Convergence 2012: NAV “7” is now known as NAV 2013

Most of you probably know that Convergence 2012 was taking place this week.
I learned that you can view the sessions afterwards for free.

I took a quick look (2 sessions of about 2 hours total in about 30 minutes).
So here are some overviews I would like to share.

But let me warn you, my list is a quite long read 🙂

Let me start by sharing the link to the website with you in case you want to watch yourself:
Virtual Convergence 2012
On the you will find a link to register to watch the sessions for free.

So first things first. The name is now officially “Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013” and the first beta release will be may 2013!

As I said before, I only took a quick run through the sessions, because I was too excited to tell about some stuff 🙂

Clients

In the current version, we are speaking about 2 kinds of clients. Well, good news, we now have 3. But before you are mistaken, Classic Client is not one of them…

We have the windows client, which was formerly known as role tailored client. This presents some debugging capabilities, a select all (finally) and some other changes.
We will also receive a web client. This one is quite similar to the windows client, but will not have client addins (pretty logical).
And as a last one, there is a SharePoint client which adds even more possibilities than the windows client. Because of a lot of user data available in SharePoint, you will be able to directly edit some of the NAV data.

Environment

NAV 2013 will only support SQL Server, and because of only having to support 1 database type, they were able to make lots of update which will benefit our performance.

Since all Microsoft Server Systems are moving to a 64-bit only environment, we can also expect this for the NAV Server. If you want to upgrade, be prepared!

Application Changes

A few of the application changes are also pretty neat to discuss.

Some time ago, it was big news: Skype was acquired by Microsoft. Well, guess what, they are also integrating with NAV. A contact will have more contact options. You will be able to add a Skype name to a contact and click that from any factbox where it is shown to fire up Skype and call your client! How cool is that.

When posting orders, invoices, … customers are shown a dialog box, but sometimes, you just don’t want them to be able to cancel that. So they are providing posting of data in the background by adding it to a queue (jobqueue?). After posting a notification is sent to the users.

Who has never heard of the manufacturing process and bill of materials? Now Microsoft provides us with “Assembly”, a similar process, made easy, integrated into our sales process. Select an item on an order, and get a pop up of needed items to assemble, so you are directly warned of delays, being able to adjust the assembly (customer specific requirements). According the session speakers (Jesper and Kurt) this will reduce the created inventory lines. A new “Assembly Order” will be introduced. Creation of this order has a single point of entry: automatic creation out of our sales!

Lots more of changes can be expected of course such as better charting, nicer overviews, …

Enhanced Reporting

This session i only took a look at the PowerPoint presentation myself without the explanation. But still I could make out a few headlines. Currently our RDLC reports are using the 2005 run time. The next generation will offer us RDLC 2008 with more formatting capabilities. Complete Office integration such as PowerPivot, Excel, … Also SQL Server Analysis and Reporting Services are usable. And off course Jet Express to extract data.

Did I mention that classic reports are history?

Query

I kept this one for last, our new mysterious object. While not completely sure about setting it up they were able to let us know about 3 uses for them.

Reading data to put on a page. They demonstrated by a new application change on orders: “Other things customers bought” by quickly extrapolating data from all orders where this item is present. If for instance they buy a speaker, you can immediately suggest them to buy the cable that goes with it! Second use is to make faster, better, … charts and as third use you can expose a query as a web feed making some information you like public or to use in other applications easily.

Next…

What can we expect next? What will NAV “8” bring us?

During the first session they showed us already Windows Phone integration.

But what about a metro interface which you can control with Microsoft Kinect?
No seriously, they demonstrated it!

So there is plenty more information in the sessions and definitely more information going to come to us all. But for all of you interested, check the Virtual Convergence 2012 Sessions now online on the link in the beginning.

Well, it’s got me longing for may 2013 with lots of new features and possibilities.

What are you waiting for?

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