you to modify existing templates or create your own. The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Connector makes sharing relational and transactional data simple, reliable and extensible. Best of all, this tool is available without any additional licensing fees.

For more information, download this information sheet to see how you can use the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Connector. If you need help implementing the connector please contact us at 630-875-1100 or by emailing us at Info@idtconsulting.com.

Already Using or Considering Sage MAS 90? You May Want to Look at Microsoft Dynamics GP

Whether your company is already using Sage MAS 90 or considering purchasing it, stop now and look at Microsoft Dynamics GP. Looking for a new financial system takes time and diligence, and you need to be sure that you and your management team is selecting a system that will fit the needs that you currently have and allow your organization to grow in the future. Microsoft Dynamics GP can be the financial system that will give you the functionality and freedom that you are seeking.

Here are just a few of the advantages that Microsoft Dynamics GP will give you over Sage MAS 90:

  1. Access to real-time data thus allowing you to process orders and invoices faster, reduce errors, and make smarter, more effective business decisions.
  2. Critical functionality such as electronic banking, cash flow management, intercompany processing, manufacturing, project accounting, field service, forecasting, and distribution.

Want to learn more? Visit the Microsoft Dynamics GP website to learn more about each of these benefits and read about how other customers have made the successful switch from Sage MAS 90.

Ready to make the next step towards success with Microsoft Dynamics GP? Contact us at 630-875-1100 or email us at info@idtconsulting.com.

Get a Human

Frustrated with the endless phone trees when calling your credit card company, bank or other organization you do business with? Want to talk to a human? Before you pick up the phone, check out DialaHuman or GetHuman. The websites list customer service numbers and give instructions on how to bypass automated prompts to reach a live customer service rep.

With another free service, LucyPhone, you can avoid being placed on hold. You simply enter the company's name or phone number, your number, and hit "start". LucyPhone connects you to the company's line where you pick an option for getting a live rep. Then hang up and you'll get a callback when a person is actually on the line.

Now...where was this service when I was I trying to reach a person at Delta Airlines?

Get Your Social Security Statement

I realize it's something we don't always want to think about (implies we're getting old) but here's a tip on how to get a copy of your Social Security statement. You may need it for a loan application or other business reasons.

Fill out a form to place your request:

  1. Complete the form online at www.ssa.gov. Click on "Request a Social Security Statement" from the left side of the page.
  2. Download the form from www.ssa.gov, complete it and mail it in.
  3. Call 800-772-1213 to request the form.
  4. Visit a Social Security office to obtain the form.

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Founded in 1992, IDT's initial focus was helping companies effectively apply automated enterprise content management solutions to eliminate paper and better manage every business transaction. With the inception of IDT Consulting in 2001, the company offers ERP and CRM solutions and in-depth knowledge of how financial systems work and how to streamline the accounting process. Today, IDT Consulting is a Gold Certified Microsoft Partner specializing in Dynamics GP, Dynamics CRM, and Microsoft SharePoint. Visit our website at www.idtconsulting.com.