5 Things Partners Learned About Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 at Directions EMEA

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by Martyn Kemp, ERP Sales Specialist, Advantage Business Systems

The organizers of Directions EMEA 2015 selected Mannheim as the setting of this year’s event for a good reason: the city is renowned for innovations like the earliest automobile, the first bicycle, and the first diesel engines. The theme of innovation informed this year’s Microsoft Dynamics NAV-focused partner event and underscored its growth to 1360 attendees from 45 countries.

The event featured a range of announcements and revelations about NAV 2016 and the future of the product. Here are the highlights of the event from a partner perspective:

1. In, On, and With Office 365, Azure and CRM

Paul White, Microsoft General Manager ERP Product Marketing, opened the conference with a keynote speech on one of the highlights of the conference; NAV 2016. He stressed the philosophy of NAV as being ‘in’, ‘on, and ‘with’ – ‘in’ Office 365, ‘on’ Azure cloud and ‘with’ Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

2. NAV on any device

Marko Perisic, General Manager of Dynamics R&D, emphasized ease of use and offering a solution that will run on any device – PC, laptop, tablet, mobile phone, etc. With over 60 improvements being made in the web client interface, a user can utilise all of NAV 2016’s rich functionality from any location.

3. e-Everything Solution

NAV 2016’s impressive mobile phone integration was demonstrated by taking a picture of an invoice and by using NAV’s OCR capability the invoice core detail was seamlessly entered into NAV without rekeying data. The web services based OCR functionality shows how Microsoft has developed NAV to become an e-Everything solution. NAV 2016 also has a new (and, many already say, an improved) connector for Dynamics CRM, to integrate marketing and sales opportunities with financial, supply chain, and order fulfilment processes.

3. Deeper integration with Office 365

The theme of innovation  was also seen in NAV’s deeper integration with Office 365. The native reporting and analytical capabilities of NAV can now be extended by using Power BI with a comprehensive content pack that provides prebuilt KPIs and. NAV 2016 also improves its finance functionality like the ability to preview postings (and their impact on the various ledgers) before postings are committed and deferred income scheduling with auto monthly processing.

4. Powerful workflows

One of the most exciting new functions is the workflows. The principal of being able to monitor an event anywhere within NAV and then trigger an activity (i.e. ‘if’…‘then’) means that it is now a truly proactive, rather than simply reactive, business solution. Users can be automatically notified if a shipment is delayed, whether a customer has exceeded his payment terms, or it can be used in conjunction with a plethora of standard templates for importing updated Foreign exchange rates, OCR imports, etc.

5. Even more incentives and options

If the rich additional features of NAV 2016 were not enough enticement to invest, Microsoft announced an incentive for prospective customers by offering up to 45% discount off the license investment. NAV 2016 represents a fantastic offering, for a solution that can reside on premise or in the cloud, with options to purchase via monthly subscription or upfront capital investment.

About Martyn Kemp

Martyn Kemp is a Microsoft ERP Sales Specialist with over 13 years’ sales experience of Microsoft Dynamics NAV and a prior 7 years sales experience of the ERP SME UK market. Martyn has been responsible for driving new sales of NAV combined with managing some of the existing strategic NAV clients at Advantage Business Systems for the last 6 years.

For more information on NAV 2016, call Advantage on 0203 004 4600 or email martyn.kemp@advantage.co.uk.

About Advantage Business Systems Ltd

Advantage Business Systems are a leading Microsoft Gold ERP partner with over 17 years’ experience providing ERP, CRM and BI solutions and IT support services to businesses throughout the UK. We specialise in the consultancy, implementation and support of Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics CRM and third party Business Intelligence systems.