Fixed Assets GL Posting Flow Part 1

I’m starting a new series of posts which are going to be focused on the Fixed Assets module in Dynamics GP. I’ll state upfront I don’t know how long the series will last, nor how frequently I’ll be writing. I am pulling out notes from 3 or 4 years ago when I first noodled this topic, reviewing what I documented at that time and setting up scenarios in my Dynamics GP environment to test and get screenshots for. It may take me a few months to work through the various scenarios and write, so be patient with me!

Today’s post is about part of the General Ledger (GL) posting flow, this will be spread out into bite-sized posts reviewing various posting scenarios in Fixed Assets and reviewing the accounting entries that go with it, tying back to the Account Setup.

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Hyphens in Dynamics GP Fixed Assets

Today’s #TipTuesday is about the Dynamics GP Fixed Assets module. I am going to discuss the restriction around the use of hyphens (dashes) in Fixed Asset IDs. Prior to GP 2013, there was no issue with hyphens and many customers who utilized Fixed Assets had created Asset IDs with them as separators. Of the numerous clients I have been to over the years, every single one of them used hyphens as it was easy to read, both on reports and in the screens (where things like underscores often get partially hidden by the UI). There was a consistency in viewing the Asset ID + suffix on reports too, since the “Full” Asset ID with the suffix displays with a hyphen. Using some other character as a separator combined with the use of a hyphen between ID and suffix just plain looks weird (to me).

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Fixed Asset Labelling

Today’s #TipTuesday comes about from a question on the GPUG forum about Asset tags and an issue a user was having with asset numbering not tying back to the asset tags (getting out of sequence I believe was the issue).

This isn’t about that specific piece but a more general tip around Asset ID numbering vs. Asset tagging and use of the Asset Label field. There is no right or wrong answer here, but I do lean towards utilizing the Asset Label field if your organization wants to track the physical asset label of an item, even if you currently use the Asset ID number for that label. More on that after this first section!

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