With the launch of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 and all the buzz around the latest offering, we decided to sneak some time with our ERP Manager, Louise de Bruin to get her thoughts on the latest version. We wanted to understand some of the practical benefits that translate into actual business value and ease of implementation.
Question 1: What are your two favourite features of NAV2013 and why?
A difficult choice but here goes with my top two features:
- EXCEL Add-in for ad-hoc reporting
The new Excel Add-In is an extension to the existing Send-to-Excel functionality in NAV. A new refresh capability is available when creating ad-hoc reports in Excel. You can integrate with Microsoft Excel to produce Excel-based reports. The data in Excel is provided in a data region format so that you can create PivotTables and reports. You can refresh the data in your Excel report to reflect updates that are made in Microsoft Dynamics NAV. This makes it easier for more users to take advantage of the rich data in NAV and the powerful analytical capabilities of Excel to create ad-hoc reports.
- Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web Client
The Microsoft Dynamics NAV Web client gives users access to Microsoft Dynamics NAV data over a network, such as the Internet, by using a web browser. Users can view and modify data from a user-friendly interface that resembles the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Windows client, where the starting point is the Role Center. The Role Center can be customized to users individual needs based on their role, company, and daily tasks.
Question 2: What features now come native in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 that you found you had to regularly custom develop within previous versions?
- Assembly process for kitting
- Import bank statement
- Import payroll
- Export for EFT
Question 3: What are your thoughts on the new ‘look and feel’ of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013?
Very easy to use. All options/functions are visible in the Ribbon and thus guides the user.
Question 4: Is Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 more user-friendly? Could you elaborate?
Yes definitely! Here’s how:
- You can now sort on any column header in a list and select to sort in ascending or descending order. A sorted list can be saved using the Save View functionality.
- The Action Pane has been redesigned and is now referred to as the ribbon. The redesign optimizes the use of the actions and commands by providing easier access to them. The ribbon is organized into tabs and groups and contains commands that are important to the user in a given context. Press Ctrl+F1 to toggle between collapsing and expanding the ribbon.
- You can share a link to any page with another user who has Microsoft Dynamics NAV installed. That user can open the link in Microsoft Word, Outlook, or OneNote. For example, on the Actions menu of a card or list, choose Copy Link to Page. Open an email message in Microsoft Outlook, and then paste the link in the body of the message. Send the email message that contains the link to another user. When the user chooses the link, the page opens in Microsoft Dynamics NAV.
Intrigued? Well, take a look at some of the current special offers on Microsoft ERP Licensing (Terms and Conditions Apply) and chat to us about which solution will be the best fit for your organisation. Remember, some of these offers are for new and existing customers! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a meeting or phone us on +27 11 602 0700.