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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Microsoft Starts Accepting Payments in Bitcoin

If you have been slow like me in getting in the Bitcoin bus – now might be the time starting learning about this new world. Its a little hard to get into, but the long term vision is fascinating. As someone who has spent so much money in bank fees for wire transfers, on top of currency conversion fees – I see the value in Bitcoin.

However, I was always sceptical if Bitcoin or any of the other CryptoCurrencies will survive in the long run. Looks like they will, and are just gaining wider acceptance. Microsoft has just started accepting it, Newegg accepts it, Dell accepts it, Expedia, and Google is working towards integrating it.

Starting Thursday in the U.S., by using BitPay, the world’s leading bitcoin payment processor, you can trade-in bitcoin – at current market value — and add it to your Microsoft account. Those funds can then be used to purchase content in the Windows Store, or in stores that house Xbox Games, Xbox Music or Xbox Video.

Steve Endow and Andrew Dean actually did a demo of accepting Bitcoin Integration with Dynamics GP at reImagine this year. Steve was kind enough to post the source code on his blog.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Dynamics GP 2015 is Out! What’s New ?

GP 2015 with the sweet new workflow, service based architecture and over 120 new features is now out! You can get it from PartnerSource from

If you are catching up with whats new in GP 2015, here are the 4 big rocks, in addition to the enhancements in major modules -

  • Service Based Architecture with REST API
  • Identity Management (Single sign on through integration with Microsoft Azure Active Directory to help users work seamlessly across Microsoft Dynamics GP, Office 365, and other cloud-based applications.)
  • Azure Procurement
  • Apps on multiple platforms

Microsoft has been running feature of the day posts for GP 2015 for a few weeks now. You can check out at http://community.dynamics.com/gp/b/gpteamblog/archive/tags/Feature+of+the+Day/default.aspx

David Musgrave as always has a roundup of all the GP 2015 posts - http://winthropdc.wordpress.com/2014/12/04/microsoft-dynamics-gp-2015-now-available-for-download/#more-376

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Free Voucher for Microsoft Azure or Office 365 Exam Usually $206

If you are missing the Dynamics GP exams, here’s some silver lining. Microsoft is offering free vouchers for the Azure, and Office 365 exams for the first 10000 people who sign up.

Visit http://borntolearn.mslearn.net/goodstuff/p/mcp.aspx to request an exam voucher

Schedule and take your exam by December, 31, 2014.

To earn Microsoft Certified Specialist in Azure, pass one or both of these exams:

70-532: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
70-533: Implementing Azure Infrastructure Solutions

To earn Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate in Office 365, pass both of these exams:

70-346: Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements
70-347: Enabling Office 365 Services

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Friday, October 3, 2014

New Book on Dynamics GP Web Client

A new book by fellow Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Ian Grieve is now out about the Web Client - Implementing the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client. I was fortunate enough to review the book as Ian was writing it.

Ian has created a great tool to supplement the ton of documentation available from Microsoft. His personal experiences, and easy to read instructions will make a web client install much easier than it actually is. If you don’t follow Ian’s blog – I highly recommend checking it out – http://www.azurecurve.co.uk/

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket challenge has helped raise $22.9 million, 12 times the amount raised last year according to the ALS Association.

I just completed the challenge, and the donation, and would encourage you support this cause as well. Support ALS here https://t.co/EnqNJUytbG

 

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

 

I’m nominating –

 

My top 3 favourite ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Videos

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dynamics GP ACA(Affordable Care Act) Solution

The ACA changes are almost here, and along with it additional reporting requirements. The US Small Business Administration has a lot of information available at http://www.sba.gov/healthcare

You would want to check out information relevant to the bracket you fit in -

A Microsoft Partner Lanac Technology has create a integrated solution to address this need http://info.lanactech.com/aca/

You can watch a Webcast to review what they have done at - http://mcgladrey.com/content/mcgladrey/en_US/events/microsoft-dynamics-gp-reporting-solutions-for-affordable-care-ac.html

In the new age of the Affordable Care Act, pressure to file payroll data accurately and confidently with the IRS is just one of the challenges for U.S. employers. Every organization doing business in the United States will have to digest the numerous and complex changes mandated for payroll reporting – and find a way to transform its information systems accordingly.

As a company that supports major users of Microsoft Dynamics GP’s Payroll module, LANAC Technology began in 2012 to pore over the Affordable Care Act's fine print for employers. Our clients asked that we:

  • find a way they could meet the reporting requirements of the ACA confidently
  • provide business intelligence to forecast each of their employees’ eligibility for employer-provided health insurance
  • accomplish this with minimal disruption to their current processes

We dissected the multitudes of employer directives in the Affordable Care Act and put our ace development team on the job of creating software that makes ACA compliance headache-free for Dynamics GP Payroll users. The result is a Dynamics-specific product that we call ACA Reporting for Microsoft Dynamics GP.

 

     

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Transform the Data Center, MVP Roadshow – Sydney

If you are looking at understanding the great options for reducing cost and complexity, as well as simplifying management with Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 – Microsoft has a great event this Friday (Aug 15) in Sydney.  

Registration: http://bit.ly/1mCESYr

This event is supported by MS Corp Cloud OS team, so there are gifts for all attendees and lunch is included as well.

Agenda:
09:00 - 09:30 (30m.) | Breakfast/Registration

09:30 - 10:00 (30m.) | Session I - Cloud OS Data Moment

10:00 - 10:05 (05m.) | Break

10:05 - 10:45 (40m.) | Session II – Windows Server 2003 Migration Final Part 1

10:45 – 10:50 (05m.) | Break

10:50 - 11:30 (40m.) | Session III – Windows Server 2003 Migration Final Part 2

11:30 - 11:40 (10m.) | Break

11:40 – 12:30 (50m.) | Session IV* -

             Option 1. Bye Bye Server 2003, hello 2012 R2 (Demo based)

             Option 2.  Bringing the Azure Experience to your Datacenter with Windows Azure Pack

*Please choose one option for Session IV when you register
Lunch & Closing