Do it all yourself with Abakion Go

Abakion Go with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

Abakion Go is the DIY way to get started on your own with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central. Swap expensive consultants’ fees for a self-instruction guide.

Abakion Go comprises two components:

10-step Do-It-Yourself guide
explains WHAT to do.
Over 300 videos showing HOW to do it.

Guide for self-service Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central

Business Central subscription
+ 3 extra apps
+ 150 best practice templates

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central subscription

Abakion Go is self-service. It is for you if you prefer DIY to a project with external consultants. It is for you if you want to get going here and now – on your own.

– Sune Lohse
Chief Strategy Officer, Abakion

Abakion Go has what you need to get started with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.

If you purchase the basic Business Central subscription from Microsoft, you will miss out on lots of setup, customization and integration options – and then you’ll have to call a consultant.

We have brought together everything a consultant normally does in a comprehensive package that we’ve named Abakion Go. That means Abakion Go comes with a ton of templates and apps, enabling you to get started with Business Central by yourself.

Your step-by-step guide with Abakion Go

What really makes Abakion Go unique is the guide.

  • The guide includes 10 steps explaining what tasks you need to perform, and in what order.
  • For each task, the guide explains in detail what you need to decide and what the choice entails.
  • Each task has one or more videos showing how to tackle it in Business Central.
  • You can mark each task as done, and track how far you’ve come – and what remains to be done – in the Abakion Go dashboard.

You are on your own, but our guide and videos will hold your hand all the way.

You are welcome to look at the entire Abakion Go guide beforehand. It is open and freely accessible here. You can browse through it and see whether it’s a job you want to take on.

Abakion Go Dashboard for Dynamics 365 Business Central

Your subscription with Abakion Go

Setup template

The basic solution from Microsoft is not ready for use. It requires setting up, a job that typically takes 50 to 100 hours, before you can post your first entry.

We have built a template containing a complete setup in 150 master tables. This represents best practice based on several decades of experience, and it covers 99% of all companies’ needs. The Abakion Go guide will help you set up the last 1% yourself.

Avoid the setup work (and the consultancy fees) with the Abakion Go template. Then Business Central will be ready to use.

Three apps included

Microsoft’s basic solution isn’t enough when it comes to functionality, either. If you have worked with Dynamics NAV previously, you will be used to adding fields, editing documents and setting up data exchanges.

Business Central is the new version of Dynamics NAV, so you will need the same customizations you’ve always had – and, when you choose Abakion Go, you get them in the form of apps. Three apps are included in the package. These are three apps verified by Microsoft and available on Microsoft AppSource.

Master Data Information from Microsoft AppSource

Master Data Information

With Master Data Information, you can design the data structure for items, vendors, customers and other tables. It ensures that you can avoid customizations, because you can create new fields without developing in the solution.

It is a PIM system in Business Central that lets you search for items across all master data, create items from a template, bulk-update many entries at once, attach files, let data flow from customers and items to open orders and posted documents – and all these functions can also be used on many other tables such as customers and vendors, avoiding the need for all the usual customizations.

Read more »View on AppSource »

Document Customizer from Microsoft AppSource

Document Customizer

With Document Customizer, you can edit the content and layout of documents such as invoices, order confirmations, shipping notes, purchase orders, quotes etc.

You can insert data, text and logos – including item, customer or vendor-dependent text. You can manage documents in multiple languages, use different layouts for different customers, time-restrict document texts and so on.

This way, you can tweak your documents yourself without developing.

Read more »View on AppSource »

Dynamic Data Exchange from Microsoft AppSource

Dynamic Data Exchange

With Dynamic Data Exchange, you can easily set up integrations to other systems and services. This usually involves development work, but this app gives you setup features so you can build integrations yourself.

You can set up automated, scheduled data exchanges, map tables and fields, merge and trim data, calculate, format – everything you need in a normal data integration.

No costly development of your simple integrations.

Read more »View on AppSource »

All the fine print …

… is written in large here

It is important that you know what you get, and what you DON’T get, with Abakion Go. That’s why we set out the important conditions here, where you can’t miss them.

  • No personal support is included in the package. You are on your own. The point of the concept is that you can get by with the guide, the templates and all the videos (in English). You can optionally purchase 10-hours of prepaid Abakion Go-support. We call it a ‘lifeline’ – enabling you to call us if you need help along the way. It does not give access to general support and user assistance when you start using the solution.
  • You must be sure you can do it yourself. This means that (before you buy) you must familiarize yourself with the Abakion Go documentation. It is all open and accessible so that you can feel confident.
  • If you don’t already know Business Central, you need to be confident that the solution can do what it needs to. It is no good finding out afterwards that you had different expectations. If there is something you need to be certain is covered, ask us in advance.
  • If you have worked with ERP previously, that will stand you in better stead. If you have never worked with ERP before, Abakion Go probably isn’t for you.
  • If you have experience of smaller finance systems, you will find that the complexity increases with Business Central, because it is an ERP solution for companies who want to manage the whole supply chain.
  • The setup included in the package is the setup you get. Our templates are based on decades of experience and are used by a great many companies both large and small. We feel very confident that the templates can be used in your company as well, but it is of course a matter of trust, in that you have to count on them working for you too. Should it turn out that odd things are missing, you will have to add them or have them added by a consultant.
  • You can import customers, vendors, items, sales prices, purchase prices (and routings and bills of material if you have Production) yourself using Import Worksheet tools and our ready-made Excel templates. These are included in Abakion Go. Other than that, though, no data migration is included in the package. Your history, such as posted documents, finance entries and item entries, will not be transferred. And you key in or transfer open purchase and sales orders yourself, and key in and post opening balances, when you go live.
  • You can cancel month to month – by giving one month’s notice before the day of the month on which you originally subscribed. Microsoft has a rule that you are tied in for one year, but after that you are completely free.

… so what does it cost?

The subscription is free of charge while you are working on Abakion Go. Up to 30 days for one user.

One-off charge for all help documentation, setup templates, preparation of the solution and forwarding of login details. Exclusive of VAT.
Monthly subscription fee per named user. The number of users can be changed up or down each month as needed, but Microsoft requires you to commit to one year. Exclusive of VAT.

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Abakion Go timeline

Important deadlines in an Abakion Go project
Important deadlines in an Abakion Go project

You choose for yourself when to request access to the solution.
You can spend as long as you like on Abakion Go.
Subscription is free for the first 30 days.

When you’ve purchased Abakion Go …

When you have purchased Abakion Go using the form above, we will point you to step 1 of the guide.

There, you will make your first choices, and at the end of step 1 you can opt to request access to your Dynamics 365 Business Central. You will then receive an email with your login details, and your 30-day free subscription will begin.

You can then work your way through all steps of Abakion Go. If you have bought the optional lifeline prepayment card, you can call and email us for help with the tasks in the Abakion Go guide. There are also lots of videos to help you on your way.

When you come to make the solution live in the final step, you will switch to a standard subscription with the number of users you selected at the time of purchase. You are now done and dusted, and your Business Central is ready for use.

Enjoy!

I can do it myself with Abakion Go.
How about you?

Frequently asked questions

How can I find out whether the solution has all the features I need?

There are two aspects to this question. First of all, you must be sure that the ERP solution from Microsoft has the features you need. If you do not already know the solution, you can see general videos on this page and read about features at the bottom of this page. If you want to be very thorough, it is also possible to have a trial version of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central issued so that you can try out the solution in detail.

Secondly, you must also satisfy yourself that Abakion Go includes all the setup you need. Abakion Go is a best practice package put together over decades, so we have great confidence in the quality of the content. That is why we have made all the content freely available. You can click your way through all 10 steps of Abakion go and evaluate the content. That way, there’ll be no surprises along the way.

How experienced do I need to be to complete Abakion Go unaided?

You don’t need in-depth experience with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central to complete Abakion Go. There are videos to guide you through it all, so it is accessible to a great many people.

The main thing is that you have a bit of experience both with ERP and with your company. If you have previously worked with ERP at superuser level, that will stand you in good stead. But you also need an understanding of many aspects of your company so that you can make decisions about the data to be input to the ERP system. A foot in both worlds will stand you in good stead.

If you haven’t worked with ERP before, or have only worked with very simple finance systems, or if you are not part of (or connected with) your company’s finance department, Abakion Go will be an uphill struggle. You would be better off opting for another type of project, where you can get more help from external consultants.

What do I do if I get stuck halfway and can’t complete the project?

Abakion Go is DIY, so the assumption is that you are on your own. That’s why we place so much emphasis on your being able to evaluate everything before you buy. Then again, we really don’t want to see you get stuck and have a bad experience.

There are often videos describing how you can move forward in the process, and we will be very happy to guide you towards the right videos for you to watch.

We also recommend you purchase what we call a ‘lifeline’ option. This is a support service in the form of a 10-hour prepayment card enabling you to call us for help with moving forward in the Abakion Go process. It can only be used for Abakion Go. It is valid until you go live, after which it cannot be used for ordinary user support. On the other hand, it is cheap. Look at it as insurance against being left high and dry if the going gets tough.

What does the Abakion Go subscription include?

When you take out an Abakion Go subscription, it includes a subscription to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and subscriptions to three apps from AppSource: Master Data Information, Document Customizer and Dynamic Data Exchange. These four subscriptions are priced as a combined bundle, so you get a discount as compared with subscribing to them individually.

How do I cancel the subscription – or parts of it?

An Abakion Go subscription can only be taken out or cancelled as a package. For example, if there’s one of the three apps that you don’t use, you cannot save money by cancelling that one app. You can cancel Abakion Go altogether and re-subscribe to the individual parts, but that is not guaranteed to be cheaper, as Abakion Go provides a volume discount.

You can easily cancel the subscription by contacting Abakion. You can cancel by giving one month’s notice before the cut-off day of the month, which is determined by the date on which you originally purchased the solution.

Will I be tied in to Abakion if I choose Abakion Go?

No, you won’t be tied in. We give you a volume discount if all your subscriptions are with us, and of course you will miss out on that if you no longer want to have your Microsoft licence registered with us as your dealer – but you are not tied in.

You can by all means transfer your Dynamics 365 Business Central to another dealer. The solution is hosted with Microsoft, so it is actually quite simple and easy to change dealers. The subscription to the three apps will then continue at the current price on Microsoft AppSource. You can also opt to stop the subscription to some or all of these apps should you so wish.

Can I change my mind and get a refund?

We’d much rather have happy, satisfied customers, so, if you change your mind about your purchase, in principle we will be happy to give a refund. However, there is an important cut-off point after which there is no going back, and your need to bear this in mind.

At the end of step 1 in Abakion Go, when you choose to request access to the solution, you set our people to work, and we then supply a licence and access to Dynamics 365 Business Central and associated apps. When you click the ‘YES’ button in this step, there is no going back as far as the start-up price, the lifeline prepayment card and the first year’s Business Central subscription are concerned. That aside, you can of course cancel whenever you like.

How does the 30-day free subscription work?

Completing Abakion Go naturally requires access to Dynamics 365 Business Central. But we also know that it takes a little time for you to be ready go live with all users. It would therefore be no fun having to pay full price from day one.

You have free access to Business Central for one user for 30 days, including all apps and setup. So, you have 30 days to complete Abakion Go before the subscription proper begins.

If you take less than 30 days to complete Abakion Go, the subscription proper will start when you opt to go live with the solution. At that point, you also need all the user accounts.