So Thankful for SharePoint

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At DynamicPoint we are very thankful to SharePoint since it is the foundation of our Expense Management, Invoice Automation and Requisition Management applications. Now don’t get me wrong the entire team is thankful for our families, our health, this country, our freedom, and I could go on and on but as we look to bring automation into the Microsoft Dynamics space SharePoint is the key piece in the development of each of our applications.

Therefore in the spirit of Thanksgiving, let me extend my thanks to just a few things about SharePoint that allow us to deliver highly configurable applications at a very low cost of ownership:

  • Workflow – At DynamicPoint we leverage the out-of-the-box workflow engine provided by SharePoint in order to meet customers’ requirements to trigger the review and approval of expense reports, invoices and requisitions. That is right no need to purchase additional workflow software! Watch Workflow Video.
  • Outlook Integration Email Notifications – A key success to any application is user adoption and with out-of-the-box integration to Outlook Email and Tasks our customers’ employees are notified that they have expenses, invoices and requisitions to review directly in their inbox! In addition, tasks can be escalated if an employee is remiss on their duties with nagging email and task reminders all within Outlook. See how simple it is to configure Outlook integration.
  • Reporting – SharePoint supports various methods of reporting with SharePoint List Views, Microsoft Excel, PowerPivot and Power View. You may leverage these Microsoft technologies to create spreadsheets, pivot tables and charts to interpret employee expenses, purchasing and invoicing in a way that is meaningful to you. The best part is that it is all provided using your existing investment in Microsoft technologies with no additional licensing cost. Watch Reporting Video options now.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday and thank you for letting me extend my thanks to SharePoint!

Mike Marcin, DynamicPoint – SharePoint Invoice Automation, Expense & Requisition Management applications built exclusively for the Microsoft Dynamics community.

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3 questions

  1. Ian says:

    Hi – having issues with the out of the box Dynamics GP Purchase Order Workflow system. Getting a lot of error states when submitting PO’s for approval- Microsoft tell me that the issue is SharePoint not being able to handle a large number of calls at once – and once the queue fills up it starts rejecting calls.

    This is happening on a client site and they are none too happy with it. I’m looking for alternatives. An added complication [not catered for in the out of the box workflow] is that the client uses analytical Accounting and wants to be able to code the AA analysis to a PO line in GP prior to submission for approval – and for the approver to be able to see the Line AA Code when they are approving. They can enter the AA code on the PO line without issue as this is standard GP functionality – but it does not appear on the workflow window in sharepoint when the approver is reviewing the PO for approval.

    Any thoughts on the sharepoint issue above? Have you come across it?
    Can your solutions handle the AA requirement.


  2. Mike Marcin says:

    Thanks so much for your post. Regarding the issue of Requisition Manager in Business Portal being overloaded by requests and not able to handle additional workflow submissions, that is a new one for me. As I am sure you are aware, Business Portal has its own workflow capabilities and does not leverage the native workflow functionality of SharePoint (Windows Workflow Foundation). It sounds odd that you would not be able to increase the size of the workflow queue but if that is what support relayed to you then I will defer to their expertise.

    Regarding Analytical Accounting, we have integrated our product with AA codes such that they can be selected on the requisition and stored on the SharePoint form. We query Dynamics GP to ensure you can perform AA code selection at the line item level of the requisition. Upon review, each approver can see the AA code notated and depending on their rights within the review process may even be able to edit as needed. You can learn more about our application features and functionality by viewing the following 5 minute video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wleQ-kpNqA or contacting us directly at 562.726.4396.

    Good luck and please let us know if there is anything we can do to be of assistance.


  3. TechTrendsIT says:

    One platform that’s highly popular with companies because of how easy it makes collaboration between internal teams and external parties is Microsoft SharePoint. It is versatile and robust platform that is used by organizations across the world as a one-stop resource for knowledge, document management, enterprise search, extranet and much more.


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