Directions EMEA 2013 Keynote

2 Sep

Here at Directions EMEA 2013 Microsoft just finished their keynote. Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2, the next version, was presented. Here are some highlights from this session.

Overall: it is (again) a very great and promising release!

The key message is:

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 is

  • In Office 365, and
  • On Windows Azure

In Office 365

NAV 2013 R2 is completely integrated with Office 365 and SharePoint online. One login, easy navigate from NAV to SharePoint and back. See NAV data directly from SharePoint and work on it. NAV Web Client can export data to Excel Web App.

Micosoft brings the full power of PowerBI to NAV.

On Windows Azure

Installing NAV on Azure is extremely simple. Installing a new virtual machine is a matter of just choosing a name and base image. You can create your own images with NAV preinstalled and use it to create new copies of a NAV environment.

NAV 2013 R2 Server is multi tenant, which means that one NAV server instance can serve multiple database. Multiple instance has a limit on user count that it can handle before performance drops. Multi tenant server does not suffer this limit.

Microsoft hired hackers to test the security of NAV on Azure. For stability they tested it with thousands and thousands

Windows Server Health Monitoring can monitor NAV server and display issues, including hints to solve them.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV roadmap

Year 2012: NAV 2013

  • Substantial new functionality
  • Web and SharePoint user experience

Year 2013: NAV 2013 R2

  • In Office 365
  • On Windows Azure
  • Cash Management
  • Multitenancy
  • Additional tools to support large scale hosting

Year 2014: NAV “Crete”

In planning right now, subject to change

  • Devices
  • Simplification
  • One Microsoft
    • O365 integration
    • Document reporting
    • Power BI

Year 2015 and next:

A business solution from Microsoft

  • That is quick to implement and easy to use
  • With the power to support SMB business ambitions

Release date NAV 2013 R2

NAV 2013 R2 is to be release on October 31st (if not before…). Release Candidate has been cut last Friday, right now checks on localized functions, installers, etc. is done.

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