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”.
Continue reading “Report Writer Series: Don’t settle for ugly reports! Part 1”
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.
Continue reading “The cost of inefficient processes”
I have known about the Support Debugging Tool for a while but have never had an occasion to install and use it at a client location.
I took advantage of a recent client upgrade from GP9 to GP2010 to install it on all of the workstations while we rolled out GP2010. It has already paid dividends!
Continue reading “The Support Debugging Tool is my new best friend”
In GP2010, a new feature was introduced to remember the user and company. I’ve seen a few blog posts about this, however I have also seen some incorrect information being posted about this topic which I hope to clear up.
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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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If you have modified many Dynamics GP Report Writer reports in the past, you will have perhaps found that dealing with text fields is sometimes a little tedious. Here are a few simple tips to help you modify those reports a little faster.
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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.
Continue reading “Report Writer demystified – part 2 – other considerations”
This is the first in a series of posts about Microsoft Dynamics GP’s built-in reporting tool – Report Writer. However, I am starting with some background that is more general to Dynamics GP before I dig into Report Writer itself. Hopefully some of these posts will add some new tricks to your repertoire or give you the confidence to try modifying a report on your own!
The first two articles contain some background and key information to keep in mind. In future posts I will give you different tips and tricks on some fine tuning, how to make your reports look nicer, etc.
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Do you have trouble finding the right G/L account to use when you enter transactions? Do you frequently use the same G/L accounts on your day to day transactions and have the key them in or look them up each time? Have you recently changed your G/L account numbering and can’t remember the new account numbers? Aliases may be useful to you if you answered yes to any of these questions!
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How many times have you posted something in Dynamics GP on the wrong date because you forgot to change it? Let the User Date be your best friend!
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