The Microsoft Dynamics GP 2016 Security and Audit Field Manual is Done!

Building on what we started for NetSuite, Andy Snook and I have finished the Microsoft Dynamics GP Security and Audit Field Manual.

The problem with security books is that they fall into one of two camps. Security books written by auditors explain good security principles, but don’t offer enough detail for use in a specific application. Books written for applications are often filled with details on boxes to check, but thin on important concepts like mitigating controls.

With the Security and Audit FieldManual, we’ve tried to tackle both. Each chapter addresses a set of security principles and details how those principles can be applied using features in Dynamics GP.  What’s makes these books work is that good principles are good principles regardless of the software involved. The key, the expertise, is in applying those principles to a specific piece of software, without losing the principle in the process.

Dynamics GP MVP Mariano Gomez was kind enough to write the forward and MVP Belinda Allen helped review the manuscript to ensure that it met the level of quality we wanted. She was also kind enough to give a quote for the cover:

“This book is a must read for anyone in charge of Dynamics GP. I learned a lot from it, and I’m sure you will too.” 

The Microsoft Dynamics GP Security and Audit Field Manual is available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats. We will have a limited number of copies at Summit and we’re happy to sign them for folks, so stop by the Fastpath booth and say Hi!

Introducing the NetSuite Security and Audit Field Manual 2017.1

One of the things we promised when we created the NetSuite Security and Audit Field Manual was that we would keep it up to date. It’s frustrating to see books tied to a 2011 version of NetSuite. With 2 updates a year, those books are way behind. With that in mind I’m thrilled to announce the 2017.1 update to the field manual. We’ve added in new security features and updates including improvements to 2FA, GL Impact logging, and absolute session timeouts. Now that it’s out, we’re off to work on the 2017.2 update.

Writing Update

Just a quick writing update:

I’m actively working to update the NetSuite Security and Audit Field Manual for version 2017.1. The update should be done next week and the book available sometime in June with reviews, layout, and republishing the new version.

The Microsoft Dynamics GP Security and Audit Field Manual initial manuscript is about half done and running on schedule to be available for the GPUG Summit in October.

The Security and Audit Field Manual for Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations Enterprise Edition initial manuscript is also about half done, but it’s taking longer than the GP version, primarily because of less documentation and active changes in D365. (Little things like renaming the whole product to the longest name possible because the old name apparently wasn’t long enough. As someone recently pointed out, the acronym D365FFOEE is actually longer than the original product name Axapta. I swear Microsoft marketing would name a car “Microsoft Gasoline Propulsion Vehicle for the Conveyance of People and Cargo.” ) The book is still on track to be done in time for the AXUG Summit in October, fingers crossed.

I’m working to figure out the plot for the next Lizard Wong novel. Two or three options are in the works, but no decisions yet.

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Trying to figure out how I missed this in previous versions of Word, but so far I really like it.

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New NetSuite Book!

NetSuite Security and Audit Field Manual Cover

The NetSuite Security and Audit Field Manual is my latest non-fiction book. It was due to be released on 2/15/17, but books are sneaky, and this one slipped out in the middle of the night. Don’t worry, it showed up on Amazon a few days early.

For many companies, NetSuite is the core of their financial management system, and protecting against fraud, misstatements, and errors is a critical component of running NetSuite. Sometimes though, it’s hard to know where to start.

This is a book about NetSuite security written to help users, administrators, and auditors better understand how to plan, implement, and audit NetSuite security. Security books tend to be heavy on theory or application, rarely including both. The NetSuite Security and Auditing Field Manual is designed to help users understand sound control principles and how to apply them in NetSuite.

For this book I collaborated with Andy Snook and Zach Wear to create something unique. The NetSuite Security and Audit Field Manual has an old, army field manual or camping guide theme, and it’s sized to make it easy to carry around and refer to. One of the challenges of any NetSuite book is that NetSuite releases two updates a year, making it important that books don’t fall behind. We’re committed to keeping the book updated as new updates are released.

Various folks at NetSuite have been extremely supportive of this project and we very grateful for their help. The NetSuite Security and Audit Field Manual is available in paperback and ebook formats at We’ve also got a book page up on the Fastpath site, so be sure to check that out.

For my Dynamics GP friends who are quietly freaking out that I wrote a NetSuite book…relax…a new GP book is in the works.