1. What Is Management Reporter in New AX?

Management Reporter is now Financial reports.

As you know, Management Reporter is a real-time financial reporting application that is designed to empower information workers to quickly and easily create, generate, secure, and publish financial statements, such as profit and loss statements, balance sheets, and cash flow reports.

 

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In Dynamics 365 For Operation, I can access these reports within AX directly from the web client in the browser. This feature allows me to run financial statements, such as a balance sheet and income statements.

The 22 default reports that are included such as income statements, balance sheet reports, cash flow statements, and general ledger reports, can be modified depending on your company’s requirements.

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2. How To Access Financial Reporting?

You can find the financial reporting menu in Dynamics 365 For Operation by visiting

General Ledger > Inquiries and reports > Financial reporting.

However, there are some privileges and duties related to this. These report functions are available to users that have their appropriate privileges and duties assigned to them already.

In order to view, edit, and manage reports in Management Reporter you need to add security administrator role to business users. If you only need users that can run the financial reports, then you have to add the appropriate privileges and duties assigned to them.

Before creating and generating financial reports for a legal entity, you must be done setting up for that legal entity:
  • Fiscal calendar
  • Ledger
  • Chart of Accounts
  • Currency

3. What Are The Management Reporter Benefits?

With Management Reporter, business users can have the following benefits:
  • Create boardroom-quality reports without IT assistance.
  • Take advantage of secure report distribution through the centralized Report Library.
  • Gain strong support for regulatory compliance (change the report date, currency, view in summary view or a detailed view, add either dimension filters or attribute filters, etc.).
  • Report design offers flexibility such as save dimension combinations, and reuse the dimensions for multiple reports.
  • Financial report collaboration:
    • Schedule reports so that they are automatically generated on a daily, weekly, monthly, or annual basis.
    • Export to the read-only XPS format, which provides better document security through digital signatures.
    • Export to a Microsoft Excel worksheet.
    • To share reports, you can create email messages that contain links to the reports.

4. What Are Management Report Components?

Some important components I want to mention here:
  • Report Designer

    Create report building blocks that can be combined to define and generate a report. The report wizard guides less experienced users through the design process. Advanced users can create new report building blocks or modify existing building blocks to meet their needs.

  • Desktop Viewer

    Used to organize and view reports and supporting files. It also stores the Report Library.

  • Web Viewer

    Displays Management Reporter reports in a web browser. The Web Viewer does not require an installation of Management Reporter server components.

  • Report Schedules

    A user can schedule a single report or a group of reports to generate regularly.

  • Management Reporter Database

    This SQL database stores the components known as building blocks, which are used to generate reports. It also stores report definitions and previously generated reports.

  • Application Service

    Controls access to the data provider and provides connectivity to clients.

  • Process Service

    Generates the reports that are created and queued by the Management Reporter client.

5. How To Generate Financial Reports?

The Financial reports screen is pictured below:

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As you can see there’s nowhere on the screen that indicates the Management Reporter is available, but if we click this edit button and enter your email account and password, it will open the Report Definitions Management Reporter window for us.

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On the left, we have a list of all the same reports that we were looking at in AX.

Let’s look at the Income Statement – Default Report.

We have a couple parameter fields we need to change before we can generate our report. Please refer to the below picture:

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After we click the Generate button, Financial will be generated on our current web browser.

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On our income statement, we have all the usual fields here. We have total revenues, gross profit, total operating experiences, net operating income, and net income. That all is pretty standard and looks good.

Conclusion

Row, Column, Tree, Report definitions work essentially the same as they did in Dynamics AX 2012. I can still use row, column, and tree definitions with multiple reports, and options for the Report definition tabs.

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Here are some of the functions that are not available in Financial Reporting for Dynamics 365 for Operations:
  • Publishing/distributing reports to SharePoint and/or SharePoint Online locations is not available
  • Report Viewer/Library has been removed
  • Import data from an Excel file is not available
  • XBRL (Extensible Business Reporting Language) is no longer available
  • Comments are not currently available in the web client
  • Running a consolidation between companies in different instances of AX is not available
  • The Wizard has been removed
  • Management Reporter includes direct integration with the Microsoft Dynamics AX general ledger so that there is no need to create a custom connection to the data source

Nevertheless, with custom reporting structures, ledger accounts, dimensions mapping and creation, the capability to publish reports to multiple channels and formats from the desktop, and embedding transactional and analytical reports into a customizable dashboard, Financial Reporting in Dynamics 365 For Operation is all set to simplify the financial reporting process, providing instant insight into your financials.

 

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Written by Daniel Burla Employee @ SherWeb

A versatile IT Business and Technical Analyst with 10+ years participating in IT projects of the main business solutions in the market (SAP, Oracle and Dynamics 365). That allows me to confidently provide innovative advice on complex issues, articulating options and solutions regardless the chosen platform.