It has come to my attention that the Other list has been released and those included in this list are throwing celebratory victory parties and are paying their temp workers (those they’ve hired to sit and press the vote button all day) their promised bonus checks.
I’m not too sure what to think about that Other List. Maybe its because I’m uncool but I have no idea who most of these people are. I know all the Microsoft big wigs from the US and I know all the bloggers but that only makes up like 20% of the list. The other people on the Other List are a mystery to me. How about you? How many people have you heard of on the Other list? Now compare that to the Doug Pitcher’s OFFICIAL 100 most famous, awesome and totally influential Dynamics people for 2012. Chances are if you are awesome yourself you know 80 to 90 percent of the people on my list. It’s can’t be a coincidence.
As always, I feel its important to recognize the proper people for their awesomeness from the past year. I had one person email me and ask when the Real List was coming out. Wait no longer my Awesome friends. The third annual DPO100MFATIDP for 2013 is officially here.
- Doug Pitcher – It’s my dang list so why not rig the ballot.
- Linda Rose – Hard to move up over Mrs. Rose when she is awesome enough to take the Rose team to Tahiti for a reward trip this past year.
- Leslie Vail – Leslie’s campaign to be on the awesome list has not gone unrewarded. It started with her plea for votes on the awesome list as the Other list is just not that cool. She is so great that even that didn’t help as she got voted in for the Other list. Now she followed up with a formal apology which is humbly accepted. You rock Leslie. Congrats on your spectacular-ness.
- Kirill Tatarinov – Kind of here by default. When you lead MBS I guess you need to be at the top. I’ve taken pictures with him and have been surprised at how short he is. Kind of like Tom Cruise or Ryan Seacrest.
- Victoria Yudin – Just this morning a consultant said to me “I found something on Victoria’s site that…” When a consultant can drop the single name Victoria and no one thinks of lingerie you know you’re awesome.
- Steve Chapman – Movie (youtube counts right?) star. Demo king. If you don’t know who Steve is you don’t know how to use the internet.
- Doug White – He just did a thousand mile walkabout in Australia. Sounds pretty tough as nails to me.
- Tami Jones – Tami gave Doug White a hard time last year as she was listed above him on the list and was so cool she was listed twice. Does this make up for last years oversight Doug
- Dwight Specht – Try as Dwight did he couldn’t crack the Other list. In his nomination campaign he even offered free beer. Not sure what else he could of done. No worries Dwight. You’re still awesome.
- Aaron Donat – Senior escalation engineer at MBS. I always try to go straight to him but he’s often working on solving the economic crisis in Greece or advising Bill Gates as to where he should focus his philanthropic efforts. When I met him in person for the first time in NO he gave me something like $50 in casino chips as he didn’t want to cash them and he’d already made $50,000 at roulette (or there abouts).
- Jivtesh Singh – MVP and all around great guy. How do I know he’s an awesome guy? Check out this blog post where he encourages everyone not to vote for him but to vote twice for David Musgrave. I also met Jivtesh at Convergence for the first time in New Orleans. He indicated I was the most humorous blogger in the community. If I can’t be helpful I might as well be entertaining.
- Melissa Sanders- Our lovely and quite dashing office administrator. She threatened to cut my payroll check in half and not do my expense reimbursements for six months if she got as low of a rating this year. I guess bribes or threats work to make it on the top 100 list.
- Mathcbox Twenty – I almost got in a fight with someone at the Matchbox Twenty concert. (I wish I was that tough). Some 6’ 3’ dude and his 7’ 2” girlfriend stepped in front of Tami Jones and she wasn’t impressed because it blocked her perfect view of Robby. Jeff Demaria started puffing up and I thought we were going to see some pocket protectors fly. I always get a kick out of accountants gone wild at events such as this.
- Rebecca Bunas – AKA the Rock Star. The phrase I’m with Rebecca still works wonders.
- Terry Heley – I have clients that want payroll updates when they are available. I always feel like I’m cheating as I usually just wait for Terry’s updates so I don’t have to monitor payroll all the time.
- Daryl Anderson – One of our go to guys for help with web clients and Dynamics in general
- Errol Schoenfish – Errol saw me across a crowded bar (sound like the start to an awesome song) and he yelled out “where’s Rebecca?” I take it that he knew who I was. I’m Rebecca’s groupie.
- Julie Rague- She was so gleeful to be included last year on the awesome list she started recruiting future candidates by introducing me to everyone she knows. It went something like this: “Do you know Doug? He has this amazing list that I’m on”. Great conversation starter.
- Mariano Gomez – I wanted to see the fight between Mariano and Mark when I listed Mariano first. I also met up with Mariano at Convergence (OK, the truth was he let me take a picture and get his autograph).
- Mark Polino – Mark went on a free fall this year on the awesome list. I still think he’s pretty cool but without any interactions with him this year (other than me swooning from afar) its hard to make it any higher than his ranking on the Other List.
- Kofi Annan – There is always a spot for the keynote speaker at convergence
- Tami Jones – She fixed my laptop and sent it back with my desktop filled with pictures of all the things we did last year including Tahiti, closing down Bourbon Street, and visiting the CN tower in Toronto. I’m sure we do work when we are together but the pictures are incriminating.
- Katie Hasbargen – DYNAA program lead. Took our group on a riverboat tour in NO. It pays to be in the good graces of awesome people like Katie.
- Don Morton – Football coach, mentor and site leader over the Dynamics Academic Alliance (DYNAA)
- Patrick Roth- One of the coolest support engineers around. His mad dexterity skills are the talk of the town. As he walks down the hall women AND men faint at just the sight of him. I hope you never make the Other List Patrick so you can keep heading up the charts on the Real list.
- Lori Pugh-Erdle – North American Manager-service accounts managers is her official title. That sounds pretty official but I’d guess everyone that knows her would say she’s just plain cool.
- Lyndsey Creamer – If you know what the DYNAA is you know Lyndsey. She’s awesome.
- Ashley Pecoraro – New DYNAA team member that pulled off an incredible preconvergence event for all the college professors using Dynamics.
- Sandy Sigsbee – Our office admin that keeps me doing what I should be doing. I often get a call from her scolding me for wasting my time writing silly blog posts and not looking after the customer. Sorry Sandy is a common phrase that I’ve learned to repeat most believably
- Doug Kennedy – He’s great and deserves to be on this list.
- Chris Dew – He’s pretty cool. I sat with him during lunch at the Partner Event. I felt like I was one of the cool kids for a meal.
- Nick Hoban – Moving Nick up on the list last year didn’t get me that MVP vote so I’m at a loss.
- Frank Hamelly – Whenever I see an email come over from Frank to our team I always think “Is that the real Frank Hamelly?” So I guess he must be famous.
- Chastidy Ruiz – Fellow consultant and technical support buddy. Whenever there is giggling in the office everyone knows we are talking serious consulting type business.
- Terry Carlton – Terry told me about a motorbike accident he was in and how he has a bionic arm now. Anyone that has been in a bike accident (bmx or motorized) must be awesome.
- Mohammad Daoud – A great resource to the MBS community and fellow blogging buddy
- Mark Rockwell – Mark yelled at me this year during a presentation about the cloud. (OK, I’ll tell the truth. He strongly disagreed with my opinion). I still think he’s awesome.
- Vaidy Mohan – Vaidy last year commented that it was “Heavenly” to be on the awesome list. He even submitted an official acceptance speech. If that’s not awesome I don’t know what is.
- Cheryl Mortvedt – Fellow support person whom I usually team up with to beat up on unsuspecting Microsoft support people at the annual partner advantage meetings.
- Todd Schultz- Chair of the DYNAA. One of the pioneers to use a cloud based solution in an academic setting.
- Tami Jones – Alright I caved into peer pressure. This is her third listing on the awesome list. I had about 30,001 unique emails and over 400,001 votes confirming she should be on the Real list. With those statistics you can tell that this list is far more reliable than the Other list.
- Dana Willmer – Anyone that is willing to guide me around any ski hill is down right cool. If that ski hill is Whistler you get a spot on the awesome list.
- Mark Stuyt- He’s not as cool as Dana even though we skied Whistler together. OK, I’m just jealous because he’s a better skier than me and he mocked my Canadian accent.
- Jennie Davis – The partner channel head hauncho. The Partner Event is being held in Tampa this year. Something must be going right to move the event from Fargo to…anywhere else. ha.
- Mike Feori – This will probably be Mike’s last year on the list. He retired (which is awesome) but it’s hard to stay awesome while watching tomato’s grow all day is the bulk of your duties.
- Beat Bucher- Blogger and MVP and fellow Canadian. Most Canadians are special so he gets automatic placement on the Awesome list.
- Liane McIlraith – There’s always that one consultant everyone wants to work with. Liane is that consultant. I often try to get her opinion on things but she is usually booked until mid next year.
- Jeff Demaria – He’s low on my list as he almost got me into a fight as described above. He did let me drag him out until the wee hours of the morning the final night of Convergence then missed his flight because he passed out at 5 am. (I told you not to go to sleep). I banged on his door for 15 minutes then gave up and left him (not cool, I know). All the flights were booked from NO the next day so he rented a car and drove to Houston and flew out from there. That’s pretty awesome, right?
- Jesse Byam – When I first moved back to Canada several years back he found my resume somewhere and tried to recruit me to be a part of his team. After knowing him for a long time now I’m glad I didn’t pursue that offer as I don’t think we’d get anything done. He’s too much fun and I’m a sucker for fun things.
- John Espinoza – When I think of a man that will take charge of things he’s it.
- Tim Cruickshank – Poor Tim lost his way and didn’t make it to Convergence. I had people asking me in the hallways where Rebecca was and if Tim was there to do some more breakdancing.
- Christina Philips – How do you feel to be way more awesomer than Steve Endow, Christina?
- Steve Endow – I’ve followed Steve’s blog for a long time. He’s usually pretty technical and has great insight into Dynamics issues.
- Francisco Hillyer – I don’t know too many people as technical as Franky and his love of all things Dynamics. In fact, whenever I head off to a conference he drools and makes me promise to take a T-shirt and grab the autographs of everyone on this awesome list. I have collected autographs but am greedy so have kept the various T-shirt and hung them on my wall. Sorry Franky.
- Anya Ciecierski – I’m impressed Anya is holding strong on the Other list. Her popularity is soaring. Her work with the ERP bloggers is no doubt doing wonderful things.
- Richard Whaley – The professor is a likeable character. I questioned his inclusion on the list as he totally sold out and took out paid advertising on the Microsoft site. Although anyone with a Segway must be cool so I’m keeping him on the list.
- John Lowther – I’ve seen him on stage at a couple of Microsoft type events so assume he’s a smarty pants. He referenced my awesome list on his blog so he must be awesome.
- David Musgrave – I’m sorry to report David finally made the Other List. I’m sure his inclusion is a relief to all but it does nothing for his standing on the Awesome list. Take it as an honor to be the last person included on the Awesome list for 2013, David.
- Colin Powell- One and done inclusion on the Real list. He was cool because he came and spoke at Convergence in 2012 but I haven’t heard from him since
- Bethany Eighmy – Decided to leave the DYNAA team for greener pastures. She’s still cool but her awesomeness certainly took a beating as she no longer hangs with the awesome crowd on a daily basis
- Barack Obama
- Elvis Presley
- Lebron James
- Charles Ramsey
Final voting has been done. Adjustments are anticipated and probably expected depending on future presents and bribes received.
Anyone on the above list can proudly use the DPO100MFATIDP for 2013 label on their email signature as desired.
Congratulations and have another great year of being Awesome.
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A Dynamics GP Management Reporter Income Statement can easily be created from scratch.
You just need to create a Row Definition and a Column Definition, and then include them in a Report Definition, and print.
These are the three components:
Here is a Row Definition:
Here is a Column Definition:
Here is a Report Definition:
If you’re used to FRx, Management Reporter will feel very comfortable to you.
Here is a quick video I put together that shows a glimpse of Management Reporter:
A good way to get started is to try the Report Wizard to create your first few reports. It walks you through the process of creating a report, and takes advantage of your chart of accounts and your account format.
This is a quick demo that shows this being used:
“Doug Pitcher’s OFFICIAL 100 most famous, awesome and totally influential Dynamics people for 2013” is almost here
The drama is building. The countdown is on. I can hardly wait for the release of the “Other List” so we can enjoy another year of snarky awesomeness awards. The whole dynamics world is clamoring about the possible inclusion on the honored Awesome list (who wouldn’t, it’s awesome) but some are still campaigning for the other list. Here are a few campaigns under way.
My favorite shameless plug is Leslie Vail’s. She mentions the “Other List” but firmly plants herself on the Awesome list. A good multipurpose advertisement. She gets my vote for both lists although I confess (ha) that I hope she is is in the low nineties on the other list so she has a chance at top billing on the awesome list.
The professor wants to get in on the Other list. No mention of the awesome list here so that severely limits his admittance to the awesome list.
Steve Endow goes all inclusive on his campaign strategy. I like his list. Most, if not all will get some Awesomeness love.
But probably the most ingenious strategy goes to Dwight Specht who is offering free beer for anyone that votes for him. That just might get him nominated to the other list if he’s not careful.
In watching all the above strategies over the course of the past month I’ve come up with my own few pointers on getting on the “Other List” followed by a few tips that will increase your chances on getting on the 2013 Awesome list. Hope you enjoy.
- Add an “Other List” link to your email signature. Surely someone you communicate with cares about you and will vote for you
- Get office mates to put an “Other List” link for you in their email signature. Why not flood the world with your name. For example, It’s amazing how many “please vote for Linda Rose. Page 9 on the “Other List”” emails and discussions that have been sent around our office.
- Get your spouse or significant other to put an “Other List” link in their email. That will keep you somewhat at arms length but still tap into your ancestral pool of potential voters. If your grandma and grandpa or mom and dad won’t vote for you, who will
- The goldmine is to get your kids to start a social media campaign for dear old Mom or Dad. You bought them a smart phone. Why not put them to work? They are on it all day anyways and you can’t tell me that’s not a better use of time than texting during class. You can even send them a note to school that they have your permission to use their phone for that sole purpose.
- Hire a temp worker to vote for you. Believe it or not you can vote as many times as you want for yourself. Right now each vote is worth about .01%. I tested this out by voting for Leslie a hundred times. I moved her up a full 1%. Your welcome Leslie.
- I guess if you can find a sucker like me to vote a hundred times for you there is no need for a temp worker. Maybe the relative approach is the lest expensive way to go. Think of how valuable Grandma or Grandpa would feel if you told them to keep pushing that button or the world is going to end (ha, Lost reference for those that caught that)
- Consistency is key. Keep blogging and mentioning how much it will mean to be on the “Other List”.
- If you haven’t started blogging, you better. Everyone I know is voting for David Musgrave like fifty times just because he’s a famous blogger and also in the attempt to get him finally nominated to that “Other List”. (I wish there was a way to take off nominations, like a minus one vote. I have no idea who some of these candidates are and if I don’t know them shouldn’t that decrease their influence?)
- Finally, if all else fails, cheat. Surely there is some type of script that could be developed to vote automatically. Come on, David Musgrave, if you can’t develop an automated approach to this maybe you don’t belong on the “Other List”.
Ways to get on the Doug Pitcher’s OFFICIAL 100 most famous, awesome and totally influential Dynamics people for 2013:
- Be Awesome
- Write a blog saying you wish you were awesome. I excluded Patrick Roth last year from my awesome list only to have him follow up with “I’m so depressed, I’m not awesome this year” post. To be honest, I didn’t know Patrick even knew I thought he was awesome
- Or let me know you care by introducing yourself. I’m pretty sure half of the people I meet are secretly trying to bump their chances on my most prestigious list
- Send chocolate
- Please don’t send too much chocolate. Unlike the “Other List” I’ll know if you are padding the odds in your favor
Thought I’d throw this out as I ran across this last week. After running a Greenshades update a client was getting this error:
I hit up Greenshades support and got this back:
Thank you for your email. Wanted to allow you to know that the error message that is being seen is a new issue dealing with our current update. We are currently investigating this issue, but we do have a work around in order to allow the client to proceed. At this point, have the client try to launch GP as Admin (Right Click GP icon > Run as Administrator ). Once GP launches, and the client signs in. Have them try to launch the Greenshades Center and see if the error message comes up. We should have a resolution for this issue soon, but right now these instructions should resolve the issue for the moment. We should be addressing a fix in a near future update.
Our returning road warriors from Convergence 2013 indicated that one of the most popular new features in Dynamics GP 2013 is the ability to select the printer you want to print to when you print a report from Dynamics GP.
In prior versions you could only print to the default printer specified in Dynamics GP.
Just to make it sound more important let’s refer to it as Contemporaneous Printer Selection.
Here’s how the Contemporaneous Printer Selection feature looks when you print a report to the screen and then select to print it to a printer:
Here’s a very short video that shows this being used:
This usually isn’t that big of a deal except when there are thousands of transactions and records that need to be updated. This problem occurred for one of our clients today. The person updating the system to include multicurrency selected to add all financial tables to check links on. That was 5pm yesterday. The process completed at 10 am today and had 354k pages in the report.
It’s true. I’m not exaggerating this time. Check it out for yourself.
What’s worse is the user stayed up all night to get this process done at the office. By the time I was called at 6:30 am I had one crabby user when I mentioned “you’re calling me pretty early”. Her reply was a disgruntled “It’s late, not early. I haven’t been to bed.”
Maybe I don’t have the war wounds some of you out in the field consultants do but I can’t remember a check links process returning that many pages of updates. I’ve seen a couple hundred thousand pages before but this almost doubled it.
How about you? What’s the highest number of page results you’ve seen returned by the check links process.
Take this as a warning. Make sure you leave plenty of time when running check links on the financial tables particularly the CM tables.
Or at least bring a pillow and/or have a full pot of coffee ready.
There are the easy exports where they just publish the report in text mode and then open the same in excel and I’ve seen customers that love formatting data in excel, spending countless hours formatting and at the end they have to do it again because data was refreshed.
There are others that are more complicated but yield better results, like Excel Reports, SSRS or plain T-SQL extracts and just very few who take advantage of the Export Solutions but that will be a subject of a future post so stay tuned.
Smartlist is a very useful tool within GP but some customers find it confusing because of the filters and how data is stored in GP.
One of the questions that made me write this post for you is, How can I sort data in Smartlist using more than one field, so I don’t have to do this in Excel?
The solution is simple but believe it or not, I learned that not many people know about this, I queried my own colleagues and I was shocked.
Here is my revelation for you, hope I can save you some time …
Use the Order By feature in Smartlist. Let’s go thru a sample:
Step 1.- Open Smartlist
Step 2.- Open Financial > Account Transactions
Step 3.- Double click on the * named smartlist
Step 4.- In the Search Account Transactions window click on the Order By button
Step 5.- Add the sort rules/levels from the list on the left, by using the Insert button
in my sample I am sorting by Account, then by the amounts, but I want all debits from highest amount to the lowest, then I want all Credit postings same rule and lastly I want to sort by the Series.
And here is the result, so no more single column sorting!!!
Step 6.- Click OK twice and see your results
Here is another sample where I am sorting by Journal entry then Highest Debit Amount to lowest and lowest Credit Amount.
Until my next post!!!
Francisco G. Hillyer
Hello all, I would like to provide you with some information on what to look when Dynamics GP seems to be working slow. As you may already know Dynamics GP is a process driven application and you may experience slow performance when specific processes are performed in GP please take a look:
· While posting might be due to the PJOURNAL table as you know checks post too or remittance is being printed separately
· Client workstations should have a default printer setup and online, remove invalid printers
· While opening windows, the autocomplete feature may cause performance issues and if not used can be turned off
· While login into Dynamics GP or utilizing 3rd party dictionaries as well if Menu Master table (SY07110) became too large.
· The location of the modified dictionaries other than local workstation
· Certain Smartlist reminders might interfere with login into Dynamics GP
· You may have shortcuts to network locations that are no longer mapped or available
· Printing to file directly into the client/remote computer instead of the hosted server user folders
· OLE Notes path in Dex.ini
· SQL AutoClose and AutoShrink options not set to false
· Virus scanner setup not excluding the following extensions (CNK, DIC, CHM, SET, INI, DAT, IDX, VBA, LOG, LDF, MDF)
· The Dynamics GP homepage smartlist favorites
· The Dynamics GP homepage outlook integration
· Enabling tracing options in DEX.ini
· Bad user defined triggers in SQL
· Bad configuration of SQL server memory allocation
· SQL server or Dynamics GP server available disk space
· SQL server log file is full and is not set to Autogrow
· TNT*.* files, your %TEMP% folder has not been cleaned
· Non-compliant SQL server/GP Server/Client hardware
· Different DB owner than DYNSA
· Little or no SQL server maintenance (Table Fragmentation)
· You might be missing table indexes or statistics
· When exporting a budget, thru the budget wizard it seems locked (if you are using the excel wizard to export, make sure the “save as” dialog is not on the background, Alt-Tab to it as it must have been opened and its behind your main GP windows.
· Too much history (You can archive historical years, specially if you have large tables like Item Master, Customers, Vendors) Believe me I ran reconcile one time and it took 6.5 days on a company with more than half a million SKUs and 5 years of sales.
I have witnessed how few administrators that in order to preserve enough disk space they have a tendency of running SHRINK on the SQL server, this obviously will fragment tables affecting performance. I have a post that covers that here.
If you want us to take a look at your environment don’t forget to contact us, and as always when troubleshooting record answers for the following questions:
1.- Can you replicate the issue? write down steps that let you reproduce the issue.
2.- If its related to posting, please note the module( s ), how many transactions are in the batch, how long does the process last? how long did the process last before?
3.- On a Server/Client install, can you replicate on the server?
4.- Can you reproduce on all or other clients?
5.- Are there any 3rd party products running on the same SQL/GP server or together with Dynamics GP?
6.- Are there any customizations in GP?
Until my next post and let us know if we can help!!
Francisco G. Hillyer
Hello all, here is something I was asked recently:
“I have processed my 2012 payrolls for the year, my IT is always on the latest and greatest regarding service packs, hotfixes, updates etc, and they installed the 2013 payroll tax tables update, and I have not executed the Payroll Year End, can I close it anyway?”
Short answer: Yes you can close it, but it will be incorrect.
Please if this happens to you, make sure to restore the Dynamics DB prior to the install of the payroll tax table update because I am sure you always do a backup of your databases prior to any updates installed right?
Leslie Vail has a post from 2011 where she explains how FICA/S wages and withholding is calculated Leslie’s Post
NOTE FOR LESLIE (Step 5b says “he year-end” instead of “the year-end”)
But I wanted to provide a graphical representation of it
Until my next post…
Francisco G. Hillyer