It’s been a busy fortnight for both Cisco and Microsoft Dynamics. Here are a few highlights.
Cisco releases reverse mentoring plan
To help with strategy development, Cisco has set up a reverse mentoring plan that encourages younger and less-experienced staff to advise its managers.
The plan is currently in motion in Cisco Asia, which vice president for commercial business in Asia Pacific, Japan and China Sabrina Lin announced when asked about how the company is engaging generation Y.
According to Ms Lin, some of the managers do not have much contact with generation Y so younger mentors can help them tap into this market.
Cisco to cut data centre costs
Cisco is aiming to cut the costs incurred at its data centres using a new tool called EnergyWise Management.
The company says that power consumption from IT accounts for its biggest unmanaged expense, with this taking up 80 per cent of its electricity uses across its offices.
EnergyWise Management allows users to see how efficiently its network devices are working as well as how much power is being consumed.
Head of the Industry Solutions Group at Cisco Faiyaz Shahpurwala explained that as most companies do not have an individual assigned to manage energy, the tool covers this job for the business.
MS Dynamics Business Analyzer R5 updated
Microsoft has updated its MS Dynamics Business Analyzer R5.
The new version features updated support for Dynamics ERP products, now collaboration tools and is compatible with a wider range of data sources.
It can support data from SQL Server Reporting Services, Microsoft Dynamics Management Reporter and SQL Server Analysis Services Cubes.
Users of the Business Analyzer R5 app are able to search through and interact with data from MS Dynamics GP 2013, MS Dynamics SL 2011 FP1 and MS Dynamics AX R2. However, Pam Misialek of Microsoft says only a preview is available to use the tool with AX.
Second phase of MS Dynamics AX 2012 implemented at Lotus F1
The second phase of implementation of MS Dynamics AX within the Lotus F1 team has been completed.
It has now deployed AX 2012 R2 for use by the aerodynamics division within the team.
General manager of MS Dynamics Fred Studer says the new tool will involve capabilities that are more removed from back office processes and closer to the race track. An example of this is its integration with the product lifecycle management system owned by the team.
MS Dynamics ask users to comment on its updates
Following updates to its ERP and CRM solutions so far in 2013, MS Dynamics is calling on its users to comment on the changes.
It will be using its Fall 2013 MSDynamicsWorld.com reader survey to gauge sentiment, actions and plans of its customers and partners.
Using the responses, MS Dynamics will be able to map trends and changes in its community, particularly compared to the results from its spring survey.
To encourage its users to take part in the survey, MS Dynamics is offering respondents the chance to win one of several $50 vouchers for Amazon.