Last Fall, Microsoft unveiled what it called the four “big rocks,” or major updates, that would be coming with Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 R2 (slated for a May release). The “big rocks” are major updates to requisition, workflow, identity management, and procurement. These updates represent a first phase in Microsoft Dynamics GP separating itself from Business Portal and SharePoint, which will lower costs and simplify processes.
The big rocks are a big deal, but in an article posted at MSDynamicsWorld.com, Microsoft Dynamics GP MVP Mark Polino, a prolific and terrific writer on all things GP, makes the case that some of the smaller updates, or “little rocks,” as he calls them, could have at least as much impact as the big rocks. He lists five of these little rocks that have been lost (so far) in the shadow of the big rocks, and for more detail you can check out his article, but here they are:
- Copy and paste from Excel to the general ledger.
- Undo year end close.
- Doc Attach for payables transactions.
- Reprint the outstanding transactions report from a bank reconciliation.
- Assign an item to multiple sites.
The copy/paste feature from Excel to the general ledger will be a big time saver for organizations with large journal entries. The new ability to undo a year end close will apply to multiple past years, greatly simplifying the process of combining multiple companies into a single Microsoft Dynamics GP database.
In addition to the above-listed Doc Attach feature, users will be able to scan documents directly to Doc Attach. And the last-listed “little rock” is another time saver, giving users the ability to mass-remove items from multiple sites as well as to add them. Microsoft MVP Belinda Allen notes in a postscript to Polino’s article, “As Microsoft partners, we have both seen businesses pay for their entire GP systems with a single stone.”