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Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 Highlights from Convergence 2012

My fellow Data Masons colleague and Senior Developer has been keeping close tabs on NAV over the last few days at Convergence 2012, discovering more about Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 and getting some valuable insight into what’s coming in Microsoft Dynamics NAV “7”, now officially named NAV 2013. With a planned Q4 calendar year 2012 general availability date, and an expected May 2012 Beta release, NAV 2013 will be the first Dynamics ERP solution to be cloud-enabled for Windows Azure.

Here’s the latest on Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 coming from the sessions:

  • Web client is now available with very similar look as the Windows client
  • Azure deployment available with this release
  • SharePoint client/integration and self-service are also available with this version
  • This version is built on a full .NET runtime

Microsoft’s focus has been on “Choice.” For choice of clients, you have the Windows client, the Web client or SharePoint. And for choice of deployments, you have on-premise, partner-hosted and Microsoft-hosted (Windows Azure).

Other notes from the sessions:

  • Web-based UI has similar ribbon-based look and feel as the Windows client
  • With this release, Microsoft has removed the "Classic Client" (no forms, no classic reports)
  • For the database, Microsoft will support MS SQL server only (No "Native" databases supported going forward)
  • From a memory perspective, it will support 64-bit only
  • The product is built around "Role Centers" and dashboards with reporting
  • Microsoft has added integration with Skype to allow you to contact your clients with video calls
  • To improve the performance for the user, Microsoft has added the ability to post a sales order in the background (does not hold up the user)
  • Introduced OneNote integration
  • Added Excel integration
  • From a performance/technology direction, Microsoft has reduced G/L table locking time by up to 90% for sales order entry

And remember to share your final thoughts on Twitter:@MSFTDynamicsERP #MSDYNNAV #CONV12. And checkout the Microsoft NAV Team Blog for more updates coming from Convergence.

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