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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Dynamics GP 2015 - Workflow 2.0 Video

There’s an excellent new video on GP 2015 Workflow now out. This is my #1 favourite new feature in GP 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHpXfV_ie5k&feature=youtu.be

Workflow 2.0 Includes approvals for -

  • Financial: GL Batch Approval
  • Purchasing: Payables Batch Approval, Vendor Approval
  • Sales: Receivables Batch Approval
  • Payroll: Employee Skills Approval, Direct Deposit Approval, Employee Profile Approval, W4 Approval
  • Project: Expense Report Approval

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Windows 10 will be a free upgrade from Windows 7/Windows 8/8.1 for a full year

The Windows  Blog has just announced that - “a free upgrade for Windows 10 will be made available to customers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 who upgrade in the first year after launch”

The upgrade is permanent. You have a year from release to get it.

Other notable news -

“Wow, an augmented virtual reality headset from Microsoft? Is this Oculus? Or Google Glass? It's something else. It's clear so you see the projected images as if they are in front of you. It's not a tiny screen like Glass or a screen that blinds/immerses you like Oculus”

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With these amazing changes, I agree with Scott’s assessment that Microsoft is working toward’s Satya’s vision -

"We want to move from people needing Windows, to choosing Windows and loving Windows. That is our bold goal with Windows." - Satya Nadella

Monday, January 12, 2015

Free Microsoft Azure Session–Jan 30

Microsoft is organizing a host of sessions all over Australia. I am doing a presentation on Azure Machine Learning inspired by Belinda. Register, and see if you can make it. This is probably my #1 favourite thing from 2014, and I hope you guys will enjoy it as well.

Register here - https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032610280&Culture=en-AU&community=0

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/