I work for company who wishes to iuse Microsoft Dynamics NAV. I am a complete beginner to this product so if anyone could provide me with links to information about this product please do.
The question I am asking is : Do you have to get Microsoft Dynamics NAV through a Microsoft Certified Partner (ISV). Is it possible to buy directly off microsoft and do the installation yourself?
Does anyone know of any ISV's that will provide a company with a ''Developer Edition'' ?
Or Maybe an assisted implementation of the Microsoft Dynamics NAV?
DenSter:So basically, you would use the customer's license or the NSC's license
that you work with. I am asking because I know some former NSC
employees are now freelancers, and I've seen some doing work for
customers that I happen to know do not have certain capabilities in
their license. I am wondering if it is a common practice among
freelancers to use NSC dev licenses for other customers.
Personally I don't see anything wrong with a customer hiring an
external consultant to 'verify', as long as this person works with the
team constructively and it doesn't turn into a situation where the
external makes us look bad to make themselves look good. I've been
involved in a number of projects where this was the case and it has the
potential to get quite nasty.
There's a difference between "I would approach this issue like A
instead of B" in a meeting with everyone at the table and "Your NSC is
going about this the wrong way" after the meeting is over in the
customer PM's private office.
But I am sidetracking here sorry
Tell me about it.
I once had a "Consultant" at an end user, they had "Navision Development Experience" and sent me some code. "Please put this in the database between X and Y"
Now the code is not what I would call standard, it got a little political, and I managed to get a little irritated.
Funnily enough though it was my revised code that went to production.
colingbradley:As David says, the customer really needs the input from the freelancer (who has to be competent to earn a living) to protect themselves from poor development or implementations.I do the same thing as many freelance consultants and make written suggestions to the client that they can then pass on to the NSC, I try and make the descriptions and words look more like the end-user so the NSC does not get upset.(Does not always work).
Not sure I agree with you there. The BSC (ISEB, SIGIST), ISTQB and ISO clearly state that the 2nd most common failing in any software development is caused by the Documentation and Specification.
To try and dumb down what you are trying to tell an NSC is a waste of time and money. I would rather communicate with an experienced consultant on a customer site on a technical level than have them try to make it look like it was written by an end user. If you can communicate on the same level it makes the whole process more effective.
I'm sure your customers employ you for your vast experience in Navision for precisely that reason. What’s the point in employing you to write a requirement the same way an end user would? Why not just do it themselves?
I've come across freelance consultants that know nothing about what they say they do. Now that’s annoying!