Category: Jet Basics – Replace Management Reporter

Jet Basics – Connecting the Data Source

Now that Jet Basics is installed, it’s time to connect to the Dynamics GP Data Source.
GP Data can be both on site (on premises) or in the cloud (Remote Data Service).
Below is a quick guide on how to connect to your data source!
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Jet Basics – GP Update Utility

Jet Reports for Dynamics GP comes with a very good selection of sample reports.  These sample reports are an excellent resource – not only to see what Jet Basics does, but how the reports are built!
Many of those sample reports rely on something called ‘Friendly Names’.
Friendly names are names that properly describe the content of that SQL Table, or SQL View… they are, well, friendly 🙂  Rather than your typical naming convention for GP – like GL20000.
Not only are the sample reports built using these friendly names, but it makes it much easier to use.
Also Jet Basics comes with several useful SQL Views… both the friendly names and SQL Views get installed using the GP Update Utility.
Below is a quick guide on how to use the GP Update Utility – PRO TIP!  It’s ok to add this later but I 100% recommend doing this before getting started.
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Jet Basics – How do I install it?

Jet Basics is easy to install.  Once you have the file downloaded (visit here) you are ready to install the add-in for Excel.
Financial Reporting for Dynamics GP… if you export it to Excel from Management Reporter, why not just START in Excel, right?
Here is how to install Jet Basics.
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Jet Basics – What is it and how do I get it?

Jet Basics is an Excel Add-in that can be used to easily create financial statements and other business intelligent reports.  It lives in excel and connects directly to your Dynamics GP database.  It’s FREE…  interested?  YES PLEASE!!
This quick write up walks through how to get the Jet Basics add-in and get it installed in your excel application.
Jet Basics works with versions of GP dating all the back to version 9… it also even works with Excel 2010!!  So, let’s take a look.
For the complete series listing on Jet Basics – Click here!
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GP #LifeHacks 200: Replace Management Reporter with Jet Basics

Some time ago Microsoft announced that Management Reporter was no longer going to get development support.  This meant that it was time to start exploring options to replace MR internally for financial reporting.  No rush, MR isn’t going away soon, but why not explore…
At the same time that the announcement occurred, Microsoft also announced a FREE solution to report our financials… FREE… plus it is EXCEL based.  WHAT?!?!?! Awesome, I know!!
Jet Express (Now called Jet Basics) is 100% FREE and does a great job of utilizing Excel and connecting directly to your GP data source for financial reporting… don’t let FREE push you away… it is a VERY powerful free tool and can replace Management Reporter.
In this series I will break down how to install Jet Basics and how to build out your first simple reports.
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