Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 Dashboards Take Your Business Intelligence to the Next Level

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The latest version of Microsoft Dynamics GP (GP 2013) not only comes with a wide variety of new features, but also expands reporting in many ways. Although Excel Based Reporting and SSRS (SQL Server Reporting Services) have been around for several years, those capabilities became much more widely used with the release of GP 2013.  Today, I’d like to briefly touch on one particularly powerful reporting feature available in Dynamics GP 2013: Dashboards.  If you’re not familiar with the term, dashboards are graphical displays that show key accounting data, often in chart form.


In the past, I always felt that “dashboards” were a pretty, yet sometimes difficult-to-implement, way to display data that could just as easily be found in regular accounting reports.  However, as this technology has matured and become more popular, I’ve come to realize that dashboards aren’t just eye candy; they are a valuable tool that can offer quick and easy access to the real time data business leaders need to make decisions in today’s fast paced environment.


So, I decided it was time for me to start learning more about dashboards and what it takes to successfully implement them in Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013. And, I was very pleased to come across this session from Virtual Convergence 2014 that explains how users can easily create and maintain their own dashboards in Dynamics GP 2013.  Note:  Clicking this link will take you to the virtual convergence site.  On the right hand side of the screen, you’ll see an option to log in or register. Choose the option that’s appropriate for you.  Once registered and logged in go to “Sessions”at “Microsoft Dynamics GP” and then look for a tile labeled, “Building Dashboards with Microsoft Dynamics GP and Microsoft Excel.”  Once you’ve found it, click the play button to view the session recording.


Being a self-proclaimed “Excel Geek”, I actually found this process to be fun.  And while I know not everyone will agree that learning how to set up dashboards in Microsoft Dynamics GP is fun, I hope you at least find this post and associated Convergence video to be helpful.  If you still have questions about dashboards, please contact us. We are happy to help with any of your Microsoft Dynamics GP needs!


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At Intelligent Technologies, we have extensive experience with Microsoft Dynamics Great Plains and Management Reporter 2012.


by Beth Hodge, Microsoft Business Management Solutions Professional, Intelligent Technologies, Inc., a South Carolina Microsoft Dynamics GP reseller.

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