NAV and D365 Roadmap and New Ideas

In the last period, we used to have one slide with roadmap about future release of Dynamics NAV with few expected enhancements. But now, instead of this, we have new dedicated site for roadmap. You just need to run here, and you will open this site. Generally, when open it, you can see this is for Dynamics 365, but when you change to Business Edition and choose Dynamics 365 for Financials, you can see all new future features for both of products D365 for Financials and Dynamics NAV.

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But this is just to know what will be in a future. Of course, some strategic features will not be announce here and we need to wait to see them official release. But I am sure, the most of you want to be more engaged in this part “what will be in the future”. In the past (and now) we have a Connect site. This was a place where you could add new product suggestions. But generally it was for the current and past NAV versions and it was used mostly for some bugs and improvement ideas.

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Now we have something better. You just need to go to https://ideas.dynamics.com/ for all Dynamics 365 products or to https://ideas.dynamics.com/ideas/dynamics-financials for Dynamics 365 for Financials and as I already said for the Dynamics NAV (because they are the same in the basic). On this site, you can suggest new idea or vote for some of existing idea. This forum is very nice created and it is important that every day you can see current status of your suggestion.

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Of course if you want to suggest a new idea or to vote, you must be signed in, because it will not be a fair to put something as anonimus. But with all this organization, I’m really sure that we will get amazing products in the future.

Dynamics ERP and CRM Continue Together

I didn’t write a blog for a while, but these few days I’m on eXtreme 365 conference and I decided to share some observation. For some time, since there is a Dynamics 365 product family, we created a closer collaboration between ERP and CRM products. Generally, it was mostly based on technology.

But now, I see the next steps. First, more and more ERP partners try to learn more about CRM and the same situation is with CRM partners and ERP knowledge. Now, I’m at eXtreme 365 conference that was originally CRM conference, but from this year this is not only CRM conference. We have a lot of sessions about D365 for Financials, D365 for Operations, Common Data Service, PowerApps, Flow… And as I see, there are some NAV partners (and MVP’s as well J). Also, I saw announcement for Directions this year and there is a same situation, this will not be only NAV event and we will have CRM sessions as well.

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This is very important, because all of use started with thinking that we need to continue with both products together. And this is a huge opportunity for partners. This is opportunity for upselling and if they know both products they will be better on a market.

And about a conference. Great conference and great opportunity for networking. This is the first time I’m on some big conference that was not originally NAV conference and this is the great opportunity to see some new people, sometimes with different attitude. I also met some friends from a NAV world here and I can say this is a great mixture. I’m expecting something similar on Directions as well.

OK, in some next posts I’ll write more about some news with these products, but for sure we can expect more and more news in this world in next few months.

New Development Tools for NAV

Today, Microsoft has been published preview of new development tools for NAV as promised (before the Christmas). New tools are intended for extensions and apps development.

We have two tools:

  • The In-client Designer to make extensions in the client by consultants.
  • Visual Studio Code for building powerful extension and apps development, based on tables, pages and codeunits, using the new objects Page Extensions and Table Extensions.

You can start if you have your own Microsoft Azure subscription, using the following link http://aka.ms/navdeveloperpreview

More about it on Microsoft blog.

Using NAV Outlook Client on iPhone

Today I held presentation about features in NAV 2017 and D365 for Financials. When I presented working with NAV 2017 in Outlook, I remembered that I had never show how we can use NAV (or D365 for Financials) in Outlook on the phone. I’m not sure if someone wrote about this and I want to give you some directions about it.

If you use standard Office application on your phone, you can not use this App for NAV/Financials. But we still can provide it. If you have iPhone, you can download OWA for iPhone from App Store. When you install this app, you can use all features as we used on standard desktop or online Outlook about NAV/Financials, but you need to use the latest update of Office 365 for business.

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When you install and login as Office 365 user, you can notice that when you receive mail, you will see small add-in Financials/NAV. You can use this add-in or if you have some document link, just click on link and open a document. You can see all standard information as on standard Outlook or edit something. On the same way, you can run this add-in from calendar as well.

If you want to have everything the same on your iPad, just download the same App and repeat all steps.

Modern DEV Experience in NAV

We finally got first view on new modern DEV environment for NAV. This is still not finished product, but we can see something already announced on Directions NA and Directions EMEA this year. We expect final version of this tool for developing extensions somewhere about Christmas.

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Now the first project is public published ans all of you can download it from https://github.com/Microsoft/AL. This is just simple “Hello World”, but good enough for the first sight. Unfortunately, I didn’t download it earlier and I can just start to play with it. Just download it and be updated.

NAV TechDays 2016 Presentations

NAV TechDays 2016 has just finished a few days ago. Unfortunately, I missed it this year. I wanted to be there with you in Antwerp and I already announced session with Steven Renders about Power BI, but I had to cancel my attendance. I know, Steven perfect prepared this session without me because he is an expert for this topic.

OK, life goes on. I really hope I missed only this year and I’ll be there the next year. Now, all sessions are already published and I want to have all of them on the one place. There are all of them:

The Power of Power BI and Dynamics NAV by Steven Renders

Office 365 for NAV Techies by Arend-Jan Kauffmann

Best Practices in Developing Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 Extensions by Waldo

Real Life Source Code Management by Soren Klemmensen

Modern Developer Tools for Dynamics 365 and on premise NAV by Michael Hammond & Esben Nyhuus Kristoffersen

Bad Habits of NAV Developers by Waldo, Vjeko Babic and Gary Winter

Migrating to Events by Gunnar Gestsson

Building Cool Experience with NAV Everywhere by Horina Serbanescu, Eygo Kawatani and Andrea Tino

Design Patterns in NAV 2017 by Anders Larsen & Nikola Kukrika

JavaScript Architecture – Turning Pain Into Gain by Vjeko Babic

Get Some Smartness into Dynamics NAV / 365 with Notifications and Cortana Intelligence by Klaus Marius Hansen & Jesper Schulz-Wedde

Building the Dynamics 365 for Finacials Services by Kamil Koclega & Constantin Daniil

Enjoy…

The Future of NAV Business

Two weeks after Directions EMEA is finished, we finally got the newest release of NAV. Now we have NAV 2017 and we expect Dynamics 365 BE during the next year (I think on non-US market). We sow the AND story about NAV and Dynamics 365, but I still think NAV partners are on the very important crossroads. I don’t expect they need to choose what business they will need to continue, because I strongly believe we can continue with both of these products, but I’m sure partners have to change their approach to this business. And this is not connected with NAV or Dyn365; new approach must be used for both of them. They have to find the best possible way to transfer their business to cloud, they have to change the way of developing (extensions, events…) and so on.

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Because of that, I strongly recommend to all Dynamics partners to read the good story on MSDynamicsWorld about how Microsoft Dynamics NAV partners face crucial decisions on their future. This article can help to NAV partners how to focus thinking about their businesses. Early adopters of new business model will be in much better positions in the future and because of that it is very important not to become obsolete.