Friday, November 2, 2012

Dynamics AX2012 R2 Release

Microsoft Dynamics is all set for Dynamics AX2012 R2 release. With this enhanced release lot of exciting features will be added to the product.
As per the details featured in the technical conference this release will have stronger focus on new functionality with industries specific & administrative processes.
Few of the major enhancement includes

1) Industry Focused Enhancements
Improve manufacturing operations for process manufacturing.  Like
-          New capability for management of potency, traceability and product batch sequencing to help process manufacturing
-          Potency management enables management of the concentration of an active ingredient through the entire manufacturing process.
-          In addition, the improvement of traceability where important attributes are generated and captured during the manufacturing process can also be transferred to subsequent lots.
Many enchantments like
-          You can manage your assortments across channels in your retail operations.
-          New multi- and cross-channel capabilities for retail organizations, including catalogue management, cross-channel workflows, and integrated sales channel management will include a new “out of the box” web storefront offering based on the new version of SharePoint 2013.

Public Sector
Many enchantments like
-          An easy / simple financial budgeting process in public sector organizations by combining the power of Microsoft Excel with the power of the workflow engine inside of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.
-          New capabilities in budget formulation with workflow approvals, flexible tracking, and reporting.
-          Will also enable complex budgetary requirements using Microsoft Excel as well as integration with financial budget transactions, position and payroll data to enable budgetary control.

Professional Services
Many enchantments like
-          Improved utilization of resources across your organization.
-          Improvements in the intercompany scheduling capability of project resources will specifically benefit services organization with resources and projects across multiple entities.

2) Improved Business Insights End Users
This ranges from easy operational reporting, to measuring business performance through Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and benchmarking as well as to providing deep analysis and actionable insights powered by new rich visualizations technology. Specifically, in this release the focus is
  • New and updated KPI content
    • Where we deliver a set of new and updated KPIs that will come with the SQL BI cubes shipped with the release. These KPIs will surface on the different role centers.
  • Enabling the usage of the new Power view technology
    • Introduced in Microsoft SQL Server 2012. This will help users to discover new insights through a highly interactive and familiar data visualization technology.
3) Increase Global Reach And Simplify International Operations 
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX with Increased the global reach
    • New localization for 11 new markets (Brazil, Czech Republic, China, Estonia, Hungary, India, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Russia),
    • Extending the reach for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 to support 36 localizations worldwide.
4) Simplified Application Lifecycle – An Easy Way To Manage Application
This will add the following key benefits
-          Simplified single instance international ERP deployment scenarios up to simplifying setup and functional implementation with new and improved lifecycle services.
-          Parallel to this release existing lifecycle services update (including Rapid Start services) 
-          And new services addition
Some other examples:
  • Code Analyzer will help analyze the performance of custom code based on rules in the design phase of an extension by customers or partners.
  • Data Migration Framework will support import, export and migration of data to/from Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 in the deployment phase. It will cover over 20 scenarios including customer, vendor, product, employee, BOM, open sales and purchase order data, which can be extended by partners and customers.
  • Diagnostics Framework will assist by analyzing data collected from the installation’s servers based on rules in the maintenance phase of your Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 environment(s).
At the end it is quite exciting with the list of such enhancements.

This is scheduled to be released by 1st Dec 2012.
Happy Consulting!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Dynamics AX 2012 – Vendor Prepayments on Purchase Order

Vendor’s prepayment in procurement process is a very common practice and in such scenario an organization should be able to track purchase order & their prepayments.

Earlier in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009, it was not possible to make a prepayment related to a purchase order and these were always two separate manual processes. (There was no transaction link between the prepayment for a purchase order and the actual purchase order)

With Dynamics AX 2012 it has been made very easy & simple with prepayment functionality.

Vendor prepayment process is explained in detail by Sandeep Chaudhury on his blog in a detail article. Check it out HERE.

Happy Consulting!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Inventory Site Dimensions In Dynamics AX 2012

In Dynamics AX 2012 we have many options to utilize the Site Dimension; we can make it represents country/region/state all options are upon business requirements.
This Site dimension function in MS Dynamics AX 2012 is out of the box function; do not need to activate it as we used to do in previous version and site dimension could be a control point in the inventory items as well, where the user could not perform transaction without identifying the site dimension, and we have option to let AX validate on item site dimension, where the user could not use change site.
There is very detailed blog-post on this topi by Mohamed Aamer on his Blog Read the complete details  HERE.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013(Beta) Available For Download

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 has been released to Beta.  This new release includes so many exciting features like
-          Dynamics GP web client,
-          125+ functionality enhancements and
-          Extending integration Dynamics GP with the Microsoft stack.
Lots of technology advancements including “making Dynamics GP more efficient for cloud deployments” with Multi- Tenancy.

All Microsoft Dynamics GP partners can download the beta Located Here.
You can also check the list of feature with details (PPT) on official blog of Dynamics GP Here.

This Beta release is for ISV's and Partners for preliminary testing and does NOT include:

1. No upgrade is available from this release to the RTM release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013. The only upgrade support is for the selected live Technical Adoption Program Customers.
2. Business Portal for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013
3. eConnect SDK is included on the image, but is not updated for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013
4. Web Services SDK is found on the image, but is not updated for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013
5. Workflow SDK is found on the image, but is not updated for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013

Download & enjoy the new experience !

Friday, May 4, 2012

Dynamics AX 2009- Comparing AX and Active Directory User Accounts


If your customer is using AX 2009 and wanted wanted to compare the user accounts configured in AX with the user accounts in Active Directory. You can do it by the following process explained in details on "Dynamics AX In The Field Blog"

The Goals were the followings, to compare
  1. Find all AX user accounts that no longer exist in Active Directory.
  2. Find all accounts that are disabled in Active Directory but not in AX.
Check out the complete details on the Dynamics AX In The Field Blog HERE.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Statement Of Direction - GP2013

One of the most common questions which most of the customers ask is what is the direction of Microsoft on Dynamics GP and what strategy, road map they have Dynamics GP.

Microsoft has released updated Statement of Direction (updated May 2012) for Dynamics GP and it has the most current plans for the product. The statement includes information about both Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 R2 and the upcoming release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013.

Check out the complete details

Partnersource: Here.
Customersource: Here.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Professional Services Tools Library (PSTL) for Microsoft Dynamics - No Additional Cost

Microsoft Dynamics GP and Microsoft Dynamics SL PSTL and the additional Microsoft Dynamics GP Tools are now available with no additional cost to partners.

These Tools provides easy & flexible solution along with Dynamics ERP’s( GP & SL) which ensures proper data integrity, and increases the productivity and efficiency. With these (free) tools suite you can change your critical data quickly and accurately! 

For Dynamics GP, you need to download the most current version & install. Open the Professional Services Tools Library window from your shortcut and click Register.  The correct key will default in and then press click OK.

Also, you have the free access to some additional tools such as

-> AutoDIM
Allows you to launch Microsoft Dynamics GP and run one or more integrations or integration groups and have Microsoft Dynamics GP exit upon completion of the integrations. This tool also supports integrating into several different companies.
-> AutoPost
Allows you to call a COM DLL to post Sales Order Processing, GL Transaction Entry, IV Transaction Entry and RM Cash Receipt Batches. 
-> POP Over Receipt Tolerance etc.
Allows a receipt tolerance percentage for quantities. A setup window allows the user to enter a tolerance percentage, that percentage is then used when a Purchase Order is received. The highest quantity that can be received is the original quantity ordered plus the percentage amount.

You can download them from the Partners source Link HERE.