Today’s post will be primarily of interest to users of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, particularly those who haven’t upgraded in a few years. Since the introduction of the first Role-Tailored Client (RTC) in NAV 2009, Dynamics NAV users have seen additional functionality from later upgrades to versions 2013 and 2015. And with NAV’s recent and strong commitment to ‘agile development’ (i.e., rapid deployment of new features), users of NAV can probably expect to see more, and more rapid development of features and functionality in the future.
Following are some of the key enhancements we’ve seen over just the last two versions (specifically, 2013-R2 and 2015). Some of the advances made in the 2013-R2 release included:
- One unified Microsoft experience with additional Office 365 productivity and rich Microsoft Dynamics NAV business insight.
- Helps customers collect cash faster with new capabilities for electronic payments and automated account reconciliation.
- Provides a tablet and touch-optimized user experience enabling you to access company data and processes regardless of location and device.
- Faster access to information with personalized home pages that let users view their most important business data at a glance.
- Sophisticated color coding and live data helps user prioritize actions.
- Simplified invoice design through interoperability with Microsoft Word.
With an eye towards Microsoft’s new embrace of a “mobile-first, cloud-first world” enhancements released in NAV 2015 included:
- Tablet and touch-optimized user experience enabling users to access their company data and processes regardless of location or what device they choose to use. With this release, new Microsoft Dynamics NAV tablet applications are now available from the Windows, Apple, and Google app stores.
- Faster access to information that matters with personalized home pages that let users view their most important business data and key performance indicators in a glance.
- Sophisticated color coding and “live data” help users prioritize actions and stay productive.
- Simplified invoice design and production through new interoperability with Microsoft Word. Power users can now create customized, branded invoice templates on their own in Microsoft Word.
- Additional optimization to deploy in the cloud on Microsoft Azure to help lower costs and increase flexibility.
- Deeper interoperability with Office 365 to boost employee productivity. Improvements include single sign-on and consolidated views of business data, documents, business intelligence, and collaboration tools.
NAV continues to grow in capabilities and we’ve found it to be an ideal platform for small to midsize businesses, particularly those engaged in manufacturing and distribution, upon which to optimize their workflows with an extremely strong and flexible accounting foundation, especially well-suited for growth oriented firms.