Author Archives: Kristin McLaughlan

Microsoft Celebrates 20 years on the Web!

Microsoft-Old-Website2014 marks the 20th anniversary for our partners at Rimrock Corporation being a Certified Microsoft Partner!

This year Microsoft is also celebrating an anniversary. Two decades on the World Wide Web! In celebration, Microsoft has recreated its original website that launched back in 1994. As you can see from the image shown, dated is probably the nicest thing anyone can say about it. Microsoft’s website went up only five years after the Web itself was created, and a year before it released its own Web browser, Internet Explorer.

It only managed to beat the White House, not then thought of as a technological pioneer, by a few months. Today Microsoft is one of the top 10 most visited sites in the world. Still, it’s worth taking a look at the old site, created in large part as a place to put support information for its computers and other products.

End to End Property Management Software in Microsoft Dynamics

CORE Real Estate and Binary Stream have teamed up to bring you an end to end property management solution using Microsoft Dynamics GP and CRM.

This video will show you how to:

  •  Manage all prospective tenant relationships and track important tenant and lease information.
  • Record activities associated with your property or tenant.
  • Track and manage building assets and schedule maintenance and service activities.
  • Easily view all vacant units in your property.
  • Track all lease agreements and automatically receive lease renewal notifications.
  • Automate workflows to process tenant information from initial contact, leasing, and renewal through move-out.
  • Record and track tenant cases and close them once they have been resolved.

For more information please contact us!

Property Management for Microsoft Dynamics at BOMA 2014

untitledCORE will be exhibiting at BOMA’s Every Building Conference and Expo in Orlando June 18th-20th, 2014.

Visit booth #301 in the Technology Pavilion to see a demonstration of our property management solution built within Microsoft Dynamics. Functionality highlights include:

  • Lease Tracking & Billing – track and create lease agreements and automatically receive lease renewal notifications.
  • Tenant Marketing Automation – track which units have been seen by each prospective tenant and distribute mass notifications to tenants and prospective tenants using email merge functionality.
  • Tenant Case Service Call Management- record and track tenant maintenance cases or complaints and close them once they have been resolved.
  • Reporting & Business Intelligence – live reporting and dashboards to monitor property management areas like financial, operational, consolidations, budgeting, and forecasting.
  • Escalations & Retail Tenant Sales – calculate rent percentage and schedule complex escalations and pass-through such as CAM charges, taxes, insurance, and CPI with ease.
  • Asset Tracking – track building assets for scheduled maintenance, insurance, and other information.
  • Document Management – extensive document management for collaboration, audit trails, and complete document control.
  • Complete integration into Microsoft Dynamics GP accounting solution and Binary Stream’s Property Site Management.

For more information please contact Jonathan Pastrikos at 416-644-1461 x297 or jonathan.pastrikos@coreresw.com.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Server Price Increase Announced for July 1st, 2014

Microsoft-Dynamics-CRM-shortRight now, with the purchase a Microsoft Dynamics CRM license, GP customers receive a Dynamics CRM server at no extra cost. This saves you over $8,000.  Effective July 1st, 2014, Microsoft will no longer offer the 1st CRM Server free of charge to Microsoft Dynamics GP customers.

So if you are thinking about purchasing Microsoft Dynamics CRM – now is the time to do so.

What is Microsoft Dynamics CRM?

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) can help reduce costs and increase profitability by organizing and automating business processes that nurture customer satisfaction and loyalty in the sales, marketing, and customers service fields.

  • Sales – Connect, personalize, and turn more leads into sales
  • Customer Care – The insight you need to stop selling and start partnering
  • Marketing – Marketing automation that is data-driven and channel-agnostic
  • Social – Social insight and collaboration in-context, not in separate apps.

Do you want to purchase CRM but you’re not a GP customer?

Until July 1st, if you purchase a GP license for $5,000 and one CRM license – you will receive a free CRM server. This is actually cheaper than purchasing a Dynamics CRM server alone.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM & GP work better together.

If you have any questions or comments please contact us.  

Property Management for Microsoft Dynamics Presented by CORE Real Estate Software

Property Management for MS Dynamics

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Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 12pm (EST)

 

Join us on Wednesday April 23rd at 12:00pm for a demo of CORE Real Estate Software and Binary Stream’s Property Site Management.

This webinar will show you how to:

• Automate workflows to process tenant information from initial contact, leasing, and renewal through move-out.
• Record activities associated with your property or tenant.
• Track and manage building assets and schedule maintenance and service activities.
• Easily view all vacant units in your property.
• Track all lease agreements and automatically receive lease renewal notifications.
• Add charges, build escalations, and easily run invoices.
• Record and track tenant cases and close them once they have been resolved.

We will also explain the upcoming integration points between Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Binary Stream Property Site Management. CORE’s team of experts and in-depth knowledge of Dynamics CRM & Binary Stream ensures a fast cost-efficient implementation of a solution that fits your business. Want to see these features in action? Register today!

For more information please contact Jonathan Taub at jonathan.taub@coreresw.com or 416-644-1461 x 221.

Join CORE Real Estate Software at SpringFest in Toronto

imageThe 20th ANNUAL SPRINGFEST RETURNS APRIL 10th, 2014!

Admission to Springfest is free, however, the event is by invitation only, and is restricted to 1,700 owners, managers, engineers, and operations professionals responsible for office, industrial, condominium, apartment, medical, educational, retail, and institutional buildings.

This exclusive one-day event features educational seminars and top exhibits for building owners, property managers, facility managers and others responsible for building maintenance and facility operations. If you would like an invitation to attend, please email kristin.mclaughlan@coreresw.com and she will send you a free pass!

SHOW DATE & TIMES

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Exhibit Floor -10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
CORE Real Estate Software Booth #416

Stop by booth #416 to check out our solution!

 

Microsoft Convergence 2014 – Atlanta

photoThis year we were fortunate enough to travel to Atlanta for Microsoft Convergence 2014.

This year was the biggest year yet, with over 12,000 attendees. If you’ve never been to convergence before, this experience is unforgettable. Not only are the sessions educational and fun, the expo hall is the largest, most energetic expo you will ever see! Not to mention the swag and fun games the VARs and ISVs use to get you into their booth!

Almost every minute of every day is planned for you. Breakfast and lunches are included, sessions run all day and of course, there are plenty of Convergence sponsored parties to choose from at night. FUN even performed a private concert for all attendees at the end of the week!

My favourite part about Microsoft Convergence is learning about the new product enhancements and features coming out.

Microsoft Dynamics GP

One of the most exciting sessions I attended was the  Microsoft Dynamics GP General Session, that spoke about the next release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2.  Although we’re excited for what Microsoft if calling the “Big Rocks” (Identity Management and Workflow enhancements), our customers will be thrilled to see a lot of the smaller features such as:

  • Copy/Paste into GL from excel – There was a standing ovation for this new feature…
  •  Reverse fiscal year-end close
  • Document Attachment  – additional functionality that enables attached documents on cards to roll down to transactions while also adding the ability to include attached documents in Emails.
  • Locking companies for maintenance
  • Default Sort Order AP Cheques and the ability to Assign Items to All Sites and more
  • Smartlists – enables users to hide the navigation tree giving them a full screen of data
  • Web Client releases for the Project Series, Manufacturing Series, and Field Service Series.

Next year we will see Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 and again the highlights include more improvements to the previously mentioned ‘ROCKS’, but also include a Business Portal replacement.

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The latest release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, expected to be released this spring, will contain ‘Microsoft Dynamics Marketing’ to help businesses drive and manage their marketing campaigns, Microsoft Social Listening to empower more employees with deeper insights, and the Unified Service Desk to help businesses engage with and care for customers more personally on any device, at any place and time.

According to Kirill Tatarinov, executive vice president of Microsoft Business Solutions, Social Listening follows Microsoft’s acquisition of Netbreeze a year ago. It will be offered at no additional charge as part of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online professional licenses; on-premises customers will be offered Microsoft Social Listening for an additional $20 per user, per month.

Microsoft Dynamics Marketing, contains many of the application fundamentals from MarketingPilot, but also now features what is my favourite feature, a visual campaign designer and business intelligence solution that will enable organizations to analyze their campaign budgets against campaign results.

For customer care, Microsoft Dynamics is also introducing Unified Service Desk (USD). With the application, agents can handle multiple interactions at the same time, with increased automation and the ability to display scripts to guide agents’ interactions with customers. With the USD, an agent can run multiple apps, making it easier to connect to back-end systems to look up returns or a back order quickly, the company said.

Microsoft is also introducing a new Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Enterprise license, priced at $200 per user, per month. This offers customers all of the functionality offered in the professional license and access to Microsoft Dynamics Marketing and Unified Service Desk.

If you couldn’t make Convergence, Microsoft has a LIVE Virtual Convergence option so we could listen to some of the Keynote and General Sessions info without paying for a registration.  Check out the link to see the opening keynotes and general sessions!

Attending Buildings NY? Visit Booth #1117

Buildings NYBuildingsNY provides building owners and managers with the products & services they require to make decisions, make deals, issue RFPs and ultimately save money. Building Owners/Managers will have the opportunity to source products & services they need for all phases of their buildings’ lifecycle. At BuildingsNY, you’ll find the best deals and steals on products and services for any kind of property: Commercial, Residential, Industrial, Institutional/ Healthcare, Hotel/ Motel and Retail.

CORE Real Estate Software will be exhibiting at booth #1117 with our partners FieldBoss. Be sure to stop by the booth and say hello!

Show Dates & Times

March 19, 2014 – 10am – 5pm
March 20, 2014 – 10am – 4pm

Show Location:

Javits Convention Center – 655 West 34th Street, NewYork, NY 10001

Parking Discount for BuildingsNY 2014

Download the voucher. which entitles one (1) car to parking at either of the following locations for only $12:

MP 411 LLC, 475 West 41st Street   MP Manhattan Plaza LLC, 450 West 42nd Street

Download Your Voucher

An Accurate & Hilarious take on Conference Calls

Modern technology has opened up new marketplaces that allow us to promote our businesses to new geographic locations. And given that it can now be as easy to work with people remotely as it is to work face-to-face, telecommunication is increasingly the new norm. At CORE Real Estate Software, our customer base extends throughout Canada, the US and other parts of the world so we participate in daily conference calls (and other online communication tools) with clients and partners.

Anybody who’s ever been on a conference call knows that a few things are always to be expected:

  1. There is almost always an awkward conversation between the first two participants until others join.
  2. When the meeting is underway, two people begin to speak at once, both insisting the other continue.
  3. One person gets disconnected, and has to log back in – *beep* “It’s me again, sorry about that.”

Well, YouTube geniuses Tripp and Tyler have turned all of the awkward interactions on a conference call into a reality that’s so very accurate and hilarious, it makes me want to call a meeting with our team just to see who I would “be” in this scenario.

Share this with your work friends and commiserate together…

Microsoft Dynamics GP – Business Alerts

MS-GP-Logo- WEBSITEDid you know Microsoft Dynamics GP has many pre-configured Business Alerts designed to help you work more efficiently? For example, we recently helped a client activate an alert to receive a past due AR account list by email every Tuesday afternoon. She doesn’t have to analyze a complete AR trial balance on a weekly basis anymore, and is able to focus her cash collection efforts before accounts become too delinquent. It only took us 60 minutes to activate this alert and train the client to set up other alerts in the future.

For more information, please contact us.