Amplify Is In Five Weeks

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Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Amplify Conference is only 5 weeks away when Microsoft will show off Dynamics GP 2016 to customers and partners.

Amplify will offer a first look at Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 and it will facilitate direct dialogue with Microsoft on future versions of Dynamics GP. Many of the sessions will be taught directly by the Microsoft Dynamics GP Product Team so you can improve your understanding of Dynamics GP.

If you’re deciding if this event will benefit you, here are some event highlights.

At Amplify, you can:

  • Connect with Microsoft to learn about product roadmaps and the future direction of the Dynamics GP product.
  • Dive into the features and functionality of Dynamics GP 2016, the latest release, with sessions led by the Microsoft Dynamics GP Product team.
  • Bring your support questions to Microsoft to receive live help at their Support Help Desk.
  • Discover the latest ISV solution innovations and new product updates. You can view all of the sponsors who will be exhibiting, by visiting the gpugamplify.com website (under the Sponsor tab).
  • Participate in pre-conference (Sunday, May 22) or post-conference (afternoon of Wednesday, May 25) Academy instructor-led training.
  • Sit for your Dynamics GP certification exams will be available.

Registration is now open.

See you there!

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MDGP 2016 R1 Feature of the Day: Word Templates for Batch Approval Workflow

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2 saw the introduction of the Workflow 2.0 (which was the subject of myfourth book. Workflow 2.0 was enhanced further in both Microsoft Dynamics 2015 R1 and R2, and is again being improved in Dynamics GP 2016 R1.

This time, the enhancement is a twofold one. Firstly, the Batch Edit lists have a default Word Template and, secondly, this can be emailed to the workflow approver:

Workflow Maintenance

Edit List Report

The main features of are:

  • Workflow Batch Approvals now have a default Word Template for the following edit lists:
    • Gneeral Ledger Batches
    • Payables Batches
    • Receivables Batches
  • Can be emailed to approver for complete information before approving

I think this feature will prove to be popular with those clietn using Workflow approvals as an approver will always want s much information before approving as possible. This will likely be of great interest when Workflow approvals are being used.

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MDGP 2016 R1 Feature of the Day: SmartLists from Favorites

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As mentioned in the previous post, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 saw the introduction of SmartList Designer and have been gradually improving it since. This new feature allows a user to create a new SmartList from a favourite, instead of just from a SmartList Object:

SmartList

SmartList Designer

The main features of are:

  • A user can create a new SmartList from a favourite using Designer
  • The user doesn’t have to remove all extra columns from the default SmartList

This new feature will ease the creation of a SmartList Object simialr to an existing favourite instead of a copy of the default SmartList Object to which the favourite belongs.

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MDGP 2016 R1 Feature of the Day: Export/Import in SmartList Designer

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 SP2 saw the introduction of SmartList Designer. It was reasonably useful, but nowhere near as useful as SmartList Builder. Little by little Microsoft are making SmartList Designer more useful. Microsoft Dynamics 2016 R1 actually makes it quote a bit more useful by adding the ability to export and import SmartLists:

Export/Import in SmartList Designer

Import in SmartList Designer

Export in SmartList Designer

One f the problems with SmartList Designer was that you had to create the SmartList on the server on which you wanted it; you could not develop it on a test system or development system and if, as a partner, you wanted to give it to another client you had to recreate it. This is why I often created SQL Views and plugged them in rather than creating the SmartList in the Designer.

I’ll need to do some testing to see how good the export/import functionality is, but this feature may allow us to put together SmartLists on our development system and then export them for clients.

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MDGP 2016 R1 Feature of the Day: Analytical Accounting User Access Settings

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In Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 R1 Analytical Accounting has been enhanced to add an option to allow users to be given access to all transaction dimensions:

Analytical Accounting User Access Settings

This is a nice simple feature but one which will make maintaining Analytical Accounting so much easier. I have more clients using the old Multi-Dimensional Analysis than AA, with maintaining access being one of the sticking points so I may have to have a chat with them and see if this changes the equation.

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MDGP 2016 R1 Feature of the Day: Budget Import Exception Report

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MDGP 2016 R1 Feature of the Day: Budget Import Exception Report

This feature of the day is the production of an exception report during the Budget import. This is going to be a very popular one:

The main features of are:

  • When importing a budget from Excel, an exception report will print displaying accounts that aren’t setup in Dynamics GP

The Budget Wizard is a good tool, but it has always been problematic to identify accounts on the budget upload which didn’t exist. This new feature will make importing budgets far easier now any missing accounts are highlighted.

I have a couple of customers who might be tempted to upgrade just to get this one feature (including one who just upgrade to Dynamics GP 2015 R2.

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MDGP 2016 R1 Feature of the Day: Payroll Posting Accounts

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MDGP 2016 R1 Feature of the Day: Payroll Posting Accounts

Again a US and Canadian only feature of the day; the use of Payroll posting accounts has been made easier:

Payroll Posting Accounts

The main features of are:

  • See all posting accounts in a navigation list
  • Easily filter and sort accounts with navigation list functionality
  • Export and Import payroll posting accounts using Microsoft Excel

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MDGP 2016 R1 Feature of the Day: Prepayments on Purchase Orders

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MDGP 2016 R1 Feature of the Day: Prepayments on Purchase Orders

Again this feature of the day is building on one introduced in a recent version. Prepayments were introduced in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2, but all the clients I spoke to about it said that it wasn’t useful as the prepayment could only cover the subtotal.

This feature of the day allows the prepayment amount to cover taxes, freight and miscellaneous:

Prepayments on Purchase Orders

The main features of are:

  • Prepayment amount on purchase orders can now include Taxes, Freight and Miscellaneous
  • Entire PO amount can be included in the prepayment

This update to prepayments finally makes them usable. I’ll need to remember the clients I have previously discussed it with and let them know of the new functionality.

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MDGP 2016 R1 Feature of the Day: Inactive Pay Codes Lookup

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This feature of the day is for the US and Canada only; the ability to exclude inactive pay codes from lookups:

Inactive Pay Codes Lookup

The main features of are:

  • Option to exclude inactive pay codes from the pay codes lookup
  • Works for Employee Pay Codes Lookup and the Pay Codes lookup window

Payroll in Dynamics GP is US and Canada only so I have no commentary to add to this feature.

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MDGP 2016 R1 Feature of the Day: Excel Export as Numbers

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This feature of the day puzzles me somewhat as I would swear this was a feature introduced within the last couple of versions. It is the export of numbers as numbers from a SmartList:

Excel Export as Numbers

As I mentioned in the introductory paragraph, this is a feature I believe was already introduced, but upon further reflection this may be a slightly different new feature.

The previous feature I am thinking of (but can’t find a specific announcement) exported the numbers to five decimal places and without a currency symbol. The example given in the screenshot, above, has a currency symbol and is to two decimal places.

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