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Friday Funny: If animals were round…

David Meego - Click for blog homepageCame across these videos which I think you will enjoy.

Rollin’ Wild asks the question:

If all animals became round overnight, would their daily life still run that smoothly?

Check out the video playlist and a Christmas video below:

Rollin’ Safari Playlist (direct link)


Rollin Christmas (direct link)


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#BPST What is the Batch Posting Service Toolkit?

David Meego - Click for blog homepageYou might have heard of the Batch Posting Service Toolkit by now and might be wondering …

  • What is the Batch Posting Service Toolkit?

This article explains what you need to know and points you to further resources.

The Batch Posting Service Toolkit (BPST) is the second Winthrop Development Consultants product to be released via my distribution and support partner, Mekorma.

BPST solves a long-term problem with integrating transactions to Microsoft Dynamics GP. Tools such as Integration Manager, eConnect, Web Services (SOAP) and the new Service Based Architecture Web Services (REST) all allow you to create transactions in batches in Microsoft Dynamics GP.

The problem is that none of these tools can post the transaction batches created.

Enter Batch Posting Service Toolkit, which provides a service call to retrieve a list of ready to post batches and a second service call to post a batch…. Problem solved.

The BPST is available for Microsoft Dynamics GP versions GP 2010, GP 2013 and GP 2015. Its services can be called from Dexterity, Visual Studio Tools (C# or VB.Net) and via Web Services (GP 2015 or later).

The tool supports all standard batch types used in the Master Posting window. It does not have a user interface and is designed for developers, ISVs and integration consultants to leverage to complete the integration process.

For more information, check out the links below:

Now you can integrate your transaction batches AND post them too.


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#GPPT Why wait till you upgrade to install GP Power Tools?

David Meego - Click for blog homepageYesterday, I received an email from a customer that I met in Reno at the GPUG Summit 2016 conference. He asked a technical question on GP Power Tools and mentioned that he had purchased the tool to be used once he had completed the upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015.

The question I had to ask was …

  • Why wait till you upgrade to install GP Power Tools?

The reason I ask the question is fairly simple.

By running the GP Power Tools’ Database Validation feature against your system BEFORE you upgrade, you can avoid many upgrade issues before they even occur.

Database Validation can be used to validate that the system’s user and company settings match the SQL Server Logins, Databases and Database Users as well as comparing the data structures of all tables against their definitions in the Dynamics GP Product dictionaries.

Note: For more details on what checks Database Validation makes, see the first article in the links below.

You can also use Database Validation to fix SQL Logins (passwords) and Database Users when moving the system to a new server, which often happens during upgrades.

Even if not moving to a new server, it is common practice to do a test upgrade on a test server. Running Database Validation on your test environment can remove references to users and companies that are not included in the test system.

Database Validation has many features that will help you before and during the upgrade process, so why not get some help now… before you upgrade?

If you already have registered GP Power Tools, your license will be valid for all versions GP Power Tools (for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010, GP 2013, GP 2013 R2, GP 2015 & GP 2015 R2).

For more information see:

You have no reason to wait.


PS: Database Validation is new to GP Power Tools and is not included in the Support Debugging Tool.

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Friday Funny: What is the Angle for X?

David Meego - Click for blog homepageHere is another mathematical puzzle for you.

This was recently asked in a Year 12 Further Maths exam in Victoria, Australia.

It was a multiple choice question, so I thought I would have a poll to see how well you can answer the question.

The question is:

A 50 cent coin has 12 sides of equal length. Two 50 cent coins are balanced next to each other on a table so they meet along one edge.

What is the Angle for X?

What is the Angle for X?

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PS: What is a 12 sided polygon called? (Answer in the comments).

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#GPUGSummit 2015 – Wrap Up

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That brings GPUG Summit 2015 to a close. The end of a great conference, a great trip and great first year for Winthrop Development Consultants.

As is usual for me I did not get to attend many sessions other than the ones I was presenting or involved in, but was able to meet with many people in the community.

Here are the presentation materials from the seven sessions I co-presented:

Below are the posts from this blog:

Here is a great article from fellow GPUG All Star, Steve Erbach:

Here a cool video from the Enterprise Software Podcast team:


Hope to see you next year in Tampa, Florida on the 11th to 14th October 2016 for GPUG Summit 2016.


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#GPUGSummit 2015 – Getting Home

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Sleep!! Yay, I was able to sleep in until I woke up, no alarms, no commitments.

The conference was over and all my friends had already left or would be leaving soon. I was leaving on Sunday afternoon and so had some time to kill before I would travel back. Catching up on sleep was one of the priorities to help me hit the ground running once I got home.

It was about midday before I surfaced and caught a bus back down to the Meadowood Mall to do a bit more shopping. While the Australian Dollar is currently weaker against the US Dollar, some of the clothing items are just so much cheaper that I am still ahead.

On the way back to the hotel, I took a photo to show some of the detail on how the Peppermill was decorated to look like a Roman Palace.

The fountain outside the front of the Peppermill

Once back at the hotel, I was very sad and spent the day in my room working on some blog posts and also on some coding that I had been putting off while at the conference. Just to give you an idea of how sad, I had the TV showing undercover boss and ordered a club sandwich from room service.

On Sunday, I slept in again, but could not stay in the room and checked out at about 11am. I then went down to a quiet, smoke free section of the hotel where I could find a table and chair and power outlet. I then sat down and did some more coding to my products. Then it was time to get my bag out of storage and catch the shuttle to the airport. I took one final photo of the Peppermill.

The Peppermill drop off zone with two limos waiting

At Reno airport I checked in for the 3 flights back to Perth. My bag was overweight at 60lbs (the limit is 50lbs, whatever that is!). I had expected that my bag would be over and knew that I was allowed two bags, so I had packed some of my clothes inside a secondary bag. I offered to split the bags, but said that I would prefer not to as the secondary bag was not as robust.

It turned out that the staff at the counter had been working for US Airways and had only transitioned to American Airlines the day before and were still learning all the new systems and rules. They were very polite, but spent about twenty minutes on the phone obtaining the official word from head office before it was decided that I should split my bags. It was good that I had allowed plenty of time at the airport.

Anyhow, when it is time to board, I get into the queue and hear the person in front of me being given seat 16D…. the seat number on my boarding pass. I made a comment and was told that I had been shifted to 2D!! Nice. I know that the first flight from Reno to Los Angeles is only short, but getting upgraded was a pleasant surprise.

Business Class seats are so much more spacious

Once at Los Angeles, I was able to transfer to the international terminal and get through security fairly quickly and the flight to Brisbane went very quickly. I actually slept a lot more than when I flew to the USA. I had used points to request an upgrade to premium economy, Jennifer said I deserved a more comfortable flight home after my month away.

Arriving in Brisbane took an interesting turn as the passport control and customs took a lot longer than usual. It turned out a couple of other flights had arrived earlier than scheduled and so the number of passengers to be processed was much higher than expected.

Note: We arrive in Brisbane, Australia rather than Sydney, Australia as the aircraft don’t have enough fuel to get to Sydney due to the prevailing headwinds coming back to Australia.

Once I was finally cleared through, I went to check in at the domestic transfer desk to be told that there was no longer time to make my flight if I checked in there. They needed at least one hour to get the bags transferred across. The staff member said, grab your bags and get to the domestic terminal as fast as you can.

I went to grab a taxi, but just then the transfer bus arrived so I jumped onto that and after what felt like an age later (probably wasn’t) arrived at the Domestic terminal. I ran inside and told the first Qantas staff member I could find that my flight to Perth would be boarding very soon and that my bags were checked through and just needed a bag drop. She took me to a counter with a senior staff member and even though the sign says that 30 minutes is the cut-off, he let me do the bag drop with about 25 minutes to spare. The staff then rushed me to the front of the security check point and I went through and arrived at the gate as they were starting to board.

After that excitement, I am pleased to say that I made it to Perth without further incident AND both of my bags made as well. Good job Qantas.

Jennifer had come through the security checkpoint and was waiting for me at the gate. After picking up the bags and a short drive, I was finally home and the trip was over.


PS: Except for the writing up the blog articles which took another 2 weeks!!

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#GPUGSummit 2015 – Day 3

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Day 3 started again with breakfast in the Meal Hall at the Convention Center, and this time there was hardly anyone there. Looks like the partying at the bowling alley the night before was taking its toll.

The first commitment for the day was the Mekorma partner showcase breakout session. This session was presented by Craig Klapman, Mariano Gomez & myself and demonstrated products from both the Mekorma and Winthrop Development Consultants ranges.

The session included the official announcement that Mariano Gomez is now working for Mekorma. It was a very badly kept “secret” as he had already presented a number of sessions which said he worked for Mekorma on the slide decks and had been wearing Mekorma branded shirts.

Before the session got started Mariano and I pumped up the crowd to help bring in more attendees from the hallway. Thanks to the audience for being good sports and playing along.

PST04 – 50 Companies 50 Checkbooks One Button + Power Tools

The product showcase covered the upcoming addition to Mekorma’s Multi-Batch Payment Processing solution. The new product is Multi-Batch Payment Builder which will be able to automatically create multiple payment batches based on previously defined rules, including batches in multiple companies. Combined with the Multi-Batch Print and Post and Mekorma MICR products, this will provide a highly automated solution for handling the Accounts Payable requirements for businesses with one or more Dynamics GP companies.

In the middle of the showcase, I was able to demonstrate a few features from GP Power Tools which should help make the lives of administrators and users of Microsoft Dynamics GP easier. The session was very popular and the audience response to everything shown was very enthusiastic.

After the showcase, we all headed down to the general session GEN04: Ask the GPUG All-Stars in the convention center. Here are some photos from the session:

The session started with a welcome from Kim Peterson

Kim was joined by Rose Spitzer who announced the GPUG Chapter of the year and the GPUG Chapter Leader of the year

Kim then started discussing the GPUG All Stars and the qualities they should have

Here is a list of the previous GPUG All Stars. All of these guys are awesome people who do lots for the community. They also happen to be really nice people that I am proud to have as friends

So now Kim prepares to announce this year’s winners for which I am one of the nominees

As soon as she started talking about working for Microsoft and creating the Support Debugging Tool. I (along with everyone else) knew that I was the first one to be named.

Once Viola, Steve and I had been awarded GPUG All Stars we were kept on stage and joined by some of the existing GPUG All Stars for a Q & A session hosted by Andy Hafer

Kim Peterson with the GPUG All Stars for 2015: David Musgrave, Viola Shoell, and Steve Erbach

Lots of GPUG All Stars
Left to Right: Kim Peterson, Beat Bucher, David Musgrave, Mark Polino, Viola Shoell, Andy Hafer, Belinda Allen, Steve Erbach, Bob McAdam, John Lowther, Zubin Gudwani

Wow. Thank you so much to GPUG and everyone who voted for the GPUG All Stars. I am humbled to receive the award which adds me to an elite group of awesome people. I do what I do in the community because I love doing it. I love helping people with responding on forums and writing blogs. I love writing software that helps make peoples’ lives easier. To be recognised for my contributions with both a Microsoft MVP Award and a GPUG All Star award in my first year since leaving Microsoft is exciting, gratifying and humbling at the same time. It brings my first year to an amazing conclusion, see my post: Winthrop Development Consultants … One year on.

After the session Beat, Mariano and I headed to the Meal Hall for lunch. On the way we came across Tanya Henderson pretending to work on her computer.

Mariano Gomez and Beat Bucher trying to drag a very tired Tanya Henderson to lunch

After lunch we headed back to the Atlantis for the final breakout session that Mariano and I were presenting. This session was a demonstration of GP Power Tools (GPPT) and its Service Based Architecture functionality. GPPT exposes five Service Enabled Procedures which can be used to run custom user defined code stored under a Script ID. The Script ID is created using Dexterity sanScript in the Runtime Execute window and is automatically populated with template code that shows show to pass data into and out of the script.

Because the code is being developed using GP Power Tools, you can leverage and re-use Dexterity code in the context of any dictionary, Transact-SQL code in the context of any database, as well as .Net code written in C# and/or VB.Net. Once the code is saved it is immediately available without any need to restart any services. While it does require some code, you can now make any functionality you want available as a web service. The possibilities are endless, limited only by your imagination.

TOT09 – Using GP Power Tools to Write Custom Web Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP

After the session, I went back to the Mekorma Hub to relax and socialise with other attendees. I had some Australian Lollies/Candies/Sweets and chocolate still and so offered that around including the dreaded Vegemite and the chocolate with Vegemite salted caramel.

While I was at the Mekorma Hub I caught up with Daisy Eck. I had to get a photo of Daisy saying hello to my friend from Perth, Kate Sexstone. Kate had been staying up late in Perth and remotely attending GPUG Academy training sessions and so had been working closely with Daisy. So here is Daisy and I thinking about you, Kate. Hope you can get to a future GPUG Summit.

Daisy Eck and David Musgrave

I had planned to hang around the Bistro Napa and offer Tim Tam Slams to anyone who was game to try. However, I ended up being committed to dinner with the Mekorma team and had to leave. Sorry if anyone tried to find me and couldn’t.

The Mekorma team and I went to the Wild River Grill in downtown Reno and had a lovely meal. We went round the table and discussed what we got out of the conference and I must say that this meal with its conversation just confirmed that I made the right decision when I decided to link my company’s future with Mekorma by having them exclusively distribute and support my products. Thank you for including me in your team.

MekormaDinner1The Mekorma team (a great bunch of people) and Yours Truely.

Left to Right: Mike McDowell, Jay Manley, Angel Blum, Steve Linz, Ora Goldman, Craig Klapman, Mariano Gomez and David Musgrave

After dinner we returned to the Atlantis and found that some of our friends were still hanging around the Bistro Napa (even though it was closing). So I spent the final part of the evening chatting with Leslie Vail, Shiela Jefferson-Ross, Mark Polino, Frank Heslin. I also handed out my last packets of Tim Tams and Chicos.

Finally, Leslie and Sheila dropped me back to the Peppermill and the conference was over. I was happy that the conference was over and that it had been a great success, but I was also sad as it will now be another year (11 months or so) before I get to see my Conference Buddies again.


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