Microsoft recently rolled out Dynamics GP 2015, and with it, a number of significant new features and abilities. In some ways, this is an update that completely rethinks aspects of the program, while adding features that users have long asked for.
So what are
One of the main new features--and the one that has generated the most excitement in GP 2015--is Service-Based Architecture (SBA).
Darren Woodbrey, Technical Director at Tidestone Solutions
How does that help GP users? By offering a degree of flexibility and extensibility not previously possible.
"REST is the most common form of web service being used today," continued Woodbrey. “Almost any type of application/reporting platform can consume it. Android, Apple and Windows-based mobile platforms all consume REST services. Microsoft even has a drag and drop application named Siena that is used to build Windows 8 modern apps. This means that with a few clicks, application consultants or customers can build a Windows 8 app based off of GP data for your organization."
This has a couple of benefits to your organization. First, you no longer need an expert programmer to create applications for your GP data. Second, the applications you create don't require a license.
Custom Excel Refreshable Reports
This is one of those features users have been asking for, for years. Using SmartList Designer, you can create SmartLists that can be exported to Excel. Wherever you save the Excel spreadsheet, it will automatically refresh when you open it, ensuring it is always up-to-date.
Workflow 2.0 Improvements
Workflow 2.0 was originally introduced in GP 2013 R2, but it sees significant improvements in GP 2015.
Some of the new workflows include (
- General Ledger batch approval
- Payables batch approval
- Vendor approval
- Receivables batch approval
- Employee skills approval
- W4 approval
- Project expense report approval
These new native workflows
Employee Self-Service Functionality
What It All Means
With these changes, it's clear that Microsoft is working hard to add value throughout the Dynamics GP experience. Automating tasks, leveraging data, making it easier for customers and partners to extend and modify solutions are just a few of the ways that GP 2015 improves its value over previous versions.
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