Five Microsoft Dynamics GP Accounts Payable windows in need of renaming

As many of you know, I am now a member of Mekorma's Software Engineering team. A big part of what I do revolves around designing and engineering new features for our existing products and building entirely new products. In a cursory review of our flagship product, Mekorma MICR, I realized that Microsoft Dynamics GP has five (5) windows in need of some serious face lift. You see, the face lift is not because there's anything wrong with the windows layout, but rather, everything wrong with their titles.

In the days when all the Accounts Payable module could do was check printing, the title of these windows made perfect sense. However, times have evolved and product functionality has expanded to support multiple vendor payment methods: everything from traditional checks, to transferring of electronic funds (EFTs), to -- with the introduction of Dynamics GP 2016 -- credit card payments.

NOTE: The credit card payment feature supports building the payment batch and generating the remittances, but does not perform the actual charge and settlement of the credit card itself.

The windows are as follow:

1) Select Payables Checks

The proposed name change for this window is Build Payments Batch.

Select Payables Checks window
 2) Edit Payables Check Batch

The proposed name change for this window is Edit Payment Batch.
Edit Pauables Check Batch

3)  Edit Payables Checks

The proposed name change for this window is Edit Vendor Payments.

Edit Payables Checks

4) Print Payables Checks

The proposed name change for this window is Print Payables Documents.

Print Payables Checks window

5) Post Payables Checks

The proposed name change for this window is Post Payables Documents.

Post Payables Checks
Some of these windows will need to undergo changes to prompts, values within drop-down lists, changes in button captions and even changes in reports to reflect the new realities. However, it is for the greater good of the product. 

So, here's what I need... I need you to click on the following link and vote to push Microsoft to make these changes.

Here are a few immediate benefits of this change:

1. Increase relevancy of and provide clarity to the Accounts Payable functionality. Frankly, GP doesn't only print checks as a mean to pay vendors.

2. Increase product acceptance in international markets. Most countries outside of the USA and Canada do not generate checks as a payment instrument and the simple fact that all these windows make reference to checks (cheques elsewhere) can turn off a prospective client from buying the product or may put a re-seller to explain his or herself away. 

3. Ease of understanding of product capabilities by customers and partners. You are the one who benefits directly as a result. Clear windows, with clear descriptions can only facilitate and reduce the amount of training required to understand the product.

4. Ability to expand into future payment methods without impacting customer's and partner's understanding of the product.

So please get out there and vote!

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP
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