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Multi country Implementations

We have to provide one of our prospects with a solution which covers Navision Implementation across a number of south Asian countries.

They plan to have a common database across all country offices.

I would like to know the procedure in getting the country specific Localisations onto one database.

Do the NCRs'co-ordinate in such cases?

Regards,
DD

  • We've done this a couple of times. The latest was a German company with an office here in Canada, the US and Spain. The head-office in Germany hired an NSC there and then that NSC along with the head company found us by talking to Microsoft Canada to do the localization for North America. Once you've done this sort of thing successfully you get a reputation Smile.

    I realize North America's a little different than the worldwide version because, really our database is maintained directly by Microsoft. So we don't have NCR's (if I'm correct in my understanding of what an NCR is).

    I would suggest if you've never localized a database yourself to subcontract it to an NSC who has. There can be some real issues and you really need to have a feel for what is required and what the local accounting policies are. I assume your channel manager can get you in contact with someone in each of the countries who can find you the right NSC. I would also suggest that you send a developer to sit in on the work as it's going on. That way when revisions, patches and upgrades are released you can maintain it yourselves. Finally, it's easiest to localize before any custom code is in place and just add the customizations to the common database.

    Ian
  • Hi Ian,
    Thanx for replying.
    We do have localised for our own country.
    & FYI, The localization is always provided by the NCR as per that countrie's local accounting pratices and taxation structure.
    I was intersted in knowing how the license cost is distributed.
    I.e. If I hv bought the license in Malyasia & want to do a centralised database based implementation at a country office in Indonesia.
    Will the Indonesian NTR provide me with the localisation module only?
    Do i hv to buy additional licenses and the basic granules once again?

    Regards,
    DD



  • Dharmendra,
    These are questions for your local NSC who must refer them to MBS.
    Eventually you should make contact with an IKA (international Key Accounts) manager who will co-ordinate with you on pricing and distribution issues.
    Push your NSC hard for this information.
  • HI Dharmendra,

    You can consolidate the financial data into one database but its really complicated to combine localisation of all countries into one database.


  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    You might not be aware but it is not possible to have different set of objects in one Navision database. Since localization is always about changing objects (not just adding new captions for fields - which is a multilanguage but not a localization) - it is not possible to have different local versions in one database. Each country must have different database in this case.
  • quote:
    Originally posted by Andrei

    You might not be aware but it is not possible to have different set of objects in one Navision database. Since localization is always about changing objects (not just adding new captions for fields - which is a multilanguage but not a localization) - it is not possible to have different local versions in one database. Each country must have different database in this case.


    That's not true. As the "localisations" have a seperate numbering you can combine the versions. You have to modify some code as well. Having 3 localisations in ONE database should be manageable. However, it is a lot of work AND you are facing some trouble during updates. So be aware.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Can not agree with Walter. Yes, technically merging of three localications into mixed one is possible. But how are you going to implement hotfixes different NTRs are issuing for their own localized verisons? Are you aware that Microsoft officially does not support such monsters (in fact it does not support even W1 - you must install local version)? Do not even need to mention that countries have different tax legislation that is why actually these local verisons exist (not just for fun or revenue of NTRs). I.e. do you suggest to merge these local tax changes into one object set and then depending on the local country apply one or another taxation (it is not about VAT/GST setup only for specific company)? I.e. resume - technically it is possible but practically - no.
  • Hi

    Its not totally impossible its quite possible if the number of countries are some thing like 5 and less,hot fixes released on the same versions can be managable with a good product management and its equally difficult when upgrading to higer versions.
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