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Behind the Music: Security and Audit Field Manual for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations Enterprise

by Mark Polino
Director of Client Services, Fastpath, Integrated Business Group
Security and Audit Field Manual for Microsoft Dynamics 365

Writing a book is hard. Writing two books simultaneously, while updating a third, is full on crazy. I don't recommend it, and yet I'm really happy with the results. In February of 2017 I and my colleagues at Fastpath had just finished publishing the first edition of the successful Security and Audit Field Manual for NetSuite. We were pretty proud of that accomplishment. That led to what's next. I wanted to write a Dynamics GP version. I have lots of experience there, and it seemed straightforward to write. Andy wanted to write a Dynamics 365 edition, specifically for the product then known as Operations, the next iteration of Dynamics AX.

So, we compromised and decided to write both. We don't compromise well.

The logical place to launch these books was Summit in October 2017, but with lead times for editing and shipping, we really needed the books done by September 15. Not the manuscripts done and ready for editing, but done, done, done and ready to print. There was a little wiggle room, but not much. We were also committed to updating the NetSuite book in this time frame, so more writing. Adding to this, D365 for Operations was getting a minimum of monthly updates, often more frequently, and seemed to change products names just as fast. One last little wrinkle, we have full time jobs that require actual work.

For what would ultimately become the

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About Mark Polino

Mark Polino is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a former Microsoft MVP (2007-2018) for Business Solutions. He is the author or coauthor of 5 books related to Microsoft Dynamics GP.  Mark also maintains the Dynamics GP focused website He speaks and writes regularly about ERP related topics. Mark has been a controller and CFO for a division of a publicly traded company and he has  worked as a consultant implementing ERP solutions. Mark holds additional certifications including Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) , Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). Dynamics Credentialed Professional for Dynamics GP 2015 (Core Install and Core Financials), Xero Certified. He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from Rollins College. Mark lives with his family in Florida.

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