Hands On With MDGP 2018 RTM New Features: Rename Payment Run Windows

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 eleventh feature of the day was the renamed payment run windows; this feature saw all of the references in the names of the payment run windows renamed to have Payment in the name isntead of Check (or Cheque for those who use proper English):

Purchasing area page Transactions section

This feature was requested by MVP Mariano Gomez, and I can’t express hjow much I like it. It’s a relatively small change, but makes so much sense. In the UK virtually all payments are EFT payments; virtually no-one still uses cheques for payment so it was always a harder sell than it should have been when the windows all had cheque in the name.

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MS Dynamics World Article: Diving into Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018: 6 areas of community-driven enhancements

Microsoft Dynamics GPYesterday, MS Dynamics World published a I wrote for them on the new functionality of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018.

In just over three months, this is the second post I have written which has not been for my own blog (the last one was #GP2018 Feature of the Day: Workflow Unplugged. It is obviously quite a new experience for me, writing for other blogs, but it was a good experience.

This post is a round up of the new functionality in 6 areas of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 RTM; I won’t post spoilers of the article, so you will need to go here to read it.

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 Vendor Change Workflow EFT Bug

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe last post I did was on Hands On With MDGP 2018 RTM New Features: Workflow Additional Fields, which included details on some errors I was encountering with the EFT fields. When Dynamics GP 2018 was announced, I heard that not only were these fields being added to the notification email, but that a user changing them would force the vendor to be resubmitted to workflow for approval.

The testing I did suggested this wasn’t happening. So, I wrote up a bug report with details of the errors and effect and sent it to Microsoft. This has now been written up as a bug for the development team to look into.

Nice to know that a fix is being looked into, it’s just a shame that it’s going to be a little which before this feature will be available; EFT payments is how 95%+ of supplier payments are made by my clients.

Hands On With MDGP 2018 RTM New Features: Workflow Additional Fields

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 seventh feature of the day is Workflow Additional Fields. Back when I posted the feature of the day post, I mentioned that I submitted an MS Connect Suggestion asking for the ability to add additional fields; I’d hoped for the ability for users to decide what fields were available to the emails, but Microsoft instead opted for adding a range of new fields themselves rather than giving users the choice.

Two of the workflow types have had extra fields added where they available in both the Workflow Condition Editor and Message Setup windows allowing you to build workflow steps and notification emails with them.:

  • Payables Transaction workflow has the following fields:
    • Vendor Account
    • Comment 1
    • Comment 2
    • Vendor Class ID
    • Payment Priority
  • Vendor workflow has all of the fields from the Address Electronic Funds Transfer Master (SY06000) table.
  • Two other workflow types have had the Account Description made available at the line level. These two workflow types are:

  • Purchase Order
  • Purchase Requisition

The fields are available to the email messages in exactly the same way. In Message Setup (Administration area page >> Setup >> Company >> Workflow >> Message Setup) load in the Message ID and mark the Additional Fields checkbox; this will make more fields available in the drop down list:

Message Setup

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Hands On With MDGP 2018 RTM New Features: New Workflows

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.

One of my favourite new features in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 RTM, are the new workflows which were introduced:

  • General Ledger Account Approval
  • Receivings Transaction Approval
  • Purchasing Invoice Approval

I’ve had a number of clients and prospects ask if it is possible to have approvals of goods receipt notes and invoices in POP, so it’s good that I can now say that there are. These workflows are likely to be fairly complicated, so, in this post, I am going to be giving a test to the General Ledger Account Approval workflow.

The workflow process is created and maintained just like any other via Workflow Maintenance (Administration area page >> Setup >> Company >> Workflow >> Workflow Maintenance):

Workflow Maintenance

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Hands On With MDGP 2018 RTM New Features: DocAttach Available on More Windows

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 first of the features announced by Microsoft was the introduction of DocAttach on more windows: the DocAttach button on the action pane makes the function more accessible to users. The windows updated for this are:

  • General Ledger Transaction Entry
  • Receivables Transaction Entry
  • Asset General Information
  • Employee Entry
  • I-9 Form (Payroll)
  • Journal Entry Enquiry
  • Payables Transaction Entry Zoom
  • Receivables Transaction Entry Zoom

I quite like the DocAttach function in Microsoft Dynamics GP, although I am careful to be clear with clients and prospects that is is document attachment and not document management.

While it’s good to see DocAttach getting wider exposure across Microsoft Dynamics GP on the action panes, it’s especially nice to see Fixed Asset Management getting some DocAttach improvements as many of my clients have images of their assets to store:

Fixed Asset General

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MDGP 2018 RTM Feature of the Day: One Payment Per Vendor/Invoice Setting on Vendor Card

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog has started a series Feature of the Day posts for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 RTM; as the most recent versions have been, these posts are in the form of PowerPoint slides; I am reposting them here so they can be read more easily as well as adding my won commentary.

The series index for this series of posts is here.

This delayed Feature of the Day (I think I missed the official post when it was posted) is One Payment Per Vendor/Invoice Setting on the Vendor Card which allows the user to decide, on a per vendor basis, if one payment should be produced per vendor or invoice:

Vendor Maintenance Options

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MDGP 2018 RTM Feature of the Day: Save Select Payment Settings

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog has started a series Feature of the Day posts for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 RTM; as the most recent versions have been, these posts are in the form of PowerPoint slides; I am reposting them here so they can be read more easily as well as adding my own commentary.

The series index for this series of posts is here.

The eleventh Feature of the Day is Save Select Payment Settings.

A new Payment Batch ID field has been added to the Build Payment Batch (formerly Select Cheques (or Checks)) window (Purchasing area page >> Transactions >> Build Payment Batch):

Build Payment Batch

This option allows you to save the entered restrictions for easy recall at a later date. I have mixed feelings on this one; my initial impressions was that this feature would be really useful, but when I thought more I can;t see many of my users making much use of this functionality.

Most of them only build a batch based on due date and there is no benefit saving the due date as the selection is for a specific date only.

If you do more complex batch building, such as using Vendor Class, Payment Priority, or a combination of restrictions, then this new option could save you a little time on every payment batch created.

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MDGP 2018 RTM Feature of the Day: Sorting

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog has started a series Feature of the Day posts for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 RTM; as the most recent versions have been, these posts are in the form of PowerPoint slides; I am reposting them here so they can be read more easily as well as adding my own commentary.

The series index for this series of posts is here.

The tenth Feature of the Day is Sorting. This feature adds sorting options to five windows in Purchasing, Sales and Bank Reconciliation:

I like this feature a lot. Clients have been asking about being able to reorder the enquiry windows for a long time; it’s nice that I’ll soon be able to tell them that they can now sort the data.

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MDGP 2018 RTM Feature of the Day: Rename Payment Run Windows

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog has started a series Feature of the Day posts for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 RTM; as the most recent versions have been, these posts are in the form of PowerPoint slides; I am reposting them here so they can be read more easily as well as adding my own commentary.

The series index for this series of posts is here.

The ninth Feature of the Day is a feature requested by Mariano Gomez and that is to rename the payment run windows.

So instead of them being named Check or Cheque, depending on the installed language pack, they will now be named Payment:

Purchasing menu

The windows which have been renamed are:

  • Select Payables Checks -> Build Payments Batch
  • Edit Payables Check Batch -> Edit Payment Batch
  • Edit Payables Check -> Edit Vendor Payment
  • Print Payables Checks -> Print Payment Documents
  • Post Payables Checks -> Post Payment Documents

In the UK, virtually no-one uses cheques anymore; payments are made by BACS which is a form of EFT. Renaming these windows

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