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Tea market leader implemented Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 to automate it’s Russian division operations

Customer Since 1819, Van Rees has been a market leader in tea, being now one of the oldest private companies in the world with over 200 years history. Company’s global network currently consists of 12 offices world-wide with exclusive representations in key producing countries. Van Rees group is committed to the welfare of its global staff. The company aims for the highest ethical and legal standards. Background Van Rees Russian office operations are related to tea distribution and blending throughout Russia. Global Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 implementation project has finished with the Russian office rollout. Key project challenges included: re-organization of sales, purchase, production and finances processes according to the corporate policies and add-up Russian reporting to the global management reporting. Considering specifics of the Russian accounting standards, it was required to add additional tools for reporting transformation. Solution   In order to automate daily Van Rees Russia operations with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Awara IT adapted existing regulations according to HQ requirements. Awara IT team is very well familiar with the tasks alike related to the Russian localization and accounting specifics adaptation with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. The main technological requirement was to unify 3 components within one solution – out of the box Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 functionality, DycoTrade solution specifics and standard localized Russian Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 functionality. Currently the customer uses this unified solution for accounting purposes in one system, as well as data transformation for management reporting from one system only. Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 implementation enables representatives of Van Rees Russian branch carry out advanced delivery analytics chain and blending within one system, based on its new delivery chain management functionality, production and subcontracting. Deliveries between corporate subdivisions and the Russian branch are also automated with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Project results “Awara IT team has implemented numerous Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 projects for the international companies that open their subsidiaries in Russia and was happy to use our best practices for Van Rees. Implementation process was also supported by great teamwork with the professional Van Rees team that took active part in the project” – commented Alexander Pirogov, Awara IT COO. Microsoft Dynamics АХ 2012 implementation supported Van Rees Russia at its further growth stage. We have optimized and automated key business processes and got efficient analytic tools that were earlier available only for our HQ. We also do not need to support several ERP systems, as all operations are carried out with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. – commented Andrey Machavariani, Van Rees Russia CEO.

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Awara IT experts renew MVP award

We are delighted to greet two Awara IT experts – Alexander Ermakov and Tatyana Pupko on renewed Microsoft Most Valued Professionals awards. Alexander now holds MVP Business Applications awards, as well as Microsoft Azure award. Tatyana remains the only Russian MVP representative among women in Russia. Within the previous Microsoft year Alexander and Tatyana made presentations at international and Russian conferences, such as NAV TechDays, Directions, Azure Day, Insider DevTour, Global Azure Bootcamp. They carried out workshops for Microsoft Dynamics customers and partners, prepared platform overviews, have been actively promoting Microsoft solutions to the Russian market and took part at Digital Transformation events.

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Awara IT becomes a member of International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners

International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners is the largest global Microsoft partners community presented in 100 countries. IAMCP gives its members tools to network, learn and expand. It also helps members closely interact with the professional community and increases Microsoft products awareness on the IT market. What does this membership mean to Awara IT and our customers? Additional knowledge in development strategies, sales, marketing and tech competences of our employees based on Microsoft professionals advice and background. We also have more partner-to-partner referral and alliance opportunities, proactive participation in Microsoft partner programs and further relationships development with Microsoft.

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CNews: Digitalization life hacks from Microsoft partners

  Cnews online has released a series of articles with business digitalization lifehacks. The authors of these articles are experts from Microsoft partner companies which won the Microsoft partnership contest in various categories in 2018-2019. Microsoft Partner of the Year in Russia in 2019 and winner of three local nominations, Awara IT is among these authors. In his article, Awara IT Managing Partner Alexander Ermakov recommends following technology trends. “Constantly keeping abreast of new technologies is critical for business and should be done non-stop, because technological backwardness will make competing with more digitally advanced market players impossible,” sums up Alexander. As an example of strategically effective digital business transformation, Alexander shared some significant cases of the year. One of them is Awara IT solution for Business Central in Russia with local data collection and cloud analytics. This solution helped the client to enter the Russian market without a hitch technically as well as from a legal standpoint. A coffee house with artificial intelligence and blockchain is another example which became known before its opening thanks to a new approach to HoReCa. Awara IT experts developed for this coffee house the Microsoft Azure-based Trace Coffee Beans blockchain solution which helps tracking the entire delivery route from plantation to cup, ensuring information safety and consistency. The focus of this solution is on fair trade and ethical production.

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Awara IT recognized as 2019 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year in Russia

Saint-Petersburg, Russia — June 7, 2019 — Awara IT today proudly announced it has won the 2019 Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Award in Russia. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation and implementation of customer solutions based on Microsoft technology. “We need strong competitors to move the market forward to be successful as a Microsoft partner ourselves”, says company’s co-owner Alexander Ermakov. Awards were presented in several categories, with winners chosen from a set of more than 2,900 entrants from 115 countries worldwide. Awara IT was recognized for providing outstanding solutions and services, as well as representing excellent subsidiary engagement in Russia. The Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Awards honor partners at the country level that have demonstrated business excellence in delivering Microsoft solutions to multiple customers over the past year. This award recognizes Awara IT as succeeding in effective engagement with its local Microsoft office while showcasing innovation and business impact with modern solutions of Microsoft Azure and Business Applications, driving customer satisfaction, and winning new customers. “We are honored to recognize Awara IT of Russia as a Microsoft Country Partner of the Year,” said Gavriella Schuster, corporate vice president, One Commercial Partner, Microsoft Corp. “Awara IT has distinguished itself as an exemplary partner, demonstrating remarkable expertise and innovation to help customers achieve more.” Apart from Country Partner of the Year, Awara IT has succeeded in winning three more local nominations this year in the following categories: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Partner of the Year, Teamwork Partner of the Year and (second time in a raw!) Power BI Partner of the Year. Microsoft official press release For additional information: marketing manager Julia Abramova, 8 (812) 244-04-40 Julia.Abramova@awara-it.com

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Awara IT at Microsoft Summit: The Art of Transformation

The Microsoft summit dedicated to digital transformation took place on May 29, 2019. At this summit, experts and event attendees discussed the new challenges and prospects for digital transformation as well as the criteria for evaluating a new business environment. Awara IT presented three products at the exhibition of industrial solutions: An industrial solution which includes the organization of interaction, the management of service requests from Teams messenger and support service with augmented reality. An instructional solution which consists of a set of mobile devices and software and can coordinate employee training within a company, on the road or at home. A blockchain solution to track coffee supplies which monitors the journey of coffee beans from plantation to cup. The summit ended with an art show titled The Alliance of Man and Artificial Intelligence. Using Azure ML, Awara IT experts trained a neural network model to compare the work of the artist Wassily Kandinsky and the musical works that inspired him to make them. The neural network analyzed the relationship between painting and music, mastered the principles underlying the creation of Kandisky’s paintings (forms, composition, color) and then painted a picture in the style of Kandinsky on the song of the group Alliance “At Dawn.” The audience was impressed by the art show which demonstrated how artificial intelligence can make creative works which are on a par with those made by humans. Awara IT experts will continue to amaze people with their unusual use of Microsoft technologies and creative approach to business tasks.

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Trainings for the Russian accountants and representatives of international companies working with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

Awara IT is delighted to present tailored trainings for the Russian accountants working with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and for the representatives of the international companies entering the Russian market also working with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. Duration – 3 days and 8 hours correspondingly. Deliverables: understanding of Russian accounting and tax specifics and understanding of “Financials” Russian localization Dynamics 365 BC module specifics for reporting primarily Detailed description of training intended for the international companies entering the Russian market Detailed description of training intended for the Russian accountants working with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Contact us to find out details and dates of trainings: info@awara-it.com

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Ivaper automates production processes with 1С:ERP

IVAPER group is one of the leading manufacturers of specialized PVC systems for translucent structures in Russia. IVAPER production facilities are on a site of over 20,000 m2 in St. Petersburg. The management of the group representative office OOO Kompaniya Profil has decided to automate the calculation of cost and production processes. The company already used the following software programs: MS Excel, 1С: Accounting 2.0, 1С: Trade Management 10.3. Awara IT was chosen as a partner for process automation. As recommended by the integrator, it was decided to use 1С: ERP 2.4 as this software program best suits IVAPER needs. An important criterion for the automation process was to change the standard functionality as little as possible. The following tasks were completed successfully during the implementation of this project: The master data directory was revised and systematized to take into account the specifics of each type of product; The accounting of finished products was organized by storage units (range characteristics); The procedure for registration and calculation of release of defective products and raw materials was changed; A document for Transfer Between Shifts used to record production volumes for a specific piece of equipment was developed; Specialized reports were created for analysis of production accounting data, data on balances in various units of measurement; Workplaces were set up for shift foreman and production workers; The automatic issuance of documents for product movement upon scanning of barcode labels was revised and improved; Synchronization between all accounting systems was adjusted; Key users were trained. Awara IT experts and the IVAPER team conducted an audit of business processes. On the back of this audit, ineffective chains of actions performed by process participants were identified and changed. As part of this project, we provided technical advice on complex issues of production accounting and cost calculation in 1C: ERP. We also updated 1С: Enterprise Accounting version 2.0 to version 3.0 and 1С: Payroll and HR Management version 2.5 to version 3.1. Automation also allowed us to identify and rectify major problems in production processes. Thanks to the introduction of a production accounting subsystem, the risk of human errors is now minimized, which is the most important aspect of operational work. The company management receives objective information about the structure of costs for finished products. The appearance of tools for analysis of defective products allows eliminating inefficient production operations and significantly reducing costs. It is planned to transfer trade accounting and production planning to 1. With 15 automated workplaces, the system was put into commercial operation in January 2019.

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Microsoft Teams is 2 years old. And delivers new experiences for the intelligent workplace

Microsoft Teams has turned 2 years old not long ago. Awara IT team has selected the most interesting product updates and shares them with you. Customized backgrounds  Working remotely becomes more and more popular among professionals but if you are about to have a video call its not always a good idea to have your house view or train view at the background. Customized background is an irreplaceable option in this case. Content cameras and Intelligent Capture Using any USB camera will help you “read” information from the whiteboard. Teams also offers Intelligent Capture to input data, focus, changing image size and improving image and text quality. Intelligent settings will recognize your content even if there is a person standing in front of the whiteboard. Taking part in meetings remotely will be even more productive. Microsoft Whiteboard  Microsoft Whiteboard simplifies meetings with remote employees and those in office. This functionality automatically sends out content from the whiteboard itself to the digital whiteboard. So far this functionality is available in preview mode only. Information barriers avoid conflicts of interest within your organization by limiting which individuals can communicate and collaborate with each other in Microsoft Teams. This helps limit the disclosure of information by controlling communication between the holders of information and colleagues representing different interests. It also helps to solve other telecommunication issues. Data Loss Prevention in chats and conversations enables customers to detect, automatically protect, and screen for sensitive information in chats and channel conversations. By creating DLP policies, admins can help prevent sensitive information from unintentionally being shared or leaked—either inside or outside of the organization. Messages in chats or groups are checked for the sensitive information according to the policies of your company. If that sensitive information has been identified then the message with this info is blocked and is no longer available for the recipients. Teams will provide user with the information about the blocked message. Security policies are managed and controlled correspondingly, say according to the feedback from users.

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