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Today we’ll share a few of the features new to the just-released edition of Dynamics NAV 2018 as noted by other prominent bloggers, users and experts.  As NAV keeps evolving its features expand, and following are a few that caused others to say… “Wow.”

With Microsoft’s increasing evolution to cloud-based solutions, even their new product documentation features the web client, a sly tip to its future direction, although the role-tailored client is still well maintained and robust.

User Personalization and the Web Client: Users can now configure the web client individually, treating it like “a desktop or interactive whiteboard” according to one NAV expert.  You can customize almost everything including repositioning the Freeze Panes, Cues and Cue Groups, moving and hiding areas, and using List Parts in Role Centers.

The Business Manager and Accounting Role Center has a new option in the ribbon for Excel Reports. Users may select from a dropdown menu of preconfigured reports ready to print from Excel, including a Balance Sheet, Cash Flow Statement and Trial Balance.

User Tasks can be configured to create ‘reminders’ of work to be done, for yourself or others.

The Image Analyzer extension uses powerful image analytics provided by the Computer Vision API from Microsoft Cognitive Services to detect attributes in images, like a person’s gender or age, or to identify items by attributes like type and color.  (There is currently a limit of 100 such associations per month, but the application possibilities open up a new vista in functionality, especially for instance when identifying attributes of web items and purchases.)

For technical users and developers Microsoft has provided a whole slew of new capabilities.  There are now two possible installation environments: the standard C/SIDE and C/AL, or the new “Modern Development Environment” usable in both NAV 2018 and the cloud based version called Tenerife.

There is a new set of Extensions dubbed version 2.0, with new controls.

You can now change server settings without a server ‘restart.’

The NAV universal app for remote devices has been expanded, and now includes an ability to project your phone to a large screen (a Windows Ten feature), and to interact with your mouse and keyboard via Bluetooth.

Web server components can now run on ASP.NET Core, allowing NAV to “reach new heights in scalability” as blogger Roberto Stefanetti notes.

With annual upgrade release dates, users can expect to see continued expansion of NAV’s features and capabilities and an increasing movement to the web, even as we expect the on-premise version to be supported for years to come.

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The newest version of Microsoft’s best-selling ERP solution, Dynamics NAV 2018, has just recently been released.

There are far too many changes, big and small, to fit into a post here, so we’ve made the full text of their release document available FREE for the asking as a pdf.  The document was written by Microsoft, details all the changes just since the last (2017) version, and it’s yours for the asking from Ted.Myers@pssiusa.com.

(Note that it only covers what’s new in the last year.  For users on versions prior to 2017, just know that hundreds of changes preceded those listed in the new release document.)

Among the new features, in no particular order:

  • User task simplification – From a new Setup and Extensions button that provides a single place for settings, to User Tasks you can define that remind you of work to be done, by you or others.
  • A new Employee account type in general journal lines to create employee ledger entries, as well as post payments to an employee.
  • A new Image Analyzer extension uses image analytics to detect attributes in images in conjunction with Microsoft’s Computer Vision API. It’s an AI app that identifies attributes like types and colors, as well as human genders and ages for contact persons.
  • Power BI Reporting provides Business Intelligence in the place and time you need it. Select, interact with and filter reports by selecting records from the associated list page.
  • Improved OCR results and vendor synchronization (when using Lexmark ICS).
  • Easily Cancel or correct job related posted invoices on invoices created with ‘billable’ types of planning lines.
  • Posting setup improvements and visibility over missing posting notifications.
  • Improvements to ‘Change Global Dimensions’ reporting.
  • Enhancements for EFT (Electronic Funds Transfers) including report modification abilities.
  • Increased integration with Office 365.
  • New application user docs.
  • A language selector at the bottom of the page to switch to other languages.
  • Changes for developers and IT staff to C/AL functions, data types, properties and triggers.
  • Change server settings without restarting the server.
  • Personalization of the web client and report previews in the web client on ALL supported browsers, not just Explorer.
  • An expanded API library that extends NAV functionality further still, allowing third-party developers to create connected apps on the Dynamics NAV platform.

Like the world of business, the world of software never stands still for long.

We encourage you to download the full document by clicking here.  It’s fast and free, just by confirming your name and email.

 

 

 

 

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(This is the second of our two posts reflecting the thoughts of noted NAV blogger Eric Wauters on the upcoming release of the new Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018.  His full, original post can be found here.)

 

Fact 8: Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 will be released on December 1st.  Thanks to the Directions conference in Orlando last month, and the feedback and the passion of the partners, this had to happen.  As Microsoft has already announced, the product itself is ready.  It’s the pricing and positioning issues they are working on that have delayed the release.

Fact 9: Extension V2 will work on Dynamics NAV 2018.  In non-Geek-speak this simply means that a very modern development experience in VSCode will work on the December release, and that we will be able to create extensions on top of our own customizations and products as well.

Fact 10: Yes, you will be able to white label your product, but you don’t have to.  “Powered by Microsoft Dynamics 365” or not, it’s your choice.  (Early word last month was that Microsoft would change the marketing thrust from promoting “NAV” to promoting a “Powered by…” approach, thus allowing resellers and ISVs the ability to “white label” their accouring offerings.  But really… I mean, really?  Would you rather by “Brian’s Accounting & Manufacturing Powered by Microsoft Dynamics” or simply Microsoft Dynamics NAV, as you always have?  No brainer.

Fact 11: Microsoft is working on the pricing.  Considering the various options… on-premise… cloud… as discrete functional-areas apps (like CRM or Marketing) and not just the “ful-blown” complete ERP system… Microsoft has a lot to think about.  But it’s coming.

Fact 12: There is no monetization in AppSource – but it will come.  This one is mostly for partners.  It means that we’ll be able to sell customized apps through the Microsoft App Store, and there will be a ‘monetization’ policy at some point.  In other words, Microsoft will likely have an approval process for apps and then make them available on the store and take their cut.  Think of Apple’s app store model.

Fact 13: Microsoft Dynamics NAV consumes an insane amount of Azure stuff – and that’s a good thing.  Cloud based NAV can generate a lot of data and metrics on its Azure cloud, and that stuff will eventually be available as analytics of some kind or another.  It’s a work in progress for now.

A new development environment… new features… the ability to run either in the cloud or at your own site… the ability to create apps… the enhanced capabilities to run with the Microsoft “stack” of applications from Windows to Office 365 (Word, Excel, etc.) to Outlook… Dynamics NAV will be at the heart of it all.

And for our customers, that safety in numbers and place in the Microsoft hierarchy of applications upon which you run your business might be the very best news of all!  It all starts happening in December.  Are you ready?

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