28 Nov
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It´s that time of the year! And we are happy to invite all of our Customers to share coffee and lunch with our team, in a day full of presentations and workshops that will help you get the best of your SAP Business One!

Consensus Annual Customer Day is a unique opportunity to meet face to face with our team and other SAP Business One users like yourself. You will have access to the latest updates like new features that could be relevant for your business and are coming in SAP Business On 9.3, Tips and Tricks for your everyday use of the system that will make your life easier, and several presentations on how to optimize the use of your SAP Business One.

Take a look at our Agenda below and reserve your seat here.

We are looking forward to seeing all of our valued customers there!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE EVENT TO YOUR CALENDAR AND TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT!

22 Nov
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Is your Company accepting credit card payments today? In case your answer was yes to the previous question, you´re probably using a merchant payment gateway to process those payments. But what is a payment gateway? In short, a merchant payment gateway is cloud base credit card processing software. (For a more detailed description, scroll down to the Infographic at the end of this blog post)

A payment gateway authorizes payments for companies in all business categorizations. They ensure that sensitive information, such as credit card numbers, entered into a virtual terminal or on an E-commerce website, are passed securely from the customer to the merchant and from the merchant to the payment processor through the use of encryption.

In a 2016 survey, payment processor TSYS asked over 1,000 consumers which payment form they prefer. Forty percent chose credit cards, while 35 percent selected debit cards. If you are not accepting credit card payments yet, you probably should in this digital world.

But when choosing the right Payment Gateway for your business, what are the 5 top features you should pay attention to?

1. Security is always first. 

Accepting credit card payments can be a huge liability if not done correctly. If something goes wrong it could mean heavy fines and damage to your reputation. This could possibly mean not just losing money, but your business. Look for a payment gateway provider that adheres to strict PCI compliance standards and takes steps to safely store customer data. Encryption and tokenization are best practices that can set payment gateway providers apart. Don’t let lax security come back to haunt you, and invest in a provider that uses the latest technology to protect customer information.

2. Support 24/7. 

Accepting credit card payments can be risky—a card may be declined, or a customer may issue a chargeback—and having the support you need at the time you need it is crucial to keeping your business running smoothly. You could be at a Trade Show on a Sunday taking a big order from a new client, and you need help with the connection to your Payment Gateway, you should be able to get the support you need.

3. Savings. 

Some providers utilize level 3 processing in order to cut interchange rates and slash fees, while flat-rate pricing ensures that merchants aren’t losing money to nickel and dime transaction fees. Bottom line: read the fine print, check the pricing, and make sure you’re partnering with a provider who will truly add value to your business.

4. Reporting and Flexibility

You need comprehensive and flexible reporting tools that allow you to better manage your credit card transactions. You’ll be able to drill down, better understand the data, and make changes to be more profitable in the future. You also need a payment gateway that accommodates to your needs today and in the future. Can you accept credit cards over the phone? Do you have a physical machine or an E-commerce shopping cart?

5. Integration with your ERP software

Some payment gateways are integrated into accounting software (also called ERP, or Enterprise Resource Planning) like SAP Business One and e-commerce shopping carts, acting as the back-end processing software. Integration payments save time and increase security. Does your Payment Gateway integrate with your accounting software so you can streamline the process for accepting credit card payments, saving you time and increasing your efficiency and security?

Finding a good Payment Gateway provider might not be an easy task, but once you find it you'll feel the benefits every day. 

Today we would like to introduce you to EBizCharge for SAP Business One by Century Business Solutions. Is a native your SAP program,  so there’s minimal training time, no hassle, and no third-party popup. Their proprietary virtual gateway integrates seamlessly with SAP Business One and adheres to all PCI compliance guidelines, utilizing tokenization technology for the best possible data security. Their system is developed to qualify transactions at the lowest possible interchange level, and they offer 24/7 in-house support.

Whether you are accepting cards today or are thinking about accepting payments by credit cards soon, we invite you to consider this integrated solution and compare it to others or your current one, you could be in for a good surprise!

 

To learn more about EBizCharge for SAP Business One, click here and view their Infographic

 

23 Oct
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Sponsored by Consensus, the launch of the reinvigorated and reimagined Business One conference – Biz.ONE – in Anaheim, California on October 23-25, 2017 builds on five successful years of bringing together SMEs that use SAP’s Business One platform to drive their organizations.

Having interviewed 50+ customer organizations, Eventful Conferences – the producer of Biz.ONE – has uncovered not only the most critical and important topics that customers want to learn about, but the best formats and styles to deliver that content:

  • Learn from your peers – fellow customers sharing case studies, tips & tricks, learnings and strategies as they have overcome challenges using Business One
  • Technology & industry thought leaders – delivering workshops and tutorials focused on how to better use the solutions you already own
  • SAP product managers – attendees engage directly with SAP as they share the roadmap of what is coming down the pipeline, and the nuggets of gold embedded in the future technology upgrades
  • VARs and 3rd party add-on solution providers – users discover what complimentary solutions are available to plug-in
  • Make your voice heard – SAP Business One users join influence sessions where customers can provide vendors and SAP with feedback and ideas to enhance the Business One experience

At Biz.ONE you can expect that the content on the agenda is driven by deep and authentic research into the community of users, identifying their needs and then finding the best case studies and stories that speak to those topics. Consensus is beyond thrilled to announce that 3 of the Successful Case Studies selected this year are Consensus Valued Customers Blue Trading, Andes Global Trading, and Interglass Cosporation. Our President, Andres Castrillon, will also be presenting one of the powerful workshops at the event. Don't miss any of these!:

Consensus Speakers at Biz.One

Tuesday, October 24th - Track 2 @11:10 am

BLUE TRADING (Ink and toner cartridges Recycling and Online Retailer)

Reverse Logistics and how to seamlessly integrate SAP Business One to become an Online Retailer

Alfredo Alvarado, CEO at Blue Trading, will be sharing his incredible story of how Consensus adapted SAP Business One to his Reverse Logistic model, overcoming multiple logistic challenges that no out-of-the-shelf ERP could solve. In his session, attendees will also learn about how he was later forced to completely reinvent himself to become an online retailer in order to survive, and how, together with the Consensus Team, he integrated SAP Business One with Channel Advisor and other online tools, making that new business model a reality and going from 6 hours of work to just pushing a button to get the reports he needed to make fast  and informed decisions in his day to day. 

Tuesday, October 24th - Track 3 @2:00 pm

INTERGLASS CORPORATION (Wholesale, Distribution and Fabrication of Glass and Mirror Products)

Using the Power of Excel as a Reporting Tool for Business One

Consensus implementation of SAP Business One as the center of all transactions and data collection because of the ability to cover all areas of the company for Interglass was a success, but when it comes to organizing all the information into a dynamic report that could have the form of a list, a dashboard, or a graph, Miguel Juliao, Finance Director at Interglass decided to connect Excel directly to B1’s SQL database. Join Mr. Juliao in his session to learn how Interglass succeeded at creating a culture where employees do not us Excel to input data. If that were to happen, it would negate the benefits of using a centralized data source in B1. By connecting Excel directly to SAP Business One and using it for reporting and data visibility, Interglass has all the benefits of Excel without any of the drawbacks.

Wednesday, October 25th - Track 4 @11:45 am

ANDES GLOBAL TRADING (International Meat Trading Company)

Visibility & Data in Business One Help Andes Global Trading Meet Their Brand Promise

ANDES GT is the fastest growing exporter to butcher shops, retailers, food distributors and meat packers across Mexico, Latin America and Canada. It has been named among the top 50 fastest growing companies and among the top 50 private companies by the South Florida business newspaper, and renowned ry. In Business Excellence by the Chamber of Commerce of the Greater Miami Area, in addition to the INC 5000 nomination (2017- Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in America). None of this extraordinary growth happened by chance. Join Sandy Almeida, Project Manager at Andes, to learn how the Consensus SAP Business One implementation settled the path from good to great for her Company. To honor their brand promise of delivering the perfect order to their customers, Consensus developed a Customer Portal integrated with SAP Business One that Sandy calls Control Tower, that gives total visibility to Andes employees and its valued customers into any order in real time. Service reaches excellence in an industry where timing and order information are crucial.

Wednesday, October 25th - Track 1 @10:55 am

Consensus Workshop (delivered by Andres Castrillon): Tips & Tricks for Inventory Management

It can be a real challenge to keep your Inventory Management optimized, when there are so many changing initiatives being made to address so many other areas of your business. Changes in technology, shifting demands from customers, market forces and other factors cause us to overlook the basics of inventory management and control.
What suffers is profitability and the ability to compete effectively in the marketplace.

In this session, attendees will learn:

    • How to evaluate your current inventory management by asking yourself 5 key questions
    • 4 Basic inventory principles you are able to put into practice today
    • Explain inventory replenishment strategies, from reorder point to MRP, and how to decide which one is the most appropriate for the different items
    • Recommended strategies for warehouse optimization, including warehouse layouts
    • Recommended tools for Inventory Management
    • How to apply the ABC Classification of Inventory Items to your Inventory.

Andres Castrillon will present real-life examples from customers, who have experienced different challenges, and how those were solved applying these concepts, using standard functionality from SAP Business One, and some queries and reports we have created for our customers, which we will share with the attendees.

Enjoy Biz.One and follow us to get the latest from SAP Business One!!!