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Friday Funny: Inside The Mind Of A Master Procrastinator

David Meego - Click for blog homepageMy eldest son is responsible for many things, but excels at the Art of Procrastination.

He once asked my wife, “Do you want to practice your procrastination skills?“. She replied “Sorry, I don’t have time now.“. To which my son said, “It’s OK, we can do it tomorrow.“.

He recently found this video of a TED Talk by Tim Urban, which explains everything….

Check out the video below:

Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | Tim Urban (direct link)

 

//TODO: Finish this post with witty comment.

David

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Microsoft Cognitive Services: Introducing the Seeing AI app

David Meego - Click for blog homepageLast week, to coincide with the Build 2016 developer conference, Microsoft’s YouTube channel released a new video demonstrating the Microsoft Cognitive Services APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) being used to create a Seeing AI (Artificial Intelligence) app.

This is a great example of why I love working in the technology and computer industry. To see technology being used to make people’s lives better and easier is what gives me hope for a future where computers improve our lives rather than making us work harder and be more stressed.

Check out the video below, also included is the audio descriptive version:

Microsoft Cognitive Services: Introducing the Seeing AI app (direct link)

 

Microsoft Cognitive Services: Seeing AI app (audio description version) (direct link)

 

Enjoy

David

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Donald Trump mandates using Microsoft Dynamics GP

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAt yesterday’s political rally at the FargoDome in Fargo, North Dakota, USA, Republican party nominee for the position of President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, promised all US companies will be mandated to use Microsoft Dynamics GP for their financial management system when he is elected.

This fantastic news for Microsoft comes as Mr Trump reveals that the only businesses of his that have actually succeeded were those using Microsoft Dynamics GP.

The ERP solution known as Microsoft Dynamics GP was originally developed by Great Plains Software, an independent company located in Fargo, North Dakota, which was run by Doug Burgum. Dynamics Release 1.0 was released in February 1993. It was one of the first accounting packages in the USA that was designed and written to be multi-user and to run under Windows as 32 bit software. In late 2000, Microsoft announced the purchase of Great Plains Software for $1.1 billion. This acquisition was completed in April 2001.

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Mr Trump was very pleased to endorse Microsoft Dynamics GP, saying “In spite of my mismanagement, my companies using Dynamics GP were able to break even and sometimes even make a profit.”.

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At the event he held up a profitable balance sheet report as an example. He was very emotional as he emphatically declared that Microsoft Dynamics GP is the best of all the ERP systems on the market.

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Mr Trump made sure he told everyone that in his opinion Dynamics GP was “Number One” and that he was really looking forward to the release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016.

When interviewed after the event, he mentioned that he was “just blown away” by the Dynamics GP product, its features and the awesome level of support he has received from the Microsoft Dynamics GP Product team as well as the Support team and also from the GPUG community.

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This is an exciting development and bodes for a very profitable future for America.

(c) 2016. Reuters.

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#GPPT Understanding GP Power Tools User vs Administrator features

David Meego - Click for blog homepageRecently, a question was raised about what was required to access GP Power Tools (GPPT) Administrator level features.

GP Power Tools features can be broken down into to levels or modes:

  • Standard Mode or User Level features
  • Advanced Mode or Administrator Level features

Standard Mode features can be used safely by all users and can be accessed once application level security is granted to the windows using the GP POWER TOOLS USER Security Role. This role should be granted to all users for all accessible companies in the system.

Standard Mode includes the following features; Manual Logging Mode, Dex.ini Settings, Resource Information, Security Profiler, Security Information, Security Log, Runtime Executer, SQL Executer, .Net Executer, Configuration Export/Import , ScreenShot, and Send Email.

Advanced Mode features are those administrator level features that could provide access to view or modify data and include scripting in multiple languages and Export/Import facilities. Advanced Mode features require the following:

  • Application level security using the GP POWER TOOLS ADMIN Security Role or POWERUSER Security Role.
  • SQL Server system administrator (sysadmin) or database owner (dbo) privileges to the system database and company databases.
  • The Dynamics GP System Password or the GP Power Tools Administrator Password (depending on how the system is configured).

Advanced Mode features include; Automatic Debugger Mode, Dictionary Control, XML Table Export, XML Table Import, Runtime Execute, SQL Execute, .Net Execute, Configuration Maintenance, Administrator Settings, Administrator Password Setup, Dex.ini Configuration, Database Validation, and Setup Backup and Restore.

If the user does not have the elevated privileges at the SQL Server level, they will receive the “You must be logged on as a user with SQL Server system Administrator (sysadmin) or database owner (dbo) privileges to the system and company databases to access this feature.” message.

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Note: The message was previously “You must logged on as a user with DBO privileges to access this feature.“, but has been updated to provide more information.

The user who will be accessing Advanced Mode or Administrator Level features does not need to be a POWERUSER, ‘sa’ or ‘DYNSA’. They just need access to the windows and to be granted elevated permissions at the SQL Server level. The permissions are required both for technical reasons and as an extra level of security to ensure that only administrator users can access Advanced Mode features.

Please note that even though the user has elevated privileges, due to their password being encrypted, they can only log in to Dynamics GP and so cannot use those privileges outside Dynamics GP.

For more information on GP Power Tools, please visit the portal:

Hope this explains everything

David

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Announcing Dexterity Training at GPUG Summit 2016 in Tampa, FL, USA

David Meego - Click for blog homepageIt’s official, after discussions with Rich Beliveau from GPUG Academy, it is confirmed that GPUG Academy, with me as trainer, will be offering Dexterity Fundamentals training in the week prior to GPUG Summit 2016 in Tampa, Florida, USA.

The training will run from Monday 3rd October 2016 to Friday 7th October 2016 and will be held at the Microsoft Office in Tampa. GPUG Summit 2016 will follow on 11th to 14th October 2016.

The details and links to register will be published as soon as they are available in mid 2016. This announcement is so you can start the planning process and book the time into your schedules.

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I know it is the old logo, but I have always liked this one.

Below is details of the Dexterity Fundamentals training class:

Dexterity I (Dexterity Product Fundamentals)

Course Synopsis:

Dexterity I will teach you about the development environment used to build the Microsoft Dynamics GP family of products. This course will provide you with the foundation you need to build integrated, database-independent applications. In addition, you will learn how to provide powerful application functionality for Dynamics.

By actively participating in this class, you will learn:

  • Basic programming techniques used by Microsoft Dynamics GP to develop their core modules
  • How to modify existing Dynamics GP forms and reports in order to make customizations for customers
  • How to develop add-on applications that will interact with the Dynamics GP products to meet specific requests by customers
  • How to package and ship your dictionary allowing Microsoft Dynamics GP to make updates to Dynamics GP without affecting the developer’s dictionary
  • How to register your product with Microsoft Dynamics GP using a unique Product ID to ensure no duplication of add-on applications with the same name
  • How to develop add-on applications that will “look and feel” like Dynamics GP and provide seamless interface between the applications to ensure a professional finished product
  • How to use object triggers, which are scripts in your applications that are invoked by events in Dynamics GP, allowing several developers to deliver enhancements to the same Dynamics GP form

Who should attend?

Customers or Partners who will be customizing or building add-on or standalone applications to integrate with the Dynamics GP products.

Special Instructions

Prior to attending the course, it is highly recommended that students prepare for the course by going through the Dexterity Quick Start reference manual and working through the lessons in this manual. The Quick Start manual is installed with Dexterity and can be found under the Help-Online Manuals option from within Dexterity. Dexterity is located in the tools folder in the Dynamics GP DVD image.

Agenda

Monday to Friday (5 days) 8:30-5:30 each day

Course Topics

Day 1
Introductions and Overview
Dexterity Resources and Components
Create Basic Data Entry Project

Day 2
Complete Basic Data Entry Project
Script Debugger
Create Basic Lookup Project
Create Multi-user Data Entry Project

Day 3
Complete Multi-user Data Entry Project
Create Transaction Entry Project

Day 4
Complete Transaction Entry Project
Dexterity Utilities
Dynamics Integration Project

Day 5
Object Triggers
Additional Resources and Topics
Report Writer

The above agenda is a guideline and might be re-organised to fit additional topics if time allows.

To register your interest, so you are notified once more details are available, please email Rich dot Beliveau at dynamiccommunities dot com.

Hope to see you there.

David

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#GPUGAmplify Early Bird Discount ends Friday 25th March 2016

David Meego - Click for blog homepageAt the beginning of the month, I posted an article announcing the new GPUG Amplify conference being held at the Marriott Anaheim, in Anaheim, California, USA on 23rd to 25th May 2016.

Today’s post is to remind you that the Early Bird Discount ends on Friday 25th March 2016. So make sure you take advantage of the discount and Register now.

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If you want to understand the difference between GPUG Amplify and GPUG Summit (in October 2016), please review the diagram published by Bob McAdam.

The GPUG Amplify conference will cover the future direction and roadmap for Microsoft Dynamics GP including the upcoming of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016. This is your chance to have an open dialog directly with Microsoft and the team behind Microsoft Dynamics GP.

So Register today.

David

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Friday Funny: Camel Maths

David Meego - Click for blog homepageI came across this funny maths puzzle recently. This time it has the answer with it, so you don’t need to work it out.

However, it does have a moral to go with it. :-)

So the story goes:

A father left 17 camels as an asset for his three sons. When the father passed away, his sons opened up the will. The will of the father stated that:

  • The eldest son should get half of 17 camels.
  • The middle son should be given a third of 17 camels.
  • The youngest son should be given ninth of the 17 camels.

As it is not possible to divide 17 into half or 17 by 3 or 17 by 9, the sons started to fight with each other.

So, they decided to go to a wise man. The wise man listened patiently about the will. The wise man, after giving this much thought, brought one camel of his own and added the same to 17. That increased the total to 18 camels.

Now, he started reading the deceased father’s will.

  • Half of 18 = 9. So he gave 9 camels to the eldest son.
  • A third of 18 = 6. So he gave 6 camels to the middle son.
  • A ninth of 18 = 2. So he gave 2 camels to the youngest son.

The sons were happy. But add this up: 9 + 6 + 2 = 17. This leaves 1 camel, which the wise man took back.

Moral: the attitude of negotiation and problem-solving is to find the 18th camel, i.e. the common ground. To reach a solution, you must believe that there is a solution.

Enjoy

David

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