NAV 2013 Readiness Planning Guide and Feature Preview for Partners

With the beta release of NAV 2013 right around the corner, I’m always scouring PartnerSource and the MSDN NAV blogs for any news and readiness material I can find. While there isn’t a flood of new information at this time, it is – slowly but surely – trickling out.

If you are a Microsoft Partner (VAR / ISV), here are some interesting links for you directly from PartnerSource:

You will, of course, need to log in to PartnerSource to download the links above. Also note that the material is partner confidential so please do not pass it on to clients or prospects.

Bonne lecture!

Get Ready for NAV 2013!

It’s here! Well, not NAV 2013 itself; the official Launch Portal for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 is here.

If you are looking to stay on top of all the news leading up to the fall release of the upcoming NAV version, bookmark the link below for Microsoft’s NAV 2013 Launch Portal (you will need to have a CustomerSource / PartnerSource login to access the link below):

https://mbs.microsoft.com/customersource/downloads/servicepacks/
MSDNAV2013LaunchPortal.htm

For Microsoft Partners, there is also a “Getting Ready for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013” page on PartnerSource that will serve as the point for accessing Learning Plans, Pre-Release Demo Scripts, Hands-On Labs, VMs etc.

Most of these are not available yet (with the exception of some Readiness Hot Topic recordings), but it should be just a matter of time. Keep in mind that the beta release of NAV 2013 is expected in a little over a month.

Hello Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013!

Yes, the long-awaited version that everyone has been calling NAV “7” now has an official name: “Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013.”

The planned release date is set for Q4 of 2012, but a Beta version is expected to be available this May. Among other highlights, NAV 2013 will be the first Dynamics ERP solution that is cloud-enabled for Windows Azure.

Follow the link to the official MSDN NAV blog to learn more: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/nav/archive/2012/03/20/convergence-2012-nav-daily-update-introducing-microsoft-dynamics-nav-2013.aspx

Along the same lines, the next release of GP will also be called Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013.

Directions 2011, and the future of NAV

Directions, NAV’s annual partner conference, is always one of our favorite events of the year. We get to meet our peers and ISVs (third party software vendors) in the Partner Channel, but more importantly it is an opportunity for us to get firsthand information from Microsoft about the future of NAV and exciting new features in upcoming versions.

This year was especially fun because we got a sneak peek and some hands-on time on NAV 7 which is scheduled for release next year. Unfortunately, we’re not allowed to share any details with you at this time, but suffice it to say that we were impressed and we think you will be too.

Front and center at Directions this year were Web Clients / portals for NAV and cloud-based hosting solutions courtesy of a couple different ISVs. Given the cost savings of using a lite user, the ability to connect to a NAV server from your device of choice (PCs, Macs, iPads, iPhones, Androids, and even Blackberries for some), and the ease with which implementers and system administrators will be able to set mobile professionals up with secure access on the go, these applications look set to become the hottest NAV add-ons this year and into 2012.

As always, we saw many other innovative add-ons for NAV as well as tried and tested add-ons that have been around for many years in the channel.

If you’d like to learn more about the NAV Web Client or Customer/Vendor Portal solutions we saw at Directions, you can leave a comment here or better yet, give our Customer Service Manager Devi Mahavir a call at (407) 658-1874 x 104.

-AJ