Directions EMEA 2010 & NAV 2009 R2 Announcement

At this moment, Directions EMEA is "going on" .. and once again, it's turning out to be quite a success. This is only my first blog about it, while it's the second day .. . This is because I had a session about Web Services (with Freddy, by the way :-) ) on the first day, and wanted to take the time I had to do some preparation, because things have been so busy that I didn't find enough time. But I can say that (now I finished the session) all went fine. I'm not going to blog about it, because it was just a session about the basics of web services: how to set it up, some coding examples on how to connect to them, and some ideas for using the NAV2009 Web Services. Freddy showed his examples he built that you can find on his blog .. and people were enthusiastic .. so we can be positive about the session. It was an honor to be able to do a session together with Freddy :-). Today, he will build upon our session, and go "beyond". He will show how to build services in the cloud, and connect to a local NAV ... off course by using NAV 2009 Web Services. Really looking forward to that :-).

NAV 2009 Release 2

Before our session, I attended the Opening Keynote by Jan Silleman and Dan Brown. Yet again: big success. Not just because of the presentation, but because of the content .. not just every-day content: but an announcement: NAV 2009 R2. Yes, you read it correct: by the end of this year, Microsoft will release "NAV 2009 Release 2". What will be in it (as we know it by now)? Well, the things that were on the agenda for NAV '7', but are already completely finished:

  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM Integration. Integration to Microsoft Dynamics CRM on-premise as well as Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. The integration will support Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 and upcoming Microsoft Dynamics CRM 5.0.
  • Online Payment Service for Microsoft Dynamics NAV. This enables customers to process payment transactions from the Microsoft Dynamics NAV interface across multiple channels, including e-commerce, point of sale and call center transactions. The Payment Service works with leading payment processing services and all major credit cards. Payment services are subject to local availability.
  • RoleTailored Client Access for Remote and Roaming Users. Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 R2 supports direct access from the Microsoft Dynamics NAV RoleTailored client over the Internet. This allows for remote or roaming users to take advantage of the richness of the RoleTailored interface and the many integration features connected to local resources, such as the operating system and Microsoft Office. This reduces the complexity and overhead compared with using other applications such as Citrix Systems and Terminal Services, enhancing the quality of experience, especially for hosting partners offering cloud-based Microsoft Dynamics NAV deployments.
  • Microsoft Application Virtualization support. The Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 R2 RoleTailored interface can be deployed using Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) technology. This provides a better experience for the end user as all integration with local applications is done on the desktop. It also cuts IT costs by centrally managing Microsoft Dynamics NAV client installations with automatic deployment to the desktop after an update.
  • Windows 7 User Experience Improvements. Through Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 R2, jump lists can be used to open recently accessed customers and vendors for increased business productivity and efficiency, and the icon overlay functionality provides information on system events and status streamlined with the Windows 7 user experience.
  • Treemap visualization. Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 R2 showcases the possibilities around business data visualizations abilities in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009 SP1 or later versions through rich ad hoc data visualization. It provides treemap analysis that enables the comparison of any two values, for example sales and profits, as well as manufacturing visualization, which increases business productivity and business insight.

This is great news, off course, but what I would have liked to be in it as well (as a developer) is the debugger (off course). Who knows, there is still time .. :-). Come on, MS!

One nice little story about that keynote: Claus Lundstrum demoed the new possibilities in NAV '7' regarding a new report builder. He opened the object designer (the latest build) and he made a remark about the fact that he changed the icon for the page object ... And said: "It's because waldo has been bugging me about the ugly logo, so if you don't like it, blame waldo".

:-)

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