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WPC 2012 Q&A: Why does Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 have everyone talking?

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The Microsoft World Partner Conference, WPC 2012,  is taking place in Toronto right now. More than 16,000 partners from around the world are in attendance hearing from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and other Microsoft executives, partners and industry experts about Windows 8, Azure, Windows Phone and Microsoft Dynamics. 

Jesper Lachance Ræbild, senior product marketing manager for Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Tammy Rempfer, one of Sikich’s senior NAV consultants, presented yesterday at the WPC 2012 NAV general session via Skype. Keep reading for part of their Q&A session that covered the first Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 go-live experience in North America and why this solution has everyone talking.

Q: You are the first North American partner to go live with a NAV 2013 customer. Tell us about your experience.

A: We quickly identified a customer of ours who was in the early stages of our NAV implementation. They are a very new company who has the need to build a solid infrastructure that allows for some dramatic growth in a short period of time. The actual installation and configuration of NAV 2013 was simple and free of trouble. I would say the only challenges we encountered came from the customer side as they were attempting to set up and configure their environment, as well as make time in their busy schedules for training. However, the customer indicated to me that the product was so intuitive they didn’t feel they needed much training.

Q: What new opportunities do you want to explore with NAV 2013?

A: Here at Sikich, we are very excited by the opportunity to provide our customers the new clients (the Windows, Web and Sharepoint) offerings and expect to move into one or more of these in the near future. We are always glad to hear that speed is improved and we want to explore the use of the delayed posting routine.

Q: What features is the customer most excited about?

A: I would say the customer is most excited about the new reporting capabilities. The wonderful cash flow tool and the new graphing capability is something else we anticipate the customer will be utilizing extensively.

Q: What features have been the most discussed around your water cooler?

A: Definitely the changes to the warehouse granule. For developers I’d say the use of the queue object. Truly, I think the best answer to that came from my co-worker, Scott Brennan [partner, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Sikich], who came back from Directions in Europe very excited about the latest version. I believe [there is] a slide of the quote Scott [said after coming back from the conference].

Slide: “I have been working with Dynamics NAV for 13 years and after returning from the Directions EMEA Conference in Rome this past May, my enthusiasm for a new release has never been higher. In this release, Microsoft has delivered improvements that are equal parts technology and functionality. Most importantly though, these changes in the new release deliver immediate value.”

To follow the action at WPC 2012, which will be taking place until July 12, visit the WPC website.

By Andree Dolan of Sikich, a national ERP Gold Competency partner and full-suite provider of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics AX, Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics SL and Microsoft Dynamics CRM

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