MDGP 2018 RTM Feature of the Day: Workflow Unplugged – Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP Guest Post by Ian Grieve

Microsoft Dynamics GPA week past Friday Pam Misialek did a Doc Attach Unplugged post reviewing the Document Attachment functionality of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

Well on Friday last week, she took a slightly different approach and asked me be a guest blogger and do the Workflow Unplugged post.

So this time, to read my post, you’ll need to head over to the Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog.

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MDGP 2018 RTM Feature of the Day: New Workflow Functionality – Reporting for Workflow

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 eighth Feature of the Day is new Workflow functionality; I am going to break this feature down into three posts, as the three features included by Microsoft are, while all Workflow enhancements, unrelated to one another.

The third piece of new functionality is the reporting for Workflow. This report is located on the Administration area page, under reporting as Workflow History.

Users can filter by the following:

  • Workflow type.
  • Workflow approvers.
  • Workflow status
  • Approval date
Workflow Maintenance

Workflow comments can optionally be included on the report.

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MDGP 2018 RTM Feature of the Day: New Workflow Functionality – Copy Workflow Steps

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 eighth Feature of the Day is new Workflow functionality; I am going to break this feature down into three posts, as the three features included by Microsoft are, while all Workflow enhancements, unrelated to one another.

The second piece of new functionality is the ability to copy a Workflow step; this is one of the suggestions I made on MS Connect, so it’s nice to see it added in this version.

This piece of new functionlity enabled the Copy button on the Worklflow Maintenance window when a step is selected:

Copy Workflow Step

In the Copy Workflow Step window, you are able to select a new step for the Workflow Step as well as marking a box to copy the Sub Steps.

This will save so much tiem when creating a new Workflow process. With the lack of parenthesis in Workflow Step Conditions (please vote on my MS Connect Suggestion to add them) creating steps with complex, or even just numerous, conditions can be a lengthy process; having to do this for multiple steps can make the creation of workflow a real chore, but this new functionality, especially with the abilty to include sub steps (which goes beyond my suggestion and is a great idea so kudos to Microsoft for that) will save so much time.

You can easily copy steps and then edit the step condition which is different between the steps (often somthing like a cost centre).

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MDGP 2018 RTM Feature of the Day: Workflow Additional Fields

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 seventh Feature of the Day is Workflow Additional Fields. Back in April 2017 I submitted an MS Connect suggestion asking for the ability to add additional fields to Workflow.

I guess this might be a form of responding to this suggestion, but I was looking for a way that the user could determine which fields could be available rather than Microsoft deciding which extra fields are added.

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.:

Two other workflow types have had the Account Description made avaiable at the line level. These two workflow types are:

  • Purchase Order
  • Purchase Requisition

While having the extra fields available is good, I am disappointed with this new feature for two reasons.

Firstly, it is a very limited number of fields which have been made available rather than allowing users to select additional fields to add.

Secondly, from everything I have seen on the feature regarding EFT information, it only seems like you can include the fields in the workflow conditions and email messages; Dynamics GP is desperately missing functionality around changes to EFT details needing to go through workflow for approval. I fear that this new feature doesn’t extend this far.

As soon as Dynamics GP 2018 is released, I will be giving this a test to confirm how it works.

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MDGP 2018 RTM Feature of the Day: New Workflows

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 sixth Feature of the Day is the introduction of three new approval workflows and related emails messages.

The first of the new workflows is General Ledger Account Approval:

Workflow Maintenance

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Dynamics GP Tech Conference 2017: New Features In Workflow

Microsoft Dynamics GPThis post is part of the series I am doing on the Dynamics GP Tech Conference 2017.

There have been new features in other areas, which I will come back to, but Workflow is sort of “my thing”, so I’m going to mention the new features which are being added to Workflow 4.0 (I apparently missed the boat somewhere on the name change to Workflow 3.0?).

The coming new features are:

  • Reminder emails for Workflow – this is a feature which has been requested of ym by a couple of clients recently, so nice that I’ll be able to go back and tell them it will be in the next version.
  • Copy Workflow Step – nice to see this one added as it was one of my suggestions on MS Connect.
  • Reporting for Workflow – I’m not sure what is coming in this, but it would be nice to have some default reports showing the history of documents as they passed through the Workflow.
  • Payables Transaction Workflow – additional fields
  • PO Workflow Messages – additional fields – there are never enough fields available for the Workflow, so nice to know more will be available by default.
  • Add EFT/Bank Details to Vendor Approval Workflow – if this one is as it sounds, that will be fantastic as so many clients want this functionality. I think it only took so long as EFT isn’t anywhere near as big in the US as it is in the UK.
  • GL Account Workflow Approval – I have a couple of clients who can ditch some customisations with this one. And a few more who will be delighted so see this added.
  • Purchase Receiving Workflow – I have a few customers waiting for this one to be introduced.
  • Purchase Enter/Match Invoice Workflow – as above, a few clients are waiting for this one.

I know we can’t have everything we want, and the above are good additions to Workflow, but I still want more!

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