A Diary of reIMAGINE 2016: Part 12 – Conference Day 2/Dynamics 365 for Consultants

reIMAGINE2016The second session was one with somewhat controversial content, the Dynamics 365 for Consultants session. This session was opened by Errol Schoenfish and then handed over to Chad Sogge for the demonstration section. Dynamics 365 does look fairly swish, but I do wonder where we’d fit it our offerings.

Yes, the Cloud is not just coming, but is also here now. Dynamics 365 would appear to be pitched at the bottom end of the ERP market; a market which can be met by a hosted Dynamics GP implementation while Dynamics GP also retains it’s ability to scale upwards as required. Perfect Image has a client with over 250 concurrent users, and Njevity spoke of one with 400 plus concurrent users). It is viewed by some people as the next Office Accounting; remember that? Yeah, not many do.

At Perfect Image, we have a small number of clients who have gone for web client only implementations of Dynamics GP and I have been looking into providing what would basically be a SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) offering. It turns out there are US partners out there who are far ahead of us, not only in thoughts about it, but actually implementing it, such as Njevity. I am lead to believe MVP John Lowther was responsible for much of their work (more on this in the next post) along with their wider team.

So, while having a cloud offering is required, this is something which can be offered by partners using Dynamics GP, rather than taking on a functionality limited cloud only offering. At the moment, it is limited not only in functionality of features, but also in how it can be extended; it is a vary rare implementation which does not require some customisation or development of something somewhere; which you cannot do in D365.

The only way to add extra functionality is to write an app for it to Microsoft’s guidelines and publish it to the Dynamics 365 app store; I can’t see a single client paying for something which then ends up in an app store. I’d also expect Microsoft to reject the majority of this type of development as not being suitable as it would be too focussed on one clients needs.

I will be taking a more detailed look when Dynamics 365 launches in the UK.

It is also worth noting that while I mentioned Njevity above, there are other US partners who are in the clou space as well such as RoseASP and WatServe.

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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.

“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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Review of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Implementation by Victoria Yudin

Microsoft Dynamics GPVictoria Yudin, the longest serving Microsoft(R) Most Valuable Professional for Microsoft Dynamics GP, has just released Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Implementation via Packt Publishing.

This is an update of the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 book she wrote a few years ago, which has been updated for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013:

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Implementation by Victoria Yudin

In brief this book covers:

  • Plan, install, and implement Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 with real-world advice from a Microsoft Dynamics GP MVP
  • Learn how to set up the core modules in Microsoft Dynamics GP effectively following detailed, step-by-step instructions
  • Discover additional tools and resources available for your Dynamics GP

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Meet an MVP at the IT in Housing Exhibition 2013, London

Microsoft MVPI am going to the IT in Housing Exhibition 2013 at the Olympia Centre in London on the 19th and 20th November; my employer Perfect Image will be there to show Microsoft Dynamics GP as an option for housing associations and others in the social housing sector.

We’ll be sharing a stand with MIS Active Management Systems who offer a suite of housing focussed applications called ActiveH.

This exhibition is free to attend for both conference delegates and for visitors involved in the provision of social housing.

The exhibition features around 80 exhibits from leading suppliers and is the UK’s most highly regarded and focused event for those involved in ICT in the housing sector.

If you’re attending, why not stop by and say hello.