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.. .
Old news, I know, but early in the last decade, Microsoft did rbeamk on a costly integration between all their ERP systems. Users didn't like that very much! Eventually they gave up the idea, though they had a big development team working on it at one time. See .
Thanks a lot, very informative.
there is no reason the "speed dating" in Berlin has anything to do with that .. but is there going to be a new SOD .. dunno :-/
Our customers ask to find something about the new statement of direction for NAV. The last statement of direction came in February 2010 and shall prevail until 2017... But do you think that Microsoft will release a new statement of direction after the speed dating in berlin?
I was just reviewing the Service Tier (64 Bit) in SOD and saw "(Only)" written along with it. Will this mean that 32 bit service tier will be retired.
Nice, interesting and wait a minute, funny! Yes, that was really nice Waldo. Sure you have a funny bone in ya!
All facts and views well presented.
Very nice and concentrated SOD review!
Thanks for the kind words :-)
Watch out Waldo... your post sounds very "sour"... you're gonna get in trouble...
Just kidding ;-)! We're in democacry, so please keep on blogging the way you do : it is always informative, very often funny, sometimes exclusive but, whatever "they" might say, never unappropriate.
I had to remove it ...
What happened with your previous post?