GP 2016 Web Client – New Date Picker


Just a quick post on the new HTML5 Web Client date picker control. It’s visually pleasing and quite easy-to-use. IT’S AWESOME

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I’m simply enjoying the new GP, to say the least.ūüôā

VAIDY

GP 2016 Web Client First Impression – Excellent, yet WIP


Yesterday, 2nd May 2016, was a great day for the entire¬†GP community. GP 2016 was released and needless to say, it’s awesome.¬†Unexpectedly¬†stable for an RTM release.

Gone are the days when people used to fear about the RTM version, anxiously waiting for someone to find bugs, for Microsoft to release hotfix or a service pack and then implement/upgrade.

After playing around for good amount¬†of hours on both rich client (read as desktop client) and the newly developed web client, I can¬†assure you that GP2016 is ready, raring to go¬†and can be implemented right away. Well, that’s just my opinion.

There are some great things about the new web client:

  • It’s Fast &¬†Responsive: HTML5 indeed has an extraordinary impact on the web client. It took less than 10 minutes to install and configure the web client (single machine configuration).¬†And it took less than a minute to log on to a company. Absolutely¬†NO PLUGIN dependency. Login was smooth, fast & hassle-free.

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  • Major UI & Accessibility Changes:¬†All the windows have retained¬†the good old GP UI. However, the¬†home page has changed drastically.
    • We have got the new (in)famous hamburger menu. Some people hate it to life. However, I did feel like it’s quite handy. That’s just me. Please don’t ban me from the community for liking it.
    • There is a new way of expanding and shrinking the Navigation Pane. It is quite easy and intuitive to use. If I use GP¬†on a small screen, like a tablet, this would come handy. That’s where the new hamburger menu scores well.Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 9.17.59 AM
    • That famous¬†pencil button on the home page widgets, that’s used to edit the content of the widget, is no more. It’s been replaced with a “…”, as shown below. It’s probably going to take some time to get used to this. However it’s in the best interest of GP to perform well.Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 9.21.34 AM
    • All windows are now aligned to “Top-Center” on the browser. I could think of one reason for this behaviour:¬†to ensure that it’s¬†rendered uniformly across all kind of devices. I could¬†see the way GP behaves on the browser, resizing itself quite happily to whatever the size the browser window takes. Below are some rendering:Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 9.26.07 AM.pngScreen Shot 2016-05-03 at 9.29.31 AM
  • Overall UI Rendering: UI (Home Page and other modules’ home page) responds exceptionally to the browser size. Even the fonts become smaller or bigger depending on how you resize your browser. Below are snapshots:
  • Application Notifications: This one’s brilliant, in my opinion. All application related notifications (such as app errors, warnings, etc) are now shown to users in a¬†non-intrusive manner as shown below:

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When I click on that “Details” button, I get the following message that could be dismissed and I continue with my work without crashing GP:

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So, as you can see, I have already got my first web client¬†error¬†in GP 2016 Web Client.¬†However, I don’t think it is worrisome. I do believe I know why that error was popping up, so all good.

Now let’s talk about some issues, that in my opinion is a bit worrisome:

  • Rearranging/moving Windows: This one’s kind of big, however I am not sure if it¬†would be a deal breaker. Remember how we can open multiple windows in GP, arrange them side ways, do some multitasking, etc.? Now that’s probably not possible with the new web client. As you can see below, once a form¬†is opened, you cannot access the¬†home page or module page, until you close the active form:

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As you can see, the background to “Debtor Maintenance” window is greyed out. I cannot move the active form either. You would¬†however be able to use the windows that originate from “Debtor Maintenance”, such as “Payment Terms Setup”, as shown below:

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However, you won’t be able to open a totally different form/report, such as Smartlist. In fact, unless you close the “Payment Terms Setup” window, you won’t be able to use “Debtor Maintenance” back.

In a way, this is great. You would maintain the sequence of your tasks. But if you are someone who would love to enter a PO and an SO simultaneously, I am afraid you are gonna get pissed off with the new web client.

You cannot also move windows from “Top Centre” position. Even if you try to do that, it’s probably going to be like below:

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Yeah, well, it’s just that the window looks like¬†nothing more than a web page and when you try to drag the window, it considers that you want to select¬†content and thereby above rendering.

I would probably not panic about this. Whole idea of this new web client is to provide an app client that would work well across all kind of devices. If I access GP on an iPad, I won’t be worried about rearranging the windows or multitasking. I would be more concerned about how quickly could I complete my tasks and how easily I can work on.

I still have to play around a lot, however, these are my first thoughts about the new GP2016 HTML5 Web Client.

GP Team has done an excellent job to rewrite the web client. Considering this being the first ever HTML5 web client version, I totally believe that this is only gonna get better with every release.

Hats off, GP Team. Keep up the good work and continue to amaze us.

VAIDY

GP 2016 – Upgrading Web Client


Dynamics GP Support & Services team has posted a detailed article on GP 2016 Web Client Upgrade.

One of the important things that I noticed on this post is the instruction on Service Based Architecture¬†(SBA)¬†inclusion/exclusion. Though it’s not covered separately on this post, we are however cautioned on how to handle the options with regards to SBA.

Happy upgrading…

VAIDY

GP2016 – Feature of the Day – Inventory AIO Viewer & Project on Purchase Requisition


Excited to see the “All-In-One Viewer” being extended for all modules. After sales, inventory has got its own AIO viewer.

Perhaps the most important feature that I am excited about, in addition to HTML5 Web Client, is the ability to add a Project to Purchase Requisition Entry. This was sorely missed by many of the customers. I am glad this feature made it to GP2016.

Read the “feature of the day” posts here:

VAIDY

GP2016 – Feature of the Day – Web Client Search & Sales All-In-One Viewer


Continuing from the first feature, we have got Web Client Search & Sales AIO (All-In-One) Document Viewer.

I am quite interested in the second one; Sales AIO Document Viewer. This would be more helpful, in the lines of already available Purchasing AIO Document Viewer.

Web client search is another great feature that would help us a lot. It may not sound a great functionality, but how many times have you tried to find out where a window/report is? How many windows/reports that you know by heart, that you would not require a help to find one?

However, I am interested more to see if this would work for ALL windows/reports. Theoretically, it does sound like it would. I would love to see if that works for all resources; standard/ISV/customisation windows/reports.

Let’s wait for the release to know more.

VAIDY

GP2016 – Feature Of The Day – Web Client


Pam has started the GP2016 Feature of the Day series with the most anticipated feature: GP HTML5 Web Client.

Let’s prepare for the party time!

VAIDY

GP 2015 Web Client Uninstall – Issue & Resolution


In my earlier post, I discussed about an issue that I came across while installing web client. This one’s while uninstalling the web client.

My VM is added to my work domain and when I installed web client, my VM was connected to my work network. Back at home, in my holidays, I was experimenting with various stuff. Got my VM web client corrupted and decided to uninstall it.

Running the web client uninstall started off properly but threw the following error soon after:

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You may see the point in time at which the uninstall process stopped: ConfigureUsers.

Tried various things, as usual, but could not fix it. Every time I tried to uninstall, it stopped exactly at ConfigureUsers.

My instinct was telling me that it was something to do with domain network issue. As I was trying this at home, it could probably be something related to that.

I connected to my work VPN and then restarted the uninstall process. This time around, the process went on smoothly and completed.

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Remember. If your machine (or a VM) is affiliated to your work domain when you installed the web client, make sure that your machine (or a VM) is connected to your work domain when you try to uninstall.

This makes a world of difference. You do know what that difference is, by now.

VAIDY