Report Writer Series: Don’t settle for ugly reports! Part 1

Now that most of the payroll year-end tax update season is behind us, it’s back to the Report Writer series of articles.

You’re not the only one who is sick of looking at ugly plain-text edit lists and searching for the information you want to review. Have no fear, more useful and attractive reports are a few mouse clicks away!

Lots of users have gone to other reporting tools to get better looking reports and I don’t blame them. Crystal and SQL Reporting Services give us a lot of great tools to improve reporting in terms of look and feel as well as flexibility of layout and many other benefits. As much as some of us would like Report Writer to die a slow death, the reality is for posting journals and edit lists and anything with temp tables, Report Writer is “it”.

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New Year’s Resolutions 2011

Happy new year everyone!  It’s January 1st, 2011 and, like many of you, I take some time around the new year to look back on my last year and look forward to the new.  It’s always fun to take a look at last year’s resolutions to see how you fared a year later.  I’m not sure if others do this too, but most of the time the resolutions I wrote the previous year, I don’t look at again during the year!  Ugh!  No wonder resolutions are not very successful for me!

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The cost of inefficient processes

Last week I sat with a user at a not-for-profit agency. This user is an older semi-retired gentleman who has a fairly strong accounting background, and is supposed to be working 3 days a week. They converted to Dynamics GP in October 2010 after using Simply Accounting for years.

The Executive Director called me to arrange for me to come in due to concerns that her financial co-ordinator had not, at that point, started entering any November activity. He had received what she deemed a lot of support from the folks who implemented them. They were rapidly approaching the end of a quarter (end of December) and she has only recently received October financials.

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Issues with GP2010 and uninstalling

I ran into a difficult situation at a client where we were unable to edit (add new features) to GP2010, unable to uninstall or repair GP2010 and unable to launch GP2010 because of dictionary version mismatches.  If you ever have issues finding the references in the registry to troubleshoot installations I hope this may help, that is where I ended up in my quest.

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Do you want my business?

After receiving some positive feedback on my recent customer service article, I thought I would continue with the odd off-topic article (defined as non-Dynamics-GP). I’m certainly finding recently a whole LOT of examples of shall we say “learning experiences” to draw from!

Having recently moved, we are undertaking some renovations to the house over the next little while – some relatively minor, some relatively major.  It’s been an eye opener so far in terms of how the various people we have been dealing with run their businesses.  While I certainly am far from perfect, I would like to think that I would do things much better than some of these folks given the opportunity.

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Report Writer demystified – part 2 – other considerations

My last post was the introduction to dictionaries and launch files for those new to Report Writer (or GP).  This post is all about things to keep in mind before you actually venture into Report Writer to start working.  It’s rather boring stuff but it’s important to protect your reports from becoming corrupt or damaged due to poor process or lack of understanding.

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