MS Connect Suggestion Sunday: Multiple Items To Vote Upon

Microsoft Dynamics GPI occasionally post suggestions from MS Connect and ask people to read the suggestion and cast their votes. Well, today I don’t have a single suggestion, or even two, but three suggestions for you to vote upon.

One Click Access to SmartList in Web Client

In the desktop client you can access SmartList from the area page, from the Microsoft Dynamics GP menu or via a toolbar icon. However, in the web client, only the first of these options are available and most users of Dynamics GP do not generally know of ways othet than the Microsoft Dynamics GP menu to start SmartList. This suggestion is to make SmartList available via one click in the web client.

Chris Dobkins submitted the suggestion and asked if SmartList can be made available by an icon next to the User Date in the web client; I don’t actually mind where the icon is, but agree that a single click method is required to make SmartList more accessible.

Vote here for this suggestion.

Hide Business Analyzer in Navigation Lists for All Users and All Lists

Business Analyzer can be a good way of seeing infromation from Dynamcis GP, but I have never liked BA being added to the navigation lists in Dynamics GP. This is why I added a recipe to the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Cookbook which allowed it to be switched off globally with a SQL trigger. A Chris says, it would be better to have this functionality available via the GP client itself and allow users to switch it on when wanted.

Vote for this suggestion here.

End a corrupted Web Client Session

This is the third suggestion, suggested by Chris.

From time to time, a web client session will become corrupt. When this happens, you can reconnect to the session, but GP does not work (you may just gets lots of errors pop up in the status spinner, for example). When this happens, the user needs the ability to end the session from the screen that lists your active sessions and the tenants to which you have access to create new sessions. Users have the ability to remove their login from the activity table, and have had for many versions. Ending a hung web client session is the web client version of removing your user from the activity table so that you can log back into GP.

Vote for this suggestion here

MDGP 2015 R2 Feature of the Day: Payables Transaction Approval Workflow

Microsoft Dynamics GPMicrosoft Dynamics GP 2015 R2 will soon be released (due late May/early June and, as with previous releases, Microsoft have started a Feature of the Day series on the Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP Team blog. As I have done with the last three series, I’ll be reposting these blog pists here with a little commentary.

The first Feature of the Day is Payables Transaction Workflow. Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2 saw the introduction of a new Dynamics Workflow module which replaced the old SharePoint one. This module was further extedned in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 and is seeing further improvements in GP 2015 R2.

On the Microsoft Connect website, one of the most requested additions to Workflow was a new Approval Workflow type for Payables Transactions. Well, we asked… and Microsoft delivered.

The Payables Transaction Approval workflow type allows each individual transaction to be submitted for approval (Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 allowed for batches of transactions to be submitted for approval; a workflow type which remains).

Payables Transaction Approval Workflow

I am really pleased to see this Approval type introduced as we have a number of clients who, when shown the Payables Batch Approval workflow, immediately asked if they could submit individual transactions for approval instead of the entire batch.

This Feature of the Day also proves what I have been telling clients for a while; Microsoft do listen to requests for new features, so if there is something you really want, submit it to MS Connect and let me know so I can both vote for it and also publicise it on this site (while writing this I realised how long ago it is since I publicised something).

I’ll have some news on the Workflow front in the near future so keep checking back (I should have more to tell you within a couple of weeks or so).

Click to show/hide the MDGP 2015 R2 Feature of the Day Series Index

MS Connect Suggestion Sunday: Fix Print Icon In Print Payables Checks

Microsoft Dynamics GPMark Polino posted a suggestion to the MS Connect site asking for the print icons on Print Cheques (or Print Checks for our American readers). The details of the suggestion are:

When you select a batch of checks to print in the Print Payables Checks window GP 2013 R2 shows 2 icons labeled “Print” in the center of the Action Pane. The left icon has a printer with a document behind it that resembles a report. The right icon displays a plain printer. It’s very confusing to users to decided which icon to pick to print checks.

The left most icon, the one with an apparent report behind it actually prints checks. The right icon, the one with a plain printer, prints reports. This is not intuitive at all. Neither the icon nor the label indicate which print icon does which. Since the primary function of this window is to print checks it needs to be very obvious to users what to do.

Please clarify both the icon and label to make this easier to use.

This suggestion can be found here; please take a look and add your vote.

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.