Newsletter - March 2011 

The Resource Group Newsletter for Microsoft Dynamics GP        425-277-4760 
In This Issue
5 Simple Tips for Maintaining Your Microsoft Dynamics GP Database
Business Intelligence for Microsoft Dynamics GP
Upcoming Microsoft Dynamics GP Events
Promotions for Existing Microsoft Dynamics GP Customers
Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Release 2 Set for May
Convergence 2011 is
around the corner
Convergence 2011 Atlanta


Join the  

37 other clients  who have already registered to
 Convergence 2011.  

April 10-13 in Atanta, GA





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session agenda on
Microsoft Dynamics GP


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Microsoft Dynamics Community 


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Microsoft Dynamics GP
Q2 Training Classes

Did you know that
The Resource Group
offers classes in our Microsoft Learning Center
for Dynamics GP?


Take a class for an introduction to Dynamics GP or for deeper knowledge on how to use your system more efficiently.  The time and money investment will pay for itself!


Microsoft Dynamics GP
Q2 Training Schedule


PLUS, you can re-take the class for free up to 12-months. 

View details.



Highlighted Partner: 
Binary Stream for Microsoft Dynamics GP


Binary Stream for Microsoft Dynamics GP 


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Portfolio Management in
Microsoft Dynamics GP

Binary Stream's Investments & Loans Management enables you to effectively manage, track and automate back-office processes for any type of interest and
non-interest bearing investment.  This enables you to streamline your accounting
for stocks, bonds, mutual funds, real estate assets, loans and other investment assets, directly within Microsoft Dynamics GP.

If you hold an internal portfolio within your company,
Attend our upcoming webinar on April 28th
9:00 a.m. PST.

You'll learn how
you can manage these more effectively in Dynamics GP.

Register for Binary Stream Webcast

Read the Investments
& Loans Fact Sheet



Microsoft Dynamics GP Customer Case Study:  Distant Lands Coffee

Resource Group customer,

Distant Lands Coffee,
cost-effectively extended the reach of their ERP data companywide by utilizing Microsoft Dynamics GP Light Users.


"Light User licenses let us extend business-critical information from Microsoft Dynamics GP to help people throughout the company work more effectively - at a fraction of the cost of full licensing."


Steve Whales, IT Director

Distant Lands Coffee  


Read the Complete Microsoft Case Study on Distant Lands Coffee


Distant Lands Coffee


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Microsoft Dynamics Blog

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latest ERP blogs for
Microsoft Dynamics GP:


7 Great New Features in
Human Resources & Payroll
for Dynamics GP 2010

Adapt to Soaring Commodity Prices with Microsoft Dynamics GP Functionality   

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Efficiency. Seems simple enough right? If you look up the definition you may get 3 different explanations:

  1. The state or quality of being efficient.
  2. Accomplishment of or ability to accomplish a job with a minimum expenditure of time and effort.
  3. Effective operation as measured by a comparison of production with cost (as in energy, time, and money). The ratio of the useful energy delivered by a dynamic system to the energy supplied to it.

Does it still seem simple enough? Perhaps not, but it is a word that we hear every day in our businesses and impress upon our employees. How do you know if you are efficient within your company? If you think you are efficient because your revenue is good, you may be mistaken. It's definitely a benefit if you have good revenue, but you may still have inefficiencies which are hindering an even larger revenue potential. If you are struggling to hit your revenue goals, then this is a telltale sign that your company's efficiency needs to be improved upon.


Look at your efficiencies on a daily basis to measure your successes. Take some time to review how you are using your Microsoft Dynamics GP software for reports, processes, cross-department communications and workflows.  You may quickly find out where you can redefine your business to become more efficient.


Let us help you make sure you are using your Microsoft Dynamics GP solution to increase your business' efficiency.


For information on how The Resource Group can help you contact us at 425-277-4760 or



Kim Anselmo

The Resource Group

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5 Simple Tips for Maintaining Your Microsoft Dynamics GP Database


If one word can sum up how to maintain your database it would be "backup". We would hate to think what would happen to a company that had a catastrophic equipment failure and lost all of their financial information. That is why it is so important to have an effective plan for maintaining your database. Some plans are very time consuming and difficult which means that they end up being skipped until later or worse yet, completely abandoned.


Maintenance is the critical key to make sure you avert any catastrophes. We recommend you read this whitepaper by Eugene Kogan of the US Fund for UNICEF "5 Simple Tips for Microsoft Dynamics-GP Maintenance".


If you have any questions, please contact us at 425.277.4760 or email us.


Business Intelligence for Microsoft Dynamics GP

One of the biggest challenges facing businesses today is easy access to accurate and informative business data.  Without strong reporting it can be extremely difficult to make informed decisions.


Many companies rely on Microsoft Excel spreadsheets that are manually updated with information that may or may not be current. Imagine if your business had reporting that would allow you to see if you are in alignment with the strategic goals of the company.  All of this can be easily done with the business intelligence (BI) tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP, which also has integrations into Microsoft Office and Microsoft SharePoint.  Because the BI tools are from Microsoft, the additional benefit is that they are already familiar to the end user, allowing for easy adoption, improved planning, and better decision making.


Read this informative document about how Business Intelligence with Microsoft Dynamics GP can help you. When you are ready to take your company to the next level with BI, contact us at 425.277.4760 or email us and we will help you get started.   


Business Intelligence Resources for Dynamics GPBusiness Intelligence Video for Dynamics GP

Dynamics GP Business Intelligence PDF

View the Microsoft Dynamics GP Excel Reporting Workshop


Take a Business Intelligence Class for Microsoft Dynamics GP on May 26-27 



Upcoming Microsoft Dynamics GP Webcasts, Free Training Opportunities & Industry Discussions


Microsoft Dynamics GP Spring Webcast Series:
Click on a date to register.


Microsoft Dynamics GP Healthcare Webcast:

May 11th |  10-10:30 a.m.  Automate Your HR & Payroll Process with Microsoft Dynamics GP for Healthcare


Microsoft Dynamics GP Distribution Webcast
How to Improve Order Entry and Inventory Management for your Distribution Company 

Microsoft Dynamics GP Promotions for Existing Customers


20% Off - SmartList Builder & Extender 

  • SmartList Builder gives you access to all the information that you capture within Dynamics GP. Creating your own SmartList objects allows you to make better decisions by providing the information that you need to view, analyze and export.
  • Extender allows customers to capture user-defined information to meet specific business requirements. Use this product to create new windows, forms, and menus, or capture detailed notes without writing code.

Notes on promotion:  

  1. This offer is available to all existing Microsoft Dynamics GP customers who are on a current Enhancement Plan and have purchased their solution more than 120 days ago.
  2. This offer is valid from March  1, 2011 through the end of the business day June 24, 2011.
  3. Does not include required enhancement plan fee on software retail value.

20% Off - Microsoft Dynamics GP Human Resource Management a la carte module licenses:

  • Human Resources
  • Benefit Self Service Suite
  • Federal Magnetic Media
  • Human Resources - Advance
  • Payroll - Advanced
  • Payroll - United States
  • Payroll Connect
  • Payroll Direct Deposit
  • Position Control
  • PTO Manager

Notes on promotion:  

  1. This offer is available to all existing Microsoft Dynamics GP customers who are on a current Enhancement Plan and have purchased their solution more than 120 days ago.
  2. This offer is valid from March  1, 2011 through the end of the business day June 24, 2011.
  3. Does not include required enhancement plan fee on software retail value.


Up to 60% Off - Dynamics GP License Module Transition (LMT)

Customers can receive either a 60% discount off of the minimum $10K LMT fee, or a 40% discount off of the $500 per user LMT fee with no limit on the number of users transitioned.


Contact your customer account manager at The Resource Group for further details on all promotions. 


Holly Miller Jones - 

Sean Ingalls - 

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 R2 Set for May


In May, Microsoft is planning the release of Microsoft Dynamics GP R2 which looks to be a very exciting release for customers.  Some of those features include:


Reporting and Metrics: 

  • Sixty-five new SQL Reporting Services (SRS) reports
  • Ability to group Excel reports
  • Multi-company Excel reports
  • Bulk deployment of Excel reports
  • More multi-company reports in general
  • Map-based reports

SmartList Builder:  Column order can be set without creating SmartList favorite. This is done directly in SmartList Builder.



  • A Word template available for returns. 
  • A Word Merge feature added to email messages so that actual data fields can be used.
  • Sales Order Processing documents can now be emailed directly from entry window.   

Emailing Reports:  Any report that is has an Option feature in the system can be emailed from the initial Report Main window or from within the Option Setup window.  


Watch for more information on this release to come out soon!