Project “Madeira” Preview has arrived & here’s everything you need to know!

01-SignupWhat a morning this has been! I started my day with what was supposed to be another monthly NAV Directions webinar from Microsoft at 7:00AM Pacific. Sure, I knew that Paul White and Kristi Hofer were going to share a strategic update on Dynamics NAV, but I figured it would be “for your eyes only” type of information that we wouldn’t be able to share with anyone on social media.

The call was all shock and awe, at least as far as I was concerned. After the product demonstration and information for partners came the news: Oh, by the way, the Preview is going live TODAY at 8:30AM Pacific and will be announced to partners, clients and prospects at 9:30AM Pacific. 

Even as the announcement was being made, I decided to try my luck with the URL in the demonstration, and it worked! A good hour before it was supposed to be available, I was already set up and running the Project Madeira Preview! And if you are in the United States, you can try it too.

Simply go to http://madeira.microsoft.com and click on “Try the preview”, and follow the instructions to get started. For more detailed instructions, check out our blog post on Getting Started with Project “Madeira” Preview and First Impressions.

Overview:

Project “Madeira” is not Microsoft Dynamics NAV, and it will not replace NAV. Yes, it is similar to Dynamics NAV in many ways, but it is a separate product.

General Availability is expected in the second half of 2016 in the United States. Support for other countries will soon follow. The Preview that has rolled out today is also only available in the United States at the moment.

It is a true SaaS (Software as a Service) offering from Microsoft on Azure similar to Dynamics CRM Online or Power BI, optimized for SMBs with 10-99 employees, and it is completely managed by Microsoft.

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NAV Educational Series: What’s New in NAV 2015

WEBINAR HANDOUT: Click here to download Webinar Handout (Slide-deck)

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 is a business solution from Microsoft that is quick to implement, easy to use, and with the power to support your business ambitions via on-premise or in-the-cloud deployment.

Tom Taylor, Partner Technology Strategist at Microsoft, covers the following topics in this presentation titled “What’s New in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015?”:

Quick to implement

  • RapidStart Implementation
  • RapidStart Upgrade – Code
  • RapidStart Upgrade – Data

Easy to use

  • Tablet Experience
  • User Experience Enhancements
  • Simplicity
  • More Office 365 Integration
  • Document Reporting

Power to support

  • Cash Management
  • Microsoft Social Listening

NAV Educational Series: Paperless Warehousing

You’ve bought Microsoft Dynamics NAV in order to help manage your business and drive decision-making, and you look to it for critical information. But to be truly effective, that information needs to be timely and accurate. If you’re still performing paper-based data capture in your shop or warehouse environment, your Dynamics NAV system is not living up to its potential.

During this interactive software demonstration, we will show you how you can make labor and material management more efficient and less costly using bar coding with mobile devices and fixed terminals.

Key topics:
• Advantages of automated data collection
• Pitfalls in any bar coding project
• Expected costs and payback

Upcoming Webinar: Cloud Computing 101

Next Tuesday (April 24th) at 11AM Eastern Time, we will be hosting our first Cloud Educational Series webinar. The focus will be on explaining what Cloud Computing is, discussing the different models and their pros/cons, and how the paradigm is shifting towards cloud computing.

If you would like to learn more about cloud computing, or if you are considering moving your NAV install to the cloud, this webinar (and the series in general) should be helpful for you and your colleagues.

The webinar is free to attend, and one lucky attendee will win a $25 eGift Card from Restaurant.com.

Click here to register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/457997782

In upcoming Cloud Educational Series webinars, we will discuss the TCO and ROI of Cloud ERP Systems.

We will also have a NAV-specific webinar in the future to discuss NAV as a hosted option and NAV 2013 on Windows Azure (Microsoft’s cloud computing platform).