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Considering an Upgrade from Dynamics GP to Dynamics AX?


Recently I’ve delivered Dynamics GP training to new users who came from a company using Dynamics AX.  In my own experience, other than the additional features that Dynamics AX offers over Dynamics GP (which are considerable) and getting accustomed to the ability to post a transaction initiated in the General Ledger backto a subsidiary module in AX, there is a lot of commonality in the User Interface (UI) between the two applications.  This is particularly important for companies that have perhaps outgrown Dynamics GP and are considering a move to a more full-featured ERP system such as AX.  Microsoft has done a commendable job of unifying their ERP system UI’s, which offers the client the benefit of quicker and easier user adoption when moving from one application to another.
Additionally, both applications are tightly integrated with Microsoft Office tools, further easing the transition to a new system.
The first image below is of the Dynamics GP 2015 Financial module, with the menu items arranged in basically the same sequence as the Dynamics AX 2012 R3 image below it.  Notice how the menus and the Navigation Pane layout are quite similar in both applications, albeit the AX UI is cleaner, in my opinion.  Maybe the GP development team can get together with the AX dev team on that one.
Based on their comments, my recent trainees report the same experience.  They’ve indicated that adapting to Dynamics GP from AX has been much quicker than they thought it would be, primarily because of the similarities between the two UI’s. 
 
In considering an upgrade from Dynamics GP to Dynamics AX, user adoption and performance ramp-up can be relegated to the bottom of the list of concerns.

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March 3, 2015 · Frank Hamelly MCP-GP MCT MVP · No Comments
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SOP Quick Print feature does not work when window ribbons are enabled

Happy New Year!! Hope all of you had a great time with family and friends and that you are back getting used to the daily grind once more.

Today, I want to kick off the year with an issue in Sales Transaction Entry window related to the cool ribbons implemented since Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2. By now, you are probably getting used to the absolutely gorgeous user interface which features Microsoft Office style ribbons on every window. Furthermore, you probably already know that the use of such ribbons is actually customizable and in many ways optional – albeit being the default configuration – as described by fellow Microsoft Dynamics GP MVP, Leslie Vail in her article GP 2013 R2 Ribbons. As it turns out, there’s a Dex.ini switch, EnableWCRibbons=FALSE, that controls whether ribbons are enabled within Microsoft Dynamics GP or not. When ribbons are enabled, users can further customize the appearance of the action pane or return to the traditional menu bar for each window.

User Preferences window

Yesteryear (2009), I wrote an article talking about The wonders of CTRL+Q: saving and printing SOP documents in one step and how the Quick Print feature made life easier to the poor souls out there who needed a quick shortcut to printing SOP documents from the Sales Transaction Entry window. In that article I detailed the mechanics behind the feature, written by my good friend David Musgrave.

As fortune would have it, when ribbons are enabled and you are either using the Action Pane or the Action Pane Strip layouts, the Quick Print feature does not work. However, if the User Preference is returned to Menu Bar (you will need to exit Dynamics GP and re-launch for the changes to take effect), the Quick Print option (and CTRL+Q keyboard combination) works just fine.

While clearly an inconvenience, this can hardly be labeled a bug since the feature is still present within the application when the Window Command Display setting is set to Menu Bar as part of the user preferences. It would be nice, however, to have this fixed for Dynamics GP in desktop client mode. I can see how this may or may not work under web client mode as the browser keyboard shortcut combinations take precedence over the application’s shortcuts.

Until next post!

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

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SOP Quick Print feature does not work when window ribbons are enabled

January 7, 2015 · Mariano Gomez · No Comments
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Management Reporter 2012 CU11 Company Integration with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015

I was testing out the new CU 11 for Management Reporter 2012 today with Dynamics GP 2015. After the installation and configuration, I was trying to enable the integration and I noticed that the option to add the companies to MR for the DataMart adaptor was missing in Management Reporter Configuration Console.

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December 30, 2014 · Sivakumar V · No Comments
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December 17, 2014 · tidestone · No Comments
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Microsoft Dynamics GP backups with Windows Azure Blob Storage Service

With the introduction of Dynamics GP 2013 R2, Microsoft delivered support for application database backups onto Windows Azure blob storage service from within GP itself.

Azure Blob storage is a service for storing large amounts of unstructured data, such as text or binary data, that can be accessed from anywhere in the world via HTTP or HTTPS. You can use Blob storage to expose data publicly to the world, or to store application data privately. Common uses of Blob storage include:

• Serving images or documents directly to a browser
• Storing files for distributed access
• Streaming video and audio
• Performing secure backup and disaster recovery
• Storing data for analysis by an on-premises or Azure-hosted service

In turn, Dynamics GP takes advantage of capabilities introduced in SQL Server 2012 SP1 CU2 to enable SQL Server backup and restore directly to the Windows Azure Blob service. See SQL Server Backup and Restore with Windows Azure Blob Storage Service for more information.

Note: Starting with SQL Server 2012 SP1 CU4, you can also use PowerShell to backup to and restore from Windows Azure Blob storage services.

As part of the backup and restore process, Microsoft Dynamics GP calls the syGPAzureBackupRestoreProcess system database stored procedure.


Configuring Microsoft Dynamics GP backups with Windows Azure Blog storage service

To take advantage of Windows Azure Blob storage service, you must begin by setting up an Azure storage account. The storage account is the starting point for all storage services. The storage account requirements are fairly straight forward: setup a URL prefix, associate a location or affinity group for your storage account, and determine the type of replication. See How To Manage Storage Accounts for additional information on replication options.

Note: The full URL will be the URL prefix followed by blob.core.windows.net.

Storage Account Setup

Upon creation of the storage account, the storage account name and its access key properties are required to authenticate to the Windows Azure Blob Storage service and its components.

Following the creation of the account, you will need a storage container. A container provides a grouping of a set of Blobs, and can store an unlimited number of Blobs. To write a SQL Server backup to the Windows Azure Blob service, you must have at least the root container created.

Container tab

Click on the Containers tab to setup a new container. Enter a name for the container, and select the type of access that will be provided to the container.



New Container setup

For more information on setting container access types, see Restrict Access to Containers and Blobs. Once the container has been setup, you should see your new container listed.

Container is now setup

Return to the storage account dashboard and click the Manage Access Keys option at the bottom of the window for the storage account you setup. You can copy the primary access key, which will be used to setup Microsoft Dynamics GP.

Manage Access Keys

In Microsoft Dynamics GP, go to Microsoft Dynamics GP | Maintenance | Backup to open the Back Up Company window. Follow these instructions:

1. Select the company you wish to backup
2. Choose Use Microsoft Azure storage as the destination for your backup
3. Enter the storage account name you created in Windows Azure
4. Paste the access key from the previous section.
5. Enter the URL to the container. The URL format is as follows:

https://storage-account.blob.core.windows.net/container-name

Back Up Company

6. Click on Verify account to validate your account settings and connectivity to the container then click OK to continue. The backup performance will depend on your internet connection speed.

Now that you have a pretty good grasp on the configuration, you can begin taking advantage of Windows Azure as a secure, always available option for your Microsoft Dynamics GP data. The best part is, the data geo-redundantly stored (if this option was selected when creating the storage account) and you no longer need to rely on tapes being exposed to damage.

Until next post!

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

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December 15, 2014 · Mariano Gomez · No Comments
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Dynamics GP Year-End Closing – General Ledger – Tips & Tricks …

Before you run the Microsoft Dynamics GP year-end routine for the General Ledger in GP please read this! Over the years the most common support issue we experience relating to year-end closing in GP is that GL accounts …

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December 5, 2014 · tidestone · No Comments
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Create a refreshable Excel report based on a SQL Server stored procedure

A long awaited new feature is being released today for our GP Reports Viewer – Excel reports. What I think is truly amazing about this new feature is the fact that you can set up an Excel report based on a stored procedure to allow users to enter parameters and also to improve performance of your reports. …

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Create a refreshable Excel report based on a SQL Server stored procedure

November 24, 2014 · Victoria Yudin · No Comments
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