Several of our crew will be attending the annual “Directions” conference for NAV resellers in Phoenix this week. Upon our return we’ll have lots more to say about “what’s new” in NAV 2017. But until then, here’s a sneak peek at some of the areas Microsoft has committed to addressing in NAV 2017.
In keeping with their deepening commitment to the twin pillars of Mobile and Cloud always and everywhere, expect to see much deeper integration of the Office 365 experience within NAV, implying tighter interaction with Office and Outlook.
An embedded Power BI (Business Intelligence) tool for improved data analysis and reporting. We’ll share more after Directions.
Application “improvements” in key areas including:
“Platform improvements,” implying both behind the scenes and front of the screens changes and enhancements to NAV’s look & feel. This usually translates into an improved user experience with expanded ease of use and functionality.
“E-everything” – We’ll see what that means…
Embedding Microsoft’s new Cortana Intelligent Assistant into NAV.
PowerApps for NAV with Microsoft Flow, for bringing workflows and other automation capabilities to PowerApps. Flow is a new Microsoft SaaS offering that helps users better manage the all those streams of messages and notifications that most offices must contend with.
And of course, Extensions. Microsoft is gradually converting to a new model for NAV modifications that’s being met with mixed reviews, but seems to have a certain inevitability built into it. With extensions, software upgrades will become more structured and, presumably, faster and less expensive to migrate to new versions by permitting add-in code and modifications without modifying the original core objects. It’s a bit of a paradigm shift for long-time coders, but it should make upgrades and cloud shifts easier on everyone – in the long run.
When we return from Directions, we’ll try to provide more details and updates.