Dynamics as a Second Language

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Over the years it’s become a joke in my family that when my wife is having a hard time going to sleep at night she says “tell me about your day”. I then spout out what sounds like a foreign language called Dynamics-Geekyease and it puts her to sleep in no time at all. If you are new to the Dynamics world it probably seems like you are listening to a foreign language. I’ve put together the guide below when learning Dynamics as a second language.

Generic (everyone should know) Terms

  • Convergence – THE Microsoft customer conference held each year around March/April. In the past has been held in Orlando, San Diego (my favorite), Texas, New Orleans and next year in Atlanta.
  • Partner – I wax eloquent describing a partner vrs. Var here. MBS uses partners to implement and sell Dynamics.
  • Customersource – Gives you access to all your account info for MBS. Where you find the Knowledgebase for Dynamics. Same tool partners have.
  • Partnersource – Same as Customersource but has all the partners client information including reg keys etc.
  • Dynamics – Every application falls under the Dynamics heading. GP, CRM, AX, NAV and SL are all Dynamics products. See Acronyms. Was once a version of GP. See David Musgrave Post.
  • Voice – Part of Partnersouce. Where you find client information, Reg keys, etc.
  • Module – What MBS will sell you if you need to do anything besides posting debits and credits in the GL (in fact that is a module, the GL module). Becoming much better with BRL and Advanced Management pricing.
  • Fargo – The motherland for Great Plains. Where Dynamics was created. So now we get the privilege of frequenting the barren wilderness as Microsoft has made Fargo home as well.
  • “Go Bisons!” – Frenetic chant by inhabitants of the motherland during NDSU vs UND, usually followed by lots of beers.
  • “Old Broadway” – (O.B.) Establishment frequented by Microsoft international visitors. Usually the place where people meet for (home brewed) beers and music after a long day of training.
  • Moorhead – Twin sister city of the motherland, located in MN.
  • Knowledgebase – As it sounds. Where you can search for help with GP (errors, how to, etc) without having to pay more than your enhancement fee.

Acronyms

  • MBS – Microsoft Business Solutions
  • GP – Great Plains
  • AX - Axapta
  • NAV - Navision
  • SL - Solomon
  • CRM – Customer Relationship Management
  • SPLA – Service Provider License Agreement. Kind of like renting Dynamics instead of owning.
  • ODBC – Open Database Connection. Used to connect GP to SQL server.
  • MCP – Microsoft Certified Professional
  • MCT – Microsoft Certified Trainer
  • MVP – Most Valuable Professional
  • FA – Fixed Assets
  • PM – Payables Management
  • RM – Receivables Management
  • SOP – Sales order processing
  • POP – Purchase order processing
  • IM – Integration manager. Don’t confuse with the other IM, Instant messenger
  • AA – Most long time GP consultants need to attend an AA meeting but in GP terms it refers to Analytical Accounting
  • SAAS – Software as a Service. AKA – Hosting Dynamics
  • ASP – Application Service Provider. See RASP for more info.
  • SSRS- SQL Server Reporting Services.
  • BRL – Business Ready Licensing
  • VAR – Value Added Reseller of Dynamics application
  • FRx – Financial Reporting Extender. General ledger reporting tool used to create financials. Here’s a nice overview. Here’s a blog dedicated to FRx Buzz.
  • AFA – Advanced Financial Analysis. Crappy out of the box financial reporting tool.
  • SQL – Structured Query Language. Pronounced Sequel. Database management system Dynamics uses
  • MSDE – Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Edition. Watered down version of full blown SQL.
  • VBA - Visual Basic for Applications
  • IAP – International Allied Partners, a.k.a. former Great Plains ISVs/wholesale distributors in other countries.
  • CIS – Certified Installation Specialist conference, now rebranded as Technical Airlift.
  • CSE – Dexterity Certified Systems Engineer, no longer a certification, but still looks good on resumes.
  • CID – Dexterity Certified Integration Developer, no longer a certification, but still looks good on resumes.
  • NDSU vs UND – The biggest game of the year in the motherland, town shuts down for the game.

Famous Dynamics People

Famous Dynamics Bloggers

– See Other Dynamics Blogger Links on the RBS Homepage

Dynamics Great Plains Terms

  • DexterityProgramming language Dynamics GP was written in
  • Post through/post to general ledger – Setting in posting setup that controls where a batch will be posted to. Posting from a submodule can automatically update the GL or be stopped at the GL to be reviewed before updating the GL.
  • Report Writer – Reporting tool used in GP to do all reports such as trial balance, checks, invoices, inventory reports etc.
  • access – Often used password for sa and system user. If in doubt try access. Not as frequently used as it used to be.
  • Smartlist – Query tool in GP that exports data to excel
  • SA password – System administrator password for SQL. All powerful user that can do anything in the system. Needed to add/delete users, set company access unless you do as Mariano Gomez suggests in his blog.
  • System Password – password needed in GP to access system related settings
  • Dynamics utilities- application that updates GP forms and reports, synchronizes accounting framework, adds new companies, turns off SOP warning messages.
  • RDPRemote Desktop Protocol. Can connect to another workstation or server using start>>programs>>accessories>>communication>>Remote Desktop connection
  • Citrix Remote access software often used to host Dynamics
  • Terminal ServerAnother way to host or access GP
  • Local Client – Local install of Dynamics on a workstation
  • Reports.dic – File that contains all the modified reports for your system
  • Forms.dic – File that contains all the modified forms for your system.
  • Dynamics.set – Tells you what products are installed and gives the path for all the .dic files in the system.
  • Dynutils.set – Same as dynamics.set but used for Dynamics Utilities
  • Dex.ini – Initialization File for Dynamics GP. Contains setup and operating information such as print dialog, account synchronization etc.
  • Dexsql.log (step 3 on page)– First file MBS support people ask you to send when they have no clue as to the resolution of the issue. Can grow very rapidly so you want to turn this off after you are done with it.
  • Chunk – Compiled Dexterity code
  • Dictionary – Working product with or without source code, usually built in Dexterity.
  • DexUtils – Catchy name used by Dex developers to refer to the Dexterity Utilities application. Word is in danger of extintion.
  • DynUtils – Catchy name used by GP users and consultants to refer to the Dynamics Utilities. Heck no! Still alive and kicking as a word.
  • Sysdata – Default folder that holds all modified reports for FRx. Location all FRx stations point to so they see the same information. Holds Security, registration information, GL index files in this location.
  • .G32 – FRx GL index file. If FRx is acting weird delete files that end with .G32 when everyone is out of FRx. First troubleshooting step.
  • .TDB – Export file of FRx reports
  • Spec Set – Actual file that contains all FRx rows, columns, trees, and catalogs.
  • .LDB – Lock file for FRx. Delete if you get stuck in FRx. Make sure everyone is out of FRx when you delete these files.

Please let me know of other terms I have missed. I’m sure I’m not the only Dynamics-Geekyease fluent person out there.

The list grows, thanks Mariano for contributing more DSL terms.

6 Responses to “Dynamics as a Second Language”

  • Anonymous:

    “Access – Default password for sa and system user. If in doubt try access. Not as frequently used as it used to be.”

    There is no default password for ‘sa’ or ever was. The ‘sa’ user didn’t exist under ISAM so no legacy issues there. The only password for sa is whatever the user chose when they installed SQL.

    If I go back to the old versions, it might be that we set LESSONUSER1 and LESSONUSER2 to have access as the password but I honestly don’t recall. And the system password never defaulted to access, the user always chose that.

    patrick
    dexterity developer support

  • In the good old days the password “access” was used by almost everyone I knew for every client we have. ha. It was a standard joke when trying to get into GP or the system setting to say “have you tried access”, meaning if it’s not that I don’t know what it is. We still have some clients that have that as their SA and system password which makes it easy for me to remember.

    Forgive my dry sense of humor. This Dynamics as a second language terminology is probably only funny to me.

  • Doug,

    It is definitely not just you. :-) And thank you very much for the shout-out!

    -Victoria

  • Anonymous:

    Great Post! Definately funny to those who work with it every day!

    There is one term that comes to mind that can be added:

    It is used to describe the feeling one has when migrating data from Quickbooks…

    Four letters, starts with…

    Well, maybe not for this blog!

  • Mark:

    “He’s shorter than I thought he’d be” you left out “but better looking in person.”

    Nice post, made me laugh!

    Mark

  • Doug,

    You have become quite the amuser now, ah? Other terms and acronyms that come to mind:

    VBA – Visual Basic for Applications

    IAP – International Allied Partners, a.k.a. former Great Plains ISVs/wholesale distributors in other countries.

    Chunk – Compiled Dexterity code

    Dictionary – Working product with or without source code, usually built in Dexterity.

    DexUtils – Catchy name used by Dex developers to refer to the Dexterity Utilities application. Word is in danger of extintion.

    DynUtils – Catchy name used by GP users and consultants to refer to the Dynamics Utilities. Heck no! Still alive and kicking as a word.

    CIS – Certified Installation Specialist conference, now rebranded as Technical Airlift.

    CSE – Dexterity Certified Systems Engineer, no longer a certification, but still looks good on resumes.

    CID – Dexterity Certified Integration Developer, no longer a certification, but still looks good on resumes.

    Moorhead – Twin sister city of the motherland, located in MN.

    NDSU vs UND – The biggest game of the year in the motherland, town shuts down for the game.

    “Go Bisons!” – Frenetic chant by inhabitants of the motherland during NDSU vs UND, usually followed by lots of beers.

    “Old Broadway” – (O.B.) Establishment frequented by Microsoft international visitors. Usually the place where people meet for (home brewed) beers and music after a long day of training.

    If I remember others I will post back :-) )

    MG.-
    Mariano Gomez, MIS
    Maximum Global Business, LLC
    http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com

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