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Armanino Dynamics Blog

Armanino Dynamics Blog

Welcome to the Dynamics Blog hosted by the professionals at Armanino. This blog is about anything that may be helpful to others regarding Microsoft Dynamics' software. The topics can be anything from Microsoft Dynamics GP, AX, CRM, SharePoint, MAS 90/200, .NET development, accounting, compliance and more.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Yahoo! Finance Reporting Armanino's New High Tech and Life Sciences Manufacturing Industries Practice

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We are thrilled to see Yahoo! Finance reporting on Jeff Russell's new role at Armanino as the head of our new High Tech and Life Sciences Industry Practice. Utilizing his previous experience and knowledge implementing solutions for semiconductor, electronic device, medical device, pharmaceutical and outsourced technology manufacturing environments, Jeff is well-suited to spearhead the practice.

Additionally, Jeff was just named to Silicon Valley Business Journal's People on the Move!

Read the full article from Yahoo! Finance and see Jeff's People on the Move page.

Check out more about High Tech and Life Sciences industry solutions from Jeff's team!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Preparing a Worry-Free Year-End Close in Dynamics GP

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It's that time of year! As we near the end of 2014, Dynamics GP users are preparing for the year-end close. Join our featured speakers in a complimentary webinar to review the processes and procedures for a worry-free year-end close in Dynamics GP.

We'll discuss the importance of closing the year in GP, how to avoid common mistakes during the process, and provide some tools, tips, and tricks to make it a smooth process.

After this webinar, attendees should be able to perform the year-end closing process for both fiscal and calendar years in all modules for Dynamics GP, including 1099s and W-2s.

Register today for this complimentary webinar on November 19th and find more informative webinars from Armanino.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Vanishing Forms in Dynamics AX - The Fix in Dynamics AX

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Over time, many of us have encountered behavior in AX when forms that were opened never emerged in front of existing open screens or forms. According to a blog from the Microsoft Dynamics AX Performance Team, this issue is due to a Windows timeout lock for forms with extensive data or for forms that take longer to open.

There is a registry key change which can be executed to resolve this issue. Check out the Microsoft blog for more details on the step-by-step process for resolving this behavior in AX and learn more about Armanino's Microsoft Dynamics practice.

By Jeff Russell, Director of Armanino's Industry Consulting Practice

Friday, November 7, 2014

Recording Third Party Disability Insurance Payment (TDI) Paid by an Insurance Company (Third Party)

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Check out this step-by-step process for manually recording employee taxable wage and tax withholding amounts for third party disability insurance (TDI) payments in the Microsoft Dynamics GP Payroll Manual Check-Adjustment Entry window.

This detailed view from John Snyder, a Senior Consultant for Armanino's Microsoft Dynamics GP practice, explains how to move through the process smoothly.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Retained Earnings, Currency Translation, and the Management Reporter with Dynamics GP Datamart

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We’d like to point out some hurdles we have seen with Management Reporter and currency translation. (This KB article is a very good resource to read if you will be using Management Reporter and currency translation.)

Here are a few points I want to highlight.

On many of my implementations, I like offering the customer the option to use account categories. Management Reporter has made mapping to these categories much easier than Frx.  In Frx, you have numbers as the linked value, not the actual category name like in Management Reporter. If you do build your reports using categories, it makes it easier to keep the reports up to date, as new GL account numbers require a category to be added.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Increase Upselling Opportunities with Suggested Sales Items in GP2013 R2

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Suggested Sales Items is an awesome feature that has been introduced in GP2013 R2. This feature leads to a potential increase in profitability by allowing the system to assist the salesperson with up-selling!  In order for this feature to appear in the Sales Module, the Suggested Sales Items must first be set up in the Inventory Module.

Monday, October 20, 2014

High Tech Outsourced Supply Chain Best Practices Webinar

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Does worrying about compliance, traceability, and accurate forecasts (or lack thereof) keep you up at night?

Hear from Armanino's subject matter experts on this complimentary on-demand webinar to learn how high tech manufacturers and fabless semiconductor companies are addressing data capture, integration and collaboration with vendors, contract manufacturers and 3PLs to achieve a central view of their supply chain.

Learn about:
  • Fundamental "Best Practices"
  • Importance of good data
  • Enabling compliance and traceability
  • Moving to a proactive vs. reactive model
  • Identifying and eliminating supply chain obstructions
View the on-demand recording and the presentation from the webinar.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Research Finds Dynamics AX as the Break-Away Leader for ERP

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The analysts have spoken, and we've been listening. Microsoft Dynamics AX is the ERP solution for forward-thinking business leaders.
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Recent findings in Ovum’s ICT Enterprises Insights report note AX as the preferred vendor for global enterprise organizations, far surpassing other major vendors. According to Warren Wilson, lead analyst for the report, “[Microsoft’s] Dynamics product line is an increasingly attractive option for organizations looking to augment their legacy ERP systems with capable enterprise applications that are easy to deploy and integrate.”

With AX’s easy-to-use interface, smooth integration capabilities, and agile scalability, it’s no surprise that this is the top ERP solution for business leaders.

Learn more: Microsoft Dynamics AX 

See more about the ICT Enterprises Insights research: Microsoft Dynamics Community

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Armanino Announces New High Tech & Life Sciences Manufacturing Industry Practice Leader - Jeff Russell

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Jeff Russell - Armanino - Microsoft Dynamics High Tech & Life Sciences Manufacturing Partner
As a Microsoft Dynamics High Tech & Life Sciences Manufacturing Micro Verticals Partner, Armanino is dedicated to delivering key industry specific initiatives. In this new role, Jeff leads a team of research & development, delivery consulting, marketing, pre-sales and sales professionals in providing a consistent and cohesive platform of intelligent solutions to meet industry-specific needs. He understands, evaluates, and executes delivery of solutions to meet industry needs for enterprise business systems.

“Jeff thrives on helping businesses identify solutions for improved and scalable systems that support their growth and address their industry challenges,” said Tom Mescall, Partner-in-Charge of Armanino’s Consulting Department.  “He has a unique skill set to evaluate business models and assist with implementing solutions for High Tech and Life Sciences Manufacturing industries.”

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Update Rollup 1 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 Service Pack 1 is now available!

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On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, Microsoft released Update Rollup 1 (UR1) for Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Dynamics CRM 2013. On-Premises customers can download SP1 from this page. Are we confused yet? Here’s hoping that Microsoft can simplify the CRM 2013 maintenance path. “Update Rollup 2 for Update Rollup 1 for Service Pack 1 for Dynamics CRM 2013” does not exactly roll off the tongue.

A complete list of the 80+ fixes can be found near the bottom of this page. One significant fix for customers who have upgraded from CRM 2011 to 2013 is the ability to upgrade solutions with custom activity entities.

As previously mentioned, SP1 also encompasses everything contained within CRM 2013 UR1 and UR2. This also incorporates the Daylight Savings Time fix for Egypt, which was released in May 2014.

As always, Armanino Consulting suggests that you wait a few weeks after the Update Rollup is deployed to allow for thorough testing before implementing it into your production environment.

By Greg Lief, Dynamics CRM Consultant at Armanino