GP Webinars from I.B.I.S

We love anything that is tagged with the word “free”. Isn’t it? How about getting a good quality stuff at no cost? Sounds good. I.B.I.S is kicking off series of Dynamics GP webinars as part of their Dynamicscare services. Six webinars are being kicked off this quarter and many more to come. Personally, I like this initiative from I.B.I.S trying to empower the Dynamics GP community with loads of knowledge through these webinars. I strongly feel we have to make sure we support every initiative from our community of anything like this. So, No wait. Just go and register for the webinars and let us make the events a great success.You can find complete details of Webinars following this link here.

Is ANYTHING free these days?
Date: 11/3/2009 11:00-12:00 EST
Speaker: Christina Belding, I.B.I.S. Managing Consultant

A quick review exploring Customer Source, un-publicized Microsoft resources, and some of the best tips & blogs out there that will enable you to research like a power user (even if you aren’t one)!
Support Debugging Tool
Date: 11/10/2009 11:00-12:00 EST
Speaker: Mark Polino, I.B.I.S. Senior Consultant and Microsoft MVP

Learn about this great FREE tool from Microsoft that provides multiple logging and debugging functions as well as look and feel options within GP.

Dynamics GP and the “Lean” Office
Date: 11/17/2009 11:00-12:00 EST
Speaker: Amy Walsh, I.B.I.S. Senior Consultant
Tips on how to incorporate Dynamics GP functionality into the “Lean” methodology of business processes.

Business Intelligence
Date: 12/1/2009 11:00-12:00 EST
Speaker: Dwight Specht, I.B.I.S. Chief Operating Officer
What is BI? Which BI tools and products would benefit my business? What kind of investment in money and time will we have to make? Join us as Dwight shares his Business Intelligence expertise.

SQL Server Tips  
Date: 12/8/2009 11:00-12:00 EST
Speaker: Mark Polino, I.B.I.S. Senior Consultant and Microsoft MVP
Tips on how to run SQL queries from both the Support Debugging Tool and Admin Console; run through some common queries, and learn how to copy and paste headers from Management Studio.

ISV Spotlight – Tectura ReqLogic
Date: 12/15/2009 11:00-12:00 EST
Speaker: Rich Fowler, Tectura Expert
Learn about the leading .NET browser based application for procurement, requisitioning, vendor invoicing, expense processing and workflow, that integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Dynamics GP.

MSDynamicsWire Network is integrated with Twitter Sign-on

In order to provide the MSDynamicsWire readers a collaborative platform to exchange ideas, there is a Network that is started a week ago. Since MSDynamicsWire caters to all Dynamics products, the network is open for all people whose interest is Microsoft Dynamics. Since its inception, It is receiving good response from our Dynamics community, members base increasing from 0 to 120 within 5 days and lot of members coming forward with great ideas. My passion towards MS Dynamics keep me engaged in coming up with new ideas all the time and I continue to explore in that direction in future as well, thanks to the sustained support from our Dynamics community.

Keeping in view of the growing membership, I decided to give a charge to this new network in the form of bringing new features to it. Some of those new features introduced this week are as follows

  1. Video and Text Chat:. This will help members to communicate easily whenever they get to see other members online.
  2. New Theme: Network has a new theme now bringing new look and feel
  3. Twitter Connect: Now, this is the most powerful feature for the network to sign in using your Twitter ID itself. This means it is now more easy to sign up for MSDynamicsWire network. One can either sign up using the regular sign up form or using your Twitter account on our welcome page 
  4. Visitor Radar: Now, You can keep track of members visiting your profile in Visitor Radar available on your profile. This will help you to communicate with interested members.
  5. We have also made the News and Magazine tabs to public view to help the members writing good content on our network blog get more additional exposure.
  6. In future the network would be accessible on http://network.msdynamicswire.com.
    Currently, this is being tested on our end and We'll confirm the same once it is tested successfully.
  7. Profile Designer: Now, You can customize your profile using Profile designer
  8. Apart from above, there are several other features in pipeline like Facebook Connect. We'd publish the new developments as and when they happen on the network.
  9. One can invite their contacts by importing contacts from various web mails using Invite your contacts feature

More features like Facebook Connect and several others are planned for the upcoming weeks and these features would continue to be added in conjunction with growing membership and activity around the members.

For those who would like to know more about the network, they all are welcome to join the network as long as they are either directly or indirectly related to Microsoft Dynamics.

Link to MSDynamicsWire Network is http://msdynamicswire.socialgo.com. Please note that I’d be moving this to my principal domain after which the access to network address would be http://network.msdynamicswire.com.

Link to our main website is http://msdynamicswire.com

How to change the Business Portal Logo

I was actually looking for a solution on this and I’m glad that Allan Cahill from Dynamics GP technical support has provided a great solution recently in response to a question raised by another fellow member on Dynamics GP Forums. You can find the link to this thread by clicking here.

Put the new gif (example of type) file in the same folder as the logo.gif (By default, it is C:\Program Files\Microsoft Dynamics\Business Portal\Portal\Images)
2. On the Business Portal Home Page, go to Site Actions > Site Settings > Title, Description, and Icon (under Look and Feel)
3. Change the Logo.gif to be your image file and click OK. Be sure the URL uses the following path: /Business Portal/Portal/Images/
4. Click the browser’s Refresh button to display the new company logo.
If your company’s logo does not appear, you may need to delete your temporary Internet files. To do so, choose Tools > Internet Options from your browser’s menu bar. The Internet Options window appears. Click Delete Files. Click OK, then click the browser’s Refresh button again.
Logo recommendations:-
File format: The logo file must be a .gif, .bmp, .jpg, or .png file.

Size: The height of your company’s logo must not be more than 50 pixels. The width can vary, but be sure that the logo doesn’t overlap with the company name that appears in the top-right corner of Business Portal.

Transparency: Recommended to configure the logo so that its background color is transparent.

This is a great information that helps everyone.


Michael: Avoid GP modifications with VS Tools

Michael has come out with an interesting post on VS Tools for Dynamics GP explaining with a small and crispy example. A must read article for GP developers


As Mariano rightly points out in the comments column of that article, It looks like an extension to what Mariano has originally started with his VS Tools series.


Facebook: Is it Reliable anymore

Facebook, World’s largest social networking site and the most popular brand best known to everyone of us. Then, Why is the question in the title whether it’s reliable anymore? May be or may not be. Recent developments happening with Facebook can scare anyone.  Have you ever ran into issues with your account held with any of the popular services like Yahoo, Google, Hotmail for more than 7 days and don’t know whether your account would ever be restored? Definitely Not. However, It is happening with Facebook, A social networking site with more than 300 million users. No one knows how many are affected yet. However, Many feel the numbers are quite heavy. I’m one among those unfortunate set of people whose accounts are hanging in uncertainty for more than 7 days. Initially We get to see a normal “Site maintenance error”. Later after the so called site maintenance started attracting media attention, we started seeing a little detailed message which goes like this


One can imagine the plight of those affected users when they get to see these messages being posted on Getsatisfaction.com. One of the messages goes on to say like this

I have no idea what is going on in my friends’/family’s life without being able to read Facebook Status updates. I did not realize this that this was my main means of “keeping in touch” with my loved ones. Through their status updates, I learned of job promotions, engagements, births and moves across the country.”

One can also have a look at this news article posted on Cnet News on the downed Facebook.

My account with Facebook is currently held at the fate of Facebook itself including the MSDynamicsWire group that I started a month ago. To get away from this Facebook frenzy, I now have created a network with SocialGo that can be reached at http://msdynamicswire.socialgo.com in order to keep myself and MSDynamicsWire.com  within the reach of Dynamics community. I’m happy with the features given by SocialGo and would expect the new network to rock in the future days, thanks to the support of my fellow community members. I thought this is the best way to get rid of the Facebook.


Nigel Frank Annual Salary Survey for MS Dynamics Professionals

Nigel Frank International, one of the biggest Microsoft Dynamics recruiters in Europe is conducting an annual salary survey of Microsoft Dynamics, an exercise of which is to be an annual occurrence. The survey will only take a couple of minutes to complete and your response and any personal details will be kept strictly confidential. The survey is available in the following languages for your convenience; English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Spanish, Italian, Norwegian, and Finnish.

I feel this is a very good initiative and would definitely help MS Dynamics professionals in the form of knowing the latest salary trends by product as well as help fill any gaps in the average pay scales for a MS Dynamics Professional by Title and years of experience.

Why can’t we just spare 2 minutes of our valuable time in marking couple of questions on the survey? For those who would want to fill this survey and support the initiative, here is the link for survey