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Press Releases & Whitepapers

Below is our latest news, hot off-the-press from Optimum.

You’ll also find below a series of whitepapers on various industry topics. Happy reading.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 User Training – Settle for Task Recorder or Go Bespoke?

Enhancements to the Task Recorder tool in the new Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations (AX7) ERP system are being heralded as ‘very exciting’, with claims ‘it doesn’t get easier than that when it comes to training’. But here at Optimum we’d recommend you draw a careful comparison between the quality of staff training that comes from users independently following a series of automated task guides or a suite of bespoke materials created to support a training programme tailored to your business, your processes and your system build. The latest release of Dynamics AX (Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Enterprise edition) includes a revamp to Task Recorder so that it...

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Optimum’s marathon effort for Pedal Power

IT training consultancy Optimum has donated a specialised hand bike to Pedal Power, after one of its consultants ran a personal best in the 2016 London Marathon in aid of the charity. Hackney-based Pedal Power was set up in 2004 as a cycling club for teenagers and adults with learning disabilities. It now has 1,000 members and runs weekly sessions at the Emirates Stadium and in Finsbury Park, London, using more than 100 specially adapted bikes. Pedal Power founder Jo Roach, said: “Cycling gives our members a real sense of freedom and empowerment. It’s often the only way they can travel easily at any sort of speed and be a...

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Optimum provides Dynamics AX2012 training at Wyevale Garden Centres

The IT consultancy Optimum has completed the first phase of end user training for staff at Wyevale Garden Centres (WGC) on its new Microsoft Dynamics AX2012 system. WGC operates 152 garden centres throughout the UK, employing more than 5,000 people. This implementation represents a major change and WGC wanted a consultancy with extensive experience of Dynamics AX2012 to design, develop and deliver job-specific training courses and various reference materials for end-users. Training delivery also utilised WGC’s handheld retail terminals which linked to Dynamics AX using an external ISV. Optimum initially designed and delivered role-based courses for till supervisors, managers, stock maintenance and cash management. As well as this, two users...

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Optimum wins LPI accreditation for 11th year running

The IT training consultancy, Optimum, has been awarded accreditation by the Learning and Performance Institute for the 11th year running. Accreditation is a globally recognised quality benchmark and depends on a company being able to demonstrate continual improvements in its services. Optimum specialises in designing, developing and delivering highly effective, bespoke end-user training programmes and materials. Having formed in 1998, its consultants have since trained more than 300,000 end users on over 20 different ERP and finance systems across more than 42 countries. Colin Steed, CEO of the Learning and Performance Institute, said: “Maintaining accreditation for 11 years is a fantastic achievement. LPI accreditation is unique in the way it...

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US manufacturing firm Glen-Gery selects Optimum for Oracle JD Edwards ERP Training

Glen-Gery (part of the Ibstock Building Products Group) has selected Optimum as the end-user training partner to develop and deliver the Oracle JD Edwards ERP training programme to support Glen-Gery’s Brick Centres and Plants in North America. The implementation will involve more than 140 staff across 20+ locations moving from their legacy system, to Oracle JD Edwards 9.1. Staff will be gathered at a central hub in Pittsburgh, PA for classroom training sessions in preparation for their go-live. Optimum has developed a series of role-based classroom courses and end-user reference materials for various audiences within Finance, Administrative and Sales Order Management. “We recently supported the Oracle JD Edwards ERP upgrade...

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