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Easy to use alternatives to Management Reporter

  • 1.  Easy to use alternatives to Management Reporter

    Posted Jan 17, 2019 06:15 PM
    We are not happy with Management Reporter - can anyone give be great alternatives that have worked well for them?


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    Betty Hall
    Powell Christensen inc
    Richland WA
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  • 2.  RE: Easy to use alternatives to Management Reporter

    Posted Jan 18, 2019 08:59 AM
    Hi Betty,

    I understand your frustration.  We have had mixed results with MR.  Customers who are happy with it are either those with a simple chart of accounts, those not using AA, or those who are using AA but had sufficent budget to let us develop heavy customization to produce the analysis they wanted.

    It will make a big difference if you are or will be using AA.

    If AA is not to be used, replacing MR will require an intimate knowledge of the database structure (which is not complicated).

    A free tool that you can use if SQL Server Reporting Services.

    My own preference for customers who have started investing in SalesPad (for other reasons than financial reporting) is to use the Reporting and BI Tools within SalesPad, which I find are more elegant and faster to develop and deploy.

    Regards

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    Wassim Rahme
    Consulting Manager
    Computel
    St Colomban QC
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  • 3.  RE: Easy to use alternatives to Management Reporter

    Posted Jan 18, 2019 10:01 AM
    I am fairly new to GP  - What is AA

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    Betty Hall
    Powell Christensen inc
    Richland WA
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  • 4.  RE: Easy to use alternatives to Management Reporter

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Jan 18, 2019 10:35 AM
    ​AA = Analytical Accounting

    I "grew-up" on FRx so I can do almost anything in Management Reporter - and have. However, it is a difficult interface and easy for users to get stuck spending time getting them to work. So I can understand the frustration with the product.

    I do like Jet Reports and I usually push it as an MR replacement. I have never heard of ActivReports until today - good to know. Based on Jo's endorsement, I would assume it is great and easier to use than MR.

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    Mark Wiley
    Dynamics Credentialed Professional
    Senior Consultant
    DXC Technology
    Akron, OH
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  • 5.  RE: Easy to use alternatives to Management Reporter

    GPUG ALL STAR
    Posted Jan 18, 2019 10:52 AM
    @Mark Wiley,

    Not just @Jo deRuiter. @Mariano Gomez spoke highly of it, too.​​​​

    Regards,

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  • 6.  RE: Easy to use alternatives to Management Reporter

    Posted Jan 18, 2019 03:58 PM
    Hi Betty,

    Sorry.  AA stands for Analytical Accounting which is a standard GP module that allows you to create dynamic dimensions on top of your GL and use them in your operational transactions and then report on them in your financial reports.

    The idea was good when ERP's could not give you unlimited operational dimensions like the way we have today.  However reporting on AA data is complex and is not intuitive.

    Modern ERP's (including GP with specific Add-on's) allow you to build your analysis dimensions on the operational side so that you don't clutter your GL.

    Regards

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    Wassim Rahme
    Consulting Manager
    Computel
    St Colomban QC
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  • 7.  RE: Easy to use alternatives to Management Reporter

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Jan 18, 2019 09:03 AM

    Hi @Betty Hall

    I too, do not like... no I loathe Management Reporter.  It is difficult, out-dated and far too rigid for the demands of reporting in this day and age.

    Here are links to two of my favorites.

    Jet Reports are AWESOME with a lot of bang for the buck.

    I also really love ActivReporter it is awesome, fast, and since it carries (like MR) only the need to look at "Financial" Information it is EXTREMELY reasonably priced, easy to use and also AWESOME.

    It really depends on what you are asking for from your reporting as to which solution is better - and there are other solutions, but these are my favorites!

    Financial Reporting Software for Microsoft Dynamics & Excel

    Jet Global remove preview
    Financial Reporting Software for Microsoft Dynamics & Excel
    You are spending too many hours copying and pasting in order to compile the information you need, reducing resource effectiveness and wasting valuable time. Your data shouldn't suffer from the manual, error-prone task of piecing important financial and operational information together. Inaccurate reports impact the success of your business.
    View this on Jet Global >


    Microsoft Dynamics GP Financial Reporting Tool | ActivReporter

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    Microsoft Dynamics GP Financial Reporting Tool | ActivReporter
    For years, it has been a given that using Dynamics GP for your accounting needs meant acquiring an additional reporting package. These external tools can be slow, clunky and often expensive. ActivReporter provides an all-inclusive reporting experience with more visibility into your organization's financial data than ever before - all without breaking the bank.
    View this on nQativ >

     

     



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  • 8.  RE: Easy to use alternatives to Management Reporter

    GPUG ALL STAR
    Posted Jan 18, 2019 09:45 AM
    >> I too, do not like... no I loathe Management Reporter.  It is difficult, out-dated and far too rigid for the demands of reporting in this day and age. <<

    Tell us how you really feel, @Jo deRuiter!​ Stop trying to spare our feelings!

    While I have a soft spot for Management Reporter (it was the first thing about GP that I learned as an accidental GP Admin), I'm forced to agree with you about JetReports and nQativ. (OK, Jo, you can stop putting that hammerlock on me!)

    @Belinda Allen loves (I don't think that's too strong a term) JetReports. ​And I got a quick demo of nQativ's ActivReporter a couple of Summit's ago. I'd been working with one of the SQL Server-based Multi-dimensional-model tools for financial reporting and budgeting and I knew something about the learning curve. ActivReporter is fast.

    Lots of other apps available: BI360, Prophix, Calumo, Tableau... Those aren't as inexpensive as JetReports and ActivReporter.

    Regards,

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    Co-Chair, GPUG WI (Green Bay) Chapter
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  • 9.  RE: Easy to use alternatives to Management Reporter

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Jan 18, 2019 09:50 AM
    @Steve Erbach

    LOL.. We discussed my "Default Setting" JUST the other day.....

    Truthful, brutally honest and quite salty!!  But I do love to help folks!​

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    Kindest Regards,
    Jo deRuiter , MCP, DCP
    "That GP Red Head"
    AISLING DYNAMICS CONSULTING, LLC
    WEBSITE: https://aislingdynamics.com/
    BLOG: https://community.dynamics.com/gp/b/gplife
    GPUG Academy Instructor
    Dynamics GP Credentialing Council-Vice Chair
    770-906-4504 (Cell)

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  • 10.  RE: Easy to use alternatives to Management Reporter

    GPUG ALL STAR
    Posted Jan 18, 2019 09:57 AM
    @Jo deRuiter,

    ​>> Truthful, brutally honest and quite salty!!  But I do love to help folks!​ <<

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    But it would make a nice tag line for your sig!

    Regards,


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    Co-Chair, GPUG WI (Green Bay) Chapter
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    Twitter: twitter.com/serbach
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  • 11.  RE: Easy to use alternatives to Management Reporter

    GPUG ALL STAR
    Posted Jan 18, 2019 02:45 PM
    Edited by Beat Bucher Jan 18, 2019 02:45 PM

    Hi @Betty Hall

    Jo & Steve have provided some good points & suggestions. Aside of Jet Reports & ActivReporter, there is also a product named Vivid Reports from a western Canadian company in ​Winnipeg MB. Their product fully integrates into Excel and makes creating Financial reports a breeze like JetReports, but much more powerful.
    http://www.vividreports.com/cpm-solution/frequently-asked-questions/
    I can put in touch with them if you would like a personalized demo.
    Have a great day!



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    Beat Bucher
    Business Analyst, Dynamics GP SME
    Montreal QC/Canada
    @GP_Beat http://www.gp-geek.com
    Montreal QC GPUG Chapter Leader
    MBS MVP (2015-2018)
    All-Star 2013
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  • 12.  RE: Easy to use alternatives to Management Reporter

    GOLD CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Jan 21, 2019 01:05 PM
    Hi Beat!

    Thank you for the shout out!

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    Christine Boisvert
    Technical Sales / Report Trainer
    Vivid Reports
    Winnipeg MB
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  • 13.  RE: Easy to use alternatives to Management Reporter

    Posted Jan 21, 2019 10:48 AM
    Betty,

    I have spent many hours look for the right product to replace MR.  I have tested both Jet Reports and ActivReporter and found that I like the functionality and ease of use of ActivReporter.  I recommend asking for a Demo and i know you will be impressed.

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    Marty Schorr
    CAL Business Solutions, Inc.
    Harwinton CT
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