Archive for July, 2013

Moto X from Motorola

July 30th, 2013

Moto X from Motorola -Google and Motorola have promised to redefine what smartphones can do – 1 August we will see!
Motorola has called it, “The first smartphone designed, engineered, and assembled in the USA.”
Motorola will follow the lead of the iPhone and later the Samsung Galaxy S series by producing one phone with the same brand name across all international wireless carriers.

Motorola has always been really good at managing the power on the device. Motorola has also been really good at managing ultra-low-power sensors–e.g. gyroscope and the accelerometer–and keeping those on all the time so that the device knows different use states. So it knows it’s in my pocket right now. It knows when I take it out of my pocket I might want to do something. I might want to take a picture, so it knows to fire up the camera. So it anticipates my needs in a much more powerful way… But, more important, imagine you’re in the car. The device will know–whether it’s on or off–that it’s traveling at 60 miles per hour. It’s going to act differently so you can interact with it safely.”

In its first big ad, Motorola said the Moto X will be “The first smartphone that you can design yourself. Because today you should have the freedom to design the things in your life to be as unique you are.” However, it appears that Motorola’s customization options may be more cosmetic.

Google’s mandate when it bought Motorola was to “take it back to its roots in innovation” Two new seamless authentication options that could see their way into a future version of the Moto X and other Motorola phones:
1. An electronic tattoo (non-permanent),
2. A non-toxic swallowable pill that turns your whole body into an authentication token.

Managment Reporter – even better

July 30th, 2013

There are several valuable new capabilities to Management Reporter, and Microsoft has increased the translations to a total of 36 languages.

With the latest release, Management Reporter is added to the General Ledger and Budget Planning menus in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, to make it easier for you to access financial reports created with Management Reporter.
(The financial statement options that you may have used in prior versions are still available with a configuration option, if needed.)

Management Reporter can be used to create statutory and operational reports based upon your general ledger data. Empower your managers with real-time insights into organizational results; so that they can take action to meet corporate goals.

• No need to create a connection to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 General Ledger (GL) – Management Reporter is directly integrated with your GL
• Build custom reports based on Microsoft Dynamics AX ledger accounts and dimensions – with the ability to slice general ledger information into: Rows, Columns, or Hierarchies .
Robust formatting helps highlight key areas on a report and create boardroom quality reports.

With Management Reporter, you can create financial reports based upon the following data from Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012:


◦Budget Data

◦Financial Dimensions

◦Cash Flow Forecasts

◦Calendars/Fiscal Periods

◦Budget Reservations

◦Posting Layers


◦Account Categories


◦Organizational Hierarchies

◦Totaling Accounts

◦Actual GL Data

•Financial data mart for optimized performance — Management Reporter data mart holds the necessary financial data needed for financial reporting. Data from Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 is continuously moved to the data mart. The data mart is optimized for financial reporting and, with proper report design, helps increase performance of financial report generation.
•Drill-down to transaction detail for quick audits — Generate summary-level reports with the capability to drill down to account-level and transaction-level details without having to generate separate reports. Supports drill from account and budget balances on a report to related information in Microsoft Dynamics AX if more information on a specific transaction is needed.
•Consolidate the way you need to see it – Create consolidated financial reports across companies or business units; interoperate with Microsoft Excel® to support importing consolidation data from other sources, and translate into an unlimited number of reporting currencies without having to run the consolidation process in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.
•Schedule delivery of new reports – Improve communication across the organization by distributing reports to multiple locations, including Microsoft SharePoint® or any network location, and schedule reports for generation on a periodic basis.
•Interactive, intuitive web-based report viewing — Drive decisions from the report data that’s delivered in an interactive web based report viewing experience.

Who can use Management Reporter?
Management Reporter 2012 CU6 is translated for all supported Microsoft Dynamics AX countries. For details on product availability, please refer to the product availability, translation and localization guide located here.

How do you get Management Reporter?

Depending upon which version of Microsoft Dynamics AX you’re using, you may already have registration keys for Management Reporter.
•Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 – Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 includes registration keys for Management Reporter. .
•Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 – verify in CustomerSource if you have Management Reporter registration keys. If you need to purchase Management Reporter registration keys, please contact us
Want to learn more?

To learn more about Management Reporter, read the post in the Corporatef Performance Management folder

Expect another cumulative update wih yet more features – soon!

Success in the cloud?

July 29th, 2013

Many vendors are pressing for a move to the cloud and many enterprises prefer the private cloud models,

In practise it seems that IT is struggling to deliver. with a majority of private cloud pilots not going well.

Technology, can be improved but the major factors that are cause private cloud projects to falter are non-technical factors similar to those that affect other projects like erp implementation.

1.Success metrics – most private cloud pilots and proof-of-concepts are focused almost exclusively on technical validation. While the IT team proves to itself that it can deploy a private cloud, users and developers are measuring it against services already available in the market. Failing to demonstrate a better services value proposition will not build internal momentum. Pilots need to include business success metrics as well as technical.
2.Inertia – so why aren’t the metrics defined correctly? Because in many cases enterprise IT just sees cloud in a fundamentally different light. As noted in posts by James Staten at Forrester and Giri Fox at Rightscale, enterprise IT tends to see cloud as the next logical step in the evolution of infrastructure and virtualization. The focus is on demonstrating robustness, stability and change control, the enterprise IT comfort zone. The factors that business users really care about like usability and provisioning time are not the proejct drivers.
3.Lack of vision – CIOs have to answer the long-term question of where they’re best positioned to compete for business budget dollars, and whether it really makes sense for IT to be in the IaaS business. Without a clear ITaaS vision, it’s hard for business users and developers to get excited about internally provided services they believe they can get from Amazon, Rackspace, Google or Microsoft today. IT’s vision may be to provide hybrid or “multi-cloud” environments, but can they articulate what that means and why business users should care.
4.Motivation and commitment – Private clouds seem like a good way for IT to come up the cloud learning curve while leveraging existing hardware and infrastructure and to show that “we’re doing something with cloud”. Is enterprise IT fully up to the paradigm shift brought about by cloud?,

A CIO’s private cloud competes in the market against AWS and others. While security, compliance and performance factors may enable IT maintain their internal “monopoly” through mandated use of private clouds, they have the burden of proof.

The arguments in favour of Private clouds vs Public clouds altered signifcantly in June. Te Obama administration found itself embroiled in another pair of scandals. First, The Guardian reported that the NSA has been collecting the call records of millions of Verizon customers (later reports say that AT&T and Sprint Nextel are also involved). Second The Washington Post reported that “the National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track foreign targets.” The result of these revelations was deep discussion throughout the traditional media, blogosphere, and other social media about the desired limits of government power to intercept and analyze private communications. Whatever your opinion on the politics and civil liberties issues, one thing is for sure — the revelations about the PRISM program are going to change the way people look at public clouds.

As for public versus private cloud, does it matter where the data resides?. If the government asks for the data and has a court order, even data that resides on a private cloud needs to be provided. Of course, having data in different countries “may” enable corporations to avoid being hauled to court by the US government.. So the question of absolute data privacy does not exist. It is the same with all governments around the world. If they think their country is at danger, the government in charge has an obligation to do everything to protect its citizens. As such, it do not see how PRISM program should or will impact the design to go private or public cloud. The question is rather, where should your data reside if you do not want the US government to have access to it. I would say, there are very few countries in the world where this “may” be possible. But then, do you really want your data to reside in those countries?

Google Translate,now supports handwritten translation

July 29th, 2013

Google Translate,now supports handwritten translation in 45 different languages.

Go to the Google Translate page, select the language you’re working with, and go to the menu on the bottom left of the input window and select the pencil icon. Write out what you’re trying to translate, and Google will interpret. Useful for translating notes or symbols from character-based languages if you don’t know how to actually type the word on your keyboard.

SMS cards more vulnerable than thought

July 23rd, 2013

German cryptographer Karsten Nohl claims to have finally found encryption and software flaws that could affect millions of SIM cards, and open up another route on mobile phones for surveillance and fraud. Nohl, will be presenting his findings at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas on July 31.

This theoretically could allow hackers to remotely infect a SIM with a virus that sends premium text messages (draining a mobile phone bill), surreptitiously re-direct and record calls, and — with the right combination of bugs — carry out payment system fraud. He estimates an eighth of the world’s SIM cards could be vulnerable, or about half a billion mobile devices

ANother flaw Nohl identifies is badly-configured Java Card sandboxing “affects every operator who uses cards from two main vendors,” including carriers like AT&T and Verizon who use robust encryption standards

There are signficant implications for mobile banking and payments.

Mimosa school timetable software – version 6

July 21st, 2013

Mimosa version 6.0 – We are pleased to announce a new update to Mimosa.

This major upgrade to the application and help files changes the terms used in Mimosa. This makes it easier to understand for new users and for those wishing to use it in non-academic environments.

Courses become Events to reflect the fact that you may also be scheduling: exams, meetings, trips, free periods, self-study periods, rehearsals, presentations, etc. and not just courses.The new names and renewed Tutorial are planned to improve the understanding the use and scope of Mimosa

More descriptive names are also used for the other key concepts in Mimosa –
Components becomes Resources,
-MAX becomes PLANNED,

However, the underlying process remains the same so, if you have already mastered Mimosa, you can continue to create your timetables with confidence. .

In addition to the changed terminology there numerous usability improvements and fixes to some minor bugs to make this the best Mimosa release ever!

Mimosa has a new web add-on, Mimosa Web, that that allows students to create their own custom timetables online from the courses you schedule with Mimosa?

You no longer need to publish separate HTML files for each timetable. Just upload one file and have your students create their own personal schedule!

Dynamics CRM 2013 is coming soon

July 13th, 2013

Earlier this month Microsoft announced it will be releasing the next major upgrade to Dynamics CRM (CRM 2013) during the last quarter of 2013.

This upcoming release will be made available to both Dynamics CRM on premise and Dynamics CRM Online users. Some of the new features you can look forward to in the next release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM:

There will be applications for both PC and tablets, including the iPad. Fred Studer, General Manager for Microsoft Dynamics marketing stated in a recent CRM Buyer article, “after the initial release, Microsoft will be offering touch-optimized capabilities for phones including Windows 8 phones, iOS, and Android.” A: The goal of these mobile CRM applications is to make your sales team smarter no matter where they are, by delivering anytime, anywhere access to the information they need most.

• Redesigned user experience—Cleaner, faster, more intuitive interfaces with no pop ups or flipping from one application to the next. Information at your fingertips to get the insights you need : “get in, get going, and get done”, so you can focus on what is most important: your customers. Studer described the new user interface “as very intuitive, our goal was to have people love using these tools, not to be forced to use them.”

• Process guidance—No more guessing what comes next. Process guidance, based on industry-leading best practices, helps your sales team easily move from lead to close—faster than ever before. Flexible and configurable, it gives your organization the ability to be agile in the face of change.

• Yammer integration—The enterprise social capabilities of Yammer allow you put your business strategies into action more quickly and effectively, flatten hierarchies and encourage collaboration across geographies and in real time.

• MarketingPilot integration—This marketing automation tool helps businesses manage products, campaigns and resources across various channels. It also offers analytic tools that help users understand their customers’ digital footprint and convert these “footprints” to leads and then sales.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM customers and prospects can learn more about Microsoft Dynamics CRM and see soem screen shots at

New licensing options will be available in the fall for those buying the online product that will be “equivalent” to the three licensing options for the premises-based product,

Enhanced Supply Chain for Dynamics Ax

July 10th, 2013

Microsoft Boosts Dynamics AX with Supply Chain-Focused Acquisitions:

WAX brings supply chain and warehouse management capabilities to Microsoft’s Dynamics AX product,

TRAX brings transportation planning capabilities.

Lync-Skype Connectivity

July 10th, 2013
This guide assists Lync Server administrators in setting up Lync-Skype connectivity

Since the end of May 2013 Skype and Lync customers around the world are now able to connect with each other from across these platforms. With Lync-Skype connectivity, Skype users can reach a broader contacts who are useLync, Microsoft’s unified communications platform, to connect them into organizations of all sizes. Lync provides a consistent, single client experience for presence, instant messaging, voice, video and meetings for business productivity and is owned by over 90 of the Fortune Global 100 companies.

All you need to connect with your contacts on Lync is the latest Skype client, available from, and a Microsoft account. Connectivity is currently supported by Windows and Mac desktop clients, with more options coming soon as other clients are updated.

Ramadan Kareem -Synergy Software Systems

July 10th, 2013

The Ramadan Kareem trend has begun yes. It is the “in” thing, the somewhat cooler way of greeting each other on the start of this most amazing of months for a Muslim. Facebook status updates , emails and Twitter are full of it. so what does it mean?

Chapter 2, Revelation 185 of the Quran states:

The month of Ramadan is that in which was revealed the Quran; a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, a number of other days. Allah desires for you ease; He desires not hardship for you; and that you should complete the period, and that you should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that perhaps you may be thankful

The word Ramadan comes from the Arabic root ramida or ar-ramad, which means scorching heat or dryness.
Kareem’ means, according to one dictionary, ‘generous, bountiful, gracious, noble’

However there many who interpret the term Ramadan Kareem as a more generic greeting to eman soemthing like:

May you have a generous , blessed Ramadan’
However I favour the slightly different meaning “Ramadan is Generous” because the usual reply is “Allahu Akram” meaning “God is more Generous”.

For thse not of the muslim faith USA pesident Obama said ” All of us must remember that the world we want to build and the changes that we want to make begin in our own hearts and in our own communities” and that I think is a worthwhile thought for us all.

Breaking the fast is called iftar, whether it’s just a few dates and a few sips of water, or an immense banquet. During the Bush, Jr. administration, to show that the US was not against Islam, but only against Islamic terrorists, Condoleeza Rice invited the Muslim diplomats in Washington to an iftar consisting of a few pieces of candy (she couldn’t find any dates) and a small bottle of water. They returned the favour, in typical Arab fashion, by inviting her to a magnificent banquet the following Ramadan, far more lavish than the iftar buffets served in Dubai.

With temperatures crossing 50 deg yesterday we undertsand this is a difficult time to fast.

Synergy office hours are changed during Ramadan – we will close at 5pm daily and there will be no Saturday work.

For muslims reading this post on behalf of Synergy let me wish you Ramadan Kareem.