The web client was a god addition to Microsoft Dynamics GP and I do like the HTML 5 version introduced in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 RTM. While we have a few clients using it, and some only use the web client, we’ve not had any clients using both the web client and Account Level Security.
MVP Jen Kuntz is different; she’s currently looking at the web client for the company she works with and has come across an interesting problem.
The short version is printing the standard report version of the Trial Balance doesn’t work in the web client when Account Level Security is enabled:
Related to this problem, is another problem whereby user’s don’t have access to any accounts and so can’t do anything around transaction entry, enquiries or reports.
For full details of both of these issues, read Jen’s blog.
As Jen notes, both of these issues have written up as outstanding quality issues:
- Bug #1 is Trial Balance report does not work when signing into Web Client with Windows Authentication if Account Security is enabled.
- Bug #2 is Web Client users not able to post if Account Security is turned on. The user receives the error “Access denied/Account Missing”
The bad news is there is no timeline for fixing them, and from the sounds of it, it’ because there aren’t a lot of customers reporting this issue back to Microsoft. A “product suggestion” has been added to the new Ideas site for this which Jen encourages you to vote for:
Bug #1 aka product suggestion #1 link is here.
Bug #2 aka product suggestion #2 link is here.
This suggestion is one from MVP Mariano Gomez to improve the payment run process by allowing multicurrency invoices to be included.
Currently, the payment selection process only allows vouchers issued in the batch currency to be selected and added to the check run. If the user wants to add foreign currency vouchers, he/she needs to use the Edit Checks window to add such vouchers. It would be nice to be able to have an option to include functional currency vouchers in the case of a foreign currency batch, or foreign currency vouchers in the case of a functional currency batch.
This is the use case:
If a payment selection is performed and the batch currency is CA$, only the first voucher will be selected. To add Invoice 2 and 3, you would have to use the Edit Checks window to include both vouchers.
Conversely, if the batch currency is US$ and the payment selection for vendor A is performed, only invoices 2 and 3 would be selected and you would have to use the Edit Checks window to include Invoice 1.
What Mariano would like to see is all invoices selected (based on selection rules) and let the user deal with the exceptions, as it should be.
As mentioned, all the logic is already there via the Edit Checks window and it would be nice to incorporate as part of the payment selection process. As others have mentioned, having multicurrency vouchers included could be a payables configuration item or simply an additional option in the Select Payments (Select Checks) window.
Mark Polino has also suggested that this functionality be optioned with Rod O’Connor further suggesting the option be on the Select Checks window itself to allow maximum flexibility. Both of these seem like a good addition to Mariano’s idea.
The suggestion can be voted on here.
Newly anointed MVP Jen Kuntz, of Kuntz Consulting Inc. has a new blog post up where she discusses what the launch of Dynamics 365 means for Microsoft Dynamics GP and the rumours which have been springing up.
Unfortunately, some of these rumours seem to be coming from Microsoft partners themselves.
I was at the reIMAGINE Dynamics GP partner conference earlier this year, where Errol Schoenfish, the Director of Product Marketing at Microsoft, reiterated, and got us to stand up and repeat along with him that “Microsoft Dynamics GP is going nowhere.
Microsoft then displayed a slide showing the continuing development of Dynamics GP (and NAV and AX and SL alongside Dynamics 365):
Microsoft Dynamics GP roadmap
That was followed up more recently with a roadmap for Dynamics GP with the release of 2016 R2 at the start of December this year and GP 2018 at the start of December next year, with GP “NExt” following a year later:
Microsoft Dynamics GP roadmap
My reference to Project Green in the post title, was slightly tongue in cheek. Back in 2008, a merger of the Dynamics ERP was looked into briefly be Microsoft, before being discarded. That was Project Green.
It still comes up in conversations now; last year we had a prospect in who mentioned a competitor selling another ERP mentioning that GP would be merged with NAV. He stopped at that point when he saw my huge roll eyes, and confirmed it as Project Green when I asked. I then explained what it was and when it ended.
That’s the problem with rumours. When they start they can be difficult to stop. The message on Dynamics 365 from Microsoft hasn’t been great and needs to improve.
The second session was one with somewhat controversial content, the Dynamics 365 for Consultants session. This session was opened by Errol Schoenfish and then handed over to Chad Sogge for the demonstration section. Dynamics 365 does look fairly swish, but I do wonder where we’d fit it our offerings.
Yes, the Cloud is not just coming, but is also here now. Dynamics 365 would appear to be pitched at the bottom end of the ERP market; a market which can be met by a hosted Dynamics GP implementation while Dynamics GP also retains it’s ability to scale upwards as required. Perfect Image has a client with over 250 concurrent users, and Njevity spoke of one with 400 plus concurrent users). It is viewed by some people as the next Office Accounting; remember that? Yeah, not many do.
At Perfect Image, we have a small number of clients who have gone for web client only implementations of Dynamics GP and I have been looking into providing what would basically be a SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) offering. It turns out there are US partners out there who are far ahead of us, not only in thoughts about it, but actually implementing it, such as Njevity. I am lead to believe MVP John Lowther was responsible for much of their work (more on this in the next post) along with their wider team.
So, while having a cloud offering is required, this is something which can be offered by partners using Dynamics GP, rather than taking on a functionality limited cloud only offering. At the moment, it is limited not only in functionality of features, but also in how it can be extended; it is a vary rare implementation which does not require some customisation or development of something somewhere; which you cannot do in D365.
The only way to add extra functionality is to write an app for it to Microsoft’s guidelines and publish it to the Dynamics 365 app store; I can’t see a single client paying for something which then ends up in an app store. I’d also expect Microsoft to reject the majority of this type of development as not being suitable as it would be too focussed on one clients needs.
I will be taking a more detailed look when Dynamics 365 launches in the UK.
It is also worth noting that while I mentioned Njevity above, there are other US partners who are in the clou space as well such as RoseASP and WatServe.
MVP Belinda Allen has posted a suggestion to MS Connect asking Microsoft to add a bar code field to Item Maintenance, Item Transaction Inquiry and Stock Count Entry.
I think this would be a good additin, so please take a look and cast your vote.
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.
Victoria Yudin, the longest serving Microsoft(R) Most Valuable Professional for Microsoft Dynamics GP, has just released Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Implementation via Packt Publishing.
This is an update of the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 book she wrote a few years ago, which has been updated for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013:
In brief this book covers:
- Plan, install, and implement Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 with real-world advice from a Microsoft Dynamics GP MVP
- Learn how to set up the core modules in Microsoft Dynamics GP effectively following detailed, step-by-step instructions
- Discover additional tools and resources available for your Dynamics GP
Continue reading “Review of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Implementation by Victoria Yudin”
I am going to the IT in Housing Exhibition 2013 at the Olympia Centre in London on the 19th and 20th November; my employer Perfect Image will be there to show Microsoft Dynamics GP as an option for housing associations and others in the social housing sector.
We’ll be sharing a stand with MIS Active Management Systems who offer a suite of housing focussed applications called ActiveH.
This exhibition is free to attend for both conference delegates and for visitors involved in the provision of social housing.
The exhibition features around 80 exhibits from leading suppliers and is the UK’s most highly regarded and focused event for those involved in ICT in the housing sector.
If you’re attending, why not stop by and say hello.