GPUG Amplify 2017 coming soon!

Are you going to GPUG Amplify? Have you heard about GPUG Amplify? No?

Well… Dynamics Communities & Microsoft combined to create & host Amplify last year to fill the gap left by Convergence.  Convergence, which started out wayyyy back as a Dynamics GP-only conference, was discontinued last year, and replaced by a conference (Envision) which has already been cancelled itself, and rolled in with a different conference instead.

This year marks the second year of this conference, and by all accounts, it will be another fantastic event! This year it’s back in Anaheim, CA, March 19-21st, 2017.

What I love about Amplify is it is all Dynamics GP, 100%!  If you’re one of those folks who thinks or has heard GP is going away, this is one solid piece of evidence that it’s not. Microsoft and Dynamics Communities are not going to host a single-product conference for a dying product…

Since I’m also somewhat crowd-averse, another thing I love about Amplify is the smaller, more intimate size of the event, vs. GPUG Summit, which is a cast of thousands. You’ll have more opportunities to meet and interact with attendees, partners, MVPs, GPUG All-Stars, and of course, Microsoft. With a large conference like Summit, you’re lucky if you see the same person twice. At Amplify, you’ll see the same people multiple times and get a chance to network and connect with others.

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By | 2017-08-13T11:46:23+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|News|0 Comments

Why Edit Lists are important

A few years ago, I had an idea for a post about batches and why I recommend them but I never followed through on the idea. I had written a short post last year about Transaction vs. Batch posting but that’s as close as I got to elaborating on my blog thought.

I was reminded today of why I wanted to write this article, which isn’t about batches specifically but about edit lists, which you only can use if you use batches in Dynamics GP. Two incidents in recent weeks have re-affirmed my belief that using batches, reviewing your work prior to posting and specifically, using the edit lists, is an important practice to follow.

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By | 2017-08-13T11:46:23+00:00 January 5th, 2017|General Stuff, Troubleshooting|0 Comments

Top 10 Blog Posts from 2016

I’m trying something new… now that I have site analytics for more than 12 months back. My original web designer had enabled google analytics on my site when I first started this in 2009/10, but I lost the tracking in a site redesign later, and unfortunately didn’t even notice for a while. I finally did something about it in October 2015 and now, finally, have year over year data to look at.

So, I’ve been looking at my “top” blog posts (most page views) over 2016 and here they are! I’m impressed that a new post from November made it to the 4th top post of this year, and equally impressed that people are still searching out Report Writer information, with some very old posts in the top 10!

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By | 2017-08-13T11:46:23+00:00 January 2nd, 2017|General Stuff|0 Comments

New Year’s Resolutions 2017

Will you look at that? The calendar says it’s January 1st. Holy Cow. I give up trying to write “time flies” in any new and innovative way, as I say something similar every year in this blog post! But, it did fly by, again, and it was a great year!

It’s kind of funny re-reading previous years’ posts. Last year was all about “maybe I’ll finish my basement reno this year”. It’s still not 100%… lol.

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By | 2017-08-13T11:46:23+00:00 January 1st, 2017|Off Topic Articles|1 Comment

Multiple instances of GP & applying service packs

I recently purchased a new laptop and loaded it up with 16gb of RAM so it could handle having multiple instances of Microsoft Dynamics GP on it.  Two of the instances are of GP 2016. One of the wrinkles of having test machines with multiple instances of the same version of GP is ensuring you apply service packs to exactly the instance you want, without affecting the others.

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By | 2017-08-13T11:46:23+00:00 December 20th, 2016|How To & Tips, Installation|0 Comments

Canadian Payroll 2016 Year End Update

Yes, it’s that time of year again!

Here’s an early present from Microsoft: the Canadian Payroll tax updates released a little earlier than normal this year. Yay!

As of writing this (Dec 15th), GP 2016’s download isn’t online yet but the link to the page is correct. Microsoft anticipates it being ready by Dec 16th sometime.

Update Dec 16th: had wrong blog link on Terry’s blog. Also a bit more about GP2016 and GP2015.

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By | 2017-08-13T11:46:23+00:00 December 16th, 2016|Canadian Payroll, News|0 Comments

Does Dynamics 365 mean the death of Dynamics GP?

No! A thousand times no!

I hate click-bait headlines, but based on the confusing messaging out there, it seems you have to have one for people to pay attention. If you don’t know who to believe, you may be scared away from buying or continuing to use Dynamics GP. The messaging has been at times exceptionally clear, and at other times, exceptionally fuzzy, and often both from Microsoft!  There are rumours being spread by god-knows-who that GP 2016 is the last release that will be available for Dynamics GP. (more…)

By | 2017-08-13T11:46:23+00:00 November 22nd, 2016|News, Off Topic Articles|4 Comments

Microsoft Connect – change the PM Payment window names!

Mariano Gomez created a new Microsoft Connect suggestion: get rid of the word Checks (or Cheques) from the Payables payment windows. It’s time to move to more inclusive wording, with a large part of the world not using cheques, and adoption of EFT and electronic payments in the US gathering steam (slowly, but still…).

Click here to vote or search for 3111236 on the Microsoft Connect site.

His specific suggestions are to change the titles of these windows/menu items:

  • Select Payables Checks -> Build Payments Batch
  • Edit Payables Check Batch -> Edit Payment Batch
  • Edit Payables Check ->    Edit Vendor Payment
  • Print Payables Checks -> Print Payment Documents
  • Post Payables Checks -> Post Payment Documents

Go vote!

 

 

By | 2017-08-13T11:46:23+00:00 November 11th, 2016|Microsoft Connect|0 Comments

GPUG Summit 2016 – Wrap Up

I’m writing this wrap up post, as I sit in the Atlanta airport on a nasty 5-hour layover from 5pm-ish to 10pm-ish. I’ve watched the end of the Blue Jays ALCS game 2 at the Delta SkyClub bar (vs. Cleveland Indians, we lost. Boo!). I’ve written the last of my blog posts except this one. I’ve eaten something resembling dinner, a random assortment of free food in the lounge area. I must say, thanks to Delta for letting me into the SkyClub… free food and drinks and more comfortable seating options are most certainly a bonus on a long layover. I even saw towels, which means there may be shower facilities, not that I’m about to go and find those!

I’ve now settled into the last half of my layover in a workstation with a very comfy desk chair, and a power outlet, like an office cubicle. I’ve got my iPad perched in the corner with Netflix (starting to watch a show my mom raves about, “Bletchly Circle”, that I can’t get on Netflix in Canada), and my laptop out to finish this blog post. I’m also going to finish cleaning up the last of the post clean up on the Dynamics Community side of things where it just syndicates anything from my RSS feed, so I have to manually delete what I’ve already removed on my primary site here. It’s about as good as I can make this work while I have to wait!

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By | 2017-08-13T11:46:23+00:00 October 15th, 2016|General Stuff|0 Comments