Employee Cash advance management in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

Hi Friends,

Tracking the money that employees spend when incurring expenses for your business is a real key of Expenses management in an organization.

In today’s post we will discuss about the employee cash advance management feature of AX 2012.

We will start with the process of employee submitting a request for cash advance, the approver reviewing and approving it, paying the employee and then we will also see a little bit of process how the employee can return his cash advances.

Employee Submits Cash advance request in Employee self-service portal :

1. Navigate to the Manage Expenses > Cash advance request area in the Enterprise portal.

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2. Click New Cash advance request and key in required details for this request. Save and close after filling in the details. Then, submit the request for approval.

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Two easy to use steps for employees to submit cash advance request !!

Approver reviews the Cash advance request:

1.  Approver logs into enterprise portal and finds the cash advance request assigned to him/her for review.

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2. Approver opens the cash advance request and then reviews and approves it.

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Just two clicks !! QUICK and Easy for the reviewer/approver.

Finance team pays to the employee after the request got approved :

1. The finance teams logs in to AX and navigates to view the approved cash advance requests.

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2. One click PAY !! The finance team member/user just clicks the Pay and transfer button and AX 2012 does the rest. Employee gets PAID !! System automatically creates and posts the required financial voucher entry for this transaction based on the setups which are done.

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See below the automatic financial journal created and posted in the system.

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The cash advance payment cycle for the employee is completed in few simple steps.

Let us now take a quick look at how the employee can return the cash back or how an employee can expense his cash advances in AX 2012.

1. Employee logs into the Enterprise portal and navigates to expense management area and create a new expense report and clicks Other > Return cash advance.

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2. System automatically shows all your reconciled cash advances. Select the one you want to expense and select the expense category and submit the expense report.

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DONE !!

System creates the necessary financial journals after the expense report is approved and posted.

Simply POWERFUL Smile

Till next time !!! Keep reading

An insight to the new and improved Timesheets Management Functionality in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 - Powerful, Simple, Agile

Hi Friends,

I thought of writing about one of the most talked about enhancements in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 which is the employee timesheets functionality in Project Management and Accounting module.

Recording the employee’s times(hours) and expenses is one of the key processes in any services industry today, especially the IT consulting and Management services firms. These firms always look for a timesheet management system in the ERP system which they evaluate for their organization which can make it efficient and easy for their employees to enter their timesheets and expenses.

Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 empowers the professional services industries with a powerfully simple employee services portal refered to as the Enterprise portal which is based on the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 foundation server, one of the most successful products that MS has released ever.

Now let us discuss about the various capabilities and improvements of the Timesheet system in AX 2012.

Few of the pre requisites for the timesheet functionality to be working are as below.

  • Setup timesheet periods. ( Ax 2012 supports Daily, Weekly, Bi-weekly, Semi-monthly and Monthly etc. periods for registering hours/times).
  • Setup the project management setup for the workers. ( Employees and Contractors).
  • Create required user relations.
  • The project management and accounting module setup. (Projects, activities, categories, line properties etc.).

Assuming that all of the above required setups are done, employees of the organization can log into the employee services portal and start entering timesheets.

The Home page of the employee services portal displays role tailored information depending on the user profile/role which is assigned to the employee.

When an employee/contractor who has system administrator role logs into the enterprise portal, the screen looks as shown below. This shows all the various capabilities and functionalities present on the enterprise portal of AX 2012.

Employee Services Portal

However, assuming the case of a typical service industry/IT consulting services industry, where employees (both salaried and hourly based) deal mostly with timesheets, expenses and their approvals, I have customized a role to prepare the employee services portal to look as below. Ax 2012 provides the flexibility of customizing the enterprise portal content the way you want it.

Role customized Employee services screen - AX 2012

Timesheet Management functionality Highlights in AX 2012:

  1. Provides flexibility for defining different timesheet periods depending on need.

Timesheet Periods

2. Timesheets overview screen displaying details of exiting timesheets.

Timesheets Overview Screen - AX 2012

3. Option to set timesheet favorites/favorite lines and functionality to load timesheet lines

these from favorites.

Timesheets Favorites Management

4. Option to create new timesheet by copying an existing timesheet (Previous).

Copy timesheets Function

5. Setup delegates for timesheet submission, who can enter timesheets on your behalf in

your absence and manage your timesheet delegates and timesheet favorites right on the

web enterprise portal.

Manage Timesheet Delegates

6. Record time on each individual task/activity or the project by entering suitable internal

and external comments for the description of the work. Week summary to date fact box

which displays the total number of hours entered in the week.

Timesheet Entry Screen AX 2012

7. Employees will have to spend less time in entering comments for each line with the consolidated comments entry screen.

Consolidated Timesheet Comments

8. Automatic workflow can be setup for timesheet approval/review. When timesheets are

submitted, they  get automatically assigned to the respective reporting manager’s queue

for review.

9. Print your timesheets right from the enterprise portal.

Print Employee Timesheets

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Apart from the timesheets management functionality, the enterprise portal  in AX 2012 provided several other powerful business process capabilities and this will definitely help every organization in a very great deal.

Till next time !! Keep exploring. 🙂