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Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 is announced!

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 is announced!
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Finally it’s official .. And quite some information has been announced. And it’s not really surprising that it’s announced now, because last week, Microsoft World Partner Conference took place .. which is about the biggest partner-event from Microsoft. Things just need to be announced there, doesn’t it ;-)?


NAV “Crete” is going to be called NAV 2015

Or in other words: a major release! And as you will understand, this will have some consequences. This means there are going to be some changes on MPN-level (new exams, new things to consider to get your ERP competency), to CfMD (your NAV2009-customers don’t count for NAV2015 CfMD ..) .. and so on. It’s just been announced – so no details whatsoever. But I just want to give a heads up so you can take it into account the next few months.

What’s going to be in it?

Well, there has been shared some things already. Please, have a look at this Roadmap (which in my eyes, is a “changelist” 😉 ):


Cool things .. Very cool things. I have been in the feedback-program for this release, and I must say .. I understand this is a major release, just because so many things are coming, things that we were really waiting for on all levels: platform, development and application. In the next few months, there will be numerous blogposts (not only from me) that will guide you through this information in details. But here is a very short overview that I know was delivered at WPC as well:

  • Devices: we mean: clients for devices. And with devices, we mean “tablets”. I’m not able to share a screenshot just yet. At Directions, more will be shown.
  • Expressive tiles: the cues in rolecenter get more value: you can use them as KPI’s, like this screenshot:


  • The upgrade tools: part of the tools have been released with CU9. Those commandlets are soooo freaking cool. But the other part: to do the data-upgrade .. will be part of NAV2015. And that is going to save you loads of time as well .. and save you lots of errors. Do know that this is going to require some extra development-skills to understand .. But it’s minimal. It’s really a huge stem in simplifying and speeding up upgrades. All you have to do is, write your code that way, that also your code allows it more easily ;-).
  • Report: An additional way to create reports: so there is going to be an alternative for RDLC, which is going to be “Word Templates”: you are going to be able to create documents reports by designing them in Word! It’s not to replace RDLC, but you have an alternative. Customers will be able to do changes now far easier.



I only name a few here .. which I know that are already shared on WPC .. .

Conclusions

This is not all that is to say about NAV2015. In a way, I just wanted to share the name with you .. but ended up in already sharing some content. You should know what was shared on WPC, shouldn’t you ;-).

Excited, I am (yoda would say..) ;-).

You can find some more info on NAV2015 here:

And probably more will come in the near future ;-).

Permanent link to this article: http://www.waldo.be/2014/07/18/microsoft-dynamics-nav-2015-is-announced/

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  1. Tony Solomou

    Sounds great! But I think it’s wiser to wait for rollup 7 or later before anyone seriously thinks of migrating to 2015. That’s based on some recent nasty experiences with 2013 R2.

    1. waldo

      Sorry to hear that. Well .. I assume it’s the database-schema-table-synch-paradigm-thing you’re talking about.. . I must say, that has been massively improved in the next version.. :-)

  2. Raokman

    It’s all about integrating it with still more Microsoft products.
    I don’t see any real improvements to the underlying product itself.

    How about faster? Able to deal with large datasets (we have almost 100,000 SKU’s and it is slooooooow).
    How about better organization along functionality lines? Right now if we go down one path, it it almost guaranteed that we’ll have to jump a stile to another path to get where we want to go.

    How about easier for the end-user to use instead of greater opportunities for billing hours from the ‘partner’?

    Not sure how going to tiles is going to make this a better product. Right now our data-entry clerks look like mad conductors in the middle of some Berlioz symphonic frenzy…tab, alpha keyboard, numeric keyboard, mouse, tab, scroll, new window…

  3. Ayham

    I’m Upgrading to 2013 R2 these days, and still learning from MS and your blogs, How could i face my top mgmt with this idea, hotfixes took a lot of my time, how could i take such adventure!

  4. Stève Galeuchet

    It will be nice! I am really interested on the upgrade tool behaviour!!

  5. Stephan Marshall

    As a purchaser, the greatest disappointment was the time and huge cost for our partner to create an “acceptable” set of quote/order etc documents which still make my staff cringe when they use them. Being able to re-create these using Word is a godsend.

  6. kamil karbowiak

    There will be another way to create these reports in Word or Excel. It’s actually possible now with Excel, soon it will be also available for Word. It’s called Jet Reports and these reports are reaaaallly easy to create.

  7. Jaya

    glad to know about new upgrade tool in NAV 2015.. exiting to see how it has to be use for data conversion. ..

  8. Alan K

    What is minimum operating system required for NAV2015

    1. waldo

      here you can find the different OS requirements for the different components:
      https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd301054(v=nav.80).aspx

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