I am a 12 year user of FRx, so it was hard for me to accept that it was going away after Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010. But then I remembered that I had the same problem with Lotus 123 and I am now an avid Microsoft Excel supporter.
Last week, I held a webinar on
All customers who purchase Dynamics GP 2010 will receive
- Undo button!
- Column page breaks.
- Ability to add images to your reports (e.g. logos, graphs, etc.)
- Reports Viewer - Comes with a Report Server that allows you to publish your reports to a web server and all users can view, print and Export to Excel the reports they are used to getting in paper format.
- There is enhanced stability because the underlying database is SQL Server instead of Access.
- Reports Library – ability to organize your published reports by type and set security for each report.
- A migration tool is available to move FRx reports to Management Reporter reports. This can be tricky.
- Use the various dimensions in Dynamics GP 2010 (e.g. GAAP, IFRS, etc.)
- Reports can be grouped for generation of multiple reports at once.
There are some caveats as well that may cause you to postpone your migration:
- Evaluate the multicurrency translation tables that you are utilizing in FRx.
- The speed in generating a report to a queue rather than on your desktop is lacking. The benefits of a web publishing environment will outweigh the wait.
- If you are linking directly to Forecaster, you will need to wait until the Forecaster replacement is announced. No date on that yet.
- If you are exporting to cubes or Excel Pivot Tables, those features are not there in MR.
Hope this gives you some insight into Management Reporter. Let us know if you have any questions.
By Mary Lenehan, Client Education Manager at Crestwood Associates, the