Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Microsoft Dynamics GP July Hotfix packed with some long awaited features

If you missed it, the Microsoft Dynamics GP Development team has delivered the July Hotfix for versions 2015, 2016, and 2018. What has me really excited are a number of features that were included in this release - I will skip the bug fixes as those are always welcome - as follow:

Support for TWAIN drivers
Why is this important? TWAIN is an API and a communications protocol that regulates communication between software applications and digital imaging devices, such as image scanners and digital cameras. As it turned out, this is EXACTLY what the Document Attach feature needed to overcome some reported compatibility issues with certain scanning devices - Dynamics GP only provided support for Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) protocol.

For additional information on TWAIN, click here.

Applies to GP 2016 and GP 2018.

Web Client support for Non-US regional date settings
For users with a regional setting date format other than MMDDYYYY, web client will now display the proper date format in transaction entry screens. Before, with the regional date settings changed, you could see the correct date in the upper right hand corner of the web client overall ribbon, but not on transaction screens.

Applies to GP 2018, only.

Support for Web Client Organizational Accounts with Workflow.
One of the biggest complaints from users was the lack of support for Azure AD accounts with Workflow over web client. If I had to pinpoint the biggest drawback to web client adoption, this is probably it.

Now, with the hotfix, you can setup your organizational accounts for workflow for the originator, approver, and manager roles in Microsoft Dynamics GP Workflow, as shown by Lucas Miller.

Applies to GP 2018, only.

In conclusion, to take advantage of these new features, consider upgrading to the latest release of Microsoft Dynamics GP (GP 2018). If you are already working with a hosting partner like Njevity or RoseASP, be sure to ask about these new features. If you are hosting your own Microsoft Dynamics GP on-premise or in the cloud, consider applying the hotfix as soon as possible to take advantage of the new features.

Users of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 receive some fixed assets updates, along with some W2, W3, and ACA 1094 fixes for HR/Payroll.

Mainstream Support for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 ended on April 10, 2018 which means that users on this release no longer receive tax, hotfixes, and year-end updates.  Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 is currently on Extended Support until April 11, 2023.

Until next post,

Mariano Gomez, MVP

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