Microsoft Dynamics GP PowerBI Content Pack

Microsoft Dynamics GPMicrosoft Dynamics GP 2018 RTM has recently been released. and I have been taking a hands on look at the installation (and soon the new functionality). The series index for the Hands On series of posts is here and will automatically update as posts go live.

This post is not part of the hands On series, mainly because I currently have little experience with PowerBI (Perfect Image have a Business Intelligence team who do most of the PowerBI work).

It was announced some time ago that there would be a Microsoft Dynamics GP content pack for PowerBI available. I’ve not seen any blog announcement on it, but Pam Misialek did tweet back in December 2017 that it was now available.

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MDGP 2016 R1 Feature of the Day: PowerBI Reports on the Home Page

In February 2014 Microsoft launched PowerBI for Office 265 and are now bringing it to the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 R1 home page (but only the home page of the desktop client):

PowerBI on the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 R1 home page

The main features of are:

  • New part on Home Page to display Power BI Reports.
  • Click on the report to take you out to your Power BI site.

I’m not entirely sure how to feel about the addition of PowerBI to Dynamics GP; it almost feels like a scatter gun approach is being used for reporting with Dynamics GP. There are standard reports, Metrics, Excel Reports, SSRS Reports (which for most clients replace the Metrics to the extent I had to lookup the name of Metrics), Management Reporter (with an unknown roadmap/future) reports and now PowerBI reports.

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