MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Management Reporter Web Viewer

The Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog started a series of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2 Feature of the day posts the other day. As they did with the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Feature of the Day posts they are doing them as short posts containing a PowerPoint slide show. I am translating these from the PowerPoints into posts; you can find my series index here.

The twenty-first Feature of the Day covered is Management Reporter Web Viewer. In the previous versions of Management Reporter 2012, the desktop Report Viewer was the only way that a report could be generated.

This new feature allows reports to be generated from within the Web Viewer by users who are in the Administrator, Designer or Generator roles. Going back and forth between applications can be cumbersome, by staying in the web viewer, accounting managers and staff accountants can get the most to date information faster.

This option refreshes the data in the report, using the original Base Period and Year and will only be visible to the user who refreshes the report.

This feature is targeted at the following roles:

  1. Accounting Manager
  2. Staff Accountant

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: SmartList Designer Go To's
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Identity Management - Login
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Purchase Requisitions
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Copy And Paste To General Ledger Transaction Entry
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Workflow
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Workflow Types
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Workflow User Delegation
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Default Fixed Asset ID From The Asset Class
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Identity Management - Scalability Groups
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Workflow Calendar
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Reprint Outstanding Transaction in Bank Reconciliation
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Requisition Management Integration Points
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Default Sort Order for Checks
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Document Attach - Scan
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Workflow History
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Workflow Email Notifications
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Azure Backups
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Suggested Item Enhancements - Analysis and Assignment
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Suggested Item Enhancements - Sales Script and Additional Information
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Dashboards
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Management Reporter Web Viewer
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Take Company Offline
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Encumbrance SQL Reporting Services Reports
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Email Or Print Any Report In Word Format
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Reverse Year End Close
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Document Attachment On Payables Transactions
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Roll Down Segment Changes
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Assign An Item To Multiple Sites
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Replace OLE Note With Document Attachment
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: OLE Notes Migration Utility
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Purchase Order Prepayment Additions
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Print Remaining Documents
MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Email By Document Type

MDGP 2013 R2 Feature of the Day: Dashboards

The Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog started a series of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2 Feature of the day posts the other day. As they did with the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Feature of the Day posts they are doing them as short posts containing a PowerPoint slide show. I am translating these from the PowerPoints into posts; you can find my series index here.

The twentieth Feature of the Day covered is Dashboards. Four new reporting dashboards have been added to the Excel Reports in Dynamcis GP 2013.

The new dashboards are for the Financial, Sales, Purchasing and Inventory series and are deployed with the other Excel Reports. These refreshable reports can deployed to a shared network drive, SharePoint or SharePoint Online.

The Financial dashboard:

Financial dashboard

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MS Connect Suggestion: Add Voided Column To SOP Transaction Excel Report

Belinda Allen has a suggestion on MS Connect which she would like our votes for.

The suggestion is as follows:

If the Excel Refreshable Report for SOP Line Items is used, it includes voids. The Data Connection properties have to be edited to exclude voids, rendering this refreshable report useless; unless you are not keeping voided transactions in History. I would like a column for voids added. Pretty much line item detail Excel Refreshable Reports will need this.

This would be a very useful feature to have and I would encourage you to go to MS Connect and vote.

Sales Analytics Dashboard Available Now From DynamicAccounting.net

In what looks to be the first in a set of analytics dahsboards, Mark Polino has released a Sales Analytics dashboard on his DynamicAccounting.net site.

The dashboard builds on the ideas covered in Mark’s recent Building Dashboards with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and Excel 2013 and can provide a really good shortcut to getting started using an Excel dashboard rather than rolling your own from scratch.

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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Reporting – Second Edition eBook Giveaway

I am pleased to announce that I have teamed up with Packt Publishing and are organizing a give away especially for you. All you need to do is submit a comment below the post and win a free e-copy of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Reporting – Second Edition by David Duncan and Christopher J Liley. Five lucky winners stand a chance to win an e-copy of the book.

Keep reading to find out how you can be one of the Lucky Ones.

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Management Reporter Period 13 Is Not Valid For Company

This is an issue I came across a few months ago and misplaced my screenshots. Having just stumbled across them on my test Hyper-V server I decided it is still worth posting about.

I was doing some testing on a system with multiple companies created and was looking at a report consolidating figures from all of them into one report. When the report was generated it failed and gave the error message below for several of the companies in the Report Queue Status window:

Period 13 for fiscal year 2013 is not valid for company <company name>. No data will be returned for this company.
Period 13 for fiscal year 2013 is not valid for company <company name>. No data will be returned for this company.

I checked the Fiscal Period Setup in Microsoft Dynamics GP for all reported companies and all of them had the same period 13 defined. Management Reporter, as well as reporting errors in the Report Queue Status window, logs errors in the Windows Event Viewer.

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Review of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Reporting by David Duncan and Christopher J Liley

I have received a copy of the newly published Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Reporting, by David Duncan and Chrisopher J Liley, from Packt Publishing to review. This is an update of a previous book the pair wrote for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010:

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Reporting

The book covers an extensive range of the reporting tools in, or available with, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013:

  • SmartList Builder including Excel Report Builder
  • Report Writer and Word Templates
  • Reporting Services Reports
  • Analysis Cubes
  • Management Reporter

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Business Analyzer R5 First Run

With Business Analyzer R5 installed it’s time to take a look.

Clicking the tile will launch the app which will show a Net Income – Summary view and, as is standard in Microsoft apps, a slice of the next part of the app:

Net Income - Summary view

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Fixing Base Period On Management Reporter Sample Company Reports

I did a couple of posts a while ago on fixing the sample company reports (the first post fixed the Row and Column Definitions and the second the Reporting Tree Definitions), but there has been another issue with them that has been bugging me for a while.

The reports are configured to run for periods around the current system date, which means dates in 2013. But the Fabrikam sample company is in 2017 so the reports return no data. With Management Reporter storing its reports and configuration information on a SQL Server database, it is possible to tweak the reports to run for 2017.

I checked each of the reports to see how what Base period they were using and then worked out what I needed to update to set the reports to run for similar periods in 2017.

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Management Reporter Incorrect Figures Caused By Lower Case

A client reported a problem with Management Reporter returning incorrect figures when a link to the Financial Dimensions on the Row Definition had been entered in lower case.

The reports in question had been created in FRx which was rather more forgiving that Management Reporter is for these things. The client had quite a large number of reports which may, or may not, have had segments entered in lower case so the client didn;t want to have to check and update manually.

I again delved into the Management Reporter SQL database and updated the ControlRowCriteria table to capitalise the Low and High values of the link to financial dimensions using the script below:

UPDATE
   ControlRowCriteria
SET
   Low = UPPER(Low)
WHERE
   LEN(Low) > 0
GO

UPDATE
   ControlRowCriteria
SET
   High = UPPER(High)
WHERE
   LEN(High) > 0
GO

Once the update had been run, the client checked their reports and confirmed that they were now returning the correct figures.