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GP 2015 R2–What’s coming and GP’s roadmap

With Convergence all wrapped up – David Musgrave has started his series of posts
covering his experience at his
blog
. A couple of slides from the general session are worth checking out if
you haven’t seen them already. One of the exciting things on the roadmap is the
HTML5 Web client on the roadmap for R3.

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March 31, 2015 · Jivtesh Singh · No Comments
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Microsoft Convergence Atlanta 2015: GPPC PreGame

Hi everyone and welcome to Microsoft Convergence 2015 from the beautiful city of Atlanta, Georgia, my hometown. I really like that Convergence has called Atlanta home 4 out of the past 5 years – it also makes it pretty convenient for me to attend while sleeping in the best hotel in town: my home!

Microsoft Convergence 2015 welcome banner at Georgia Wold Congress Center

After not much convincing, David accepted my invitation to stay to be a guest for the duration of Convergence. As such, my jobs is to also make sure we get to and from the convention center on time for the numerous commitments we have this week.

On of those commitments involves attending the PreGame 2015 event hosted by Dynamic Partner Connections, held at the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel. If you are familiar with this Downtown Atlanta landmark, you will remember it was severely damaged during the 2008 Atlanta tornado outbreak and having to replace over 5600 windows during the renovation process.

David Musgrave and Shanna Hensch

After registering for the event, we both caught up some good ol’ friends of ours and had a chance to exchange pleasantries.

From left to right: David Musgrave, John Lowther, Belinda Allen, Kim Peterson, Mariano Gomez, and Bob McAdam

While I had a session to present at PreGame, I took the opportunity to attend a 1:00 PM session, Using CRM, Office 365, Azure, and the cloud to turbocharge sales moderated by Errol Schoenfish.

Errol Schoenfish

In this session the panel conducted an interactive discussion and heard from partners that have accelerated their sales process to accommodate an ever changing sales environment. These partners are also delivering and deploying Microsoft Dynamics GP in a Cloud first world to both new and existing customers.

After the session was over, I quickly returned to the Congress Center to attend the Dynamics GP General Session rehearsal. It’s always exciting to catch up with my many Microsofties from Fargo, North Dakota.

Brian Mayer and Jodi Christiansen

It’s always cool to see the amount of prep work from the Audio and Video engineering technical staff to make these events and presentations go as smooth as possible. The guys are really engaging and always willing to accommodate pretty much any request as it relates to device connectivity and interfacing to the systems.

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Unfortunately, a confusion in schedules prevented me from participating in the actual rehearsal since tech check was being conducted from 3 – 4 PM, which encroached on my PreGame session at 4:00 PM. So, I left around 3:30 and back to the Westin.

My session, Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 Installation and Configuration began with sharp at 4:00, with 10 partners in attendance in the room. We walked through the Microsoft Dynamics GP architecture and its evolution to today’s Web Components, including web client and Service Based Architecture. We had a chance to conduct a full install of Microsoft Dynamics GP, working through the different screens, but unfortunately, ran out of time to address Web Client implementation in full. Since Service Based Architecture depends on having a domain environment, we could not install it either. Nonetheless, a good effort was made to explain the process and what can to expect during the installation.

The session went over the allotted 2 hours and ran until 6:30 PM. I really thank the attendees for gutting it out until then. However, this type of class is suited for a half-day or full-day format.

Up next was the partner reception hosted by Microsoft on the 8th floor of the Westin. After partaking and exchanging pleasantries with many fellow business partners in attendance, it was time to attend the MVP Mingle event.

Partner Reception

The MVP Mingle is a partner sponsored event. We count with the support of FastPath, which specializes in security access and segregation of duties monitoring and compliance, and Data Masons, which develops integrated EDI solutions for the Microsoft Dynamics ERP products.

MVP Mingle

The FastPath Team: Jeff Soelberg, Liz Piteo, Nate Boettcher, Trish Boccuti, and Andy Snook

The MVP Mingle was hosted at STATS Food + Drinks, which has some great appetizers and a good selection of local, national, and foreign brews.

Having a 7:30 AM GP General Session rehearsal meant that it was time to wrap up early and drive home to get some rest for the next day.
Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Intelligent Partnerships, LLC
http://www.intelligentpartnerships.com/

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March 16, 2015 · Mariano Gomez · No Comments
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You receive "Unable to Upgrade SBA from RTM" when attempting to apply Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 January or March Hotfix

Well, this one for sure has bitten more than one person already. I’ve seen a lot of exchanges and fielded a number of calls from folks trying to install the January or March hot fixes of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015. When the msp file is executed, couple seconds into the execution you receive the following error message:

Unable to upgrade SBA from RTM. Please remove the SBA feature before running this patch.

The first reaction is to try and find the feature via the Uninstall or change a program options under the Windows Control Panel. As it turns out, there’s no such option. This has led many folks to the next “obvious” option: Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Components.

When you choose to uninstall the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Components, you will get rid of the Web Client install, but not the SBA components.

So what’s the solution?

The keyword in the error message is the word “feature”. SBA is a Microsoft Dynamics GP feature. In order to remove, you will need to right-click on Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 and select the change option.

You will then click on the Add/Remove Features option in the Program Maintenance window, then scroll down until you see the Service Based Architecture option in the Select Features window. You can the proceed to click on the corresponding options button associated to the SBA prompt and select Not Available.

Select Features window

Once you click Next, the installer will proceed to remove the feature from your environment. When completed, you can re-run the hotfix msp to apply the updated code.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Intelligent Partnerships, LLC
http://www.intelligentpartnerships.com/

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March 13, 2015 · Mariano Gomez · No Comments
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Silverlight "ArgumentException: An item with the same key has already been added" when attempting to print a report

It’s been about 3 months now since working with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 in our production environment. To recap, at Intelligent Partnerships we run all our information technology infrastructure on Microsoft Azure. A big reason for this, of course, is the high degree of mobility required by our consulting staff and the ability to access demo environments and be able to enter timesheets and expenses from anywhere in the world they happen to be. In addition, we need to be able to run our business and access our financials and analytics without being constrained to a particular geographical location. As such we rely heavily on Dynamics GP’s Web Client and Business Analyzer to achieve these goals.

One of the issues we started noticing with Web Client recently is, when you attempt to print a report – Standard or Template – but cancel out the printing on the Report Destination window, then attempt to print the report once more, we would receive the following Silverlight error message:

Severity: Critical Summary: A server side exception of type “ArgumentException” has occurred. Details: ArgumentException: An item with the same key has already been added. at System.ThrowHelper.ThrowArgumentException(ExceptionResource resource) at System.Collections.Generic.Dictionary`2.Insert(TKey key, TValue value, Boolean add) at Microsoft.Dynamics.GP.Web.Services.Runtime.Dexterity.Hierarchy`1.Add(T ancestor, T item) at Microsoft.Dynamics.GP.Web.Services.Runtime.Dexterity.Implementation.WCDexRuntimeStateResourceManager.Register(DexUri parentId, IWCDexWindow window) at Microsoft.Dynamics.GP.Web.Services.Runtime.Dexterity.Implementation.Adapters.WCDexFormOpenStateChangedNotificationAdapter.Notifications_FormOpenStateChanged(Object sender, DexUriEventArgs`1 e) at System.EventHandler`1.Invoke(Object sender, TEventArgs e) at Microsoft.Dexterity.Runtime.Interop.DexNotification.OnFormOpenStateChanged(DexUri uri, DexFormOpenState value) at Microsoft.Dexterity.Runtime.Interop.Win32.NativeMethods.MsaCommandExec(Int16 tag) at Microsoft.Dexterity.Runtime.Interop.Win32.NativeMethods.<>c__DisplayClass26.b__25() at Microsoft.Dexterity.Runtime.Interop.Win32.NativeMethods.ExecuteMsaAction(Func`1 interopAction, String entryPoint) at Microsoft.Dexterity.Runtime.Interop.Win32.NativeMethods.MacroSystemCommandExecute(Int16 tag) at Microsoft.Dexterity.Runtime.Interop.DexMacroSystem.CommandExecute(Int16 tag) at Microsoft.Dynamics.GP.Web.Services.Runtime.Dexterity.Implementation.WCDexMessageProcessor.ProcessCommandExecuteInstanceResourceMessage(IWCDexMessage msg) at Microsoft.Dynamics.GP.Web.Services.Runtime.Dexterity.Implementation.WCDexMessageProcessor.Process(IWCDexMessage message) at Microsoft.Dynamics.GP.Web.Services.Runtime.Dexterity.DexRuntimeStateManager.SendMessage(IWCDexMessage message) at Microsoft.Dynamics.GP.Web.Services.Runtime.Dexterity.DexRuntimeStateManager.MainEventLoop()

This particular error was received attempting to print a sales order processing quote, but we have been able to reproduce from other windows. While I don’t claim to understand all these exceptions, this particular one seems to refer to an issue caused by a “key” being added twice to the same “Generic.Dictionary” collection. Since the action causing the error seems to be a second attempt at printing a report – the same report it seems – somewhere along the lines it would appear that some value isn’t being cleared out from the collection of reports being printed which would cause a duplicate key. Again, pure speculation.

Nonetheless, in speaking to the Dynamics GP development team, it seems to be this issue has been written up and may be solved in the upcoming hotfix release. This issue can be reproduced in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 build 14.00.0619 (January Hotfix).

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Intelligent Partnerships, LLC
http://www.intelligentpartnerships.com/

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March 11, 2015 · Mariano Gomez · No Comments
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Light it Up Challenge–Microsoft Australia

If like me, you think Internet of Things is the next big thing, here is a fun little event by Microsoft around it.

Code it. Light it. Win it!

All you have to do is sign up to receive the Challenge Kit, and complete all three challenges.
Tune into Microsoft’s six week lab series and discover how to program your device.
If your LED device is one of 5 to light up on April 13 2015, then you’ve won.
During the challenge, you’ll learn how to code, build and deploy with the Internet of Things.
We’ll give you an IoT overview, explain the architecture and MS platform.
Get started today!
*Terms and conditions apply: http://aka.ms/lightitup

See more here – Internet of Things – Light it Up Challenge

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February 24, 2015 · Jivtesh Singh · No Comments
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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 Identity Management

Hi everyone! It’s been hectic around here with a few projects going live in these days, in addition to preparations for Convergence 2015 here in Atlanta.

I wanted to draw your attention to two videos currently posted on the Microsoft Dynamics YouTube channel, related to the Identity Management feature.

Identity Management was introduced with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2, so is probably good to go back and review the original feature design goal with Tara Higgins with the Partner Technical Consulting team.

With Dynamics GP 2015, the feature was extended to cover authentication with organizational accounts, which provides single sign-on capabilities for Microsoft Azure AD accounts. Identity Management for organizational accounts is a web client feature only. Take a look at this video by my buddy Jason Lech with the Escalation Engineering team.

My goal is to release a video showing a real life example on how to set this up. So stay tuned.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Intelligent Partnerships, LLC
http://www.intelligentpartnerships.com/

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February 12, 2015 · Mariano Gomez · No Comments
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Hololens in the real world

I have been geeking out about the Hololens for a couple of weeks now. However, just like any revolutionary technology – the key is how it would fit in the real world. James Ashley, a Kinect MVP has a great post with 21 ideas around Hololens

Here are my favorites from his list.

Education

Microsoft-future-vision

While cool visuals will make education more interesting, the biggest benefit of HoloLens for education is simple access. Children in rural areas in the US have to travel long distances to achieve a decent education. Around the world, the problem of rural education is even worse. What if educators could be brought to the children instead? This is one of the stated goals of Facebook’s purchase of Oculus Rift and HoloLens can do the same job just as well and probably better.

Shopping

shopping

Amazon made one click shopping make sense. Shopping and the psychology of shopping changes when we make it more convenient, effectively turning instant gratification into a marketing strategy. Using HoloLens AR, we can remodel a room with virtual furniture and then purchase all the pieces on an interactive menu floating in the air in front of us when we find the configuration we want. We can try and buy virtual clothes. With a wave of the hand we can stock our pantry, stock our refrigerator … wait, come to think of it, with decent AR, do we even need furniture or clothes anymore?

Medical Care

bodyscan

Technology can be used for interesting diagnostic and rehabilitation functions. The depth sensors that come with HoloLens will no doubt be used in these ways eventually. But like education, one of the great problems in medical care right now is access. If we can’t bring the patient to the doctor, let’s bring the GP to the patient and do regular check ups.

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February 3, 2015 · Jivtesh Singh · No Comments
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