ArcherPoint Dynamics Developer Digest - vol 115

ArcherPoint Dynamics Developer Digest - vol 115

The NAV community, including the ArcherPoint technical staff—is made up of developers, project managers, and consultants who are constantly communicating, with the common goal of sharing helpful information with one another to help customers be more successful.

As they run into issues and questions, find the answers, and make new discoveries, they post them on blogs, forums, social media…so everyone can benefit. We in Marketing watch these interactions and never cease to be amazed by the creativity, dedication, and brainpower we’re so fortunate to have in this community—so we thought, wouldn’t it be great to share this great information with everyone who might not have the time to check out the multitude of resources out there? So, the ArcherPoint Microsoft Dynamics NAV Developer Digest was born. Each week, we present a collection of thoughts and findings from NAV experts and devotees around the world. We hope these insights will benefit you, too.

Dynamics 365 and Cloud ERP

Here we are, on the heels of NAV Directions and NAVUG Summit, and whether you attended these conferences or not, chances are you’re hearing about Dynamics 365 and cloud computing more than ever. With a release date of November 1 for Dynamics 365, there is a lot to be excited about. Let’s review:

With this initial release, there will be two versions of Dynamics 365: the Business edition and the Enterprise edition. The Business package incorporates Dynamics CRM and Project Madeira (Dynamics NAV) while the Enterprise version includes Dynamics CRM and Dynamics AX. Both are hosted on Microsoft Azure, and both boast a more complete integration with the Office 365 suite of tools – blurring the lines of what application you are actually working in – which makes for great strides in productivity.

The Business version, formerly called Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Financials, will include financials, sales, and marketing, while the Enterprise edition will include operations, sales and marketing, field service, project service automation, and customer service. Top both off with Microsoft’s PowerBI, Flow Automation, and PowerApps (add-ins from Microsoft and partners will be available on AppSource, where over 200 line-of-business apps are currently being offered) makes for an incredibly powerful set of tools.

Further, Business Insider says Microsoft will launch its price war with Salesforce with the release of Dynamics 365 as it combines CRM with ERP, and will compete with both Salesforce, SAP, and Oracle cloud applications. Should be interesting.

Microsoft is also doing amazing things using their Cortana Intelligence Suite. Machine learning offers some amazing advancements in analytics. I was enthralled with the demonstration of Cortana taking an order at a McDonald’s drive-thru.

Microsoft provided a live stream of the Dynamics 365 announcement at Summit last week. You can view it on demand by clicking the link at the bottom of the page.

If you’re curious about the security of Microsoft’s Azure data warehouses, they have more than Amazon at this time. View the video to learn more:

What were some of your favorites from NAVUG Summit? Tell us by commenting below.

I loved the member marketplace on the expo floor. It is interesting to see the wide variety of companies using Dynamics NAV. Here are the companies that participated in this year’s marketplace:

  • Mars Symbioscience
  • San Francisco Bay Company
  • Seventh Generation
  • Stonewall Kitchen
  • Sunrise Identity
  • TW Garner Food Company

Thanks for the samples!

Summit 2017: Nashville!

Summit grew considerably this year, and I expect we will see similar growth at Summit 2017 in Nashville, TN. Budget now to attend this can’t miss event: Oct 10-13, 2017. Send your team and participate! Sharing our knowledge and experiences with NAV is what makes the NAVUG community so special. Learn more about becoming a NAVUG member today!

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