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Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations: Russian localization

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations supports localization for Russia as of October 2018. Customers with non-Russian tenants can create legal entities with a Russian address, which enables the Russian localization features, and customers can start reviewing Russian localization functionalities for their implementations. The October ’18 release of the Russian localization covers the following functional areas: Accounts payable and accounts receivable Advance holders Bank Cash Export part of Client-Bank interface Fixed assets General ledger and general ledger reporting Electronic reporting for financial reports Inventory Addresses/FIAS VAT Profit tax registers in areas of cash movement, goods movement, rated expenses, deferred expenses, exchange difference, and WIP The following Russian localization features are targeted for general availability in the monthly updates of the October 1, 2018 release: Monthly update Features November 2018 – Third-party miscellaneous – Electronic format of VAT declaration December 2018 – Import part of Client-Bank interface – Inventory management – Bailment – Goods in transit – Optional posting of transfer orders – Inventory owner – Profit tax registers in areas of assets – VAT registers in electronic format January 2019 – Cash flow management – Profit tax registers in areas of: – Accounts receivable debts – Accounts payable liabilities – Other incomes and expenses – Profit tax registers wizard February 2019 – Localization of process industries March 2019 – Electronic format of accounting reporting – Electronic format of profit tax declaration – Transport tax registers and electronic format of declaration – Land tax registers and electronic format of declaration – Assessed tax registers and electronic format of declaration – Indirect taxes declaration on import of goods in electronic format – Alcohol sales declaration in electronic format – Journal of alcohol sales   Frequently asked questions about the Russian localization availability When will the cloud deployment option of Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations be generally available for Russia? Microsoft plans to make the cloud deployment option generally available for Russia by the end of the calendar year 2018. For cloud “go live” in Russia, customers must comply with the Russian personal data localization law. The Federal Law No. 242-FZ amendments, effective from September 1, 2015, imposes a data localization requirement on data “operators” in Russia that collect “personal data” of Russian citizens. Those operators must ensure that “collection, recording, systemization, accumulation, storage, correction (updating and changing) and extraction” of that personal data takes place in databases located in Russia before that data can be transferred outside of Russia. Customers implementing cloud deployments for Russia need to work with local partners providing solutions to allow the local storage of the personal data before that data can be transferred abroad to comply with the Russian Federal Law No. 242-FZ amendments.   When will the on-premises deployment option of Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations be generally available for Russia? Microsoft plans to make the on-premises deployment option generally available for Russia by the end of the calendar year 2018.   Will the Russian Retail localization and Russian Payroll be released within

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Fresh-baked bread and Microsoft technologies combined by Awara IT and JAC

Awara IT has successfully completed Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 implementation project for the Russian office of Belgian-bread machines producer JAC. About JAC JAC is one of the global leaders of the professional bread production. JAC equipment operates at small bakeries, retail chains and large bakery production sites. Official distribution network consists of 400 enterprises in 80 countries. Key production sites are located in Belgium and France, with subsidiaries in USA and now in Russia. As JAC products fit any types of bread, this approach makes it easier to match tastes of bakery fans and helps bakers improve their professional knowledge and creativity. JAC Russian branch provides sales and distribution of slicers, moulders, yeast fermenters as well as maintenance services. The company is actively investing in the Russian office sales and distribution. Project scope and key automation tasks were very well-known for the Awara IT team. It was required to enable a fast start of JAC operations on the Russian market, automate sales, distribution and finance processes with Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Project results JAC key business processes are fully automated Provided solution fully matches Russian legislation related to the Russian accounting standards Microsoft Dynamics АХ 2012 covers unified business processes within the group of companies Unified financial reporting for the head office of JAC is prepared in Microsoft Dynamics АХ 2012 JAC’s Russian office operates within the unified ERP system that covers France, Belgium and USA companies. As a key result – implemented solution supports all business operations of JAC in Russia and helps the company concentrate on sales growth. We are also proud to reduce costs on support and maintenance of several financial systems used by JAC, due to implementing only one unified solution on the Microsoft Dynamics platform.

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End of mainstream support for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, Dynamics AX 2012, and Dynamics AX 2012 R2

Awara IT and Microsoft annouce the end of mainstream support for the following products from October 9, 2018.   Version End of mainstream support Extended support period Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Service Pack 1 (SP1) 09.10.2018 12.10.2021 Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 09.10.2018 12.10.2021 Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 09.10.2018 12.10.2021 For all end users it means that after this date, only security hotfixes will continue to be provided for these three versions through the extended support period that continues until October 12, 2021. For more information, see support.microsoft.com. Localized functionality of Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations was presented in Russia on October 1, 2018. It is the newest version of Microsoft Dynamics AX which combines Microsoft Dynamics AX functionality and cloud features of the Microsoft Dynamics platform. Awara IT team has already implemented several Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations projects for European customers.   Awara IT offers consultations for Microsoft Dynamics AX upgrade into new versions. Our professionals will assist you to choose optimal licensing option, present clear target system architecture and follow the less risky upgrade path. We are ready to use broad experience of various scope ERP upgrades – including minor technical updates to complex re-implementation projects. We encourage you to contact us and require Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations upgrade, to find out more about on-premises and cloud implementations: alexander.pirogov@awara-it.com, info@awara-it.com.

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Microsoft Business Applications October ’18 Release

Today, October 01, Business Applications October ’18 Release has been issued (https://dynamics.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications/release/#release-notes), covering the following products: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Power BI Power Apps Microsoft Flow New solutions on AI and Mixed Reality   Read more about the strategy of development of Microsoft Dynamics 365 by Mo Osborne, Corporate Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Business Applications Engineering, here: https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/dynamics365/2018/07/06/modernizing-the-way-we-update-dynamics-365/   Read more about new AI and Mixed Reality capabilities of Dynamics 365 in the blog of Alysa Taylor, Corporate Vice President, Business Applications & Industry: https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2018/09/18/announcing-new-ai-and-mixed-reality-business-applications-for-microsoft-dynamics/   Major part of Russian localization of Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations has been released as planned (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/business-applications-release-notes/october18/dynamics365-finance-operations/russian-regulations-on-prem); the rest of the localization is to be issued by the end of Y2018. The retail and HR part of Russian localization is not certain with dates, but rumors are for Spring’19 release. Stay tuned for latest news.

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Microsoft Ignite 2018 news

On-going Microsoft Ignite conference in Orlando has already unveiled some valuable news. October ’18 Microsoft Dynamics 365 release is on October 1. We expect lots of updates including Dynamics 365 AI. More details: http://msft.social/7DGMw8 Another significant announcement was Microsoft Learn. Being a learning portal, it offers over 80 hours of courses on Azure, Dynamics 365, Power BI, PowerApps and Microsoft Flow. Some learning paths are available even in Russian.  Various content is already available including articles, videos and even free demos available in browser. Try first Azure learning module here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/modules/welcome-to-azure/ Awara IT will keep you posted on the most relevant Microsoft updates!

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Introducing a free version of Microsoft Teams

Beginning today, Microsoft Teams is available in a free version worldwide in 40 languages, including Russian of course. This offer was designed for small businesses and groups of coworkers that don’t have commercial Office 365 subscriptions. Now with this great introductory experience, any group can use Teams as their hub for teamwork and discover the value of Office 365 as they grow and scale. What features are available in the free version of Microsoft Teams? The free version includes the following for up to 300 people. Unlimited chat messages and search. Built-in audio and video calling for individuals, groups, and full team meetups. 10 GB of team file storage plus additional 2 GB per person for personal storage. Integrated, real-time content creation with Office Online apps, including built-in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. Unlimited app integrations with 140+ business apps to choose from—including Adobe, Evernote, and Trello. Ability to communicate and collaborate with anyone inside or outside your organization, backed by Microsoft’s secure, global infrastructure.   For more information please visit Microsoft Office 365 or contact us at office365@awara-it.com

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Congratulations on renewed MVP award!

We are delighted to share great news on Alexander Ermakov’s MVP status renewed! Alex is the first MVP Business Applications (Solutions) in Russia. This renewed award is another proof of his bright input into Microsoft Dynamics community, technology and software development. Alexander is a frequent speaker at Russian and international events, project manager, co-author of Microfoft e-books translations, and moderator or official Microsoft Dynamics communities. Our team is also honored to have Tatyana Pupko, the second MVP, head of Dynamics 365 Business Central department and active member of the Russian Dynamics community.   Recommendations and reviews of Awara IT MVPs: Alexander Ermakov’s blog at Dynamics 365 Community. Tatyana Pupko’s blog at Dynamics 365 Community.01

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Awara IT becomes the best Microsoft Power BI implementation partner in Russia

Microsoft have recently announced Microsoft Partner Awards 2018 winners. This year over 2600 candidates from 115 countries took part in this contest, with over 140 participants from Russia. Awara IT becomes a regular winner of Microsoft Partner Awards: this year we have won local Power BI award  showing best implementation and promotion competences among Microsoft partners in Russia. Awara’s team has offered proprietary vertical solutions, showcased broad expertise within IFRS reporting automation, as well as operations with Power BI at Microsoft products ecosystem. «It is a great trend that Awara IT wins most relevant and rising Microsoft technologies nominations. For instance, we have already received awards fro Cloud Solutions previously. Currently Power BI is a fast-growing highly-demanded visuailzation tool, and our marketing and sales efforts for Power BI have allowed us to become the best Power BI solution provider in Russia», – comments Alexander Ermakov, Awara IT managing partner. Power BI has strong impact on majority of Awara IT implementation projects. Most of our clients are branches of international companies or Russian businesses that need to prepare IFRS reports. Normally international reporting requires much time and efforts from the team, and moreover not every BI-solution is applicable for further visualization and might not fit clients’ IT infrastructure. Therefore Power BI and other Microsoft products enable the highest possible effect and increase reporting accuracy. That is exactly what our clients need. Awara IT is grateful for Microsoft for cooperation, professional support and variety of partner opportunities.

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