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Convergence 2010 - April 24 - 27  Atlanta, Georgia

Convergence is the premier Microsoft Dynamics event, bringing customers, partners, team members and industry experts together in an environment created for you to discuss solutions, address business needs and establish a true community that can be leveraged throughout the year.

In 2010, Convergence will take place in Atlanta, Georgia April 24 - 27. This is your opportunity to participate in an exceptional program including a variety of speakers, detailed product demonstrations and hands-on learning sessions. You will learn how to enhance your Microsoft investment now and in the future, and gain a stronger sense of community through interacting with industry leaders, Microsoft team members, partners and other customers.

Convergence 2010 will help you:

  • Build skills across all Microsoft platforms and equip yourself with the tools and knowledge you need to optimize your business solution.
  • Interact with peers, partners, Microsoft team members and top industry experts in both structured and informal settings.
  • Hear the vision and strategy of key Microsoft executive leaders and gain insight on the future of the company, product direction and investments so you can align your business and take advantage of the benefits.

 

 

Microsoft Dynamic SL 7.0 Services Pack 2

On 12/19/2008 Microsoft released Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Dynamics SL 7.0.  Service pack 2 contains many bug fixes that are highly recommended for any installation running or considering upgrading to version 7.0.  Before you install Service Pack 2 be sure to review Feature Pack 1 for version 7.0.  Feature Pack 1 includes all of the fixes in Service Pack 2 plus product enhancements.

You can download Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Dynamics SL 7.0 via CustomerSource

www.Microsoft.com/Dynamics/CustomerSource.mspx

 

Microsoft Dynamics SL 7.0 Feature Pack

The first ever Feature Pack for Microsoft Dynamics SL has arrived.  On 11/5/2008 Microsoft release Feature Pack 1 for Microsoft Dynamics SL 7.0.  The Feature Pack includes all of the fixes provided in Service Pack 2 plus enhancements.

Click Here to Download a listing of Feature Pack Enhancements

 

Microsoft Dynamics SL 7.0 Now with 64 bit Support

With the release of Feature Pack 1 for Microsoft Dynamics SL 7.0, Microsoft provides support for 64 bit operating systems under WOW emulation.

Using WOW to Run Microsoft Dynamics SL Applications

Microsoft Dynamics SL now includes the ability to run the 32-bit applications using Windows 64-bit emulation (WOW) on the 64-bit versions of the supported Windows operating systems. When you install the Microsoft Dynamics SL client in a 64-bit operating system, the path of the files is \Program files (x86)\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\DynamicsSL and \%Windir%\syswow64. The server is installed in \Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Dynamics\SL\Applications.

Note: All Microsoft Dynamics SL SDK-developed applications must be compiled to target the x86 architecture.

 

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Support

Per the Notes to Implementers and the Microsoft Dynamics SL 7.0 Requirements Guides we now have SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 and 64 bit (WOW) support.  It looks as though Feature Pack 1 is required to have all three supported. No clear word on FRx 6.7 running on Windows 2008 64 bit yet.

Microsoft Dynamics SL 7.0

Operating system

One of the following:

  1. Windows Server 2008 Standard and Enterprise Edition (32-bit and 64-bit)
  2. Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition R2 or Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition SP2 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  3. Small Business Server 2003 Premium Edition7 SP2 or Small Business Server 2003 Premium Edition R2 (SQL Server Workgroup Edition is supported only in this scenario.)

Microsoft Dynamics SL 7.0

Database

One of the following:

  1. SQL Server 2005 SP2 Standard or Enterprise Edition (32-bit and 64-bit)
  2. SQL Server 2008 Standard or Enterprise Edition (32-bit and 64-bit)89

8 If using Business Portal, Dynamics SL 7.0 FP1 is required to support SQL Server 2008.

9 Dynamics SL 7.0 FP1 supports SQL compatibility mode 80 and 90. The product defaults to 80. SQL compatibility mode 100 is unsupported.

 

What's New in Dynamics SL 7.0

Enhancements to Microsoft Dynamics SL 7.0 make it easy for people to focus on functions they need to do their jobs more efficiently.

  • Microsoft Dynamics SL 7.0 is now written in the latest version of Visual Basic 2005, making it .NET compliant and providing new functionality like insert/overwrite capabilities and interfaces to products like SQL Server Reporting Services.
  • Easier, application access management with integrated Windows Authentication associates each user’s computer login to their Microsoft Dynamics SL 7.0 login.
  • Microsoft Dynamics SL 7.0 provides a new, Microsoft Office 2007-like menu interface, making navigation and custom process building available.
  • New configurable, role-relevant menus and home pages make it easy for people to focus on functions they need to do their job more efficiently.
  • Customized home pages of information can be created for the people using the application and displayed right in Microsoft Dynamics SL 7.0.
  • Pay-When-Paid – This new feature will release subcontract vouchers to be paid only when the associated customer invoice is paid, helping to ensure the customer is satisfied with a job before the vendor is paid, and to protect the margin on invoiced work.
  • Quick Send – This new feature helps you improve order management efficiency, giving customers timely or on-demand access to their orders and invoices. Quick Send provides Electronic Document Delivery—the capability to send purchase orders and invoices to customers and vendors electronically via email or fax.

Project Management and Accounting Enhancements
Gain more control of your projects with the ability to schedule billings and to report expenses in multiple currencies.

  • Foreign currencies and a VAT tax line item are now accepted in the Expense Report entry program(s).
  • Multi-Currency Scheduled Billings and Billing by Percent Complete have been enhanced to produce billings in the billing currency of the project.

Service Series Enhancements
With Microsoft Dynamics SL 7.0, you can increase your efficiency in processing service calls, helping you improve customer satisfaction.

  • With the enhanced Generate PM Service Calls screen, you now have the ability to specify invoice line types and preventative maintenance tasks, speeding up your process of generating service calls.
  • Microsoft Dynamics SL 7.0 offers the ability to specify a different customer ID on a service contract attached to a master contract in Service Contract Entry (SN.001.00)
  • Graphical Dispatch Board (SD.900.00) no longer filters only on Geographic Zone in Microsoft Dynamics SL 7.0, which now also uses the view in Dispatch - View Maintenance (SD.004.00).

Analytics and Reporting Enhancements
Improve reporting and analysis and optimize the use of business information with BIO for Microsoft Dynamics SL to provide insight into your business operations and trends.

  • With BIO for Microsoft Dynamics SL, you can analyze the impact on your business of up to 900 business activities tracked within the database.
  • Reports written in SQL Server Reporting services for SQL 2005 can be called directly from Microsoft Dynamics SL 7.0.
  • New Microsoft FRx 6.7 SP9 enables Microsoft FRx 6.7 to be compatible with Microsoft Dynamics SL 7.0 so your reporting functionality leverages the improvements implemented in the core Microsoft Dynamics SL product.

Microsoft Dynamics SL Enhancements in Microsoft Business Portal 7.0
Business Portal in Microsoft Dynamics SL 7.0, based on the Microsoft Office SharePoint Services collaboration and document management solution, helps to increase the productivity of your company with many new features, including Project creation.

  • With access to the Microsoft Dynamics SL Project Maintenance program through the Business Portal, project managers can now set up new projects and alter current project information from remote locations using Business Portal without needing to log into Microsoft Dynamics SL.
  • In addition to document sharing, new access to Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 features includes blogs, wikis and RSS Feeds.
  • With Microsoft Windows SharePoint Server 3.0, the latest version, you can help ensure your system is maintained and secure by staying current with the latest Microsoft releases.