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“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
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.
Dynamics GP 2013 includes new functionality that allows you to create prepayments in accounts payable and assign them to specific purchase orders. You can easily do this from the Purchase Order Entry screen. You can enter a prepayment amount that you can then generate a check for using the regular computer check functionality in GP. Or you can create a manual check transaction that is associated with the purchase order.
Lorna Link at InterDyn BMI covers this topic in much more depth at the ERP Software blog, here: http://www.erpsoftwareblog.com/2012/10/gp-2013-new-feature-purchase-order-prepayments/
I created this short video to show this new functionality in action: http://youtu.be/RXB7-xmf_jo
I put together some videos showing some of the new functionality in Dynamics GP 2013. This playlist includes the current collection: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPx395HRNzZDrNBOoZuDX64tehFukqyOH
Included in this list:
- Multiple Selection of Serial Numbers
- Selecting Serial Numbers on Drop Ship Orders
- PO Tolerances
- Suggested Items
- Home Page Changes
- Consolidating Invoices
This is a handy enhancement that will speed up the selection of serial numbers in GP. Prior to GP 2013 you had to individually select serial numbers one at a time and insert them into the selected area on various screens in GP. In GP 2013 you can select ranges or several individual numbers at once and then insert them into the selected area.
This is an example of what available serial numbers look like, showing several selected at once:
This is a PowerPoint from Microsoft that explains this functionality: GP2013 FOD Multi-Select Serial Numbers
This is a quick video I created to show this in action.
This is a simple one, but one I like a lot. I used to feel apologetic when I demoed the Fixed Assets module; and when it came time to add a new fixed asset I would scroll to the last asset, and then increment the last asset number by 1 for the new asset.
Now the system does it for you. Just Select the option on the Fixed Asset Company Setup:
If you use the Advanced Distribution functionality in GP and run the Fulfillment Workflow component, you can combine numerous orders onto one invoice to your customer. This is handy if you receive many orders from your customers and they want all shipments for a given period of time, consolidated onto one invoice.
To use the this function you must catch all your Fulfillment Order Invoices just prior to the “Confirm Shipment” step in your workflow.
This is the screen from which you select the order shipments you want to consolidate:
Here is a Microsoft PowerPoint that explains this a bit: GP2013 FOD Consolidated Invoicing
Here is a quick video showing this in action.
Here are a couple of drawbacks:
- If you go past the “Confirm Shipment” step, too bad; you won’t be able to consolidate the orders
- This seems like an ideal function to include in the sales transaction list action pane; it’s not there
Dynamics GP 2013 includes enhanced functionality to more easily track serial and lot number items on drop ship orders. If you’re shipping orders from your vendors directly to your customers, this functionality allows you to capture the serial and lot numbers early in the process. This will improve the control and traceability of serialized and lot controlled items.
This is a PowerPoint from Microsoft on this functionality: GP2013 FOD – Track Serial Lot on Drop Ship
Here is a quick video that shows this in action.
One of Microsoft’s MVP’s, Jivtesh Singh, created a nice demo of the new web client available with Dynamics GP 2013. Take a look at it: http://youtu.be/BvLCE3ccwjU