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.
Just a short update. This morning I finally got to the bottom of my emails. And one of the things here was that Microsoft two days ago announced that the RTM (release-to-manufacturing) version of the next version of Microsoft Office has been released.
On April 27th Volume Licensing customers will be able to start downloading Office 2010, and on May 12th 2010 will be the official release. I hope that those of us with MSDN/TechNet subscriptions will be able to get it on April 27th, but this has not been confirmed.
Ok, in reality this is not that important, but personally I have been looking very much forward to this release. I have been running the Beta version since November and I have generally been very happy. My only complaints have really been that I have not been able to get Danish Dictionary and Synchronization to my mobile phone didn’t work. That the Danish Dictionary wasn’t released is ok, annoying, but ok. It was only a beta so I could live with that and I’m not really writing that much in Danish. That the synchronization didn’t work was a bit worse. This was due to the fact that I had installed the 64-bit version, and according to Microsoft then the problem was because they didn’t recompile all the components to 64-bit versions. So it has been 6 months without being able to update the mobile phone!
I already mentioned that Office 2010 also have a 64-bit version. More and more people are running the 64-bit version of Windows 7, including me, and I think it is important that the applications are also 64-bit. I don’t really know if it matters much or not. Some of the reports I have seen claims it doesn’t matter.
There are many changes to the new version and if you are going to do a quick search on Google then you’ll get a long list of reviews. So I’m not going to mention anything here.
But I am going to give Office 2010 my best recommendations. I think that they have done a great job upgrading and improving a product which as actually pretty good in its 2007 version.
Finally the name is not 2010, but twenty-ten!
We have discussed this subject many times over the years. And so far Microsoft did never say “you will have Unicode in Navision”, but now, with the release of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV Statement of Direction – April 2010, it is official. This is something I have waited for for many years now. But it also means that it will be the death of the native database for Navision. The introduction of unicode will be happening with the release of Microsoft Dynamics NAV “7”, which is planned to hit the markets in 2011.
There are other interesting news in the new statement of directions. Some things are great, other ok, and some are actually sad.
This is kind of sad. Not that I’m not open for improvements, but the forms in Navision has been my good friends for 15 years! And the pages aren’t really the same! Especially since there has not been any graphical designer of the WYSIWYG type. But they have also promised an improved “Page Designer”. Looking forward to that.
The consequences of removing the Forms from Navision is that customers will no longer be able to use the Classic Client. The Classic Client will not die with the release of NAV “7”, as the they are not planning to release a development platform based upon the RoleTailored Client until NAV “8” in 2013. But for the regular end-user, then it’s goodbye classic client.
We heard it before, but now they claim that it’s actually coming: The Dynamics CRM / Dynamics NAV Connector! I don’t want to comment more on this before I’ve actually seen it.
I could continue for a long time, as there are many other interesting things in the statement of direction, but I will leave this for your self to read.
Downlaod from Microsoft CustomerSource:
Downlaod from Microsoft PartnerSource:
It’s over 8 months since I wrote about that Dynamics recruiters were wasting our time and I asked the question if we can live without the Dynamics freelance recruiter. That set a lot of things in motion. Seldom have I written something in my blog which gave more feedback. Both directly on the blog, but especially behind the scene, from freelancers and lots of people who wanted to partner with me on this. Also some who just think that I was plain stupid!
But it has been some very interesting months. I have learned a lot about the recruiting industry, and I must also say that I have come to the conclusion to my question: We cannot live without the Dynamics freelance recruiter! As website is simply not the answer to everything. We need that human touch in between. But the website can make things more practical and when done the right way, then the website can make sure that we are not wasting anybody’s time. Neither the freelancers, nor the recruiters. All it takes is an online registration if the freelancer is available or not and for how long.
What I also heard a lot when I was talking to the freelancers was that they basically doesn’t trust most of the Dynamics recruiters in the market today. I heard many grim stories about everything from recruiters claiming the reason why they didn’t pay the freelancer was because the customer had disputed the project, when they really didn’t do that, or freelance recruiters who is charging a “fixed percentage” of the sales price as their fee, simply telling the freelancer that they were reselling their time for much less. And then of course there were all the stories about non existing jobs etc.
All in all this convinced me that it must be possible to do in a much nicer way. In a way where we are putting the Dynamics freelancer in the focus. Where we are going to use the politic of the open book, in regards to invoicing and contracts. Where you as the freelancer feel that the recruiter is really working for you, and not vice versa. That they are doing something to earn that part of your rate. And that we can do it in a way where everybody is still happy.
We are not entirely ready with the website, that’s why it’s marked as being in beta. The area regarding member (we call the members for Professionals) registrations still needs some work done, but it works! Or so we think. We would love if you would help us test the new website for us. So please go to our site, register a new profile, and let us hear what you think.
We already have quite a few contracts available, but more are coming every week. So signing up now will also mean that you are one of the first we will look at when finding people for these contracts. Not all contracts/jobs are going to be posted to the new website. If we have candidates who are registered in our database and who are a perfect match, then we do not post the job.
Dynamics Experts are going to make a mark in the Dynamics recruiting industry, and not just because we are trying to dump the prices down or anything like that. The contracts/invoices we charge the clients are going to be open to the freelancer/contractor, allowing them to see exactly what we are making on each contract. If we are reselling your services for ex. 1000 euro for a day, then we will only hold back 20% of this amount as our fee. This is a much smaller fee than what the average Dynamics recruiter are charging today.
We are also going to offer Dynamics freelancers the opportunity to become fully associated with the Dynamics Experts. This setup will only be open to selected Dynamics freelancers, who are among the experts in the Dynamics industry with a minimum of 5 years experience with their products. The associated experts will get access to our infrastructure (which is still being build), as well as many other “features” that you would normally need to be employed by a partner to get access to. The associated experts are still working for their own company, but they will be doing business as a “Dynamics Experts Associate”.
The Dynamics Experts are also going to offer Dynamics professionals permanent jobs with our clients. The reason for doing this is primarily because clients are often the same as those hiring freelancers/contractors, but also because offering permanent positions is something which will allow us to finance a lot of the more fun things we want to do with the freelancers. Taking good care of the freelancers will still be our primary focus.
The structure of Dynamics Experts is decentralized so that all contracts and professionals are handled by their local office. And in each local office they have their own account managers. So what happens when you sign up on the website is that your new account manager will contact you. To start with we have only two offices Denmark and Netherlands, but this will grow over time.
Dynamics Experts Denmark (DxDK) is headed by Christian Payne (a former Microsoft Development Center Copenhagen internal recruiter and a very experienced Dynamics recruiter). DxDK is handling clients and professionals (freelancers and other candidates) from Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
Dynamics Experts BENELUX is run by a longtime NAV and AX consultant Jeroen de Vries. He will also be handling France.
If you are from a country not mentioned above then you will be managed directly from Dynamics Experts International. Christian Payne will also handle this part and will be the central point of contact. Later we are going to open up for more countries to establish their own Dynamics Experts office, but we want to make sure first that the business is going to be in a win-win situation for both the clients and the Dynamics professionals.
Although the Dynamics Experts and the Dynamics User Group are legally “sister-companies”, and are using a similar logo and you are going to see the Dynamics Experts job ads on the homepage, then they are not more direct related to DUG than other recruiting companies. Dynamics Experts are paying for their sponsorship and advertising just the same as any other company is required to do. So there’s no conflict in having other recruiting companies as sponsors at the same time.
Now you have the answer to what I’ve been up to the last 5-6 months, and especially the last 3 months, where I’ve been working 80-100 hours per week preparing this setup. So I hope that you like this new setup and that you will support it.