Wednesday, December 30, 2009

2010 US Payroll Tax Updates Round 1 now available

Microsoft has released the 2,010 Payroll Tax Updates - Round 1, available for download un CustomerSource and PartnerSource and has communicated that Round 2 will be out the week of January 18th to include changes to Rhode Island and EIC. As many of you have been sending comments and emails about Payroll Tax Updates and Year-End procedures, here is a compiled list of resources for both US and Canada.

Featured on this site

Payroll Year-End Close and W-2 Forms Supportability
US Payroll Tax Update Rounds*
2009 Payroll Tax Update for Microsoft Dynamics GP 8.0

* The following is the complete list of Payroll Tax Update rounds for 2009.




External resources
Version 9
CustomerSource/PartnerSource 2010 U.S. Payroll Tax Update for Microsoft Dynamics GP 9.0 (Round 1)
CustomerSource/PartnerSource 2009 U.S. Payroll Year End Update for Microsoft Dynamics GP 9.0
CustomerSource/PartnerSource 2009 Canadian Payroll Year End Update for Microsoft Dynamics GP 9.0

Version 10
CustomerSource/PartnerSource 2010 U.S. Payroll Tax Update for Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 (Round 1)
CustomerSource/PartnerSource 2009 U.S. Payroll Year End Update for Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0
CustomerSource/PartnerSource 2009 Canadian Payroll Year End Update for Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0

KB Articles US Payroll

KB Article 850663 - Year-end closing procedures for Microsoft Dynamics GP Payroll
KB Article 856808 - How to process a test "payroll year-end" close by using live payroll data in Microsoft Dynamics GP
KB Article 954154 - Information about the tax fields and year-end update fields in Payroll in Microsoft Dynamics GP

KB Articles Canadian Payroll

KB Article 861806 - Year-end closing procedures for the Canadian Payroll module in Microsoft Dynamics GP

Please comment back with your own tips or issues found during the closing process. Finally, backup, backup, and backup at each step of the way.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MIS, MCP, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com/

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Dynamics GP Blogster's best articles of 2009

Another years is gone by and as it's customary around the last days of the year the media always seems to have some list with "The best this" or "The best that" of the outgoing year. I figured I won't stay behind and, while by no stretch of the imagination I am some media conglomerate, I would join in with the best articles or series of articles published on this site during the 2009 year. Hope you enjoy the selection and chime in with the ones you believe were the best. So let's get the ball rolling!

1. Sending emails with Collaboration Data Objects (CDO) and Dexterity (Jan 19). This article became a hit with the Dynamics GP development community and formed the base for the SMTP email capabilities built into the Support Debugging Tool.

2. Displaying Hijri dates in Microsoft Dynamics GP (Feb 19). What was once thought impossible -- displaying Hijri dates -- was accomplished with a couple lines of code. Now the Dynamics GP community in the Middle East is able to accomodate this simple script and use it on some of their reports.

3. Fargo Flooding (March series). Not every article was Dynamics GP technical or functional in nature. Many of us were very concerned about the well being of our friends in the plains and I believe I was able to communicate a bit of this during those tough times with the invaluable help of my friend Tom Irsfeld.

4. Modifier with VBA Workshop (March series). I believe this was the first time anyone has ever used a blog to deliver training content like this. Nonetheless, many of you had rave reviews about this workshop and expressed wanting to see more content like this delivered.

5. Are you a "Musgravion" follower? (Apr 17). Simple, if your not then we have a problem :-)

6. Is there a maximum number of lines that can be inserted in any given scrolling window? (May 11). What started as a brain teaser was quickly embraced by many of you as a good article that clearly explained the role of line sequence numbers in scrolling window.

7. How does Check Links work? (Jun 18). This article was created based on numerous newsgroup questions asking about Microsoft Dynamics GP maintenance procedures and why check links removed records in the process.

8. Microsoft Dynamics GP in Russian - Microsoft Dynamics Г.П. на русском языке (Jul 28). Controversy? Excitement? You choose, but this article caught the attention of my Eastern European friends and everyone who was interested in knowing if it was even possible to see a Cyrilic version of GP. Being this a pet project, it has been placed on hold indefinitely.

9. Microsoft Dynamics GP v10 and supported virtualization platforms (Sep 21). The topic of virtualization eluded the Community for a while and I tried to provide some info and source where you could go for platform compatibility with Microsoft Dynamics GP. A start nonetheless!

10. Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2009 (Nov series). I really enjoyed my time at the Conference and well, most of you are still talking about it so here it is again.

I hope you enjoyed the selection and if you think I missed something just chime in with some of your best articles.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com/

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanzaa! Happy Al-Hijira!

Best wishes throughout the Holiday season in company of your friends and family from The Dynamics GP Blogster. Once again, thanks for all your support and comments throughout the year and for confirming what I always knew: the more information you have, the better you can perform your job. That's the objective of this blog and the reason I strive to deliver a variety of information and topics always revolving around Dynamics GP.

2010 will sure bring exciting stuff! We have the long awaited GP "11" release coming out, the new Microsoft Office 2010, incredible features being delivered in Microsoft SharePoint 2010, the new and spectacular, feature-rich Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, the promising Power Pivot, and last but not lease, the new Microsoft SQL Server 2010.

To accompany this array of applications and tools, we have spectacular events like Convergence, right in my backyard here in Atlanta. In addition, and as most of you already know, my first book will also be available around the August 2010 timeframe.

As you can see, all this should keep this humble author busy just as much as it will keep you coming back for more. Don't forget to take advantage of other colleagues sites: MVP Mark Polino's DynamicAccounting, MVP Frank Hamelly's gp2TheMax, MVP Victoria Yudin's Ramblings and Musings, MVP Leslie Vail's Dynamics Confessor, David Musgrave's Developing for Dynamics GP, and the list goes on and on (see the left pane of this site).

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com/

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

New article on MSDynamicsWorld: "Putting to Rest Four Myths About Microsoft Dynamics GP Integration Manager"

Folks, this time I take a hard swing at four common myths around the *beloved* Integration Manager. I know there are a lot of mixed feelings out there when it comes to poor IM, but this tool has saved my *ss in more than one occasion and in this article I make a case for its use in serious mission critical application integrations.

So head over to MSDynamicsWorld and read up! After reading the article, I would like to get your comments and experiences with IM.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com/

Sunday, December 20, 2009

MSDynamicsWorld releases Top 10 Microsoft Dynamics Stories of 2009

Fresh out of the oven is MSDynamicsWorld's Top 10 Microsoft Dynamics Stories of 2009. I am honored to have one of the most read stories of this year with my article Four Microsoft Dynamics GP Project Team Blunders and How I Become a Hero. I have received numerous inquiries on the subject since the article was published and it's safe to say the Microsoft Dynamics ecosystem is always looking to maximize its implementation dollars, while making sure projects will be delivered on time.

Once again, thank you for your support and readership, and please drop me a comment letting me know what stories you would like me to cover in 2010.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com/

Hybrid - SOP Batch Splitting

Two weeks ago, I began working on a Microsoft CRM to Microsoft Dynamics GP integration project. Sales orders initiated in CRM and are transferred to GP once they are submitted in CRM. Once the orders got to GP they must be placed on automatic hold for document verification. However, once the hold was removed, the client wanted to be able to transfer all verified orders in bulk... so far good! The problem though was, when orders were transferred to invoices, the invoices remained mixed with the orders that did not get transferred in the same batch. This presented a control issue for the client as the staff performing the documentation is not the same staff transferring the orders.

Last year I posted the article Moving SOP Transactions from One Batch to Another. This article demonstrated a SQL script that would allow a database administrator to move SOP documents from one batch to another. The script in that article forms the basis for this customization. However, to make it more user friendly, I decided to provide the client with a way of running it from the Microsoft Dynamics GP interface by adding a Split button with Modifier to the SOP Batch Entry window. The following is a modified version of the SOP Batch Entry window with the Split button.


The Split button in turn, prompts the user for a new batch that will host the invoices. Upon entering the new batch number, the VBA script instantiates the UserInfo object to create an ADO connection. The connection executes a stored procedure to move the invoices into the batch entered by the user.


While the customization has been designed specifically to move invoices into a new batch, it can be adapted to move same SOP document types out of a batch containing other SOP document types.

Downloads

SOP Split Batch - Click here to download package file and SQL stored procedure.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com/

Thursday, December 17, 2009

My interview with DynamicsWorld



The good folks over at DynamicsWorld in UK has a post up interview with ... me! Please take some time to read up as I trace back to the roots of my career and a few comments about the Microsoft Dynamics ecosystem.


Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Payroll Year-End Close and W-2 Forms Supportability

Yep, it's that time of the year again! And no, I am not referring to Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, or 1st of Muharram, though I respect all these celebrations. I am referring to the not-so-celebrated Payroll year-end close and submissions of W-2s -- at least here in the United States.

So here are a few things to keep in mind for a successful Payroll year-end close and printing of W-2 forms:

1. Apply the 2009 US Payroll Year-End Update

Just don't do it by yourself! If you use Microsoft Dynamics GP v10.0 Extender, do not install the 2009 U.S Payroll Year End Update. If you use U.S. Payroll in addition to Extender and need the country code changes or the 1099-R Distribution code changes, please contact Microsoft Technical Support to assist you in installing the update. This should be a free support case.

If you use Web Services for Microsoft Dynamics GP v10.0, the latest hotfix for Web Services must be installed prior to installing the 2009 U.S Payroll Year End Update above. Click HERE to download the latest hotfix for Web Services.

If you use Olympic Project Cost with Microsoft Dynamics GP v10.0, click HERE to download version PC1002.07. This release must be installed prior to installing 10.0 SP 4 or any later patch release including the Year End Update.

Finally, please review all installation instructions carefully and backup all your databases, reports and forms dictionaries BEFORE applying any of these patches.

Payroll Year-End Update Links:

Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 - 2009 U.S. Payroll Year End Update MicrosoftDynamicsGP-KB975174-v10-ENU.msp (Includes Service Pack 4)

Microsoft Dynamics GP 9.0 - 2009 US Payroll Year-end MicrosoftDynamicsGP-KB975177-v9-ENU.msp (Includes Service Pack 4)

2. Note on W-2 Forms

For W-2 forms supportability Microsoft has only tested Deluxe forms. If you use or purchase any other forms, chances are YOU WILL NOT get support in case something does not fit correctly.

You can visit Deluxe's page at https://www.microsoftbusinesschecks.com/index.jsp. If you go to the link choose "Search by" and then choose Microsoft Dynamics. Choose GP version 10 (all should be the same) and choose Laser or Continuous and click continue.You can use this page to compare it to other forms as this page will contain forms that are compatible with Dynamics GP. Deluxe even has available 4-up forms compatible with GP, nonetheless, this is one of those where you would like to check with Microsoft before committing to a particular format

Happy Payroll Year-End Closing!

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com

Friday, December 11, 2009

Why my PO Number seems to skip randomly?

The opening goes something like this:



I upgraded from version X.XX [typically 7.x, 8.x] to Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 and now we are having a problem where the next PO number will sometimes jump back in sequence, often many numbers. What's happening to our PO Numbers?

In my previous article, Why does my next document number change randomly? I gave some insight into why Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 seems to randomly skip document numbers, sometimes backwards. Here is more information on PO Numbers and another method of preventing this behavior.

In Microsoft Dynamics GP 10.0 Purchase Order Processing module, it is possible that a user may have a purchase order number that is completely different from the next number found in the Purchase Order Processing Setup window. Although the next number for purchase orders is set up in the Purchase Order Processing Setup window, Microsoft Dynamics GP will look for unused PO numbers that precede that number. The system will be able to re-use a purchase order number in the following circumstances:

1. If you are not keeping purchase order history and void a purchase order.
2. If you are not keeping purchase order history and delete a purchase order.
3. If you are keeping purchase order history and remove historical purchase orders.

If PO Numbers lower than the one specified are still available, Microsoft Dynamics GP will use this PO Number instead of the one you have set up.

To resolve this, you can use the Minimum PO/Receipt Number utility from the Professional Services Tools Library (PSTL). This tool will allow you to prevent Purchase Order Processing from defaulting the PO Number or Receipt Number to a number that is previous to the currently set up next PO.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Technology Corner: Finding your way around Dynamics GP with Mentor

If you are an end user you probably already know that one of the most frustrating aspects of working with GP has to be navigating through the menu structure. Granted, improvements to the navigation bar introduced since version 9 have made things a lot easier. Nonetheless, remembering where to find an option that will take you to a specific window can be very challenging at times for both experienced and novice users. Also, what if the window you are trying to access is not a main window? What if you don't even have security to the window you are trying to access? What if all you know of the window is a portion of the name?

I have to say, I rarely get into blogging about specific ISV solutions, but I had a chance to play around with Mentor by Rockton Software. Mentor answers the questions above and some more about any window, whether in the Dynamics dictionary or any integrating or third party product and is able to provide the exact menu path to follow to access said window.

The Installation Process

I began by downloading Mentor from Rockton Software's website. After filling out a short registration the download process began. I extracted the downloaded zip file into my Microsoft Dynamics GP installation folder. After launching Dynamics GP, the standard dialog to acknowledge the new code was presented. Mentor is fully enabled for the Fabrikam company.

Upon accessing Fabrikam, the Mentor Setup window opened to begin the installation of the database objects. Clicking the Process button triggered the setup process.



After clicking the Yes button in the dialog window the installation process began. In addition to installing the database objects, Mentor collects information about the menu navigation for each window for all products installed on your system.

Using Mentor

Upon completing the installation you will see a new entry on your navigation menu.



By clicking on this entry you immediately gain access to the main Mentor window.



The window is pretty straight forward. I began by testing something pretty obvious. I typed Customer in the search bar. Mentor did exactly what I expected. It searched for all windows that had the word "Customer" in the title, finding 36 items in the process. In addition, Mentor presented all the navigation options for each window and provided visual cues for all windows that can only be opened from a main window.



Mentor is capable of presenting security information for each window displayed, but it also allows you to create shortcuts for these on the navigation bar and provides a quick way to establish the security tasks and roles associated to the window. Mentor is also able to establish whether you have access to a window or not.

Mentor also offers a sidekick called Inspector, which presents information about each individual field being navigated along with information on the tables associated to the form.



Mentor increases your productivity during the first weeks after going live with Dynamics GP and can even offer valuable information to experienced users. Hat tips to the folks at Rockton Software.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com

VST - Working with the Action Button in SOP

Last year in May, I worked on a number of VBA SOP customization upgrades from v9 to v10. As a result of the experiences I blogged about the one issue that I ran into in my article Upgrading SOP Entry VBA Customizations from Dynamics GP 9.0 to Dynamics GP 10.0. The main issue was the sudden switch from the individual push button controls to the new Action Button, which is a Dexterity Button Drop List control. Of course, this made the SOP Entry window interface a lot cleaner for v10, but brought its own challenges for developers.

SOP Entry window, GP 9.0


SOP Entry window, GP 10.0


While it is relatively feasible to work with the Action Button from VST, a few things need to be taken into account:

1) Unlike push button controls, button drop list controls do not expose Click Before Original and Click After Original events in Visual Studio. This is because the button drop list control has the menu items selection action to deal with.

2) As a result of the above, the button drop list change event will execute prior to the change event registered in VST, hence, there is a slight chance that certain actions like a clear window or restart form may prevent you from retrieving the option selected by the user in a timely manner.

3) Unfortunately, the only way to access the numeric value associated with an item occupying a specified position in the button drop list is by using passthrough sanScript with the Dynamics Continuum Integration Library. The Value property in VST will return the actual ordinal value of the item selected.

The following code illustrates one method, with a pitfall -- the Transfer action clears out the window before a value can be gathered for the user selection. If you have found a better method to access the Action Button from VST, I would like to hear about your solution.

GPAddIn.cs

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using Microsoft.Dexterity.Bridge;
using DynamicsAssembly = Microsoft.Dexterity.Applications;
using Microsoft.Dexterity.Applications.DynamicsDictionary;

namespace SOPActionButton
{
public class GPAddIn : IDexterityAddIn
{
// IDexterityAddIn interface

// setup all Action Button constants
const int ACTION_POST = 1;
const int ACTION_TRANSFER = 2;
const int ACTION_PURCHASE = 3;
const int ACTION_CONFIRMPICK = 4;
const int ACTION_CONFIRMPACK = 5;
const int ACTION_CONFIRMSHIP = 6;
const int ACTION_COPY = 7;
const int ACTION_DELETE = 8;
const int ACTION_VOID = 9;

SopEntryForm sopEntry;

public void Initialize()
{
sopEntry = DynamicsAssembly.Dynamics.Forms.SopEntry;
sopEntry.SopEntry.ActionButton.Change += new EventHandler(ActionButton_Change);

}

void ActionButton_Change(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
// define variables to use with Continuum Library
int compilerErrorCode;
string compilerErrorMsg;
string compilerCmd;

if ((sopEntry.SopEntry.SopNumber != "") && (sopEntry.SopEntry.ActionButton.Value != 0))
{

// create an instance of the Dynamics Application and clear the DDL
Dynamics.Application compilerApp = (Dynamics.Application)Activator.CreateInstance(Type.GetTypeFromProgID("Dynamics.Application"));

// fill the DDL with company name
compilerCmd = "'(L) LATAM LineItemSequence_Return' of window SOP_Entry of form SOP_Entry = itemdata('Action Button' of window SOP_Entry of form SOP_Entry, 'Action Button' of window SOP_Entry of form SOP_Entry);";

compilerApp.CurrentProductID = 0; //Dynamics
compilerErrorCode = compilerApp.ExecuteSanscript(compilerCmd, out compilerErrorMsg);

if (compilerErrorCode != 0)
{
MessageBox.Show(compilerErrorMsg);
}

MessageBox.Show(sopEntry.SopEntry.LocalLatamLineItemSequenceReturn.Value.ToString());
}
}
}
}

The above code requires adding a reference to the Dynamics Continuum Integration Library COM library. As a result, it is necessary to alias out the Microsoft.Dexterity.Applications namespace.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com/

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Meet Mohammad R. Daoud, Dynamics MVP from Amman, Jordan

Folks, it's real cool to be a part of the Microsoft Dynamics GP MVP family, but even more rewarding when you can follow the accomplishments of your colleagues who wear the same badge you do. Microsoft Feed recently featured MVP Mohammad Daoud from Amman, Jordan in an interview examining his personal and professional accomplishments and life as a Microsoft MVP.

Mohammad has been very involved in the Microsoft Dynamics GP community in the Middle East and can now be considered a veteran in the field. In reference to my opening statement for this article, Mohammad is the proud father of a baby boy, one of few born in what could be considered a Microsoft Dynamics GP Community Baby Boom 2009.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com/


Friday, December 4, 2009

New Article on MSDynamicsWorld.com: MVP Mark Polino alerts everyone on GP Alerts

"This disk will self destruct in 5 seconds"

As with the movies, MVP Mark Polino makes a theatrical appearance on MSDynamicsWorld showing Microsoft Dynamics GP alert mechanisms. He takes a quick run down through Reminders, SmartList Reminders, Business Alerts and SQL Server alerts. It's very easy to forget that Microsoft Dynamics GP offers a range of mechanisms to work proactively, instead of spending tons of hours at crunch time trying to figure out why AR does not tie with GL.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com/

Inventory BOM vs Manufacturing BOM

I salvaged this post from the Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner Forum comparing the features in Inventory BOM versus those in Manufacturing BOM. The props go out to Microsoft's Jim Shauer for the detailed explanation.

The core Bill of Materials module works closely with the Inventory subledger. You can define bills and assemble the bills in this module. This module works best for companies with a very simple assembly/production process where the finished good production is normally recorded after the fact.

The Manufacturing BOM module stores the definition of the BOMs. It does require the use of the Inventory subledger and you must use this module together with Manufacturing Order Processing. This Order Processing module is used to record the production of the finished goods. The Manufacturing BOM (together with Manufacturing Order Processing) provides more functionality related to the definition of the BOMs and the methods in which those finished goods can be produced. These modules also provide the ability to track labor costs.

Below is a more detailed explanation of the two modules.

GP (Core) Bill Of Materials features:

  • Does not Track Work in Progress (WIP) for Material, Labor and Machine Time
  • Ability to enter a design quantity on the Bill Of Materials (BOM) along with a standard quantity
  • Create a link to associate the lot and serial numbers of components with the lot and serial numbers of finished goods
  • Ability to keep historical information for BOM assemblies BOM types are limited to sales inventory or kits (phantoms)
  • Copy components from one Bill of Materials to another
  • Each line item entered on the BOM (components) can have an effective and obsolete date
  • Use substitute components during assembly quantity shortages
  • Lead times are not tracked Quantities can only be entered in Base Unit of Measure
  • Ability to override quantity shortages during assembly
  • User defined fields for the assembly document
  • Visual indicators for Serial\Lot tracked and Overrides
  • No Integration with Sales Order Processing or Purchase Order Processing
Manufacturing Bill Of Materials features:

  • Tracks Work in Progress (WIP) for Material, Labor and Machine time
  • Ability to enter a fixed quantity on the BOM along with a variable quantity
  • Create a link with the item on the BOM to a particular routing sequence
  • Ability to keep a revision level of all changes made on a BOM
  • Multiple BOM Types and categories (Manufacturing, Engineering, Archived, Configured and Super)
  • Maintain history of BOMs by using BOM Copy
  • Each line item entered on the BOM (components) has an effective in date and effective out date
  • Label a component as being an alternate part
  • Lead Times for components can be calculated by the date entered on the BOM
  • Quantities can be entered using the U of M schedule (doesn't require the use of BASE U of M)
  • Choose to have a lot tracked item pull the quantity from one single lot
  • User defined fields for the components on the BOM Visual indicators for BOM items (Alternates, Serial/Lot tracked, or Phantom)
  • Ability to automatically update changes to BOMs by using the BOM Mass Update feature
  • Ability to mark items as Floor stock; value of the item goes to an expense account during the posting of a Manufacturing Order Receipt
  • Ability to enter Reference Designators Position numbers

Hope you get the value in a short and detailed explanation about the two modules, but at the same time be able to articulate the obvious differences between the two.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com/

Friday, November 27, 2009

SQL - Retrieving the most recent receipt info for an item

It's been quite a while since I have posted a SQL script, and it's funny, because this is what I had in mind when I started out my blog. Shaun Childers posted a question on the Microsoft Dynamics GP public newsgroup, as follows:
"We are trying to create a script that will pull together our most recent
purchasing information only. The results should give all inventory items
with a qty on hand > 0, the current cost (we are average perpetual), the most
recent receipt number, the unit cost for that receipted item, the receipt date,
and the vendor name. I have tried to put this together, but have been
unsuccessful."

At first, this query may not seem to complex, but when you start to analyze the information being requested, it becomes apparent that using a standard set based query is not going to be as simple. Luckily enough, we can take advatage of the latest T-SQL enhancements to use ranks and partitions on sets to deliver the requested query, as follows:


-- Created by: Mariano Gomez, MVP
SELECT A.ITEMNMBR
, B.ITEMDESC
, B.CURRCOST
, ISNULL(R.receiptdate, '01/01/1900') AS LastReceiptDate
, ISNULL(R.UNITCOST, 0.00) AS UNITCOST
, ISNULL(R.VENDNAME, '') AS VENDNAME
FROM IV00102 A
LEFT OUTER JOIN IV00101 B ON (A.ITEMNMBR = B.ITEMNMBR)
LEFT OUTER JOIN (
SELECT ITEMNMBR, UNITCOST, receiptdate, VENDNAME FROM (
SELECT C.ITEMNMBR, C.UNITCOST, D.receiptdate, D.VENDNAME, RANK() OVER
(PARTITION BY C.ITEMNMBR ORDER BY D.receiptdate DESC) AS RECEIPT_RANK
FROM POP30310 C
LEFT OUTER JOIN POP30300 D ON (C.POPRCTNM = D.POPRCTNM)
) Receipts WHERE RECEIPT_RANK = 1
) R ON (A.ITEMNMBR = R.ITEMNMBR)
WHERE (A.RCRDTYPE = 1) AND (A.QTYONHND > 0)

In Microsoft Dynamics GP v10, the POP Receipt history tables also hold In-Transit Transfer transactions. If you are looking to retrieve strictly vendor receipts, you may change the query as follows:


-- Created by: Mariano Gomez, MVP
SELECT A.ITEMNMBR
, B.ITEMDESC
, B.CURRCOST
, ISNULL(R.receiptdate, '01/01/1900') AS LastReceiptDate
, ISNULL(R.UNITCOST, 0.00) AS UNITCOST
, ISNULL(R.VENDNAME, '') AS VENDNAME
FROM IV00102 A
LEFT OUTER JOIN IV00101 B ON (A.ITEMNMBR = B.ITEMNMBR)
LEFT OUTER JOIN (
SELECT ITEMNMBR, UNITCOST, receiptdate, VENDNAME FROM (
SELECT C.ITEMNMBR, C.UNITCOST, D.receiptdate, D.VENDNAME, RANK() OVER
(PARTITION BY C.ITEMNMBR ORDER BY D.receiptdate DESC) AS RECEIPT_RANK
FROM POP30310 C
LEFT OUTER JOIN POP30300 D ON (C.POPRCTNM = D.POPRCTNM)
WHERE D.POPTYPE <> 8
) Receipts WHERE RECEIPT_RANK = 1
) R ON (A.ITEMNMBR = R.ITEMNMBR)
WHERE (A.RCRDTYPE = 1) AND (A.QTYONHND > 0)


Hope you find this query useful.

Until next post,

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com/

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Folks, is Thanksgiving Day here in the United States and it is always an occasion to share with friends and loved ones. In particular, I would like to thank each and everyone of you for your readership and support shown over the last two years or so that my blog has been in circulation. The Dynamics GP Blogster is a success because of you! You certainly motivate me to continue writing and delivering the content you have come to rely on to get your job done or to find that unique aspect about the Microsoft Dynamics GP product that otherwise won't be available elsewhere.

This year I have heard comments like "I no longer go to CustomerSource/PartnerSource, I search your blog first!" and I really appreacite them from the bottom of my heart. In fact, keep your comments comming! For now, wherever you are in the world, Happy Thanksgiving!

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com/

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Technology Corner: Houston Neil weighs in on Microsoft Dynamics products

Fellow blogger Houston Neil addresses the proverbial question of what's the difference between the Microsoft Dynamics products. The truth is, to understand the functional and technological differences, you have to go back a few years in history to look at the Microsoft Dynamics products acquisition process, the failed Microsoft Project Green, and perhaps, even look at Oracle's attempt over the last 7 years to consolidate their products after their acquisition of PeopleSoft to understand that the ERP world is a very complex one with the customer base driving product decisions across the board.

I am a big Microsoft Dynamics GP proponent and defender, and in fact being an MVP allows me to carry out a lot of the product evangelism to customers and partners. Despite the product directions and strategies I have been witnessing over the past couple of years, I will be the first to say that there will be GP for years and years to come (see my article on Microsoft Dynamics GP Roadmap Update). Am I confident that 10 years from now I will be telling you the same story? I would hope so, but don't bank on that one! After all, the market evolves and set the tone, and ultimately customers in any industry determine what stays and what goes... however, GP chances are looking pretty good from where I stand.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com/

Sunday, November 22, 2009

IM - Integration Manager skipping records despite proper query relationships

Just when you thought there wasn't anything more to learn about Integration Manager something else comes along to demistify that theory. I have been involved in a JD Edwards on DB2 and AS/400 systems migration for almost 4 months now and last month I blogged about how Integration Manager can be a powerful tool in multiplatform systems integrations.

Part of disengaging JD Edwards is to write a series of integrations to existing systems running on the AS/400 platform. In the process, the client needed a simple to use tool which required limited programming and maintenance, hence the choice of IM. After unit testing the integrations, everything was A-Ok to begin with the week long systems testing, which would exhause the integrations while allowing the customer to get the overall "feel" for GP and how it would address the existing business processes.

One particular business process -- Expense Reimbursements -- required an integration to Payables Management. How difficult could this be, right? I have done over 100 PM integrations in the past so this could not be any different. During the system testing, the end-user reported incomplete distributions throughout the integrations of hundreds of expense reports into GP and provided the following log file:



Integration Log
Integration: SC-ExpenseReimbursement (ID: 116)
Action: None
Start Time: 11/20/2009 12:09:14 PM

11/20/2009 12:09:15 PM Source: IIntegrationEngine_Run, Status Code: 0 Opening source query...
11/20/2009 12:09:16 PM Source: IIntegrationEngine_Run, Status Code: 0 Establishing source record count...
11/20/2009 12:09:28 PM Source: IIntegrationEngine_Run, Status Code: 0 Beginning integration...
1: 2 Insert Succeeded 5.31 Seconds
2: 3 Insert Succeeded 1.53 Seconds
3: 4 Insert Succeeded 1.86 Seconds
4: 5 Insert Succeeded 2.25 Seconds
5: 6 Insert Succeeded 3.56 Seconds
6: 7 Insert Succeeded 1.47 Seconds
7: 8 Insert Succeeded 1.44 Seconds
8: 9 Insert Succeeded 1.47 Seconds
9: 10 Insert Succeeded 1.34 Seconds
10: 11 Insert Succeeded 1.91 Seconds
11: 12 Insert Succeeded 1.53 Seconds
12: 13 Insert Succeeded 1.64 Seconds
13: 14 Insert Succeeded 2.63 Seconds
14: 15 Insert Succeeded 2.94 Seconds
15: 16 Insert Warning 3.22 Seconds
DOC 15 WARNING: Distributions for this transaction contain errors.
DOC 15 WARNING: This transaction will not post; it includes distributions with errors.
16: 17 Insert Warning 0.95 Seconds
DOC 16 WARNING: Distributions for this transaction contain errors.
DOC 16 WARNING: This transaction will not post; it includes distributions with errors.
17: 18 Insert Warning 1.17 Seconds
DOC 17 WARNING: Distributions for this transaction contain errors.
DOC 17 WARNING: This transaction will not post; it includes distributions with errors.
18: 19 Insert Warning 1. Seconds
DOC 18 WARNING: Distributions for this transaction contain errors.
DOC 18 WARNING: This transaction will not post; it includes distributions with errors.
19: 20 Insert Warning 0.98 Seconds
DOC 19 WARNING: Distributions for this transaction contain errors.
DOC 19 WARNING: This transaction will not post; it includes distributions with errors.
20: 21 Insert Warning 1.83 Seconds
DOC 20 WARNING: Distributions for this transaction contain errors.
DOC 20 WARNING: This transaction will not post; it includes distributions with errors.
21: 22 Insert Warning 0.95 Seconds
DOC 21 WARNING: Distributions for this transaction contain errors.
DOC 21 WARNING: This transaction will not post; it includes distributions with errors.
22: 23 Insert Succeeded 2.66 Seconds
11/20/2009 12:10:50 PM Source: IMProv.IntegrationContext.IIntegrationEngine_Run, Status Code: -2147221495 ERROR: Integration canceled during document integration.
11/20/2009 12:10:50 PM Source: FinishIntegration, Status Code: 3 Integration Failed
11/20/2009 12:10:50 PM Source: FinishIntegration, Status Code: 3 Integration Results
307 documents were read from the source query.
22 documents were attempted:
15 integrated without warnings.
7 integrated with warnings.
0 failed to integrate.

Finish Time: 11/20/2009 12:10:50 PM

Source Total: 22
Successfully Integrated: 22
Integrated With Warning: 7
Failed: 0

At first glance this would seem typical of transactions that are actually missing distributions, but I checked against the source staging table in DB2 and all distribution records for each transaction reported as missing were actually present. The only distributions in the source were those for the expenses. In addition, this integration had been setup to default any missing distributions in the source recordset, which would automatically create the payables side.

I then checked each vendor (employee) record in GP for a missing payables account. After all, this would explain the case of the missing distributions. All vendor records were properly setup. Now comes the actual troubleshooting process after checking the obvious. My source queries were very simple too:

ExpenseHeader

SELECT DISTINCT VENDORID, INVOICENUM, AMTDUEEMPLOYEE, LEDGERDATE, INVOICEDATE
FROM GP_REIMBURSABLE_EXPENSES
WHERE INTEGRATED = 0 AND COMPANY = '10'


ExpenseDetail

SELECT VENDORID, INVOICENUM, GPACCOUNT, AMOUNT AS DEBIT, 0 AS CREDIT, 6 AS DISTTYPE
FROM SDDTA.GP_REIMBURSABLE_EXPENSES
WHERE INTEGRATED = 0

I proceeded to limit the source queries to just a specific employee and expense document number reported in the log as failing and re-ran the integration. Voila! The record went through to GP without any issues. Now the question was, why is IM kicking back valid records for the integration without any apparent reason?

I also checked to make sure the UseOptimizedFiltering switch was set to False and that we were running IM service pack 4 -- more on IM switches here. After a while of looking at the source records in the staging table, I realized that the first records that IM imported were in the same physical order in the table were data was being retrieved from. This was very simple as DB2 tables are VSAM tables, making them very different from SQL Server tables in the way the store data physically. However, for the records that failed, IM was attempting to locate a distribution record in the same order specified by the records being read from the header query.

To correct the problem, I decided to enforce the order of the records in both source queries by adding an ORDER BY clause to the queries, by VendorID and InvoiceNum. This way, as IM advanced through the header source query reading the records, it would consecutively find these in the distributions source query tables as specified by the query relationships (1..M). Now my source queries looked like this:

ExpenseHeader

SELECT DISTINCT VENDORID, INVOICENUM, AMTDUEEMPLOYEE, LEDGERDATE, INVOICEDATE
FROM GP_REIMBURSABLE_EXPENSES
WHERE INTEGRATED = 0 AND COMPANY = '10'
ORDER BY VENDORID, INVOICENUM


ExpenseDetail

SELECT VENDORID, INVOICENUM, GPACCOUNT, AMOUNT AS DEBIT, 0 AS CREDIT, 6 AS DISTTYPE
FROM SDDTA.GP_REIMBURSABLE_EXPENSES
WHERE INTEGRATED = 0
ORDER BY VENDORID, INVOICENUM

Upon executing the integration once more, all expense transactions were properly integrated without any missing distributions.

Now, I cannot say I experienced this before with SQL Server sources, but this happens to be a DB2 source and just maybe the ODBC engine works differently, but I can say that by reordering the source queries, I was able to resolve these missing distributions issues and improve performance two-fold.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC.
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com/

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Dyn - Why is my inventory-related transaction posting so slow?

It is not uncommon for Microsoft Dynamics GP v9 and v10 users to report system sluggishness when posting inventory related transactions in Sales Order Processing, Purchase Order Processing or Inventory, especially if using the Average Perpetual valuation method.

The main reason why you may experience slow posting of inventory-related transactions is because Microsoft Dynamics GP uses an "inventory ripple" effect approach to recalculate the average cost of each inventory receipt layer due to inflow and outflow transactions in SOP, IV or POP. This is normal because in GP9.0 and GP10.0, the system is already observing the so-called "moving average" calculation. In addition, the system now "ripples" all item transactions. Hence, if transactions are backdated, each transaction would have to "ripple" through approximately n lines in the Inventory Purchase Receipts Work table (dbo.IV10200).

This new costing functionality in GP9 and GP10 also includes a new table, the Inventory Purchase Receipts Detail table (dbo.IV10201). To illustrate, if one of those lines in the Inventory Purchase Receipts Work table (dbo.IV10200) has been "sold", there should be a record of that sale in the IV10201 table. So now, we also have to "ripple" through the Inventory Purchase Receipts Detail table (dbo.IV10201) and each "layer" in that table, from the location of the "sale" record to the present. If you are a fairly high-volume transaction environment, this can take for ever!

A single transaction with a single line item, could very likely be updating quantity on hand and adjusted unit cost for over nth lines in the Inventory Purchase Receipts Work (dbo.IV10200) and an equal number in the Inventory Purchase Receipts Detail table (dbo.IV10201). This Microsoft Dynamics GP "inventory ripple" process may take considerable time to go through each receipt layer.

Average Perpetual and back-dated transactions seem to exacerbate the slowdown. But other know issues are also contributors, such as sold receipt layers not being removed during the Inventory Year-End Close (YEC) process.

These two issues could be the main causes why Microsoft Dynamics GP is slow in posting due to the "ripple effect" in inventory that they are producing.

Related Articles

To further explain the enhancements made to average cost calculation in GP 9.0 and above, please refer to KB 923960 - "Enhancements made to the calculation of average cost in Microsoft Dynamics GP".

https://mbs.microsoft.com/knowledgebase/KBDisplay.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;923960

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2009 - Time to say goodbye

The Conference ended with David and I dragging feet, with little to no sleep, but with the satisfaction that we delivered to the best of our abilities. I woke up the following morning after spending part of the previous night packing my suitcase, only to come to the realization that I left my pair of Louis Vuitton glasses somewhere along (ouch!).

After having breakfast downstairs, we (David & I) hopped a ride to the Microsoft campus with Mark Rockwell (Rockton Software) and Jim Peliksa (Rockton Software). It was time to go get some goodies for the trip back home. After the campus store opened, we went downstairs and I got a remote controlled Warthog (Halo 3), a cool MS presenter's mouse, and an ultrasleek MS mouse for my wife. I also managed to pick up an embroided Bing hooddie sweater for my daughter.

We went back to the Oak room. David went off to a team meeting and came back after 1 hour. We then went to Scott Stephenson's office to get our goodbye picture taken. I have to admit, it was a bit worst than an Internet break up. Dave and I had worked closely for the past 18 months on more than one blog and in the last 3, on the conference materials. We finally got to meet in person, then had to say goodbye.


Ok, I know what you thinking... After THAT hug, I felt we owed it to each other to bring our wives together.

David had a few more meetings and I had to go pack up my laptop and goodies to go meet the shuttle down stairs, not before saying goodbye to long time friends Dave Gaboury (a.k.a., Father Dexterity, now working on the AX team) and Emily Roen. Emily and Dave escorted me to the shuttle and my journey back to Atlanta began.

Upon arrival to Hector International (Fargo's airport), I had to maneuver a bit with the goodies and pack them in my suitcase somehow.

As for David, I had a chance to speak to him today and he is on his 36-hour journey back to Aussie land. Good luck my friend and talk to you soon.

I have to thank the entire Microsoft Business Solutions organization for vouchering my participation at the Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2009. It was one of the most gratifying experiences of my career as a Dynamics GP professional.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2009 - Day 2

The good results of Day 1 and the hard work we put into preparing for the double whammy Troubleshooting session ahead of us had began to take their toll on Dave, Leslie, and I. We had a good breakfast at the hotel before being shuttled back to the Commons building. Upon arrival, Dave, Leslie and I went back to the Oak room to perform one last pass on the presentation, print out the cheat sheets and try to relax a bit.

We were on at 10:30 AM and the presentation went really well with minor unnoticeable glitches. It felt good, but not good enough. At the end of the first session of our Troubleshooting topic, and despite being extremely tired, Dave, Leslie and I returned to the round table to analyze the things that went wrong in our first session. After a few touch ups here and there, Dave and I went off to the table topics. I joined Nick Hoban who runs the Microsoft Dynamics Community website to discuss some improvements to the site.

We were back on stage at 3:30 PM for our second session. This one went just smooth... no glitches, no issues, just like if we had done it...once before! Our session ended just 15 minutes before the closing session.

The closing session futured Mr. Dave Coulombe and the some of "The Powers to Be" at Microsoft answering tough questions from ISVs Mark Rockwell (Rockton Software) and Bill Marshall (mc2 Software). By their expressions on this picture, you can conclude Mark and Bill were not asking easy questions... :-)


From left to right, Jeff Trosen, Chad Sogge, Gary Tronson, Scott Stephenson, and Errol Shoenfish


Note worthy of the session was the demo performed by John Hancock of PowerPivot the new cool add-on that will be made available with Microsoft Excel 2010. The demo featured the new in-memory BI engine which allows PowerPivot to process some 100 million records in less than 1 seconds and do all sort of data mining via SharePoint 2010.

The evening went along with the Study Hall session where I linked up with more friends including the good folks of the Tools Support and the Dexterity Development teams. Here are some pics from that evening:



I went to the hotel and crashed for the rest of the evening! I still had to get up early the following morning as I had one more final stop to do: the Microsoft Campus Store!

A special THANK YOU to MVP Leslie Vail for her invaluable contribution, time and patience into making our Troubleshooting session a success. Without her, we could not have got our presentation contents and timing refined and provided the level of criticism required to deliver the quality presentation expected by attendees.

Downloads:

For materials of the Troubleshooting Your Developed Solution session, click here.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com/

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2009 - Day 1

D-day, literally! If I had to qualify scary moments throughout my entire life, this certainly had to be at the top of the list. After completing the prep work for the Customizing session the day before, David and I attended the opening session the following morning which offered this cool Spinal Tap video attempting to explain why GP "11":



URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ll7rWiY5obI

While at the opening session, reality began to set in and I had my first flash of panic -- 130 people will be attending our presentation! The next hour leading up to the presentation was absolutely worst than Dante's Inferno as I felt I was going through more than the 3 realms of death myself, with no hopes of being rescued by Virgil.

After the opening of our presentation, things began flowing and growing progressively smooth with time being our only enemy. We had a good number of questions throughout and received positive feedback by the end of the session. However, we went over the scheduled time by 4 minutes.



At the end of the Customizing presentation we were off the hook for the day and went to the Oak room in the Horizon building to work on Day 2's Troubleshooting sessions -- we were doing a 10:30 and a 1:30 repeat. We were joined by MVP Leslie Vail who assisted us with baselining the presentation timing and refining the slide deck. Her vast experience as a Microsoft Certified Trainer was a big asset in the process.

NOTE: we had an extra topic on "Certified for Microsoft Dynamics GP" in the slide deck that did not make it into the actual Troubleshoting session presentation, but that topic can be found in the Downloads section of this post.

The evening began with Study Halls where David and I had the opportunity to interact with partners and Microsoft staff on a variety of development topics and met up with a few long time friends.


From left to right, Steve Kubis (Microsoft), Michael Johnson (The MBS Guru), Dave Musgrave, Constance Guilleland (Q-Factor)

After Study Hall, we were joined by Constance Guilleland (Q-Factor) and Rob Wagner (Microsoft) to discuss some of the new Microsoft Word integration features available in GP 11 and provide some ideas on document security management. After our meeting with Rob, we went back to the Ramada, where we met up with Leslie to continue refining the session... time went by and we were done by 1:30 AM.

My THANK YOU goes out to all of you who expressed your simpaty for this blog and its contribution to the partner and customer communities.

Downloads:

For materials of the Customizing the Microsoft Dynamics GP Client with Visual Studio Tools, Dexterity and Modifier with VBA, click here.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC.
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com/

Monday, November 9, 2009

Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2009 - Final prep work done!

Yesterday, after an afternoon catching up with Leslie and David, I was finally able to link up to the rest of the team staying at the Ramada, namely Mark Rockwell, Richard Whaley, and Darren Hunt from IBG. After weighing the possibility of leaving the hotel for dinner vs. eating at the restaurant by the lobby, we decided for the hotel's restaurant. This is the crew that went to dinner:


Left to Right: Mariano Gomez, Mark Rockwell, MVP Leslie Vail, Richard Whaley, David Musgrave, Darren Hunt


Today, the morning started with a breakfast at the hotel. The hotel shuttled us to the Microsoft campus. I have to admit, the new Vision building is amazing! The Horizon building also underwent some upgrades getting some new war rooms and training areas. Here are some pictures from the Vision building:


Panoramic view of the Vision (left) and Horizon (right) buildings



Vision building


A few in our group were attending eOne's eXtender classes, while David and I went to catch up with the Tools & Developers Support team, Scott Stephenson, Patrick Roth, Dave Dusek, Dawn Langlie, among others. The morning was flying away and we could not seem to find the time to begin working on the presentation. Our presentation timing was really off, lunch was upon us, we had a few more friends stop in to say hi, presenter's shirts were in... after lunch, we sat into a quick meeting with the Dex team, then went to do the technical testing of our laptops with the presentation equipment... still, not much prep work for the presentation at this point.

It was 4:00 PM and we finally were able to take a couple hours to streamline our timing. Hopefully the adjustments will pay off tomorrow. After a long and relatively stressful day, we wrapped up and went down to the event Registration session were we linked up to old friends, had some food, and played some table games, all the while enjoying the venues commons venue. Here are some pictures of the dining area in the Vision building:


Fire pit (it's my understanding this pit is capable of launching water during the summer months)



Food bars. You can get anything from Asian, to stake, to subs and burgers, all with an extensive salad bar to pair up with your meals



Seating area. Equally impressive is the amount of space dedicated to dining


Tomorrow is D day for our presentation. We are up first at 10:45 AM EST (GMT -5:00), but will get together in the morning for some breakfast at the Vision building, then will be moving to our Conference room to get setup. More on how we did tomorrow!

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2009 - A star filled afternoon

Following my Journey to the Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2009, I arrived in Minneapolis without a hitch and 20 minutes before the original schedule of 10:10 AM CST - hat tip goes out to Delta! We waited 2 minutes at a staging area on the runway before ground control authorized the pilots to taxi to the arrival gate. My arrival gate at Minneapolis International was F13 and I had to walk over to gate C2, approximately a good mile, adding to the walk I did earlier in the morning from the parking lot at Hartsfield-Jackson International. The following is the Lindbergh terminal layout at Minneapolis International:



I had a relatively short layover as my flight to Fargo was departing at 11:25 AM CST, but could not make the rest of the day without a coffee. So I went over to Starbucks and picked up my favorite: a double-tall mocha with wip. Upon boarding, I sat next to United States Air Force Lt. Sarah Reich who happened to be an Officer and Communications specialist en route to Fargo to pick up some belongings to haul back to Washington D.C. We conversed about her career in the Air Force until the topic turned to what I did for a living. Having to explain that you do ERP implementations is not always an easy subject, but we had a good time talking.

I picked up my luggage and waited for the shuttle that would take me to the Ramada. While I was standing outside the airport. I saw this woman standing and talking on the phone. I thought she was very familiar, but could not quite make out the face from far. As she approached me, I realized it was no one other than MVP Leslie Vail. We both got into the Ramada's shuttle van after waiting for 15 minutes and caught up a bit from the last time we had seen each other -- some 5 6 years aback.

Upon arrival to the hotel and at check in, I discovered that my room was not ready -- I guess, the previous guest had checked out a bit late and the room was still being cleaned. So Leslie and I just sat in the lobby and were talking from one subject to the other until we decided it was time to ask if David Musgrave had checked in already. The receptionist called him down stairs and after 20 minutes he showed up. Finally! David Musgrave and I, face to face, for the second time since 1997! Here are a few pics from that encounter:


Mariano Gomez and David Musgrave



David Musgrave and Leslie Vail



Leslie Vail, David Musgrave and Mariano Gomez


I can't wait to reunite with a bunch of my fellow professionals: former MVP Richard Whaley, Mark Rockwell, Steve Chapman, Michael Johnson and many more who I know will be in town for the Conference.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com/

Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2009 - The journey begins!

This morning I got up (with a bump on the side from my wife) at 5:00, a bit too early for my scheduled trip to the Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2009, which will take me through the beautiful city of Minneapolis, where I will be transferring planes to get to Fargo. Given that I live in Atlanta, a major hub in the United States, it's just about right that you give yourself enough time to depart.

By 5:30 I was ready and decided to drive my car and park at the airport for the days I will be out... I was at the airport by 6:15 after what seemed like a very uneventful morning in the Atlanta traffic. In fact, there was nothing, no one on the road. Surprising? Very much so considering Atlanta's traffic is ranked 3rd in the US for congestion. the one thing I did not count on was the fact that the check in counter was located a good 600 meters away from the parking lot. May not seem as much, but try that when you have to stroll around a big bag and a carry on (laptop).

Check in was really smooth... for a change I got an actual human being who was willing to assist in making the experience satisfactory. For those of you who have never traveled through Atlanta, security checkpoints can be a nightmare, with never ending lines of people waiting to get through. Aside from the usual shoe removal, all-things-metalic removal, belt removal, jacket removal, laptop out of the carry case, cell phone demo, laptop catton swabbing, laptop demo, ID verification, and gentle smile from the security agent when everything is ok, I was out of the security area very fast.

Atlanta's airport, because of its layout, requires you to then hop a tram that will get you to your departure concourse, but not before going down some really steep electric stairs where you have to hold on for dear life and hope that the person standing behind you does not let go of their carry on.

Now, I am sitting at the gate where there is a line of people hoping to sit in the same seat upfront. They have all so far been turned away, because the flight is a full flight and there will be no re-arrangements of seat. The flight to Minneapolis is a 5-hour flight, hence the reason I think people are just trying to get comfy. This is what my trip looks like, so let's see what else will the day hold.

Atlanta to Fargo via Minneapolis

I will provide an update from Minneapolis.

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com/

Friday, November 6, 2009

Lunching with Developing for Dynamics GP Team

The moment of truth has arrived... next week David Musgrave and I will be facing those of you attending the Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference 2009 in Fargo, ND., to deliver some really exciting sessions on developing and troubleshooting Microsoft Dynamics GP.

To make matters even more interesting, Patrick Roth has announced that he will be hosting a lunch topic session to obtain your input on the Developing for Dynamics GP blog site. You may not know what you will get, but maybe having a chance to sit with Pat, David, and I should be enough motivation to get you started. We would definately love to steal more chairs and join a few more tables to accomodate all of you who decide to sit with us. I know I have a few comments for the site and a list of topics I would like to see them address more often. Why not come and introduce yourself, say what you like (or don't) from the site, and have some food in the process. You will sure get their attention by doing so and voice your opinion.

It's not too late to register, so take advantage of the open seats left and come enjoy the beautiful weather in Fargo, while having a chance to sharp up some of your skills -- I am not kidding, check the weather in Fargo, this is the 5-day forecast.


See you all at the Conference next week!

Until next post!

MG.-
Mariano Gomez, MVP
Maximum Global Business, LLC
http://www.maximumglobalbusiness.com/