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.
Almost since our first website started in 1995 online advertisements for job offerings has been a part of it. It used to be known as the place to find job advertisements for Navision. At one point it was almost taking away the attention from the normal posts on the website and I raised the fees to get more serious job ads, as we heard many reports of “non-existing” jobs, just made to draw attention to the specific recruiters. These changes more or less stopped job postings, which was fine as other sponsors came along so it wasn’t that important anymore.
Right now the results of the ongoing Dynamics Users Community Survey 2012 already shows me that one thing that many new members would love to see are more job posts. And it have always been going good together with the users of the website, who often are looking for new exiting jobs in the Dynamics community.
Therefor I would like to invite all recruiters and partners of Microsoft Dynamics professionals (developers, consultants, technicians, project managers, sales people etc.) to post their job offerings for free (until further notice). All they have to do is to sign up as “Recruiter” or “Partner”. All job posters have to follow and apply to the guide lines. If you also want to have your company logo showed in the sponsor loops on the job pages, then you need to sign up as a sponsor. Otherwise not.
Please contact me with your username to be allowed permission to post.
Also please let me know if you as a user of the website have any thoughts about having more job offerings displayed on the website? Is it something you would like to see, or is it something which you are happy to to see?
These days are the birthdays of the Dynamics User Group. 17 years! That means that the teenager is about to be considered an adult here in Denmark. That makes me feel almost like a father look at his child. Also in regard to what this child is going be come when it grows up.
Ever since I started the Navision Online User Group (NOLUG) with our mailing list back in 1995, over navision.net, mbsonline.org to dynamicsusers.net, I have loved what I have been doing. Providing and foundation for a community of now Dynamics users and professionals to meet and share and help each other.
I created this website simply because I needed at that time. I was working in the US in 1995 and when I was over there waiting for my visa, I had nothing else to do than to start create one of "those web sites" which was just starting everywhere. I then joined BMI in New York, one of the first partners in the US, they needed a developer and that was very difficult to find, so many Danes were working there at that time. I soon learned that what I missed was the little BBS (Bulletin board system) that was run by Navision Denmark. But as I now were no longer with a Danish Partner, so I were not allowed. Also it was very expensive to use, as it was not based on the internet, but via old expensive international phone lines.
Too bad! Then I simple decided to create some over the internet. I had my local Internet Service Provider Openix set up “mailing list” and invited everybody I knew was doing Navision to subscribe to it. Navision.net was known by almost everybody working Navision at that time, who had an email. It was 1997, so that still wasn’t everyone. Not even close.
When we started getting 30-50 emails every day (some days even more) it was time to make the first “web based” version. Not that it sounds scary to anyone today, but back then it was a lot of mails, and nobody really used “inbox rules” to automatically put them in sub folders. The first web “forum” was based on Microsoft Frontpage (their entry level web editor) and a “discussion template” it included.
Not a very good period. The discussion list was used by a selected few, basically a lot who had been using the mailing list, basically everybody hated it. Me included. But it did the job.
In 2000 I was able present the first database based NOLUG site. It had taken me almost two years to find the right way to do it. Over trying to build my own, until I found “ASP Forums”, the same “open source” but ASP based packages used by Microsoft also. Many people still call it “the original forum”. It was great and I learned a lot of about database based web programming.
But already 2001 I updated the platform again. This time move to what basically was an upgrade, technically a new product. “Snitz 2000” was created by the same people, but much more a “product” than a forum template, some websites more or less called it. Like ASP Forums, Snitz 2000 was also based on Microsoft’s Access database.
In 2001 was also the change from the Navision Online User Group, into Microsoft Business Solutions User Group, or MBSOnline.org as the new website was called. Microsoft had taken over Navision, and we followed and expanded with Axapa (had happened when Damgaard “joined” Navision two years before) and now Great Plains and Solomon.
We grew 50-100 users every day, and by 2005 we were 20000 members. And it didn’t look to stop. Then the performance of the website started to causing problems. This old Snitz and Access database was not really happy about accepting all the users. The many issues was driving me and the users more and more unhappy. And in these years I lost many users to Mibuso, who at that time most were known for their Download section.
In June 2006 I were able to present the new Dynamicsuser.net – the Dynamics User Group. The fifth generation of the website and an all new identity. It was a big step, away from APS and Access, hello to ASP.NET, Microsoft SQL Server and Community Server. Here at least there were a where performance shouldn’t have been an issue. It was used by Microsoft for most of both their forums and blogs. And it was “partly” open source. We went live in June, but I wasn’t able to get all the old posts and members fully converted until January 2007. And due to the fact that all this ASP.NET and SQL Server host was sort of new both to me and the internet service provider(s) I had been using, then we continued to have minor problems all the way until 2009.
And as I wrote in my The State of the Community in 2009 then at that time we were number 2 in terms of the most used 3rd. party (non-Microsoft) Dynamics NAV and AX community site.
Today October 2012 we are again number one. According to both Alexa and Compete then we have a much higher number of unique visitors. Almost 100,000 members, of which 40,000 were active the 6 months.
What to come in the future
The first you’ll see is the invite to the Dynamics Users Community Survey 2012. Everybody who have been logged in the last month will start by reviving it, but you can also access through this link:
Dynamics Users Community Survey 2012
So my birthday wish for the website is that you all will be clicking on the link about and help tells what you think.
Next you will start seeing a slow change in the layout of the site, going to make a few changes in colors and layout and so. Web design changes, but no actual change in the functionality as such for now.
Then by Q1 2013 you will see more changes, which I will be able to write much more about soon.
I just read Vjekoslav Babic’s post Licensing Model Changes for Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 on http://msdynamicsworld.com. As of today October 1st. 2012 Microsoft are changing the licensing model for Dynamics NAV and Dynamics GP. They are introducing a new license price model with the Starter Pack and the Extended Packs replacing the BRL (Business Readly Licensing) BE (Business Essentials) and AM (Advanced Management) licensing. Microsoft is calling the new model for “Perpetual Licensing for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013” you can read more about the details in Vjeko’s post or on Microsoft’s partnersouce site.
Personally I'm very puzzled about the message Microsoft are sending with this new pricing. For the last years the message has been that Microsoft Dynamics NAV should be for the smaller customers and Microsoft Dynamics AX for the large customers.
But I just don’t see how this new licensing can make Dynamics NAV more accessible for smaller companies? For the real small ones with only one or two users it’s even more expensive, especially if you only need a bit of the more “advanced” functionality (but none of the modules you previously had to buy on the AM licensing).
And since they have also no longer the "waterfall" discount when you are buying more then 10, then 25 etc. users then Dynamics NAV is also becoming more expensive for larger companies (on less of course a large number of their users really can manage with one of the new “Limited User” licenses)!
On the NAV Tech Days last week I was talking to some consultants telling me that Dynamics AX licenses now with the new pricing in many situations are cheaper than NAV and that it surely didn’t help them selling to neither small nor mid-sized companies in their countries.
I’m sure Microsoft have thought this well over.
So maybe what they planning are to lowering the pricing on SPLA licensing. SPLA is the program where you don’t buy your license, but instead pay an monthly fee per user in a cloud hosting center. I have not found any official updates from Microsoft in that direction. Even though many Microsoft employees were at the NAV Tech Days last week, then they were all from the Microsoft Development Center in Copenhagen. That’s all our wonderful product developers, and where they know everything about the product, then they know almost nothing about licensing and sales and so. But what I did hear (and not form anyone at Microsoft and therefor not even slightly confirmed) was that SPLA pricing was to be increased with 65%! Hope that we’ll be able to get the SPLA license pricing confirmed soon.
I’ll promise to post an update when I hear about it.