Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 is coming. Is your business ready?

With the release of NAV 2013, Microsoft is releasing a key product that is better suited for international deployments than ever before.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 also introduces a new simplified licensing system, and adds a selection of new features – how does it affect you and how can you leverage these changes to your advantage? All businesses using Microsoft Dynamics NAV to support their international projects need to ask themselves two simple questions:

1.    What’s new in NAV 2013?
2.    Should I upgrade?


What’s new in NAV 2013?

Anticipation is building ahead of the release of MS Dynamics NAV 2013. During this period of transition it can be difficult to separate the genuine benefits from the hype. Here at Partner Power, we have the insights you need to gain a lead on the competition to fully understand and benefit from the changes on the horizon, and we would like to share some of them with you here.

  • NAV 2013 has enhanced core functionality to be more user-friendly and customizable with a new look and feel. Functionality is more in line with the rest of the Microsoft suite including Select All, Copy/Paste, Link Sharing and Copy Link, Find, Quick Entry, and the ability to enter filtering formulas and save variables. These features are intuitive to most users and will allow users to work smarter and more efficiently.

  • Adding new cloud deployment options and capabilities. The Cloud is here and this shift is an opportunity to rethink traditional business models and strategies. A more virtual world creates opportunities for businesses that support efficient remote and mobile employees. You need to be able to present your data anywhere and at anytime.

  • NAV 2013 supports Unicode. This is a major improvement for centralized international companies that want to expand globally and particularly into new and emerging markets.  It also simplifies the need for additional SQL and Citrix instances for centrally hosted environments.

    Contact us to learn how your company can utilize this.

  • Through the WEB client, NAV 2013 can be accessed on almost any device that supports a web browser. This gives you the freedom to present your data on a mobile device or tablet anywhere your business takes you. The Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 Web Client, a simplified version of the RoleTailored client, allows more employees, especially occasional users, easy, security enhanced access to relevant information without the requirement for complex system customization work.

    Through Microsoft SharePoint, you can set up websites to share Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 data and information, such as pages and reports, with more people inside and outside the company. Any changes to Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 pages on a SharePoint site are updated instantly in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 giving you confidence that you are making decisions with the most up to date records.
  • Rapid Start replaces RIM (Rapid implementation Methodology)  to automate and expedite implementations and  complete NAV setups, data migration, importing master data, setting up industry-specific data, and other data migration requirements. Rapid Start is like RIM on steroids. It integrates the best of RIM and Setup Checklist and allows the creation of default set-ups to facilitate data migration for Master Data such as Items, Customers, etc.
  • Excel integrations: Now you can refresh data instead of just sending data. Furthermore, you are not only able to copy rows from Dynamics NAV to Excel, but you can also paste rows from Excel back to Dynamics NAV, which will allow you to copy a few rows of setup data without even running dataport/xml-port/data migration tool.

    The Microsoft Excel add-in makes it possible to use PowerPivot and other rich analytical tools to create professional-looking reports exactly how you want them. The ability to embed fonts into PDF files and new color capabilities help you create reports that appear on screen exactly as they do in print.
  • Reporting has vastly improved and no longer needs to support the Classic client. Your data can migrate across multiple applications seamlessly to provide dynamic reports in real time. Charts and graphs have also been enhanced throughout the program and functionality has been improved. These new reporting enhancements are made possible by the tight integration of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013, Microsoft Excel, and other Microsoft technologies.

  • Posting routines are redesigned and postings can be queued and run in the background, to allow for more flexible usage of the product and an enhanced experience during peak usage.
  • Dimensions are completely redesigned and are carried by 1-2 tables only. This reduces Dimension set with a factor 20,000. The Dimensions table is gone, along with the Posted Document Table, the Ledger Entry Dimension, the Service Contract Dimension, and many others. Instead Dimensions Tables are replaced by The Dimension Set, a slimmed down, system that is more user-friendly and intuitive.

    Contact us to find our more about this major change to Dimensions.


Pricing
The new pricing changes are significant – but for international organizations such as yours this may actually become an advantage. We can run through the new pricing structure with you in a Rapid Business Case. Contact us to order a Rapid Business Case now!


Worldwide availability
From the release of NAV 2013, Microsoft has decided to transition the localization of the solution in 14 countries to a selected set of local partners in order to facilitate speedier delivery of the latest versions of the solution in these countries. Channel partners are closer to local requirements and therefore better able to respond quickly to the regulatory and competitive changes that may happen in their country.

Which countries, when will they release and how can you be sure that the released localized version is thoroughly tested?  Partner Power has been in close contact with the selected partners and we can already give you an overview of how localization can now be handled in these 14 countries.

Contact us to learn more.


Should I upgrade now?

That depends completely on your specific needs and here at Partner Power International we can guide you through this process to arrive at a clear and sound decision, based on our extensive knowledge and experience from managing pricing and licensing structures on hundreds of international Microsoft Dynamics projects.

Our sales team can build you a Rapid Business Case that will outline a solution to meet your needs with a high and low estimate within 24 hours of your query. For some customers there is no need to upgrade to MS Dynamics NAV 2013 just yet. For others there is no reason to wait to experience the enhanced experience of NAV 2013.

Contact us to find out more.