Thursday, February 12, 2015

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 Identity Management

Hi everyone! It's been hectic around here with a few projects going live in these days, in addition to preparations for Convergence 2015 here in Atlanta.

I wanted to draw your attention to two videos currently posted on the Microsoft Dynamics YouTube channel, related to the Identity Management feature.

Identity Management was introduced with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2, so is probably good to go back and review the original feature design goal with Tara Higgins with the Partner Technical Consulting team.



With Dynamics GP 2015, the feature was extended to cover authentication with organizational accounts, which provides single sign-on capabilities for Microsoft Azure AD accounts. Identity Management for organizational accounts is a web client feature only. Take a look at this video by my buddy Jason Lech with the Escalation Engineering team.



My goal is to release a video showing a real life example on how to set this up. So stay tuned.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Intelligent Partnerships, LLC
http://www.intelligentpartnerships.com/

Monday, February 2, 2015

Microsoft Super Bowl XLIX Commercials: #Empowering

Super Bowl XLIX is now over and congratulations are in order for the now 4-time champion, the New England Patriots organization led by head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. I must also extend congrats to the Seattle Seahawks who put up quite the fight until the end, and simply could not complete the rare feat of a back-to-back championship.

You can catch the game highlights below:



And speaking of winners, how about those touchy Microsoft #Empowering Super Bowl commercials (remember Super Bowl XLVIII ones?) Microsoft came up with two real life examples showing where their technology is being applied to improve the lives of people. You be the judge of these two ads.

Braylon O'Neill's story


Microsoft Super Bowl Commercial 2015: Braylon O'Neill   

Braylon was born with a strong sense of determination. He was also born without the two bones that make up the lower leg: the tibia and the fibula.

At just 11 months old, Braylon was fitted with his first prosthesis. His doctors use technology to track his gait mechanics and make adjustments that maximize his strength and performance. Braylon is now an unstoppable speed demon – in races with CAF (Challenged Athletes Foundation) he has taken home medals and inspires others to reach beyond their limits

Estella Pyfrom's story


Microsoft Super Bowl Commercial 2015: Estella’s Brilliant Bus

Estella Pyfrom could have chosen to enjoy a nice quiet retirement. Instead, she had an idea that would change her life and the lives of thousands of families.

At the age of 71, Estella decided to spend her life savings and build a bus to bring technology to underserved communities. Today, Estella's Brilliant Bus has helped more than 60,000 children gain access to technology and envision a bigger, brighter future for themselves.

Click to find out more about Microsoft #Empowering. Catch more Super Bowl XLIX videos on the NFL's YouTube Channel.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Intelligent Partnerships, LLC
http://www.intelligentpartnerships.com/

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Microsoft @HoloLens - The stuff of science fiction

I usually don't deviate much off the topic of Microsoft Dynamics GP, but this new piece of Microsoft technology is certainly a force to be reckoned with and worth a note. If this thing works as advertised, pretty soon your interaction with the world around will be turned upside down, whether you are a gamer, a designer, an engineer, or who knows. Enjoy the videos and let me know what you think. Do you see this being used with Dynamics GP in the feature?



The folks over at C|Net decided to take it a bit further and create a complete holo-experience. Now, this stuff is really cool.



Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Intelligent Partnerships, LLC
http://www.intelligentpartnerships.com/

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Welcome to the Microsoft Dynamics GP Engineering Team blog


Now, here's something you don't see every day: in the trench software development and testing engineers having time to write anything other than code. Well, the Microsoft Dynamics GP Engineering Team (consisting of the Development Engineering and Testing teams) have decided to break their 'silence' (so to speak) to pick up their digital pens and deliver some awesome content.

From this group you can expect content around the inner works of Service Based Architecture, Workflow and myriads of other engineering topics.

If you are an avid Microsoft Dynamics GP development engineer, a Microsoft Dynamics GP ISV, a technical consultant looking to propel your knowledge to new heights, then this new resource is for you! Expect coverage from folks like Alice Newsam, Rob Anderson, Michael Hammond, Chris Rudolph, Yuri Mikeev and others.

Below please find the link to the Dynamics GP Engineering Team Blog:

Dynamics GP Engineering Team Blog

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Intelligent Partnerships, LLC
http://www.intelligentpartnerships.com/

Disclaimer: the above banner is not an official Microsoft or Microsoft Dynamics GP Engineering Team logo and was created solely for the purpose of bringing attention to the team's new Community site.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Third reason to attend #CONV15: @dgpblogster and @WinthropDC


Wow! As if having Satya Nadella and OneRepublic as a 1-2 punch combination reason for attending Convergence 2015 in Atlanta, Microsoft has now decided to amp up the magic by inviting no other than the Dynamic Duo of presentations: David Musgrave and Mariano Gomez (that would be me!).

Mariano Gomez and David Musgrave
Inside joke: in case you can't tell us apart, I'm the taller one and David is the shorter one

Realizing no event is complete without a formidable duo of presenters, Microsoft has reached out to us -- as the famous LeBron James once said, "Not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5...", but 6 times now to come and help to make this one of the biggest customer events ever.

David and I will be delivering a blockbuster session, CS15G024: Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 customization which will feature tips and techniques we've learned for developing Dexterity and Visual Studio Tools customizations for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015. And yes, that includes .NET interoperability and Dexterity Services.

You know we are fun! So why not pop into our session? Just come have a blast and hopefully we can show you something new. No, no Visual Basic for Application (VBA) this time. In fact, we will even show you how to convert your Modifier with VBA customizations which will make you the talk of the nation.

Warning: this will not be a beginner's session, but it doesn't mean you can't come to it and get an appetite for what you can do when you reach the next level. Just don't give us a bad grade if something flies by you :-)

So what do you need to do? Well, for starters, complete your Convergence 2015 registration. If you register and come to our session we may even take a picture with you and make you famous. All kidding aside, we hope to see you in Atlanta.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Intelligent Partnerships, LLC
http://www.intelligentpartnerships.com/

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

SOP Quick Print feature does not work when window ribbons are enabled

Happy New Year!! Hope all of you had a great time with family and friends and that you are back getting used to the daily grind once more.

Today, I want to kick off the year with an issue in Sales Transaction Entry window related to the cool ribbons implemented since Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2. By now, you are probably getting used to the absolutely gorgeous user interface which features Microsoft Office style ribbons on every window. Furthermore, you probably already know that the use of such ribbons is actually customizable and in many ways optional - albeit being the default configuration - as described by fellow Microsoft Dynamics GP MVP, Leslie Vail in her article GP 2013 R2 Ribbons. As it turns out, there's a Dex.ini switch, EnableWCRibbons=FALSE, that controls whether ribbons are enabled within Microsoft Dynamics GP or not. When ribbons are enabled, users can further customize the appearance of the action pane or return to the traditional menu bar for each window.


User Preferences window

Yesteryear (2009), I wrote an article talking about The wonders of CTRL+Q: saving and printing SOP documents in one step and how the Quick Print feature made life easier to the poor souls out there who needed a quick shortcut to printing SOP documents from the Sales Transaction Entry window. In that article I detailed the mechanics behind the feature, written by my good friend David Musgrave.

As fortune would have it, when ribbons are enabled and you are either using the Action Pane or the Action Pane Strip layouts, the Quick Print feature does not work. However, if the User Preference is returned to Menu Bar (you will need to exit Dynamics GP and re-launch for the changes to take effect), the Quick Print option (and CTRL+Q keyboard combination) works just fine.

While clearly an inconvenience, this can hardly be labeled a bug since the feature is still present within the application when the Window Command Display setting is set to Menu Bar as part of the user preferences. It would be nice, however, to have this fixed for Dynamics GP in desktop client mode. I can see how this may or may not work under web client mode as the browser keyboard shortcut combinations take precedence over the application's shortcuts.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Intelligent Partnerships, LLC
http://www.intelligentpartnerships.com/

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Dynamics GP Blogster Best Articles of 2014

How about this 2014 year, ah? Two major releases in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2 only to top off the year with the recent release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015. More than 30 new features in 2013 R2 (over 150 if you include those released in GP 2013 RTM) and now over 120 new features in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015, including the cornerstone .NET interoperability and Service Based Architecture components, it's no wonder why the Microsoft Dynamics GP Product Management and Product Development teams deserve a massive showing of the hands on this one! Congratulations team on a job well done.

Let's not forget about the events either: the wildly successful Microsoft Convergence 2014 Atlanta, the hugely concurred GPUG Summit 2014 St. Louis, and what's got to be the most anticipated partner event since the days of Stampede, reIMAGINE 2014 in Fargo. All these events drove the vision of t

Travel was also off the chain for me: Johannesburg, South Africa; St. Louis, Missouri; Fargo, North Dakota; Boston, Massachusetts; Las Vegas, Nevada; Green Bay, Michigan; Kansas City, Missouri; Shreveport, Louisiana; and the list goes on! Over 70,000 miles of airline travel, 100+ nights of hotel lodging, and tons of driving miles, ah!... and the ALS ice bucket challenge in between.

Nonetheless, every year I try to bring interesting topics to the blog, an insight into the events I attend, and definitely, those troubleshooting and development articles that are life savers when you need them most. So without further due, here's a sample of some of the best articles you liked throughout the year (in no particular order)


No.
Article
1Word Templates: We can't open template because we found a problem with its contents. Just recently I was working on a Sales Invoice Word Template customization for a customer and ran into a strange issue when attempting to print a batch of invoices for customers assigned to this template... Read more.
2Web Client Wednesday - You receive ArgumentNull_Generic exception when clicking an option on the Navigation Bar. In good measure, here at Intelligent Partnerships we eat our own dog food. As of January 1, 2014 we completed our internal rollout of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and web... Read more.
3Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Virtual Machine image from the Windows Azure Gallery.
In my previous article, Part 1 of the series, I talked about provisioning a Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 development environment from the Windows Azure gallery.  If you are already an MSDN subscriber and... Read more.
4Preventing Visual Studio Tools customization processes from being terminated by Microsoft Dynamics GP. Just recently I ran into a case on the Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner Forum where the ISV developer was dealing with a potentially long standing process to be executed from... Read more.
5Working with the Dex.ini Settings in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013. Dex.ini settings have always existed to provide developers and end-users with ways to set a number of preferences for their Microsoft Dynamics GP application without the need of additional development or customizations... Read more.
6Using Microsoft Dynamics GP Business Intelligence deployment utility to deploy custom SSRS reports. In the previous installment, I outlined a technique to deploy your custom SQL Reporting Services reports using the standard Business Intelligence deployment utility provided by Microsoft... Read more.
7Deploying Business Analyzer Companion App Services on Windows Azure Service Bus. If you are not using Business Analyzer today, shame on you. Last year sometimes I wrote a small article on how to deploy the Business Analyzer Windows 8 application on a personal laptop, which is typically... Read more.
8Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 Developer's Preview: .NET Framework Interoperability - Part 3. In part 2 of the series, I delivered a brief primer on the service architecture in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 and how you are able to consume services natively created with Dexterity. There are two types... Read more.
9Working with Dex.ini Settings to customize the Microsoft Dynamics GP Connect gadget. Have you ever wanted to wake up with The Dynamics GP Blogster page as the centerpiece of your Microsoft Dynamics GP application homepage? Or how about your favorite online news outlet? What if you...Read more.
10Microsoft Dynamics GP backups with Windows Azure Blob Storage Service - Follow up. As a follow up to my post yesterday (see Microsoft Dynamics GP backups with Windows Azure Blob Storage Service), an issue has been identified with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 running on SQL Server 2014...Read more.


2015 is sure to be a very exciting year for the Dynamics GP community. Right off the bat I can think of Convergence 2015 in Atlanta, GPUG Summit in Tahoe-Reno, NV, reIMAGINE in Fargo, ND, the upcoming release of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 R2 with another iteration, Dynamics GP 2015 R3, close to the end of 2015. So lots and lots to talk about.

Personally, I start the year with a business trip to Ireland, I already have commitments with Dynamic Partner Connections, and tons of webinars in conjunction with GPUG. So please stay tune to hear from those.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Intelligent Partnerships, LLC
http://www.intelligentpartnerships.com/

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas to the entire Microsoft Dynamics Community!

As many of you prepare to celebrate these Holidays in company of your loved ones, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you the best on behalf of my family. Whether this year has been good, bad or indifferent to you, embrace the ones around you and take comfort in knowing that you are in the company of the people you care about and who care about you.


Thanks for all the great comments posted throughout the year and the support you have shown to The Dynamics GP Blogster throughout all the different social outlets you follow me on. It keeps me going and working to bring you the some of the best content you will find about all things Dynamics GP: the events, the technical articles, the series, and much more.

You can always count on 2015 bringing new and exciting articles with innovative approaches for using Microsoft Dynamics GP and getting the best out of your investment.

I leave you now with Ms. Mariah Carey and Michael Bublé performing one of the best Christmas songs of our generation.



Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
IntellPartners, LLC
http://www.IntellPartners.com/

Monday, December 22, 2014

Second reason to attend Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2015: OneRepublic



If you enjoyed the concert last year with Fun (see Microsoft Dynamics Convergence Atlanta 2014 - Day 3) you will be more than happy to know that OneRepublic -- not a typo -- has accepted Microsoft's invitation to entertain the attending Convergence 2015 crowd.  

OneRepublic - From left to right: Eddie Fisher, Zack Filkins, Ryan Tedder, Brent Kutzle, and Drew Brown

OneRepublic is an American pop rock band formed in 2002 by Ryan Tedder and Zack Filkins. Originally signed with Velvet Hammer, an outfit under the Columbia Records umbrella, they were dropped 2 months before the debut of their first album.

They successfully released their debut set Dreaming Out Loud in 2007. The album included the smash single “Apologize,” mixed by Timbaland, which shattered digital sales and airplay records worldwide and received a Grammy nomination. The band’s sophomore album, 2009’s Waking Up, produced three singles: “All the Right Moves,” “Secrets” and “Good Life.” OneRepublic released their third studio album, Native, in March 2013 where it debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The set includes hits “If I Lose Myself,” “Feel Again,” “Counting Stars,” “Love Runs Out” and “I Lived.” OneRepublic spent most of 2014 on the road headlining their Native Summer Tour and touring Europe.

This is an inside look at Native Summer Tour.





So, what are you waiting on? Register now for Convergence 2015 and come enjoy a night out with one of today's hottest bands.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Intelligent Partnerships, LLC
http://www.intelligentpartnerships.com/

Thursday, December 18, 2014

First reason to attend Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2015: Satya Nadella



It's that time of the year again. While we prepare to celebrate the holidays, be it Christmas, Hanukkah, Milad un Nabi, or simply enjoy a good time off with family and friends, it is also time to begin thinking about 2015.

The next major event in sight, of course, is Microsoft Dynamics Convergence 2015 Atlanta and who better to open the event that Microsoft's newly minted Chief Executive Officer, Satya Nadella.

Satya Nadella

Before being named CEO in February 2014, Nadella held leadership roles in both enterprise and consumer businesses across the company.

Joining Microsoft in 1992, he quickly became known as a leader who could span a breadth of technologies and businesses to transform some of Microsoft’s biggest product offerings.

Most recently, Nadella was executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group. In this role he led the transformation to the cloud infrastructure and services business, which outperformed the market and took share from competition. Previously, Nadella led R&D for the Online Services Division and was vice president of the Microsoft Business Division.

Before joining Microsoft, Nadella was a member of the technology staff at Sun Microsystems. Originally from Hyderabad, India, Nadella lives in Bellevue, Wash. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Mangalore University, a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. He is married and has three children.

Fun facts about Satya Nadella

1. The guy loves Cricket! He attributes his ability to work in a team and his team building spirit to the sport.

2. He is an avid computer-based training (CBT) student and does take online classes most every morning in a 15-minute window.

3. He's a family man at heart. He's been married for a little more than 22 years and has 3 kids.

4. Poetry is his thing. Likes American and Indian poetry.

5. He's just Microsoft's 3rd CEO, behind Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.

*Fun facts courtesy of IndiaTimes.


So, what are you waiting on? Register now for Convergence and come enjoy an opening keynote session that will also feature the one and only Kirill Tatarinov, Executive VP of the Microsoft Business Solutions Group who in his own style will sure make you excited about the future.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Intelligent Partnerships, LLC
http://www.intelligentpartnerships.com/