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In this blog, Automation Consultants seeks to provide useful information for small- and medium-sized businesses, especially ideas and results not readily available in popular media. All materials presented are either our own work or reproduced with attribution, and permission if required. We include articles from Microsoft and Socius, companies with which we are affiliated. We strive to be fact-based and objective in all of our endeavors, but cannot guarantee the relevancy or accuracy of materials included.  Click on titles for direct links.

  • How to Survive a Russian Hack: Lessons from Eastern Europe and the Baltics

    From www.theatlantic.com February 2, 2017...
  • Online scrutiny is stressful for doctors

    From www.eurekalert.org Online scrutiny is stressful for doctors Study investigates use of and perceptions about physician rating websites Springer Online ratings and discussions about the quality of care American doctors provide can add to their stress levels. Patients, on the other hand, feel that such information empowers them to make better informed health-related choices. This is according to a study¹ Continue Reading...
  • Certainty in complex scientific research an unachievable goal

    University of Toronto From www.eurekalert.org ... TORONTO, ON (Canada) - A University of Toronto study on uncertainty in scientific research could shed light on anomalies that arose in early attempts to discover the Higgs boson and even how polls failed to predict the outcome of Donald Trump winning the U.S. presidential election. Published recently in the journal Royal Society Open Continue Reading...
  • China’s innovation future depends on intellectual property rights protection

    From www.eurekalert.org ... If China wishes to move from investment-led growth to sustainable, innovative growth, it will need to improve its intellectual property protection INSEAD As China's working age population shrinks and cheap labour dries up, the country's leaders have been keen to stress the urgency to move from an economy based on investment and heavy industry to a sustainable, Continue Reading...
  • Streamlining the Internet of Things and other cyber-physical systems

    Michigan Technological University IMAGE: Shiyan Hu of Michigan Tech studies cybersecurity and how it impacts cyber-physical systems like smart grids and self-driving cars. view more Credit: Michigan Tech, Sarah Bird Link: www.eurekalert.org 3-Jan-2017 Sometimes referred to as the Internet of Things, cyber-physical systems vary from phones to self-driving cars, from airplane controls to home energy meters. They are both touchable objects Continue Reading...
  • Tenfold jump in green tech needed to meet global emissions targets

    Duke University From www.eurekalert.org ... Green innovations must be developed and spread globally 10 times faster than in the past if we are to limit warming to below the Paris Agreement's 2 degrees C target A hybrid wind and solar power system in Zirje, Croatia, includes 2,400 Watts of wind turbines and 4,000 watts of solar cells. view more Credit: Continue Reading...
  • Big Business Is Killing Innovation in the U.S

    To see the entire article, please click http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/10/americas-monopoly-problem/497549/...
  • Consistency builds cohesion in the animal kingdom

    To see the entire article, go to: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160927082738.htm   ...
  • If It Needs a Sign, It’s Probably Bad Design

    Link: www.propublica.org ... More words won’t solve your design problem. by Lena Groeger ProPublica, Sep. 21, 2016, 10 a.m. This story was co-published with Source. The EpiPen, the potentially life-saving device that delivers a dose of medicine to people having a severe allergic reaction, has been all over the news for its outrageous price spike. Going up 500 percent in Continue Reading...
  • Digital photography: The future of small-scale manufacturing?

    To view this article, go to: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160919132306.htm...
  • Rushing to complete work on deadline could mean more mistakes

    To view this article, go to: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160919133449.htm    ...
  • Five ways to tackle the reproducibility crisis in biomedical research

    Link: www.eurekalert.org ... 13-Sep-2016 Cell Press IMAGE: This figure shows issues contributing to suboptimal reproducibility of preclinical research. view more Credit: Daniel Drucker/Cell Metabolism 2016 Daniel Drucker's unofficial laboratory slogan is "I'd rather be third and right, than first and wrong." As a clinician-scientist who has spent 30 years developing new drugs for diabetes, gastrointestinal disease, and obesity, he has seen Continue Reading...
  • Recessions are harmful to health

     Link:  www.Eurekalert.org ... 6-Sep-2016 Findings are mixed but evidence is strongest for suicides and mental health problems BMJ A review of studies investigating the 2008 recession in Europe show it was associated with adverse health outcomes, particularly for suicides and mental health problems, finds a study in The BMJ today. However, the authors warn that most published studies on this Continue Reading...
  • NIH scientists publish new metric to measure the influence of scientific research

    Link:  www.eurekalert.org ... 6-Sep-2016 A new metric, known as the Relative Citation Ratio (RCR), will allow researchers to measure the influence of a scientific article, regardless of publication and scientific field. While RCR cannot replace expert review, it does overcome many of the issues faced by previous metrics. RCR was developed by scientists with the Office of Portfolio Analysis (OPA), Continue Reading...
  • Heavy burden of EHRs could contribute to physician burnout: For every hour physicians spend with patients, nearly 2 additional office hours are spent on clerical work

    Link:  www.eurekalert.org ... 5-Sep-2016 American College of Physicians 1. Heavy burden of EHRs could contribute to physician burnout For every hour physicians spend with patients, nearly 2 additional office hours are spent on clerical work Abstract: http://www.annals.org/article.aspx?doi=10.7326/M16-0961 Editorial: http://www.annals.org/article.aspx?doi=10.7326/M16-1757 URLs go live when the embargo lifts For every hour physicians provide direct clinical face time to patients, nearly two additional Continue Reading...
  • New study suggests women do ask for pay rises but don’t get them

    Link:  www.eurekalert.org ... 5-Sep-2016 University of Warwick IMAGE: This is Andrew Oswald. view more Credit: University of Warwick New research from the Cass Business School, the University of Warwick and the University of Wisconsin shows that women ask for wage rises just as often as men, but men are 25 per cent more likely to get a raise when they ask. Continue Reading...
  • HFES Annual Meeting presentations to focus on human factors in cyber security

    Link:  www.eurekalert.org 2-Sep-2016 Papers and panels will address human-centered issues in cyber operations, including situation awareness, vigilance, task-switching, and training Human Factors and Ergonomics Society As the incidence of data breaches that threaten security and privacy increases, governments and organizations are struggling to put barriers in place to prevent consequences such as terror attacks and identity theft. The more data Continue Reading...
  • ‘Gambling’ wolves take more risks than dogs

    Link: www.eurekalert.org ... 1-Sep-2016 Frontiers IMAGE: Etu and Ela, two wolf pups at the Wolf Centre view more Credit: Rooobert Bayer Would you rather get 100 euros for certain, or have a fifty-fifty chance of receiving either 200 euros or nothing? Most choose the first, as humans tend to be "risk-averse", preferring a guaranteed pay-off over the possibility of a greater Continue Reading...
  • Patient care can improve with technology in nursing homes

    Link:  www.eurekalert.org ... 1-Sep-2016 MU researchers conduct first national study linking IT sophistication and quality measures University of Missouri-Columbia IMAGE: Greg Alexander, professor in the Sinclair School of Nursing, says that if nursing home staff have access to the right technological tools and are using them to facilitate resident care,... view more Credit: MU News Bureau COLUMBIA, Mo. - A significant Continue Reading...
  • A data-cleaning tool for building better prediction models

    Link:  www.eurekalert.org... August 31, 2016 A data-cleaning tool for building better prediction models Researchers develop interactive system for cleaning massive data sets Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science IMAGE: Tested on a dirty, real-world data set, ActiveClean (in red), was able to clean just 5,000 records to bring the researchers' prediction model to a 90 percent accuracy level. The... Continue Reading...
  • Friends are no better than strangers in accurately identifying emotion in emails

    Link: www.eurekealert.org ... 30-Aug-2016 Friends are no better than strangers in accurately identifying emotion in emails Reliance on friendship and context to interpret emotion in email is ineffective International Communication Association Washington, DC (August 30, 2016) - "OMG I just LOVE pizza." Is this statement sarcastic? Is it heartfelt? As our everyday communication is increasingly text-driven, inferring emotion from messages Continue Reading...
  • Single women with personal wealth more likely to become entrepreneurs than men

    Link:  www.eurekalert.org... 30-Aug-2016 Single women with personal wealth more likely to become entrepreneurs than men University of Stirling A new economic study by the University of Stirling and Royal Holloway, University of London has found evidence that there is a big difference in cash flow problems faced by men and women in the UK. They found single women face more Continue Reading...
  • Intelligent technology: The evolution and future of automation

    Link: www.eurekalert.org...  29-Aug-2016 Intelligent technology: The evolution and future of automation Control 5.0: From Newton to Merton in Popper's Cyber-Social-Physical Spaces Chinese Association of Automation The world's oldest board game still has a few moves to play. Go, a game of strategy and instinct considered more difficult to master than chess, was created roughly in the same era as the written Continue Reading...
  • How advances in automation will change the future of work

    Link: www.pri.org/stories... How advances in automation will change the future of work August 28, 2016 We call it automation. And while you likely won’t hear this spoken aloud amid all the semi-factual rhetoric of an election season, most experts say that many more jobs have been lost in the last 25 years to automation than to trade policy. And it’s Continue Reading...
  • Businesses that show commitment to sustainability inspire greener customers

    Link: www.eurekalert.org... 26-Aug-2016 Businesses that show commitment to sustainability inspire greener customers Simon Fraser University Spending a little to prove a commitment to sustainability can help tourism industry businesses such as hotels inspire customers to conserve resources--and save money in the process, according to new research from SFU's Beedie School of Business. The study found that hotel guests' willingness to Continue Reading...
  • Study finds changes to retirement savings system may exacerbate economic inequality

    Link:  www.eurekalert.org... 23-Aug-2016 Study finds changes to retirement savings system may exacerbate economic inequality American Sociological Association SEATTLE -- A shift to defined-contribution retirement plans, such as 401(k) plans, has led to an income and education gap in pension savings that could exacerbate future economic inequality, according to a study that will be presented at the 111th Annual Meeting of Continue Reading...
  • Integrated team-based care shows potential for improving health care quality, use and costs

    Link:  www.eurekalert.org... 23-Aug-2016 Integrated team-based care shows potential for improving health care quality, use and costs The JAMA Network Journals Among adults enrolled in an integrated health care system, receipt of primary care at integrated team-based care practices compared with traditional practice management practices was associated with higher rates of some measures of quality of care, lower rates for some Continue Reading...
  • Music at work increases cooperation, teamwork

    Link:  www.eurekalert.org... 23-Aug-2016 Music at work increases cooperation, teamwork Cornell University IMAGE: Cornell University researchers found that music can have important effects on the cooperative spirits of those exposed to music. view more Credit: Cornell University ITHACA, N.Y. - From casual acoustic melodies at the coffee shop to throbbing electronic beats at teen clothing outlets, music is used to mold customer Continue Reading...
  • Streamlining accelerated computing for industry

    Link:  www.eurekalert.org... 23-Aug-2016 Streamlining accelerated computing for industry PyFR code combines high accuracy with flexibility to resolve unsteady turbulence problems DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory IMAGE: A simulation of flow over five jet engine low-pressure turbine blades. In an effort to update computational fluid dynamics (CFD) for modern hardware platforms, a group of Imperial College researchers... view more Credit: Imperial College Scientists Continue Reading...
  • Strong external governance makes top managers more prone to cheat

    Link:  www.eurekalert.org... 22-Aug-2016 Strong external governance makes top managers more prone to cheat Rice University HOUSTON - (Aug. 22, 2016) - When top-level managers find governance mechanisms too coercive, they're more likely to commit fraud, according to a new paper by strategic management experts at Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business, Auburn University's Harbert College of Business and Indiana Continue Reading...
  • Min Zhang keeps her ‘bugs’ happy, leading to biofuel breakthroughs

    Public Release:  5-Jan-2016 NREL's Min Zhang keeps her 'bugs' happy, leading to biofuel breakthroughs DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory  National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Senior Scientist Min Zhang has a special relationship with Zymomonas mobilis, a rod-shaped bacterium that has bioethanol-producing capabilities. Of her 80 peer-reviewed papers and 21 U.S. patents in the field of biochemistry and biofuels, many reference this Continue Reading...
  • Security and Success in the Cloud

    Prospering in the new world within the Cloud By TJ, Automation Consultants 14 January 2016 Business and Government in the Cloud The future of internet data security will be an ongoing challenge for both businesses and governments around the world.  As applications and devices get smarter it will become more and more important to stay ahead of the malicious players in the Continue Reading...
  • Engineer Challenges into Advantages

    Specific problems can serve as catalysts to improve your business infrastructure. For example, you may be facing some of the following problems, or more likely, a constellation of them: Federal and State funding cuts Security in a Cloud environment New focus on DCAA compliance Competition from larger and more aggressive companies A dithering array of available software and hardware technologies Continue Reading...
  • Message to Practicing Accountants in the Southwest

    Message to Practicing Accountants in the Southwest An opportunity to improve the business lives of clients through collaboration. Automation Consultants is a small group of expert information system, software, and business professionals. We are Microsoft Partners, but use Microsoft products agnostically. Our hallmark is a holistic and integrative approach. Our byword is equipoise. The most important elements in business are Continue Reading...
  • ERP Software Switch: How Professional Services Maximize ROI

    Business management software has the power to make or break a company. Professional services firms looking to streamline business operations won't do it through a traditional ERP solution. Traditional ERP software is not designed to track projects or enable project-based accounting. Professional services financials are very specific, and they’re based on resources, projects, clients, time and billing, project materials and Continue Reading...
  • Pastiche in quilts and business

    What if a quilt were made of 100 pieces by 100 people, each with her/his own ideas and scrap material?  The result might be interesting or just crazy.  Any person assembling the quilt would be challenged to make it balanced and aesthetic, although most would recognize it as a quilt.  The French word for this, which we have adopted, is Continue Reading...
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 R2 Feature of the Day: Historical Received Not Invoiced Report

    Historical Received Not Invoiced Report A new SQL Reporting Services Report based off the current Received Not Invoiced report but add new functionality by adding a cutoff date based on transaction date or GL Post Date to allow customers to use the report for Historical purposes.  This report will allow users to see what was received into inventory but not Continue Reading...
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 R2 Feature of the Day: W2

    Employee Self Service – W2 One of the top suggestions for employee self-service functionality is to let the employee view and print their own W2. With Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 R2, this functionality is now available as part of Time Management self-service.   Pam Misialek 7 May 2015...
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 R2 Feature of the Day: SmartList Designer View Workflow Type

    Within SmartList Designer a user can send a SmartList through workflow to create a SQL view based on the SmartList query.  One active workflow will need to be setup in order for the SQL view to go through the approval process.  SmartList workflows will be setup under the Administration series within the Workflow Maintenance window. Pam Misialek 15 May 2015 Continue Reading...
  • Can “Big Data” work for small companies like it works for big companies?

    Can "Big Data" work for small companies like it works for big companies?  Yes, with proper precautions.  Small companies can use the same analysis techniques as big companies but must pay closer attention to data quality and understand the impact of smaller sample sizes.  For example, before re-targeting your marketing solely at young millennials, inspect your data to make sure Continue Reading...
  • 10 Ways Everyone Should Approach Cybersecurity

    The security breaches of 2014 were more numerous than in any previous year. They ranged from nuisance hacks to identity theft to the attempt to extort a major motion picture organization. Many of these attacks were preventable, mostly because prior security breaches have demonstrated flaws, misconfigurations and design mistakes that many other organizations continue to have. Too many fail to Continue Reading...
  • Display Debits before Credits in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 R2

    A top suggestion on the MS Connect site, this feature moves the Debit column to display before the Credit column by default in account transaction reporting options in which the Credit column previously displayed before the Debit column. This applies to SmartLists and Excel Reports, as well as the database tables and views on which the reports are based. Pam Continue Reading...
  • Starting the Project With Both Feet on the Ground

    When the call to start a new project comes, we're often excited, nervous, skeptical, and ambitious all at the same time. At least I know I am. Excited to show what I can do with a new project from beginning to end. Why? Many times we get charged with taking over someone else's mess. Or restarting an old project that Continue Reading...
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 R2 Feature of the Day: SmartList Designer View Workflow Type

    Within SmartList Designer a user can send a SmartList through workflow to create a SQL view based on the SmartList query. One active workflow will need to be setup in order for the SQL view to go through the approval process. SmartList workflows will be setup under the Administration series within the Workflow Maintenance window. Pam Misialek 15 May 2015...
  • Time Management App in Microsoft Dynamics GP

    The Microsoft Dynamics GP team has created a new app that is available for Windows 8, iOS iPad devices, and Android tablets. This app will allow GP Employees to enter Vacation and Sick time in Payroll or time off against Benefit Timecodes within HR. The app will use the settings within Dynamics GP to determine what types of pay codes Continue Reading...
  • Self Service User Tasks and Roles in Microsoft GP

    In the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 R2 release a Self Service user type was added. This user type will enable users that only require very limited access to the system a less expensive option to perform tasks such as entering payroll time, entering project time and expenses, or creating a requisition. This feature also includes Employee Self Service Security Roles Continue Reading...
  • Analytical Accounting Transaction Lists

    This feature provides improvements to SmartLists and Excel Reports for Analytical Accounting (AA) transaction information. The first improvement is an expansion of the amount of information available to be included as columns in the AA SmartLists and Excel Reports. AA tracks a lot of information for each record, and we’ve included more of this data in the SmartLists and Excel Continue Reading...
  • Purchasing All in One Document View – Filter

    This is a newly designed window inside of Microsoft Dynamics GP to enable users to view related purchasing documents in the same window. Accessible from the Vendor Maintenance window, many purchasing inquiry windows, Navigation lists and even the Home Page this window will save users time in searching for all relevant information for a purchasing document. The Filter icon allows Continue Reading...
  • Scriptable Provisioning & Management in Microsoft Dynamics GP

    A critical element in successfully delivering Microsoft Dynamics GP as a cloud offering is the ability to centralize and automate the provisioning and management of the application. Automation speeds up delivery, minimizes human involvement which reduces costs and the possibility of human errors, and can provide self-service functionality to the end user. This feature will add APIs and PowerShell cmdlets Continue Reading...
  • Employee Self Service – W2

    One of the top suggestions for employee self-service functionality is to let the employee view and print their own W2. With Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 R2, this functionality is now available as part of Time Management self-service. Pam Misialek 7 May 2015...
  • Have the “Cloud” conversation before someone else does.

    Small and midsized businesses worldwide are increasingly looking to the cloud as the preferred method of deploying and consuming software. Within the US market, for example, IDC predicts more than 80% of midsized businesses were expected to employ some form of cloud computing by the end of 2014. As small and midsized businesses (SMBs) become more comfortable with hybrid and Continue Reading...
  • Refunding Customers is Automated in Microsoft Dynamics GP

    What makes refunding a customer even more painful than the act itself is the number of tedious steps it would take to process the refund manually. Some of these steps include, posting debit memos, applying documents, creating vendors from customer information, posting miscellaneous invoices, debit/credit account validation for transfer, and processing the actual payment. Luckily, Microsoft Dynamics® GP has a Continue Reading...
  • Convergence 2016 Microsoft committed to GP users and partners

    This year at Convergence Satya Nadella talked about how we are going to help every organization do more– by making computing more personal, by reinventing productivity and business process and by building the intelligent cloud. The evolution of Convergence reflects the further integration of Dynamics as part of Microsoft’s core business. We are expanding the reach of Convergence with additional Continue Reading...
  • MSDYNGP development team blog post on what they talked about at the roadshow 2014

    First let me introduce myself, my name is Kevin Racer and I’m a Senior Program Manager Lead on the Microsoft Dynamics GP team. I spend my days working on improving our architecture and tools. Over the last several months we’ve been looking closely at our architecture in order to understand how it can deliver against the rapidly changing technological landscape Continue Reading...
  • Cashbook Management Reconciliation Error: “There is a problem with this Chequebook’s balances”

    When supporting Cashbook Management (CBM) for Dynamics GP you may encounter the following error when opening the Bank Statement Reconcile window for new reconcile activity: - There is a problem with this Chequebook's balances. This error usually occurs in CBM when the prior reconcile event for the Chequebook in question was interrupted or did not complete successfully. What often makes Continue Reading...
  • Invalid length parameter passed to the LEFT or SUBSTRING function error message in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 Sign InShare

    Invalid length parameter passed to the LEFT or SUBSTRING function error message in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 Sign InShare TwitterLinkedInFacebookEmailPrintRSS14 Apr 2015 10:00 AM Hello - It has been identified that in some scenarios after an upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015, the following error is encountered within Microsoft Dynamics GP: We have seen the above referenced error occur in Continue Reading...
  • BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLANNING IN THE HEALTHCARE ENVIRONMENT

    BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLANNING IN THE HEALTHCARE ENVIRONMENT For the first time in the healthcare industry in the United States, business continuity planning and disaster recovery capability will become mandatory for all healthcare organizations. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), passed by the US Congress in 1996, has as part of its phased implementation “Security Guidelines,” (referring to information Continue Reading...
  • Renewables re-energized: Green energy investments worldwide surge 17 percent to $270 billion in 2014

    Global investments in renewable energy rebounded strongly last year, registering a solid 17% increase after two years of declines and brushing aside the challenge from sharply lower crude oil prices. Major expansion of solar installations in China and Japan and record investments in offshore wind projects in Europe helped propel global 2014 investments to $270 billion, a 17% surge from Continue Reading...
  • HR Needs To Keep Up with ERP

    Your business is likely focused on customer needs, improving the customer experience in order to strengthen long-term relationships. This makes sense. However, while your attention is on customers, your employees may be feeling slighted. According to a recent study, human resources (HR) isn’t keeping up with changes in the business environment. Lack of technology can lead to unsatisfied employees and Continue Reading...
  • How enterprise resource planning can help your business

    How enterprise resource planning can help your business With the right enterprise resource planning software, all your business processes come together for easy collaboration and rapid decision-making to enhance your team’s overall productivity. Leverage integrated systems for: Financial management. Gain control over your assets, cash flow, and accounting. Supply chain and operations management. Streamline your purchasing, manufacturing, inventory, and sales Continue Reading...
  • Four Ways Keeping Accounting Data in Quickbooks is Killing Collaboration

    If you have yet to integrate an accounting system into your daily operations, you should know there are many benefits you’re missing out on.  In fact, an unintegrated systems like QuickBooks can cause you to lose time and money due to a lack of proper collaboration.  Here’s a closer look at how an unintegrated accounting systems are holding you back as Continue Reading...
  • Consumer’s choices by feelings or rational assessments

    Why do some consumers make choices based on their feelings instead of rational assessments? According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, consumers who consider themselves independent are more inclined to rely on feelings when making decisions. "When making a decision, we can either base the decision on how we feel about the different options or on Continue Reading...
  • ACInm and The Hawthorne Effect

    The Hawthorne effect — an increase in worker productivity produced by the psychological stimulus of being singled out and made to feel important. Between 1927 and 1932, Harvard Business School professor Elton Mayo and his associates, F.J. Roethlisberger and William J. Disckson led a study at a manufacturing plan in Hawthorne, Illinois to examine the physical and environmental influences of Continue Reading...
  • Why Automation Consultants?

    Automation Consulting is a the leading provider of Microsoft Dynamics solutions in New Mexico.  Our methodology, expertise, and experience is critical in helping clients reduce risk when implementing new business solutions.  Automation Consultants has been supporting New Mexico clients for more than 30 years. Experience Matters - Our Methodology Reduces Your Risk ERP Implementation and migration of ERP  business systems is where clients Continue Reading...