New initiatives and improvements
So what can we expect in the forthcoming release? The latest version of Navision, Dynamics NAV 2017 will without a doubt offer a number of new initiatives and improvements. At present time Microsoft only reveals very little about the forthcoming version. It is not much Microsoft unveils but nevertheless it looks very promising:
Further integration with Office 365
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Predefined Azure ML* services
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Data protection through audit, restoration and geo-replication
*Azure Machine Learning
Integration to Office 365 has improved in NAV 2017
Udvidet integration til Microsoft Flow, Cortana Intelligence og PowerApps
The strength of Microsoft's ERP platform is largely the extended functionalities you get by combining the solutions with other Microsoft products. With Cortana Intelligence concepts such as Big Data, machine learning and business intelligence becomes increasingly a reality that gives the companies greater insight into their business operations.
Cortana Intelligence creates greater insight
The increasingly improved integration with Microsoft Flow and PowerApps is an indication of how we will work in the future. Microsoft Flow is designed to automate repetitive tasks.
Microsoft Flow improves your workflow
With PowerApps users can create customized business applications which can be downloaded from AppSource.
Create user-specific business applications with PowerApps
Dynamics NAV 2017 functionalities
The many improvements in NAV 2017 revolves primarily around finance, jobs and items. Microsoft has also improved the OCR functionalities that was introduced in NAV 2016. the OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition, which essentially means optical character recognition. In Dynamics NAV 2017, the software is even better to recognize and import lines from scanned invoices and documents. NAV 2017 has also improved item attribute functionality and upgraded product categories. In NAV 2017 users will be able to cancel credit notes and purchase and sales invoices. In addition, the improvements of jobs, fixed assets and account reconciliation.
Work smarter and more efficiently with the improved workflow in NAV 2017
Ambition behind NAV 2017 is that users must be able to work smarter with improved and intelligent workflows. This means that there in the solution will be notifications that offers advice and recommendations based on user activity.
Embedded Power BI
With embedded Power BI it is easy to create insightful charts and reports and to make them available in your Dynamics NAV 2017 Role Center.
The diagrams from Power BI is easily available in your role center in NAV 2017
All reports created in Power BI can be made visible in Dynamics NAV 2017's Role Center. Therefore, NAV 2017 allows users to get exactly the information they need to perform tasks directly from their Role Center.
The experience of 'In Office 365'
If your company use Office 365, there is in Dynamics NAV 2017 included an add-in that allows you to invoice your clients based solely on informations from your Outlook calendar.
The integration with Office 365 increases both efficiency and minimize the risk of errors
The add-in also works for attachments in mails. This means that you can send attachments in your mail directly to the list of incoming documents and send the attached documents such as PDF files to an optical character recognition service (OCR). Here the documents is transformed into a digital and readable format after which the informations in the invoice is automatically added to Dynamics NAV.
This reduces the chance of errors considerably and thus increase productivity.
Notifications in the user interface
With Dynamics NAV 2017, Microsoft introduces a new way to send non-intrusive notifications to the UI (user interface) in the Web client. These notifications informs the user with relevant information in a given situation, but does not require immediate action by the user or blocks the user from continuing with the current job.
Improvements in sales orders processes
In Dynamics NAV 2016 Microsoft introduced integration to Dynamics CRM which enables optimized and seamless experience when converting leads into actual sales.
NAV 2017 has enhanced CRM integration
The improved integration in NAV 2017 is therefore using Dynamics CRM for customer engagement and Dynamics NAV for order processing and financial account which means you get the most out of the two solutions.
Micro vertical solutions
For the first time Microsoft now also talks about micro-vertical solutions a concept that otherwise only previously has been used by SAP. What they say is that the functionality will enable their partners to develop vertical and micro-vertical solutions.
Our knowledge of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 is obviously limited, but of course we promise to refresh this page regularly as Microsoft releases more information.
Microsoft has greatly prioritized the financial part of Dynamics NAV and there is no doubt that the ERP system in this area is one of the leading solutions in the world. However, there are areas of the Dynamics NAV which has not been prioritized in the same way. Although these areas works just as they should, it has been a long time since they have been expanded with new functionalities.
Are we going to see improved production management in NAV 2017?
Manufacturing in Dynamics NAV could be one of those areas. Although of course it's pure speculation, this part of the ERP system could very easily be an area where we in future versions of Dynamics NAV will see new features.