Hands On With Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 R1: First Opinions on the HTML5 Web Client

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Microsoft Dynamics GPIn the last post, I showed the new HTML5 web client, but didn’t really give an opinion on how well I thought it worked.

Not having to install SilverLight on each PC or laptop which will run the web client is a definite plus; likewise it being cross platform and supported on Chrome, Safari and Firefox is another plus.

The HTML5 web client is also, in my opinion, quicker than the old SilverLight one.

However, there is one large negative which escaped me when doing initial testing and which Belinda Allen pointed out, although not on her blog, you can only have one open at a time; when you open a window the area pages are disabled, preventing you from opening another:

Vendor Maintenance

You can still drill down to other windows so you can for example drill from the Account Summary Inquiry to the Detailed Summary Inquiry or from Vendor Maintenance to Country Code Maintenance:

Country Code Maintenance

When you do open one window from a drill down the original window is then disabled. To toggle between them you need to use the Search for a Form or Report window:

Search for a Form or Report

This situation has created a bit of an outcry at Microsoft asking that they do further work to allow multiple window to be open at the same time. There is a post on the Microsoft Connect site where you can vote on this issue and impress upon Microsoft the importance that a resolution is found for this issue. You can vote here.

One of the main issues with the approach Microsoft have taken is that some ISV products rely on having more than one window open at the same time; another is it can seriously interrupt your workflow by being restricted to one window. Imagine, you’re half-way through creating a new vendor card when a customer rings up with an invoice query; you’d need to close the Vendor Maintenance window to open the Transactions by Debtor one.

More information on this issue has been posted by MVPs David Musgrave and Beat Bucher.

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“The Rebel Alliance Needs You!” or “Vote To Resurrect Multi-Dimensional Analysis”

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There was a recent discussion about Multi-Dimensional Analysis (MDA) and Analytical Accounting (AA) between a group of Microsoft MVPs for Microsoft Dynamics GP; this group involved people from at least three continents and resulted in a fairly unanimous opinion that Multi-Dimensional Analysis was a useful module.

More useful in many ways than Analytical Accounting which was intended to replace it. The problem being that while MDA was fairly simple and easy to use, AA was fairly complex and clunky. While the reporting options for AA are more comprehensive than MDA, they are still not up to the standard of much of Dynamics GP itself.

To this end a suggestion has been logged on Microsoft Connect which we would appreciate you voting on. Suggestions on MS Connect with a lot of votes stand a good chance of being included in a later version of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

Please visit and vote on this suggestion.

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MS Connect Suggestion: Fixed Asset Management – Depreciate Over Longer Than 99 Years

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I have submitted a suggestion to Microsoft Connect which I would appreciate people voting for. The issue is that Microsoft Dynamics GP Fixed Asset Management only supports depreciation over a 99 year life; in the UK property/land can need to be depreciated over 125 years (or sometimes even longer).

As GP doesn’t support this, clients are often reluctant to use the Fixed Assets module as they will have to handle the long-life assets in Excel and they commonly take the view that they might as well do all assets that way so that they are all stored in the same place.

Updating GP to support three character years would be of great benefit and allow assets to be depreciated over the correct life span. Please take a look and vote on this suggestion.

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Please Vote For MS Connect Suggestion – Management Reporter Default Page Setup

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I realise this probably won’t interest the American readership, but I would appreciate it if you could vote for an MS Connect suggestion I have logged for Management Reporter.

In Management Reporter there is no way to change the default page setup except by editing each Report Definition.

This is an issue in the UK because the default page size here is A4 rather than Letter (as is common in the US). This means that every single new report created needs to be edited to have an A4 page size.

I think it would be incredibly useful if there was a global page setup which could be defined and would be the default for every single new report created in Management Reporter. Not only would it allow for a default page size, but also allow for a global default margin size or to choose between portrait and landscape as the default orientation.

If you think this suggestion is a good one, then please vote here and tell Microsoft how many people would benefit.

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Mark Polino’s Weekly MS Connect Suggestion – Allow Bank Transactions Through The Intercompany Module

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Continuing Mark Polino’s weekly DynamicAccounting.net series of posts recommending an MS Connect suggestion.

This weeks is a vote on allowing bank transactions through the intercompany module.

If you’d be interested in seeing this change made, please go to Connect and vote.

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Mark Polino’s Weekly MS Connect Suggestion – Better Control of SmartList Visibility

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Continuing Mark Polino’s weekly DynamicAccounting.net series of posts recommending an MS Connect suggestion.

This weeks is a vote on changing the default SmartList visibility option. This suggestion differs from the previous ones as it is one of Mark’s own suggestions that he has submitted to the MS Connect site.

I’ll admit I’ve tended not to stress to customers that any one of the options in the SmartList favourites window is any better than the others; I’ve tended to explain what they all do and left it at that. But thinking about it now, this is a bad approach as without guidance to any particular selection the average user will leave it at the default which is currently System. Mark’s suggestion would change this to User which would generally leave a tidier SmartList favourites list visible to the system.

If you’d be interested in seeing this change made, please go to Connect and vote.

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Mark Polino’s Weekly MS Connect Suggestion – Multi-Company Support In One Database

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Continuing Mark Polino’s weekly This weeks is a vote on adding support for multiple companies within one database. This is the first of mark’s suggestions to vote on that I’m slightly sceptical of.

Generally, a second company is dealt with in a separate database when it is a separate legal entity. If it’s not then it’s handled within the account framework (i.e. the first segment is defined as the company code); I can’t really envisage the technical approach that might be needed for a third way. Perhaps it’s just a failure of the imagination and someone can enlighten me.

If you’d be interested in seeing this change made, please go to Connect and vote.

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Mark Polino’s Weekly MS Connect Suggestion – See Checkbook on Cash Receipts Inquiry

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Continuing Mark Polino’s weekly This weeks is a vote on making the chequebook ID a cash receipt is for visible on the enquiry window.

If you’d be interested in seeing this change made, please go to Connect and vote.

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Mark Polino’s Weekly MS Connect Suggestion – More Flexible Payment Terms

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Continuing Mark Polino’s weekly This weeks is a vote on making the payment terms more flexible.

If you’d be interested in seeing this change made, please go to Connect and vote.

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Mark Polino’s Weekly MS Connect Suggestion – Auto Deposit of Cash Receipts in Bank

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Continuing Mark Polino’s weekly DynamicAccounting.net series of posts recommending an MS Connect suggestion.

This weeks is a vote on adding an option to allow bank deposits to be automatically posted in Bank Reconciliation; this would be of great benefit if you’re receiving lots of individual payments hitting your bank account such as standing orders or BACS transfers which at present requires someone to post each one manually.

If you’d be interested in seeing this change made, please go to Connect and vote.

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