At the risk of sounding self-serving (we are, after all NAV resellers), our title above reflects the thinking of Microsoft Dynamics NAV senior managers at the firm’s recent Convergence conference in New Orleans.
“We have infinite places to work from,” said Jesper Lachance Raebild, senior product marketing manager, during the event’s Dynamics NAV general session. “We no longer have the Role Tailored client. That doesn’t exist anymore. We have the Windows client, the SharePoint client, the Web client. We now have Microsoft Dynamics NAV on devices with a Web browser. We support multiple browsers and, hence, multiple devices.”
According to NAV General Manager Erik Tiden, while much of NAV’s development in prior years has gone into new and much needed functionality, today’s investments are more about “securing the future” – things like revamping the architecture and getting NAV ready for the cloud.
Not that “new functionality” is getting short shrift by any means. In fact, the NAV team has added “substantial” new functionality to Dynamics NAV, such as the web client, improved integration with Excel and improved business intelligence within the user interface.
As one example Tiden notes the latest charting ability moves that task more into the domain of the end user, than of the reseller. It’s another example of putting the power (and functionality) into the hands of the user. As Raebild noted during one session, “We see charts helping end users to be more productive. They can go in and make their own charts to figure out what their impact is by doing their daily work.”
Meanwhile, GM Tiden said Microsoft is also invested in hosting. Dynamics NAV can now be run in three formats: on-premise; partner-hosted on third party infrastructure; and partner hosted on Windows Azure, which will be available generally in June.
Raebild also noted quite bluntly that “The main message we have here is that Dynamics NAV 2013 is the greatest release ever, and you should actually upgrade to NAV 2013. We want to show you that if you make an investment in NAV, you’re making an investment in a product for which we are hard at work on providing the future and going even further. We are working on the next release and its code name is Sicily. One of things that will be in Sicily is a functional area called Cash Management. We will provide more integration with Microsoft Office 365.”
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