The objects for NAV 2009 SP1 of the VAT2010 update are available as from today. As you might have been waiting for this (we haven't .. created our own NAV 2009 objects...), finally they're here. Go and finnish your last updates!
Here is the landing page for partners.
This is for the Belgian localization (for now), but I'm sure the rest will follow real soon.
(funny, BE version of NAV2009 was release more then a year later then the W1 release ... but, NOT for the VAT2010 update! - things are looking gooood (always look on the bright side of life .. tudum .. tududidudidum))
Since the hassle I got with my previous post, I'm not sure anymore what I'm allowed to post, and what not... . Sometimes, I've got the feeling that it's not a "straight border" or how do you call it in English .. it's not clearly defined. It's seems more like .. "It doesn't feel appropriate, so you're not allowed to".
Anyway, same with this post. The Statement of Directions (SOD). We're not allowed to distribute the document, but we ARE allowed to share the contents with customers and prospects (so I read this as: EVERYONE). Now, my previous post about SOD wasn't a problem, so I'm sure this isn't a problem either :-).
When you read the document (which partners can download here), you'll notice that everything that's in it, is "what they are focusing on", which means they will try to get in the next release, but every topic is subject to be removed from the scope. This seems obvious to me, really. This is common sense. There isn't a definite release date for NAV '7' (which is a codename) yet, and why and how would they be able to clearly say what's definitely going to be in it?
So, read this article as: they are putting every effort in getting this into the next release, but it could be that it's not going to make it... .
Welcome to the "Statement of Directions" :-).
If you read through the document, you'll find there is a lot they are focusing on. As I'm not really into the functional part of NAV, you have to excuse me that the things I'm going to mention, could not make sense to you, as they definitely make not much sense to me either ;°)
It's a good thing Microsoft still focuses on the right things:
This doesn't say much to you, does it? Well, I will try to go into a more concrete level. Here we go:
On functional level:
--> one planning for all resources
On Partner productivity (which is mostly "Technically Speaking"):
So, what about User productivity:
Other Technical Improvements. Not unimportant and definitely worth mentioning:
So, dibbededibbede, that's all, folks. That's all I would like to share with you concerning the SOD. Again, there are NO PROMISES. There are FOCUS points. And if you ask me: there is a LOT to look forward to, so Microsoft, keep up the good work, and try the get everything in !
For partners, it's always a good idea to follow the focus and strategy of Microsoft. For example, don't go building you own solution to consume web services, or at least, don't put too much work in it, because Microsoft is going to provide you a solution ... or at least ... is probably going to provide you one. Now you know the strategy and directions of Microsoft, so try to build your own strategy around it: the discontinuation of forms and no support for native databases are quite clear points in this.. .
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I had to remove this article, because I accidently used inside information, and I wasn't allowed to warn you all ... obviously. Anyway, all KB articles from my previous blog are up-to-date and everything is fine now:
It keeps bugging us. We thought we were finished with the update of all our customes .. But nooo. There is a bug. There has been found a minor issue with "item ledger entries for EU services that are added to the Intrastat journal lines in Microsoft Dynamics NAV with VAT 2010 Update installed".
More information you can find here:
It comes down to a change in report 594. It's going to fetch EU-service entries from the Job Ledger Entry table ... and that's not allowed.
So it's up to you. We're going to update all our customers ... AGAIN ... because in my opinion, we have to. If customers don't us it now, but going to use it in the future, then they need this fix anyway.
It's over, finished, done, happened, ... and I think we can say: it was a success . I had a few attendees that were saying that this was one of the most interesting evening events we ever organized. People were really happy they spared the time to come over .. it was worth it.
At least .. that's what they told me [:/].
We slightly changed the approach this time. In the first "Connection Day", we had simply four concurrent session. There, we noticed that people just tend to go to the session of their product, not a general session. And that's too bad for the general session .. because that should be equally interesting as well.
Now, we decided to go for a general session, followed by three product-specific sessions. This means: still four sessions, but one "keynote" session that everyone could attend.
Keynote Session - Living on the cloud: software and services - Luc Van de Velde
Two words: very interesting. For quite some time now, people (and mainly Microsoft) have been talking about .. "the cloud" or "cloud computing" or ... . But what is it all about? Is it hosting? Is it something else? Is it really putting some servers on higher level (in the clouds) and beam the data down? (ridiculous, I know, but I couldn't resist :-) ). Luc explained it very well. It all comes down on putting stuff (software )on the web and letting people use it when they want (services). And the goal is: people only pay for the usage. If they don't use it, they don't pay for it. Luc talked about the services which are there, the services that are coming .. and what the price model is going to be (paying for usage, kind of services, band with, ... stuff like that). To explain it, Luc used the comparison with a pool:
What services do they bring in the cloud? This was a bit unknown for me. They talk about operating systems, development abilities, Windows Azure, SQL Server services, PHP, ... . I strongly suggest you download the PowerPoint when it comes available on the download section of the Belgian Dynamics Community site. You'll see the necessary schema's to understand all the things they are bringing to the cloud .. and you'll realize it's time to put a little bit less time in twittering your Facebook .. and get yourself familiar with "the cloud".
NAV Session - How Dynamics NAV could work together with Dynamics Online - Jesper Lachance Ræbild
Dynamics Online? What's that?Jesper also receives our newsletter and saw that we were doing an evening about S+S. He volunteered to speak about "Dynamics Online" .. stuff in the cloud that is there, and where Dynamics (NAV, AX, .... doesn't matter) can connect with. Again, for NAV people: very interesting off course.
You could see an online payment platform, provided by Microsoft, and integrated in Dynamics NAV 2009 . The scenario of the demo: we saw that someone (named Eric Wauters ) was buying something and wanted to pay with VISA. The complete VISA handling (authorization, balance check, and what-else-does-a-credit-card-payment-has-in-its-standard-flow..-) was done in the cloud, behind the scenes, when you were still just working in NAV, swiping the card, getting the authorisation - it was a "good card" (it was mine, off course it's good ;°) ), posting the invoice, getting the payment confirmation.
May be the fact that it was so "simple" and so "integrated" made people a little bit wondering "is it safe", "is that allowed". Off course. You really think Microsoft is putting something like this out there ... and didn't check that legal requirements??
Very cool demo .. very cool upcoming functionality. Thank you, Jesper, for coming over to Belgium to show that!
NAV Session - How to extend NAV 2009 with Web Services - Eric Wauters
This was my session :-) (yep, I'm Eric). I'm not going to say whether it was good or not, that's for other people to decide (I didn't get any results of the evaluation forms until now either (may be that's a good thing )). But the fact that some high school teachers approached me after the session to ask me whether I wanted to visit their school and do a lecture there about this topic .. made me feel quite confident that it went well :-).
About 9 months ago, I had a session for the Belgian community about web services. Back then, I tried to show the people what could be done. Showing some cool examples. But I didn't show HOW they were built, or what it meant to build something like that.
You see, I used Freddy a lot in my presentation .. but let's be honest ... Freddy's blog has become the "Mekka" of Dynamics NAV 2009 Web Services. Why shouldn't I be using it? Thanks, Freddy! .
You'll find pictures and downloads of the presentation soon enough on our site of the BDC. So just watch the site being updated (and if you can't resist ... you can subscribe to the news letter as well ).