Hands On With Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 RTM: First Run of Business Analyzer

Microsoft Dynamics GPNow that Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 RTM is available, I thought I could follow my usual pattern of posting a series of posts on how to install and configure both Dynamics GP, but also the additional products which ship with it. You can find the series index for these posts here.

In the last post, I took a quick look at the install of Business Analyzer, so in this post I m going to take a look at running Business Analyzer; I have titled this post “first run”, but it is an action that each user would do as they configure Business Analyzer for use.

Launch Business Analyzer from the Windows Start screen, or search for it if necessary:

Windows Search - Business

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Hands On With Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 RTM: Business Analyzer Installation

Microsoft Dynamics GPNow that Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 RTM is available, I thought I could follow my usual pattern of posting a series of posts on how to install and configure both Dynamics GP, but also the additional products which ship with it. You can find the series index for these posts here.

In my experience, one of the lesser used add-on products for Dynamics GP is Business Analyzer. For the clients I deal with, the majority of them don;t make much investment in creating SSRS reports; instead they use SmartLists, Excel Reports or BI products such as QlikView.

However, even just using the out-of-the-box SSRS reports can make the Business Analyzer program useful, so I figured I’d give a run through of the installation process. Business Analyzer is installed from the same media as Dynamics GP itself. Start setup.exe and, under Additional Products, click on Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Analyzer:

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015

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MDGP 2015 Feature of the Day: Business Analyzer Cross Platform

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 twenty seventh Feature of the Day is Business Analyzer Cross Platform. This features enables tablet users on Windows, iOS or Android to install and use the Microsoft Dynamics Business Analyzer app.

Microsoft Dynamics Business Analyzer is a cross Dynamics Business Intelligence app that enables AX, GP and SL customers the ability to view and take action on key business information right at their fingertips.

Microsoft Dynamics Business Analyzer was initially released in January 2013 to the Windows Store.  The application has been a huge success within the Dynamics community with over 20,000 downloads since the initial release!  We are excited about the continued success of the app as we expand its availability to more platforms and devices.

Cross Platform

The roles targeted by this feature are:

  • All

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MDGP 2015 Feature of the Day: Management Reporter in Business Analyzer

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 twenty sixth Feature of the Day is Management Reporter in Business Analyzer.This features enables users to add Management Reporter content to the Microsoft Dynamics Business Analyzer app:

Companion Application Services Configurator

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Reporting – Second Edition eBook Giveaway

I am pleased to announce that I have teamed up with Packt Publishing and are organizing a give away especially for you. All you need to do is submit a comment below the post and win a free e-copy of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Reporting – Second Edition by David Duncan and Christopher J Liley. Five lucky winners stand a chance to win an e-copy of the book.

Keep reading to find out how you can be one of the Lucky Ones.

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Reporting – Review Incoming

I have received a copy of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Reporting to review which I will be doing over the next couple of weeks.

This is an update to the previous edition of the book for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010, but this one is for the current version:

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Reporting

I’ll be giving it a thorough read and, setting aside my distaste for reporting outside of Management Reporter, I may even follow some of the examples and post a detailed account.

If you don’t want to wait for my review of the book, it can be bought now from Packt Publishing.

Business Analyzer R5 First Run

With Business Analyzer R5 installed it’s time to take a look.

Clicking the tile will launch the app which will show a Net Income – Summary view and, as is standard in Microsoft apps, a slice of the next part of the app:

Net Income - Summary view

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Installing Business Analyzer R5 From The Windows 8 App Store

As mentioned in the last post, Business Analyzer R5 is available from the Windows 8 App Store. As both an inveterate blogger and incorrigible tinkerer I figured I might as well blog about my tinkering with the new app.

Unfortunately, my tinkering will only be able to take me so far as I have just started to build a new test system. However, Business Analyzer R5 can be download, installed and used to view sample data after being downloaded from the Windows 8 App Store.

To install Business Analyzer R5, open the Windows 8 App Store and enter dynamics in the search field and hit return (or the lookup icon). Wait a brief moment and the matching apps will be returned with, i your search works the same as mine, Business Analyzer in the first position:

Windows 8 App Store

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Business Analyzer R5 Now Available From Windows 8 App Store

As of the weekend just gone, a new version of Business Analyzer is available for Microsoft Dynanamics GP from the Windows 8 App Store.

There are several new features that were added to Business Analyzer, plus more are planed to be added in the first half of 2014. This app will become a hub for people who are either casual users of Dynamics GP or don’t even have access to the desktop or web client.

A few of the highlights in Business Analyzer are:

  • HTLM 4/Java Script
  • Azure Service Bus Support
  • New Roles Available
  • New Landing Page defined by each user
  • Ability to have Chart and KPI’s
  • Management Reporter Financial Statements

This is an example of the new landing page:

Business Analyzer R5 Landing Page

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 Announced for Q4

A few days ago, Errol Schoenfish on the Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog announced the forthcoming Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 (or H2 as he named it) for Q4 of the 2013 calendar year.

The part of the announcement which surprised me was the announcement that there would be a “Feature of the Day” starting in September; I thought that, usually, “Feature of the Day” only occurred for major releases and not service packs. Let me say though: this is not a complaint!

In SP2 the Web Client will see the see releases for the Project, Manufacturing and Field Service series as well as the expansion of ISV Extensibility to allow Visual Studio forms to be presented in the Web Client in the same way as Dexterity forms.

Document Attach will be extended to allow attachments to be included in emails and to allow documents attached to cards to be rolled down to the transactions. So a terms and conditions file attached to a customer record could be rolled down to the sales invoices and attached to the email.

One really nice feature is the ability in SmartList to hide the navigation tree; here’s hoping this is a button on the toolbar to quickly expand and shrink the nav pane.

There are additional features so far announced in the blog post including an update to the Windows 8 Business Analyzer app to rewrite it in HTML5 and JavaScriptto allow, amongst other new features, the inclusion of reports from Management Reporter.

For full details of the announcment check the original blog post.