As we approach the beginning of Q1 2012, Microsoft has announced the new version called Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013, which will be released at the end of this calendar year. Today we are going to review a few of the new features in this new version. We will review:
- Homepage with metrics and the Series page
- The printer dialog box
- Viewing KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators) and reports from GP maintenance windows
At the time of this blog posting, there are more than 150 new features in Microsoft Dynamics GP. With more than three months to go, I am sure there will be many more features to come.
Homepage with metrics and the Series page
The changes to the homepage and the series page will make the user experience more powerful. With the ability to move portlets (or area pages) by using the common Windows feature of dragging and dropping; users will be able to see the portlets or area pages in the location the user chooses and only those portlets that the user needs to function in Microsoft Dynamics GP for their role (or position.)
The homepage has also removed the portlets for the Outlook area and the metrics area. The module Business Analyzer that was released with Dynamics GP 2010 R2, has replaced the metrics area. The Business Analyzer uses the SRS tool (a.k.a. SQL Server reporting services or SSRS) to provide users with out-of-the-box KPI’s and reports. These out-of-the-box reports can be used on your homepage in GP or you can create your own SRS reports for use on the homepage.
Another great feature of the homepage in GP 2013 is the ability to place your portlets or areas in 1 column, 2 columns or 3 columns. The size of your monitor should drive which you prefer. For those of you with large monitors, go ahead and select 3 columns! If you have a small monitor, you may choose to see only 1 column. Since most Dynamics GP or ERP users are desk bound, I suggest large 24” monitors and possibly 2 or 3 monitors at that. The less minimizing and maximizing you have to do, the more efficient you will be!
The series page provides you with the same ability as the homepage to customize your workspace by removing pallets or work areas (i.e. utilities, setup, routines) with the use of drag-and-drop. A customize area button has been added to the top right corner for each series workspace to allow the removal of any of these work areas as well. Less clutter on your desktop allows for finding the right window faster.
The printer dialog box
Hallelujah! Dynamics GP now uses the standard Windows printer dialog box. This means that if you fail to select your printer prior to printing, you still have the ability to select the printer you want to print to! This is true whether you choose to print the report to the screen first or directly to the printer.
Viewing KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators) and reports from GP maintenance windows
And finally the out-of-the-box KPI’s and reports from the Business Analyzer module or any custom reports you developed in SRS can be added to your Dynamics GP maintenance windows (e.g. customers, GL accounts, vendors, items, employees, etc.)
Between now and the release date of GP 2013, I will continue to show you new features so that you may prepare for your upgrade and be ready to take advantage of these new features allowing GP to make your job easier.