Microsoft Dynamics GP Roadmap For 2016 R2 & Later

Microsoft Dynamics GPThe Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP blog recently posted the roadmap for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 R2, Dynamics GP 2018 and later.

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Following feedback from clients and partners, Microsoft are moving away from the 6 monthly releasde schedule they moved to a while ago. To be honest, that is a bit of a relief; while it was good to get new functionality, every six months was a bit much. So from now, Microsoft will be releasing new versions very 12 months.

The next release we are due is Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 R2 which is due for release on the 1st December, which is 13 days from now. And the day I return home from a visit on client site, so I should hopefully be able to download and start playing straight away 🙂

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2018 should then be available at a similar date in 2017.

Microsoft have announced that the functionality in the next release will predominately come from the community, so please go to MS Connect to enter in your feedback on what you would like in the next release. I know from experience that Microsoft do use MS Connect as a source of new features or improvements.

MS Connect Suggestion To Rename Five Microsoft Dynamics GP Payables Windows

Microsoft Dynamics GPMariano, Microsoft Dynamics GP MVP and Dynamics GP Blogster has logged a suggestion for improving Microsoft Dynamics GP on the MS Connect site.

The windows are:

  1. Select Payables Checks -> Build Payments Batch
  2. Edit Payables Check Batch -> Edit Payment Batch
  3. Edit Payables Check -> Edit Vendor Payment
  4. Print Payables Checks -> Print Payment Documents
  5. Post Payables Checks -> Post Payment Documents

Mariano has more details on his blog including screenshots of the windows in question.

Renaming these windows would be a good idea as the current names are misleading and cause confusion for new users of the system. From a partner perspective, it also looks quite bad when demoing Dynamics GP to a prospect; especially when considering that in the UK, virtually no-one uses printed cheques anymore, but instead make payments using EFT.

Please take a look at the suggestion and cast your vote.

I have two hopes; that Microsoft do make this change and that they also change it in the UK language pack.

MS Connect Suggestion Sunday: Multiple Items To Vote Upon

Microsoft Dynamics GPI occasionally post suggestions from MS Connect and ask people to read the suggestion and cast their votes. Well, today I don’t have a single suggestion, or even two, but three suggestions for you to vote upon.

One Click Access to SmartList in Web Client

In the desktop client you can access SmartList from the area page, from the Microsoft Dynamics GP menu or via a toolbar icon. However, in the web client, only the first of these options are available and most users of Dynamics GP do not generally know of ways othet than the Microsoft Dynamics GP menu to start SmartList. This suggestion is to make SmartList available via one click in the web client.

Chris Dobkins submitted the suggestion and asked if SmartList can be made available by an icon next to the User Date in the web client; I don’t actually mind where the icon is, but agree that a single click method is required to make SmartList more accessible.

Vote here for this suggestion.

Hide Business Analyzer in Navigation Lists for All Users and All Lists

Business Analyzer can be a good way of seeing infromation from Dynamcis GP, but I have never liked BA being added to the navigation lists in Dynamics GP. This is why I added a recipe to the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Cookbook which allowed it to be switched off globally with a SQL trigger. A Chris says, it would be better to have this functionality available via the GP client itself and allow users to switch it on when wanted.

Vote for this suggestion here.

End a corrupted Web Client Session

This is the third suggestion, suggested by Chris.

From time to time, a web client session will become corrupt. When this happens, you can reconnect to the session, but GP does not work (you may just gets lots of errors pop up in the status spinner, for example). When this happens, the user needs the ability to end the session from the screen that lists your active sessions and the tenants to which you have access to create new sessions. Users have the ability to remove their login from the activity table, and have had for many versions. Ending a hung web client session is the web client version of removing your user from the activity table so that you can log back into GP.

Vote for this suggestion here

MS Connect Suggestion: Add Workflow To Receivings Transaction Entry and Enter/Match Invoice

Microsoft Dynamics GPThis has come up from a couple of different clients in the last few weeks. It would be good if approval workflows could be added to Receivings Transaction Entry and also the Enter/Match Invoices windows.

While there is workflow on the PO, a PO might not be fully received/invoiced so it would be good to have approval of the receivings document or the invoice.

The MS Connect suggestion can be found here.

Please take a look and cast your vote.

MS Connect Suggestion: Add Bar Code Field to Item Maintenance

Microsoft Dynamics GPMVP 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.

MS Connect Suggestion Sunday: Fix Print Icon In Print Payables Checks

Microsoft Dynamics GPMark Polino posted a suggestion to the MS Connect site asking for the print icons on Print Cheques (or Print Checks for our American readers). The details of the suggestion are:

When you select a batch of checks to print in the Print Payables Checks window GP 2013 R2 shows 2 icons labeled “Print” in the center of the Action Pane. The left icon has a printer with a document behind it that resembles a report. The right icon displays a plain printer. It’s very confusing to users to decided which icon to pick to print checks.

The left most icon, the one with an apparent report behind it actually prints checks. The right icon, the one with a plain printer, prints reports. This is not intuitive at all. Neither the icon nor the label indicate which print icon does which. Since the primary function of this window is to print checks it needs to be very obvious to users what to do.

Please clarify both the icon and label to make this easier to use.

This suggestion can be found here; please take a look and add your vote.

MS Connect Suggestion Sunday: AP Invoice Approval Workflow

Microsoft Dynamics GPIt seems that quite a few of the MS Connect suggestions I am selecting to post about are in the area of Workflow 2.0 which was a fantastic addition to Microsoft Dynamics GP; I’ve expressed before my delight at the retirement of Business Portal and the original Workflow modules. Workflow 2.0 was introduced in Dynamics GP 2013 R2, was then further enhanced in GP 2015 and the roadmap shows further enhancements will be coming in future.

However, there is always room for user suggestions for improvements to functionality which is where the MS Connect site comes in. Jared Hall has logged a suggestion that approval workflow be added for individual Payables Management invoices; this is a feature that I know several of my clients would be interested in this function as invoices need to be approved by different budget holders and it isn’t always easy to separate these invoices into batches by budget holder.

The suggestion can be found here where you can also cast your vote.

If you have an MS Connect suggestions you want publicised, contact me with details.

MS Connect Suggestion Sunday: Navigation List Doesn’t Allow Sales Documents Printing In Currency

Microsoft Dynamics GPThis recently came up at a newly implemented client who makes extensive use of the Sales Order Processing module and sells across the world. Some of the sales orders and invoices printed off were coming off in the originating company and others in the functional.

We discussed with the users how the documents were being printed and established that some users were printing from the Sales Transaction Entry window, others from Print Sales Documents and others were using the Sales Order Transactions navigation list.

The documents printed through the navigation list were the ones which were always in the functional currency. The reason is that Sales Transaction Entry and Print Sales Documents have an option to select the Currency to Print whereas the navigation list print button doesn’t.

To remedy this, I have created an MS Connect suggestion to have the Currency to Print added to the print dialog on the navigation list which I would appreciate people voting for:

Navigation List Print Sales Document

If you have an MS Connect suggestions you want publicised, contact me with details.

“The Rebel Alliance Needs You!” or “Vote To Resurrect Multi-Dimensional Analysis”

Microsoft Dynamics GPThere 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.

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MS Connect Suggestion: Fixed Asset Management – Depreciate Over Longer Than 99 Years

Microsoft Dynamics GPI have submitted a suggestion to Microsoft Connect which I would appreciate people voting for. The issue is that Microsoft Dynamics GP Fixed Asset Management only supports depreciation over a 99 year life; in the UK property/land can need to be depreciated over 125 years (or sometimes even longer).

As GP doesn’t support this, clients are often reluctant to use the Fixed Assets module as they will have to handle the long-life assets in Excel and they commonly take the view that they might as well do all assets that way so that they are all stored in the same place.

Updating GP to support three character years would be of great benefit and allow assets to be depreciated over the correct life span. Please take a look and vote on this suggestion.