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Directions EMEA 2017 highlights | Dynamics NAV 2018 and more

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Directions EMEA 2017 highlights | Dynamics NAV 2018 and more

After initial announcements at Microsoft Ignite 2017 in Florida – there was much interest in the roadmap of Microsoft Dynamics solutions – Dynamics 365 and Dynamics NAV.  At the Microsoft partner event, Directions EMEA 2017 in Madrid recently, there was opportunity for further clarity and we have to say, excitement at what the future holds.

The event’s tagline was “Dynamics for SMB”, further moving away from the delineation between ERP and CRM.  The event was very much about bringing together the Dynamics solutions in more of a simple to understand and unified platform.

With Dynamics 365 “Tenerife” (code name) for both cloud and on-premise sharing the same code base (the common data model) and user interface with Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 it will provide more flexibility and ease for those customers who want to switch from on-premise to cloud. Partners such as Prodware can also ensure that when developing vertical, sector specific extensions to core functionality on this code base for Microsoft Dynamics, it will be easier to take advantage of upgrades.

The common data service also encompasses business applications such as Microsoft Flow, PowerApps, Power BI and Office 365, which means that businesses can seamlessly extend their back office.

Dynamics 365 on Common Data Service

Dynamics 365 will feature new and improved apps, including:

  • Marketing
  • Sales (including sales order, contract and opportunity management)
  • Service (including service order and project management)
  • Finance
  • Operations (including supply chain management and discrete manufacturing)
  • Talent management (including employee entities and payroll integration)

What are these improvements?

  • Better OCR vendor sync, payroll import, transaction imports, error handling and employee ledger entries
  • Easier to define amounts in general ledger, intercompany set up and create PO from SO
  • Smarter cognitive services, intercompany automation and additional item changes
  • With “One Microsoft”, improvements to sync and setup Dynamics 365 for Sales
  • More integrations with Microsoft Office 365:
    • Reminders from Outlook
    • Interaction from contact card in Outlook
    • Purchasing and Sales workflows in Microsoft Flow
    • Ability to invoice from Bookings in Office 365 business centre
    • Ability to edit in Excel
    • Embedded Power BI continues
    • More excel report templates (including balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement etc)

The user interface (UI) has also received some attention.

New Dynamics 365 Tenerife user interface

The Dynamics NAV roadmap revealed at Directions EMEA 2017

So, in the forthcoming months, Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 will be released on 1st December 2017 with a further release Dynamics NAV 2018R2 in Spring 2018, before it comes together under the same umbrella.

This will be in parallel for the Dynamics 365 “Tenerife” releases.  A further 14 localisations for Microsoft Dynamics 365 will be available in Spring 2018.  You will see a move away from the talk of “Business” and “Enterprise” editions when it comes to functionality.

We will be updating our blogs with more information about Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 when it becomes available later in the year, if you would like to speak to Prodware about Microsoft Dynamics please contact us.

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