Friday, 28 September 2012

What's new on Dynamics NAV 2013?

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 is now Released to Manufacturing (RTM) and is bundled with many new features. But before we start, for those of you don't know...

What is Dynamics NAV 2013?
Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 logoDynamics NAV is part of a range of ERP (enterprise resource planning) products offered by Microsoft. Some of you might have known it as Navision Solutions before it was re-branded by Microsoft in 2005. NAV was designed for small and medium-sized enterprises intended to assist them with the following business sectors:
  • Finance
  • Manufacturing
  • Customer relationship management
  • Supply chains
  • Analytics
  • Electronic commerce
When Microsoft released Dynamics NAV 2009, it saw a huge success within mid sized companies due to its effectiveness and easy customization of the software.

NAV 2009 was the last release, making the 2013 edition a highly anticipated piece of software within many organisations. The release of the RTM is showing many of the new features that will highly increase the productivity of any company. It is the first of any ERP products to embrace cloud technology through Windows Azure. 

Max Beuker from Microsoft recently blogged: "Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 is a landmark release, building on a strong product foundation to deliver new levels of customer and partner value through faster, more efficient implementations, compelling new and enhanced application functionality, and unparalleled levels of customer choice on how to deploy and access the solution".

Whats New on NAV 2013?
Many new features have been released. In the RTM announcement, they stated: "Dynamics NAV 2013 has powerful and diverse new application functionality, ranging from charting to cash flow analysis to time sheet registration to assembly to expanded out-of-the-box RoleCenters to Unicode". Another post stated the following: "The user experience innovations range from the SharePoint and web clients to end user productivity features on the rich client to improved integrations with OneNote and Excel."

Among all of the features, here are the key ones them:

  • Changes to the RoleTailored Client
  • Warehouse Management features, redesigned or enhanced
  • In the supply planning a number of features has been redesigned or enhanced
  • Job module enhancements
For more information on whats new, visit the MSDN web-site from Microsoft here, or use our web-site for an in depth view of whats new on NAV 2013 here.

Firebrand has released two new NAV courses with certifications. NAV 2013 Financials and NAV 2013 Developer. 
Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 logo
Gaining your Dynamics NAV Financials certification will demonstrate that you have the know-how to help your company handle key financial functions, including cash management, budgets, the management of VAT, journal development, transactions, the general ledger and receivables and payables management. It would only take you 6 days to gain your certification.

Gaining your Dynamics NAV 2013 Developer certification will demonstrate that you have the skills and knowledge to to do the following in your organisation: Use C/AL (Client / Application Language), program in C/AL, write C/AL statements and expressions, debug C/AL, use custom controls with C/AL, extend Microsoft Dynamics NAV Using COM, use the Development Environment and designing applications, develop for multiuser environments, and use multilanguage functionalities. It would only take you 8 days to gain your certification.

There are two areas to focus on when integrating NAV 2013 into a company:

Firebrand has also released two new courses focusing on these two areas. You will get an in depth insight into the new functionality of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 development, installation, application and use with a view of all the new features with a hands-on experience. The courses only last 3 days and 2 days respectfully.