Wednesday, June 1, 2016

GPUG Amplify Anaheim 2016 - Day 1

The morning started out with the General Session, hosted by Bob McAdam (Twitter: @4mcadam). It was amazing to see all the folks who were in attendance, perhaps for the first time, in one place for this conference. The numbers really sunk in by looking at the crowd and it was really great to know that this conference will really take off in the next few years.

General Session
Bob did an excellent job taking the baton from Kim.

Bob McAdam
Pam Misialek was next to deliver a very impressive opening, showing the trends at Microsoft and how technologies like HoloLens will be used in the future to enable virtual reality technology for consumers and businesses.

Jeff Trosen and Chad Sogge (Twitter: @CSogge) were next to discuss the Microsoft Dynamics GP roadmap and the innovations that are being implemented in the product.

As is customary at the General Session, we were treated to some GP 2016 demos by the dynamic duo of Jody Christiansen (Twitter: @JodiChrist) and Jennifer Ranz (Twitter: @JenifferRanz1), both program managers with the Microsoft Dynamics GP team.

Jennifer Ranz and Jody Christiansen
The General Session ended with a list of features that are drafted for GP 2016 R2. Some major highlights are:

  • Multi-tenant support for OData Services
  • PowerBI in Web Client home page
  • SmartList Designer smart lists available in Advanced Lookups
  • OneDrive support for emailing documents from GP
  • SmartList favorite protection
  • Self-serve W2 printing
  • Disable garnishment reports in posting setup
  • Barcode field on Item Maintenance window
  • Link credit card invoices to original invoices
  • Cancel PO linked to requisition
  • Adjust customer balance calculation to use unapplied credit amount
  • PMATB w Options - print transactions where document number has special chars

After the General Session, it was time for my first presentation of the week: Microsoft Dynamics GP Administration (at 10:15 AM local time) which focused on 3 main areas: administering the environment, administering the application, and administering the web client. All in all it was an excellent presentation with a great (standing room only) attendees. This presentation mostly covered considerations for a trouble-free administrator and end-user experience in a Microsoft Dynamics GP setting, rather than re-hashing the different configuration elements within the application.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Administration attendees
After my session, I returned to the Mekorma Hub, only to find a great deal of customers and partners asking about our products. I sat in for a bit to assist with any questions on our newest product, Multi-batch Management (MMM) and the GP Power Tools which we represent on behalf of David Musgrave and Winthrop Development Consultants.

Mekorma Hub

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP

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