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How Top Performing Companies Manage Sales Tax

Sales tax obligations are not as simple as they used to be. While manually managing sales tax using rate tables perhaps worked in the past, now it can put a company at risk of a negative and costly audit. The reality is that most companies cannot afford to screw up sales tax. With the average audit penalty of $34,000, consequences of making mistakes are dire. Especially in a time where states are short on revenue and looking to uncollected sales tax to help make up that gap, sales tax practices are increasingly under the microscope.

Imagine your accountant coming to you and asking for clear data and information about the amounts of sales tax you collected for the first 6 months of the year. Could you easily pull together the information and show him what you collected? Now picture an auditor who is questioning the figures on your sales tax returns for the prior three years. Could you quickly show him a process that allows for clear traceability? Or would he be waiting a few days for you to produce the data?

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Merit Solutions at Microsoft Convergence 2013

We can't believe it - Convergence 2013 is only a week away! We always get excited seeing so many Microsoft Dynamics Partners, Customers, and enthusiasts in one place at the same time!

The past couple months have been busy for us here at Merit Solutions:

  • Last month we were asked to present at the Microsoft Dynamics AX Industry Summit in Phoenix. We presented two sessions specific to Microsoft Dynamics AX Life Sciences Software: Selling to Midmarket Pharmaceuticals and a MAXLife ISV Showcase! We received great feedback from attendees and are excited to continue helping Partners and Customers in the life sciences industries.
  • Last week we also launched a brand new corporate website. After months of designing, coding, and testing, we are very proud of our new site (and hope you are too!). Please feel free to browse around and leave your feedback below! The most significant changes include:
    • Updated UI provides a fresh new look and feel meant to enhance the user experience and encourage further exploration.
    • Streamlined navigation helps get you to the most relevant content - easier and quicker.
    • Additional resources help you understand the value of our offerings - and most are completely free (no forms to fill out)!
  • Now, we are excited to be a Bronze Sponsor at Microsoft Convergence 2013 next week. Merit Solutions will be exhibiting in Booth #2523 and we will be moderating a couple Life Sciences and Customer events. Please contact Josh Richards for more information on these events!

If you would like to meet with the Merit Solutions Team at Microsoft Convergence 2013, please don't hesitate to reach out to us ahead of time - or simply stop by Booth #2523! We will have some prizes to give away - so make sure you stop by for your chance to win!

What can YOU win at Convergence 2013?

Microsoft Convergence 2013 is rapidly approaching! Merit Solutions is once again honored to be a Bronze Sponsor of Microsoft Convergence - and we hope you stop by Booth #2523 and join us during this great event. It’s been an exciting year for Merit Solutions clients and the Microsoft Dynamics community – so I hope you join us and learn why!

Just like our commitment to customer satisfaction, we do as much as we can to make your conference experience a little less stressful and more exciting. As an example of this, here’s what happened in our booth last year:

  • Putting contests
  • $100 gift cards handed out
  • Two 24” monitors won via Booth contests (one via Twitter: follow @meritweb)
  • GRAND PRIZE: Long Putt for $10,000 – one person attempted a 50ft putt for $10,000 (unfortunately, he missed)

Of course, we also found time to talk about our ISV products and development services and the benefits of our Reseller Program; but we wanted to make sure we all had fun at the same time! 

So...what do we have in store this year? We hope you stop by Booth #2523 and find out!

Please comment below or send an email to info@meritsolutions.com if you would like to arrange a one-on-one meeting with a Merit Solutions representative at Convergence 2013!

Microsoft Dynamics Business Analyzer for Windows 8

Last month Microsoft announced the launch of the Microsoft Dynamics Business Analyzer for Windows 8 – the first Windows 8 App available for Microsoft Dynamics ERP clients.

The Microsoft Dynamics Business Analyzer displays business intelligence (BI) information from your Microsoft Dynamics ERP solution, including Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013, and Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 FP1. Users of the Microsoft Dynamics Business Analyzer can display reports from their ERP solution, interact with the reports using a variety of actions (such as copy, edit, view, and refresh), and open Microsoft Lync ( for Windows 8 ) directly from a report to initiate a conversation with someone about the report. This can all be done from any of your Windows 8 devices!

The launch of this new app is a milestone in the road to enterprise business mobility for Windows 8 and Microsoft Dynamics ERP clients. In today’s increasingly global and interconnected world, customers need to have quick, easy access to their business data – and they need to be able to access it from a variety of devices. The Microsoft Dynamics Business Analyzer for Windows 8 is the first of what is expected to be even more enterprise business mobility apps to deliver this value to clients.

Merit Solutions is honored to have played a significant contributing role in the development of the Microsoft Dynamics Business Analyzer app. While this milestone signifies a great achievement for Microsoft and its clients, it also represents Merit Solutions’ ability to build and deploy innovative, leading edge Windows 8 and mobility solutions that can help clients get more value out of their Microsoft Dynamics ERP investments.

The Microsoft Dynamics Business Analyzer is free and available for download from Microsoft on the Windows Store: Microsoft Dynamics Business Analyzer for Windows 8. We encourage everyone to go download and use the app - then rate it and let us know what you think!

Convergence 2013: Discounted pricing is ending soon!

Early registration for Microsoft Convergence 2013 is ending soon! Don't wait - register today and save $300!

Convergence 2013 is coming to New Orleans, LA, March 18–21, and discounted pricing is only available through January 25, 2013. Take advantage of the early registration discount.

Register early to:

  • Save $300 USD per attendee! 
  • Start planning meetings with others in your field.
  • Secure the best travel arrangements and hotels.
  • Begin motivating your team.

Meet Merit Solutions:Merit Solutions is proud to be a Bronze Sponsor at Microsoft Convergence 2013 and we will be exhibiting our products and services in Booth #2523. Please stop by to learn more about Merit Solutions, MAXLife, MAXCloud, Risk Management, and Rapid On.

New for 2013!
This year we're reinventing networking by introducing the Convergence 2013 Live Wall, which aggregates social media postings about #CONV13 into one spot, a Microsoft technology experience that includes a Skype bar where you can connect with family and teams back home, and an enhanced mobile experience, putting event tools at your fingertips and connecting you with folks who matter. Plus, you don't want to miss the Closing Keynote featuring Kofi Annan, and the exciting Closing Celebration on March 21 —highlighted by a performance from Matchbox Twenty!

Register today, and save! Remember, the early registration discount is only available through January 25, 2013, so don't wait. Register today.

NOW HIRING: Microsoft Dynamics AX Consultant

Merit Solutions, a leading Microsoft Dynamics AX Consultant, is looking for a talented Microsoft Dynamics AX Consultant to join our rapidly growing organization!

Responsibilities

  • Project Scope
    • Analyze, define, and document client requirements.
    • Assist in development of project scope, cost estimate and schedule.
  • Project Delivery
    • Perform client-facing business process analysis, training, software configuration and other implementation processes as required.
    • Develop and implement creative solutions that drive increased business success for clients.
    • Execute our proven implementation methods and practices leading to successful outcomes for clients.
    • 50-70% travel.
  • Client Relationships
    • Maintain all project documentation and client reporting.
    • Provide user training and create user documentation.
    • Provide post Go-live and on-going support as required.
    • Identify opportunities for new/added business and assist with closing these opportunities.
  • Professional Development
    • Participate in company sponsored job related activities and training to further develop skill set.
    • Develop and meet annual personal goals for enhancing Microsoft solution offering skills.

Skills & Qualifications

  • Education – Bachelor's degree in Business or IT-related discipline.
  • Professional Experience – 2+ years of hands-on software implementation experience.
    • Microsoft Dynamics AX or other ERP implementation experience.

Learn more about Merit Solutions.

For consideration, please send your resume to hr@meritsolutions.com. Merit Solutions is an equal opportunity employer.

Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Chooses MAXLife for Microsoft Dynamics AX

Merit Solutions, a leading provider of Life Sciences ERP software solutions, is proud to announce today that Ivancic i sinovi, a partner of Sopharma, has selected Merit Solutions’ MAXLife for Microsoft Dynamics AX to reduce costs and improve quality control. Ivancic i sinovi chose MAXLife from Merit Solutions because of our proven industry experience - and because MAXLife is a Certified for Microsoft Dynamics AX (CfMD) tested solution.

Ivancic i sinovi was founded in 1991 and manufactures and markets pharmaceutical medicines and dietary products - both in capsules and powder forms. The desire to provide consumers with high quality products, created by the latest in medical technologies, in packaging of contemporary design, yet available to everyone, inspired the idea to begin manufacturing.

Prior to selecting Merit Solutions’ MAXLife with Microsoft Dynamics AX, Ivancic i sinovi used a homegrown system that made it difficult to manage business processes across the organization. The system was not integrated with real-time information, which meant executives and managers were often making decisions based on outdated and incorrect data. Ivancic i sinovi also had industry-specific requirements that would not be met with an out-of-the-box solution. With their homegrown system, they could not track or understand the costs associated with quality control processes, which were time-consuming and people-intensive, and resulted in lost productivity, efficiency, and higher costs. And, with expansion and growth plans, the system could not support the expansion of a production plant.

For these reasons, Ivancic i sinovi began looking for a pharmaceutical quality management solution. In the end, Ivancic i sinovi chose Merit Solutions’ MAXLife with Microsoft Dynamics AX because it is simple to use and deploy, is a comprehensive ERP solution that connects all departments with real-time information, and gives them the flexibility to grow, expand, and adapt as needed.

With MAXLife, Ivancic i sinovi will utilize key quality control and compliance management features specific to pharmaceutical manufacturing. Quality incident and non-conformance management processes will be streamlined and automated with MAXLife’s Corrective Action Preventive Action (CAPA) capabilities, enabling Ivancic i sinovi to correct and prevent issues, measure outcomes, and continuously monitor the system. Ivancic i sinovi will also be able to track and analyze all of their costs related to performing quality processes with Cost of Quality Management, enabling them to reduce the cost of quality while maintaining product safety.

“We’re extremely happy that Ivancic i sinovi has chosen MAXLife from Merit Solutions to reduce costs, improve quality, and support their business growth,” commented Petar Miljkovic, Director - Europe, Merit Solutions. “With MAXLife, the company can continue providing high quality, innovative pharmaceutical products while reducing costs, improving efficiency and productivity, and providing safe products to their customers.”

About Merit Solutions:

Merit Solutions is a multinational organization that provides IT services and software solutions to help companies improve their business success. Our industry-specific solutions, MAXFood and MAXLife, along with our core Microsoft Dynamics ERP and SharePoint offerings, enable organizations to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and improve service - while maintaining profitable growth!

A Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Merit Solutions is AMR Research Industry Certified in Process Manufacturing for Microsoft Dynamics AX. We have recently been recognized as one of Accounting Today's VAR 100, and had two products named in the Top 15 Add-ons for Microsoft Dynamics ERP. Merit Solutions is a Microsoft Excellence Partner for working successfully and collaboratively with customers and partners across the world.

Microsoft Dynamics AX: Rapid Implementation

Reduce the cost, complexity, and time required to realize the benefits of your Microsoft Dynamics AX deployment with the Merit Solutions Rapid On Implementation Methodology. Take advantage of the only Microsoft Dynamics AX rapid deployment packaged service offering worldwide, which delivers a fully configured, ready-to-go customer environment within 30 days - complete with your chart of accounts, customers, vendors, and master data.

Benefits of a Rapid On Implementation include:

  • Gets You Up And Running in 30 Days
  • Predictable, Transparent Costs
  • Deploy a Scalable, Adaptable Solution
  • Fixed Price Packaged Service Offering
  • Minimize Implementation Risk
  • Leverage Best Practices
  • A-la-carte Services Menu
  • Reduce Up-front Costs
  • Reduce Internal Resource Requirements

Contact Merit Solutions to learn how you can maximize the value of your Microsoft Dynamics AX deployment - while minimizing risk!

Join us at Microsoft Convergence 2012 in Booth #545!

Microsoft Convergence 2012 is rapidly approaching! Make sure to register before January 26, because you can save $300 with early registration pricing!

Merit Solutions is thrilled for the opportunity to be a Bronze Sponsor at Convergence this year, and we hope everyone can stop by Booth #545 across from the Microsoft Dynamics AX Experience Center to learn more about our products and services!

We hope you are able to join us!

Microsoft Convergence 2012:
March 18-21, 2012 
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX

Pricing:
Early Bird Price = $1395 - Before January 25, 2012
Regular Price = $1695 – After January 25, 2012

Register now, or visit the Microsoft Convergence 2012 website to learn more.

Life Sciences Cloud ERP Software

After spending more than 10 years working with the smallest medical device manufacturers to larger pharmaceutical organizations, we understand the unique needs of the Life Sciences Industry. For that reason, Merit Solutions developed MAXLife ERP - to help our clients overcome the business challenges of today while building and remaining flexible for what the future brings.

Quality Management

Take advantage of a fully integrated Quality Management system that enables you to improve product quality and safety, reduce organizational risk, and increase customer satisfaction.

Compliance Management

Enjoy extended Compliance Management features that support FDA requirements (including 21 CFR Part 11), Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs).

With MAXLife software for Microsoft Dynamics AX, you can track product quality, proactively see and respond to manufacturing variability, meet GxP, Sarbanes Oxley, and 21 CFR Part 11 and Part 820 requirements, and simplify computer systems validation.

Learn more about Merit Solutions Life Sciences ERP Software, named one of the Top 15 Add-ons for Microsoft Dynamics AX by the site DynamicsWorld.