April 23, 2011

How to do I recover the Administrator password in FRx?

The answer to this question is - you don't.  If you lose the password and can't remember it, you're stuck.  A call to Microsoft is required to help.  However, there is a work-around.  If you have the FW company setup in FRx, login to the FW company as Administrator.  The Admin password in the FW company is blank (unless you change it).  Once in as Admin, you can make changes in your production companies also, not just the FW company.

April 14, 2011

Why do you think your company's utilization of GP is not optimal?

Okay, now that we know a lot of you aren't getting all you could from your GP system, let's explore some of the reasons why.  I just posted a new poll and would love to get your input as to why that's the case.  If there's another reason that doesn't appear in the list, let me know and I'll add it to the choices.


April 13, 2011

Final poll results - How much of your ERP system do you actually use?

The poll closed yesterday and between driving back from Convergence in Atlanta and getting ready for a client engagement today, I'm just now getting around to posting the results.  The breakdown of the 23 responses is as follows:
As you can see, the average utilization is less than 50% of the capability of the respondents' GP systems.  Why is that?  I have some ideas.  To get a peak at what those ideas are, please have a look at my recent article on the topic at MSDynamicsWorld - http://msdynamicsworld.com/story/don%E2%80%99t-let-your-microsoft-dynamics-erp-solution-fall-short-5-tips-successful-implementation.

Until next post!

April 12, 2011

Migrating from FRx to Management Reporter

I sat in on this session yesterday at Convergence, presented by part of the Microsoft FRx/MR team.  I personally have not yet had to migrate any clients from FRx to MR but I know the time is coming soon.

The good news is, if you follow the upgrade guide provided by Microsoft with the MR software (and additional documentation which can be found in the KBs on CustomerSource and PartnerSource) the upgrade looks like a relative piece of cake.  Likewise, the Microsoft folks are reporting a very short ramp to get your people up to speed on Management Reporter.  The similarities between it and FRx are strong, so it should be a pretty easy transition.

One disadvantage that exists right now in MR is that you can't email reports like you can in FRx.  That capability may be included in future releases of MR, but that's going to be determined by the user community.  The MS team reports that the focus group they use to provide input into the features that are included in the future hasn't indicated a strong desire for email capability within MR.

If you're using MR right now and or are planning to in the near future, you might want to check these links.  The first is a link to the LinkedIn Management Reporter Users Group.  The second link is to a You Tube video posted by Microsoft on the Management Reporter tool.

Good luck!

April 11, 2011

DayOne At Convergence

If you weren't at the Convergence Reception last night, here's what you missed.  The weather was awesome, a perfect evening in Atlanta and the food, drink, & entertainment were first rate.  Who ever said accountants and geeks were boring???

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Off to the Monday activities!

April 4, 2011