MDGP 2018 R2 Feature of the Day: Email POP PO Other Form

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog has started a series Feature of the Day posts for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 on which I am following and adding commentary. The series index for this series of posts is here.

The twenty-sixth Feature of the Day is Email POP PO Other Form.

In the Purchase Order Entry window the Email button now has both the Blank Paper and Other Form so you can choose between them when sending the purchase order to the vendor.

Purchase Order Send Email Options

I like this feature of the day. I have a number of clients who want to be able to toggle bewteen two different PO formats for the same creditor; this feature will give them the ability to do so once they have a suitabler Word template created.

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MDGP 2018 R2 Feature of the Day: Email Customer Statements

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog has started a series Feature of the Day posts for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 on which I am following and adding commentary. The series index for this series of posts is here.

The thirteenth Feature of the Day is Email Customer Statements.

This Feature of the Day is all about convenience of sending customer statements. In Dynamics GP 2018 R2 users can email customer statements directly from a button on the action pane in the Customer Maintenance window (Sales area page » Cards » Customer). This new E-mail option will automatically send the statement to the email address setup for the customer:

Customer Maintenance

This feature builds on the Single Customer Statement new feature from Dynamics GP 2018 RTM; the original feature of the day post from Microsoft said “print”, but the linked PowerPoint dsaid “email”.

I believed the email part and when I got hands on with the feature was disappointed to find it was only a print.

I’m assuming this feature for 2018 R2 is in response to my, and others, feedback on the print option. I’m very happy to see this has been expanded to an email option now as this will make this feature usable to quite a few of my clients.

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MDGP 2018 R2 Feature of the Day: Print and E-mail Sales Order Processing Documents

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog has started a series Feature of the Day posts for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 R2 on which I am following and adding commentary. The series index for this series of posts is here.

The fifth Feature of the Day is print and e-mail Sales Order Processing documents.

This new feature add a new option to print and e-mail Sales Order Processing documents at the same time. In the Sales Document Print Options window, you can now select Print Document and Send Document in E-mail at the same time:

Previously, you had to e-mail the documents and then print the remaining but now you can do both at the same time.

On the surface, this sounds like it should be a nice little time saving new feature, but I’m wondering how this ties in with print remaining documents, introduced in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2. I’ll have to wait until I can get hads on to find out.

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Enabling Email for All Master Records

Microsoft Dynamics GPIf when Microsoft Dynamics GP is implemented, you know that email documents is going to be used, the functionality can be enabled alongside the rest of the system, but for clients who were not, for example, using Purchase Order Processing from the start it needs to be switched on after the fact.

When first discussing it with the client, my initial thoughts were to use a macro to enable merged from the supplier list to step through the vendors/creditors and enable that way.

However, just before I started to explain this, I remembered a feature tucked away on the Vendors/Creditors navigation list. If you click the button, in the Modify section of the area pane, of two chevrons pointing to the right you get a pop-up menu containing an Email Settings option:

Creditors navigation list

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Hands On With MDGP 2018 RTM New Features: New Workflow Functionality – Reminder Emails

Microsoft Dynamics GPMicrosoft Dynamics GP 2018 RTM has now been released and I have been taking a Hands On look at the installation and configuration of the new version.

I am now going to take a hands on look at the new and enhanced features introduced in Microsoft Dynamics GP. Rather than do this as a continuation of the Hands On series I wrote in December, as originally intended, I am going to split it out into a separate hands On With the features post. The series index is for this new features series, can be found here.

The eighth feature if the day was Workflow Reminder Emails. This feature allows the Workflow manager to define a time after which a reminder email should be sent to the approver.

The Workflow Maintenance window (Administration area page >> Setup >> Company >> Workflow >> Workflow Maintenance) has has the Workflow Step pane amended to have a Reminder field which allows a number and type of duration to be defined; this field is linked to the Time Limit field:

Workflow Maintenance

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SQL Script to Prefix Email Message Subjects with Test

Microsoft Dynamics GPI had an issue reported with purchase requisitions the other day. I logged on and did a little testing and then, a short wile later, got an email from the client asking about some workflow approval emails some managers had received.

The email to the approvers did not contain the word “test” anywhere in either the subject or body. This lead to me having a horrible moment when I thought I might have done my testing on live; I was able to confirm quickly that I had not.

After this I decided I had better knock a quick script together which the client could incorporate into their live to test copy.

The script is more engineered than it might otherwise need to be as I have included code to only do the update when it is running against a test company (flagged with <TEST> at the end of the Company Name) and where the email subject isn’t already prefixed with the word TEST:

/*
Created by Ian Grieve of azurecurve|Ramblings of a Dynamics GP Consultant (http://www.azurecurve.co.uk)
This code is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 Int).
*/
UPDATE
	['Email Messages']
SET
	EmailMessageSubject = LEFT('TEST: ' + CAST(['Email Messages'].EmailMessageSubject AS CHAR(150)), 150)
FROM
	SY04901 AS ['Email Messages']
INNER JOIN
	DYNAMICS..SY01500 AS ['Company Master']
		ON
			['Company Master'].INTERID = DB_NAME()
WHERE
	['Company Master'].CMPNYNAM LIKE '%<TEST>'
AND
	LEFT(['Email Messages'].EmailMessageSubject, 4) <> 'TEST'
GO

As always, before running a script against a database, make sure you understand the scirpt and have a good backup of the database.

Customising Dynamics GP Workflow Emails: Adding An Image

Microsoft Dynamics GPI thought I had posted about this a littler while ago as part of my Customising Dynamics GP Workflow Emails series, but it seems I missed it. The reason it came back to mind, was when I was onsite with a client doing some training on Workflow, they asked if it was possible to add a company logo to a Workflow task assignment email.

It is. In fact, you can add any image you want to a workflow email. In this example, though, I am going to stick with using a company logo.

In the Message Setup (Administration area page >> Setup >> Company >> Workflow >> Message Setup) window load the message you want to amend and simply add the HTML image tag:

Message Setup

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Dynamics GP Tech Conference 2017: New Features In Workflow

Microsoft Dynamics GPThis post is part of the series I am doing on the Dynamics GP Tech Conference 2017.

There have been new features in other areas, which I will come back to, but Workflow is sort of “my thing”, so I’m going to mention the new features which are being added to Workflow 4.0 (I apparently missed the boat somewhere on the name change to Workflow 3.0?).

The coming new features are:

  • Reminder emails for Workflow – this is a feature which has been requested of ym by a couple of clients recently, so nice that I’ll be able to go back and tell them it will be in the next version.
  • Copy Workflow Step – nice to see this one added as it was one of my suggestions on MS Connect.
  • Reporting for Workflow – I’m not sure what is coming in this, but it would be nice to have some default reports showing the history of documents as they passed through the Workflow.
  • Payables Transaction Workflow – additional fields
  • PO Workflow Messages – additional fields – there are never enough fields available for the Workflow, so nice to know more will be available by default.
  • Add EFT/Bank Details to Vendor Approval Workflow – if this one is as it sounds, that will be fantastic as so many clients want this functionality. I think it only took so long as EFT isn’t anywhere near as big in the US as it is in the UK.
  • GL Account Workflow Approval – I have a couple of clients who can ditch some customisations with this one. And a few more who will be delighted so see this added.
  • Purchase Receiving Workflow – I have a few customers waiting for this one to be introduced.
  • Purchase Enter/Match Invoice Workflow – as above, a few clients are waiting for this one.

I know we can’t have everything we want, and the above are good additions to Workflow, but I still want more!

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Customising Dynamics GP Workflow Emails: Not Just Workflow Emails

Microsoft Dynamics GPOne point I forgot to make when writing the other posts of this series, which was perhaps obvious to all, is that the formatting I have shown in this series, applies not only to the workflow emails, but also to the standard emails sent by Microsoft Dynamics GP. This would include the emails sent to vendors with a PO or remittance or to a customer with an invoice or statement.

While I haven’t gone much beyond what I have covered in this series, it should be possible to do a lot more in formatting terms to the emails. One thing I have thought of, but not tried yet, is wrapping a table around the fields at the top of the table to align them into a neat layout.

A couple of things I have tried, and which did not work, are:

  1. Adding styles to the approval links – any style I added to these links, such as padding or line-height, was ignored.
  2. Adding a div around an image and setting float: left – the image did not float in Outlook.

The final point I would make around formatting the emails, is that just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. If you do format the emails, keep it simple.

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