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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 19:50

Locating Data in Dynamics 365 is a Snap!

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Finding the data you are looking for may be far easier than you realize in Dynamics 365. There are many out-of-the-box elements in D365 which enable you to quickly (and easily) locate just what you need. Not only that, once you pinpoint the data, there are features that give you the ability to save the filter and create valuable metrics. This session will provide end users with valuable tips to efficiently and effectively find just what they need!

Topics to include:

  • Maximizing Views
  • Charts and how they interact with Views
  • Effective Use of Global Search and Quick Search
  • Creating Advanced Find Queries

Date: Thursday September 27, 2018
Time: 11:00AM - 11:30AM EST

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 18:03

Great Power BI Reporting Ideas for Dynamics GP

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Learn how to read the data from Microsoft Dynamics GP in Power BI. In this webinar, we’ll be sharing great reporting ideas for Dynamics GP and demo our favorite dashboards. The dashboards that will be presented in this webinar are:

  • Financials Dashboard
  • Sales Dashboard
  • Project Accounting Dashboard

Date: Wednesday September 26, 2018
Time: 2:30PM - 3:00PM EST

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 17:47

POWER BI 101 WEBINAR

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This Power BI 101 webinar will go more into detail than a simple introduction. This webinar will provide all the fundamentals needed in building a Power BI dashboard for your business. Join our webinar and learn the following:

  • Connecting to Data Sources
  • Creating Reports using Visualizations
  • Some Examples of Popular Power BI Reports

Date: Wednesday September 26, 2018
Time: 1:00PM - 2:00PM EST

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Everyone knows that Dynamics 365 has many great ways to link entities together, however once they are linked what controls do we have over their behavior? Enter, Cascading Rules. Cascading rules are a set it and forget it setting which controls the behaviors between two related entities. Cascading rules in D365 allows users to control what actions are passed down from one entity to another.

A great example where cascading rules come in handy is when users want to reassign the owner for a specific account record. However, they do not want its related activities such as emails, tasks and appointments to change owner when this happens. This is when you would go into cascading rules and update the assign setting to prevent the assign action from being passed down to its related activities.

In D365 the out of box settings for cascading rules, for a good majority of relationships, is Set to Parental (Cascade All), which means the action taken on the parent entity will be passed down. Now this may be suitable for some relationships, but in the case of the assign action being applied to Activities, this typically causes some undesirable results.

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Toggling the Type of Behavior to Configurable Cascading allows you to customize each of the relationship behaviors individually.

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Below are the possible cascading options you can select for each action.

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Cascade All: The action taken on the record will apply to its related entity records.

Cascade Active: Similar to Cascade All, except that the action taken on the record will apply to the related entity records, so long as the related records are in an Active or Open state. [Related records that have been deactivated will not be affected.]

Cascade User-Owned: Similar to Cascade All, except, that the action taken on the record will apply only to related entity records owned by the user.

Cascade None: The action taken on the record will not apply to the related entity records.

Now that you have learned about cascading options, why not apply it to your organization? Once cascading rules are setup properly, you never need to worry about related records being negatively impacted again. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions or need assistance implementing.

Global Search is one of the most widely used features in Dynamics 365 since everyone needs to lookup records on a regular basis. Global search makes finding records easy because it allows users to query the entire D365 database in a quick and easy way. The main difference between global search and entity search is that global search checks multiple entities in the system while entity search only looks through records for a specific entity type.

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Global search is great for looking up records if you only have a rough idea or small piece of information to go on. This is because global search checks multiple entities and multiple key fields in those entities for your search word. Global search casts a wide net and finds anything with a close match. With that said, global search does not check every field for a match because that would simply take too long.

With the above in mind, do you know which fields are being checked in your company right now when you perform a global search query? To find out, you will need account admin privileges, allowing you to look at the system backend and customize your global search setup.

To start, let’s check which entities are currently enabled for global search. To do so, go to Settings > Administration in the navigation menu.

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Within the Administration screen click on System Settings.

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In the system settings pop up window, go to the General tab and then click Select for the option “Select entities for Categorized Search”.

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From here you can see which entities are included when performing a global search and add and remove entities as needed. You can add entities by selecting the entity in the left-hand column and clicking Add to move it to the right-hand column. Similarly, you can remove entities by selecting them in the right-hand column and clicking Remove. Once you have the entities you want included, you can reorder them to impact the order in which they are displayed when results are returned. You can select up to 10 entities to query when performing a global search. This maximum is set to help balance the quality of results with performance.

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Once you have setup which entities to be included in the global search, you can now customize which fields the system will query for when performing the search.

To do so, go to the entity you wish to view/modify the search fields for and in the action bar click on System Views.

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In the new pop up window, select the entities Quick Find View. This view controls the information which is searched and displayed in your global searches.

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In the view editor, use the Add View Columns and Add Find Columns to control which fields are searched (find) and displayed (view) in your global searches.

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Once you have updated your view, based on your preferences, save and publish the changes and your global search criteria will have been updated.

Now that you know how to customize your global search why not ask your team what would make the global search experience richer and more valuable to them. For any additional questions regarding searching in D365 contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Do you find that the data shown in your Dynamics 365 environment is not reflective of the business data which is relevant to you? There are a variety of out of the box tools in Dynamics 365 which can be used to achieve this vital need. Such tools include Views and Charts which can be brought together into Dashboards to give an overview of data components captured in Dynamics 365.

For Dashboards, Views, and Charts there are two definitive types, Personal and System.

Personal Dashboards/Views/Charts

You, and anyone else, who has at least User level access to the system can build their own personal dashboards, views and charts based on their privileges in the system. The system administrator can modify the access level for each action in the security role to control the depth to which people can create, read, write, delete, assign, or share personal views.

All three components are owned by individuals and because of their default User level access, they are visible only to that person or anyone else they choose to share them with.

System Dashboards/Views/Charts

As a system administrator or system customizer, you can create and edit system dashboards, views or charts. System Views and Charts are viewable by all users who have access to the system, while System Dashboards can have controlled access by associating explicit security roles.

Views

Views define how a list of records for a specific entity are displayed in the application. A variety of views are available to select from right out of the box, and their variance is based on the filtered criteria which has been defined. Click the drop-down arrow next to a view name to reveal the additional views you can select from.

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Personal Views

You can create personal views by saving a query that you define by using Advanced Find or by using the Save Filters as New Views and Save Filters to Current View options in the list of views. These options and saved Personal Views are included at the bottom of system views in the application. Do note, that while you can create a new personal view based on a system view, you cannot create a system view based on a personal view.

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System Views

A System Administrator or System Customizer can create and modify system views by navigating to the organizations solution, and selecting an entity to modify or create a view for. These are viewable by all users who have access to the system.

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Want to learn more about creating Personal Views? Check out our blog.

Charts

A chart is a graphic representation of data from multiple records of an entity. Charts interact with the views and filters which are currently applied to the active view and a chart is refreshed each time you change your view. So, if viewing My Leads, the chart will depict that information, if you switch the view to All Leads, the Chart will change to reflect the data of the newly selected View.

From a View, refer to the righthand side of the window to expand and collapse the Chart pane. Click the drop-down arrow next to a chart name to reveal the additional charts you can select from.

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Personal Charts

You can create personal charts by performing a “save as” on an existing chart or create a new chart from scratch. These options are included in the chart toolbar and your saved personal charts will display beneath the system charts. Do note, that while you can create a new personal chart based on a system chart, you cannot create a system chart based on a personal chart.

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System Charts

A System Administrator or System Customizer can create and modify system charts by navigating to the organizations solution, and selecting an entity to modify or create a chart for. These are viewable by all users who have access to the system.

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Want to learn more about creating Personal Charts? Check out our blog.

Dashboards

Dashboards are collections of views, charts, web resources, and iFrames, which display key metrics which are vital to your organization. Click the drop-down arrow next to a dashboard name to reveal the additional dashboards you can select from.

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Personal Dashboards

A personal dashboard allows you to design a dashboard which is unique to you, displaying the views and/or charts which contain the information which your world revolves around. You can choose from both System and Personal Views and Charts to incorporate into your Dashboard. Create personal dashboards by performing a “save as” on an existing dashboard or create a new dashboard from scratch. These options are included in the dashboard toolbar and your saved personal dashboards will display beneath the system dashboards. Do note, that while you can create a new personal dashboard based on a system dashboard, you cannot create a system dashboard based on a personal dashboard.

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System Dashboards

A System Administrator or System Customizer can create and modify system dashboards by navigating to the organizations solution, and selecting Dashboards to modify or create a chart for. Unlike Views and Charts, you can control the visibility of Dashboards by selecting a Dashboard and clicking on Enable Security Roles.

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Want to learn more about creating Personal Dashboards? Check out our blog.

If you need assistance or have any questions about Views. Charts or Dashboards, please reach out to our support team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are always happy to help you increase the productivity of your Dynamics 365 environment!

Thursday, 09 August 2018 21:27

Is Dynamics GP Dead?

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Is Microsoft Dynamics GP Dead?

Is Dynamics GP dead? For 20 years Dynamics GP has helped business become digital. Rest assured Microsoft Dynamics GP has made its mark in the Dynamics ecosystem, and it’s here to stay. Join our webinar and find out where Microsoft Dynamics GP is headed.

This webinar will cover

-The future of Dynamics GP
-What it means for your business

Date: Wednesday August 29, 2018
Time: 11:00AM - 11:30AM EST

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