More Microsoft Dynamics GP Word Templates Articles

July 7, 2011

If you have been keeping up with this blog, you will remember that sometimes around October of 2010 I posted a series of articles related to Microsoft Dynamics GP Word Templates – see Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Word Templates summary for more information. These articles focused on “how to’s” and troubleshooting aspects of Word Templates.

Now the Dynamics Support and Services Team Blog has decided to launch a new set of video-articles detailing more common aspects of working with Word Templates. You can now visit the Community Team blog for the release article and the schedule of when these videos will be out. The good news is the first two are out!

Take a look at:

Adding the Developer tab in Microsoft Word after installing the Microsoft Dynamics GP Add-in for Microsoft Word – Video

Helpful tips when modifying Word Templates in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 – Video

Please visit the Dynamics GP Support and Services Blog for these videos and to find a collection of very new and interesting articles.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
IntellPartners, LLC
http://www.IntellPartners.com/

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>The always busy Mark Polino

January 27, 2011

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Every once in a while, I run into someone who inevitably ask me “what do I need to do to become a Microsoft MVP?“. At some point in the past, I tried to answer this question with at least some of the things that I do in the community, just as an example of the numerous ways you can contribute. Frankly, there’s no one way to become a Microsoft MVP and furthermore this is the best response I can give to this question: You have to be an MVP without the title, before even receiving the Award.

So, what does this have to do with Mark Polino and why am I talking about MVPs you may be asking. Well, it turns out that Mark is probably one of the busiest MVPs I have ever known… the guy simply does not sleep! Even though, like me, he would argue that 4 hours constitute a good night rest.

Today in particular, I wanted to highlight yet another contribution from Mark to the community – among all the others that you will see in the next few months. As it turned out, Mark had been working on a top secret project — ok, maybe I am watching way too much TV. The result of those efforts is now MyGPSearch.com. This new search engine is built on the Google search plarform and compiles information from all existing blogs in the community. You may ask, and how is that new or different? What’s new and different is, MyGPSearch is also able to search for a query across the former newsgroups and the Community website. This allows you to find a topic even in discussions conducted between individuals in the community.

Mark makes it clear though that in adding any new resource he will carefully evaluate whether you are trying to advertise your company or simply sell something. If that’s the case, your site may not make the cut.

As if this wasn’t enough, MyGPSearch is also available for the Android platform (QR code below), so be sure to get the app if you really need to have a handy resource, literally, while out at a client.

Don’t have an Android phone? Make sure to check out MyGPSearch.com mobile site. With so many choices, please don’t tell me you can’t find what you need.

The next time you ask, “What do I need to become an MVP?”, just look it up in MyGPSearch.com. I have added a permanent link to MyGPSearch.com on the right frame of this blog.

Ok, now my head hurts!

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
IntellPartners, LLC
http://www.intellpartners.com/


First edition of IMHO is up over at Community 2.0

October 12, 2010

I have been fortunate enough to be invited as a guest columnist on the new Microsoft Dynamics Community 2.0 site, also taking center spot on the Microsoft Dynamics GP home page. You will now be able to enjoy the new “In My Humble Opinion with The Dynamics GP Blogster Column”, simply IMHO. My new column will be focused on telling it as it is — or as I see it. Uncensored!


Microsoft Dynamics GP Home Page – IMHO



Hopefully, you will enjoy the very nature of this new column and if you have any complaints or you feel there’s anything I should be covering, I welcome the comments. After all, I want to be your voice for the things that are and are not right with either the product, or the channel.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com/


Microsoft Dynamics Community 2.0 is now Up and Running!

October 7, 2010

A few months aback I blogged about some of the changes that the Microsoft Dynamics Community was undergoing — see Why the Phaseout of the Microsoft Dynamics Public Newsgroups Is a Good Thing. Now, the new Community site is live and the overhaul could not be any more apparent.

Take some time to review the release notes in the article Welcome to Microsoft Dynamics Community 2.0. Some of the new capabilities of Community 2.0 are: increased social networking capabilities with the ability to create and share profiles, Ask the Community, which is formerly known as the Community forum, but this version is on steroids as it allows for role-base searches and role-base content.

I really would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Community team. It’s been over a year of long hours and incredible effort to make this happen, but more importantly, thanks for listening.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com/


Top 10 Microsoft Dynamics GP freebies

August 26, 2010

With the amount of money customers pay for software and implementations nowadays, it only makes sense that they would want to maximize their investment. What better than free (as in no strings attached!) software that works as intended. Because of this, I have set out to compile a list of the top 10 free add-ons — in no particular order — that I would drop into ANY Microsoft Dynamics GP implementation, no questions asked!

1) Support Debugging Tool. Ok, so I am biased! I have talked about this product in two Microsoft conferences and to outright show how biased I am, I am also personal friends with the product’s author, David Musgrave. SDT is a collection of some of the most powerful administrative tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP currently available from anywhere, with rich features like Resource Information, Security Profiler, Dictionary Control, SQL Execute, Runtime Execute, XML Import/Export and the even more powerful Advance Debugger mode. So, where can you download this product? The product is available from Microsoft. If you are customer you MUST request it from your Microsoft Partner, and no, you shouldn’t need to pay for it. The product is available via PartnerSource. For more information on SDT, visit the Support Debugging Tool Portal page over at Developing for Dynamics GP.

2) VersionPro. I really like when someone can identify a problem and produce a simple, yet powerful solution. Are you currently having problems keeping tabs of all the dictionary product versions throughout your entire organization? Version Pro is an administrative tool designed to ease the hassles of maintaining workstations on your Dynamics GP network. It keeps track of each product you have installed at a system level – and takes the next step in ensuring that each and every workstation on your network is on the same version for every product. VersionPro is available from Rockton Software — yes, Mark Rockwell and his crew — and can be downloaded here.

3) Password Expiration Notice. How many times have you been frustrated by passwords expiring with no prior notification to you or your system administrator? While I have addressed this issue from a SQL Server perspective in my article Enforcing Password Policy with Microsoft Dynamics GP, my friend and fellow blogger Michael Johnson, the MBS Guru takes it a step forward by implementing a Visual Studio Tools customization to check up on expiring passwords. You can download Michael’s solution here.

4) Dynamics GP Productivity Pack Add-on. Do you work all day long with customer records? Won’t you like to be able to capture information much faster and visit the typical inquiry and transaction entry screens just from the Customer Maintenance window? Matt Landis and the folks over at Landis Computer have the answer. You can download Matt’s Productivity Pack Add-On here.

5) DexSense. Are you a die hard Dexterity developer? Wish you could have IntelliSense embedded in Dexterity to speed up your product development cycle? Just a few weeks aback I posted a call to vote on IntelliSense for Dexterity, but the answer came from the community. Tim Gordon at Alpine Limited in South Africa worked tirelessly to produce a solid first approach to IntelliSense with the product now being featured by MVP Leslie Vail in her new round of Dexterity training here in the United States. Now you can download Tim’s DexSense here.

6) SpellCheck for Dynamics GP. Who knew right? Tired of misspelling every word typed into those pesky note fields? SpellCheck for Dynamics GP provides spell-checking on any Note, Comment, Text or String field in GP and 3rd party products. SpellCheck can be attached to any text entry field in the application. This add-on is an essential tool for environments that rely heavily on the accuracy of every single word stored in their database. You can download SpellCheck here.

7) Menus for Visual Studio Tools. This is another great free add-on that allows the developer in you to place your WinForms on a standard Microsoft Dynamics GP menu. This gem is also created by Microsoft’s David Musgrave. For more information and links to download Menus for Visual Studio Tools click here.

8) Purchasing Account Required. Missing an expense account on a purchase order line item can be just a bit as annoying as having to figure out which line was missed. Michael Johnson puts out another piece of code that takes the thinking out of entering POs by making the Purchase Order account required in the process of entering the order. As if it wasn’t enough, you can download both the VBA and the VST versions of the customization here.

9) SmartSort.Perhaps you’ve already discovered that getting your hands on information inside of Microsoft Dynamics GP may not always be an easy proposition, despite the range of tools available. EthoTech SmartSort speeds up your inquiries — and your data entry — by eliminating as many as 3 mouse clicks per lookup. Now you can automatically sort lookup information in almost every conceivable way! Quickly find the information you need by customizing your own view based on built-in advanced sorting options or SmartList favorites. AND… you can use SmartSort with over 40 Microsoft Dynamics GP lookup windows. Download SmartSort here.

10) SOP Batch Split. I couldn’t have wrapped up the list without one of my own. Ever wish you could segregate invoices that have been transferred from orders in the same batch? What if all you want to do is change the batch name for a few sales transactions? Now you can do this with the SOP Batch Split tool. SOP Batch Split is a free add-on that uses Modifier with VBA and T-SQL stored procedures to perform a SOP batch transfer and is available here.

If you enjoyed this list and would like to know about other free products or suggest your own please add a comment to this post.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com/


Top 10 Microsoft Dynamics GP freebies

August 25, 2010

With the amount of money customers pay for software and implementations nowadays, it only makes sense that they would want to maximize their investment. What better than free (as in no strings attached!) software that works as intended. Because of this, I have set out to compile a list of the top 10 free add-ons — in no particular order — that I would drop into ANY Microsoft Dynamics GP implementation, no questions asked!

1) Support Debugging Tool. Ok, so I am biased! I have talked about this product in two Microsoft conferences and to outright show how biased I am, I am also personal friends with the product’s author, David Musgrave. SDT is a collection of some of the most powerful administrative tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP currently available from anywhere, with rich features like Resource Information, Security Profiler, Dictionary Control, SQL Execute, Runtime Execute, XML Import/Export and the even more powerful Advance Debugger mode. So, where can you download this product? The product is available from Microsoft. If you are customer you MUST request it from your Microsoft Partner, and no, you shouldn’t need to pay for it. The product is available via PartnerSource. For more information on SDT, visit the Support Debugging Tool Portal page over at Developing for Dynamics GP.

2) VersionPro. I really like when someone can identify a problem and produce a simple, yet powerful solution. Are you currently having problems keeping tabs of all the dictionary product versions throughout your entire organization? Version Pro is an administrative tool designed to ease the hassles of maintaining workstations on your Dynamics GP network. It keeps track of each product you have installed at a system level – and takes the next step in ensuring that each and every workstation on your network is on the same version for every product. VersionPro is available from Rockton Software — yes, Mark Rockwell and his crew — and can be downloaded here.

3) Password Expiration Notice. How many times have you been frustrated by passwords expiring with no prior notification to you or your system administrator? While I have addressed this issue from a SQL Server perspective in my article Enforcing Password Policy with Microsoft Dynamics GP, my friend and fellow blogger Michael Johnson, the MBS Guru takes it a step forward by implementing a Visual Studio Tools customization to check up on expiring passwords. You can download Michael’s solution here.

4) Dynamics GP Productivity Pack Add-on. Do you work all day long with customer records? Won’t you like to be able to capture information much faster and visit the typical inquiry and transaction entry screens just from the Customer Maintenance window? Matt Landis and the folks over at Landis Computer have the answer. You can download Matt’s Productivity Pack Add-On here.

5) DexSense. Are you a die hard Dexterity developer? Wish you could have IntelliSense embedded in Dexterity to speed up your product development cycle? Just a few weeks aback I posted a call to vote on IntelliSense for Dexterity, but the answer came from the community. Tim Gordon at Alpine Limited in South Africa worked tirelessly to produce a solid first approach to IntelliSense with the product now being featured by MVP Leslie Vail in her new round of Dexterity training here in the United States. Now you can download Tim’s DexSense here.

6) SpellCheck for Dynamics GP. Who knew right? Tired of misspelling every word typed into those pesky note fields? SpellCheck for Dynamics GP provides spell-checking on any Note, Comment, Text or String field in GP and 3rd party products. SpellCheck can be attached to any text entry field in the application. This add-on is an essential tool for environments that rely heavily on the accuracy of every single word stored in their database. You can download SpellCheck here.

7) Menus for Visual Studio Tools. This is another great free add-on that allows the developer in you to place your WinForms on a standard Microsoft Dynamics GP menu. This gem is also created by Microsoft’s David Musgrave. For more information and links to download Menus for Visual Studio Tools click here.

8) Purchasing Account Required. Missing an expense account on a purchase order line item can be just a bit as annoying as having to figure out which line was missed. Michael Johnson puts out another piece of code that takes the thinking out of entering POs by making the Purchase Order account required in the process of entering the order. As if it wasn’t enough, you can download both the VBA and the VST versions of the customization here.

9) SmartSort.Perhaps you’ve already discovered that getting your hands on information inside of Microsoft Dynamics GP may not always be an easy proposition, despite the range of tools available. EthoTech SmartSort speeds up your inquiries — and your data entry — by eliminating as many as 3 mouse clicks per lookup. Now you can automatically sort lookup information in almost every conceivable way! Quickly find the information you need by customizing your own view based on built-in advanced sorting options or SmartList favorites. AND… you can use SmartSort with over 40 Microsoft Dynamics GP lookup windows. Download SmartSort here.

10) SOP Batch Split. I couldn’t have wrapped up the list without one of my own. Ever wish you could segregate invoices that have been transferred from orders in the same batch? What if all you want to do is change the batch name for a few sales transactions? Now you can do this with the SOP Batch Split tool. SOP Batch Split is a free add-on that uses Modifier with VBA and T-SQL stored procedures to perform a SOP batch transfer and is available here.

If you enjoyed this list and would like to know about other free products or suggest your own please add a comment to this post.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com/


Jivtesh Singh disects the Microsoft Dynamics GP Community

August 22, 2010

If by now you are not familiar with fellow blogger Jivtesh Singh, it’s time for you to go take a look at his work. Jivtesh has set out to disect the Microsoft Dynamics GP community by the numbers in his latest article Dynamics GP Experts. In addition, he has worked tirelessly in putting together what I have denominated The Mother of All Blogs. Yes! Jivtesh is the author and matermind behind the now popular GPWindow (see my previous article GPWindow: The next best thing after the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Cookbook). In his latest iteration of the popular site, Jivtesh has incorporated searches to all the Microsoft Dynamics GP community forums currently available. If at first you complained about not being able to search every site for what you are looking for, there are virtually no excuses now for not being able to find a specific topic across the spectrum of resources across the community.

Jivtesh already did his part, now you do yours! Check out GPWindow, do a few searches on something you could not find before, see what comes back. But more importantly, let Jivtesh know what you think about his work. After all, he’s only spent over a year and a half putting it together as, like you, he had trouble finding things with the growing number of resources.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com/