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: Email Single Customer Statement

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 seventeenth Feature of the Day is Email Single Customer Statement. This feature allows a statement to be emailed from both the Customer Maintenance and Customer Inquiry windows:

This feature is meant to use the statement format defined in Receivables Setup.

From the screenshot I am left with some questions as to how this will actually work, as there is no Email button, but only a print one and I was expecting a button like on the recreate cheque stub function, but instead the button is a Print button.

I'll have to wait to get hands on with this one to see how it actually works.

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Restore The Account Segment Warning

Microsoft Dynamics GPWhen new accounts are being created in Microsoft Dynamics GP a warning message is displayed if an entered segment does not exist in the Segment Master (GL40200) table:

Restore The Account Segment Warning

If the checkbox is marked then the warning message is not displayed for that user anymore and there is no way to restore the message through the front end of the system.

The below script, allows the message to be restored for a named user (change the highlighted text to the required user):

/*
Created by Ian Grieve of azurecurve|Ramblings of a Dynamics GP Consultant (https://www.azurecurve.co.uk)
This code is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 UK: England & Wales (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 UK).
*/
DECLARE @USERID VARCHAR(20)
SET @USERID = 'userid'

DELETE FROM
	SY01401
WHERE
	coDefaultType = 13
AND
	USERID = @USERID
GO

SQL Script To Update EFT Payment Register Report

Microsoft Dynamics GPPretty much every client we have of Microsoft Dynamics GP uses the EFT Payment Register Report; a number of the save the file instead of printing it as the report has been customised to generate the EFT payment file for upload to the bank.

The clients who do this are either those whose installations of Microsoft Dynamics GP predate version 10 when the EFT for Payables Management module was made available to the UK market or they implemented before the EFT File Format was enhanced to allow a CSV output.

While some clients have created or amended a file format since the above, not all of them have been willing to spend the time (or money) to make the change.

As such, when they copy live to test they need to amend the path to which the report is being output, to ensure that a live file is not accidentally overwritten.

To faciliate this for users who have automated the live to test restore I created a script they could build into the process:

/*
Created by Ian Grieve of azurecurve|Ramblings of a Dynamics GP Consultant (https://www.azurecurve.co.uk)
This code is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 Int).
*/
UPDATE
	SY02200
SET
	FILEXPNM = 'C:\BACS OUTPUT\BACS.TXT'
WHERE
	PTGRPTNM = 'EFT Payment Register'

The highlighted section is the path name which needs to be changed depending on where the test file is to be output.

Hands On With Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 R2: Save Fixed Assets With Suffix

Microsoft Dynamics GPWith the release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 R2 it's time for a series of "hands on" posts where I go through the installation of all of it's components and also look at the new functionality introduced; the index for this series can be found here.

in this post, I am "hands on" with the Save Fixed Assets With Suffix Feature of the Day, which was the fifteenth feature.

When this feature was announced, I said I was puzzled by it as I thought you already could, but when testing found that in GP 2016 R1, you could change the Suffix, but GP wasn't happy and produced a number of errors.

Mark Polino also thought this was not a new feature, but the return of a , possibly inadvertently, removed feature.

The Asset General Information window (Financial >> Cards >> Fixed Assets >> General) now allows you to overtype the Suffix field (to the right of the Asset ID field:

Asset General Information

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Hands On With Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 R2: POP To FA Link Includes Taxes

Microsoft Dynamics GPWith the release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 R2 it's time for a series of "hands on" posts where I go through the installation of all of it's components and also look at the new functionality introduced; the index for this series can be found here.

The thirteenth Feature of the Day I am going "hands on" with is POP to FA Link to Include Taxes.

This feature will be popular with some of our clients who deal with non-recoeverable VAT (VAT is a UK sales tax charged at a standard rate of 20%) as non-rec VAT means they would need to depreciate the gross value of the asset including VAT where in previous versions the asset would be created net and need to be amended.

To use this feature, the Include Tax in Acquisition Cost checkbox on the Fixed Assets Company Setup window (Financial >> Setup >> Fixed Assets >> Company) under the Purchasing Options:

Fixed Assets Company 	Setup

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Integration Manager Sales Order Integration – “The Sales Intrastat Entry window is open”

Microsoft Dynamics GPJust before Christmas I was creating an integration for a client in Integration Manager which would integrate Sales Orders, but unfortunately I was receiving an error message:

Integration Log
Integration: Eriks SO Integration (ID: 8)
Action: None
Start Time: 23/12/2016 11:05:38

  23/12/2016 11:05:38 Source: IIntegrationEngine_Run, Status Code: 0    Opening source query...
  23/12/2016 11:05:38 Source: IIntegrationEngine_Run, Status Code: 0    Initializing Source...
  23/12/2016 11:05:38 Source: IIntegrationEngine_Run, Status Code: 0    Establishing source record count...
  23/12/2016 11:05:38 Source: IIntegrationEngine_Run, Status Code: 0    Beginning integration...
1:  Order  Insert Failed 5. Seconds 
    DOC 1 ERROR: The Sales Intrastat Entry window is open. - The Sales Intrastat Entry window is open.
  23/12/2016 11:05:43 Source: FinishIntegration, Status Code: 3    Integration Failed
  23/12/2016 11:05:43 Source: FinishIntegration, Status Code: 3    Integration Results
    1 documents were read from the source query.
    1 documents were attempted:
        0 integrated without warnings.
        0 integrated with warnings.
        1 failed to integrate.

Finish Time: 23/12/2016 11:05:43

Source Total: 1
Successfully Integrated: 0
Integrated With Warning: 0
Failed: 1

Completion Status: Completed
Integration Status: No Documents Succeeded

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MDGP 2016 R2 Feature of the Day: Save Fixed Asset ID With Suffix

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog has started a series Feature of the Day posts for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 R2; 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.

The series index for this series of posts is here.

The fifteenth Feature of the Day is Save Fixed Asset ID with Suffix.

Asset General Information

This feature puzzled me a little, as I thought you could already do this, so I gave it a quick try in 2016 R1. You can do it, but GP doesn't really want you to.

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