Dynamics GP 2015 Top New Features Round-Up – Part I

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 is almost here, with a planned release date of December 1st. Directly from Microsoft is a ‘Feature of the Day’ with continuous new posts until its release, giving insight into where this highly popular software is heading next.

New features in Dynamics GP 2015 have been confirmed to center on:

  1. Service Based Architecture
  2. Identity Management
  3. Azure Procurement
  4. Apps on multiple platforms

The following list is a compilation of the ‘Feature of the Day’ posts so far for Dynamics GP 2015,

1. General Ledger Batch Approval Workflow

  • General Ledger Batch Approval allows users to create workflow processes around General, Clearing and Budget transaction batches. These processes need to be completed before defined document processes.

2. Payables Batches Approval Workflow

  • Payables Batch Approval allows users to create workflow processes which need to be completed before defined document processes.

3. Receivables Batch Approval Workflow

  • Receivables Batch Approval allows users to create workflow processes which need to be completed before defined document processes.

4. Vendor Approval Workflow

  • Vendor Approval allows users to create workflow processes which need to be completed before defined document processes.

5. Project Expense Workflow

  • Project Accounting employees can create expense reports for any projects to which they are assigned. Employees can also be set up to allow delegates to enter expense reports on their behalf. Workflow approvals and task assignments are defined for expense reports; workflow actions are executed on the documents from the Expense Entry window or from the Navigation lists.

6. Organizational Accounts User Authentication

  • This feature allows users to be authenticated for Microsoft Dynamics GP using organizational account credentials, also known as Azure AD accounts. This allows the user to log into the Microsoft Dynamics GP Web Client using the same credentials that are used for Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, or many other cloud applications.

7. Service Based Architecture

  • With the addition of this functionality partners and ISVs can build more robust integrations or create companion apps in their platform of choice expanding reach, depth and capability of Microsoft Dynamics GP.

8. .Net Interop

  • Developers can now directly reference .NET assemblies and their objects in sanScript in order to leverage capability offered in the .NET Framework. This includes the ability to call out to services or use objects as a means of data handling and processing.

9. Employee Benefits

  • The new Benefits View window allows employees to view their benefits. Benefits View shows employee contributions and employer contributions. An option for All or Active allows employees to view what they are assigned as well as all benefits available.

10. Employee Self Service Functionality

  • The new Employee Profile window in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 allows employees to view and/or update their personal information including Address/Phone Numbers, Emergency Contacts, Dependents, and Position History. This is an extension of the Employee Self Service functionality.

11. Employee Profile, Skills & Training

  • The Employee Skills & Training window allows managers to view and edit the Education and Tests for their team members. Managers can also view the Skills and Training for each employee.

12. Service Based Architecture Deployment

  • The deployment for Service Based Architecture offers the flexibility to meet your deployment needs. There is a simple single machine configuration for demo, development and smaller production deployments. You may also choose a scale out deployment across multiple servers, using a single tenant or multitenant configuration.

13. HR/P Workflow Navigation List

  • In Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 approvers have one place to view and approve employee self-service changes. This is a one-stop-shop for managers to see all of their assigned tasks including Payroll Timecards, Employee Profile, Employee Skills, Payroll W4, and Payroll Direct Deposit.

14. Employee W4 and Workflow

  • With Employee W4, the user can see their current W4 settings, view historical W4’s, make changes, and submit the changes to workflow. From the Employee Time Management home page part the user can choose update my W4.

15. Direct Deposit and Workflow

  • The Employee Direct Deposit window allows an employee to view and edit their direct deposit information. They can start or stop direct deposit, add or remove accounts and edit the direct deposit distribution.

16. Employee Paystubs

  • With Employee Self Service Paystubs, the user can see their pay stubs and then can view the detail or print them to a printer.

17. Team Manger Employee Profile, Skills and Training

  • The Employee Skills & Training window allows managers to view and edit the Education and Tests for their team members. Managers can also view the Skills and Training for each employee.

18. Canadian Payroll on Web Client

  • This allows the full functionality of Canadian Payroll for those customers who wish to use a web browser type of install for Microsoft Dynamics GP.

19. Fixed Assets Year End Report

  • Now, in a single step, you can close your year and print a status report of all the assets that are being affected by the close. On the report you’ll see the year to date depreciation, cost basis, accumulated depreciation, net book and more.

20. Create Refreshable Excel Reports

  • This feature will enable users to create refreshable Excel reports using SmartList Designer. Reports created from SQL views may be published to the Excel report library. By publishing a refreshable report, the user can open the report in Excel and the data will always be up to date.

21. Payment Terms – Transaction Calculation

  • A new selection was added to calculate the transaction due date from the transaction date or from the discount date. Additional calculation options like annual or month/date and being able to add days or months to the calculation gives you greater flexibility when setting up your payment terms.

22. Payment Terms – Discount Date Calculation

  • Now you have the same calculation options for discount date that you do for transaction due date. You choose among calculation options like annual, next month or month/date and being able to add days, months, or years to the calculation gives you greater flexibility when setting up your payment terms.

23. Copy Home Page and Area Page

  • This feature provides the ability to copy the Home Page Role, Home Page Content, or Area Page Settings from one user to another. Make the User setup process a snap by simply copying Security, Home Page Role, Home Page Content, or Area Page settings from an existing user.

Continue reading, Part II has been posted here with the remaining features released.

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November 5, 2014