Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2 Very Slow Login

Microsoft Dynamics GPI recently assisted a client with upgrading Microsoft Dynamics GP to 2013 R2; after the upgrade was complete we found that logging in was incredibly slow. It would take over two minutes to log in or change company.

We did a few things such as checking that all external shortcuts were valid, checking on the Quick Links and ensuring SSRS was functioning correctly (including removing Business Anlayzer from the homepage) without effect. After spending a little time investigating I remembered a blog post from the Dynamics GP Support and Services Blog where they discussed this as being a known problem with Dynamics GP 2013 R2.

The problem is caused by the navigation lists being duplicated during the upgrade. The areas you’ll see this is in the following:

  1. Under the Purchasing area page:

    • Purchasing Requisition Transactions
    • Purchase Order Transactions
  2. Under the HR & Payroll area page:
    • Historical Timecards
    • Current Timecards

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MS Connect Suggestion Sunday: AP Invoice Approval Workflow

Microsoft Dynamics GPIt seems that quite a few of the MS Connect suggestions I am selecting to post about are in the area of Workflow 2.0 which was a fantastic addition to Microsoft Dynamics GP; I’ve expressed before my delight at the retirement of Business Portal and the original Workflow modules. Workflow 2.0 was introduced in Dynamics GP 2013 R2, was then further enhanced in GP 2015 and the roadmap shows further enhancements will be coming in future.

However, there is always room for user suggestions for improvements to functionality which is where the MS Connect site comes in. Jared Hall has logged a suggestion that approval workflow be added for individual Payables Management invoices; this is a feature that I know several of my clients would be interested in this function as invoices need to be approved by different budget holders and it isn’t always easy to separate these invoices into batches by budget holder.

The suggestion can be found here where you can also cast your vote.

If you have an MS Connect suggestions you want publicised, contact me with details.

MS Connect Suggestion Sunday: PTE Approval Workflow

Microsoft Dynamics GPWorkflow 2.0 was a fantastic addition to Microsoft Dynamics GP; I’ve expressed before my delight at the retirement of Business Portal. Workflow 2.0 was introduced in Dynamics GP 2013 R2, was then further enhanced in GP 2015 and the roadmap shows further enhancements will be coming in future.

However, there is always room for user suggestions for improvements to functionality which is where the MS Connect site. Penny Compton has logged a suggestion that the workflow for PTE Timesheets be expanded to allow individual lines to be approved by the relevant project manager.

The suggestion can be found here where you can also cast your vote.

If you have an MS Connect suggestions you want publicised, contact me with details.

MS Connect Suggestion Sunday: Return PO Number To Requisition Creator

Microsoft Dynamics GPAs the first steps of the replacement of Business Portal, Microsoft introduced purchase requisitions and Workflow 2.0 in Microsoft Dynamics GP. I think both of these are great additions to Dynamics GP, but there is a little disconnect between purchase requisitions and purchase orders.

The issue is that there is no easy out-of-the-box way of notifying the user who created a purchase requisition when it is converted into a purchase order.

Well, SMikeG has posted on MS Connect suggesting that Workflow 2.0 be enhanced to allow the purchase order number to be returned to the user who created the purchase requisition when it is converted into a purchase order. This would allow the user to know that the purchase order has been created from the purchase requisition and is to be sent to the vendor.

The suggestion can be found here where you can also cast your vote.

If you have an MS Connect suggestions you want publicised, contact me with details.

MDGP 2015 Feature of the Day: Project Employee Expense Report Entry

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog has started a series of posts on the new features of, the soon to be released, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015. As I have done for the last two releases, I intend to shadow these posts and add my own opinions on these new feature; the series index is here.

The thirty second Feature of the Day is Project Employee Expense Entry. Project Accounting employees can create expense reports for any projects to which they are assigned. Employees can also be set up to allow delegates to enter expense reports on their behalf.

Workflow approvals and task assignments are defined for expense reports; workflow actions are executed on the documents from the Expense Entry window or from the Navigation lists.

Employee Expenses navigation list

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MDGP 2015 Feature of the Day: Direct Deposit and Workflow

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog has started a series of posts on the new features of, the soon to be released, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015. As I have done for the last two releases, I intend to shadow these posts and add my own opinions on these new feature; the series index is here.

The sixteenth Feature of the Day is Direct Deposit and Workflow. Another option for Employee Self Service in Microsoft Dynamics GP2015 is Employee Direct Deposit.

The Employee Direct Deposit window allows an employee to view and edit their direct deposit information. They can start or stop direct deposit, add or remove accounts and edit the direct deposit distribution.

With workflow for Employee Direct Deposit, the direct deposit changes can be routed to the appropriate people for verification before updating the employees data.

Employee Direct Deposit

The roles targeted by this feature are:

  • All Employees

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MDGP 2015 Feature of the Day: Project Employee Expense Report

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog has started a series of posts on the new features of, the soon to be released, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015. As I have done for the last two releases, I intend to shadow these posts and add my own opinions on these new feature; the series index is here.

The fifth Feature of the Day is Project Employee Expense Report.

Project Accounting employees can create expense reports for any projects to which they are assigned and employees can also be set up to allow delegates to enter expense reports on their behalf.

Workflow approvals and task assignments are defined for expense reports; workflow actions are executed on the documents from the Expense Entry window or from the Navigation lists.

PTE Expenses navigation list

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MDGP 2015 Feature of the Day: Vendor Approval

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog has started a series of posts on the new features of, the soon to be released, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015. As I have done for the last two releases, I intend to shadow these posts and add my own opinions on these new feature; the series index is here.

The fourth Feature of the Day is Vendor Approval. This feature is an enhancement to the new Workflow 2.0 module introduced in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2 which allows users to control the setup and maintenance of vendors.

Vendor Approval allows users to create mandatory workflow processes around the setup and maintenance of vendors. These mandatory processes need to be completed before transactions can be posted. The workflow processes are defined in Workflow Maintenance (Administration area page >> Setup >> Company >> Workflow >> Workflow Maintenance):

Workflow Maintenance

The workflow status appears on the window and actions can be taken directly from those windows, from an email or from a Navigation List.

I want to see more details about this feature as I am very much hoping that the workflow has been extended to include the EFT Bank details.

The new Workflow 2.0 is far, far simpler and easier to implement and use.

The roles targeted by this feature are:

  • All

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MDGP 2015 Feature of the Day: Receivables Management Batch Approval

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog has started a series of posts on the new features of, the soon to be released, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015. As I have done for the last two releases, I intend to shadow these posts and add my own opinions on these new feature; the series index is here.

The third Feature of the Day is Receivables Management Batch Approval. This feature is an enhancement to the new Workflow 2.0 module introduced in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2 which allows users to control the processing of Receivables Management batches in a more streamlined fashion.

Receivables Management Batch Approval allows users to create mandatory workflow processes around Receivables transaction batches. These mandatory processes need to be completed before transactions can be posted. The workflow processes are defined in Workflow Maintenance (Administration area page >> Setup >> Company >> Workflow >> Workflow Maintenance):

Workflow Maintenance

The workflow status appears on the window and actions can be taken directly from those windows, from an email or from a Navigation List.

The new Workflow 2.0 is far, far simpler and easier to implement and use.

The roles targeted by this feature are:

  • All

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MDGP 2015 Feature of the Day: General Ledger Batch Approval

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog has started a series of posts on the new features of, the soon to be released, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015. As I have done for the last two releases, I intend to shadow these posts and add my own opinions on these new feature; the series index is here.

The first Feature of the Day is General Ledger Batch Approval. This feature is an enhancement to the new Workflow 2.0 module introduced in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2 which allows users to control the processing of General Ledger batches in a more streamlined fashion.

General Ledger Batch Approval allows users to create mandatory workflow processes around General, Clearing and Budget transaction batches. These mandatory processes need to be completed before transactions can be posted. The workflow processes are defined in Workflow Maintenance (Administration area page >> Setup >> Company >> Workflow >> Workflow Maintenance):

Workflow Maintenance

The workflow status appears on the window and actions can be taken directly from those windows, from an email or from a Navigation List.

I am delighted that this functionality has been introduced. I’ve done extensive work with a client using the old SharePoint based workflow recently and I am very much looking forward to being able to replace it with the new workflow. The old was so complex; Workflow based on top of SharePoint talking to the Web Services. There were so amny points of failure and skills needed to install and configure that it made it very complex, costly and unstable.

The new Workflow 2.0 is far, far simpler and easier to implement and use.

The roles targeted by this feature are:

  • All

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