Eric Wauters is a most knowledgeable and well-known blogger about Microsoft Dynamics best-selling ERP system, Dynamics NAV. Wauters recently put together a great list of the key highlights (his ‘Facts’) gleaned from recent conferences and conversations regarding the upcoming release of the newest NAV version, 2018. While we’ve written a bit about NAV 2019 (codename ‘Tenerife’) here recently, we felt his list of news & updates was the most definitive yet.
Since there’s too much to push into a single post, we’ll edit for length and publish Wauters’ facts in our own blog here as two posts, today and in the post following. For the original article, go here.
Fact 1: the market around the product we know as “Dynamics NAV” keeps being a partner model. NAV is Microsoft’s biggest ERP cash generator, and partners have been selling, implementing, customizing and supporting the product successfully for years, making or exceeding Microsoft’s goals for the product. In the future, that won’t change, nor does anyone want it to do. Now, on to the NAV product itself…
Fact 2: NAV will be available in the cloud. In Spring 2018, there is going to be Microsoft Dynamics 365 in the cloud, based on NAV. And that’s important to those, like us, who serve the SMB (small to midsize business) market exclusively.
Fact 3: There is a roadmap beyond Spring 2018. Because NAV is now developed in what’s known as an ‘agile’ development environment (i.e., quick, incremental releases keeping the product fresh and up-to-date), it’s impossible to guarantee a future road map. But they do a pretty good job nonetheless. Dynamics 365 for Financial and Operations and 365 ‘Tenerife’ (a temporary name until the actual product is released) are the currently slated releases for late this year and early next year, and they are right on track. The future NAV – available either on-premise or in the cloud – will follow this same roadmap.
Fact 4: On Premise is there to stay. As long as there is business for On Premise, we will be able to do it with NAV. Microsoft’s focus is “cloud” for sure, but On Premise is there to stay.
Fact 5: Dynamics 365 will have full NAV capabilities. Says Wauters: “Rest assured – for whatever we will do in the cloud – we can do all! From Manufacturing to Jobs to Relationship Management to… Whatever! All a SMB wants to do – it will be there! With the power of the cloud!”
Fact 6: One Codebase. We will have a slightly different experience in the cloud, but all will be one codebase. Basically the design is somewhat different in Dynamics 365 (let’s call it the “Dynamics 365 Experience”), and a lot is “tuned” with Application Areas, but for all we do, the codebase is the same.
Fact 7: Extensibility with Extensions. NAV has an extensibility model, aka “Extensions” or “Apps.” This allows developers to create apps for Dynamics 365 and extensions for on-prem installations. These can be built on customized databases, ensuring modifications unique to a client can be enabled.
And that’s only the half of it! We’ll reveal the rest of Wauters’ thoughts – including the timing of the NAV 2018 release date – in our next post, so stay tuned…