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Microsoft Milan Surface Computer

The latest trend in computer interaction is touch. From Jeff Han's now famous demo at TED where multi-touch user interfaces got their first big public airing to the impending iPhone launch, everyone's thinking of innovative ways to control their machines just using your fingers. Microsoft is no exception—today they've announced the first product from what they're calling their Surface Computing group, a tabletop computer for retail outlets that's been code-named Milan.

Ms_sc_front_view It's an acrylic table that's 22 inches high, with a 30-inch horizontal display. Inside, there's a PC running Vista, a projector, and an array of cameras that track objects and touch on the surface of the screen. With a little special programming sauce, it all comes together in a very slick experience.

For instance, you can take a digital camera that's Wi-Fi enabled, put it down on the tabletop, and the machine recognizes it and downloads the photos. Then, you can interact with them much like actual physical photos—you can pass them around the table, shuffle them into piles to sort them, pull on the corners to zoom in or out. It's intuitive, quick, and brings a fun social aspect to a task (photo editing) that can be the very definition of tedious.


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Great interface for working out Business Intelligence results coming straight out of Microsoft Dynamics!

Don't park your brain outside

Software implementers are under increasing pressure to come up with quality solutions as quickly as possible within a set budget.
Projects are not precision operations; they are full of uncertainty, risks, complex tasks, a range of different stakeholders and masses of to do’s.

Therefore Microsoft created an implementation methodology specially designed for Microsoft Dynamics implementations.

Sure_step_methodology_overview_diag MICROSOFT SURE STEP METHODOLOGY
Drive succesfull implementation projects
Improves overall experience

The Microsoft Dynamics Sure Step Methodology is a comprehensive implementation methodology describing the processes and disciplines necessary to implement Microsoft Dynamics AX, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Microsoft Dynamics SL.

The implementation of all these products has many similarities which is why the methodology has been structured as a general methodology with a product specific layer for each product.

The methodology is a phased-based, end-to end approach. It addresses all phases of an implementation project. It is scalable as it applies to small, mid-market and enterprise customers.
Sure Step provides a consistent, repeatable and systematic approach to implementation and supports a modular approach to projects, enabling partners to use various components, tools, and deliverables to meet customers needs.

Navigation_tree Navigating in the methodology can be done in three ways:

- using the tree structure in the navigation pane
- using visio process diagrams
- using the diagram on the introduction page

The tool contains multiple tools and templates. These tools and templates are available on the activity, task and subtask pages in the tools.

Examples of tools and templates:
- project charter
- project plan
- WBS/Estimation worksheet
- ....

Do you want to learn more about the Microsoft Dynamics Sure Step Methodology?
Microsoft Dynamics Sure Step course information: click here

Standard Format Messages in Microsoft Dynamics-NAV

Did you know it is possible to create standard format messages when using electronic banking in Microsoft Dynamics-NAV?

Untitled The EB Payment Journal is used to export the payments to file, which can be used to import into Isabel. The suggested Payment Message contains the Vendor Invoice No or External Document No. However, at this point the EB Payment Journal only contains Payment Suggestions, which means this Payment Message can still be modified.

In case of domestic payments you can use the Payment Message field to create standard format messages. You can simply type the standard format message; with or without +++ and /. When the entered number passes the MOD97 test, Microsoft Dynamics-Nav will convert this message into a Standard Format Message. (CTRL+F8: Standard Format Message = Yes)

How are the Payment Journal Lines exported to file?

Under normal circumstances all Payment Journal Lines for one vendor are put together into one payment transaction.

However, following circumstances will result into more payment transactions:

  • the Payment Journal Line contains a Standard Format Message; per standard format message a new payment transaction will be created (CTRL+F8: Standard Format Message = Yes; Separate Line = Yes)
  • the Payment Journal Line contains a partial payment; per partial payment a new payment transaction will be created (CTRL+F8: Partial Payment = Yes; Separate Line = Yes)
  • Electronic Banking Setup: Cut off Payment Message Texts is not activated; Normally all Payment Messages of all Payment Journal Lines from one vendor are put together into one payment message for the payment transaction. However this can only contain a certain amount of characters (106 for domestic payments, 140 for international payments). Two or more payment transactions will then be created to make sure all payment messages are taken into account.
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