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

Time to say Good Bye to OLE Notes


With Dynamics GP 2016, some of the conventional features are going away. One such major feature is OLE Notes. From Dynamics GP 2013 R2, Microsoft made it clear that they wanted to do away with OLE Notes. We got Document Attachment feature.

With GP2015 R2, Documents Attachment¬†cemented its position firmly.¬†We also got a utility namely “OLE Note Migration Utility” that would help us migrate OLE Notes to Document Attachment.

We now have the official word that OLE Note Migration Utility would no longer be provided with Dynamics GP 2016.

Anybody who is using OLE Notes must first migrate to Document Attachment while they are still on current version and then upgrade to Dynamics GP 2016.

More details are posted on the link above.

Good bye, OLE Notes!

VAIDY

GP2016 – Feature of the Day – Power BI Integration & Budget Import Enhancement


Another set of feature of the day posts reveal that Power BI is coming to GP.  Also we have got Budget Import enhancement. Links to the posts are below:

  • Duplicate Accounts Import Exception Report
  • Power BI Reports on Home Page – I would rather like to see Dynamics GP being added to the Power BI Connector Services. Don’t get me wrong. I love this feature, it’s great to have Power BI report widgets¬†on GP home page. However, the ideal integration would be to see Dynamics GP Connector Service. I think that would possibly happen soon, considering the next feature.
  • Dynamics GP OData Service –¬†This is going to be another important¬†feature (HTML5 Web Client being the first one) that I¬†have been waiting for. This will enable us to have an excellent¬†Power BI integration. I am happy to see Power BI reports on GP Home Page, no doubt, but I am super excited about OData Service.

VAIDY

Management Reporter CU15 Available Now


We have got another cumulative update (CU), CU15, available for Management Reporter (MR). Dynamics CPM Team has posted the link to download CU15 with the list of new features.

Web Viewer Responsiveness and Data Mart Reset Through PowerShell are my favs.

Most important points to be note:

  • SQL Server 2012 or¬†higher is mandatory now. Anyone who’s using¬†a lesser version won’t be able to update MR anymore.
  • Installing .NET Framework 4.6.1 is mandatory¬†and would require a reboot.¬†We must make sure that proper downtime is added to the¬†update schedule.

Direct Download Link (CustomerSource Access Required): Management Reporter for Microsoft Dynamics ERP Installs and Service Packs Overview

VAIDY

Time to say Good Bye to FRx…


If anyone out there still using FRx as their financial reporting tool, it’s time to migrate to Management Reporter.

Dynamics GP Support team has posted an article,¬†Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 is upgraded – What’s next?, on which they have announced that FRx is no longer supported with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016.

Time to say good bye to FRx…

VAIDY