Dynamics NAV 2013, Dynamics NAV EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration, Dynamics User Groups

NAVUG Forum 2012 kicked off today with a great audience in attendance, drawing approximately 340 attendees, which is around 100 more than last year’s event. As a regular attendee, it’s great to see the growth from year to year! Lee Weiner, NAVUG Chairperson kicked off the keynote and was followed by keynote speaker and Microsoft Dynamics NAV MVP, William (Bill) Pearson III.

Speaking of growth, we learned during the session that NAVUG itself has over 1000 members. I can remember the first NAVUG Forum that I attended years ago, much smaller in scale, and to watch how the event has evolved is an amazing attribute of the NAV community. The level of dedication the NAVUG team demonstrates in harnessing the power of this community falls nothing short of 100%. With a growing network of regional chapters and an expanding social media channel, the NAVUG member community is sure to see its reach continue outward.

Dennis Bruce discussing Trends in Dynamics NAV EDI during the NAVUG Opening Session

 

During the opening session, Trish Boccuti, NAVUG Program Director, discussed the value of using social media channels and mentioned the use of Twitter hashtags to help connect the community. These social channels (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) have been an integral part in knowledge sharing and networking within the community.

To get started with Twitter Hashtags for the NAV Community, read this Hashtag blog post.

Trish also noted that NAVUG is using m.foreversnap.com as its online photo collection site for NAVUG photos. I believe you need an iPhone or Android and then search for Forever Snap in the market.

Other information coming from the NAVUG Forum Opening Session:

  • Questions for the NAVUG Town hall question can be submitted to townhall@navug.com
  • Brett Johnson, Manager of TAP Program for NAV, shared:
    • Dynamics NAV 2013 Hit General Availability Oct. 1s
    • New features document online
    • 250+ customers in Beta
    • 13 customers live in TAP
    • 4 CfMD solutions before RTM release

Last up with Data Masons’ very own Dennis Bruce who shared insights into the latest Trends in Dynamics NAV EDI, including: Broader, Deeper Integrated Transaction Sets needed in the SMB market; SMB’s are Becoming the Transaction Hubs; No Embedded ERP Customization; Demise of Value Added Networks; Cloud Based Solutions Integrated via Web Services; End to End Automation; Emergence of Transaction Audit Frameworks and EDI Management by Exception. Read more about the Trends in Dynamics NAV EDI or catch up with Dennis and other members of the Data Masons team this week at:

  • EXPO Booth #233
  • Session: EDI Trends - The Outlook on What EDI Should Deliver
    Tuesday @ 2:45pm: Sherman Room, 7th Floor
    Wednesday @ 9:30 am: Sherman Room, 7th Floor
  • EDI Shootout
    Wednesday @ 8:00 am Tolmie Room, 6th Floor

Stay in tune with what’s coming from NAVUG Forum and follow #NAVforum on Twitter!

More to come from NAVUG Forum!

Dynamics NAV 2013, Dynamics NAV EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration, Dynamics User Groups

October is off to a great start with the launch of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013. This has been a highly-anticipated month with the upcoming User Group events in Seattle and I hope this technology release gives a surge of energy to the momentum and excitement building up in the community.

As for the NAV 2013 launch, Paul White, Senior Director – ERP Product Management at Microsoft, announced the availability yesterday on the Microsoft Dynamics ERP "The Edge" Blog and the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Team Blog:

"I’m pleased to announce that Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 is now available!

With deep investments in new capabilities and improvements across all areas of the product, this is the most significant release yet in the history of Microsoft Dynamics NAV. The feedback from our early adopter customers and partners has been really positive, and we couldn’t be more excited about getting this product out into the market and putting it to work in your businesses.

With this release, we’ve focused on building what we’ve come to call “a business solution from Microsoft.” By this we mean a solution that combines comprehensive ERP capabilities for small and midsize businesses together with a simple, intuitive user experience, insightful business intelligence and reporting tools and deep ties into Microsoft’s portfolio of products. The result is an ERP solution that is easy to use, works seamlessly with your existing productivity tools, and is quick and cost-effective to implement.

We’ve seen some great outcomes from customers already up and running with the new product. For example, Flemming Warrer Jensen, Managing Director of Dixie, a fashion accessory company in Denmark, reports that “With Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 all in all, our inventory management has become 20% more effective. Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 has been optimal in helping us to streamline processes – and using the time gained on customers.”

We’ve also done a lot of work with Microsoft Dynamics NAV to give you the power of choice. Choice about which client, device or browser your people use to connect with the system – and choice about where and how you deploy it – whether that is on-premises or in the cloud...” Read Complete Post on Microsoft Dynamics ERP "The Edge" Blog

Data Masons’ Vantage Point EDI solution for Microsoft Dynamics NAV provides an easy-to-implement, out-of-the-box EDI integration and compliance solution. Unlike other technology options that require extensive customizations to the NAV ERP to make EDI work, Data Masons’ solution eliminates customization requirements and delivers a hassle-free, cost-effective solution that scales to support your company’s vision and technology investments.

If you’re heading to NAVUG Forum 2012 in Seattle, stop by the Data Masons’ expo booth (#233) to learn more about our unique approach to EDI integration with Dynamics NAV.

Dynamics NAV 2013, Dynamics NAV EDI, Microsoft Dynamics Community, Dynamics ERP Integration

If you subscribe to the NAVUG Magazine, did you catch Data Masons own Dennis Bruce featured on page 13 of the Fall 2012 issue? And not so much in a conventional way either. In this edition, the NAVUG team wants you to guess what Norbert Donnelly of GoGo Air and Dennis are talking about during one of the NAVUG events. Take a look at the picture and then we'll throw you a few clues below:

 

Knowing Dennis, here's what I think they could be talking about:

1. How Data Masons provides a single EDI solution for Microsoft Dynamics NAV to handle both the supplier- and customer-side EDI?
2. Maybe that Data Masons offers the largest document integration library, more than any other provider in the industry, for quick and easy set-up? or
3. Or how we are focused on delivering customer value and as a result, Data Masons has the highest customer satisfaction rate in the industry?

All good choices, but what would you name this photo? Simply email your submission to Captioncontest@NAVUG.com. All submissions will be printed in the magazine’s next issue.

If you haven't yet read this edition, check it out to see which members were featured, read the insightful interviews and get the latest on the upcoming NAVUG events and activities.

Don't receive the NAVUG Magazine? It's published four times each year and mailed to the doorsteps of NAVUG members as an added membership benefit. Want a free copy? Sign up for NAVUG membership today!

Hope to see you all at NAV Directions and NAVUG Forum coming up coom! In the meantime, don't forget to follow #NAVDirections and #NAVUG on Twitter to stay up to date and the latest event updates.

 

Dynamics NAV 2013, Dynamics NAV EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration, Dynamics User Groups

Today the NAVUG Midwest Regional User Group is expecting over 75+ NAV professionals from the Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, Michigan, Iowa and Kentucky areas for a day of knowledge-sharing and networking. That's right, 75+ registered to attend this regional meeting. I haven't received the official word yet, but my guess is that this will be a record breaking event for the NAVUG regional meetings.

If you're planning to attend, don't miss Data Masons' Dennis Bruce who will be onsite to share his expertise on EDI for Microsoft Dynamics NAV. I think you'll be interested to hear Dennis talk more about how your EDI and compliance requirements can be accomplished without any customizations to the NAV ERP. Then, following breakfast, head on over to hear Tom Taylor from Microsoft kick-off the event and give a Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 preview.

Here's what's on deck for today's agenda:

•15 Different Sessions Offered In 2 Tracks
•“Ask Your Peers” Panel Discussion Including Group O, Augsburg Fortress and 2 Microsoft Customer Excellence Award Winners – Saris Cycling Group & Single Source
•Networking Over Pizza & Beer at a Pre-Event Mixer on Tuesday Night, May 8th
•NAV Customer Case Study Presentation by Schoep’s Ice Cream, a Food Manufacturer
•NAV Roadmap Discussion & RTC Deep Dives Led by Microsoft’s Tom Taylor
•Tips & Tricks Sharing Session Led by NAV User and Publisher, Augsburg Fortress
•Reporting Session Led by NAV User & Security Company, Alarm Detection Systems
•NAV Customer Case Study Presentation by Technical Prospects, a Used Medical Equipment Supplier
•Lunch with Networking Huddles Based on Role & Interest

 

All Microsoft Dynamics NAV users are welcome and encouraged to attend these regional events. NAVUG Partners are also welcome, provided they are accompanied by a customer. For partners interested in attending future events, please contact Trish Boccuti, NAVUG Program Director at trish.boccuti@navug.com.

Dynamics NAV 2013, Dynamics NAV EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration, Dynamics User Groups

Attention all Dynamics NAV users in the Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, Michigan, Iowa and Kentucky areas! Join Data Masons as we head out to the NAVUG Midwest Regional User Group Meeting on Wednesday, May 9th in Waupaca, WI.

We’re excited to join you and another anticipated 75+ NAV professionals for a day of knowledge-sharing and networking. Data Masons will be hosting breakfast, during which time you can hear a little more about our EDI for Dynamics NAV solution that avoids any customizations to the NAV ERP. Following breakfast, Tom Taylor from Microsoft will lead the event kick-off and give a Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 Preview (formerly known as NAV 7).

Other highlights include:

  • 15 Different Sessions Offered In 2 Tracks
  • “Ask Your Peers” Panel Discussion Including Group O, Augsburg Fortress and 2 Microsoft Customer Excellence Award Winners – Saris Cycling Group & Single Source
  • Networking Over Pizza & Beer at a Pre-Event Mixer on Tuesday Night, May 8th
  • NAV Customer Case Study Presentation by Schoep’s Ice Cream, a Food Manufacturer
  • NAV Roadmap Discussion & RTC Deep Dives Led by Microsoft’s Tom Taylor
  • Tips & Tricks Sharing Session Led by NAV User and Publisher, Augsburg Fortress
  • Reporting Session Led by NAV User & Security Company, Alarm Detection Systems
  • NAV Customer Case Study Presentation by Technical Prospects, a Used Medical Equipment Supplier
  • Lunch with Networking Huddles Based on Role & Interest

 

As always, all Microsoft Dynamics NAV users are welcome and encouraged to attend. NAVUG Partners are also welcome, provided they are accompanied by a customer. For partners interested in attending, please contact Trish Boccuti, NAVUG Program Director at trish.boccuti@navug.com.

Find more information or to register online visit http://may9midwestnavusergroup.eventbrite.com/.

Dynamics NAV 2013, Dynamics NAV EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration, 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.

EDI Expert Insights, Dynamics NAV 2013, Dynamics AX EDI, Dynamics GP EDI, Dynamics AX 2012, Dynamics NAV EDI

From ERP & EDI Expert Glenn McPeak:

With Microsoft’s theme of power, agility and simplicity around the release of AX 2012, doesn’t it make sense that Microsoft’s ISV partners follow suit in supporting upgrades to the upcoming GP ‘12’ and NAV ‘7’ releases as well? While these releases may offer new functionality and opportunities for user organizations, the need to meet EDI requirements will be nothing new, but how you meet them can be a new cost-saving opportunity for your business.

EDI has been around for some time, but it has grown dramatically in regards to its importance and breadth in business relationships. Today it is quite common for larger organizations to mandate EDI capability as a pre-requisite for new suppliers and business partner relationships. While a few years ago most companies traded only a few documents, such as purchase orders, invoices and ship notices, today there is a significant amount of documents that can drive labor efficiencies, ultimately leading to the more critical competitive advantage.

EDI enters the process a major player because these documents also require more flexible and comprehensive software applications. And with upgrades on the horizon for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, GP ‘12’ and NAV ‘7’, the need for more flexible and comprehensive software applications doesn’t mean that you have to expect complicated ERP customizations to support EDI. In fact, it’s the opposite – migration to the latest platform is the opportunity to shed unnecessary ERP customizations.

When considering an upgrade, it’s best practice to work with your VAR and ISVs to analyze all customizations and create a precise plan to manage your code and data upgrades. It’s a given that some customizations will still be required, but when it comes to accommodating EDI you can forget about customizations. These types of customizations are an unnecessary hassle and without them you can avoid EDI roadblocks that can potentially disrupt your business and delay your upgrade project.

While evaluating the code customizations currently required to accommodate EDI mandates, it’s important to understand the three most frequent approaches to integrating EDI with Microsoft Dynamics:

  1. Customization – the client / partner has decided to develop a one-off, non-commercial solution using a tool such as BizTalk or Gentran with custom ERP code;
  2. Commercial solution within Microsoft Dynamics – (i.e. built inside Dynamics by an Independent Software Vendor) –solution is built with full integration inside Microsoft Dynamics AX; and
  3. ISV built outside Microsoft Dynamics – solution is built outside of Microsoft Dynamics but leverages the native functionality and integration framework of the Dynamics platform.

The first approach has its obvious challenges, especially since BizTalk will be essentially going away as we know it. The second option – using a commercial solution fully-built inside Microsoft Dynamics – can also run into challenges, such as how patches and version upgrades are managed and how does the solution coexist with other solutions/customizations that are necessary to the business?

Neither option follows Microsoft’s theme of “simplicity.” Only by using a well-architected solution that tightly integrates EDI without customization can you avoid the unpredictable costs in development and updating from one Microsoft Dynamics version to another.

Dynamics NAV 2013, Dynamics NAV EDI, Microsoft Dynamics Community, Dynamics ERP Integration

With much of what Microsoft has shared concerning the next release of Microsoft Dynamics NAV '7' still under non-disclosure, partners and end users alike are creating buzz-worthy discussions around the impact on their businesses. What are your opinions, questions or concerns around the highly-anticipated release later this year?

If you want to engage in conversation, or just stay tuned into the discussions, around the impact NAV 7 will have on you or your organization, or have questions or concerns around some of the unveiled features, join this group of NAV professionals to ask your questions, share your knowledge and voice your opinions.

Join the Microsoft Dynamics "NAV" conversation on LinkedIn and be sure to use/follow #MSDYNNAV7 on Twitter to stay in the know.
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Dynamics NAV 2013, Dynamics NAV EDI, Dynamics ERP Integration, Dynamics User Groups

 

Last week's NAVUG Partner Showcase Webinar, "Profiles in Successful EDI Integration to Microsoft Dynamics NAV," hosted by Data Masons’ EDI expert Glenn McPeak is now availabe for download.

 

 

The information presented will help organizations succeed that are:

  • Looking for easier ways to integrate EDI documents in and out of Dynamics NAV
  • Tired of customizing NAV to integrate a simple purchase order; or
  • Planning an upgrade and want to eliminate EDI-specific customizations.

See how other Dynamics NAV customers can integrate virtually any EDI or XML document – all without the need for disruptive NAV customization.

Download Webinar Recording

Dynamics NAV 2013, Dynamics AX EDI, Dynamics GP EDI, Dynamics NAV EDI, Microsoft Dynamics Community, Dynamics ERP Integration, Dynamics User Groups

Like me, I’m sure your resolution list is packed full, but can I ask that you add one more? This one is easy – no weight loss or exercise required – simply add hashtags to your Tweets!

The Data Masons’ EDI for Dynamics blog is coming up on its year anniversary and over the course of the last year, I’ve written about the importance of using hashtags within the community. If you’re still new to using #hashtags, here’s a brief recap:

  • The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages. Read “What are Hashtags” for more information.
  • If you use #hashtags then your message is categorized according to each tag, which makes it easier for someone to find information on a specific topic.
  • Hashtags are included within a Tweet’s 140 character limit.

Last year I provided a list of the most used hashtags in the Microsoft Dynamics community, but it’s no surprise that new ones have entered the scene since. As Microsoft develops new solutions for end users and builds support for its partner network, and as Dynamics community embraces social media opportunities, it’s natural to see the development of new hashtags.

So here you are (drumroll, please), the new hashtags to follow in 2012:

Microsoft Dynamics Community
#MSDYNCOMM: Ok, not “new,” but one of the top hashtags to follow
#MSDYNWINS: Promoting Dynamics customer wins

Microsoft Dynamics AX
#MSDYNAX: Replacing #Axapta and #DynamicsAX
#AX2012: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 release
#AXUG: Dynamics AX User Group

Microsoft Dynamics GP
#MSDYNGP: Replacing #GreatPlains
#MSDYNGP12: Microsoft Dynamics GP “12” release
#MSDYNGPSDT: Support Debugging Tool
#GPUG: Dynamics GP User Group

Microsoft Dynamics CRM
#MSDYNCRM
#CRMUG: Dynamics CRM User Group

Microsoft Dynamics NAV
#MSDYNNAV: Replacing #Navision
#MSDYNNAV7: Microsoft Dynamics NAV “7” release
#ILoveNAV: Crowd sourcing NAV product suggestions
#NAVUG: Dynamics NAV User Group

Convergence, User Group and Partner Events
#CONV12: Convergence 2012 conference in Houston, TX
#GPPC: GP Partner Connections 2012 conference
#AXUGSUMMIT: AXUG Summit 2012
#AXday1: AXUG Summit DayONE event
#GPUGsummit: GPUG Summit 2012
#GPday1: GPUG Summit DayONE event
#NAVUGForum: NAVUG Forum 2012
#NAVday1: NAVUG Forum DayONE event

While making a resolution to use and follow these hashtags won’t help you lose weight or support your exercise goals, they will keep you better connected to your peers in the Dynamics community. And I’m all ears should you find other commonly used hashtags or need support in getting other topic-specific hashtags started.

Looking forward to seeing you socially and seeing those hashtags on your Tweets!