Sunday, February 1, 2009

Developing for Dynamics GP weekly summary

This is the part my 3-year old loves the most... David Meego!

Over at Developing for Dynamics GP the week went by with a common topic: "think before you customize!". We are all familiar with customizations and why we do them. However, I have seen customizations made for all the wrong reasons:

a) This is how it used to work in our old system
b) This will save us hours of processing time
c) Our business is very complex
d) Our requirements are unique and there is no one doing it like us out there
e) The person who has this function in the company refuses to work in GP without the customization

I have an answer for each of these, but you will have to read it in my next MSDynamicsWorld article. :-). So here are the articles that made the headlines this past week:

1. Before you write a customization, check Solution Finder. That's correct! Solution Finder is the leading source for ISV third party products and customizations and chances are, there is a product out there that already does a great deal of what you need it to do. I can also tell you that most ISVs are willing to workout the additional 10% of what you need to meet all your requirements, because most likely, your requirements can enhance their product making it a more interesting proposition for the overall community. Click here to read more.

2. Customizations that you do not need to do. Patrick Roth tackles the issue from a different perspective: existing functionality! The truth is, Dynamics GP is such an extensive product that they are many little pieces of code and functionality that goes ignored by customers (and frankly speaking Partners too). However, Patrick brings a few of these customizatios that you should avoid. Click here to read more.

Other topics

Developing for Dynamics GP, takes a look at Mohammad Daoud's method for Controlling a VST Window Position. Pssst, I have gotten words that this guy is seriously being considered for the July MVP roadster. Bottom line, he deserves it!

The Dynamics GP world will never be the same again without the Fabulous Matt G. Matt has made a name for himself by presenting some of the most complex pieces of code in front of thousands of customers at past Convergence events. I remember a presentation he did with Steve Balmer in Fargo at one of the tech conferences. That was outstanding!

Until next post!

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

No comments: