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Achieve Compliance Objectives with Microsoft Dynamics GP

Hi all

I was following a question in the community about compliance standards in Dynamics GP, and there was a response from Tirumal Boppanna, who is the forum moderator from Microsoft.

http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/partnerdynamicsgp/thread/31f4fe6f-c92a-4db0-bca7-796295477818

Note that you need to be a Certified (or) Gold Certified Partner to access this forum.

I have decided to post an extract of his response in this article for the purpose of the community.

SAS No. 70 is the authoritative guidance that allows service organizations to disclose their control activities and processes to their customers and their customers’ auditors in a uniform reporting format.  A SAS 70 examination signifies that a service organization has had its control objectives and control activities examined by an independent accounting and auditing firm.  A formal report including the auditor’s opinion ("Service Auditor’s Report") is issued to the service organization at the conclusion of a SAS 70 examination.

SAS 70 is a certification of financial services not software.  For example ADP needs to provide SAS 70 certification to customers that it provides payroll services, so that customer has a guarantee there are proper controls and compliance around that service.  It’s not a requirement nor is there a certification (that I’m aware of) that would provide our software with a similar certification.

This kind of certification needs to be done through internal controls and compliance processes and testing, and we do not nor can we “certify” that the software is being used in a manner that ensures internal controls and compliance.

So, SAS 70 certification is really up to the businesses themselves – those that are using our software.  With our software, we are helping to enable businesses to become certified or compliant, versus developing our software to achieve certification or compliance.  We are confident that Microsoft Dynamics GP falls in line with this.

We do have a Compliance white paper  that is attached to this mail – it does not specifically call out SAS 70, but it does address the premise above, as well as some of our software development strategy to help enable companies to achieve compliance.

He has also provided a link to a white paper which focuses on how to achieve compliance objectives with Dynamics GP 10 (which is also applicable for Dynamics GP 2010). The link is provided below.

Help Achieve Compliance Objectives with Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0

Note that you need to have access to Partnersource to download this document.

Hope this throws some light into how to achieve compliance objectives with Dynamics GP, to the community. Thanks Boppanna for his response. :)

Until next  post…

November 24, 2010 · veeyeskay · No Comments
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Enhancements to the Blog

Hi all

In view of enhancing the blog, I have upgraded the blog theme (Comfy Pro) to the latest version with the following enhancements.

  • Nicer font and styles
  • Optimization of Javascript Calls
  • Improved page loading time and overall performance
  • Added Tweet this button to blog posts
  • Added Twitter integration to display latest tweets
  • Added configurable Facebook Like box

Apart from the look and feel of the blog, I have also added a new section in my blog called “Blogs I Follow” which is available in the menu as shown below.

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This menu provides details of many popular blogs by the community for Dynamics.

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The interesting part is that clicking on these links does not open the actual website, but opens a cached section inside this blog itself. I have enabled indexing of the articles from the other blogs which can be viewed from this blog itself, and each article has a link which tracks back to the original post. The advantage is that we can search on other blog articles in one place.

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Click on the Continue reading link to read more information about this article which has been cached, as shown below. There are trackbacks within the article view, which links back to the original article.

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Since there are many blogs around the community, I am just grouping the blogs into sub sections like Blogsphere – I, Blogsphere – II etc, just for the purpose of making the menus look a lot neater. :)  This indexing works based on the concept of RSS feeds and this is automatically scheduled to update frequently, so that any blog articles posted in any of these blogs are cached back automatically into this blog.

Right now, the indexing only includes recent posts and all posts going forward. However, I am working on caching all existing posts in all these blogs as well. Will keep you updated as that target is achieved as well. In the mean time, please take a look and let me know any blogs which is missing in that list (which I am sure is the case), so that I can add them here as well. :)

Note: Based on a valid point mentioned by Vaidy, I have ensured that going forward the syndicate will only post an extract of the main article in my blog and with a link to the original article. This will ensure that there are hits to the original article through the referring syndicate in this blog. :) Thanks for the valuable comment Vaidy.

Keep watching for more updates…

Until next post…

November 19, 2010 · veeyeskay · No Comments
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Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP)

Hi all

To my utmost surprise, I found out yesterday that I have been awarded with the Microsoft® Most Valuable Professional Award for Dynamics GP. This is the first time I am receiving this award and it is definitely a very happy moment… :)

As a matter of fact, I pinch myself even now, to know if its reality, and it is. Take a look at the current list of Dynamics GP MVP’s to find out more about all of us.

It is such a honor to be recognized in this program, and I would definitely like to thank all of you folks for your support without which I would not have reached this far. I express my sincere thanks to my mentors David Musgrave and Mariano Gomez who have largely inspired me in blogging and newsgroup work.  I would also like to thank Mariano for his wonderful gesture in putting up this article Welcome aboard Dynamics GP MVP Sivakumar Venkataraman! on his blog, immediately on knowing this.

Of course, now the most important part is that I need to continue doing what I have been doing all this while and I will put in my best efforts on that going forward. :)

Thanks to all. Until next post…

October 3, 2010 · veeyeskay · 13 Comments
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A Collaboration WAVE From Google

Guys…

With the close of the year round the corner, it stills fresh as the first day of the year when we welcomed it. Time really flies… as many say and experience. I have decided to post an interesting article which I came across recently, and wanted to share it with you folks…

As we are aware of, Google has been developing some really cool tools and widgets like Google Docs, Google Maps with Latitude, Google Voice, Google Mail (of course), Google Groups and tons of other apps for the benefits of its user community. The next on course to be launched is what is called “GOOGLE WAVE”. Lets have a sneak peek into this in this article.

Google Wave is an online tool for real-time communication and collaboration. A wave can be both a conversation and a document where people can discuss and work together using richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.

A wave is equal parts conversation and document. People can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.

A wave is shared. Any participant can reply anywhere in the message, edit the content and add participants at any point in the process. Then playback lets anyone rewind the wave to see who said what and when.

A wave is live. With live transmission as you type, participants on a wave can have faster conversations, see edits and interact with extensions in real-time.

Some key functionalities of wave are:

Organizing Events

Keep a single copy of ideas, suggested itinerary, menu and RSVPs, rather than using many different tools. Use gadgets to add weather, maps and more to the event.

Group Projects

Collaboratively work in real time to draft content, discuss and solicit feedback all in one place rather than sending email attachments and creating multiple copies that get out of sync.

Photo Sharing

Drag and drop photos from your desktop into a wave. Share with others. Use the slideshow viewer. Everyone on the wave can add their photos, too. It is easy to make a group photo album in Google Wave.

Meeting Notes

Prepare a meeting agenda together, share the burden of taking notes and record decisions so you all leave on the same page. Team members can follow the minutes in real time, or review the history using Playback.

Brainstorming

Bring lots of people into a wave to brainstorm – live concurrent editing makes the quantity of ideas grow quickly! It is easy to add rich content like videos, images, URLs or even links to other waves. Discuss and then work together to distill down to the good ideas.

Interactive Games

Add a gadget to a wave to play live interactive games with your friends (we’re hooked on Sudoku!). See everyone’s moves as they make them in a fast-paced game or take a break and come back later. 
Check out the featured extensions.

You can take a sneak peek of this wonderful product, to be launched sometime soon, in the you tube video below. 

Registration to this developer version is based on an invite. To request one to have a look at this and have a hands on the product, go to https://services.google.com/fb/forms/wavesignup/.

Expect a lot more interesting articles coming up in the following days and I hope the following year will definitely be a turn in the tide and fortunes of many who have had a tough year…

Happy holidays folks…

Until next post…

December 23, 2009 · veeyeskay · No Comments
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Microsoft’s Ballmer outlines his seven big bets for 2009

Extract from a ZDNet Article

For the past few Februaries, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer makes the trek to Wall Street to provide analysts with an annual “Strategic Update” overview, in which he covers the areas where Microsoft plans to invest and why.

This year, during his February 24 update, Ballmer was more about circling the wagons than staking out new, far-flung territories Microsoft planned to conquer in the next 10 years.

(Here is the list of Ballmer’s strategic bets he outlined in 2007; here’s Ballmer’s  list from 2008.)

On Tuesday during his hour-plus presentation (which I listened to via a Webcast), Ballmer outlined seven areas “where we invest serious money.” He told Wall Streeters that Microsoft planned to engage in careful cash management; to maintain “right-size enterprise overhead”; and to put about three percent of its spending into research and incubation projects in the coming year.

Ballmer emphasized that he believed “the economy will be relatively weak for a relatively long period of time” and was adjusting his investment priorities to reflect this fact.

Ballmer’s list of seven investment areas for the coming year:

1. Windows — Netbooks are the lone bright spot in the PC market. Microsoft needs to think through how it will handle SKU pricing with Windows 7 for netbooks, Ballmer acknowledged. While business PC sales are “the most impacted” part of the business due to the economy, it’s still where Microsoft is having a lot of success upselling customers and convincing them to “attach” other Microsoft products. Ballmer called out Internet Explorer as an area where the company is losing market to its competitors, specifically Firefox. “Browsers are not commodities,” Ballmer said. “There’s a lot of work we need to do” to gain market share, he acknowledged. (Microsoft is expected to release IE 8 to the Web in March.)

2. Mobile — Windows Mobile operating systems and gaming/Zune entertainment services — not a combined hardware/software platform like the iPhone — is where Microsoft is investing, Ballmer reiterated.

3. Desktop productivity — This is Microsoft’s most profitable business — Office, SharePoint and ERP/CRM products and services — area at present.No Office 14 until 2010, but higher-priced client-access licenses and strong “attach sales” of other Microsoft products are keeping the business strong.

4. Server and tools — Ballmer cited the high percentage of annuity licensing deals as insulating the S&T business a bit from the IT spending slowdown. Ballmer cited new growth areas as its “Online” family of Microsoft-hosted services (like Exchange Online and SharePoint Online); the still-unrealized goal of getting more server customers to attach systems-management software; and new, soon-to-be-released Microsoft wares in the security-management, authentication, conferencing and collaboration space.

5. Enterprise software — This is the segment that includes Microsoft’s SQL Server database and middleware. Oracle is Microsoft’s biggest competitor here and Microsoft’s primary strategy is to take market share by finding a way to beat Oracle’s higher prices and contract lock-ins, Ballmer said.

6. Search and advertising — No new hints about what Microsoft is going to do, other than not throw in the towel. Ballmer talked up Cash Back; new deals with search distributors like Dell and Verizon Wireless; and better search and advertising algorithms as the keys to its strategy. Ballmer said he’d still like to figure out some way for Microsoft and Yahoo to “pool their resources” to take on Google, but pooh-poohed (for the umpteenth time) any talk of an acquisition. He admitted Microsoft still has about 3 to 4 percent of the global search share and that share is “the leading indicator” of progress in this market. “I don’t want to be a Jerry Yang in this market,” Ballmer quipped, referring to Yahoo’s former CEO. I know “how shareholders can get frustrate by leaders who aren’t serious about performance,” Ballmer added.

7. Entertainment and TV — It’s not just about Xbox here, Ballmer told analysts. “The real opportunity is a device next to or in every TV set,” whether that device is a PC, a gaming console, a set-top box, or a new appliance device. Microsoft’s strategy is to bring its gaming, entertainment and other servics to the PC, phone and TV.

In previous years, these Strategic Updates weren’t so much a reiteration of where Microsoft is putting its money today as where it planned to invest over the coming 10 years. It’s clear — and not surprising — that the economic downturn is definitely putting a damper on Microsoft’s blue-sky spending plans. Ballmer’s acknowledgment, made multiple times today, that many investors want Microsoft to get out of search and advertising, was interesting — as was his justification that “once you get out you can’t get back in” for not abandoning the market owned by Google.

Do you think Ballmer has his priorities in line? Or is he leading Microsoft astray in one (or more) areas?

February 26, 2009 · veeyeskay · No Comments
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New Year Wishes – Welcoming 2009!!!

Guys

2008 has been a an interesting one for me with lots of activities, and I hope it was indeed the same for all of you as well. Of course, towards the fag end of the year, there was a stagnation on the activities because of the economic pull back in many parts of the world.

An interesting target that I had achieved during this year was in co-ordinating with David Musgrave and Mariano Gomez in migrating the Yahoo Groups in the name “GP_eEnterprise” into Google Groups with a change in the name to “Dynamics GP” on July 7, 2008.

It was indeed a wonderful feeling to co-ordinate with the two pillars with tons of GP expertise, in getting this done, and thanks to them, for standing by my side, lending me all the support in moving the groups. Also thanks to all the supporters of this decision, and for the ones who felt against this, I am sure you would have realized by now the potential of the new groups. If not, I am sure you would feel the same, in the days to come in 2009.

It is a heartening feeling to see close to 550 members registered in this group in the last 6 months, and it was indeed a notable achievement, just for the the fact that Yahoo Groups has been dominating this domain for quite some time. :-)

I hope we will see much better beginnings in 2009 and believe the new change in the administration in United States would sure make this happen, during the course of the year.

And of course, I hope to publish a lot more of interesting articles and share my experiences with GP and other Dynamics technologies in the days to come and make this blog an interesting pool of information.

Till then, wishing you all a WARM, HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR 2009!!!

December 31, 2008 · veeyeskay · No Comments
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