New on the Dynamics GP2010 home screen is the "Connect" window. This widget dynamically populates with Microsoft Dynamics GP support information, user groups and links to general information.
One thing we noticed is with any of our test companies we always saw this error:
Well it turns out this is caused by special characters in the company name.
As many of you know, when you put the tag "<TEST>" into the company name you get a nice warning on login that this is a a test company. See this blog for details...
Unfortunately, the angle brackets cause the URL to the Dynamics Connect site to get malformed.
Here is the URL that Dynamics Connect is trying to access:
Notice the "&company" parameter is "%3cTEST%3e". The %3c and %3e are the HEX equivilant codes for the ASCII characters that represent < and >
If you remove the characters it will open fine.
Unfortunately until Microsoft fixes this your only options are to either remove the "<TEST>" from your company name or remove the Dynamics Connect widget from your home screen in user preferences.
Alternatively if you had a DPI based firewall that scanned outgoing URLs, you could make some crazy rule to use URL rewritting, but that's really out of scope of this article :).
Thanks for reading, until next time....
The foundations of ERP are found in manufacturing resource planning, traditionally used by companies which produced tangible goods in factories. The adoption of ERP and MRP systems was initially quite slow – management were content with the status quo and saw no reason to change what seemed to be working. However, the recession experienced in the late 1980s and early 1990s forced many companies to make a choice: Either find new ways of operating more efficiently and effectively, or go under. This created a massive boom in the ERP market, which lead to massive changes in the ways in which fundamental business operations were conducted, and those organizations that made it through the recession came out stronger.
North America is no longer the goods-producing collection of nations it once was and is instead dominated by service industries. However, many of the same problems that existed in manufacturing organizations twenty years ago still exist in these businesses: Lack of integration, inability to respond and take advantage of environmental change, time and money wasted on data entry and redundancies, and so on. Much like the recession twenty years ago, the economic downturn caused by the subprime mortgage crisis has forced many modern companies to find new ways of performing more effectively and efficiently.
This is the time to get ahead of the competition, and Microsoft Dynamics GP is the perfect solution for organizations looking for more than simple accounting and reporting features without high maintenance costs and complexity.
Service calls can now be escalated to additional managerial levels. The Service Type Escalation window has been modified to include a new Manager Level field. When a call is escalated, an e-mail to the technician's manager is sent. This can now be sent to two additional levels of management directly above the technician's manager. One can specify the number of levels to e-mail, including:
- The manager of the technician on the service call
- The manager's manager
- The manager of the manager's manager
The Service Call Escalation window also now supports multiple technicians for each call.
Users of US Payroll in Dynamics GP will love the new integration points from other modules within Dynamics GP.
One such integration point is with the Field Services module. Direct & indirect labour postings that create Payroll transactions can be made in Service Call Management & Depot Management. This integration allows for Payroll to captures the cost from the employee's pay code into the labor record in Field Service.
A Post to Payroll check box has been added to the Work Type Maintenance & Depot Station Maintenance windows that when selected, enters the value from the window's corresponding Pay Code field, representing an hourly pay code.
Field Services now allow the use of non-inventoried items. Service Calls or POs can be entered for non-inventoried items representing labour, expenses or misc charges. Preventative Maintenance events can even include non-inventoried items. Contract Administration, Returns Management & Depot Management all now allow the use of non-inventoried items.
The Service Management module now allows for processing of Kit Items. When a kit item is entered in the Service Parts window, the kit's components are added automatically to the Service Line table; although, they can be deleted if necessary. Note: the quantity ordered cannot be partially allocated. Through the Service Management module, POs can now be created for kit component items on a service call.
Kits can also be entered in Returns Management, Preventative Maintenance, on Contract Lines, or on the Parts line for Depot Management Work Orders.
The Item Resource Planning, Site Resource Planning & MRP Order Detail windows have all been updated to incorporate a ‘Move Out’ fence. The new logic allows for rules that determine if & when to suggest moving or canceling a purchase order or manufacturing order. A Move Out is suggested when an item’s Projected Available Balance will be greater than the item’s Order UP To Level.
As GP calculates an item's Projected Available Balance for a specific time period, MRP will include supply order moves & cancel suggestions that impact the quantities occurring in that time period.
In previous versions, users would be able to view the module's Navigation Pane regardless of whether it was used or not.
In GP 2010, Administrators control which Navigation Panes are available to users and which are not. Unnecessary navigation buttons can be limited at the user or at the company company level.
Again, join WebSan in our upcoming GP 2010 Webinar!
PS ... For Analytical Accounting users, user security can now be assigned on-the-fly! No more setting up segments & then waiting for approval to use them.
System Administrators will find setting up new users in GP 2010 much quicker. User Security setting can now be copied from the security of another user.
In order to help reduce the likelihood of incorrectly assigning permissions, Administrators can filter security windows in order to view only the selected:
- Operations assigned to tasks
- Tasks assigned to roles
- Roles assigned to users
Cash receipts may now be entered as a negative currency value within GP 2010. This will subsequently decrease the deposit amount of the cash receipt by the value entered in the Amount field. Furthermore, the posted receipt will show up as a deposit with a negative amount.
The negative cash receipt can be applied similar to any regular cash receipt, except the outstanding amount of the invoice will increase, instead of decrease. Users experiencing returns, bad debt or miscellaneous fee issues will undoubtedly love this new feature.