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Dynamics AX product-related topics for project-based businesses such as consulting, accounting, advertising, and construction.

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I'm the Group Program Manager for the Microsoft Dynamics AX engineering team covering Service Industries (including markets such as professional services, construction, architecture and advertising). I've been at Microsoft for over 17 years and was previously a Senior Product Manager for Microsoft Amalga Hospital Information System (HIS), part of Microsoft's Health Solution Group. I also spent 8 years as the Group Program Manager for Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services, where my team created and delivered the Microsoft business intelligence and reporting platform for IT Pros, end users and developers as part of SQL Server and Visual Studio. I joined Microsoft after a role as software architect for a4 Health Systems, a hospital software company in my home town of Raleigh, North Carolina.

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    Windows 8 Apps for Dynamics AX

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    Beautiful. Easy. Fun. When's the last time you used these words to describe your ERP system? For most users, interacting with business applications is tedious and challenging. But over the last few months, my team has been working to change these perceptions...
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    Double Nickels on the Dime (Leaving the Reporting Services Team)

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    The rumors are true. I will be leaving the Reporting Service team after 7 years and SQL Server after 10 years. Here is the message that I sent to my team: It first dawned on me about 3 months ago that I had been in the same position for close to...
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    Twin Infinitives (IE7 and Reporting Services)

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    If you have been using the Internet Explorer version 7 beta release, you might have noticed some problem with viewing Reporting Services reports. The problem manifested in the report viewer, which would continually refresh and not get past the "report...
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    The Pace is Glacial (Hangman Report)

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    There is now another article about the BI Power Hour session that we did at TechEd. I posted the first demo I did a few weeks ago and so, by popular demand, here is the second one, a game of Hangman built entirely in a report. Before I describe how it...
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    All Mod Cons (Multilingual Reports with AS2005)

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    Based on feedback from a couple of folks, I've decided to make my post titles a bit more descriptive. I'll still use the name of one of the albums in my music collection as the primary title but will also include a description of the actual content of...
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    Treasure (RS2005 Article)

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    There a new article about upcoming release of Reporting Services from Steven Swoyer on the TDWI site. The only real quibble I have is with the "SQL-only" FUD from our competitors at the bottom of the article. As many of our customers know, Reporting Services...
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    Radical Connector (SP2 CTP2 is Released!)

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    I'm very excited to let you know that you can get your hands on the first CTP for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 . This release will enable you to start testing a few new features for Reporting Services, including: Hyperion Essbase Provider and...
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    For If You Cannot Fly (Updating Linked Report Page Settings)

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    I previously showed how you can programmatically set the page size properties (used by the print control) for a specific report on the server. I created an updated version of this sample that will set the page properties for all linked reports on your...
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    Transmissions from the Satellite Heart (What's up with Report Builder?)

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    Hopefully, you have gotten a chance to work with the latest CTP of SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services . But if you have, you may be a bit puzzled by the report design options in the CTP. Specifically: Report Builder looks just like it did in SSRS 2005...
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    We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (SSRS Reports on SharePoint Lists)

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    Now that we have released the SSRS integration in MOSS 2007 / WSS in SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 , people often ask whether they can build reports against data in SharePoint lists. Although this functionality is not built into SSRS, if you are willing...
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    Independent Sub-project Budgeting in AX 2012 R3

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    One more feature in the budgeting area coming in Dynamics AX 2012 R3 is the ability to manage the budgets of sub-projects independently. In AX 2012 RTM and R2, initial budget creation and revisions were done at the project hierarchy level. A single set...
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    Tweaks to Project Budget in AX 2012 R2 CU6

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    In the forthcoming Dynamics AX 2012 R2 CU6 release, we made a few tweaks to the project budgeting form. First, we enabled multi-line delete in both the cost and revenue grids (it was previously one-at-a-time). This makes it much easier to clear out and...
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    Younger Than Yesterday (ReportViewer in VS 2008)

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    As most of you probably know by now, Visual Studio 2008 is now available. What you might not have noticed is a new version of the ReportViewer control and local /embedded report editing experience. Included with VS 2008 are the following new features...
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    De Stijl (Report Pack Updates)

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    I know many of you have downloaded one or more of the Report Packs for SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services . In the past two years, we released 7 of them, ranging from IIS log reporting to business reports for Axapta and MSCRM. Specifically in reference...
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    The Tigers Have Spoken (Reporting Services White Papers)

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    I've got a virtual cornucopia of SQL Server Reporting Services technical articles recently released on MSDN for you! The first three are from some of the other members of the Reporting Services development team: Robert Bruckner (report engine...
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    Everything Falls Apart (Report Manager as Report)

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    I finally got around to seeing the movie Adaptation . For those of you who didn't get to see it, it's a movie by Charlie Kaufman , the writer of Being John Malkovich . I've wanted to see it since it came out but never got around to it. Without giving...
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    Stands for Decibels (SP1 CTP)

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    It's been a while since my last post but as you'll see, I've been busy. In addition to thinking about the next major release of Reporting Services, I've been working on getting out the Reporting Services changes for SQL 2005 Service Pack 1. Today we reached...
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    Horse Stories (Welcome, Bob)

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    Please welcome a new Reporting Services blogger to the block. Bobs' Weblog will be a fountain of useful information from the principal developer behind the new Report Builder feature in SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services.
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    Horses (Parameterized Web Service Report)

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    Several people have had trouble using the new XML data provider in SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services. Unfortunately, the feature came in very late in the cycle so the documentation is really sketchy. I have built a report that uses an Anagram web services...
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    Straight Line Project Revenue Recognition in AX R3 CU8

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    In addition to (and compatible with) the new continuous revenue recognition that we are introducing in the upcoming CU8 release of Dynamics AX 2012 R3, we are also introducing a new revenue calculation method for straight line or subscription-style revenue...
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    New AX R3 Project E-Learning Courses

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    As you probably know, we recently released Dynamics AX 2012 R3 with new capabilities for project-focused businesses. If you are reading this blog, you have probably gone through the existing Project Management and Accounting courses for Dynamics AX 2012...
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    Estimate Calculation Methods for Fixed Price Projects

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    Some of the more observant of you may have noticed the Calculation method field on the fixed price project estimate setup on the Project groups form that was added in Dynamics AX 2012. There are three selections: None , Markup percent – total...
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    WBS Templates in Dynamics AX 2012 R2 CU7

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    Over the next few weeks, I'll be reviewing some of the improvements we made to Project management and accounting in the Dynamics AX 2012 R2 CU7 release . I'll start with the newly revamped Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) template editing experience: ...
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    I'm back!

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    Hard to believe my last post was over 6 years ago. At the time, I was departing the SQL Server Reporting Services team to join the Microsoft Health Solutions Group. That lasted about a year and a half (I'll tell some of those stories later) and I joined...
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    Why ERP?

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    Sometimes I'm at a party and someone asks where I work. If the party is in Seattle and I say "Microsoft", the follow up is usually "Which group?" because the person either works there, contracts there, or has a friend in the XBOX of Office team that they...
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