You’ve probably heard the announcements and discussions about Microsoft Dynamics 365. But what is Dynamics 365?

Microsoft Dynamics 365 is the next generation of intelligent business applications in the cloud. Microsoft 365 unifies CRM and ERP capabilities by delivering new purpose-built applications to help manage specific business functions, including Sales, Customer Service, Field Service, Operations, Marketing, Project Service Automation and Financials. Designed to be personalized, enable greater productivity, deliver deeper insights and adapt to business needs, Dynamics 365 applications help businesses accelerate digital transformation to meet the changing needs of customers and capture the new business opportunities of tomorrow.

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Dynamics 365 is available in two editions:


Dynamics 365 Business Edition

Dynamics 365


  • Optimized for 10-250 Employees
  • It will contain Project Madeira (called “Financials”) and in the future a Sales and Marketing application as well
  • It is cloud only
  • 300 seat Maximum


Dynamics 365 Enterprise Edition

Dynamics 365

  • Optimized for 250+ Employees
  • It includes the Dynamics CRM Online and Dynamics AX (called “Operations”)
  • 20 user Minimum



In addition to Dynamics 365 business applications both the Business and Enterprise Editions offer the following:

  • You have Power BI and Cortana Intelligence which are natively embedded to help companies achieve their business goals with predictive insights, prescriptive advice and actionable next steps. Azure IoT brings device data to enable preemptive action to business functions like field service.
  • There is deep integration between Dynamics 365 and Office 365 which brings together the two worlds of business process and personal productivity for empowered employees and a much more productive experience.  
  • Business applications will be able to adapt and innovate in real-time with a common data model and extensible business application platform. Dynamics 365 apps will:
    • Use a common data model, shared with Office 365, to simplify data management and integration across apps and business processes.
    • Offer tech savvy business customers/analysts, aka “citizen developers,” (using Power Apps) and professional developers (using Azure platforms services) a consistent business platform they can use to compose new apps and easily extend and modify existing ones.
    • And it will come with connectors that let you integrate with applications and services from Microsoft and our partners – including custom API’s and on premise systems.
  • Microsoft AppSource – Microsoft’s new destination for business users to easily find and evaluate line of business SaaS apps, add-ins and content packs from Microsoft and our partners, including those built on top of Dynamics 365, Office 365, Cortana Intelligence and the Azure platform.


Dynamics 365 will be available for purchase starting November 1, 2016. To learn more about Dynamics 365 visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics/dynamics-365

This article was written by Sandra Knight, Senior Sales Consultant for Tridea Partners. Tridea is a leading Microsoft Dynamics provider


Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 Feature of the Day – OData Service Deployment

Enjoy your Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 Feature of the Day!

OData Service Deployment

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Are you a Tridea client interested in installing Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016?

Contact us first!  Tridea Partners 858.755.3700 or info@trideapartners.com

By Tridea Partners, Microsoft Dynamics Partner www.trideapartners.com

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Windows 10 Tips from Tridea Partners

In this post we will discuss two Windows 10 tips. How to speed up your computers boot time and how to create a windows restore point.

After several months have you noticed your computer takes longer to start. One simple trick to speed up your computers start time.

Right-click blank area on the taskbar, and choose Task Manager in the context menu or you can search for Task Manager using Windows 10 Cortana.

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Click the “Startup” tab.

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Select any item you wish to disable at startup and click “Disable“.windows 10



How to create a Windows 10 restore point.

Microsoft has a built-in that will allow you to restore to a previous point in the event of a system malfunction due to unwanted software or downloads.

Open the search menu and type “Restore Point“.

Click on “Create a restore point

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Highlight the C: Drive and select “Configure“.

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Click “Turn on system protection” and move the slider to at least 10-20%

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Click “OK”.

Click “Create” to create and name the restore point.

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Creating a restore point several at least once a month can save hours of valuable time and effort.


This article was written by Osei Owusu, Technical Consultant for  Tridea Partners. Tridea is a leading Microsoft Dynamics provider. www.trideapartners.com

Introduction to log4net

I noticed that logging is an usual requirement in our applications. And there are several ways of logging:

  1. Logging to a local file by hard coding, like using StreamWriter
  2. Logging to Windows event logs by using native classes in .NET libraries, like System.Diagnostics.EventLog
  3. Logging using third part library, like log4net


Each way is used according to different situations, but I’d like to briefly introduce how to use log4net to log to a file since it is easy to configure and implement:

First is to install the log4net NuGet Package:



The second is to add a configSection in your App.config or Web.config file. This configuration section specifies the name, type and other properties of your logger.

The sample code is shown below:



Third thing is to add a reference to log4net assembly. Simply add a using statement on top of your assembly.

The sample code is shown below:



The fourth thing is to instantiate a logger interface in your classes. You have to instantiate a logger in every class in which you want to log activities.

The sample code is shown below:



The fifth step is to initialize your log4net configuration.

The sample code is shown below:





The last thing is to use your logger to log whatever you want.

The sample code is shown below:



For more information, please refer to https://logging.apache.org/log4net/index.html.

This article was written by Joe Qian, Dynamics Technical Consultant for Tridea Partners. Tridea is a leading Microsoft Dynamics provider.

Microsoft Dynamics GP Checkbook

Your Dynamics GP checkbook may have been setup a while ago, but did you anticipate your company’s growth and how many checks you would issue over time? Did you start with a check number that would increment correctly and accommodate this growth? This doesn’t seem like it’s a big deal but it can be.

The Next Check Number is setup in the following location:

Financial >> Cards >> Financial >> Checkbook

Dynamics GP Checkbook


The number you enter here appears as the default, and increments by one each time a check is written in any of the following windows:

  • Bank Transaction Entry window
  • Print Payables Transaction Check window
  • Payables Manual Payment Entry window
  • Print Payables Checks window
  • Payroll Manual Check – Adjustment Entry window
  • Print Payroll Checks window


I’ve had 2 support calls in the past month wondering why their check number sequence was off and why did their check number come out as 0000 and start incrementing from there.

In each of these cases, their check book was setup starting with Check number 0001 and recently they got to check 9999 and GP didn’t know what to do. It couldn’t increment to 10,000 so it went back to 0000 and started over again.

Before setting up the Next Check Number, you need to think about:

  • How many checks will be produced?
  • How quickly will the company grow?
  • Enter the next check number with leading zeros, so all numbers sort correctly and appear in lookup windows in the correct order. For example, if you enter 9999 as the next check number, check number 10,000 will appear before check number 9999.You want to add enough leading zero’s in order for your business to grow.

Another thing to be sure to do in the Checkbook Maintenance Window is to uncheck the Duplicate Check Numbers box. Checking this box allows you to use duplicate check numbers which in most cases you wouldn’t want to allow. If there is ever a need to use a duplicate check number, you could come into the window, check off the box, create your check and then come back into this window and be sure to uncheck.

I hope this gives you an understanding of the importance of this window. You may want to look at your bank accounts and add a few leading zero’s to be safe so that this doesn’t happen to you.

This article was written by Dawn Berard, Dynamics GP Application Consultant for Tridea Partners. Tridea is a leading Microsoft Dynamics provider.