Consider the Complexity of Your Data Sources When Designing Reports for Microsoft Dynamics GP Users

This article is adapted from Christopher Liley and David Duncan's new book "Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Reporting," which covers in detail the challenges of report development as well as the selection and use of various reporting tools for Dynamics GP.

Many of the common challenges in designing reports for an ERP audience relate to how the end user anticipates the report will be designed.  When the data required for a report has been spread across different sources in an organization, access to the data can become as much of a challenge as pulling together an accurate and useful final product.

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About Chris Liley

Chris Liley is a Principal Consultant with I.B.I.S., Inc.; a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner based in Norcross, GA, and is a Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional for Dynamics GP. He is a graduate of Georgia State University with a B.B.A in Accounting and has worked with the Dynamics GP product since 2001.

Chris has also previously participated in the Dynamics Partner Advisory Board. Chris' experience ranges from financial analysis, software implementation, data conversions and integrations to designing and developing customizations in both the functional and technical area of consulting for Dynamics GP.

In addition, Chris has extensive experience in designing Business Intelligence solutions and has assisted numerous clients in analyzing their business plans with these solutions.

Chris is an author of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 Reporting.

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About David Duncan

David Duncan is a Microsoft Dynamics GP certified consultant with I.B.I.S., Inc., a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner based in Norcross, GA. In addition to experience with implementing Dynamics GP, David has extensive experience in designing and providing business intelligence and reporting tools for clients who use Dynamics GP. David has also served as a content provider for the GP portion of the Sure Step 2010 Methodology.

David has developed custom SSAS cubes for several GP modules such as Project Accounting and Fixed Assets that seamlessly integrate with Microsoft's Analysis Cubes for Excel product. David has also assisted numerous clients in analyzing their strategic business plans by designing business intelligence solutions that allow them to incorporate data from multiple applications into a single reporting environment. David also has a degree from Clemson University.When not on-site with a client, David resides in Decatur, GA with his wife, Mary Kathleen.

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