Dynamics 365 Business Central vs. Dynamics GP
*** SmartList vs. List Pages ***

Dynamics GP and Dynamics 365 Business Central provide users with versatile ad hoc reporting tools to simplify data access within their systems. Let’s delve into these tools, beginning with Dynamics GP.

Smartlist: Out-of-the-Box Lists

Dynamics GP’s ad hoc reporting tool, Smartlist, offers a range of pre-built lists that users can conveniently manipulate and export to Excel.

Customization and Expansion

One of its key features is the ability to customize these lists. Users can easily add or remove fields, tailoring the lists to their specific requirements.

Drill-Down Functionality

Smartlist enables users to drill down into records, accessing detailed information directly from their lists.

Excel Integration

Users can efficiently export their Smartlist data to Excel, providing further analysis and reporting capabilities.

Business Central: A New Approach to Ad Hoc Reporting

Now, let’s shift our focus to Business Central and explore its ad hoc reporting tool.

Streamlined Data Access

Business Central features a variety of lists, encompassing transactions and master files. These lists provide easy access to data.

Customization and Personalization

Similar to Dynamics GP, users can personalize their lists by adding fields and applying filters, enhancing the way data is presented.

Excel Integration and Data Editing

An interesting feature in Business Central is the ability to edit data directly in Excel. Users can open the list in Excel, modify data, and then import it back into Business Central. This feature provides a dynamic approach to data management.

Analyze: Dynamic Data Analysis

A notable addition to Business Central is the “Analyze” feature. This tool, applicable to list pages like the vendor list, empowers users with dynamic data analysis. It allows users to add columns, sort data based on various criteria, and explore data from different perspectives.

Both Dynamics GP and Dynamics 365 Business Central offer powerful ad hoc reporting tools that cater to users’ data accessibility needs. Users can efficiently export data to Excel for further analysis, and Business Central adds the unique ability to edit and import data directly from Excel. These tools are invaluable for everyday data management and reporting tasks.

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