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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Microsoft MVP Award, and a big loss in the Dynamics GP World.

Got the good news yesterday that I was re-awarded as a Microsoft MVP for 2014, 4th year in a row. 

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2014 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Dynamics GP technical communities during the past year.

This is something I cherish a lot, most importantly, because I get to be part of a great group of incredible MVPs.   I also really value getting to work with Microsoft closely on what’s coming next.

At the same moment also got some very sad news – a Superstar in the Microsoft Dynamics GP world – Richard Whaley passed away yesterday. An author of over 10 books, a kind and helpful person, he will be sorely missed.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Dynamics GP 2013 R2 Released–Download Links

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Product Download Page  - https://mbs.microsoft.com/customersource/northamerica/GP/downloads/service-packs/MDGP2013_Release_Download 

The Inside GP blog has been covering the new features for quite a while now, and I highly recommend checking it out - Inside Microsoft Dynamics GP .

Siva has more details and lots of resources - Dynamics GP 2013 R2–Released Today!! 

More Information

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Wennsoft Compatibility with GP 2013 R2

This is true as of May 1, 2014

WennSoft Signature Non-Compatibility Notice: 

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2 and Microsoft SQL Server 2014

Microsoft has announced the following new releases:

· Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2 - coming in May 2014

· SQL Server 2014 - available since April 1, 2014

o GP 2013 R2 will be compatible with SQL 2014 at release in May

o GP 2010 will not be made compatible with SQL Server 2014

WennSoft Signature is NOT compatible with GP 2013 R2 or SQL Server 2014 at this time.  Please do not download the above new versions from Microsoft until we announce compatibility with our current release, Signature 2013.  Please note that compatibility with GP 2013 R2 and SQL Server 2014 will not be tested against earlier releases of Signature.  

Monday, March 31, 2014

Microsoft Dynamics MVPs on Excel

MVPs Mark Polino, Belinda Allen along with Jared Hall are showing some of their Excel magic this Friday 2 PM EDT. Attend this event, ask them anything, and get ready to be impressed. http://msdynamicsworld.com/event/excel-hangout

Monday, March 24, 2014

Dynamics GP vs. Netsuite (lies make my blood boil)

I have been seeing quite a few postings from Netsuite regarding "Webinar to Spotlight Why Microsoft Dynamics GP Customers Move to NetSuite Cloud"

They claim "Customers of Microsoft Dynamics GP confront the challenge of operating a pre-Internet solution built based on antiquated client-server architecture, meaning the software can't capitalize on the economies of scale of the cloud.  The "version lock" of on-premise software leaves customers waiting for infrequent product updates that require re-testing of all customizations and hardware upgrades, whereas NetSuite issues two major upgrades per year and configurations and customizations carry forward automatically with no need for hardware."

There are so many bold faced lies in there, that it makes my blood boil.

  • Dynamics GP has been available on the cloud as long as the cloud has been around. Netsuite offers only one option with their cloud deployment – “host with us”. Dynamics GP has support multiple deployment options – hosted, and on premise. With hosted, you have the option to host on tradition IT infrastructure, or on Azure (Microsoft Cloud Platform). All the options are rock solid, and offer the users complete control. You can move from one option to another at any time.
  • There are no infrequent updates with GP. Since 2010, here are the big releases – GP 2010 (May 2010) , GP2010 R2 (May 2011), Multiple Service Packs, GP 2013 (Dec 2012). GP 2013 R2, and GP 2015 are due for release this year. The MSDYNGP development team has adopted a 6 monthly release cycle

Netsuite just posted $70.4 million dollar loss last year. Multiple independent experts have estimated how NetSuite looses customers at the rate of around 40% per year. They have a history of negative marketing – which possibly gets them some customers in the short run. However, if one in 3 customers is leaving the software after one year, somebody is loosing out. Most often that’s the customer.

There are multiple comparisons of Dynamics GP vs Netsuite, and I especially like this series posted last year -

Friday, March 21, 2014

Dynamics GP Image in Azure VM Gallery

So its a Friday evening, and here I am trying to improve my personal record for setting up GP on Azure. I go into Azure Gallery, and what do I see – “Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Developer image”!

How cool is this ? I can now pop up new builds with GP in a heartbeat. Use them for a few days and dispose them. All from my tiny notebook!

Provisioning the Virtual Machine took around 10 minutes, and I was logging into GP in another 5 minutes. Brilliant Microsoft!

Time to play  the Pointer Sisters – “I’m so excited” 

The Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Developer image is an offering exclusive to MSDN subscribers. The image includes a pre-configured environment for building integrations and customizations for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013. The image includes the same software as the Visual Studio Premium 2013 gallery image. In addition, it has the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 software components, including Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics GP SDK, Dexterity for Microsoft Dynamics GP, and Visual Studio Tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP. The image also contains configuration scripts for installing Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client and Web Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP. Refer to the "Getting started with the Microsoft Dynamics GP Developer Image" link on the desktop for additional information.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Dynamics GP vs. AX on MSDynamicsWorld

My article - Microsoft Dynamics AX or GP: Understanding the fundamental differences is up on MSDynamicsWorld. This is a topic that comes up for discussion in my company (which resells both GP, and AX), as well as prospects. Would love to hear your inputs on this as well.