The most powerful tool that a Dynamics NAV consultant can use.

So you are planning to become a Navision consultant. You are going to show people how to use Navision, how to run their business, and more importantly how to make their business run better. Of course you already know that NAV application from start to end. You can post any Sales Order, and know exactly how it will affect the G/L. You know exactly which tables will be hit and what the entries will be. You understand Business Process Re-engineering. You are able to perform an ROI on any request that...

What if Homer Simpson became a Navision consultant?

The Homer At first look, this sounds like a rather bizarre proposition that Homer would be a Navision consultant, yet in reality most new consultants that join the world of Dynamics NAV think exactly like Homer. ;) Take a look at the episode Oh Brother Where Art Thou? Homer finds that as a child he was separated from his brother. His brother as it turns out is very wealthy, and "owns" a large automobile manufacturer; Powell Motors. Define the base standard. The most common trait that most...

Get Rich Quick With Dynamics

I got hit by my first 419 scam back in 1990, via fax. In those days it was still relatively new, so I made an effort to find why someone wanted me to share 25% of their 50 million. Without Google, it was quite a task to find out what it was all about, but we worked it out eventually. In those days it was much simpler than it is now, then you just arrived at the airport with $50k, and either gave it to the thugs, or got shot on the spot. Now a days the killing is too messy, so they use the internet...

Increasing field lengths in Navision

One of the very first things that most new developers try to do when they start with Navision development is to increase the lengths of certain fields. Typically Item Description or Customer Name and Address fields. Those that have been in Navision development for a long time will do everything they can to stop new developers from doing this. But are we really helping people by telling them not to do this. I am starting to wonder … I have been very public and verbal in telling people not to increase...

Windows Live Writer

I just read Erik’s Blog about Windows Live Writer . After Googling it, I found that I actually already have it installed on my computer. Just playing with it, it does look good. So far comparing to Word I would say the biggest issue I see is that content like photos etc are all stored on Microsoft servers, which I personally do not like. These are my photo’s and I want control over them. but its a minor issue. A second issue is that the spell checker does not like the word “Googling” or “Googled...

Why I don’t want my clients to use SANs for Dynamics NAV (Navision)

I am sure I am not the only person that has had to argue with a client as to how hardware needs to be configured in a Dynamics NAV environment. Typically bigger companies with larger internal IT support generally have their way of doing things, and its often very hard to sway them to do things "The Navision Way" As well as new implementations, I often will be asked by a client if they should switch to SANs This Blog really is about and kind of "Virtual Storage" system, and to...

Select * FROM and how to do it better in NAV

Some background I met with Mark in Barcelona some time back at Tech Ed. We had both just been to a SQL (not NAV related) session, and it opened both our eyes at that moment as to why the Select * in NAV is so bad. I did my first NAV performance tuning job in 1993, (Navision on OS/2 Warp) so I am not new to performance tuning, and since most of my years in NAV have been spent recovering clients form disasters, I generally get to see the worst end of it all. Now-a-days I am seeing a few largish NAV...

If it takes one person 10 days to dig a ditch, how long does it take 10 people to dig the same ditch?

A simple question from primary school math class. If your answer was "one day" then you are wrong, if you said 10 days you are probably also wrong. If you said 5 you are getting warmer. My first job after University was working on a Gold Mine. I eventually worked up to mine manager, and managed the largest Vat Leaching Gold Retreatment operation in Australia, so moving dirt is something I know a lot about. I am not sure how many people out there have to dig big holes in the ground, but...

The NAV PG is listening to us.

Well I just got back from Convergence in Copenhagen. I will write up my general impressions over the next few days, as well as blog about some of my experiences there. One thing I do want to point out that I think is great news is the feedback I got from the NAV Product Group, and form others that are taking notice of bloggers out there. A number of people I spoke with know of the regular NAV bloggers, and take note of what we are saying. As a blogger myself, it's always encouraging to hear that...

Should I move my move Dynamics NAV Server from C/SIDE to SQL

Should I move my move Dynamics NAV Server from C/SIDE to SQL It used to be quite rare for an NSC so suggest that their client go-live on SQL. SQL has always had its own issues, mainly performance and cost. In the past the major drive for SQL has been from a client's specific need. Of course as SQL gets faster, and with Microsoft's influence a lot of this is changing. Today we already see a lot of Navision End Users go-live directly on SQL. But what if you are currently on C/SIDE and you are...

Dynamics NAV 50,000 range objects.

All NAV clients know that to add additional functionality to NAV they must purchase run time license access to access the development made by their partner. A very few lucky clients will be told this by their partner during the sales process BEFORE they sign a contract. The majority will learn this before Go-Live during the gap-fit analysis when the development estimates come in. Then a very unlucky few will learn after they have committed to an enhancement and it's too late to do anything except...

Which RSS aggregator do you use to read Dynamics NAV blogs?

Well I know its not an exciting Blog topic, and probably really belongs in the Forums as its not a true Blog as such, but putting it here as well, means that the people using RSS to read Blogs will most likely see this. I think I need to change my RSS reader, and I was curious which one people are happiest with for reading Navision type blogs. The sort of things that concern me are: Clear indication of what was updated. Ability to sort by topic or date etc. Able to group many differnet feeds in a...

Creating a Blog on Dynamics Users Direct from Word (part 2)

In an earlier Blog of mine http://dynamicsuser.net/blogs/singleton/archive/2007/09/07/creating-a-blog-in-word.aspx I discussed creating a Blog directly in Word. This is a great way to blog, because you can just create a word doc and start typing away. If you have SnagIt, you just drop screen shots into the document, create tables, basically most of what you can do in Word. And when you are finished just hit the publish button. But looking back, that post was pretty short on detail. So what I am going...

Test Blog From Word 2

Just a test as a part of my next Blog. With a picture:

Directions 2007 (Orlando)

Passport Many years back, Navision USA used to run a Navision event called Passport. This was a Navision Partner (NSC) only event. Basically it was a networking event, though since most of the people there were competitors, there was not too much practical networking and there were no heavy technical sessions, so it was more of a gathering of like minds than anything else. In any case though, Passport was a great event. After the Microsoft acquisition, passport died, mainly because the event was...
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