Microsoft has announced the general release date of Dynamics NAV 2013 as October 1st 2012. This release has to be one of the most comprehensive and game changing releases for years. Many new features have been released along with technical changes, so I thought I would start with a couple of new features.
Choice of clients
- Windows Client (An enhanced feature rich role tailored client)
- If you use office 2010 you'll recognise this. Designed around the look and feel of office 2010 it features the usual menu bar down the left hand side, context sensitive ribbon bar at the top, which is customisable (if you want the user to).
- Enanced charting (incl. 3 axis charting) – more to follow on another blog on charting.
- Quick response – much faster than the previous 2009 client, it's snappy and feels good.
- Web Client
- Supports Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari. I've had it running on my iPad (other windows based tablets are available).
- Pretty much all the functionality of the windows client
- SharePoint Client
- Use either hyperlinks to the web page or use Web Parts
- Web parts driven directly from the NAV Page (no additional NAV pages required)
- Ability to link web parts (e.g. a customer list and an invoice list linked to the customer)
The new licensing announced last week means a user will either be a Full User (who can access NAV using any of the above clients) or a Limited User (who will still be able to use any of the above clients, but will ONLY be able to write to 3 tables / read all).
The Limited user can also write to a new entity for timesheets related to the service / job costing module. Typically a Limited user would be a remote user who needs to process specific tasks (e.g. put on purchase requests/orders/timesheets) but may need to still view more information.
Reporting was re-designed in NAV 2009, but it was quite painful for developers to work with. This was recognised quickly by Microsoft and the whole area of reporting has been re-written. You now create a report object, which is the tables, fields and any custom logic/variables you want to include. This will ultimately provide a dataset to the report. You then open the report designer in Visual Studio 2010 and design away. You don't get the complexities with headers/footers as you did in 2009 and I beleive give it 3 months of practise anyone writing reports previously in NAV classic will be a convert.
Microsoft has also been through most of the standard reports and re-dsigned them giving them a long overdue facelift.
I'll aim to post a blog weekly with more information about 2013, there's a lot of new features & benefits to write about!
In the meantime if you have any specific questions please drop me a mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)