If you attended Convergence last month, as I did, you certainly heard a lot about the enhancements that are going to be available in the next GP release GP 2013 (affectionately referred to here as the release formerly known as GP 2012). While a major focus has been placed on the new web-based user interface, there are also lots of other great features being added to the core product. I wanted to run through a few of the enhancements here, not in any particular order.
1. New web client
Theres no denying this is a major focus of the new release. The new web client is being built on Microsofts Silverlight framework, and will provide browser based access to Dynamics GP over a secure connection. It can co-exist in your environment with the desktop client, providing a way for remote users to access GP without the need for a Terminal Services architecture. Its still under final development, so Im sure well hear a lot more about it as it gets closer to release.
2. Ability to select a printer at the time of print
This one may have actually gotten the most audience response when it was presented Youll now be able to choose your printer at print time, just like you do with other Microsoft products. How novel!
3. Ability to print SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) reports directly from GP forms
In addition to selecting your printer at print time, the RS reports will be available from within the GP forms, just like the current Report Writer reports, freeing you from waiting for your browser to load Report Server. This is all pointing towards Report Writer being replaced with SSRS for rendering the printed reports.
4. Mass Depreciation Reversal
For you Fixed Asset users if you make a mistake and depreciate a large volume of assets, and need to back out your error, you will no longer have to back them each out individually. GP 2013 will offer you the capability to perform a mass reversal of the depreciation, all at once.
5. Inventory Reason codes
This includes the ability to define a standard set of reason codes that can be applied to an inventory transaction as its entered. By capturing the various reasons for a transaction, metrics can be generated and analysis performed to get a better handle on the various whys behind your inventory transactions. For example what are the reasons that we are scrapping material?
6. Business Analyzer on the Home page / Customizable Area pages
This was one of the cooler features I saw at Convergence (which unfortunately lends itself much better to live demoing!). But, with the ease of drag and drop, I saw the Key Metrics from Business Analyzer being moved around and resized on the GP Home Page (both in the web and desktop client!). It really made those metrics jump out at you when you landed on your Home Page. Furthermore, the Area pages could be similarly moved around and customized, instead of being a static list of application options in the collapsible window panes as it is in GP 2010.
7. Tolerance Handling for PO Receipts
For Purchase Order receiving, you will be able to set Tolerance Levels for quantities being received. If you set up a tolerance level, any quantities not received but within the tolerance limits, can be cancelled from the Purchase Order. You can choose to set this up to occur automatically or be prompted.
8. Sub Ledger Reconcile - BR to GL
Worried about your checkbook balance and GL cash account not matching? This new option will attempt to match Bank Reconciliation and General Ledger records on transaction source, date, and amount and will report matched transactions, unmatched transactions, and potentially matched transactions, with the capability to drill back to the document and/or journal entry. This is in alignment with the reconciliation options currently available in Payables and Receivables Management.
9. Bank Administration Institute (BAI) format for Electronics Fund Transfer (EFT)
If you are not using GPs EFT capabilities, and the holdup was due to no support for the BAI standards, fear no more. In GP 2013 the capability to set up an EFT file based on BAI standards will be included.
10. SOP/POP Drop Ship for Serial/Lots
Need the ability to track serial/lot numbers from vendors on drop ships? This feature will allow users to enter the serial numbers for any product being drop-shipped, unlike current released versions of GP. And, if you have a SOP invoice linked to a PO, the Serial/Lot will come across onto the SOP invoice.
There are many more enhancements slated for the core product beyond what Ive listed here. One of the slides I saw indicated 100+ features being added to the core product! These are just some of the ones that caught my eye. (Of course, content is always subject to change until we see the actual release.) We will continue to keep you posted as we hear more about the release formerly known as GP 2012!