As anyone who has used Microsoft Dynamics NAV for a good number of years will know, when Microsoft launches a major release, the changes in terms of features and functions are significant. Investing billions of dollars annually in R&D for the Dynamics product family is money well spent.
For the last major release, NAV 2009 RTC or Role Tailored Client, those upgrading from previous versions or even NAV 2009 Classic Client were treated to a completely new way of seeing the information about their organization and displayed specifically for their pre-defined role, e.g. Finance Manager. Based on this foundation, Altus Dynamics NAV 2009 RTC customized the base Microsoft product, adding in the specific features and functions needed by not for profit, education or government organizations to ensure a robust solution that met their specialist needs. By creating non profit accounting software for charities or financial management solutions for K12 school boards we allow our customers to benefit from the breadth of the base NAV solution, but customised to the way public sector organisations operate and report.
So while the NAV 2009 RTC release was about the user interface, which has been further improved in NAV 2013, the latest release focuses on simplifying the licencing structure to offer more features and functions in the base product (Starter Pack) and even more in the Extended Pack. But it doesn’t stop there. Leveraging the latest developments from across various Microsoft product families and platforms, NAV 2013 has improved integration capability and hence productivity enhancement. Two prime examples are improved integration with Excel as well as Microsoft Dynamics CRM (from version 4.0 – 2011) allowing information to move back and forth more easily than before.
Collaboration within the solution has also been improved with the integration of Microsoft OneNote, which if you are not aware of it, is a ‘soft’ note book, allowing all manner of notes, links and information to be held centrally within a department or functional team. It is very useful to share notes, links to training resource or anything that could enhance the knowledge of the users. And to further enhance collaboration and communication, NAV 2013 is also integrated with Skype and Lync (MSN Messenger for companies).
From a more technical perspective, NAV access will now be available in 3 options – Windows Client, Web Client and SharePoint Client. Service types have been expanded and now include;
New Service Types Offered In Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013
- SOAP web services which allow full flexibility for building operation-centric services
- OData web services are recommended for client applications that require a uniform, flexible, general purpose
- NAS services are a middle-tier server component that executes business logic without a user interface or user interaction. NAS services are intended for task scheduling, client offloading, and specialized integration scenarios
NAV Server Administration Tool - A new visual server administration tool is added in NAV 2013 to configure the Dynamics NAV Server. It is provided as a MMC (Microsoft Management Console) snap-in, which will make the IT team happy!
And all this on top of an industry leading ERP system!