GDPR tool for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

The European Union has introduced strict data protection rules last month, for which companies had to become legally compliant to avoid fines. We have a set of patches to apply to get a GDPR tool for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, which has been released to assist us:

  • KB4056903 Privacy Policy update
  • KB4074643 DAPIA Security tool
  • KB4057507 SQM Data collection

The part relevant for us is the tool, which allows capturing which interactive users have logged on to AX, who are using a security role that may access sensitive information.

GDPR tool for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

User log for roles with sensitive information access

GDPR tool for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

Setup of roles with sensitive data access

Unfortunately Microsoft only provides a high-level guideline on what shall be included and provides very little tangible assistance. Due to this I have felt we needed some way to identify what security roles could really be accessing sensitive data, so I came up with an X++ job that does exactly this. You may pass in menu items for forms, reports and also tables that may access details such as Customers, Global Address Book, Vendors, Address and Contact details. The tool is using the Security framework to determine which roles can edit such data, but you may change filter criteria to also include View access.

The XPO could be downloaded from GitHub.

https://github.com/DAXRunBase/AX-2012-R3/tree/master/GDPR%20security%20roles

DAXRunBase / 2018-06-29 / AX 2012 / 0 Comments

Hardcoded label fix tool for AX 2012

It is a common problem that developers create the objects and code in the shortest time possible to meet a deadline, and that is when we meet with the hardcoded label problem, which is a Best Practice violation. Our environment had about 6000 hardcoded label values as well, and I was looking for a general solution to fix them, which resulted in creating a new tool.

This tool is heavily beta version, comes with no warranties, use it at your own risk.

Hardcoded label

The hardcoded label fix tool is version control compatible, and you should really use it through that, in case you would like to roll back a set of incorrect modifications easily.

Once you open the form, the Scan button will process your entire AOT on the current layer and model and stores TreeNode path, type, text and possible label matches. Processing can take up to several hours.

Then you could multi-select labels and press Commit to replace the values. For blank entries it tries to create a new label in the currently selected (must be checked out in advance!) label file and language. If there are multiple hits for the text, it is marked by 3 asterisks, and you need to pick one on the right pane to use. In case you want to have your own labels created anyway, you could erase the recommended @SYS* or whatever entries, save the record then commit for a new one.

Please note that due to the nature of AX DB being Case Insensitive, it is possible that a label is recommended which has a different case, like you get label for ‘a’ instead of ‘A’.

The project can be downloaded from the DAXRunBase GitHub.

DAXRunBase / 2018-03-30 / AX 2012 / 1 Comment

Convergence is back as Microsoft Business Applications Summit

There was a blog article published yesterday by James Phillips, Corporate Vice President that we should be really excited about: Microsoft Convergence is back! The new show will be called Microsoft Business Applications Summit and will be held late July this year in Seattle.

Microsoft Business Applications Summit

Many of us – MVPs, partners and customers – have raised our concerns and the need for a dedicated event, where we could talk to each other, share our customer success stories and ISV solutions, and get dedicated access to various Microsoft teams involving our business. That was hard to get on events which are calling for a much broader audience with a mix of other products, where you would not necessarily bump into the right person to reach out for in case: you had a brilliant product idea to share; a huge functionality gap to address; or simply tell where the system could perform better.

Now our prayers have reached open ears and we have Microsoft Business Applications Summit. The format will most likely change a little bit from what we got used to, since a couple of additional products and technologies came onboard since the release of AX 2012. We have PowerBI, LogicApps, PowerApps, Azure and a lot more in the Microsoft stack of technologies surrounding our beloved ERP systems.

I am sure we will have the same depth of functional and technical sessions, partner/customer/recruiter Expo area, discount book store and all the nice additions available this year that none of you should miss. Especially with the new business goals Microsoft have set, about being on the latest version of the product for everyone very soon, Overlaying- and customization-free by only using Extensions.

DAXRunBase / 2018-03-29 / Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, MSDyn365FO / 0 Comments

New search tag for Dynamics 365 F&O EE – #MSDyn365FO

We all can feel the pain with the new naming of AX 7, being Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, Enterprise edition. When you need to find documentation or blog posts it is really a pain to type that out. To help resolve the issue, we have received a new tag as #MSDyn365FO that we could use in our search terms, yay!

Please find the original announcement on MSDN Blogs.

The complete Microsoft documentation has been stamped with it, you can find it in the header. All future official blog posts will be tagged with it, and we encourage individuals as well to do the same for better relevance on Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or any other social media you are consuming.

#MSDyn365FO

This works great with search engines. If you want to find for example how to use services in AX 7, now you could just Google with that search phrase tag and you get back the correct result as first hit for “Service endpoints – Finance and Operations” on the Docs site:

#MSDyn365FO services development

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=%23MSDyn365FO+services+development

 

DAXRunBase / 2018-03-29 / Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, MSDyn365FO / 0 Comments

Picking list registration performance

We recently have implemented a new Picking application in our warehouse. Our slow performing statement e-mail has immediately highlighted that with our data volume the WMSOrder and SalesTable records were underperforming, taking 5+ seconds each time when the form was opened (close to 20). We needed to fix the Picking list registration performance.

WMSOrder

Apparently it is a standard AX form and table, but the link which they have been using is incorrectly defined, resulting in an InnerJoin for SalesTable unnecessarily.

Picking list registration performance

Also the field used for the join has no index, you should create one for WMSOrder.InventTransRefId to gain more performance.

After the adjustment it looks much better and performs really fast:

WMSOrder

 

DAXRunBase / 2018-02-27 / AX 2012 / 0 Comments

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