By Marcia Nita Doron,
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Full Disclosure: I was provided a no-charge paperback edition for the purpose of this review by the publisher, Packt.
What piqued my interest in the first place was actually the fact that Errol Schoenfish, a monument in the Microsoft Dynamics community, wrote the foreword. And of course, Errol made a few great points, the most salient of which is that raw data is “useless” unless it can be analyzed and turned into meaningful reports on the health of a business through trend analyses and key performance indicators (KPIs).
This book addresses the fundamental question of how to turn raw data into meaningful metrics using the reporting tools available in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010. And it addresses that question in great detail, in a highly organized framework, replete with numerous, incredibly useful screenshots. It starts with the basics of “Meeting the Reporting Challenge” and “Where Is My Data and How Do I Get to It?” And it takes you all the way through the design and execution of sophisticated reports using the various tools available in Dynamics GP 2010, such as SmartList Builder (SLB), Excel Report Builder (ERB), Report Writer (RW), SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS), Analysis Cubes (AC), and Management Reporter (MR).
What’s more, the Appendix at the end of the book compares those tools and outlines the features and functions of each. The Appendix serves as a quick, high level reference guide.
Kudos to the authors for a tremendous effort and a valuable resource for skilled end users and Dynamics GP professionals alike.