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This week I have been reviving an old project that started a while ago and have started up a new project blog to track the progress. Being a lifelong fan of Dungeons & Dragons, with the unfortunate problem that I cannot find anyone to play with I have decided to create a test implementation Dynamics AX in the AD&D format just to see how it would work and if I can find some creative ways to use Dynamics AX and chose to implement the Waterdeep Trading Company as an example where I can track their many legal (and not so legal) entities within Faerûn. I call my creation:

 


Because you can’t spell Gygax without AX

 

I have a number of blog posts that have been queued up, but to start off the project I have posted my first article on “Coins, coins, coins… keeping track of Faerûn currencies in Dynamics AX” and here is a quick introduction:

The Faerûn currency is pretty straight forward and we at the Waterdeep Trading Company want to take it all, and not a copper piece less. So that means that we need to be able to convert all of the different coins back to our gold piece standard that we are using to track all of our financials.

For those of you that are not familiar with the Faerûn currencies, it’s pretty simple – there are five main currencies that people have in their money pouches – gp (gold pieces), ep (electrum pieces), sp (silver pieces), cp (copper pieces) and pp (platinum pieces) – and converting them is very straight forward as well.

1 gp = 2 ep = 10 sp = 50 cp = 1/5 pp

Or if you like looking at them within a table then here is another way to look at it:

cp

sp

ep

gp

pp

1 cp

=

1

1/10

1/25

1/50

1/250

1 sp

=

10

1

1/5

1/10

1/50

1 ep

25

5

1

2

1/10

1 gp

=

50

10

2

1

1/5

1 pp

=

250

50

10

5

1

Setting this up within Dynamics AX is a breeze.

For more details, just follow this link:
https://waterdeeptradingcompany.wordpress.com/2015/06/20/coins-coins-coins-keeping-track-of-faerun-currencies-in-dynamics-ax/

 

I hope this is useful, or at the very least entertaining and don’t hesitate to drop me a note if you have any comments or suggestions on other cool things to do with AX.

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If you haven’t noticed, Microsoft have released out an Image for Dynamics AX 2012 R3 through the Azure Marketplace which allows you to deploy out the demo environment that everyone uses as the basis for presentations – myself included. All the information is on the Dynamics AX deployment page here: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/marketplace/partners/microsoft/microsoft_dynamics_lcs/?rnd=1

All you need to do is log into your Azure Account and you can start the configuration:

This will start the ball rolling and Azure will start configuring your system.

As a bonus you will also get a simple LCS project to track your evaluation process.

Now all you need to do is start learning Dynamics AX… a great place to start is the Dynamics AX Companions site: http://www.dynamicsaxcompanions.com/barebonesconfig

Finally all of the pieces are falling together and everyone is able to learn Dynamics AX without having to jump through too many hoops.

Rock on!

The Academy – AX Configuration Series Class that I am teaching on Inventory Management within Dynamics AX 2012 is coming up next week (Friday, June 12, 2015 at 12:45 PM).  This is the sixth in the series, and continues on from the General Ledger, Cash and Bank Management, Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable classes that we have held over the past few months.

Due to bad planning on my part, this class combines two major sections from the Bare Bones Configuration series that I have been creating – (#7) Configuring Product Information Management Within Dynamics AX 2012 and (#8) Configuring Inventory Management Within Dynamics AX 2012 which is actually a bonus for anyone who attends the class because each student will get a complimentary copy of both of both those books for reference.

  

If any of you are interested in attending the class then here is a link to the AXUG Academy site with all of the details:

Academy – AX Configuration Series – Inventory Management | June 12 12:45 – 5:00 PM ET

Also, here is a quick summary of the class and also the areas that we will be going through:

  • Configuring Product Information Management Controls
  • Configuring Products
  • Configuring Inventory Management Controls
  • Configuring Inventory Structures
  • Configuring Products for Inventory Management
  • Configuring Inventory Counting
  • Configuring Batched and Serialized Products

 

Also, by participating in this class you are eligible to earn up to 4 CPE credits which will be distributed automatically following class completion. Class participation will be monitored and you will not receive CPE credit for any portion of the class that you do not appear fully engaged.

If you want more information on the class then you can follow this link and see all of the resources that I have made available: http://www.dynamicsaxcompanions.com/barebonesconfig

Last five classes on Configuring The General Ledger, Cash and Bank Management, Accounts Receivable, Configuring Accounts Payable and Configuring Financial Workflows and Approvals were a great success and I hope to see some of you at this next class on the 12th.  There is limited seating so reserve your place soon