Sunday, May 7, 2017

Ideas for D365? Tell Microsoft!

This blog post is a public service announcement. If you have an idea for how Dynamics 365 for Operations can be improved, Microsoft has a website where end users can tell them what they'd like to see as well as vote on ideas that other users have suggested. Get out there and post your great ideas! Also, there are already several great ideas that have been posted. If you see a life changing idea, be sure to vote it up!

The website where ideas can be submitted to Microsoft and voted on is:

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Horse Race in AX

As many of you may know, I work and reside in beautiful Louisville, Kentucky. One of the best parts of living in this city is that on the first Saturday in May, we host a small gathering of our closest 150,000 friends called the Kentucky Derby. For those of you not familiar with the Kentucky Derby, it's a horse race that's been hailed "the most exciting two minutes in sports."

Photo of me at Churchill Downs
I got to spend some time at the track this week.

Friday, April 28, 2017

The Marathon of Implementation

I wrote this article for the AXUG magazine (link to original article here) and felt that it was appropriate to share it again on the eve of yet another half marathon. As many companies are actively considering moving to Dynamics 365, it still maintains its relevance. Here it is, slightly edited to maintain applicability.

The Marathon of Implementation

After being live in AX for over three years now, I can look back on my company’s implementation process and laugh about some of the craziness that occurred during that time. Of course, I now have some space from that process and I have gained a bit of perspective. At the time though, I would not have laughed, and I can empathize with the pain that those of you are feeling that are in the process of implementing AX, Dynamics 365, or any ERP for that matter.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

AX Word of the Week: Inquiries

Inquiries - you see them in almost every module of AX along with the headers Common, Journals, Periodic, Setup, and Reports. If you have ever opened something that was listed under Inquiries, you may have gotten something that kind of reminds you of a report, or a query screen, or even a completely new form.

Inquiries within the produciton module in AX
Inquiries within a module in AX

Thursday, April 13, 2017

AX Word of the Week: ERP

What is an ERP? I am actually asked this question a lot, and for people not well versed or immersed in the world of ERP, it's pretty common to not know what this acronym means.

AX is an ERP

ERP stands for Enterprise Resource Planning. I know, that really cleared it up.

Confused baby
Enterprise resource wha...?

For the simple, down and dirty explanation, I just tell people that it's fancy terminology for an accounting system.

But an ERP is so much more than just an accounting system. If you do a search for ERP, the definitions that are out there can be overwhelming and sound more like they belong in a textbook on ERP Theory.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

AX Word of the Week: FastTab

This week's AX Word of the Week is FastTab. I did not realize it, but I say this word a lot in my blog posts and I have never really explained it. Some people probably know exactly what this is (or have a pretty good idea) but if you ever find yourself wanting to explain navigation in AX to someone, knowing what a FastTab is can truly save you some time.

The FastTab in AX

Thursday, March 16, 2017

AX Word of the Week: Infolog

Ah, the infolog. You are probably very familiar with this if you work in AX in any capacity, but you may not have known what it was called. The infolog is a tool that developers use to communicate issues within the system to users, but you probably are more familiar with it as that %#^$& pop up message that's not letting you do your job.

Image of shocked older woman
Watch your language!

What is an infolog in AX?