I started working with Navision in 1990 and since then I've done almost everything in this industry.
In 1995 I started the Dynamics User Group, formerly Navision Online User Group and Microsoft Business Solutions User Group. Here on my blog I write mostly about the Dynamics Community, my experiences with Microsoft and especially the Dynamics NAV and Navision projects I'm working on, but also how it is to work as a self-employed Navision freelancer, Navision contractor or whatever you call it.
Deciding on which model you should choose is not easy. With some of them you can combine them with other models, but other models cannot be combined.
As you know I started my new job August 1st. And we are now working on creating a global core. And if our pilot is successful and Microsoft will come with some prices for their licenses which makes them competitive - also in low cost countries in the world.
It's not about finding a hot and beautiful female model! ;) But it's about finding the right model for putting together this global core solution. How should we host the solution, local, regional or global? And what licensing model should we choose? The traditional module/granule based? Or the new Business Ready Licensing? When what I'm really looking for is a real global license, that I can use on all our servers! Just like many other solutions are offered!
Well I don't have the answers yet. Because there are really so many factors to take into consideration. Kim Larsen from Ferring wrote in the forums, that they run 30 different companies in one global database. If I could do as him, then this would be the perfect solution. Because then you would only need one global license.
But until now it does not look so good. Our tests has so far shown that the performance, even using Citrix is not good enough between Europe and our pilot company in Thailand. So unless we find another way, then we might need to have one database for each country. At least in countries with an infrastructure like the one you find in Thailand. But in other contries I hope to be able to combine the models.
Well I'm back now! In the end of June I started my vacation and didn't come back to work until July 31st. (If you want to read about my vacation then you can read my personal blog). And July 31st. was my last day at GN Store Nord. After 3 years and 4 months I was saying goodbye. It was a great time, many fun and challanging project and good co-workers.
But lot's of things I didn't like had also happend, so early in 2006 I changed my status on LinkedIn to say that I was interested in a new job offer, and I also let the rumour spread among other people in my network. Soon I had several offeres, but none of them really was what I was looking for (or they didn't wanna pay the salary I demanded!). So it wasn't until April, when I was contacted by the IT Director from ISS, who had found me on LinkedIn.
After a few conversations we knew that we were a good match. They had a very exiting project coming up, and they needed someone who had tried such an international roll-out based on Dynamics before.
So August 1st. I started my new job here. I will be the technical head of rolling out and developing a global core to all our minor subsidiaries. The core will consist of Dynamics NAV, Dynamics CRM and Microsoft Reporting Services. Internally we do not have any other technical resources than me and our infrastructure architect. And then it's also a huge challange just to learn the business and everyone in the new company.
The biggest challange in the project is really that it's a policy of ISS to outsource everything which is not our main business. You can say that we take our own medicine, as our main business is facility services (cleaning, security, property services, office services etc). So my project has also been outsourced. Everything from development, implementation and project management is outsourced to our partner. At GN we only outsourced the development, but had everything else "in-house". I will write much more about these challanges if anyone are interested.
So currently I'm working an avarrage of 10-11 hours a day. Top that with all the travel I'm going to have. Our pilot will be our subsidiaries in Thailand, and in September I'm going there, topped with a short trip to Sydney, where our company is looking into if the Dynamics NAV/CRM core will match their business. It's a very big business, so they might end up selecting our other ERP package SAP.
Well Thailand is a great place to have our pilot, not only because it has a perfect size and complexity for our core (about 20 users). But also because my girl friend lives there! :) So I'm happy!
But new job properly also means that I will not be able to put quite as much time into the user group as I've done the previous 6 months. But I will still be here and still check that everything is going like planned.