Directions US (Sorry, Soren NA) is a wrap and for what I can follow via Twitter it was a great show, even if you don’t like all the messaging (like me) Microsoft did a great job in NAV 2017 and Dynamics 365 looks very promising.
That being said it’s time to focus on the next big event for Dynamics NAV. The NAVUG Summit in Tampa starting from October 9th (Pre Conference classes) to the 14th. A full week of Navision goodies.
Eight beer samplers lined up on a table
So, now to the question, if you want to buy me a beer, how to proceed. Where can you find this dude.
On Sunday and Monday we have the pre-conference classes. This is “somewhere” in the Tampa Convention Center. On the evening between the two days I typically invite the attendees of my class to join me for steak and beer (not included in the attendance fee).
On tuesday morning we have to setup two booths. I am assisting ForNAV together with Dave and Karen Studebaker and as always I also join the Liberty Grove Software party. Wearing to hats that week.
Tuesday afternoon is the big Dynamics 365 launch. I think I will find a corner in the back to listen. I am not really good in big crowds of people.
Tuesday evening is the welcome reception where I will be either at the ForNAV or LGS booth.
7:45 AM – 8:45 AM The 3rd party dilemma
Here you can hear my view on extensions! Just kidding Marko. In this session I will give an overview of how to evaluate ISV solutions from a perspective of future upgradabilty and mergability. We’ll talk about Web Services, Loose Coupling, Events and yes also about pros and cons of extensions.
6:00pm – 7:00pm Book Signing with MVPs. Here Alex Chow, me and others who wrote books will sign copies. I will bring a limmited number of copies to buy.
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Are your upgrades regular? – The System Admin’s view
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM Stump the Experts: Dev best practices
Win a prize if you have a question that nobody can answer. Kim Congleton has the lead and I am joined by Peter Zentner and Jeff Landeen.
4:45 PM – 6:00 PM Community Celebration and Microsoft Town Hall
I seem to have a role here but unsure what. (Mark Rhodes… better be carefull dude).
Evening – FastPath partytime!!!!!
Going home folks. Sorry but I cannot leave my wife and kids alone forever. Have to miss this day. Don’t search for me anywhere. Waste of time.
Together with friends we will also announce a new initiative at NAVUG specially focussed on Dynamics 365.
I am looking forward to a great week with friends and meeting interesting new people.
If one thing is true about working in IT, it is the wrong balance between the sexes. If I look at all the classes I’ve been teaching in the last two years I had classes with up to 20 guys, no girls.
So what do you do in an ecosystem like that to draw attention on Social Media? For Dynamics NAV we have NAV Girl on Twitter.
This is something I’ve been meaning to figure out for a while. The account has over 1000 followers but who are we following? And why?
I first got suspicious when I started to attend NAVUG. Until then I was naive enough to think I would actually meet her.
So what do we know?
According to her profile she is from the MidWest of the USA and she also discusses beer from that area.
She must be somehow related to NAVUG and North America.
So lets make a quiz
The poll will be open for two weeks. Let’s see what we get.
Small changes that makes a big difference seems to be the slogan for NAV2017.
One of these small changes that have been asked for a long time is to make it easier for partners to upgrade their customers by allowing us to add/remove fields and objects within the Microsoft number ranges which are 1..49999.
This has been a restriction for three decades.
This restriction has been lifted (since September 9th). If you refresh your development license on Partner Source, or Voice or however it is called (I don’t have/create my own license).
With this license you can also create table 1, codeunit 4 etc.
With great power comes great responsibility!
The fact that Microsoft just gave you a chainsaw does not make it their fault if you cut off your finger. Use this wisely and don’t start adding fields that should not be there.
In my Master Class I always compare license numbers to Namespaces. Keep your stuff in your namespace.
Off course not. Give us a finger and we want the hand. What is the next request?
Loose the restriction for customers to buy codeunits.
Because it prevents customers from having clean upgradable code! A “Mgt” Codeunit is an Anti-Pattern. Remember, Anti-Patterns are proven, documented ways to do development in a counter productive way.
“Small changes do make a big difference”. Thanks Microsoft (Bardur) for this change and lets move on to the next one.
I spend a lot of my time in SQL Server Management Studio. I rarely ever run tables anymore from Object Desingner and run most of my data conversions directly in T-SQL.
Why? Because it is so much faster, I can script things, save and restore scripts, share accross customers etc.
One of the pain points of working with SQL Server Queries has Always been the full companyname in front of the real table name. For this reason Intellisense was more or less useless for NAV databases.
This is fixed in SSMS 2016!
When you type
select * from Custom
SQL Server Management Studio will show this
How cool is that!
You can download SSMS 2016 for free here
Today I got an email from the Directions Planning committee with a request for questions for a Town Hall session at Directions USA 2016.
So what would you ask Marko Perisic or Paul White if you had a beer with them?
Think about your question and bring it to the session, or if you are not attending, leave one in the comments below or use the feedback option.