Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 – A glimpse into the future of ERP


We’re feeling an odd mixture of nostalgia and forward-thinking at ERP Central today.

Nostalgia, because the topic of this article reminded us of the hit movie Big, starring Tom Hanks as the small boy who wanted to be bigger. And forward-thinking, because we’ve been inspired to dust off our ERP crystal ball and take a look at the future of business management software.

So pop your coin in the slot (metaphorically speaking), and we’ll tell you your fortune.

The future’s bright. The future’s cloudy.

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We can see that you’ve made great progress so far in your life and there are great things ahead for you.

But wait, the clouds are clearing. I can see… more cloud!

Maybe it’s best if we take the turban off and cut to the chase. The cloud that’s going to make a difference to a lot businesses’ futures is the next incarnation of Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016.

It comes with new application features and development enhancements that support improved mobile and cloud deployment. NAV 2016 will also be known as NAV Corfu, complete with new application features, architectural and development improvements.

Its improved integration to cloud components is going to enhance the experience for developers, administrators and users. So a cloudy future is definitely a good thing!

 

What can we expect from Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016?

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Without the means of clairvoyance or astral projection, Microsoft presented their vision for NAV Corfu at Microsoft Convergence 2015.

Attendants were given more information about the new features and enhancements of the new version, including; 

  • Better integration to Office 365 and Power BI
  • Azure SQL database integration
  • Native integration to CRM online
  • Improved access from any mobile and tablet device
  • Workflow enhancements that will improve customised automation around billing, payroll, financial, HR and other business critical functions
  • Better enhanced accounting functionality
  • Available test automation suite
  • New electronic invoicing and optical character recognition

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What can we take away from this?

Marko Perisic, Director of Program Management for Dynamics NAV, described this latest upgrade as more of an oil change than a complete engine overhaul. This should make it easier and more cost effective than previous upgrades.

The two most significant enhancements were enhanced workflow functionality and increased capability to handle paper records using optical character recognition (OCR) and document scans and images.

Ultimately, you don’t need a crystal ball or a magical fortune telling machine to tell you that this is going to improve efficiency for a lot of businesses in the future.

In the meantime, you can arrange a free demonstration of the current Microsoft Dynamics NAV from a Microsoft by getting in touch with one of our team today.

And you won’t have to cross our palms with anything!

Article written by Mark Blackmore, Head of Telebusiness at QBS Group


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