Friday, July 20, 2018

What's New for Expense Management


The second webinar in my Functional Friday series was centered around expense management. This is another one of my favorite feature areas that Microsoft has made investments in Dynamics 365. I have to say I am a bit #jealous that I don't get to use this feature to do my expense report. #maybeOneDay

Since I was not able to demo the actual mobile device during the webinar, I thought I would show it off a little bit in my blog on this topic. In case you missed the webinar and want to see it you can find it on the AXUG website here. D365 Functional Friday Series: Expense Management https://www.axug.com/viewdocument/d365-functional-friday-series-expe?CommunityKey=82b0ede9-11c2-43ba-8c73-de1b44f1aa09&tab=librarydocuments

First you will need to install the Dynamics 365 for Phones app from the Google Play Store for Androids or the App Store for iPhones. The app is free to download and install, but you will need an actual Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations instance and license to actually log into it.


After you have installed the mobile app, you can log into the mobile app. You will need to provide the connection information for your environment. This is done by entering the URL for your environment. If you have previously logged in, then the Recent Environment drop-down will appear and you can easily select the environment from list, and then click Connect. (Be sure to accept the terms and conditions if prompted.)


You will be prompted to enter your password after entering or selecting the user account.
  

Once you are logged into the mobile app, you will see a list of mobile workspaces. Now the list of mobile workspaces you have may be different depending on your security and which mobile workspaces have been published in your environment. If you have not published any workspaces you will want to do so in the web interface for Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, by following these steps:

  1. Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner.
  2. Select Mobile app from the list.
  3. Highlight the mobile workspace you want to publish and click Publish.

The following screen shot shows the mobile workspaces. You may need to scroll down to see the Expense management workspace depending on how many workspaces you have.


Once you launch the workspace you can quickly and easily get started. If you don't have an expense report started already you will want to create one, and add the expenses to it. But you also have the option to just do a quick capture and add the receipt to the expense report later.


To create an expense report, click Create an expense report. This will open a new page. If you already have an expense report you will see the lines that you have added to the report on the page. The numbers at the top represent any expenses you created that are not attached to a report, or receipts you captured that are not attached. If you want to start a new report you can click New report.


Entering an expense has never been easier. Either start a new expense report or select an existing one, or click Create expense from the home page. For my example I have created a new expense report:

  1. Click Create an expense report from the home page of the mobile app.
  2. Click New report.
  3. Enter a Purpose, for example Client Visit.
  4. Enter a Location, for example Kentucky.
  5. Click Done at the bottom of the page.
  6. Click New expenses.
  7. Click the Expense category drop-down box.
  8. Select an option or search. For example select Meal.
  9. Enter the Transaction amount, and any other required information such as the date and merchant.
  10. Click Done when you are finished entering the details.
  

  1. Click Receipts to add a receipt.
  2. Select to Capture a receipt or attach an existing receipt.
  3. Click Done to attach the receipt.


If required you can use additional buttons to add guests, do a breakdown of the receipt or remove the expense. The options and fields that are visible and required are controlled by the configuration in the Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations web interface for Expense management.

Hopefully with this information you can see how easy it is to use the new mobile app. This is a great feature to enhance your already existing implementation or another great addition to your ROI and reason to start your upgrade today.

And now for my shameless plug to the Dynamics 365 Days in Portland I am hosting on August 17th. Get registered soon as space is limited.  http://pages.d365ug.com/dynamics-365-day-portland-rsm


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