Microsoft Dynamics Partner Roundup: CRM inline editing; NAV internships; GP financial reporting partnership; AX R&D Council update

May 16 2014

In this week's Microsoft Dynamics partner news roundup:

  • PowerGrid for Dynamics CRM;
  • ArcherPoint Launches First Summer Internship Program;
  • Centage, Cogsdale Partner on Dynamics GP;
  • Rand Group Joins Dynamics AX R&D Council Program

PowerObjects Rolls Out PowerGrid, a Productivity Tool for Dynamics CRM

PowerObjects has recently launched PowerGrid, a productivity add-on for Microsoft Dynamics CRM. This CRM solution lets users edit any entity view inline without having to open records in a new window.

PowerGrid's inline editing capabilities make editing records quicker and easier than because Dynamics CRM users can edit record fields, add new records, or remove records, without having to open a new window, company officials said. Although the add-on hasn't yet been developed for sub-grids, it is currently being worked on and will be up and running in the fall of 2014.

Additionally, CRM users can also consolidate their search processes by searching only within entity views, which saves time because they don't have to create advanced finds just to be able to search within a view, officials said.

The turn-key add-on also gives users a configurable reading pane so they can see what is within any selected record without having to open it, eliminating the need to navigate away from the PowerGrid screen, according to officials.

ArcherPoint Launches First Summer Internship Program

ArcherPoint LLC, a Microsoft Dynamics Gold ERP Partner specializing in Microsoft Dynamics NAV solutions and upgrades, has launched its first Summer Internship Program. The 12-week program begins in Minneapolis on Tuesday, May 27th, and runs throughout the summer. ending Friday, August 15th.

Through the program, ArcherPoint aims to provide as much real-world experience to the interns as possible. The internship program will start with a three-week cross disciplinary boot camp that will focus on project management, business analysis, Dynamics NAV consulting and development, company officials said. The interns are students at the Carlson School of Business at the University of Minnesota.

After the boot camp, the interns will be assigned to ArcherPoint mentors for the remaining nine weeks of the program, during which time the interns will either be working on-site at a client in a consulting role or performing paired programming.

ArcherPoint expects that a number of the interns will complete their Dynamics NAV certifications before their internship ends and that several graduating interns will also join ArcherPoint as long-term employees.

Centage, Cogsdale Partner on Dynamics GP

Centage Corp., a provider of budgeting and forecasting software, Budget Maestro, for small and medium-size businesses, has inked a deal with Cogsdale Corp., which helps local government and utilities enhance their Microsoft Dynamics GP offerings through a range of functional and operational solutions.

The partnership means that the joint customers of the companies will be able to use Budget Maestro to streamline their budgeting, planning and forecasting, officials of the companies said. The Budget Maestro suite of products includes integration for automated financial data exchange with Dynamics NAV, GP and SL.

Rand Group Joins Dynamics AX R&D Council Program

Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Rand Group has announced that is has been invited to join the Microsoft Dynamics AX Research & Development Council. The Microsoft Dynamics AX R&D Program enlists the help of the most valuable partners and clients to help shape the future of Dynamics AX.

Participants provide open discussion and feedback on features and functionality, which are Microsoft uses to evolve and improve the app. As part of the Dynamics AX R&D council, Rand Group has access to new releases of Dynamics AX in advance of general release, improving the company's product understanding and technical competency, officials said.

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