• Michael Intravartolo

The Sky's the Limit: NAV 2016 Continues Cloud Integration

As just announced at the Microsfot Worldwide Partner Conference in Orlando, the new Dynamics NAV version to be released this fall will have the name Dynamics NAV 2016.

What's more, Microsoft goes full speed ahead with its paradigm of making Dynamics NAV the ERP cornerstone of its cloud offering. This means more native integration of crucial cloud components, more platform support for professional software production and compelling end-user experience. Major enhancements have been made to the following areas: Office 365 & Azure integration, CRM Online, electronic invoicing, process automation by means of Workflow, enhanced functionality in the finance segment, full availability of Microsoft's test automation suite, and -- a new phone client.

Dynamics NAV 2016 will not only offer an enhanced O365 experience, but also work natively with Power BI natively, so business reporting is not at any user's fingertips without needing to integrate expensive and sometimes cumbersome 3rd party tools.

The new process automation features allow easy customization of Internal NAV events by hooking up to them from outside standard objects. Thus catching process events generically becomes as easy as catching data events has been for years. This is not only a major breakthrough in making the standard codebase more easily updateable, it also makes way for an end-to-end support of connecting the unstructured world of documents with the structured world of ERP data. The combined package of integrated Workflow and e-Everything capabilities covers the complete process of electronic invoicing from inbuilt OCR to a follow-up of documents from order to invoice.

Big platform enhancements include a phone client along with the already existing desktop, web and tablet client. Moreover NAV 2016 now works natively with Azure SQL and CRM Online.

New functionalities in the finance segment include deferrals and posting preview -- A functionality end-users have been asking for every since Navision Financials 1.0. It has now been made technologically possible in a sustainable way.

Another major point in all of the Dynamics PowerShots trainings has been guaranteed by Microsoft. Dynamics NAV will make their test automation suite available to partners with every annual release, even supplying updates on a monthly basis. This, again, is a major breakthrough in our quest for professional software production processes. The test unit framework has been around for some time now, even allowing UI unit testing in the meantime. With the sustained release of Microsoft's test automation suite, partners now enjoy full testing capabilities of the whole application. As we said, folks, there's no more excuse for not integrating automated unit testing into your daily development process.

This is fantastic news from the WPC in Orlando. EMEA Directions in Mannheim, German, and US Directions in Orlando, FL. later this year will see a groundbreaking NAV 2016 release go live.

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