NAV Upgrade tools have been tested – Surprising results change the game

Have 1ClickFactory just changed the game for upgrades in the future – with a single click ? Has a new door been opened for companies who have postponed upgrading to NAV 2013R2 because of the involved costs?

 

 
It has puzzled me for a while that the RDLC transformation right after the launch of NAV 2013 became a major obstacle to upgrade because of the significant costs related to Manuel transformation of Classic NAV reports to RDLC. RDLC stands for “Report Definition Language Client”. RDLC is part of Microsoft’s SQL Server Reporting Services toolset and it is the new standard technology for Dynamics NAV reporting. Both RDLC and classic reports are supported in NAV 2009, but from NAV 2013 only RDLC reports are available.
I also get numerous invitations from companies claiming to have tools that can ease the RDLC transformation. And let it be said, some of the tools actually work, but how much can really be automated? Do they deliver to their promises? Can they really save time and money and improve upgrade quality?
What transformation tools exist, I’ve found 3 – probably more exist, feel free to add them in the comment on the blog, it will be good to know if other tools are relevant to consider? The result of my research is shown below, and is based on the RDLC transformation challenge that has been on-going at the NAV addict site mibuso.com

  • Provider: Microsoft
    Rating: *
    Description: Why do you have to worry about rewriting all your complex custom reports in the first place, instead of using Microsoft’s Create Layout Suggestion tool to do it for you? The simple answer is, for reports with any degree of complexity, the tool doesn’t work.
  • Provider: Yaveon
    Rating: ***
    Description: This converter is capable of transforming both single and multiple Classic Reports into the RDLC layout required for 2013 or in 2009 RTC.  The converter saves you a lot of time but there is still significant manual and complex work left to complete the report. A time saver for sure.
    Link
  •  Provider: 1ClickFactory
    Rating: *****
    Description: The tool from 1ClickFactory is superior to any other tool I’ve seen on the market. It even runs as a cloud application with a simple pay-per-use. There is still room for improvement on the most complex reports and page headers, but it does almost the entire the job.
    Link

 

Am I right or wrong? On the NAV blog Mibuso.com, the leading expert on RDLC transformation Claus Lundstrøm from the Danish NAV VAR abakion (aka Supply Chain in a Box), the German based Yaveon (process manufacturing experts) and 1ClickFactory (Dynamics upgrade factory in Lithuania) have been competing to see who actually can do the job of upgrading Service Contract Report 5970 fastest and with the best result. http://mibuso.com/blogs/clausl/

 

 

 The official clock from the webcast.

 

 

The contest has just ended. It’s was quite amazing. 1ClickFactory completed the work in 7 minutes 30 seconds everything included. The others have almost finished in 60 minutes. We saw how to create request page, optimize dataset by setting include caption properties, optimize dataset by creating labels, finalizing the report in Microsoft Visual Studio and finally running the working report while testing with data.

View the winner video:

 

Based on this small challenge between partners and tools, developers using the 1ClickFactory tool can be 7-8 times faster performing RDLC transformation. If this is also the case in real life, only time will tell.
The tool from 1ClickFactory even provided the list of manual actions required for the developer to complete the report. It’s a very nice checklist feature.

 

 

So I’m just wondering. What did I just miss here?
Have 1ClickFactory just with a single click changed the game for NAV upgrades in the future? I can’t wait to hear feedback from developers who have been through an upgrade with the 1ClickFactory upgrade and transformation tools. I’d like to have your comments.

 

 

Henning

Henning

Henning is advisor to international companies that want to go global with Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Having worked with Microsoft Dynamics since 1989 Henning is a seasoned professional with international experience from more than 200 Microsoft Dynamics projects completed all over the world. He is a methodology expert and recognized as one of the leading innovators by consistently improving how Microsoft Dynamics can be utilized in international organizations. Henning has an impressive track record from various management positions within the MS partner organization and is now working at Partner Power International heading the global customer engagement organization. Member of the Microsoft Partner Advisory Counsil and 7 times speaker at Microsoft Convergence, Henning is also leading the NAVUG Forum track on "Global installs”.
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Henning is advisor to international companies that want to go global with Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Having worked with Microsoft Dynamics since 1989 Henning is a seasoned professional with international experience from more than 200 Microsoft Dynamics projects completed all over the world. He is a methodology expert and recognized as one of the leading innovators by consistently improving how Microsoft Dynamics can be utilized in international organizations. Henning has an impressive track record from various management positions within the MS partner organization and is now working at Partner Power International heading the global customer engagement organization. Member of the Microsoft Partner Advisory Counsil and 7 times speaker at Microsoft Convergence, Henning is also leading the NAVUG Forum track on "Global installs”.
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2 Responses to NAV Upgrade tools have been tested – Surprising results change the game

  1. Cristian Nicola says:

    That does look impressive.
    Now if we only have a tool that can make NEW RDLC report design as easy as the old Classic report design … we could be back to normal again :-)

  2. Phillip Rubino says:

    The feedback from the partners have been overwhelming and the tool is now being widely used. One comment was;

    “The report Claus Lundstrom (the NAV report guru) upgrade took approx. 1 hour to get ALMOST to the end goal (in the webinar I participated Monday), but 1Click factory finish in only 7 ½ minutes. And was apparently COMPLETELY finish.
    Their conversion ends in a checklist of things you need to fix manually … The Germans demonstrated a similar system on Monday but gave up after an hour … they never quite succeeded. “SystemConnect.

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