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Put away the Defibrillator, the Microsoft Dynamics Community Site Has Pulled Through

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

Almost exactly three years ago I posted and article on my website suggesting that Microsoft's Dynamics Live site was on life support and desperately in need of a defibrillator. The post has been stubbornly stuck as one of the most viewed posts on the website. Well, I'm happy to report that you can put away your defibrillator, the patient is just fine.

For a while "Dynamics Live" - re-branded as the Dynamics Community - was in a rut. The site was full of general finance and accounting articles that had nothing to do with Dynamics GP.  There was no special content to distinguish it from the mass of other finance and accounting news sites. The team assured me that things would improve and slowly they did.

First the site got some new branding. It's now more community focused and can be found at Over the last three years, the Dynamics Community site has added more content from bloggers and community sites like MSDynamicsWorld, which significantly increased the relevance of information and helped expose users to the broader Dynamics community. And Microsoft's decision to shut down its newsgroups moved most of that activity to the Dynamics Community forums, causing significant growth there as well.

The biggest change is the inclusion of Dynamics Community information on the Home Page of Dynamics GP 2010. This represents a huge step forward for Microsoft. It brings relevant, timely data directly into the accounting system where people can put the information to immediate use.

The changes mean that the mix of information has shifted as well. There is a ...

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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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