Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 was released in October of 2014. There are some incredible new features that make this version stand out as something worth checking into if you are running previous versions. We’ve taken a look at all the changes and wanted to highlight the features your business can use that your competitors might not even be thinking about.
Upgrade – Code
A new application helps partners upgrade their solution by merging utilities ―application code and metadata―from one version to another or from one cumulative update to another. Also, supporting tools are available for handling application object files in general and for managing application languages and captions.
Upgrade – Data
The data upgrade was enhanced significantly to optimize the performance and provide developers with a superior tool for testing, programming, tracking progress, troubleshooting and running of the data upgrade code. With plan synchronization on demand, the data upgrade becomes a much more controllable process, allowing you to catch all errors and resume work after an error has been found. You’ll also receive a detailed overview on the progress of the data upgrade. In addition, the development environment has been extended so you can now choose how to sync each change in a table.
RapidStart Services helps meet the needs of most partners for creating, setting up and initializing new installations of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, assisting customers to the fullest. This release offers the capability of mapping values from an existing ERP system to your Microsoft Dynamics NAV implementation during the migration of your data. In addition, tools are provided to help you clean up and process the data that you want to import. For example, you can easily convert dates and decimals to the format required by the regional settings on a user’s computer.
2. Tablet Experience
The world is going mobile and it’s impossible to ignore the growing importance touch interfaces have on daily life. This is now extending into the workplace in a huge way. With NAV 2015, there are mobile tablet features baked into the product that allow on-the-go command of your data from anywhere.
The speedy and light-weight design allows savvy business owners to keep tabs on critical systems even when they aren’t at their desks.
3. User Experience Enhancements
Business software is starting to make major strides with user experience (UX) enhancements. Microsoft Dynamics NAV is more intuitive for the end-user by making data entry on pages faster by showing mandatory input fields. NAV 2015 also allows for faster processing by automatically filling in document numbers (Auto-fill No. field). It allows for easier review of documents such as orders, invoices and credit memos by having totals shown on the page. NAV 2015 creates increased productivity by only showing what is relevant to the user, depending on users’ permission sets and licenses. The operational BI Dashboards improves decision making. Plus, the Role Center shows special cue tiles that apply custom formatting to any computed numerical value. The Role Center can also show an indicator that changes color based on the data values that the tile reflects.
4. Office 365 Integration
NAV 2015 provides support for simplified email messaging via SMTP including Office 365, as well as the ability to sign into NAV 2015 Windows client with your Office 365 account. The simplified email with report attachment enables users in a uniform way to send document reports as attachments from any NAV client.
5. Document Reporting
Word is introduced as a layout editing option for document reports. A single report can now have many layouts, either RDLC, Word or both. In a scenario where you are running multiple customers in a multitenant setup, you can have as many tenant-specific customizations as needed, stored in the database. End-users can control which layout for a given report in a solution is the active one, and you can also schedule any report to run on the server, now or later. Reports will be bundled in an inbox in your Role Center. Plus, the Word layout is free flow, so it is easy to change fonts or insert new text such as a holiday greeting or images.
6. Microsoft Social Listening
Social media marketing is now a core part of business strategy. In recent years, tools have been developed to make sense of the constant flurry of messages and tweets that keep businesses open 24/7. The Microsoft Social Listening tool connects the outside world and your internal data. This includes Twitter, Facebook or blogs. Microsoft Social Listening collects data from social media websites and presents it to you in easy-to-consume charts and graphs that you can use to spot emerging trends in people’s comments, whether they’re positive, negative or neutral. You can also drill down into the data to see who is mentioning you, where they posted the comment and what they said.
7. Bank Data Conversion Service
As part of these enhancements, a partnership with AMC Consult now allows us to provide a bank data conversion service hosted on Microsoft Azure and integrated with NAV 2015. The bank data conversion service will be available out-of-the-box without additional charge to all Microsoft Dynamics NAV customers in the new version.
The bank data conversion service, along with other new cash management features in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015, is a great enhancement to the cash management offering and represents great value to our customers and partners.
If you can start finding ways to implementing these features into your daily NAV 2015 routine at your company, you’ll be ahead of your competitors by taking advantage of features already in your system.