Oh how we all love summer: the warm weather, the busy social calendar, and the lazy days spent relaxing by the pool. And this year, we’re giving you even more to love with our Suite Summertime Savings bundle promotion. We’re offering our lowest prices of the year early, because why wait?

 


What’s so sweet about these suite savings?

We’re glad you asked! All summer long, when you purchase any two Rockton Software products, you’ll save $30 per GP User, per product. That’s a combined savings of $60 per GP user. 

How will I decide?

We’re no Baskin Robbins, but our choices are just as delicious, if you’re a Dynamics GP user that is. Rather than agonizing over 31 flavors, we’ve got five different products to choose from. The best part? You can sample them all just the same! 

All of our Dynamics GP add-ons come with a FREE 30-day trial. We want to make sure that you find the products to best fit your needs, so it makes sense to try before you buy. 

Here’s a look at our product flavors:

  • SmartFill: Find information up to 83% faster with our quick and easy google-style data search tool
  • Auditor: Changes happen, now you have a way to track them all
  • Dynamics GP Toolbox: Over 25 tools in one convenient package to enhance the Dynamics GP user experience
  • Dynamics Report Manager: any report, any time, any place
  • Omni Price: Manage nearly every pricing situation you can think of, and a bunch you haven’t

Make it a double…scoop!

If you’ve found a couple products you’d like add to your Dynamics GP System, it’s time to get in touch with our sales team. Our team is standing by to provide you with whatever you may need: a one-on-one demo, a quote, or more information on our products in general. Contact our team at sales@rocktonsoftware.com. This offer is valid through August, 31st 2018.

Bob McAdam and Dynamic Communities have done a fine job carrying the GP Tech Conference torch forward this year in Fargo, ND. The sessions were about what I expected and I came away with a few choice tidbits. This year’s event was organized pretty much the same as past Fargo GP conferences; it really didn’t miss a beat.

The Conference

From my perspective, I’m glad there wasn’t an overwhelming focus on Dynamics 365. There was though, lots of good stuff on PowerApps and I hope they expand the capabilities there at some point as it shows some serious potential.

Tuesday ended with a nice panel discussion touching on development processes and best practices that saw a lot of audience participation.

Wednesday’s high point for me was David Musgrave’s and Mariano Gomez’s 25 tips/tricks/hacks/reminders session. I picked up a half-dozen or so new things, and that’s saying something considering I’ve been a Dex guy for 23 years now!  Mariano stepped out on his own later that afternoon to talk about innovative work he has done with automating build processes in the Cloud using Team Foundation Services.

Finally, the conference finished with a bang on Thursday as Steve Endow presented a fantastic session on optimizing SQL queries.

The Fun

As always, it was great to see the usual standbys in the halls and at the after hours events. Tuesday night’s entertainment was courtesy of eOne and Hennessy’s Irish Pub. They had some yummy Indian food for the sampling.  Adios Pantalones sounded great, but I spent most of my time out on the back deck trying to teach a bunch of amateurs how to play 2×4 Jenga.  (I’m tellin’ ya – just rip it out like you’re tearing off a band aid!)  Then some lovely folks from Greenshades taught me a thing or two about a little game called, “Drink While You Think.”  Or was it “Think While You Drink”?  I’ll have to ask again next time I play with them (thanks Molly and gang!).

The Karaoke

Wednesday’s blowout at the Pickled Parrot, sponsored by PowerGP Online, didn’t disappoint: good conversation, good times, and a lot of karaoke. Our very own rock star, Alicia, killed it with Bettie Davis Eyes and I’m told I didn’t embarrass myself with The Beatles’ A Ticket To Ride. So, emboldened, I subjected the crowd to a second helping of Beatles with Happiness Is a Warm Gun. Then I outgrew my britches, as they say, and attempted Three Dog Night. Fortunately Mariano and Rachael Brancich saved me from myself on that one.

Looking forward to the next conference in Fargo!  Great job Bob and Dynamic Communities!

Well here we go, August 21, 2017 has arrived! I’m writing this blog during the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse from my living room near Denver, Colorado. I’ve got NASA TV on my television, my blinds all fully open, the sun streaming through my windows… for now. I’m not in the path of totality, but I’m in store for a 93% solar eclipse. It’s been 90 years since the last total solar eclipse spanned the United States, marking today’s event as a once-in-a-lifetime experience, one that I will not be missing!

So what does any of this have to do with Rockton Software?

This momentous event has brought science to the forefront of the United States. Not only has it sparked meaningful conversations, but it has propelled action, with millions of people traveling to cities across the US for a chance to see the eclipse in its totality.

Television coverage is referring to the events organized along the path of totality as “Woodstock for nerds”. But that’s just it, this isn’t a nerd exclusive event. Everyone is getting in on the action, everyone seems to be inspired, no matter their social standing or educational background. Perhaps the best part is many have made today’s viewing a family affair, exposing their children to this celestial phenomenon. Impressionable child or full-grown adult, there is no doubt that seeing this eclipse is cool. Chalk one up for science.

A win for science is really a win for the entire STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) community.

After today’s event, I hope that even a few more young people will be inspired to pursue an education in STEM related disciplines. I hope that parents and mentors will encourage those children to chase their dreams, in hopes of expanding our resource pool for groundbreaking discoveries.

Today, science was a nationwide rock star with a sold out crowd. Let us bask in that until next time!

Ring! Ring! The school bells are ringing.

 

For many of us, our first days of school are long gone, but that doesn’t mean the buzz is any less invigorating.

 

My favorite part of a new school year wasn’t the new clothes, but rather the school supplies shopping trip. There were a few reasons this ritual will hold a special place in my heart. For starters, there was almost always a post-shopping feast at Taco Time to look forward too. Secondly, I thrived off the chaos of the crowded aisles, inspiring me to grab the last bright pink notebook before the girl next to me could. And finally, I loved feeling prepared, proudly checking every item off my list. It was symbolic in a sense, like now I was really READY for school, #2 pencils and all.

 

I think back to this feeling of preparedness and wonder why more businesses don’t place an emphasis on recreating that sentiment? Shouldn’t we all arrive to work each day feeling poised and ready to perform at our highest levels?

 

The answer is YES! And what’s even better, Rockton Software is here to help.

 

Much like kids need their school supplies, your Dynamics GP system needs similar attention. Our products are designed to make your work simpler & easier®, so you’re prepared to tackle whatever may come your way in a fast and efficient manner.

 

Here’s our Dynamics GP supplies list:

  • SmartFill: Find information up to 83% faster with our quick and easy google-style data search tool
  • Auditor: Changes happen, now you have a way to track them all
  • Dynamics GP Toolbox: Over 25 tools in one convenient package to enhance the Dynamics GP user experience
  • Dynamics Report Manager: any report, any time, any place
  • Omni Price: Manage nearly every pricing situation you can think of, and a bunch you haven’t

If you haven’t already, we hope you’ll check a few of these items off the list. Whether you’re in need of improvements with auditing, searching, pricing, reporting, security, or simply general user enhancements, we’ve got the solution for you.

 

Not sure if one of these is exactly what you need? All of our products include a FREE 30-day trial, and we encourage you to take them for a test run before purchasing. Contact our sales team at sales@rocktonsoftware.com for more information or to set up a one-on-one product demo. 

Looking for a hot summer read? Check out the brand new GP Optimizer Magazine, Summer 2017 edition

Grab an iced coffee and soak up some rays while reading this new release. This edition is comprised of articles provided by different Microsoft Dynamics GP Add-On Partners. Each article focuses on enhancing your investment in Microsoft Dynamics GP by addressing every day issues that users may be experiencing.

 

While you’re scanning the contents of the magazine, we hope you’ll pause at our article on page 29: Got Pricing Woes? We’re here with New Ways to B-O-G-O. This article details a new Omni Price product enhancement, Contract Override, which provides GP users with the opportunity to offer their customers a buy one, get one free type offer.

 

After reading, if you’d like to learn more about our Omni Price, we invite you to watch this short demo video highlighting the new product features or reach out to our sales team.

 

Beyond the articles from 14 different ISVs, you’ll be pleased to find a list of Featured Resellers. These experienced and knowledgeable Resellers are ready to assist users with any Dynamics GP product needs.

 

We appreciate your continued support of this valuable publication and hope you enjoy the magazine!

*If you have any questions regarding the contents of the magazine or if you are interested in being involved in future editions of the GP Optimizer, please contact us at gpoptimizer@rocktonsoftware.com

Summertime is here and when the work day is done, you can expect to find our crew relaxing with our families and friends. Just like you, we love to unplug and unwind, enjoying warm summer nights and action-packed weekends! As you relax by the pool this summer, our team wanted to provide a few of their favorite summer reads. And for those who are more inclined to front porch sitting, ice cream cone licking, and PBR sipping, we’ve got a few recommendations for you as well!

 

From books about the importance of making your bed, to thrilling novels turned binge-worthy Netflix series, this list encompasses it all.  On our team, you’ll find individuals from all walks of life, and in this list of books there’s surely something that will pique your interest. Whether young or old, a soccer mom or dad, an aspiring leader, a leader looking to grow, an empty nester, a mountain climbing adventurer, or a NASCAR super fan, the fact is: reading a book has no prerequisites. Pick something you’ll enjoy and dive in.

 

And for those of you who would rather spend a summer evening cruising on a pontoon boat with friends or lounging on the back porch surrounded by your fur-children, we think that’s just fine too! In fact our team loves to do this as well, especially when enjoying an ice cold beverage or perhaps a sweet treat. Here’s our top picks for ice cream while we’re at it: Mint Chocolate Chip, Ben & Jerry’s Everything but the…, Haagen-Daz Chocolate Ice Cream, and a DQ Crunch Cone.


Top 25 Rockton Reads for Summer 2017

Fiction

  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  • Kinsey Millhone series by Sue Grafton
  • Ready Player One: A Novel by Ernest Cline
  • The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

 Non-Fiction

  • Daring Greatly : How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead by Brene Brown
  • Eats, Shoots, and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss
  • Essentialism :The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg Mckeown
  • Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
  • Hands Free Life – 9 Habits of Overcoming Distraction, Living Better, and Loving More by Rachel Macy Stafford
  • How To Behave and Why by Munro Leaf
  • Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek
  • Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World by William H. McRaven
  • Rising Strong : How the ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead by Brene Brown
  • Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
  • Start with Why: How Great Leader Inspire Everyone To Take Action by Simon Sinek
  • The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

So now you know what we’re reading… what about you? We’d love to hear what you’d recommend for our team to read this summer. Send us a message at info@rocktonsoftware.com to spread the joy of reading!

Overriding a Contract ID in Sales Order Processing

With the latest versions of Omni Price on Dynamics GP 2013 R2, 2015, 2015 R2, 2016, and 2016 R2, you have the ability to override a Contract ID on the line item in Sales Order Processing.

Sales Transaction Entry


Here are some examples when a User might need to override a Contract ID:

  1. The Salespeople are authorized to pick from a list of the applicable Contracts for the Items they are selling to the Customer.
  2. The Salesperson gave a one-time discount to a Customer but the Contract for the discount was set at a lower priority making it not the defaulted Contract.
  3. The Customer said they would buy several more quantities if they could get the rest of the quantities at a discounted price.
  4. The company is offering BOGO. See KB How to utilize Omni Price for your Buy 1 Get 1 (BOGO) Offerings on how to utilize Omni Price in this situation.
  5. The Customer is buying the items from a different Location that has its own special pricing setup on a Contract but the Contract was not the defaulted Contract.

See KB How to Override an Omni Price Contract ID in Sales Order Processing for more details.

 

Using a Shortcut Key to see the Contract ID or to select a different Contract ID

If you are not using the Omni Price alternate window and the Contract ID field is missing, you can still change the Contract ID for the line item in Sales Order Processing by pressing the Ctrl+Y keys. See KB  Shortcut Keys for Omni Price Functions for more information about Omni Price shortcut keys options.

Select Omni Price Contract

Viewing which line items in Sales Order Processing had their Contract ID overridden

Now that you can override a Contract ID, you might need a report to see which line items had their Contract IDs overridden. There are a couple of options.

Pricing Transaction Inquiry

SmartList Designer Report


Check out KB How to view which line items in Sales Order Processing have had their Omni Price Contract ID overridden for more details.

If you have any other questions regarding Omni Price and the Contract Override functionality, please reach out to our Support team at support@rocktonsoftware.com

All these things and more were part of my experience in Johannesburg, South Africa last month. More on my blue hair in a minute.

The purpose of this great trip was to present at the Reignite GP conference – a first annual event put on by Braintree. Braintree is the largest Microsoft Dynamics GP partner in Africa, and just an all-around great group of people. They delivered a conference focused on GP users and their needs, and it was fueled with a passion for a product we all know and love.

The four day event kicked off with a key note presentation focused on dispelling rumors of GP’s mortality and a fresh look at the feature rich product. Microsoft MVP’s gave some great insight into what to expect next and how to utilize the GP community to make the best out of the investment companies had made in Dynamics GP. Many hours of educational content followed – making it one of the most fun and interesting events I have attended in a long time! Rockton was there to focus on how to make GP Work Simpler and Easier and was well received by attendees across the board.

And then I got to play with lion cubs!

Following the conference, I had to take a mini safari, because I hadn’t just spent 20 hours in planes to not see some African wildlife.

From the pictures you’ll see a few of my personal favorites from the tour at Lion Park about 45 minutes outside of Johannesburg. You might also notice my slightly Smurfy hair. In addition to traveling a great distance to present, I managed to, almost immediately on arrival and completely by accident, dye my freshly highlighted blonde locks, a shade of….bright Blueberry.

Once the shock wore off, and the fact that for the life of me I could not get the color out, I decided I would rock said blueberry hair and I gave 3 days of presentations and training with blue hair.

I could write a book on the weird things that happen to me when I travel, so this came as no shock to the majority of my colleagues.

My 2 male children were less than thrilled with my new color palette and I chalked it up to being bitten by a mythical African Land Spider – I was basically now an X-men, which upped the “Mom Cool Factor” significantly.

In concluding my story, I have the following tidbits for you:

  • Buy Dynamics GP if you haven’t already – and a Rockton Product, because they are awesome
  • Visit South Africa because it is beautiful country, they have cheetahs and lions, and it’s super fun to tell people you’ve been there
  • Do not use a blue toning shampoo 48 hours after dying your hair. Unless you want blue hair, in which case, I have a huge bottle of shampoo you may have.

Cheers!

Has it been a year already? Guess it has. Actually 13 months to be exact since I was in Orlando for the last DEVIntersection.

While the venue was the same and the Mai Tai just as refreshing, there were a few changes to the event this year.

Billed as the intersection of tools and technologies, this conference had plenty of valuable content to help enhance your skillset. There were sessions covering Visual Studio, ASP.NET, Azure, SQL, SharePoint and Office365 presented by some of the best and brightest Subject Matter Experts in the industry.

The event this year was one month later than last year and that made a minor difference. The climate was much hotter in May than April which caused them to move lunch to the 5
th floor of the adjoining resort (Disney Dolphin). It was a bit of a walk which wasn’t really a big deal, but I did miss being able to eat outside right next to the water.

Attendance this year was similar to last year and there were the same amount of companies having sponsorship booths. There were workshops available both Pre and Post Conference and I took advantage of this content as well.

The Pre-Conference workshop I attended was an Introduction to ASP.NET Core and the Post Workshop was on Developing Modern Cloud Applications in Azure.

Both workshops were highly valuable and covered two technologies where Microsoft is investing heavily.

My personal feeling was that the session content this year was not as strong as last year and there was a fair amount of content overlap between sessions. I am beginning to see this change at Developer Conferences and I believe it is a side effect of the accelerated release schedule that most Microsoft products are now following.

In the past, we had products that were only released one or two times per year so when you went to a conference there were exciting announcements and content for upcoming product releases.

Now, since products are released quite frequently it seems like those large announcements are few and far between and the training content is reduced to a level of evolutionary incremental changes rather than large revolutionary changes.

These were my favorite keynotes:

And these were my favorite Sessions:

This was a worthwhile conference full of valuable information, but due to the rapid release cycle of Microsoft products I personally will probably attend every other year going forward and alternate with a different training venue next year.

In this fast paced business environment, one of the main barriers to implementing a technological change is the assumed hassle of setting up the new system. We feel your pain! That’s why we’ve taken the stress out of the install process with our products!

 

Having a quick and easy implementation for third party products in your Microsoft Dynamics GP system is important to your business, your customers, your users, and of course, your wallet. Maybe you are trialing a brand new product or perhaps it’s time to upgrade your current product, either way, implementing and installing can be a daunting task.

 

If you’re looking to install a Rockton Software product for the first time, for a trial period, or to install a newer build of a Rockton Software product, it’s as easy as these steps!

  1. Download the correct Rockton Software product version that corresponds to the Microsoft Dynamics GP version you are currently running. 
  2. Have all users log out of Microsoft Dynamics GP and make a complete restorable backup.
  3. Extract the downloaded Rockton Software product’s zip file, then find and right-click on the setup.exe file, for example SmartFillSetup.exe, and then click Run as Administrator.
  4. Install the files to the correct Microsoft Dynamics GP code folder. For example, the typical path for the Microsoft Dynamics GP 2015 code folder is: C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Dynamics\GP2015.
  5. Right-click on Microsoft Dynamics GP, and then choose Run as Administrator.
  6. Choose Yes to Include new code.
  7. Log in as sa.
  8. On the first install, go through the Installation Wizard, which will automatically open.
  9. Finish the install by performing steps 3-6 on all workstations that have Microsoft Dynamics GP installed. 

Click here to read the full KB article on Installing a Rockton Software product: First install or installing the latest build/newest version.

While you’re at it, here’s a short video on the simple and easy SmartFill installation, whether for a free 30-day trial period or full registration keys. For more information, contact Rockton Software at sales@rocktonsoftware.com.

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