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Dynamics NAV 2013 means more client options

NAV 2013 is coming!

It feels like a long time since the previous version of Dynamics NAV, NAV 2009, because it has been a long time. Microsoft has announced that the anticipated release date of Dynamics NAV 2013 (previously called NAV 7) will be in the fourth quarter of this year.

From a user perspective, Microsoft’s main focuses with NAV 2013 has been on the new deployment options and the cloud offering it now encompasses. We’ll be providing some information over the coming months around the new release, as information is released from Microsoft.

In this post I’m providing some details on the new user interface options.

With the release of Dynamics NAV 2013, Microsoft will be releasing both a web client and a SharePoint client, thus extending the reach of the product to more users.

Both of these deployment options will provide a zero footprint option, meaning no software installation. All three user interfaces, including the existing windows client, will be maintained in a single code base and simply rendered in all three clients, and this means users will be able to decide which client will work for their different users. Microsoft’s focus is to have more users using Dynamics NAV by offering these light user interfaces.

Dynamics NAV 2013’s new web client will support Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Explorer browsers, and being web based means it will offer mobile integration too. From demos and information available to us so far, it looks like most functionality will be available in the web client that will be available in the full client.

Figure 1 Dynamics NAV 2013 Web Client

Dynamics NAV 2013 SharePoint client works with Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. SharePoint Foundation can be downloaded at no cost for users of Windows Server. The screenshot below shows a timesheet screen which is included in Dynamics NAV 2013 and is an example of the type of screen which may be able to be surfaced through the SharePoint client. The benefit of having users not currently using NAV entering data directly into NAV through something like a SharePoint client will be faster completion of processes and reduction of duplicate entries.

Figure 2 Dynamics NAV 2013 SharePoint Client

Dynamics NAV using Windows 8 tiles

A concept which was developed for Microsoft by Intergen and shown at Microsoft’s Dynamics conference ‘Convergence’ was Microsoft Dynamics shown through Microsoft Windows 8 Metro-style view. Although at concept stage at the moment, it shows another way of interacting with Dynamics NAV.

Figure Microsoft Dynamics Windows 8 Metro client

To summarise, one of the benefits of the release of Dynamics NAV 2013 will be the options for users to interact with Dynamics NAV in numerous ways. The integration with other Microsoft products, including SharePoint and Windows 8, will help organisations that have set out on the Microsoft path to include more users in their ERP system, therefore making their organisation more productive.

Intergen runs an annual ‘Dynamics Day’ where you can come along and see the new version of Dynamics NAV. Details will be released on our website in the coming months.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions on the new version of Dynamics NAV, derek.lamb@intergen.co.nz.

Posted by: Derek Lamb, Solution Specialist, Dynamics Solutions | 30 April 2012

Tags: Dynamics, NAV, Microsoft, Dynamics Day, Microsoft Dynamics NAV


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