Yesterday, Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2. This latest release reinforces Microsoft’s commitment to providing quick to implement, easy to use, and powerful solutions to support the business ambitions of mid-sized organizations.
Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 features:
These new additions support the myriad new features already present in Dynamics NAV 2013. See demos of some of these top features here. Learn more about Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 here or contact your Socius Account Manager to request an upgrade.
As an organization that provides health or human services, you are already well versed in all of the HIPAA requirements that regulate your organization. But are you as confident about the compliance of the organizations that are considered your “business associates?”
As stipulated in the Omnibus Rule, all of your technology providers, including your ERP, CRM, and even Cloud providers, need to work with you to develop and sign HIPAA Business Associate Agreements which define both parties’ roles in protecting personal healthcare information (PHI). However, there is an exception to the rule that is causing some confusion.
The Conduit Exception is a line in the “Exceptions to the Business Associate Standard” that states that “a person or organization that acts merely as a conduit for protected health information, for example, the US Postal Service, certain private couriers, and their electronic equivalents” is exempt from the regulations. Many cloud providers believe that this exception applies to them because they see themselves simply as “conduits” for information.
However, according to an article by the BakerHostetler law firm titled, “HIPAA, Business Associates and the Cloud,” cloud providers do NOT fall under this exception. BakerHostetler maintains that “Under the Final Rule, the conduit exception only includes courier services that transport information (persistent vs. transient opportunity to access PHI). As such, covered entities must ensure that their cloud service providers are safeguarding patient information.”
Therefore, if you are leveraging cloud EHRs, e-prescribing and IT health service desks, or if your back-office systems including your cloud ERP or CRM online solutions contain PHI, then you must have your vendors sign a Business Associate Agreement.
Socius Cloud Services understands our obligations to our healthcare clients in providing HIPAA compliant business solutions. Contact us to learn more about how to ensure that your cloud providers are not leaving you vulnerable to HIPAA violations.
When Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Fall ’13 is released, it will come with a variety of license options that you can mix and match to fit your organization’s unique needs and prevent you from paying from more than you need.
For details, check out our post on the CRM Software Blog where we break down the new options and their costs: http://www.crmsoftwareblog.com/2013/07/choose-the-crm-online-license-thats-right-for-you/
Our article includes Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 pricing for the online licenses.
When you are thinking about moving an existing business solution or deploying a new one in the cloud, feeling confident in your decision is critical. One of the best ways to build confidence in your ERP or CRM cloud deployment is to develop trust and confidence in the partner that is taking you there.
Based on the recommendations of experts at CloudTalk and our experience providing Cloud ERP and Cloud CRM solutions, we suggest that you address these 5 issues with your partner before you move forward with your cloud deployment:
A potential cloud partner that can’t or won’t answer any of the questions above may not be the best partner for you.
If you aren’t quite sure if cloud ERP or CRM is the right solution for your organization, we can help you assess your business needs and evaluate your options through a Cloud Impact Assessment (CIA). Request a CIA here: http://www.cloudtechnology.com/cia
When you are selecting a new business management solution, like an ERP or CRM software solution, your decision making doesn’t end when you pick your software; you also need to decide how you are going to deploy your new software.
In today’s technical world, there are four options for deploying ERP and CRM solutions, like those from Microsoft Dynamics: On-premise, hosted (or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)), cloud (or Software as a Service (SaaS)), and a hybrid of these other options.
In this quick, easy to understand video, Microsoft explains these options:
For additional information and pricing on our deployment options, click the links below:
Microsoft Dynamics CRM On-premise
Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online
Microsoft Dynamics ERP On-premise
Microsoft Dynamics ERP IaaS
Microsoft Dynamics ERP SaaS
There always seems to be some confusion about whether cloud computing really saves companies money. This is due, in large part, to the fact that no two companies, or two deployments, are the same – so it’s hard to draw a clear comparison or establish any patterns.
Why are cloud deployments so variable? Well, because it includes factors like management, optimization, and additional plug-ins in addition to the complication of trying to compare cloud investments with traditional IT investments. So, you can see, it quickly gets complicated and confusing.
According to James Staten, a researcher for Forrester, one way to help you save costs with a SaaS or cloud solution is to avoid some of these hidden costs:
Our Cloud ERP and Cloud CRM solutions are designed to help you avoid these pitfalls and experience real, quantifiable cost savings. To learn more about how a cloud business management solution could save you money, request a Cloud Impact Assessment!
Source: Forrester, February 18, 2013
With the vast amount of changes in healthcare regulations, it may have been easy to overlook a portion of the new HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement and Breach Rules that related to cloud computing. Because these rules apply to any person or entity that “creates, receives, maintains, or transmits” any private health information, that means they apply to cloud service providers who are now considered “business associates” of the healthcare clients in the eyes of HIPAA.
If you are a healthcare organization working with Socius or another cloud provider, you need to be aware that your cloud provider must commit to a business associate agreement to comply with the Breach Notification Rule – The cloud computing service provider must also agree to yearly HIPAA audits and that its staff must be trained on cloud data security. Policies and procedures of the cloud provider must also be in accordance with the HIPAA security guidelines.
As a result, both the cloud computing firm and the healthcare company are liable for any violations against the HIPAA rules. Likewise, you as the covered healthcare company are also directly responsible for every action of your cloud computing provider.
I share this with you not to scare you away from doing business in the cloud, because the cloud can be highly efficient and cost effective place for you to move your health records, but to encourage you to take extra care when selecting cloud providers.
If you have any questions about Socius Cloud Solutions or our ability to comply with HIPAA regulations, please contact us today!
Source: CloudTimes, January 24, 2013
As a business decision maker, you know the challenges that your organization is facing better than anyone. Have any of these concerns been weighing on your mind?
If so, the solution may be closer than you think. By deploying your business management software in the cloud, you can address and eliminate all of these concerns. A cloud based ERP or CRM solution can help you:
To find out if a cloud business solution is right for your organization, request a Cloud Impact Assessment from Socius today!
You know that the security of your business systems and data is paramount, but actually securing them isn’t always easy. If security questions have you looking to heavens for answers, you are looking in the right direction because the answer could be “the cloud.”
Cloud providers are required to maintain certain levels of security and are accountable to governing organizations as well as their clients. It is essential for cloud providers to have a level of expertise in securing data that is typical higher than most internal IT departments do, meaning that data is often safer from electronic and environmental threats in the cloud than it is in most company’s server rooms. By deploying your business management software solutions in the cloud, it frees up your IT resources from the constant focus on security so that they can address other areas of the organization where they can add value.
Are you constantly worried about:
If so, then you can gain some piece of mind by meeting with our Cloud Services team to learn how a cloud ERP or CRM business solution can affect the security of your critical data. Request a Cloud Impact Assessment today!
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