I'm attending this year's Convergence EMEA in Copenhagen as well. Last year, in Munchen, it was my first convention which was a very positive experience. This year, I have the chance to attend Convergence as MVP. This involves for me some work (MVP Kiosk, Information Desk, ...). I wonder what it's going to involve.
As a partner, I have the chance to participate on Partner Day as well, where I am now following the General Session about Dynamics NAV.
Off course, Jan Silleman made some time to explain what the delay of Dynamics NAV 6.0 involves.
First of all, a new code name: 6.0 . This version is going to be a major release, so 5.1 made no sense at all. I think we all agree.
Second, as you know, the new release date will be Q4 CY2008 for W1 version.
Next, there is more time for readiness, and there are a few initiatives as well:
If you wondered ... there is going to be an Update Statement of Directions (makes sense...).
Then ... A new announcement: NAV 5.0 SP1 that contains a number of improvements:
Documentation. What is there to say about documentation. Not much, but one very nice thing will be that the Localizations will be documented in code! We've been waiting for it for a long time.
One more thing to do, Microsoft, make it possible to include multiple localisations in one NAV license.
The Dynamics NAV screensaver. Like I already mentioned on my WPC diary, there is going to be a new Screensaver with lots of more info like RSS feeds, changing pictures (own pictures),... . It should be available now (according Jan Silleman).
On Wednesday, there is going to be an announcement that I'm not allowed to publish yet. I know it now, it looks very nice for customers, so check my blog on Wednesday (at least if I don't forget myself ).
There are going to be more countries on 5.0, but sorry, I didn't catch which ones ... Damn he's going fast!! . It seems a logical decision now that 6.0 has been postphoned (again)... .
Michael Rosenorm did a small demo about the Jobs-module. Not really exciting (sorry Michael ). The mobile solution that is going to be part of SP1 was more exciting to say the least!
Then some marketing fluff... A lot I didn't catch by writing the above ... But let me try to sum up some highlighted points:
Personally, I'm using Liberty Grove as upgrade center. They do everthing, full service (also go live) for a fixed price.
Next, Jan showed a brief release schedule. They didn't go deep into it (may be for the best ):
Then 6.0 Demo!
I got my first (very small) demo a year ago in Munchen, so I'll just try to concentrate on the most important points:
Time for Q&A. Mogens Elsberg, Jan Silleman and Darren Laybourn were the ones that were answering these questions:
There were other questions, but it was too hard to follow... .
Thanks for the update, Vincent. I know there is a lot of Sure Step knowledge with you ... .
Hi Waldo, thanks for the update. Really nice for the ones that couldn't make it to the conference. Some people work, you know ...
Regarding the sure step methodology:
Sure Step does not oblige to implement full blown methodology as it provides guidance for all types of projects in all types of companies. That means that it provides guidance for a large complex project in a large company as well as a simple project in a small company.
The tools and the approach of the project manager in both scenarios will be necessarily different.
Except for that sure step is providing a lot guidance and tools that are accepted by all standard project management methodologies (prince2, PMI, ...). These tools are at disposal of the project manager when he thinks he needs them.
It is my personal opnion that if you want to implement Sure Step you need to be familiar with standard project management techniques (check my blog regarding a number of these basic techniques. If you master these techniques, sure step will not only be a nice tool. Only then it will be the key for your project success! If people don't master these techniques, sure step will only document their failure.
Good news is: Plataan offers not only sure step training (in 2 formulas: overview and in detail) but also standard project management training.
Cheers, Vincent - Dynamics MCT
PS: keep on updating us through your blog about Convergence. Super!