Is this THE BOOK about Implementing Navision?

Ever since I started working with Navision in 1991 I have heard new consultants asking me for where they can get THAT BOOK about how to implement Navision. The book that the consultant could use as his/her companion not only through the first implementation or two, but through the the first two-three years of working as a Navision consultant.

This is NOT that book.

But David Roys (aka Gaspode) and Vjekoslav Babic’s book Implementing Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 is still a great book. In fact a book where even experienced consultants and developers will learn a lot.

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This book was actually released a long time ago. But although I usually receive a copy of the new books at the same time as it’s being published, then this time I didn’t get a copy until a month ago. And then it took me a bit of time to get through all of it’s 527 pages. Yes its a big book.

The first 98 pages of the book really has nothing to do with the implementation process, but is a introduction and walk-through of Navision 2009. Great for people who knows Navision, but who are new to version 2009. Good chapter, but if you don’t know Navision, then I’m not sure that this will be enough for you.

Chapter 3 is about the the new roles and customer model of Microsoft Dynamics. And I must say it’s one of the biggest assets in the book.

Then suddenly we are stepping a few steps back again. Next chapter is about The Implementation Process. I loved this chapter and the next about Configuring the System. The implementation chapter was focused on Microsoft Dynamics Sure Step Methodology and the one on configuring was doing it using Navision’s Rapid-Implementation-Methodology (RIM). Great reading! The section “A programmer’s guide to accounting” should really a minimum “must read” for all Navision developers, without an accounting/business background.

Whereas all the previous chapters have been about subjects that most Navision implementation consultants need. The rest of the books over 250 pages is not!

Not many Navision implementation consultants would ever need so much about system modifications or how to create a Navision web service. Personally I loved it! But then again I’m neither the typical developer nor the typical consultant. In fact the rest of the book is more about programming than David Studebakers book Programming Microsoft Dynamics NAV ever was. This is much more technical. Often even I had to stop and think what this was about.

If I were the publisher (PACKT), then I’m that I would have released this as two books. Maybe even three books, because whereas the first two chapters about NAV 2009 where good, then they didn’t really connect a lot to the rest of the book.

Should you buy this book?

Well yes! No doubt. This is so far the best book about Navision I have seen. And it doesn’t really matter if you’re a Navision consultant or a Navision developer, then you’ll get a lot of value for the money. For the consultant the first half of the book and for the developer the second half of the book.

Buy it directly from the publisher and get free shipping (in most countries), or you can buy the eBook version and read it today.

Comment List
  • Hi Erik, thanks for the great review. We definitely tried to make this a book that was useful for consultants and developers -- I guess because that's what both me and Vjeko do - consultancy and dev. I like your take on it - "three books for the price of one!"

  • Hi Dave,

    I'm happy that you like my review. It's just not all positive. Yes you're getting 3 books for the price of one. But I'd rather have a book that's true to it's title. Neither of the two books from Packt are! The programming book is not about programming and the implementation book not (only) about implementation.

    It's like selling a house and saying it has a partial sea view, whereas it instead has the most beautiful mountain sunset. It wasn't quite was I was looking for.

  • Hi Erik,

    Sure you can't write a book that would please everyone. What we tried is to appeal to both consultants and developers, to give each of those two groups a perspective on the other. No implementation can go as a pure "consulting" or a pure "development", and we tried to address that situation in our book.

    As you say, your review is not completely positive, but it is much more positive than negative. So, thank you!

  • Sorry, but this book for begginer, who haven't knowledge in NAV and who want implement standard functionality in small company in restricted area (sales-purchase-finance)!

    This is not correct for medium company

  • @Redfox: No this is not a book for the beginner. This is a book for the Navision consulting/development professional.

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