The Technology Corner: Linda Rosencrance looks at IE9 Beta across the CRM spectrum

September 23, 2010

My friend, Linda Rosencrance over at MSDynamicsWorld takes a look at early attempts to run Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4 and 5 with the new Internet Explorer 9 Beta in her new article. She also features some of my earlier comments and findings with running Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 and Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 with IE9 Beta. The bottom line is, IE9 Beta is not going to be supported by Microsoft whether you are running Microsoft Dynamics CRM or Microsoft Dynamics GP. Any attempts of running IE9 Beta should be conducted in a non-production environment.

Until next post!

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


The Technology Corner: IE9 Beta Follow Up

September 20, 2010

In my previous article I talked about the recent launch of the new Internet Explorer 9 Beta. There are a couple of things I forgot to mention and I want to bring them along in this post for further clarification:

1. Microsoft Dynamics GP is currently NOT supported with Internet Explorer 9 Beta. If you decide to install IE9 Beta, do so in a test environment, not in production as you will not be able to receive support should you have any issues.

2. Internet Explorer 9 Beta will not be made compatible with Windows XP. The new Microsoft browser will run on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 2003, and Windows 2008, but no plans for a Windows XP version.

3. You will continue to need the Microsoft Office Web Components to run the metrics on the home page, even with IE9 Beta.

Nonetheless, I have to say that my experience so far with the new browser and Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 and Dynamics GP 10.0 has been very satisfactory. The home page seems to load faster and the metrics display much faster.

Until next post!

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


The Technology Corner: Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 Beta now available for download

September 18, 2010

If you keep up much with what’s going on in the Microsoft world, you may have come across the new Internet Explorer 9 Beta. I have installed it and have to say that the performance is just plain superior to the prior two iterations (IE7 and IE8). In addition, I have not run across any issues with Microsoft Dynamics GP home page or any of the new features in GP 2010 not working as expected, for example, the Connect feature — I must say though, that I continue to experience the pop ups I reported a few weeks ago, all before the upgrade.

If you are one of those who love to explore with new applications, this is certainly one of them you can try. IE9 continues to need some work as some fonts seem to be pretty rough around the edges, but other than that I love it.

Until next post!

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


Rescuing Moore’s Law: Memristors

September 1, 2010

While this topic may seem totally off subject, its future application will have tremendous impact on data storage and computer memory technology. Moore’s Law says the number of transistors that can be squeezed onto an integrated circuit (chip) at least doubles every two years. The issue is, memory technology and flash drives are reaching the 20 nometers barrier, this is, the distance between transistors on a chip. Here comes Memristors, or Memory Resistors, a theory developed in the 1960’s, but given the time, technologically impossible to achieve. Scientists and engineers have now embrace the theory and are developing practical applications that will allow things like phones and flash drives to store data very easily in the terabyte range, but more so, reducing the amount of power needed to store this data. Researchers are even talking about being able to power computers on and off without the tedious boot up sequence needed today without the lost of data. Today’s RAM is completely cleared due to lack of power. Just imagine the impact this technology will have on database storage engines! This stuff is geeky stuff and it won’t be fair for me to expand on the topic, so please read the complete article, Researchers rescue Moore’s Law, over at MSNBC.

Until next post!

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


Multilingual GP

June 19, 2010

I have to admit that translating Microsoft Dynamics GP is a daunting task, especially if your translation techniques rely on the traditional Dexterity string translation used over the years by many international partners providing some sort of non-English version of Dynamics GP for customers abroad.

I have myself done my fair share of Dynamics GP translation work, first with the Spanish version for Latin America and later on with a prototype Russian version. But have to admit, the process is a bit tedious. And what about double-byte languages? There is really no support for this in Dexterity, so translation efforts are limited to single-byte languages.

With this said, I have been fascinated by Multilingual GP. These folks have taken translating Microsoft Dynamics GP to the next level. Not only do they translate the user interface (forms and reports), but they go as far as rendering data on screens and reports in other languages. Can you imagine that? If for example a user stores an item description in English, Multilingual GP can take that data and translate it into any of the supported languages on the fly!

Take a look at the following videos posted on YouTube:

Multilingual GP for Microsoft Dynamics GP

Printing Arabic Invoice

Printing Chinese Invoice

If you are considering implementing Dynamics GP in a multi-country environment, then this is the product you should be looking at.

Until next post!

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


The Technology Corner: Finding your way around Dynamics GP with Mentor

December 10, 2009

If you are an end user you probably already know that one of the most frustrating aspects of working with GP has to be navigating through the menu structure. Granted, improvements to the navigation bar introduced since version 9 have made things a lot easier. Nonetheless, remembering where to find an option that will take you to a specific window can be very challenging at times for both experienced and novice users. Also, what if the window you are trying to access is not a main window? What if you don’t even have security to the window you are trying to access? What if all you know of the window is a portion of the name?

I have to say, I rarely get into blogging about specific ISV solutions, but I had a chance to play around with Mentor by Rockton Software. Mentor answers the questions above and some more about any window, whether in the Dynamics dictionary or any integrating or third party product and is able to provide the exact menu path to follow to access said window.

The Installation Process

I began by downloading Mentor from Rockton Software’s website. After filling out a short registration the download process began. I extracted the downloaded zip file into my Microsoft Dynamics GP installation folder. After launching Dynamics GP, the standard dialog to acknowledge the new code was presented. Mentor is fully enabled for the Fabrikam company.

Upon accessing Fabrikam, the Mentor Setup window opened to begin the installation of the database objects. Clicking the Process button triggered the setup process.

After clicking the Yes button in the dialog window the installation process began. In addition to installing the database objects, Mentor collects information about the menu navigation for each window for all products installed on your system.

Using Mentor

Upon completing the installation you will see a new entry on your navigation menu.

By clicking on this entry you immediately gain access to the main Mentor window.

The window is pretty straight forward. I began by testing something pretty obvious. I typed Customer in the search bar. Mentor did exactly what I expected. It searched for all windows that had the word “Customer” in the title, finding 36 items in the process. In addition, Mentor presented all the navigation options for each window and provided visual cues for all windows that can only be opened from a main window.

Mentor is capable of presenting security information for each window displayed, but it also allows you to create shortcuts for these on the navigation bar and provides a quick way to establish the security tasks and roles associated to the window. Mentor is also able to establish whether you have access to a window or not.

Mentor also offers a sidekick called Inspector, which presents information about each individual field being navigated along with information on the tables associated to the form.

Mentor increases your productivity during the first weeks after going live with Dynamics GP and can even offer valuable information to experienced users. Hat tips to the folks at Rockton Software.

Until next post!

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


The Technology Corner: Houston Neil weighs in on Microsoft Dynamics products

November 24, 2009

Fellow blogger Houston Neil addresses the proverbial question of what’s the difference between the Microsoft Dynamics products. The truth is, to understand the functional and technological differences, you have to go back a few years in history to look at the Microsoft Dynamics products acquisition process, the failed Microsoft Project Green, and perhaps, even look at Oracle’s attempt over the last 7 years to consolidate their products after their acquisition of PeopleSoft to understand that the ERP world is a very complex one with the customer base driving product decisions across the board.

I am a big Microsoft Dynamics GP proponent and defender, and in fact being an MVP allows me to carry out a lot of the product evangelism to customers and partners. Despite the product directions and strategies I have been witnessing over the past couple of years, I will be the first to say that there will be GP for years and years to come (see my article on Microsoft Dynamics GP Roadmap Update). Am I confident that 10 years from now I will be telling you the same story? I would hope so, but don’t bank on that one! After all, the market evolves and set the tone, and ultimately customers in any industry determine what stays and what goes… however, GP chances are looking pretty good from where I stand.

Until next post!

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