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Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and Tablets: Where is Business Analyzer?

by Mark Polino
Director of Client Services, Fastpath, Integrated Business Group

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 is out. Users are past the holidays and deep into year end, after which, I expect to see a much bigger push to GP 2013. This is a great release and it's generated a lot of excitement. But I find myself already asking "What's next?"

There is more to come with Dynamics GP 2013 including its release on Windows Azure, an updated Business Portal and the continued roll out of the web client to more areas of the system. But I want more. I have some thoughts on where Microsoft  should head next. Not necessarily specific features, but broader themes and one of the biggest is mobile.

The arrival of the web client opened the door to more mobile options. That is, mobile in the classic sense of "not in the office". I'm really thinking of mobile in terms of smartphones and tablets. I don't think that the GP team needs to be worrying about cutting checks via mobile phone just yet, but there is one piece of low hanging mobile fruit dangling in front of the GP team: Business Analyzer.

In March of last year at Convergence 2012, Microsoft showed off a concept of Business Analyzer on a Windows 8 tablet. It got rave reviews. This product needs to get finished and released, now. On a PC, Business Analyzer is just one of many tools that could be used to deliver graphical reports. It often gets lost in a crowded field that includes SharePoint, Excel and SQL Reporting Services (SSRS). But on a tablet or a phone, Business Analyzer could ...

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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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