It has been a while since I posted an update on the Belgian Dynamics Community (BDC). You know, "the thing" that we (a few others and me) started two years ago. "The thing" .. being a community that organizes events (some info evenings about a number of topics regarding the Microsoft Dynamics products). In the beginning, it was all about Microsoft Dynamics NAV ... but now, also AX and CRM evenings are organised. So, I think we can say it has grown to a full worthy "Dynamics" Community, isn't it?
You can imagine .. three products, 6 evenings per product per year is 18 evenings, plus some customer visits and such ... it involves quite some work. To do this a little bit "efficiently", we came up with the concept of "Connection Days". The concept is to organize one evening, for all three products ... about the same topic. Last time we had the topic "Business Intelligence". It was a very (VERY) succesful evening. We had to stop the registration about one week before the event, because we already had 100 attendees (which is the limit ... If we only had an unlimited amount of money ). The sessions were good .. . The only negative feedback we got was that people got something else that they expected. Too technical for functional people, too functional for technical people. Let's say ... the session description seemed to have been quite vague ... .
That's the reason I write this blogpost. I would like to give some more information about the upcoming event, next week on the 28th of January.
This time, it's the same deal. We already have over 100 people registered, so we're putting every effort into it to make it worthwhile. The topic this time: "Software + Services".
As this is a NAV blog (and I'm BDC Product Lead (or how do you kids call it these days ...) for NAV ... so can't go into detail for the other products...), I will only talk about the NAV session that will take place.
Originally, the topic of the NAV session was simply " Extending the Value of Dynamics NAV with Web Services ". The intention was to make it a purely technical session. Why? I have been giving quite some sessions about Web Services, but never went into code ... while every time, technical people were in the room (one might expect when doing a session about web services ...), and every time, I got the comment that "I didn't go technical enough". This time, it was (is..) time for code. And that's what we have been communicating.
Now, people in Denmark seem to be following the happenings at the BDC as well .. and noticed we were doing sessions about S+S. They found it so interesting they volunteered to participate. Jesper Lachance Ræbild is flying over to Belgium, especially to join our NAV Session. This is something we couldn't refuse, because it makes the evening so more useful. Why?
Jesper is going to talk about Dynamics ERP, Hosting and "Attached Services". Microsoft is releasing services "in the cloud" that we, as NAV consultants, will be able to easily attach our NAV System with. There is already one useful service ... which I will not reveal just yet. That's for during the session. Curious, are yah? ARE YAH?? (Okay Okay, I will be writing a review to keep everyone up-to-date ;°)).
Anyway .. that means the agenda for the NAV session is slightly going to change. First we will have Jesper with "the stuff in the cloud" ... things you should know for understanding the value of Software + Services. After ... you will still have the technical part, that will be hosted by myself (sorry if that is a disappointment ..). So, first the "bla bla", then the "boom boom".
Looking forward seeing you there ... and for those who can't attend ... watch the blog for the review.
This week, there were many confusions about the VAT 2010 issue ... apparently people forgot to update the license of the customers. This license update is needed because of the fact new objects were created ... so a new range had to be supported. Quite logical, but not a cat thought of it (as they say in Belgium).
You can imagine, upgrading all licenses of your customers might take a while .. especially when you know the EOC online app, and the flow to request the updates. Luckily, Microsoft is helping us out for this. All customers with an active BREP will be updated by them without request ... you'll just have to manually download them.
Here is the official story:
As was written in the release notes of the VAT 2010 Report Pack for Microsoft Dynamics NAV (yeah yeah .. we don't read those, guys ... get real ), a License update is required for every customer that needs the VAT 2010 update. In order to save some time, EOC will automatically update all the Microsoft Dynamics NAV licenses under active BREP for Belgian partners. Customers who do not have an active BREP will not be able to receive the update.
At the latest on Tuesday next week, this update will have been done by EOC. You will receive an email from EOC with the list of all customers where the licenses will have been updated When a customer is missing, you, as a partner will have to do a CLT request for every customer that is missing. The updated license key will be at your disposal in Commerce as soon as the update has been done.
As you can read, this is the case for Belgium. I don't know if other countries are treated the same way... . If you don't know .. here's a good reason to check with your local Microsoft office (no, not the software... ).
So, I guess this is why customers need to pay for maintenance?
I don't know if you've ever seen a demo of the "Dynamics NAV 2009 SP1 Treemap"-addin. No? Here is a screenshot:
It's actually another view on the "Customer List". People who have ever seen the Performance Point "TreeMap"? This one is quite the same. It gives you a customer list with the most important customer bigger then less important customers. In fact, you can set this up yourself with the parameters on top of the graph.
This is Microsoft's explanation:
The Treemap Business Data Visualization for Microsoft Dynamics® NAV provides a unique view on business data. It can provide insight from different data perspectives and can be used to help identify outliers and actionable items. Combined with histogram-based visual filtering and integration into business logic and the user interface (UI) of the RoleTailored client, this is a powerful tool for end users.
This AddIn is now available for Microsoft Dynamics NAV … officially (and supported!). You (partners) can find the application files here and the whitepaper here.
When you're planning to print reports from the new RDLC layout, things have been changed. One of the things is: how do I print this damn report in landscape?? With the new matrix-report possibilities, one might expect to have too many columns to print it in portrait.
Well, keep in mind that in the RoleTailored client, the properties PaperSize and Orientation (that we know as report-properties in the Report Designer) are obsolete. This means: you can do whatever you want with it .. the printout won't take these properties into account.
So, how DO I set the size and orientation then?
That part, I could not find in the manual (in the 10 minutes I searched for it .. sorry). But I did find it online. And it's quite simple. I was searching for literally the "orientation" or "size" keyword, but actually all I needed is the Report Properties in the RDLC layout (Visual Studio):
As you can see, you can set the page width and height. For example an A4 paper size:
It's all manually in the Layout-tab of the Report Properties.
Hope this is helpful!
Like Mark already mentioned in his blog: the first report-objects are available. This means some countries can finish the upgrade process for their customers.
I'm posting this extra blog to mention to you that the table has been updated again … and now … the Belgian objects ARE available . I suggest you check this table on a daily basis to know if you can start the upgrades in your country
Warning!Furthermore … watch what you're doing. If you're upgrading the reports now, see that the VAT Reporting of December 2009 is still legal. So, you don't want to update the report objects when the reporting of previous month has to be done by the legal requirements of 2009. You will have to work around that, if it's requested by your country (or the country that you're upgrading).
I'm working on this as we speak, so I don't have a workaround myself just yet. I just wanted to give this as a warning.
This is the complete list: