Navigating the Sea of Emerging Reporting Tools for Microsoft Dynamics GP

Long gone are the days when all you could cheer for was Report Writer and Advanced Financial Analysis. Now, your colleagues seem to be talking sophistication: FRx, Crystal Reports, SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) and SmartLists. You may wonder how it is that time went by so quickly and how you missed the boat.

In this article, I explain the most important tools that have emerged over the last couple years, in terms of where each stands in the reporting spectrum.

Reporting tools are divided into three categories:

1. Financial Reporting Tools. These tools allow the creation of reports designed to show your company's financial performance during any given period. Financial reporting tools work by interacting directly with the GL tables. Examples of such reports include the balance sheet, income statement and cash flow reports.

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About Mariano Gomez

Mariano Gomez is a Microsoft MVP, PMP and EVP for Midmarket Solutions at Intelligent Partnerships, LLC. He is the original developer of the Microsoft Dynamics GP Spanish release for Latin America and has been consulting and implementing technology solutions for organizations across the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America for the last 20 years. Mariano holds an MIS degree from the University of Phoenix.

About Intelligent Partnerships, LLC

With over 150 years of combined management and technology consulting experience, Intelligent Partnerships skillfully partners with organizations to solve complex problems, boost operating performance and maximize value for stakeholders. 

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Nice Coverage

Nice coverage of the tools Mariano. I would also add Excel. With the new reporting tools pieces for Excel 2007 built into GP and the additional Excel items being added to Smartlist Builder with SP2, Excel has become a solid, supported, reporting option for GP. Other than that, I think you really nailed them all. Mark

Nice recap. I was at

Nice recap. I was at Convergence and got an overview of a lot of these products. It is nice to see a concise listing here. I put in my session eval that I would have liked something like this avaiable during that week. Nice job! Heather Upton, Davenport, iA