Will Your Existing GP Customizations Work in GP 2013‌?

With the recent release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 comes an exciting new feature: the Web Client. We’ve all longed for the Web Client, dreaming of a day when we could access our system from any web browser without being tied to our desktops and office networks, and now it’s finally here! Before we all begin to jump for joy, there is one thing to realize before making the switch to GP 2013—some of the customizations that you’ve made over the years to your existing Dynamics GP installation may not be fully compatible in the new Web Client.

Before going further, let’s take a look at the different ways that GP can be customized, which of those ways will present an issue moving over to the new GP 2013 Web Client, and the next steps to make the transition.

4 Types of Dynamics GP Customizations

There are four ways that Dynamics GP software can be modified or customized:

  1. Modifier – Allows changes to be made to the user interface (UI). Examples include adding new fields, moving fields around, and changing field labels, etc. Customizations made to GP using Modifier will be compatible with both the GP 2013 desktop version as well as the Web Client.
  2. Dexterity -This is the programming language in which Dynamics GP is written and customizations to the code level require a Dexterity developer. Example of changes to Dexterity code include things like adding new business logic or capturing business domain specific data through alternate forms or window modifications. The possibilities are endless. Customizations made to GP using Dexterity will be compatible with both the GP 2013 desktop version as well as the Web Client.
  3. VBA – Is most often used to add additional functionality to fields such as disabling a field or automatically populate fields from a database, etc. Although customizations made to GP using VBA will be compatible with the desktop version of GP 2013, at this time they are not compatible with the GP 2013 Web Client.
  4. VST – Allows the same type of changes that would be made with Dexterity but with the .NET programming language. Although customizations made to GP using VST will be compatible with the desktop version of GP 2013, at this time they are not compatible with the GP 2013 Web Client without additional modifications.
Type of Customization
Compatible with GP 2013 Desktop Version
Compatible with
GP 2013 Web Client
How to tell if you have this customization
Modifier
Yes
Yes
The page title of the window will have a dot in front of it
Dexterity
Yes
Yes
The dexterity modification will be listed in the Dynamics.set file: C:Program FilesMicrosoft DynamicsGP (or the application directory where you installed GP)
VBA
(Visual Basic for Applications)
Yes
No
The page title of the window will have a dot at the end of it
VST
(Visual Studios Tools)
Yes
No
All customizations are stored in the AddIn subfolder of the Microsoft DynamicsGP folder.

How to Tell What Kind of Customizations You Have

There are a few simple ways to tell what type of customizations you have in Dynamics GP.

1.       Modifier - The Customization Maintenance window will list modified forms, modified reports, and custom VBA code and references that are active on the workstation.
Tools -> Customize -> Customization Maintenance

If you have made customizations to GP using Modifier, there will be a dot in front of the window’s page title.

2.       Dexterity - The Customization Status window will list Dexterity customizations, as well as the Dynamics GP modules and Dexterity-based ISV solutions that are installed and active.
Tools -> Customize -> Customization Status

3.       VBA – The Customization Maintenance window will list modified forms, modified reports, and custom VBA code and references that are active on the workstation.
Tools -> Customize -> Customization Maintenance

If you have made customizations to GP using VBA, there will be a dot at the end of the window’s page title.

4.       VST – All customizations made to GP using VST are stored in a folder called AddIns. If you have VST customizations, you will find them inside this folder located AddIn subfolder of the Dynamics GP client installation. This is typically C:Program Files (x86)Microsoft DynamicsGPAddIns.

Next Steps

If GP customizations exist that may not be compatible with the new GP 2013 Web Client here are a few suggestions to preserve your customization’s functionality.

Business Process Analysis
Is this functionality still needed‌? Can it be improved‌?


Determine if the customization is still needed. New releases are packed with new functionality and the task that the old customization helped accomplish may now be handled out-of-the-box in the new version.  Or, your business may have changed and it is simply not needed any longer! A business process analysis against the new version will help identify which customizations are no longer needed. After reviewing the new release’s capabilities, you may find that there are many other new features offered that you hadn’t even thought of before.

It’s like trading in your old 1994 Honda Accord for the 2013 model—you were excited about the built in navigation system (no more Garmin attached to your windshield) and heated seats but you had no idea that it had blind spot detectors and could park itself! So when you’re ready to make the switch, make a point to learn about all the new features of the software, not just the ones you already know about and you may be pleasantly surprised. Sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know!

Spend Time on Design

If a customization is going to be re-implemented it makes sense to spend a little extra time on the design of the customization. Ask yourself if there are any features that have been lacking that need to be added or can the functionality be changed to make it more user friendly. By making sure you have got the most value out of your customization it will pay off in the long run when you don’t have to continuously make changes to it again and again in the future.

Use Case Documentation

As with all customizations, it is a best practice to document, document, and document. Before sitting down with a developer take screen shots of the areas you want to change and document the business process flow. This will provide clear communication between you and your developer and help to ensure there aren’t any discrepancies between what you are trying to achieve and what the system ends up doing. It’s great to keep them on record as well!

Hire a Professional Dexterity Developer

Now that you are ready to move forward with your customizations into GP 2013’s Web Client, you’ll need to hire a Dexterity developer. Dexterity developers aren’t as easy to come by as other programming languages, but the good news is that if you’ve found one, they probably know their stuff (this isn’t something your neighbor’s nephew in high school can do for you on the weekends). It’s a sophisticated programming language that takes years of experience to learn.

After having completed all of the leg work; conducting your business process analysis and providing your developer with use case documentation, the dexterity changes should be a breeze!

Here are a few things to look for in a Dexterity developer:
·         Is the programmer certified in Dexterity or Microsoft Dynamics GP‌?
·         How many or how long has the programmer been working with Dexterity‌?
·         Will the programmer provide documentation of their changes‌?
·         Will the programmer, or company they work for be able to support you in the years to come‌?
 

 

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Convergence 2013 is here

With the sun setting over the city of New Orleans last night, we wrapped up our first day here, which was filled with getting out and about, seeing the sights on a perfect, sun-filled, 80 degree day.  The real fun starts tomorrow with the kickoff of the GPUG-hosted GP Partner Connection events and then some partying later in the evening to celebrate St. Patty’s day. 

Green beer for all!

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Fire Inside at Convergence 2013

I got here yesterday and the talk about the conferences is buzzing everywhere, even among all of the parades and parties! Check in starts today, as well as ‘Pre-Game’ with GPPC (GP Partner Connection). If you’re here, get up and get registered!

Don’t forget about this neat opportunity at Convergence:

https://mbs.microsoft.com/partnersource/newsevents/events/conferences/FireInsideatConvergence.htm

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Coming to Convergence?

Don’t miss the opportunity to reveal your true potential and experience the fun-filled activities at the Change Agent Headquarters. Discover your hero title. Take professional headshot photos. Create your own ad, and meet our LinkedIn specialists who can help bolster your LinkedIn profile to achieve the maximum impact.

Change Agent Headquarters

  • LinkedIn Name Tag Analyzer: Access the app to receive a “Hero Title”
  • DIY ad and Professional headshot
    • Star in your own ad featuring your industry background and new title, and take a professional headshot
    • Use retrieval code/ MSTag to retrieve and share your photo via social media
  • LinkedIn Consultants
    • Meet 2 LinkedIn Consultants who are there to help bolster your professional profiles

  • Roaming Change Agent Ambassadors

    • Engage attendee to help customize hero titles on nametag buttons, and drive additional traffic to the Change Agent HQ

Premium Distribution

  • Name Tag laptop stickers in each messenger bag and at HQ
  • Buttons to be distributed by the Change Agent Ambassador throughout convention hall
  • T-shirts as an Evaluation Prize

Banners

  • 2 large banners featuring 6 ads in the main Lobby

Social Media Integration

  • Feature DIY ads on Digital Social Wall and hash-tag them for twitter search during and post event
  • DIY ads also available for attendees to download and share out on their own

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Microsoft Convergence New Orleans 2013 – Getting there

Well, I am finally in New Orleans, Louisiana!

The city is named after Orléans, a city located on the River in Centre, France, and is well known for its distinct French Creole architecture, as well as its cross-cultural and multilingual heritage. New Orleans is also famous for its cuisine, music (particularly as the birthplace of jazz), and its annual celebrations and festivals, most notably Mardi Gras. The city is often referred to as the “most unique” in America.

In this occasion, I have the pleasure of traveling with my beautiful wife, Marina. We both headed to the airport around 11:00 AM Atlanta local time to catch our 1:30 PM flight to New Orleans. At the airport, we ran across Aaron Donat, Escalation Engineer at Microsoft, on his second leg (of three) from Fargo, North Dakota. Aaron and I will be presenting a session on the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Web Client at GP Partner Connections (GPPC) PreGAME.

Aaron Donat

Aaron and I got to go over the objectives of our session and had a chance to catch up on a few projects we are both collaborating on, which made for a fun departure wait time.

The flight from Atlanta to New Orleans was an easy 50 uneventful minutes trip, so there was only time for a few pretzels on board my favorite airline, Delta Airlines. The air over the Gulf – that would be the Mexican Gulf – tends to be a bit dense, so the view is tinted by a haze, but still breathtaking.

Highway 90 view from over Lake Saint Catherine

Upon arrival at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, we went straight to claim our luggage and find our way to the taxi line. At the main lobby down to baggage claim area, the first visual element is a great sculpture from renown artist Steve Kline.

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

On our way to the hotel and approaching the downtown, the first major landmark that stands out from the freeway is the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, home of the New Orleans Saints NFL football team. The Superdome was used as a “shelter of last resort” for those in New Orleans unable to evacuate from Hurricane Katrina when it struck in late August 2005.

Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Approaching the Hilton Riverside Hotel, we passed just in front of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, home of Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2013. They were still a number of cranes and personnel putting the final touches to the different facilities inside the Convention Center that will be hosting the approximately 11,000 attendees.

Hall D at the New Orleans Convention Center

Well, my wife and I finally made it into the hotel and checked in after leaving Aaron at the Hyatt Hotel. Our room had a great view to the New Orleans Port.

View of the New Orleans Port from my room at the Hilton Riverside Hotel

It was time to find something to eat. After all, our flight was short and therefore no on board service was provided. On our way to get some food we strolled down Poydras Street and capture a couple images of Fulton Street walkway…

Fulton Street walkway

… and plastered banners announcing Microsoft Dynamics Convergence. Definitely, a lot of hoopla to make our presence felt in New Orleans.

New Orleans is Microsoft Dynamics Convergence-ready

Well, after some strolling and quite undecided where to have some food, we hopped a cab and went to the French Quarter.

The French Quarter, also known as the Vieux Carré, is the oldest neighborhood in the city’s East Bank. When New Orleans was founded in 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, the city was originally centered on the French Quarter, or the Vieux Carré (“Old Square” in French) as it was known then. While the area is still referred to as the Vieux Carré by some, it is more commonly known as the French Quarter today. Although called the “French” Quarter, most of the present day buildings were built under Spanish rule and show Spanish colonial tastes. The district as a whole is a National Historic Landmark, and contains numerous individual historic buildings. It was affected relatively lightly by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, as compared to other areas of the city and the greater region.

My wife and I ended up having some late lunch at Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant. Deanie’s is been around for over 50 years and is considered an institution by both locals and out of towners alike. It was time to order some good oysters and gumbo with a good Amber. You have to visit this place to appreciate some good seafood.

Off we went to another institution in town: Cafe du Monde.

Cafe du Monde

Café du Monde is a coffee shop on Decatur Street in the French Quarter. It is best known for its café au lait and its French-style beignets. The coffee here is blended with chicory.

Cafe du Monde staple items: a darn good cup of coffee and beignets (French Doughnuts)

The location at the lower end of the French Market was established in 1862. For over a century it was one of two similar coffee and beignets places in the market, the other being Morning Call, which was established in 1870 and moved out of the Old French Market in 1974 to the urban area of Metairie, Louisiana.

The afternoon crowd at Cafe du Monde

It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except for Christmas Day and days when “the occasional hurricane passes too close to New Orleans”, and is patronized by both locals and visitors. Due to Hurricane Katrina, the shop closed at midnight on August 27, 2005. Although it suffered only minor damage, it remained closed for nearly two months. Owners took advantage of the low traffic time afterwards to refurbish the eating areas and kitchens. Definitely a good place for people watching, and good luck finding somewhere to sit.

On our way back to the hotel, we passed next to Jax Brewery.

Jax Brewery, a unique New Orleans landmark, was once the brewing and bottling house of Jax Beer from 1891 until the mid 1970s. Today the converted brewery holds exclusive and distinctive New Orleans shops as well as nationally known stores. A museum devoted to the brewery is free and open to the public. Stroll through the shops of Jax Brewery, grab a bite to eat or admire the view of the Mississippi River from the Museum or the building’s beautiful patio.

Famous JAX Brewery

Back at the hotel, I was bound to run into someone, right? Well, I found the team from Fastpath along with Pam Misialek, who this time managed to jammed her foot into a hole and is now hopping around.

Pam Misialek, Andy Snook 

Well, it was time to go to bed as we had been walking around for about 4 hours. My wife managed to blistered her big toe and that’s the story for another blog.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
IntellPartners, LLC
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T-Solve Technology Commentary: uninstalling GP Dynamics 2010

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