On the 15th of May, we had our first "real" information evening organised by the Belgian Dynamics Community. And an interesting one! Something a lot of consultants within the NAV community in Belgium (and I guess not only in Belgium) was asking or waiting for. A meeting with the team within Microsoft which are responsible for the localized functionality of Microsoft Dynamics NAV. Big applause to Microsoft Belgium (An Van Gysel) for this opportunity.
We hosted this event at Tradiplan. A special thanks to Rodrigue Dion. He managed to get us this very nice looking location for this evening.
During the evening, I decided to write some kind of "summary" for my blog. Actually, for me, the most challenging thing to write this blog post was "typing as quiet as possible" .. people were listening so intensely that everyone could hear me typing (sorry guys - *** juttu!). Also, for me it's always a challenge to write about functionality, being a technical "nerd" myself... .
Anyway ... Let's go ...
Who is GDL?
Global Development Localization
. The team within Microsoft that tries to implement the "legal" requirements for a country, with the goal that everyone within that country can do the legal reporting out-of-the-box with the product.
The GDL team has got 4 pillars:
With "In-Country" I mean that there is a "team" available per localized country within the country. With "Regional hubs" I mean that one hub is responsible for multiple countries / localizations.
Furthermore, if we're talking about localisation, then we're talking about development of features (legal requirements) as well as translation in the language(s) of that country.
Then, An started talking about the "GDL Virtual Team", which she explained by an example. How does it go?
This is normally done for 3 versions: the next version, the current version, the previous version.
What are the "top" priorities?
We saw on the graph that Belgium is (besides Italy) the most "busy" country on that ... Mosts CDCR's of all countries in Europe, so most legal changes.
I'm not going to bore you with all the new upcoming functionalities (actually, I would like to, but I missed some of them by talking to my neighbour ), but one of them was definitely interesting: IBS6. OK, probably only in Belgium, but integration with Isabel right from NAV (as long as the client of isabel is open) sounds nice, doesn't it?
Also SEPA is coming. SEPA = Single Euro Payments Area. So, the GDL team is working to integrate this in NAV as well. If you would like to know more about SEPA ... Google it . All I can say is that the ultimate objectives are:
Deciding not to write too much about SEPA got me quite some "free" time. Didn't know she would go so deep into it. Anyway, it was interesting to see the roadmap (wishlist and reality) and the impact of a big feature like this.
Last I noted down of what is going to be added - or should I say removed - in Belgium: the"disk" declaration option of VAT-VIES ... have to be removed. From 01/01/09 this is not allowed anymore.
Next very important point on the agenda was ... How can we (the community) influence this? A new "group" will be created by the community and Microsoft, called "Parnter Advisory Council" - PAC if you will.
What is the purpose?
(do partners use standard localization feature or they develop their own add-ons)
All this in the format of a round table. An open line discussion, one or two times a year, per product. It will only be a small group of Dynamics Product Specialists. No sales, no marketing ... But skilled consultants!
I can only say: waw! This is a great initiative. This means the people that knows best will be involved and can give input to this.
A great opportunity for us to conclude the session with. Good job, folks!
Here are some pictures:
The preparation and rehearsal by host Ludo and presenter An:
Yep, Roel was there again as well
The presenter An Van Gysel:
David liked the catering:
If there are french-speaking people, we just do the presentation in English.
Just check www.dynamicscom.be to check for next events...
When is scheduled the next event ?
BTW : Do you accept French in your Belgian gathering ? ;-)