The Challenge of Making ERP Systems More Configurable


Vaidhyanathan Mohan:

An interesting post that I read on Ventana Research by Robert Kugel.

Originally posted on :

In the wake of the past year’s usual crop of failed ERP implementations, I’ve read a couple of blogs that bemoan the fact that ERP vr_ERPI_01_implementing_new_capabilities_in_erpsystems are not nearly as user-friendly or intuitive as the mobile apps that everyone loves. I’ve complained about this aspect of ERP, and our research confirms that ERP systems are viewed as cumbersome: Just one in five companies (21%) said it is easy to make changes to ERP systems while one-third (33%) said making changes is difficult or very difficult. Yet as with many such technology topics, addressing the difficulty in working with ERP systems is not as straightforward as one might hope. ERP software vendors must make it easier, less expensive and less risky for customers to adapt the systems they buy to their changing business needs. To do this, vendors must design products to be more configurable. The goal should be that…

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OFF-TOPIC: Batch Print Multiple Files in Mac OS X Without Opening Them – Jesse Chapman @jessechapman


One of my users use Mac OS X Mavericks and his major concern was to batch print files in a folder without opening each one of them. He somehow (?!?!?!) trusted my expertise in Mac OS to find a solution.

My best friend, Google, came to my rescue again. I got this gem of a post by Jesse Chapman (sorry Jesse, I tried getting a profile page of yours, but could only get your twitter page) on his blog wait, really? that saved my day.

Read it here: How to batch print multiple files in Mac OS X without opening them.

Though the post is for Mac OS Snow Leopard, it still works charmingly on Mavericks. Thanks a bunch, Jesse.

Upside; I am now considered an expert in Mac OS by at least one Mac user in this world :-DDownside; I may get more support requests with Mac OS :-P.

But hey, I am not even complaining.

VAIDY

Analytics For Dynamics GP – BI Solution From Mark Polino (DynamicAccounting.Net) #MSDYNGP


Mark Polino of DynamicAccounting.Net has released first among series of Excel Dashboards, Sales Analytics Starter Edition, for Dynamics GP. This dashboard series is named as Analytics For Dynamics GP.

Sales Dashboard

Sales Starter Edition has got following charts with whole set of important filters:

  • Top Customers (with costs)
  • Top 10 Products (with costs)
  • Top 10 Salespeople
  • Top 10 Sales Territories
  • Top 10 Sites
  • Sales with Trend and Projection
  • Sales Mix with Item Class

It’s a simple plug and play kind of dashboard on Microsoft Excel (v2010 & v2013) file. Setting this up once you buy it is so very easy. How to map your GP data server is clearly explained as part of this dashboard solution. And you can modify this as you wish once you link this to your GP data server.

As it is just an Excel file with a straightforward GP data server connection, all you need to do is to click on refresh to get the real time information.

This sales dashboard starter edition is priced at $249 +$49 annual maintenance. Maintenance covers updates, improvements and fixes. Click on links provided across this post to visit Mark’s Analytics For Dynamics GP product page, learn more about this awesome BI solution and know how to buy your copy.

In my personal opinion, this is a simplistic and satisfactory BI solution which meet its promises pretty well.

VAIDY

#MSDYNGP Extender View Involving Extender Window/Form – Strange “Add Link” Issue & Reason.


Firstly, I am not sure whether I should categorise this as an issue. Let me explain this with an example.

For illustrative purpose, my requirement is to assign an additional information to customers. In addition to Country Code, I would like to assign from which continent a customer is from.

First step; to create an Extender Form named Continent Maintenance in which I will maintain list of continents. I do not need anything information other than an ID (Continent ID) and a name (Name); as shown below:

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Note that there are no fields apart from ID and Description.

Second step; I am going to create an Extender Window for Customer Maintenance (Cards -> Sales -> Customer -> Additional -> Continent) to assign a continent to a customer. Extender Window definition is as follows:

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Third step; is to check whether things are properly done and confirm. Let me open Customer Maintenance and see if I can access this new Extender information:

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Perfect. Let’s now get into the actual issue.

I would like to create a view to retrieve customer continent information. To achieve this, I would like to link Assign Continent (Extender Window) with Continent Maintenance (Extender Form) to get the continent name. Ideally, my view should retrieve following:

Customer ID, Continent ID, Continent Name

Now, when I try to create an Extender View linking my Extender Window and Form, I end up facing below issue:

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Did you see that? I do not have my Extender Form fields shown here. I have two fields; Continent ID and Name. Where are they? Why are they not shown here? Shouldn’t it be available for me to link with my Extender Window’s Continent ID?

REASON: If your Extender Form DOES NOT have any other field than an ID and a Description (in my case, Continent ID and Name), ADD LINK To Field will not list out the ID and Description fields.

Is that the actual reason? Let’s confirm by adding another field to Extender Form as follows:

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After adding above field, Additional Info., look at my Extender View Add Link now:

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Did you see that? They are available now. AFTER adding a field in addition to default ID and Description fields.

And I am not sure how many have ever noticed this. I am noticing it for the first time now. I haven’t created any form with only ID and Description till now. I had to spend 4 hours to identify this reason, honestly. Had no idea whatsoever.

Those who are going to deal with Extender views with form(s) having ONLY ID and Description fields, save your 4 hours. :-)

VAIDY

Delete a Company in Microsoft Dynamics GP – Compatible With GP 2013


We have a SQL script named ClearCompanies.sql, which is available on Customer Source or Partner Source. This script removes all references to those companies that are not available in SQL Server, but pretty much exist in GP records.

It’s an all important script for all implementers, developers and consultants. Now this script has been updated to cater for also GP 2013. I had not used this script for a long time, so never realised it till today. This is particularly important as GP 2013 now support multi-tenant architecture (multiple GP System DB on same SQL instance).

You can download this script from here (provided you have a Customer Source / Partner Source account): ClearCompanies.sql.

VAIDY

Management Reporter Configuration – Part Of Domain Error


I am not sure how many would have noticed this error message. Just thought of sharing this with you all.

I installed Management Reporter 2012 CU7 on my machine yesterday night for some testing. I had not done this outside a network (being physically away from a domain) before, so never expected an error. But following error message popped up:

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My machine is already part of a domain. So above message was a bit confusing. Later I realised that I MUST be connected to my domain when the configuration process is run.

Which means the machine on which you are installing Management Reporter Server component CANNOT be physically outside the domain (even though it is already added to one) when you configure it.

This morning I restarted the configuration process and it’s done without issues. Interesting.

VAIDY

SQL Server Uninstall: Removal Architecture Mismatch Error


When I was trying to uninstall SQL Server 2008 from my machine, I received the following error message:

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At a glance, this error may seem to be something critical, but it is not. It’s something quite silly to be honest. When you install SQL Server 2008 on a 64 bit machine, it installs SQL Server for both x86 and x64 compatibility, leaving two separate items under Control Panel -> Programs and Features, as shown below:

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If you try to uninstall by clicking on first one (above 64-bit one), then you will get this rule mismatch error. You must select the second one (64-bit one) to successfully uninstall.

When I selected the appropriate one, my uninstall validations passed without hassles.

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Happy troubleshooting…

VAIDY