(This is the second of our two posts reflecting the thoughts of noted NAV blogger Eric Wauters on the upcoming release of the new Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018. His full, original post can be found here.)
Fact 8: Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 will be released on December 1st. Thanks to the Directions conference in Orlando last month, and the feedback and the passion of the partners, this had to happen. As Microsoft has already announced, the product itself is ready. It’s the pricing and positioning issues they are working on that have delayed the release.
Fact 9: Extension V2 will work on Dynamics NAV 2018. In non-Geek-speak this simply means that a very modern development experience in VSCode will work on the December release, and that we will be able to create extensions on top of our own customizations and products as well.
Fact 10: Yes, you will be able to white label your product, but you don’t have to. “Powered by Microsoft Dynamics 365” or not, it’s your choice. (Early word last month was that Microsoft would change the marketing thrust from promoting “NAV” to promoting a “Powered by…” approach, thus allowing resellers and ISVs the ability to “white label” their accouring offerings. But really… I mean, really? Would you rather by “Brian’s Accounting & Manufacturing Powered by Microsoft Dynamics” or simply Microsoft Dynamics NAV, as you always have? No brainer.
Fact 11: Microsoft is working on the pricing. Considering the various options… on-premise… cloud… as discrete functional-areas apps (like CRM or Marketing) and not just the “ful-blown” complete ERP system… Microsoft has a lot to think about. But it’s coming.
Fact 12: There is no monetization in AppSource – but it will come. This one is mostly for partners. It means that we’ll be able to sell customized apps through the Microsoft App Store, and there will be a ‘monetization’ policy at some point. In other words, Microsoft will likely have an approval process for apps and then make them available on the store and take their cut. Think of Apple’s app store model.
Fact 13: Microsoft Dynamics NAV consumes an insane amount of Azure stuff – and that’s a good thing. Cloud based NAV can generate a lot of data and metrics on its Azure cloud, and that stuff will eventually be available as analytics of some kind or another. It’s a work in progress for now.
A new development environment… new features… the ability to run either in the cloud or at your own site… the ability to create apps… the enhanced capabilities to run with the Microsoft “stack” of applications from Windows to Office 365 (Word, Excel, etc.) to Outlook… Dynamics NAV will be at the heart of it all.
And for our customers, that safety in numbers and place in the Microsoft hierarchy of applications upon which you run your business might be the very best news of all! It all starts happening in December. Are you ready?